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"Living Christ In This World"
April 11 - April 17, 2011
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Donatello the donkey will be part of the Palm Sunday procession before the 9:15 AM liturgy.

Preaching Rota

April 17   The Rev. Dr. Larry Wayne

April 24     The Rev. Andrew John Archie
May 1       The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith
May 8       The Rev. Andrew John Archie
The  Rev. Larry Handwerk

Holy Week Guest Preacher

The Rev. Dr. Larry W. Handwerk is the retired Rector of St. Luke's Church, Evanston, Illinois. He has served in parishes in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Kentucky, and New South Wales, Australia, as well as diocesan staffs in Maryland and Kentucky. The focus of much of his ministry is on Christian Formation and Ministry Development. He holds degrees in science, music, theology, spiritual direction and congregational development. In the community he has been active in ministry to the homeless, refugee resettlement and child and family enhancement programs. He is married and has two adult children and two grandchildren.

Sunday Adult Education
The Rector's Forum   
10:30 AM  Taylor Room

The Rector's Forum will not meet Palm Sunday, April 17,  Easter Sunday, April 24 or Confirmation Day, May 1. It will resume May 8. 


Faith & Life Forum 
10:30 AM   Sverdrup Room
John Tyler  
The Faith & Life Forum, led by John Tyler, is in recess through May 1. Please join us on May 8 for our next series titled "Great Questions in the Bible."
A few copies of John Tyler's book titled "Jesus: a Way or the Way: Salvation, Non-Christian Religions, and the Unevangelized" are still available in the Canterbury Bookstore. The book is a user-friendly read for laypeople of all levels of biblical knowledge and Christian experience. Get the book while supplies last!

Faith & Life information

This Sunday-Palm Sunday 


Sunday, April 17

Passion Vespers

5 PM    Church
On Palm Sunday afternoon, the Choir of the Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing a service of Passion Vespers. This service, akin to the Christmastide services of Lessons and Carols, is a service of exceptional beauty and couples the spoken word with poignant seasonal music. The readings are selected from Scripture, the ancient Church Fathers, and modern-day poets and are interspersed with music, sung by the Choir, to illuminate the texts. This is a meaningful way to begin the solemnities of Holy Week and all are cordially welcome to attend.

Lent and Easter

Lenten and Easter Schedule 2011


Great Wednesdays  

O Lord, Open Thou our Lips: Anglicanism Explained
Great Wednesdays in Lent 2011
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  bag_man_eyes
As I sit in my pew, I know that the world is getting smaller, and much more 'transparent'.  News is constant. Connectivity is instant. I can use these new tools like skype, facebook, Wikipedia, Google etc. I'm not very good at it, but I know that I can get in touch with anyone and find out almost anything at the tips of my fingers.  Everything is just so immediate. Now. Live. Real-time. It's really amazing. Do you think God is more transparent, more accessible, more immediate, more real time? I wonder this, because it is so easy to be busy, to be informed, to be in the know, and to be connected to lots of other folks.  Is there any room left for God? Not to be too absurd, but if God had a facebook page, would we pay more attention to Him? Or would He be just another 'friend' that we're trying to keep up with? If God had His own cable channel, would we watch it all the time, or would we squeeze Him in between The History Channel and The Food Network? In this new world of 'always on', how do I tune in to God? Well, I guess I start by sitting in my pew and enjoying the service every Sunday.  That's my (analog) view from my pew. 
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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

As of Friday, April 8 we have received 414 pledges for a total of $1,788,668.

Did you know that every morning and evening here at The Church of St. Michael and St. George a prayer service is held. Weekdays Morning Prayer is at 7:30 AM and Evening Prayer at 5:30 PM except on Wednesday, Saturdays the services are at 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.  Every week, there are 25 services or more said in our church and chapels. Our mission is to love and honor Christ and each other through worshiping, seeking and serving God. Your pledge dollars support this mission. Thank you for your pledge!

 Growing in Generosity Stewardship testimonials

This Week
Tuesday, April 12

Church Service League

The Rev. Jed Fox
The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox will be our guest speaker. Please join us for Bible study at 11 AM and lunch at noon.

Steak & Stories
6 PM    Great Hall
How Did We Get Here? The man who put St. Michael's on the map-who was he? Come find out as Fr. Jed Fox shares the remarkable story of The Rt. Rev. Daniel Sylvester Tuttle, who helped found The Church of St Michael and St. George, and was a bishop of the church for 56 years. Please RSVP to Alice Wodarek 314.721.1502 or

Wednesday, April 13

Great Wednesdays in Lent 2011

6:30 PM dinner followed by 7 PM class    Great Hall
The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox will be speaking on Anglican Unity.
To RSVP, please contact Fr. Fox, and don't forget to bring a friend!
Nursery is available.

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.

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Church School Happenings
Volunteers at the shelter

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.

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!    

John Rowe

Endowment Fund

Over the last several years, it has become apparent that the Endowment Fund of the Church of St. Michael and St. George ("CSMSG") needs to be significantly expanded. Our members provide generous financial support to fund the ongoing activities of the Church. The average annual pledge of CSMSG members is almost twice as large as those of other Episcopal churches. Unfortunately, our endowment of approximately $6 million is much smaller than statistical comparisons would indicate is needed for a vibrant church of our size.

The recent period of economic weakness has graphically illustrated that pledges alone will not completely fund our current programs, allow full implementation of the recently approved Strategic Plan, and assure the long-term viability of the CSMSG. The logical source of additional and consistent revenue to meet these objectives is a larger endowment.

The Endowment Expansion Committee has been formed to study our financial needs. The Committee, chaired by John Rowe includes:  Ken Bean, Spencer Burke, Marianna Deal, Becky Fouke, Nick Kouchoukos, Talbot MacCarthy, Jeff Miller, Stephen Nickelson, Joe Sheehan and JoAnn Vorih.  If you have any suggestions regarding this important initiative, please feel free to discuss them with the Committee members.



 Youth Ministry


Confirmands: Don't forget to turn in your Final Assignment this Sunday, April 17. You can leave it in the folder outside the Armstrong Room. Parents, you should receive your invitation to the Confirmation Banquet this week. Please RSVP to Marianna Deal at for the Confirmation Banquet on Saturday, April 30. 

Let's Serve Others at the Youth Ministry Service Day!

Volunteer with the Youth Ministry on our spring service day, THIS Saturday, April 16 from 10 AM-1 PM. There are several different service opportunities available, including working at the St. Louis Foodbank and baking Easter muffins for our shut-in parishioners.  Please sign-up by e-mailing and specifying which project you would like to volunteer for. We would love for any parishioners, Mentors AND FRIENDS to join the YM for this project!

Youth Ministry making cookies for our college students.

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.


Middle School Mission Sign-Ups! June 20-24 is the date for our 2011 Middle School Mission Week here at CSMSG and all rising 5th graders through rising 9th graders and their friends are welcome! This week will consist of different service opportunities each day in our community. Adult chaperones and drivers are needed. Cost is $50. RSVP to now to save your spot!


Mission Accomplished! We have BABYSITTERS, and lots of other student helpers! Donate to our HS Mission Fundraiser AND get the work done that you need! 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 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, April 18, 10 AM to rsvp.

Sunday, May 1


The confirmands will be recognized during the 9:15 AM liturgy and honored at a reception afterwards. There will NOT be an 11:15 AM liturgy.


5 PM    Church

The Choir of the Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing an Eastertide service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 5:00 PM. The service will include the St. Paul's evening canticles by Herbert Howells and music of Gary Davison and Charles Villiers Stanford. Please plan to be a part of this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the closing of the day.

Evensong at CSMSG

Simple Supper  

Simple supper logoA Simple Supper will be served in the Taylor Room following Evensong on May 1. The dinner will be prepared and served to benefit the Sant Memorial Library. Donations of $5 per person are appreciated. To help us plan please make reservations by contacting Alice at 314.721.1502 or Come enjoy food and fellowship with old and new friends.

Thursday, May 5

Anna Karenina Book Discussion

Anna Karenina logo7:15 PM   Library

The 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

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
Canterbury Bookstore 
Stop by the Canterbury Bookstore to select that special Easter gift or a gift for your confirmand. Confirmation will be on Sunday, May 1. Silver and gold-filled chains and crosses, Bibles, prayer books (imprints available) and devotionals, along with many other gift ideas, are on display right now. Come by and take a look today.  Free Gift Wrapping always available.
The Episcopal Handbook ($15) is the indispensable companion for those who want to be well-informed church goers and would enjoy a good chuckle along the way. This little volume contains timeless theological truths, interesting historical tidbits and everyday faith situations we all meet sooner or later. Included is a glossary of Episcopal worship terms, illustrations, maps and tips for the 21st century Episcopalians.
Is there a new baby in your life? Come by Canterbury Bookstore and see the wonderful gifting ideas on display. Baptismal books, stroller blankets, classic books, precious boxes and small imprintable Bibles.
Ethics After Easter by Stephen Holmgren focuses on questions all people of faith must ask: How will I keep my baptismal promises? How am I meant to live "after Easter"? In developing a distinctively Anglican approach to ethics, with its emphasis on holiness, sanctification and the need for spiritual disciplines, Holmgren identifies clear axioms for Anglican moral theology and the ethos required for moral decision making on the part of individuals and church bodies.
The Oxford Guide to The Book of Common Prayer ($45) is the first comprehensive guide to the history and usage of the original Book of Common Prayer. It shows how a seminal text for Christian worship and devotion has inspired a varied family of religious resources that have had an influence far beyond their use in the churches of a single tradition.

 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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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!