YM Middle School Group at Citygarden

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Clayton, MO 63105
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"Living Christ In This World"
June 20 - June 26, 2011
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Citygarden was on the itinerary the first day of the Youth Ministry's Middle School Mission Week.   The camp will run from Monday-Friday and will consist of different service opportunities each day in our community.   

Preaching Rota
 June 26   The Rev. Andrew John Archie
    July 3    Mr. Isaac Arten
  July 10    The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
  July 17    Mr. Gregory Blake Tipton
The Summer Schedule has begun!

Sunday liturgies begin at 8 AM, 10 AM, and 5:30 PM.
Sunday Adult Education

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Summer Single Servings

Come to church before the 10 AM liturgy this summer and hear some of the amazing people who worship here at CSMSG speak about a variety of topics related to our common life in Christ.
Classes begin at 9 AM in the Taylor Room. (There WILL be children's activities downstairs in the Kindergarten class room so that parents can attend.)

June 26  Buzz Matthews  
               Embodying Anglican Theology:

       Applying the Missional Impulse of The Book of Common
       Prayer to a Post-Modern Context   


The Rector's Forum

The Rector's Forum is in recess until October 2.

Faith & Life Forum  

Faith & Life Forum is in recess until October 2.

From the Pews

Mysterious person
In my pew, I can see a lot of things that are old. The prayer books are from  before I was born. Most of the stained glass windows are at least 50 years old. The organ is at least that old. Even me - I'm kinda old myself. The Word is old. The words are old. So, what's new?  Well, the roof is new! And the website and e-newsletter. The sermons are new each week.  There are visitors and we are new to them. I sometimes go way outside my comfort zone and park in a whole new place, just to shake it up. I've even been known to swap sides in church and sit in a whole new area, in a whole new pew. (I do this very rarely, trust me - I like the view from my pew.) Our church has the comfort of the old and familiar, and the attractiveness of the new. We are decidedly traditional I think, but not in the least outdated or backwards or stale. We have found the right balance.  Not too hot, not too cold (well, some Sundays it's a tad chilly in church). Goldilocks would be right at home in our church. From my pew, we're just right!

Our Summer Intern 

Blake TiptonPlease extend a warm welcome to Blake Tipton, our summer intern. Blake is 24 and from Atlanta, Georgia. His alma mater is the University of Georgia where he obtained bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Political Science. He will return to Duke University in the Fall as a 2nd year student. Blake has been a member of The Episcopal Church since November 2009 and is an aspirant in the Atlanta Diocese. He enjoys theological and philosophical dialogues, reading fiction, jogging, writing, water tubing, and dirt biking.
Growing In Generosity
Stewardship Campaign 2011  
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"The good news is that people have never responded so generously to the cause of Christ here at The Church of St. Michael and St. George. And it shows. This has been nothing short of a great year so far", said the Rev. Andrew Archie and Senior Warden Jim Holbrook.
Our goal for this year's campaign is $2,000,000, and as of today we have received 422 pledges for a total of $1,803,419. Please take a moment to reflect on God's work in your life and the life of our parish and consider raising your pledge or making a pledge to support that work.
"This is a strong and vibrant church alive in the Spirit of Christ...it's as if Jesus has drawn back the curtain on the great festival of love and fellowship that is the messianic banquet yet to come."
Thank you for your pledge!
Growing in Generosity Stewardship testimonials

This Week

Sunday, June 26

Summer Family Movie Night at Church: Pizza will be provided at 5 PM. A-L families bring salad, M-Z bring dessert for 6. After dinner in the Great Hall we'll watch a great family movie. Bring your blankets!  (there will be chairs for parents!)

There is no cost! Just come for the fun!   


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!



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 summer, the study will focus on I and II Samuel. All women are welcome! 

Music Ministry

The CSMSG ChoirCalling All Singers!

If you like to sing, can read music, and you have some choral experience, now is your opportunity to be a part of the CSMSG Choir. Any singers who are not members of the choir during the regular season are invited to join us throughout the summer to assist in the leadership of our 10 AM Holy Eucharist on Sunday mornings. Any interested singers need only appear in the choir room on Sunday mornings for a 9 AM rehearsal. One need not commit to the entire summer-singers are welcome for just one Sunday, for the entire summer, or for any combination of Sundays through Sunday, September 4. The regular choir season resumes on September 11. Any questions? Call Rob Lehman in the church office or email rwlehman@csmsg.org.


The St. Michael School of Clayton 

 St. Michael School of Clayton Tri Art Summer Camp Info


YM Middle School Group at Citygarden

Middle School Mission Week begins today! All rising 5th graders through rising 9th graders and their friends are welcome to participate! The week will run from Monday-Friday and will consist of different service opportunities each day in our community. Adult chaperones and drivers are needed. Cost is $50. RSVP to youth@csmsg.org now to save your spot!  


MS Mission Volunteers needed! Lend a hand at the Zoo! Adult and high school volunteers are invited to join our Middle School Missioners when they host families from the Gateway Homeless Services Shelter for a morning at the Zoo and cookout in Forest Park on Friday, June 24. E-mail youth@csmsg.org for more information.


Starbucks with Buzz! Get to know Buzz Matthews, our new

Buz Mathews

High School Youth Minister. Buzz invites students and parents to use the online booking service called 'Clickbook' to set up a meeting.  Just go to www.buzzmatthews.clickbook.net at your convenience. It will be pretty self-explanatory from there. Please keep in mind that this involves a fast and easy registration process that is spam proof. Anyone with a heart for youth is invited to set up a meeting! If you don't see a time that works for you, please contact him at the church office at 314.721.1502, ext. 4053.


Wednesday Night Bible Study will resume August 10.


Congratulations to all of our 2011 High School Seniors who were  recently recognized at church! If you were not able to be with us, please stop by the receptionist's desk and pick up your gift!   


SAVE-THE-DATE: Summer College Reunion Get-together will be on Tuesday, August 9. Time and place to be announced.


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, yard clean-up, 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.


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

Church School Happenings
Parish picnic participant

Summer Church School begins at 10 AM 

with lectionary-based stories and activities for the Preschool-3rd Grade in the undercroft classroom. The children will join their parents at the Peace for communion.


Sunday, June 26

Summer Family Movie Night: Mark your calendars for a Pizza and Movie Night at Church. Pizza will be provided at 5 PM. A-L families bring salad, M-Z bring dessert for 6. After dinner in the
Great Hall we'll watch a great family movie. Bring your blankets!  (there will be chairs for parents!)

There is no cost- just come for the fun! 

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.

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Upcoming Events

Monday Night Bible Study on Vacation in June.

Monday night Bible study will take a vacation in June. We will resume June 27, when we will finish Mark's gospel. Come join us then.

Faith in Action

Second Suitcase to Nicaragua 

Cleaning out the kids toy box? Send gently-used toys in a mission volunteer's second suitcase to Nicaragua for the Santa Rosa and El Samuelito schools: Legos, Lincoln Logs, building blocks, tent 'play house' (playhut, etc.) large abacus (for pre-school) play stations and 'play house' items, large plastic animals, dinosaurs, etc., large trucks/cars, educational toys, puzzles, hand puppets, board games/card games, Matchbox size cars, 'dress-up' items, and recorders (music instrument). Place items in the Nicaragua box at the Wydown entrance.

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 St. Michael's Orthodox Church's Food Program and The Bridge clients.  Come join the Sandwich Making team on Saturday, July 16 and help in making over 1000 sandwiches.


Faith In Action

There are many needs within the Outreach community at  St. Michael & St. George. Whatever your talent, there is an opportunity for you. Tutoring, cooking, interacting with kids (of any age), packing, counting money, sewing, knitting, talking with people, writing, and the list could go on... Call Peggy Strelinger, Outreach Coordinator at 314.721.1502 and find where you are most needed.  


KIDs/ECM Birthday Parties

Episcopal City Mission's birthday party for the kids at the Juvenile Detention Center will be August 12. Volunteers can help with purchasing supplies for the party, decorating the room before the event or assisting with the program for the evening from 5:45-8:30 PM. Please call Mary Kay Digby, 314.426.3545, or Peggy Strelinger, 314.721.1502, for more information.

Bulletin Board

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.

CSMSG Pre-primary program

Laurie greeting at doorWanted: 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.


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 Catherine Salmon 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 epanke@aol.com.

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 provided by an anonymous benefactor. Thank you for this very generous gift!

Linda Bickel getting the bookstrore ready for fall.

Canterbury Bookstore 

What are you reading this summer? New titles are arriving each day in the Canterbury Bookstore. A new series of mysteries based on the ten commandments, a novel where a bishop turns a cold and empty mansion into a place of life and laughter, and books to take on your travels this summer for both kids and adults. Please view the weekly e-letter for book reviews. See you in the store!

Here are some suggestions from the Canterbury Bookstore. Want more suggestions?... stop by the Bookstore and speak with Peggy, Ann, Linda, Rhonda or Mark.
What if a bishop decided to live as a beggar, and then as a bishop again? That's just what happens in Joseph F. Girzone's newest novel, The Homeless Bishop.
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Pocket Doodles for Boys is great travel companion filled with page after page of ideas to accomplish on one page with one pencil. Fun activities for any time or location. And there's Pocket Doodles for Girls, too.

Are we there yet?  by Rand McNally is a fun and colorful book of "back-seat" games and activities sure to entertain and educate children of many ages. Games and puzzles on every page, but don't cheat, the answers are in the back!
Praying the Names of Jesus, a Daily Guide focuses on 26 of his most prominent names and titles to provide six months' worth of devotions. Each week provides a unique devotional program designed for personal prayer and study or for use in small groups.  Prince of Peace, Lamb of God, Bread of Life, Immanuel...through his names and titles we come to understand more fully how Jesus reveals God's heart to us. This book is currently available at 40% off the regular price.
Food at the Time of the Bible by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh.  As you enjoy learning about what our biblical ancestors ate, you will find yet another way of coming closer to Bible days and Bible ways.  Through this book you will discover that Scripture, the most important inspiration in our spiritual lives can be an inspiration in the kitchen as well.

Summer Bookstore hours:
Sunday 8:30-11:30
Monday 10-noon
Thursday 10-3
Friday 8:30-noon

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 completed in the fall.