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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"
August 8 - 14, 2011
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 Snack time during Church School on Sunday mornings! 

Preaching Rota
August 14   The Rev. Andrew John Archie
August 21     Mr. Isaac Arten
August 28     The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
The Summer Schedule

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


Check Out Our New Website!

Check out our new website! It is a work in progress. For those of you who have content in it, please review and update, if needed, by sending an e-mail to A special thank you to our webmaster, Matt Depew, and parishioners, Jim Holbrook and Jeff Miller for their valued participation.
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.)

Garret Adkins will be the speaker in this week's Single Serving Sunday classes.
August 14     Garret Adkins    I believe in the resurrection of the
                                              _______?: Why the Resurrection  
                                             changes everything, and you
                                             should drink the good wine

August 21      Isaac Arten         The Lord is My Shepherd/Lifeguard
                                             /Barista: Exploring the Imagery of
                                             the Bible

August 28      Isaac Arten        Narrative and Evangelism: Telling
                                            God's Story, Our Story, and Their

Summer Single Servings will continue through August. Thanks to all who have taught and attended.


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.


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 PewsMysterious person
When I sit in my pew, I wonder if my role is to be a good listener.  Church is set up really for one-way communications, isn't it? Or is it? We hear the Word. We absorb the lessons. We receive Communion. We bask in the music. We read the prayers. It all comes at us -- in a lovely way, by the way! How can I be a better listener, I wonder?  There's so much good stuff. So many good lessons. I need to pay attention. At least I'm not texting like the person down the pew from me -- he sure isn't paying attention! We're supposed to be communicating too, I think. By praying, of course. And singing. And chatting with each other afterwards. I need to listen harder, digest better, communicate more. It's actually very demanding to sit here in my pew!

New Name Tags Are Here!

Please take a look on the racks for your new name tag.
If you are not able to find it on the racks, check the table
in the hallway.  

Thank you for wearing your name tag.  

This Week

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 five-week session is $15.  CSMSG contact is Patience Schock, 314.757.0491 or  

Upcoming Events


Sunday, August 14

2011 High School Mission Reunion

All members of this year's team and their families are invited to the Thomsen's home on Sunday, August 14 from 5:30-7:30 PM for swimming and our annual reunion potluck. Please RSVP to by Wednesday, August 10.

Tuesday, August 16

The High School Girls Bible Study  

The HS Girls Bible Study will resume on Tuesday, August 16, time and location to be announced. Please contact Marty at if you would like to join this Bible Study which meets Tuesday mornings from 6:45-7:30 AM over breakfast!


Sunday, August 21

Volleyball and Back to School BBQ

SAVE-THE-DATE: All High School Students are invited to join Buzz and Isaac for volleyball and a Back-to-School BBQ on Sunday, August 21 at Shaw Park from 12-2 PM. RSVP to by Wednesday, August 17.

Saturday, August 20

10-11:30 AM   Taylor Room 

Hunger Ministry Sandwich-making

sandwich making All parishioners are invited and encouraged to join the St. Michael's Hunger Ministry on the third Saturday of each month from 10-11:30 AM in the Taylor Room to make sandwiches. This month we'll be meeting on August 20 in the Taylor Room. Bring a friend. Come join in meeting this every growing need for our community.

The Gold Cross
Patrick Beecher was presented the Server's Gold Cross at the 10 AM liturgy, Sunday, August 7.

The requirements to earn a Server's Gold Cross have recently been changed. Previously, a server had to serve for five years; currently, a server must: serve a total of 150 services (roughly equivalent to the five-year service requirement), demonstrate a thorough command of the duties assigned to each server, serve as a verger at an eight o'clock liturgy, and participate in a guided Eucharist. 



  Sturgis service project


College Reunion Summer Get-together- All college students (including 2011 HS & College Graduates!) are invited to join the YM staff at Triumph Grill and The Moto-Museum tomorrow night Tuesday, August 9 from 5:30-7 PM for dinner and to view the European motorcycles! RSVP to by Friday, August 5.


Wednesday Night Bible Study will resume August 10.


YM Leadership Team meeting will be on Friday, August 12 from 12:30-2 PM in the Sverdrup Room. RSVP to


2011 High School Mission Reunion- All members of this year's team and their families are invited to the Thomsen's home on Sunday, August 14 from 5:30-7:30 PM for swimming and our annual reunion potluck. Please RSVP to by Wednesday, August 10.


The High School Girls' Bible Study will resume on Tuesday, August 16, time and location to be announced. Please contact Marty at if you would like to join this Bible Study which meets Tuesday mornings from 6:45-7:30 AM over breakfast! We will help with transportation to Bible Study and school as needed. Please contact Marty Chapman at to sign up! All 9th-12th grade girls are invited!


SAVE-THE-DATE: Back-to-School BBQ: Sunday, August 21 at Shaw Park from 12-2 PM;  All High School Students are invited to join Buzz and Isaac for volleyball and BBQ! RSVP to by Wednesday, August 17.


YM Sunday School Teacher Orientation: Sunday, August 21 from 5:30-8 PM. Location tba.


8th Grade Mentor Orientation: Tuesday, August 23 from 6-7 PM in the Taylor Room.


8th Grade Confirmation Orientation Potluck: Sunday, August 28 from 12-2 PM at Shaw Park with families and mentors.

Church School Happenings

Church schoolers enjoying a movie


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.


Church School Families

A Fun Family End of the Summer Barbecue is on Sunday, August 28 at 5 PM for Church School Families on the playground! Burgers and hot dogs will be provided -- just bring a side dish or dessert. Please make reservations by emailing Jane Fisher at and let her know how many people and what you would like to bring!

Adult Formation 

Women's Bible Study

7:30 AM       Sverdrup Room 

The Women's Bible Studies meets 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 throughout 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

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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Ann Babington spiffing up the bookstore.

Canterbury Bookstore 

All during the month of August, books on Missouri and St. Louis will be featured. Step into the Bookstore and take a look at the interesting and educational books with Missouri and St. Louis as their theme. 
The Ultimate Missouri Trivia Quiz by Zach Sims and John Brown is missouri triva quiz booka book to entertain and educate anyone interested in our region.
  • Do you know: What famous Missouri politician shot future U.S. President Andrew Jackson?
  • What central Missouri town is mentioned on the second page of Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel On the Road?
  • How many students were in the University of Missouri's first graduating class?
Find the answers to these questions and hundreds more inside The Ultimate Missouri Trivia Quiz.
St. Louis Crime Chronicles, the first 200 years 1764-1964 by Bill Lhotka, a long-time reporter for the Post-Dispatch has written a fascinating recounting of many crimes of the St. Louis area. From slaves who killed their masters to the infamous Greenlease kidnapping, from a courthouse shooting to the Depression murder of St. Louis' most famous civil rights leader, St. Louis Crime Chronicles looks at nearly 50 crimes from both sides of the river.
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

Faith in Action


Moment in Time 

September 29    6 pm     Crowne Plaza Hotel 

Please don't miss the fun at ECM's gala event. Moment in Time will be held on Thursday, September 29 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Clayton. The cocktail reception and dancing to The Just in Time Ensemble begins at 6 PM. This year our featured speaker is the Rev. Dietra L. Wise, ECM chaplain. Also we are honoring the Rev. Susan C. Skinner for her years of work on behalf of ECM.  Invitations will be mailed on August 15. Please call the office at 314.436.3545 if you would like to reserve a space. The tickets are $125 per person. We look forward to seeing you on September 29.  


Shelter Ministry

Help is needed serving breakfast at the Gateway 180 Homeless Services Center on Sunday mornings. This ministry provides a warm nourishing meal to more than 75 men, women and children and the opportunity to show them and yourself how God's love works in our lives. You can make a difference. Share yourself with this ministry; call Bill Wallace or just come on Sunday morning 6 AM, 1000 North 19th Street.


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 10-11:30 AM in the Taylor Room to make sandwiches. This month we'll be meeting on August 20. Bring a friend. Come join in meeting this ever-growing need for our community.

 Sandwich Making on Saturday for the homeless shelter


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!

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.