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The Church of

St. Michael &

St. George

6345 Wydown Blvd.
PO Box 11887
Clayton, MO 63105
314.721.1502 p
314.721.4670 f

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"Living Christ In This World"
July 11 - July 17, 2011
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The Leonard family attending church last Sunday. 

Preaching Rota
Blake Tipton
  July 17     Mr. Gregory Blake Tipton
  July 24      Mr. Isaac Arten
  July 31      The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
  August 7   The Rev. Andrew John Archie
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 17, and Laurie will lead July 24 and 31.


July 17     Blake Tipton       Pun with Philemon

July 24      Laurie Anzilotti      To be announced
July 31      Laurie Anzilotti      To be announced


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.

Mysterious personFrom the Pews

As I sit in my pew, I am pursuing God. I am sitting still, and also actively moving. I feel pretty content, but not at all complacent. I am of two minds. I am calm, and I am unsettled. You know the metaphor of the duck on the water--looks calm on the surface, but paddling like crazy underneath. How about you? Are you a duck in your pew? 

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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Your pledge dollars are supporting the High School Mission trip in Sturgis, South Dakota this week. Thanks to you, 27 of our youth are working together to help others, and as a result, cultivating their faith and developing their spiritual souls. Your pledge dollars truly are "transforming lives through Christ" just as our mission statement reads!
As of today we have received 42 new or increased pledges for a total $49,260, which brings us to just $147,321 short of our goal.
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.

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New Nametags Are Here!

New nametags for all parishioners, over the age of 13 years (confirmation age), are now on the nametag racks OR on the table in the hallway off the Davis Courtyard. Please pick up your nametag off the table and either designate which rack you would like it to be placed, or take it home with you. Please wear your nametag, our newcomers (and Blake our summer intern) want to learn your names. If you are not able to locate your nametag, please fill out a form located on the nametag table in the hallway or contact Laurie Brown at

This Week

Saturday, July 16

sandwich makingHunger Ministry


10-11 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 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


11:45 AM-1 PM     Sverdrup Room
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.

Adult Formation 

Women's Bible Study

7:30 AM       Sverdrup Room

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

Fr. Jed Fox is on the Mission Trip in Nicaragua, so Bible Study will not be held on July 11. 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


Our 2011 High School Mission Team is in Sturgis, South Dakota 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 or 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.


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

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, 314.757.0491 or

Faith in Action

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, The Bridge and St. Peter and Paul Community Services. Due to summer vacation schedules more volunteers are needed. Come join this "hands on" ministry this Saturday, July 16 and make a difference.
Sandwich making on Saturday morning

St. Michael's Tutors

Would you enjoy tutoring a child with important reading or math skills.  Call Harrison Heil 314.862.6101 and learn more about this ministry to those needing help. Tutoring begins in September.  Make plans to help now.


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!
Mr. Sunday's Soups by Lorraine Wallace contains more than 75 delicious, homemade soup recipes to bring your family together. These are rave-worthy soups you can try yourself. Whether a cool summer gazpacho, a hearty winter stew or anything in between, you'll find a delicious recipe for all seasons.
All Majesty and Power, a selection of the Episcopal Book Club, is an anthology that contains select "royal prayers" from throughout history. It consists of two parts -- prayer by royalty and prayers for royalty. Scriptures as well as prayers used by Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots, Prince Philip in addition to others. The book collects prayers in various styles beginning with prayers used by the first Christians up to the present day. All Majesty and Power is published by Wm. B. Eerdmans and is available in Canterbury Bookstore.
Would you enjoy working with books, meeting new people, and learning about new products available in the Bookstore? We'd love to have you as part of the Canterbury Bookstore team. Call Peggy at 314.721.1502 and learn more about the possibilities.

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.