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"Living Christ In This World"
July 4 - July 10, 2011
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Girls showing off the flags they've made in summer Church School classes.   

Preaching Rota
Fr. Wheeler
  July 10    The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
  July 17    Mr. Gregory Blake Tipton
  July 24    Mr. Isaac Arten
  July 31    The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
The Summer Schedule

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.)

Blake Tipton and Lauri Anzilotti will be double dipping in July's Single Serving Sunday classes. Blake will lead the class July 10 and 17, and Lauri will lead July 24 and 31. Watch for more information coming soon.


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

bag_man_eyesWhat is the easy work of this church, do you think? And what's the hard work? I sit in my pew and watch the processional, celebrate in the celebration, am swept away by the music, enjoy the conversation in the Great Hall, and learn something in the classes. It all works like a Swiss watch, almost effortlessly. So, how hard can it be? How hard can it be to put on a children's service simultaneously?  To have the programs and announcements printed correctly and ready to go. To have the greeters and ushers on the ready?  To have the flowers and altar prepared? The choir rehearsed? The place cleaned and set up? Is this easy or hard? Is it easy to perform the too-numerous funerals this year? What does it take to prepare a sermon -- an hour? A day? I really don't know. I am a spectator in my pew, and I get to feast on the fruits of all of the labor. And the church makes it look easy.  Look at the total overhaul of the Page Garden -- looking really good! Was that easy to figure out and manage and fund? We have a summer intern from Duke Divinity School -- how hard was that to get lined up? Many youth are going off to do mission work out of state, and many parishioners of all ages are heading to Nicaragua to do mission work -- does this just happen with the flip of a switch? The Bookstore is open and staffed and stocked for us.  God's hand certainly makes the work easier, but I wonder how it all gets done!  From my pew, I need to be more appreciative!

Our Summer Intern 

Blake Tipton Please 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 word "stewardship" comes from the Greek word oikonomia, from which we derive our English word "economy." The Greek word itself derives from two words, oikos (house) and nemo (to manage). Therefore, a steward (one who practices stewardship) was the manager of a house or household. Financially speaking, we are stewards (managers) of whatever God has put into our hands. We own nothing and we answer to Him for how we have administered His assets and affairs while on this earth.
Growing in Generosity Stewardship testimonials


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!  


Monday Night Bible Study

There will be no Bible Study Monday, July 11 due to Fr. Fox being on the Mission Trip in Nicaragua. Bible Study will resume on July 18.

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

The St. Michael School of Clayton 

St. Michael School of Clayton Tri-Art Summer Camp outing
 St. Michael School of Clayton Tri Art Summer Camp Info


YM misssion week


The 2011 High School Mission Team will depart this Friday, July 8 for Sturgis, South Dakota where we will be performing low income housing repairs and construction projects. The team members are: Nick Bacino, Nathan Breckenridge, Martha Burke, Erin Butler, Patrick Butler, Maggie Chapman, Michael Davidson, Grace Deal, Brett Downey, John Duncan, Katie Foley, Chad Freer, Loie Hasler, Maud Hasler, Caroline Kennard, Jack Klamer, Lindsey McCoy, Cole Miller, Ben Nickelson, Jason Robertson, Brett Rutledge, Roger Taylor, Ian Thomsen, Riley Thomsen, Will Tipton, Jamal Whitehead, Sharon Whittaker, Isaac Arten, Todd Burton, Marty Chapman, Bart Freer, Nick Freer, Mark Klamer, Buzz Matthews, Julie Robertson and Brian Thomsen. Please keep this team in your prayers over the next week. They will return on Sunday, July 17.


Float Trip! Save-the-date: Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 to canoe with the Youth Ministry! All families are welcome to float and camp out. Cost is $40 per canoe. Each family is responsible for bringing their food and camping supplies. Camp-out is optional. RSVP to to sign up of for more information.


SAVE-THE-DATE: Summer College Reunion Get-together

All college students are invited to join the YM staff at Triumph Grill on Tuesday, August 9 from 5:30-7 PM for dinner and to view the Moto-Museum! RSVP to  


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 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.

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


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.

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

Sandwich making on Saturday morning.
Saturday, July 16

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.

Monday, July 18


Faith@Work will meet Monday, July 18, in the Sverdrup Room from 11:45 AM-1 PM. 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,
July 18, 10 AM to rsvp.

Tuesday, July 26

Steak & Stories

Continuing our July tradition, Steak & Stories will meet off-site in July. Frank Barkofske has generously offered to host. We will meet at 5 Lenox Place in the Central West End. As in the past there will be no speaker but double the fellowship with a great meal. Please RSVP to Alice at 314.721.1502 or before noon, July 25.

Saturday, August 6 & Sunday August 7

Float Trip!

Save the date: Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 to canoe with the Youth Ministry! All families are welcome to float and camp out. Cost is $40 per canoe.Each family is responsible for bringing their food and camping supplies. Camp-out is optional. RSVP to to sign up or for more information.

Tuesday, August 9

College Reunion Summer Get-together:

All college students are invited to join the YM staff at Triumph Grill on Tuesday, August 9 from 5:30-7 PM for dinner and to view the Moto-Museum! RSVP to Parents, please e-mail your college student's e-mail address to now so we can send them an e-vite. Thank you!

Thursday, August 11, 18, 25, September 1 & 8

Lectio DivinaSusie Skinner

The ancient practice of "lectio divina" (literally "holy reading") begins with cultivating the ability to listen deeply, to hear "with the ear of our heart" the words of Holy Scripture. Using the lectionary readings for the coming Sunday, we "pray the scriptures" and discover an increasing ability to offer more of ourselves and lives to God.  The Rev. Susan Skinner will facilitate a group on Thursday afternoons, 4:30-5:30 PM, beginning August 11 through September 8. The group will meet in the Library. The fee for the 5 week session is $15.  CSMSG contact is Patience Schock, 757-0491 or

Faith in Action

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.

Cell Phones 

If you own an old cell phone that you no longer use, you could provide a much needed safety net to a victim of domestic violence. Old cell phones are being collected and refurbished to provide women at risk with a secure phone to make "911" calls in the event of a domestic emergency. The phones (no accessories please) are being collected in the Sant Library. Contact Peggy Strelinger 314.721.1502 for further information.


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

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

Bookstore manager, Peggy Strelinger

Canterbury Bookstore 

How's your summer going? How about a good book to read? Canterbury Bookstore has many to choose from -- stop in today and browse the new titles. Don't forget to take a peek at the new shipment from Pink House -- beads and color everywhere!
 other gods book
Other Gods by Barbara Geisler is the first in the series The Averillian Chronicles. This series of fictional mysteries uses the ten commandments as their theme. Geisler's first novel is inspired and full of wonderful medieval English characters moving through a mystery set in the Benedictine abbey of Shaftesbury.
Tabbies are in! Index tabs for the Bible, in many styles and sizes are in stock. These helpful tabs are an ideal gift for the Bible Study Member, and are helpful anytime a reference to the Bible is needed. Finding a passage or book of the Bible becomes an easy task without "flipping back and forth."
Comfort Food, 200 of the Best Home Recipes is a perfectly cozy cookbook that includes the best recipes for breakfast, lunch, cookies, dinner, side dishes, beverages and desserts. Attractively illustrated, a wonderful gift for many occasions: showers, birthdays, graduations or anniversaries. Free gift wrapping at Canterbury Bookstore -- as always.

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.