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The Church of St. Michael & St. George

6345 Wydown Blvd.
PO Box 11887
Clayton, MO 63105
314.721.1502 p
314.721.4670 f

 

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"Living Christ In This World"
  March 14 - March 20, 2011
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Woodcut of the Crucifixtion by Rose Reinhold.

Great Wednesdays    

O Lord, Open Thou our Lips: Anglicanism Explained
Great Wednesdays in Lent 2011
March 16    The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox      Anglican Liturgy
March 23    The Rev. Jed Wynn Fox              Anglican Theology
March 30    Dr. Robert Lehman                    Anglican Music
April 6        The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox      Anglican Spirituality
April 13      The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox      Anglican Unity

6:30 PM dinner followed by 7 PM class
To RSVP, please contact Fr. Fox, and don't forget to bring a friend!
Preaching Rota

March 20        The Rev. Andrew John Archie
March 27        The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
April 3            The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
April 10          The Rev. Andrew John Archie
Sunday Adult Education
Archie_100x100The Rector's Forum   
10:30 AM  Taylor Room
  

The Rev. Andrew John Archie will discuss "Themes in Exodus."

 

 

  

Faith & Life Forum
to Offer Unique Series   

10:30 AM   Sverdrup Room
John Tyler  
Our current and unique series is titled "Jesus: A Way or the Way: Salvation, Non-Christian Religions, and the Unevangelized." The series is using John Tyler's book with the same title that is available now in the Canterbury Bookstore. This series addresses questions we all have, but may never have had a chance to explore-until now. Get the book in the Canterbury Bookstore and join us for this unique series.

If you have an interest in the topic but are unable to attend the Forum, you'll still find the book helpful. It's a user-friendly read for laypeople of all levels of biblical knowledge and Christian experience. Each chapter concludes with questions that help readers grapple with the subject and arrive at their own answers. Faith & Life information

Get Confirmed
Classes for adults wishing to be confirmed and or received will meet in the Spanish classroom at 10:30 AM. Contact Fr. Jed at jfox@csmsg.org, or Debbie at debbie@csmsg.org for more information.

Lent and Easter

Lenten and Easter Schedule 2011

Saturday Eucharists in Lent 

Saturday, March 20incense

Bearing Witness

5:30 PM in St. George's Chapel
Come on Saturday night and experience a solemn liturgy in St. George's Chapel with sights, incense, bells, and chant. We worship God in the beauty of Holiness every Saturday in Lent. This Saturday's preacher will be Fr. Jedediah Wynn Fox.

    

 

Great Wednesdays Return  

O Lord, Open Thou our Lips: Anglicanism Explained
Great Wednesdays in Lent 2011
March 16    The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox      Anglican Liturgy
March 23    The Rev. Jed Wynn Fox              Anglican Theology
March 30    Dr. Robert Lehman                    Anglican Music
April 6        The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox      Anglican Spirituality
April 13      The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox      Anglican Unity

6:30 PM dinner followed by 7 PM class
To RSVP, please contact Fr. Fox, and don't forget to bring a friend!

 

Consider Your Call During Lent:

Chocolate, or Volunteer?

This Lent instead of giving up chocolate, may we suggest adding something good in your life or to the lives of others--the kind of good things that follow what Jesus asks of us, using our time and talents to serve others in Christ's name.
 
Information on CSMSG ministries looking for volunteers is on our website. The list contains volunteer opportunities to serve others both inside and outside of our community. Consider a call for yourself or your family to fill a need in a ministry. More information about each ministry is located on our website at www.csmsg.org.

Consider your Call, Time and Talent
Welcome Packet/Volunteer Opportunities

From the Pews  bag_man_eyes
"...by thought, word and deed" is one of those phrases that really resonates with me.  We use it in our Confession, "Lord, we have sinned against you...."  I sit in my pew with well-meaning thoughts.  I love the service, the sunlight filtered through the stained glass windows, the candles at the altar with the beautiful flowers, and just the power of the majesty of it all.  But I know I have sinned by my thoughts, words and deeds.  What I'd really like to do is to turn that around.  How about a Confession that says, "Lord, I have celebrated you by my thoughts, words, and deeds"?  How about if I lived my life with that prayer as my main compass?  Maybe I would start with my thoughts, which would center on better and more frequent praying.  Or I could start with doing better deeds.  Some people can think their way into better behavior, and some people can act their way into better thoughts.  Whichever the way, I'd like to be a person with thoughts, words and deeds that celebrate the glory of God.  I guess that's why I come to church and perch in my pew.  In order to keep encouraging (and sometimes prodding) myself to be a person with better thoughts, words and deeds. 

That's my view from my pew!

This Week 

 

Tuesday, March 15

Steak & Stories

6 pm    Great Hall

This month Steak & Stories is going on a nostalgic road trip. Our speaker will be Joe Kline. He will share his travelogue "Route 66 from Chicago to the Grand Canyon" with us. Whether you are re-living your personal epic journey along one of the great highways or want to see the sights you've missed, you will want to be there.

 

Saturday, March 19

Hunger Ministry Sandwich-making 

10 AM    Taylor Room 

All parishioners are invited and encouraged to join the St. Michael's Hunger Ministry in the Taylor Room to make sandwiches for Gateway 180-Homelessness Reversed.

sandwich making volunteers 

Monday, March 21  

Faith@Work-Men's Luncheon

11:45 AM      Sverdrup Room

Faith@Work will meet  Monday, March 21, in the Sverdrup Room from 11:45 AM-1 PM. We begin with NOONDAY PRAYER and a "B.L.T.- Blessed Little Thought" by Fr. Jed. Lunch and Open Discussion follow. The cost is $7 for lunch. Please contact Michael Hanrahan (314.518.3086, mikehanrahan01@gmail.com) by Monday, March 21, 10 AM to rsvp.

Welcoming

Fishin' for Folk

Church "business" cards are available in the Great Hall and Narthex. Look for the flower pots. Please plant a card in a friend's hand and let them know about all the great things happening here.

Forward this e-letter to your friends!

 

    

Growing In Generosity
Stewardship Campaign 2011  
Growing in Generosity logo

Growing In Generosity  

Campaign Update

As of Monday, we have received 407 pledges for a total of $1,778,468.

Yesterday, in the reading, Jesus was tempted. WE are often tempted not to live up to our highest potential as children of God. Like Jesus, our temptations may not be so much to do evil as to choose some lesser good. Often we do this with our giving. Have you ever chosen to be less giving than you know you should? Lent is a time for reminding us that the Lord calls us to the highest form of discipleship and the most challenging aspects of giving. Lent calls us to be more generous and to take hold of life to its fullest.

Thank you for your pledge!
 Growing in Generosity Stewardship testimonials
Upcoming Events

Friday, April 1  

Nicaraguan Dinner Auction    

6 PM 

The "Hope for a Bright Future" Dinner and Auction will be held at Windows Off Washington. For more information contact Peggy at outreach@csmsg.org

Nicaraguan Dinner Invitation   

Nicaraguan boy


Tuesday, April 5

Youth Ministry Training

YM SS Teacher, Bible Study Leader, Adult Volunteer Training and Dinner with Mark DeVries-Tuesday, April 5 from 6-8 PM, location TBA.

Saturday, April 16

Youth Ministry Service Day

10 AM- 1 PM  

Make plans now to volunteer with the Youth Ministry for our spring service day. There are several different service opportunities including working at the St. Louis Foodbank, baking Easter muffins for our shut-in parishioners and landscaping/garden installation at our church.  All are welcome to participate, Mentors included! Please sign-up by e-mailing interns@csmsg.org and specifying which project you would like to volunteer for.

YM baking for fundraiser

Faith in Action

 

Episcopal Relief and Development 

The Japan Earthquake Response Fund has been opened to collect donations for emergency relief provided through local partners in Japan and other areas affected by the disaster. A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake centered off the east coast of Japan's largest island, Hokkaido, triggered a tsunami that devastated large areas of Japan and caused damage as far away as Hawaii and the west coast of the US. If you would like to make a donation please go to www.er-d.org/  and select Donate. At this site you will learn more about Episcopal Relief and Development and what they are doing to aid the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that took place in Japan. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all those affected.

 

Auction Items Needed

A sports outing, a special dinner, a vacation condo, tickets to a unique event and gift certificates are all items being sought for the Auction/Dinner to benefit the Mission Trip to Nicaragua 2011.  Unique services and rare items are also in demand.  Can you help?  Please contact Carrol Stribling 314.533.0008 if you have an item to donate.  Plan to attend the Auction/Dinner on Friday, April 1 (no foolin') being held at Windows Off Washington.  

 

Hunger Ministry's Annual TRIVIA NIGHT

Plan to attend TRIVIA NIGHT. Saturday, May 7, a wonderfully-fun evening is planned to benefit Hunger Ministry of St. Michael and St. George. The ever-popular Jim Doyle will MC the evening for $20/person.
2010 Trivia Night

 

Gateway 180: Homelessness Reversed

Sunday mornings    arrive 6:15-6:30 AM
Help is needed serving breakfast at Gateway Homeless Services on Sunday mornings. This ministry provides a warm, nourishing meal to more than 75 men, women and children and the opportunity to show them and yourself how God's love works in our lives. You can make a difference. Share yourself with this ministry; call Nick Clifford, 314.997.4011, or just come on Sunday morning to 1000 N. 19th Street. Many tasks to be involved in and still time to attend church at St. Michael's. Join in!

Mission to Managua

This summer, Carroll Stribling will lead two groups from CSMSG departing on July 5 and July 19.  Each trip is one week or you may participate in both weeks. If you would like to join or learn more about the mission trip please call or email Peggy Strelinger at 314.721.1502 or outreach@csmsg.org.
Church School Happenings

Help Meet the Need

Almost Home, a shelter for young mothers and their babies that the Church School and Youth have been supporting for a few years, is in need of specific items:

Pull-ups, size 2T and 3T for boys and girls
Rolls of paper towels
Disposable gloves - sizes small and medium
Extra large freezer bags

There is a basket outside of St. George's Chapel. Please consider picking up one or more of these items at the grocery store or Target/Wal-mart in the next couple of weeks. It will be greatly appreciated!

Youth

THANK YOU to ALL who baked casseroles for our Pancake Supper, and who volunteered by cooking, decorating, entertaining the young children, serving dinner or bussing tables! We especially thank our students who sang and played to entertain us!

YM pancake dinner   

Youth Ministry Service Day- Make plans now to volunteer with the Youth Ministry on our spring service day, Saturday, April 16 from 11 AM-1 PM. There are several different service opportunities including working at the St. Louis Foodbank, baking Easter muffins for our shut-in parishioners and landscaping/garden installation at our church.  All are welcome to participate, Mentors included! Please sign-up by e-mailing interns@csmsg.org and specifying which project you would like to volunteer for.

 

SAVE-THE-DATE: YM SS Teacher, Bible Study Leader, Adult Volunteer Training and Dinner with Mark DeVries-Tuesday, April 5 from 6-8 PM, location TBA.

 

YM Leadership Team Meeting-Wednesday, April 6 from 6-8:30 PM at church. RSVP to youth@csmsg.org by Wednesday, March 30.

 

Mission Accomplished! You may still contribute to the 2011 HS Mission Fundraiser by contacting Bart Freer to purchase services from the Youth Ministry students! We have had students serve as drivers, cleaners, yard help, garage cleaners/organizers, babysitters, bakers, etc. The funds raised will help defray the cost of our HS mission trip. Youth Ministry students are ready and willing to help members of CSMSG with special projects such as babysitting, snow shoveling, yard clean-up after winter, flower planting and other special projects. Please donate to this special cause by signing-up for your personal Youth Ministry volunteer! The hours of service you purchase are good well into the future, so take advantage and let US serve YOU! For more information or to sign up for help from a student, please contact Bart Freer at bart.freer@gmail.com.

 

Wednesday Night Bible Study meets every Wednesday from 6:30-8 PM in the Armstrong Room. Come at 5:30 PM to see if you can beat Isaac at the Wii! Dinner is at 6:30 PM in the Great Hall. Bring your friends!

2010 High School Mission trip
Canterbury Bookstore 

Canterbury Bookstore has the resources you are looking for during this Lenten season. There are books to help children have a deeper understanding of Lent, adult education class curriculum, and Lenten Speaker, Ralph McMichael's Eucharist - a Guide for the Perplexed. This season offers up so many wonderful books of readings, devotionals and commentaries. They are special for the season but meaningful through out the year. Stop by today and review the selection on display in the Canterbury Bookstore. 

Reconciliation by Martin Smith, is a classic text on preparing for confession which gives the theological and spiritual background of the sacrament of reconciliation and offers suggestions for the practice of both hearing and making a confession. For more ideas and details go to the website www.csmsg and select Canterbury Bookstore.

What We Do in Lent, a Child's Activity Book by Anne E. Kitch ($15.95) is filled with interactive puzzles, color-by-number pages, word mazes and more. It can help children ages 4-7 grow to a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Lent.

First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty Day Journey Through the Canon of St. Andrew by Frederica Mathewes-Green ($25)  In this fascinating guided exploration of an eighth-century hymn, Mathewes-Green encourages her readers to personally apply Christian concepts like repenting, understanding the nature of sin and experiencing God in prayer.  Also available: The Illumined Heart.

The Seven Last Words from the Cross by Fleming Rutledge ($12) links the sayings from the cross with contemporary events and concerns, but also incorporates biblical scholarship and modern questions about the death of Christ. She shows how each word or saying from the cross affords an opportunity for readers to gain a deeper understanding of the horrific death suffered by Jesus. You will find this book as well as The Undoing of Death, Help My Unbelief, and The Battle for Middle Earth currently in the Bookstore. 

Always available in the Canterbury Bookstore are many parish ministry products: CSL Cookbooks, Mantel of Healing Kits, and Covington Calligraphy. Each of these fine products benefits a special ministry at the Church of St. Michael and St. George.
Come in and take a look.


 Suggested books for Lent

Bookstore Hours
Book of the Month
Featured Books
Columbarium Update

Columbarium
Check the progress of the Page Garden columbarium project from the Ellenwood entrance! The columbarium is being rehabilitated and expanded to add an additional 164 niches. While construction is ongoing, urns are being stored in individual lockers in the cloister walk. Weather permitting, construction should be done by mid-late spring.

Bulletin Board

 

Women's Retreat..."A Spiritual Spa Treatment" 

Thirty-seven women from our parish took part in the 17th Annual CSMSG Women's Retreat on March 4-5. Meg Rice, from Houston, Texas, led us in a "Spiritual Spa Treatment" where we learned to take time to pray, how to pray and the many benefits of prayer. Fifty percent of the women were first-time retreaters who enjoyed getting to know new people and connecting with old friends. "It was a great way to prepare for Lent." "Praying with a prayer partner was very powerful."

 

Next year's retreat is planned for March 2-3. Make plans now to hear Jean Coleman, author of "I Met Him in my Overalls."  

 Women's retreat participants

 

Workshop: Developing Compassion
in Your Personal & Professional Life

Joyce RuppCompassion can change a heart, change a life, change the world. In this four-day workshop, internationally known speaker and author
Joyce Rupp, OSM, explores the theoretical and experiential dynamics of compassionate presence while helping you develop the skills of care-giving and inspiring a deeper expression of compassion in your daily life.
Individual sessions include:

Overview of Compassion

Compassion of Self

Compassion for Others

Compassion in Loss and Suffering

Compassion in Organizations

Compassion and the Marginalized

Compassion for Creation

The Family Center invites you to give yourself the compassionate gift of a four-day retreat experience by staying overnight at the Mercy Center of St. Louis. Monday through Thursday, April 11-14, 2011, 8:30 AM to evening. The Mercy Center, 2039 North Geyer Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131 314.966.4686 mercycenterstl.org.

No refunds available after March 10.

For more information, contact Patience Schock, 314.963.9600,
ext 0 thefamilycenterjr@gmail.com.

The Servers' Guild

The Servers' Guild provides a unique opportunity for students from 6th through 12th grades to participate in the Sunday liturgies and gain a deeper appreciation for our traditions and style of worship. If you would like to join a group of young people who are dedicated to enhancing the worship experience at CSMSG, contact the Rev. Mike Wheeler at mwheeler@csmsg.org
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Acolyte with cross
Altar Guild  We invite you to deepen your spiritual life and connection to the liturgy by becoming a member of the Altar Guild. This ministry is dedicated to the service of God by lovingly preparing the altars. Many hands are needed, weekdays and Sundays, to care for the linens, candles and silver. Contact Betsy Panke: 314.993.6487 or epanke@aol.com.

CSMSG Pre-primary Enrollment
We are currently accepting applications for our parish's two pre-primary programs: 16-24 months on Thursday and Friday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM and 2-3 years on Monday through Wednesday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM.  We are also offering a five-morning schedule for both classes. Our programs are taught by degreed teachers and have proven quite successful since their inception. For more information, call Carol at 314.721.1502. 

Smiles Needed!
Want to volunteer one Su
nday a month? The Greeter position is just right for you. Contact Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502. 

Valet Parking
Valet service by Midwest Parking will be available on Sunday mornings for elderly parishioners and those with special needs. This valuable service is being pr
ovided by an anonymous benefactor. Thank you for this very generous gift!