Laurie Brown and children at the Food Bank

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"Living Christ In This World"
May 9 - May 15, 2011
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Volunteering is a family activity! Laurie Brown with her kids  at the Food Bank. They were participants in a Youth Ministry sponsored event on a recent Saturday morning.  

Preaching Rota

Fr. Wheeler
May 15     The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
May 22     The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
May 29     The Rev. Andrew John Archie
June 5      The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
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 
10:30 AM   Sverdrup Room
John Tyler  
The Faith & Life Forum, led by John Tyler, will meet Sunday, May 15, when we will continue a three-week series titled "Great Questions in the Bible". We will review and discuss the following Great Question: "How long will you keep straddling the fence?" (1 Kings 18:21)
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!

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From the Pews  bag_man_eyes
I sit in my pew and ponder "outreach." Sure, I practice outreach-when we pass the peace, I always reach out to my fellow pewmates (pewsters, pewpeeps, pewples?) and shake hands and say "peace." But I am amazed at the breadth and amount of real outreach our parish does. Just skimming this week's bulletin, I note: the upcoming Nicaragua trip, the high schoolers heading to South Dakota, the middle schoolers doing something locally, a St. Michael's Houses meeting, youth Bible study ("bring your friends"), Hunger Ministry sandwich-making and more, much more. There's an incredible amount of energy devoted to making our community better, and in so many different ways. Is this a call to service? Or maybe it's an expression of this parish's talent.  I bet if you could tabulate the number of hours and the value of the good that we do in the world, it would be a staggering amount in any measure. Whatever the reasons and however large the value, it is just so incredible. I salute my fellow pewtonians!     


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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As of today, we have received 419 pledges for a total of $1,797,728.

Christian Stewardship

Life is short, and we do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us. So be swift to love, make haste to be kind and the blessing of God will be with you always.
Thank you for your pledge!

 Growing in Generosity Stewardship testimonials
This Week


Tuesday, May 10 

Christ is Risen! Let's 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 & 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. 

Thursday, May 12

Anna Karenina Book Discussion

7:15 PM   LibraryAnna Karenina logo


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 12, 19, 26 at 7:15 PM in the library. RSVP to the receptionist at 314.721.1502 or

Sunday, May 15 

HS Senior Recognition 

9:15 AM Liturgy   Church 

Please RSVP to Marty at with the number in your family who will be attending this service. CONGRATULATIONS to all of our High School Seniors!

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On Sunday, May 15, the 3rd grade children will receive Bibles in the 9:15 AM chapel liturgy. If you would like your 3rd grade child to have one, please let Jane Fisher know at before May 10. The cost of the Bible is $20. Please make checks payable to the church. Parents are invited to be with their child in the chapel, when the Bible will be presented to them. 

Adult Formation 

Women's Bible Study

The Rev. John Michael Wheeler will continue to conduct the Women's Bible Studies that meet 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.



Thank you to ALL who donated baked goods, volunteered, and BOUGHT goodies at our Bake Sale this past Sunday!


6th-12th Graders: Remember that Sunday School continues through May 22.


High School Senior Recognition will be THIS Sunday, May 15 during the 9:15 AM liturgy.  Please RSVP to Nita Beecher at by Wednesday, May 11, the number in your family who will be attending the recognition ceremony on Sunday. 


2011 High School Mission Teambuilding Day is this 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! The 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!

 Middle school youth taking a break at Citygarden last summer.

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


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


Monday, May 16 


Sverdrup Room  11:45 AM

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, May 16, 10 AM to RSVP. 


Wednesday, May 18 

Youth Choir Dinner

6:30 PM    Great Hall

If you have a 3rd-12th grade girl who loves to sing, please join Mrs. Bye for dinner and stay for a short presentation as she unveils the program for our Youth Choir next season. Please RSVP to Alice at the front desk or by email at


Summer chorister campers


Saturday, May 21 

Hunger Ministry Sandwich-making 

10 AM   Taylor Room

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 Homeless Service's clients. Come join the Sandwich Making team and help in making over 1000 sandwiches.    

Sandwich making on Saturday morning.


Sunday, May 22

Women's Retreat Planning Committee

10:30 AM     Library
The Women's Retreat Planning Committee of CSMSG invites you to share your prior retreat experiences or your hopes and dreams for next year's Women's Retreat, so that the committee can build future retreats that feed, nourish and replenish your soul. Please meet in the Library on May 22 at 10:30 AM for a short discussion. If you are not able to attend  and would like to share your thoughts please contact a member of the committee: Jan Torrisi-Mokwa at, Patience Schock at, Jenny Matthews at, Laurie Brown at, Peggy Strelinger at, Debbie Fenner at or Nicki Gillis at

Women's retreat participants  


Sunday, May 29 

Summer Schedule Begins  

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist I, 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist I, 5:30 PM Holy Eucharist II   


Parish Picnic in the Street

Barbecue, petting zoo, magician and castle bouncy! Look for more information in coming weeks. 

Faith in Action

Shelter Ministry

What ever your talents, there is a volunteer opportunity for you at Gateway 180. You can teach children to cook or sew, prepare Sunday breakfast, enter case files in the computer, answer phones, stock shelves with canned goods or assist with homework.  The opportunities abound and the need is staggering. Call Nick Clifford or Peggy Strelinger at 314.721.1502 to discuss how you can participate.

Casseroles 'R' Us

Did you know that one casserole feeds a family of four for two days?  Pick up your casserole pan and lid with the recipe near the receptionist's desk at the church, make the casserole and return it to the church freezer by the third weekend of the month. The casseroles are then delivered to local food pantries where they are distributed to families in need. Please help meet this local community need.

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
Nicaraguan boy

Help fill a Second Suitcase for Nicaragua!

By packing a suitcase, you can be a part of the mission trip from St. Michael's going to Nicaragua in July. Each volunteer takes a second suitcase of donated items needed by a Christian school, two medical clinics and a hospital which serves the poorest communities in Managua, Nicaragua. Items, such as Lincoln Logs, building blocks, large abacus (for pre-school), play stations and 'play house' items (kitchen, workshop, etc.), tent 'play house' play hut, etc.), large plastic animals, dinosaurs, large trucks/cars, educational toys, puzzles, hand puppets, board games/card games, matchbox-size cars, 'dress-up' items, recorders (music instrument) are all appreciated. Place items in the Nicaragua box at the Wydown entrance.
Canterbury Bookstore during Len
Canterbury Bookstore 
Have you seen the unique gift ideas in the Canterbury Bookstore lately? Have you seen the colorful yellow galoshes? With a plant or used for kitchen utensils, office supplies or a vase for flowers, they are delightful! New designs from Kubla and Folkmanis bring excitement to the many delightful gift ideas you'll find in Canterbury Bookstore. You should see them today!

Father's Day is June 18. Be prepared. Come by the Bookstore and view the great ideas waiting for you there. Ties come in a variety of colors and patterns, beautiful crystal paperweights, labyrinths in various sizes and Vest Pocket Bibles are all available now. Gift editions of prayer books, Bibles and meditation guides are also good gift ideas for Dad. Imprinting is available. Let Canterbury Bookstore help with your special selection. Free gift wrapping.

Some suggestions for Dad include:
The Episcopal Handbook provides historical and theological information about the Episcopal Church alongside fun-filled facts and practical tips on being a churchgoing follower of Jesus Christ. Complete with illustrations, the resource presents a combination of vast truths, complex details, and bits of humor about the Episcopal understanding of the Christian life.

ten commandmentsThe Ten Commandments by Joan Chittister addresses the question "are the Ten Commandments a set of rules or a way of life?" and "what does it mean to love God and neighbor in a world of violence and fear..." while shedding light on the two Great Commandments-"Love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself."

A Traveler's Prayer Book contains prayers, Bible readings, meditations and Psalms for use when traveling. This beautiful little book is a devotional treasure that is indispensable and a valuable companion for all who travel.

 A Life-Giving Way by Esther de Wahl is written in simple, practical terms. It is a book on how the Rule of St. Benedict has shaped de Wahl's life. She takes the reader chapter by chapter through the Rule and reminds us that St. Benedict was, in fact, a lay person.

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 in the fall. 

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Wanted: 8 AM Greeters

Looking for a place to serve? Become a greeter at the 8 AM liturgy and help extend the hospitality at of The Church of St. Michael & St. George. Contact Patricia Johnson before or after the liturgy, or call her at home at 314.993.3779.

Laurie greeting at door  

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 2011-2012 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. John Michael Wheeler at

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

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 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!