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"Living Christ In This World"
April 25 - May 1, 2011
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This Sunday is Confirmation Sunday. The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith will be our guest preacher at the 9:15 AM liturgy.  

NOTE: There will not be an 11:15 liturgy.  

Preaching Rota

The Rt. Rev. Smiith
May 1       The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith
May 8       The Rev. Andrew John Archie
May 15     The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
May 22     The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
Sunday Adult Education
The Rector's Forum   
10:30 AM  Taylor Room

The Rector's Forum will not meet 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
From the Pews  Mysterious person
Sometimes in my pew I think small thoughts, like why I didn't wear a sweater and it's cold in the church.  And sometimes I think big thoughts, like 'what's the difference between faith and religion?' I guess big thoughts are those things I don't fully understand or don't really have a good answer for. And I'm not sure if I come to church for the answers, or just for the comfort in knowing that few of us really have the answers. I often look around and wonder who in their pews have the answers. For example, who here knows if we are really to give thanks for all things or just for the good things, anyway? I'm not giving thanks for what just happened in Japan, that's for sure. But there's probably someone here who can explain why I should. I don't know. As I look around in the pews, I see some pretty smart folks. More astute than me, that's for sure. And I think that's one of God's gifts-I don't know, and maybe I don't need to.  That's my big thought from my pew!   


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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Time, Talent and Treasure

....go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.  Matthew 28:10

What would that look like in your life, today?
"Go and tell my brothers" could mean "go and make sandwiches or breakfast for the homeless."  "Go and knit a blanket for a newborn."  "Go and speak of a living faith to a colleague at work."  One of the thrills of being a member of The Church of St. Michael & St. George is witnessing the many ways that our congregation lives the Resurrected life!

 Growing in Generosity Stewardship testimonials
This Week

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 a Choral Evensong for Eastertide on Sunday, May 1, at 5:00 PM. The liturgy 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 alice@csmsg.org. Come  

                                  enjoy food and fellowship with old and     

                                  new friends.

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Church School Happenings
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Sunday, May 1

2nd-5th Grade: this is a Family Service in the Church, and, because of the two baptisms and confirmation of the 8th grade class, there will not be Church School following the liturgy. This is a wonderful time to observe the first two sacraments, baptism and confirmation! 

Preschool-1st Grade morning is the same, with Church School in their classrooms followed by the chapel service.

Mite box

Lenten Mite Boxes and Baskets for Almost Home  

2nd-5th Grades can set their mite boxes and Almost Home baskets in a box outside of St. George's Chapel.

Preschool-1st Grades will present them at the altar in the Chapel in their 10:25 AM service.

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!  


The Rev. Mike Wheeler's  Women's Bible Studies will NOT meet on the following days: Tuesday, April 26 and Friday April 29. Classes will resume Tuesday, May 3 and Friday, May 6.  

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 sandwich making    

5th Grade Parents: SAVE-THE-DATE: Sunday, May 8 the 6th and 7th graders will welcome the 5th graders into the gym where we hold 6th/7th grade SS each week! Parents, please plan to pick up your children from the gym around 11:10 AM; come in and meet the Youth Ministry staff too! 

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.


2011 High School Mission Teambuilding Day is Saturday, May 14. We will meet at the church at 8 AM and return by 4:30 PM. All mission team members and chaperones should plan to attend.


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 interns@csmsg.org 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 bart.freer@gmail.com.


Wednesday Night Bible Study returns this Wednesday, with dinner at 6:30 PM.


Please make sure to return your Youth Ministry Information Survey so your name will be included in our 2011-12 Youth Ministry Directory!

Upcoming Events

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 alice@csmsg.org.  


Saturday, May 7 

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


Monday, May 9

Susan Mount Guild

11:30 AM    Great Hall

On Monday, May 9 the Susan Mount Guild will welcome Margaret Carr who will tell us about the Revolutionary battle fought west of the Mississippi, right here in St. Louis. Punch Bowl is at 11:30 AM; Lunch ($5) at noon followed by the program.  All are welcome!  Please make your reservations by Wednesday, May 4 by calling Helen Cavin at 314.647.0889.


Tuesday, May 10 

Christ is Risen, Lets eat Pancakes!

7 AM    First Watch in Clayton
The final Men's Breakfast of the Church Year will be Tuesday, May 10. Come to the First Watch in Clayton at 7 AM and share a meal and fellowship with other men from The Church of St Michael and St George. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when you spend it in Christian Fellowship, it does not just a body but the soul good!


Steak & Stories  

6 PM    Great Hall
Last month we learned at Steak & Stories that Bishop Tuttle led organized religions by sanctioning baseball as an acceptable activity for the Sabbath. With Bishop Tuttle's blessing we will continue the baseball subject with Fred Heger, the author of "The Brownie Album" photos and biographies of 80 St. Louis Browns baseball players. He will share his experiences and knowledge of the St. Louis Browns Baseball Team that played here from the 19th Century through 1954.
Please RSVP to Alice 314.721.1502 or alice@csmsg.org no later than noon Monday, May 9.

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 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.

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 outreach@csmsg.org.
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Canterbury Bookstore 
Canterbury Bookstore has special selections of books, Bibles, jewelry and cards for giving to children, parents, and friends of all ages. Birthdays, anniversaries, a new birth-just to name a few.   Remember gift-wrapping is always available and FREE. Stop by today. Let us help you with that special gift.
Life of Jesus In Icons with commentary by Francis J. Moloney is an elegantly-arranged book of more than 30 icons which tell the story of the life of Jesus. Relevant biblical texts and a commentary written by Francis J. Moloney, SDC with carefully chosen extracts from the early Church Fathers shed further light on each of the events portrayed in the icons. A valuable resource for those interested in icons and a meaningful gift for the enrichment of Bible study.
Canterbury Bookstore does not collect tax and always offers free gift wrapping. The Bookstore is happy to assist in shipping your items when needed.

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Book of the Month
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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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Stupp Scholarship

It's time for interested graduating high school seniors from this parish to apply for a Jane Howell Stupp Living Memorial Scholarship for college for the 2010-2011 academic year. This fund was established by Mrs. Stupp's family to provide one-time only college scholarships to worthy recipients. This is a competitive scholarship and not all applicants may receive a scholarship. You need to make a written application for this grant by writing the rector and including a transcript, a list of all financial support you are receiving and two letters of reference, one of which must be written by a teacher. Your information must be received in the rector's office by Monday, June 6, 2011.

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

Accoytes on Palm Sunday

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 2011-12 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 a degreed teacher 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 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!