YM Youth Group at Mount Rushmore

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The Church of

St. Michael &

St. George

6345 Wydown Blvd.
PO Box 11887
Clayton, MO 63105
314.721.1502 p
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"Living Christ In This World"
July 18 - July 24, 2011
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The CSMSG Youth Ministry group spent a week performing repairs and construction projects on low-income housing in Sturgis, SD. The stop at Mount Rushmore was one of the highlights of the trip. 

Preaching Rota
  July 24       Mr. Isaac Arten
  July 31        The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
  August 7     The Rev. Andrew John Archie
  August 14   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.)

Lauri Anzilotti will be double dipping in July's Single Serving Sunday classes.


July 24    Laurie Anzilotti    Growing the Mustard Seed: Stages of
                                        Children's Faith Development 


July 31      Laurie Anzilotti    Growing the Mustard Seed:                                          Possibilities for Adult Faith                                          Development


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.


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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As of today we have received 423 pledges for a total of $1,875,196.



This includes $53,777 in pledge increases and gifts.

Our summer intern, Blake Tipton, preached a terrific sermon yesterday. The Duke internship program that Blake is a part of is win/win. The program allows our parish to meet young people entering into Episcopal priesthood and at the same time allows Blake the opportunity to learn from our clergy and staff about what it takes to make a parish like CSMSG thrive. Thank you for your pledge!
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!



From the Pews
Wouldn't it be great to be able to say, at the end of each day, bag_man_eyes"Wow, God allowed me to _______ today!"  I sit in my pew each week and wonder what I should put in that blank.  What should God allow me to do?  You know, wouldn't it be great if God just pushed me a little bit more, gave me a little clearer direction. I sit in my pew and wait for permission. For a sign. For enlightenment. And I promise that, when it happens, I'll really jump to it and get busy. No, really. I promise. When He says "Go," I'll go! When He fills in the blank, I'll be His loyal servant. I'm waiting. I'm ready. I'm still waiting. (Do I remind you of the servant who buried his talent in the field?) Maybe what I should do is spend a few minutes filling in the blank myself, with just a few items. Maybe God is waiting for me. I could do that quietly in my pew every Sunday before the service. I could come early and fill in the blank. I should. I think I will!

New Name Tags Are Here!

First, look for your new name tag on the rack where you normally find it on Sunday morning. If it is not there then please check the table in the hallway. If it is not on the table, fill out a green slip and a new one will be made for you. Our newcomers and wonderful intern Blake want to learn our names, so please wear your nametag on Sunday.  

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

Bible Study will resume on July 18.

Music Ministry

CSMSG choir Calling 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 outing
 St. Michael School of Clayton Tri Art Summer Camp Info


Ministry youth at work in Sturgis.


Our 2011 High School Mission Team returned yesterday from Sturgis, South Dakota where they performed low income housing repairs and construction projects. We know the residents of Sturgis are very thankful for the more than 13,000 hours that were donated by this workcamp in their community! KUDOS! Our CSMSG team had a wonderful trip and was able to cook out in the Black Hills, see the Dinosaur Park and Reptile Gardens in Rapid City, visit Mt. Rushmore and and drive up Pigtail Drive on Iron Mountain, eat lunch at Wall Drug and take the scenic drive through the Badlands! It was a WONDERFUL week of fun and mission work. THANK YOU to all who donated to this year's HS Mission Fundraiser, to all parents of participants, and to all of the students and adults who took a week out of their summer to go on this mission trip!  


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 youth@csmsg.org 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 youth@csmsg.org.  


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.


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 Church school student

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 alice@csmsg.org 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 youth@csmsg.org 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 youth@csmsg.org. Parents, please e-mail your college student's e-mail address to youth@csmsg.org 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 patience.schock@sbcglobal.net.

Faith in Action


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 Memorial Library.


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. This need is increasing every day. Put a group together and come to church and assemble the casseroles.  Call Becky Zaccarello at 314.721.4565 or Peggy Strelinger at
314.721.1502 for details. The casseroles are delivered to local food pantries where they are distributed to families. Please help meet this local community need.


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!

Bookstore manager, Peggy Strelinger

Canterbury Bookstore 

There's more, more, more that has arrived at Canterbury Bookstore. Come in and browse the new titles, the jams from A Monastery Kitchen and the colorful bracelets, rings and necklaces from Pink House.  Cool off in the Bookstore and enjoy the sights. Imprinting available and the Bookstore does not collect sales tax.
Fragments of Your Ancient Name by Joyce Rupp assembles a remarkable collection of reflections for each day of the year. Once again, Joyce Rupp proves herself a wise and gentle spiritual midwife, drawing forth 365 names of God from the world's spiritual treasury. Rupp stirs the imagination and the heart to discover a new dimension of God.
What's The Least I Can Believe And Still Be A Christian? by Martin Thielen clears away theological underbrush and rediscovers a Jesus-centered approach to the Christian faith. This whimsical title disguises a very serious issue: how to help Christians navigate through myths and misunderstandings and faulty assumptions about our faith.
 The Red Sea Rules
The Red Sea Rules by Robert Morgan reveals, even in the midst of  seemingly impossible situations, God's promise to make a way for us. His loving guidance will protect us through danger, illness, marital strife, financial problems -- whatever challenges Satan places in our path. 
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 -- prayers by royalty and prayers for royalty. Scriptures as well as prayers used by Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots and 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.