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"Living Christ In This World"
April 4 - April 10, 2011
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The "Hope for the Future" fundraiser raised over $40,000 

for the mission in Nicaragua. 

Preaching Rota
April 10    The Rev. Andrew John Archie
April 17     The Rev. Dr. Larry Wayne Handwerk
April 24     The Rev. Andrew John Archie
Sunday Adult Education
The 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

This Sunday


Sunday, April 10

Possible Travel Delay for Sunday, April 10: 

Sunday, April 10, is the Go! St. Louis Marathon, which is expected to cause possible delays on your arrival to church. Please allow extra time for travel. Planned road closures can be viewed on the following website:  


Experience the Labyrinth, or Prayer Path!  

3-5 PM      Gym 

Join Isaac in the gym to walk the labyrinth. This is a unique opportunity to see what a prayer path is all about. You may drop in anytime between 3-5 PM; confirmands and their mentors are encouraged to attend together.

Lent and Easter

Lenten and Easter Schedule 2011

Saturday Eucharists in Lent 

Saturday, April 9incense

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 the Rev. John Michael Wheeler. Nursery is available. 



Great Wednesdays Return  

O Lord, Open Thou our Lips: Anglicanism Explained
Great Wednesdays in Lent 2011
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!
Nursery is available.


Consider Your Call During Lent:

Chocolate?-or Volunteering?

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

Consider your Call, Time and Talent
Welcome Packet/Volunteer Opportunities
From the Pews  Mysterious person
Obviously, I was not in my pew Friday night, but instead I was at the wonderful Nicaragua dinner and fundraiser, put on by a whole group of very dedicated parishioners. The work of the Striblings is a miracle, and the generosity of the Klein's (and their fantastic venue) is just so incredible. I am sure there's a whole army at work pulling off such a big event. I was chatting with someone who had been to Nicaragua on one of our church mission trips who said it really changed her life. That got me thinking-do I want to go, and change my life? Well, if it's a change for the better, then I guess I'd consider it. A better life has to include more compassion for others, and a service-oriented demeanor. Going on the mission trip would deliver both compassion and service! Does going to the dinner count? Probably not, since I didn't leave with my life changed (though I did leave with some Muny tickets; and maybe the Muny show will be so good that it will change my life, though I'm not betting on it). This is a gratifying parish program, with so many parishioners involved-and it really says something special about our church. I am at once humbled and proud as I sit here in my pew Sunday morning.
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On the Radio  


Listen for our Easter announcements on 90.7 FM KWMU!


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  
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Growing In Generosity  

Campaign Update

We have received 414 pledges for a total of $1,800,468.
Thank you for your generosity!
Research shows those people who give of their time or talent or treasure are happier than those who do not. Scientists point out that we are hard-wired to feel good when we give. One experiment included a group of people, each of them was given $100. Half were told to spend it on themselves and the other half were instructed to give it away.
At the end of the day the people who'd given the money away reported much greater happiness.
"Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and make good thy vows unto the Most High." Psalm 50:14

 Growing in Generosity Stewardship testimonials

This Week
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, at the home of Jane and Mark Klamer.

Friday, April 8

ECM/KIDs Birthday Party

The next CSMSG birthday party at County Detention is on Friday, April 8. We will meet in the lobby of the building at 5:45 PM. Anyone interested in helping out can pick up the background check material from the the receptionist's desk at CSMSG. The County Detention facility is located on Brentwood Blvd. in Clayton. Please call Mary Kay Digby with any questions 314.862.1870.

Adult Formation 

Women's Bible Study

The Rev. Mike Wheeler will continue to conduct the Women's Bible Studies that meet every Tuesday at 11 AM and every Friday at 7:30 AM. This spring, the study will focus on I and II Samuel.  

All women are welcome!    

Church School Happenings
Sunday morning crafts in Church School

The Church School Lenten Project

The Church School Lenten Project this year is helping Almost Home. They are in need of any or all of the following items for the young mothers and their babies:

Toothbrush - 1 child and 1 adult
2 Sets of towels and washcloths
Pantene shampoo (for split ends and breakage)
Kids socks - white any size
$5-10 gift card to Walmart or Target (for undergarments)
Comb and brush
Baby lotion
Body wash or bath soap - (Dove)
2T and 3T boy and girl Pull-ups

Donations can be placed outside of St. George's Chapel throughout all of Lent. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Fisher in the Church School.

Mite Boxes

Mite boxThe children are collecting money for Meds and Food for Kids through their mite boxes, in addition to making donations to Almost Home. Mite boxes will be collected in the chapel after Easter.





Donatello will be part of the Palm Sunday liturgy again this year!   

Donatello the donkey startles young parishioner....


There is no Church School on Palm Sunday and Easter.  However, there are two special liturgies for families and children in St. George's Chapel on Maundy Thursday (5:30 PM) and Good Friday (noon), both led by Laurie Anzilotti. Come hear the complete story of Holy Week.


 Youth Ministry participants

YM SS Teacher, Bible Study Leader, Adult Volunteer Training and Dinner with Mark DeVries-Tuesday, April 5 from 6-8 PM at the Klamer's home.


YM Leadership Team Meeting-Wednesday, April 6 from 6-8:30 PM at church.  


Confirmands: You will be given your final assignment this coming Sunday, April 10, so make sure to come to church and class! The Final Assignment is due on Sunday, April 17.


Experience the Labyrinth, or Prayer Path! Join Isaac in the gym this Sunday, to walk the labyrinth. This is a unique opportunity to see what a prayer path is all about. You may drop in anytime between 3-5 PM; confirmands and their mentors are encouraged to attend together.   


Youth Ministry Service Day  Make plans now to volunteer with the Youth Ministry on our spring service day, Saturday, April 16 from 10 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/cleanup at the Mary Ryder hHome. All parishioners and your friends are welcome to participate, mentors included! Please sign-up by e-mailing and specifying the project for which you would like to volunteer. We would love for any parishioners AND FRIENDS to join the YM for this project! 

YM girls

Parents of HS Seniors: Please send in the information on your HS Senior, as well as a photo ASAP! SAVE-THE-DATE for HS Senior Recognition on Sunday, May 15 at 9:15 AM.


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


Youth group in Sunday class in Canterbury Hall

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 11

Susan Mount Guild

The Susan Mount Guild will welcome Jim Sherby who recently authored a book about the early history of a part of Clayton once known as Claverach Farm and the surrounding area that evolved from the destructive 1811-12 New Madrid earthquakes. In his talk, Jim will present pictures from the past and highlight the lives of early settlers in this region. The book is entitled "From New Madrid to Claverach, How an earthquake spawned a St. Louis suburb." Punch Bowl is at 11:30; Lunch ($5) at noon followed by the program.  All are welcome!  Please make your reservations by Wednesday, April 6 by calling Helen Cavin at 314.647.0889.

Friday, April 15

Shelter Ministry

Gateway 180 Gala Fund Raiser will be held on Friday, April 15. Call 314.231.1515 for more information and to reserve tickets.

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/clean-up at the Mary Ryder Home. All are welcome to participate, mentors included! Please sign-up by e-mailing and specifying for which project you would like to volunteer.

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Hunger Ministry Sandwich-making   

All parishioners are invited and encouraged to join the St. Michael's Hunger Ministry on the third Saturday of each month from 10-11 AM in the Taylor Room to make sandwiches for Gateway 180-Homelessness Reversed.

Monday, April 18


11:45 AM-1 PM    Sverdrup Room

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, by Monday, March 21, 10 AM to rsvp.

Thursday, May 5
7:15 PM   Library

Anna Karenina Book Discussion

Anna Karenina logoThe passion and agony of fashionable adultery...Religion and dying feudalism on the sweated Russian plains... Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (the Pevear-Volokhonsky translation) will be the subject of a discussion led by Daniel Williamson on Thursday, May 5, 12, 19, 26  at 7:15 PM in the library. RSVP to the receptionist at 314.721.1502 or

Faith in Action


Japan's earthquakeEpiscopal 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 9.0 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  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.


Hunger Ministry's Annual TRIVIA NIGHT

Plan to attend TRIVIA NIGHT. Saturday, May 7, a wonderfully-fun evening is planned to benefit the Hunger Ministry of St. Michael and St. George. The ever-popular Jim Doyle will MC the evening for $15/person.  For more info see flyer.
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 12. 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

Help Pack A 2nd Suitcase

Each volunteer on the Nicaragua mission trip will take a second suitcase with donations of supplies for the schools and clinic. You can be a part of the mission trip by helping the team fill a second suitcase. Look for the wish list of needed items on the Nicaragua donation box (located near the library.) Listed items include school supplies, kids Tylenol, learning toys, toiletries and kids underwear and socks.  PLEASE, NO stuffed toys or clothes. Contact Gina Wright or Carol Moppins for more information. Muchas Gracias!
Canterbury Bookstore 
Children have loved Little Golden Books for over 60 years. My Little Golden Book About God by Jane Werner Watson and illustrated by Eloise Wilkin ($2.99) is a simple classic filled with a tender message and delightful illustrations every child will treasure.

give us this dayAlso, for the children, Give us this Day-The Lord's Prayer ($16), illustrated by Tasha Tudor. The best known of all Christian prayers is illustrated in sensitive watercolors by one of America's foremost artists. Theimages are drawn from rural New England and bespeak a universal truth. Ms. Tudor's illustrations eloquently express the faith and wisdom of the words.
The Star In My Heart by Joyce Rupp is a book of glad tidings.  Reading this book is like entering a vibrant circle dance that bows to the center of the psyche and pirouettes out toward the stars.  Joyce will be leading a retreat at Mercy center this month.
The Bookstore is delighted to now be carrying Colonial Candles.  Colonial Candles are a fine, excellent candle that is available is many colors, sizes and heights. Stop by the Bookstore to see the in-stock selection and order your specific favorite. Also displayed are candleholders of many sizes and materials. You can also find meditation candles and candle accessories.
Canterbury Bookstore does not collect tax and always offers free gift wrapping. The Bookstore is happy to assist in shipping your items when needed.

 Suggested books for Lent

Bookstore Hours
Book of the Month
Featured Books
Columbarium Update

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. 

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 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

For more information, contact Patience Schock, 314.963.9600,
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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

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

CSMSG Pre-primary Enrollment
We are currently accepting applications for our parish's two pre-primary programs: 18-24 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. 
Babies in the nursery

Smiles Needed!

Want to volunteer one Su
nday a month? The Greeter position is just right for you. Contact Laurie Brown at 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!