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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 25 - July 31, 2011
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"Who says a mission trip is all work?!"
Students on the HS Mission trip at a picnic at Steamboat Rock in the Black Hills.

Preaching Rota
The Rev. Jed Fox
  July 31      The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
  August 7     The Rev. Andrew John Archie
  August 14   The Rev. Andrew John Archie
  August 21   Mr. Isaac Arten
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 the speaker in this week's Single Serving Sunday classes.
July 31      Laurie Anzilotti    Growing the Mustard Seed:                                            Possibilities for Adult Faith                                            Development
August 7     John Tyler           Getting Help from Surprising Sources


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.


Growing In Generosity
Stewardship Campaign 2011  
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We are not there yet. We are still $123,804 short of our $2,000,000 goal for 2011.


Our congregation is strong and vibrant.  Each member must give prayerful


consideration to his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and the opportunities that lie ahead. Only through the commitment of our time, talent and treasure can we respond to God's call and share His love with the world. Your gifts to CSMSG make ministry happpen -- ministry that touches lives in more ways than we can list! 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!



Our Nicaraguan Mission

Nicaruaguan girls
32 travelers had a wonderful mission trip to Managua, Nicaragua this year from July 5 to 19....

Letter from Carroll Stribling regarding Our Nicaraguan Mission

From the Pewsbag_man_eyes
Conventional wisdom says it's easier to be a critic than to actually do something. From my pew, I am not sure this is true. Being a critic is hard work. First, you have to find something to criticize. Then, you have to find someone to listen. Finally, you have to expend a lot of energy formulating the criticism. That's a lot of work. Doing something is often pretty mindless. Squirting oil on a squeaky hinge; showing up to be a greeter or usher; helping out at a Habitat house one Saturday. Doesn't require much thought, really. And, in the end, what's more satisfying? What's better food for the soul? Hmmmm. Good point. I think I'll do more around here, and critique less.

New Name Tags Are Here!

Name tags are now available for all parishioners 13 years and older.
First, look for your new name tag on the rack where you normally find it. 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.

Thank you for wearing your name tag.  


  Youth ministry repairing home in Sturgis.


Our 2011 High School Mission Team returned July 17 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 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!  


Row, Row, Row Your Canoe!! ALL CSMSG families and parishioners are invited to join in the fun on our Annual Float Trip and Camp-out, Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7. Float the Meramec River and camp out (optional) in Onondaga State Park. Tours of the cave are available. Cost is $40 per canoe. Each family is responsible for food for lunch and camp-out. E-mail Brian Thomsen at to sign up or for more information.

College Reunion Summer Get-together- All college students are invited to join the YM staff at Triumph Grill and The Moto-Museum on Tuesday, August 9 from 5:30-7 PM for dinner and to view the European motorcycles! RSVP to by Friday, August 5.


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.


Our High School Girls' Bible Study will resume on August 16. We meet from 6:45-7:30 AM at Betsy Panke's home for breakfast and Bible Study. We will help with transportation as needed. Please contact Marty Chapman at to sign up! All 9th-12th grade girls are invited!


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

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

 6:30 PM    Library

Fr. Fox continues his Monday Night Bible study at 6:30 PM through out the summer in the Library. We continue our Journey to the Cross in Mark's Gospel with a mixture of lecture and discussion. Everyone is welcome.

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

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
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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This Week

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. 

Upcoming Events


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. E-mail Brian Thomsen at 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


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

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 

Summer is whizzing by... what have you been doing? Have you taken time for you? 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!
The Meaning of Icons by Leonid Ouspensky and Vladimir Lossky. The authors have written an explanation of the technique of icon-painting and description of the most important types of icons. Apart from a detailed description of the icon screen of the Russian Church, 58 other types are explained, with the aid of an equal number of illustrations, among which are ten various representations of the Virgin Mary.  
the angelic wayThe Angelic Way by Rabbi Rami Shapiro makes a fine contribution to the study of angels, including the gift of presenting the role of angels through the prism of deep ecumenism wherein all cultural and religious traditions of humankind speak of these things in one form or another. The Angelic Way illuminates the spiritual, philosophical and psychological implications of angels, both heavenly and fallen, for readers and seekers of every faith or none.

Scarred by Struggle Transformed by Hope, a new offering by Joan Chittister, gives us another perspective on holding fast to hope.  She reminds us it is in the necessary struggles of life that we stretch our souls and gain new insights enabling us to go on.  Meant to help readers cope with their own suffering and disappointment, Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope is "anatomy of struggle and an account of the way hope grows in us...that we might remember how to recognize new life in our souls..." - Chittister. Wm. B. Eerdmans publisher and available in Canterbury Bookstore.
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. 
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.