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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 15 - 21, 2011
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The Rev. Andrew John Archie officiating at the baptism of Alice Nichola Sterne, daughter of Suzanne Lamb Gillis and Gregory Michael Sterne and the grandaughter of Nicki and John Gillis.  

Preaching Rota
August 21       Mr. Isaac Arten
August 28        The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
September 4    The Rev. Andrew John Archie
September 11  The Rev. John M. Wheeler      
September 18  The Rev. Andrew John Archie
September 25  The Rev. Paul Thomas

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

Summer Single Series logo


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.)

Isaac Arten will be the speaker in this week's Single Serving Sunday classes.

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 Pewsbag_man_eyes
Is there a difference between asking for forgiveness and actually repenting? Repenting is about turning from sin and dedicating oneself to the amendment of one's life, feeling regret or contrition. Seeking forgiveness is about wanting to be excused for doing something offensive. Seems like forgiveness is a gift, and repentance is hard work. I guess I'd rather just be forgiven for doing something wrong than to actually have to repent. Am I wrong for thinking this? I sit in my pew and ask for forgiveness for many things each week. Sometimes, I ask for forgiveness for the same things. If I actually repented, I wouldn't have to be forgiven. (Please forgive me if this is confusing!) In my pew, I pray for forgiveness... when I'm not in my pew, I need to work on repenting!

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 16


The High School Girls Bible Study  

All 10th-12th grade girls who are interested in attending our High School Girls' Bible Study are invited to meet this Tuesday, August 16, at Betsy Panke's home at 10065 Briarcliff, 63124 at 2 PM for root beer floats. 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! Our regular Tuesday morning meetings will resume on Tuesday, August 24. College alumnae are invited too!


Thursday, August  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


Saturday, August 20

sandwich making 10-11:30 AM   Taylor Room 

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 in the Taylor Room. Bring a friend. Come join in meeting this every growing need for our community.      



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.

YM Sunday School Teacher Training 

5:30-8 PM      Marty Chapman's home
Please RSVP to by Wednesday, August 17.

Upcoming Events


Sunday, August 28

Calling All Newcomers! 

There will be a Newcomer Brunch on Sunday, August 28 following the 10 AM liturgy in the Taylor Room. Childcare available, please contact Laurie at or at 314.721.1502.

Church School Family

Barbecue on the Wydown Playground at CSMSG

5-6:30 PM
Join Church families before Church School resumes on September 11 for a casual, fun time!
Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided!
Bring an appetizer, side dish, or dessert. Please indicate what you will bring when you RSVP to Jane Fisher at by August 27.

Sunday, September 11

Canterbury Festival Sunday

immediately following the 10 AM liturgy
Plan now to attend the Canterbury Festival where we
celebrate our ministries, enjoy live entertainment and
partake in a picnic lunch!
Canterbury Lay Ministry Fair

Tuesday, September 13

Church Service League

The Church Service League will open this year's activities with a program, "Haiti: Rebuilding the Cathedral After the Earthquake".
Cheryl Ward, Diocesan Chair for the Rebuilding Effort, will cook a Haitian meal and talk about the project. Haiti is the largest diocese in the Episcopal Anglican Community and also the fastest growing. With the destruction of the Cathedral much of the activity was put on hold. We have an opportunity, along with other dioceses to help insure that the work of the Haitian Diocese can continue.

If you wish to attend Bible Class with Mike Wheeler it begins at 11 AM. Otherwise, lunch ($7) is served at noon followed by the program at 12:30 PM. Contact Jane Cox 636.394.3441 if you have any questions or would like to let us know you are coming.

Saturday, October 1

Mark your calendars!

CSMSG Progressive Dinner
We had such fun last year, we just had to do it again. We begin with cocktails and appetizers in the Great Hall then "progress" to a hospitable parishioner's home for dinner and desert. Invitations forthcoming.


  YM group relaxing at Sturgis, SD


Our 2011 HS Mission Reunion was held last night. If you were not able to be there, please pick up your photo CD at the receptionist's desk this week!


All High School Students are invited to join Buzz and Isaac for volleyball and a Back-To-School BBQ this Sunday, August 21 at Shaw Park from 12-2 PM at Picnic Pad #4. RSVP to by Wednesday, August 17. Friends are welcome!!  

Wednesday Night Bible Study has resumed on Wednesdays with dinner in the Great Hall at 6:30 PM and Bible Study from 7-8 PM. Students are welcome to come to the Armstrong Room at 5:30 PM to hang out. All 6th-12th graders and friends are invited!   


All 10th - 12th grade girls who are interested in attending our High School Girls' Bible Study are invited to meet tomorrow, Tuesday, August 16, at Betsy Panke's home at 10065 Briarcliff, 63124 at 2 PM for root beer floats. 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! Our regular Tuesday morning meetings will resume on Tuesday, August 24. College alumnae are invited too!  


YM Sunday School Teacher Orientation: will be on Sunday, August 21 from 5:30-8 PM at Marty Chapman's home. Please RSVP to by Wednesday, August 17. 


YM Mentor Orientation and Receptions: will be held on Tuesday, August 23 from 6-7 PM in the Taylor Room.Please RSVP to Marty at by Wednesday, August 17.


Confirmation Orientation for our rising 8th graders and their parents will be held on Sunday, August 28 from 12-2 PM at Shaw Park at the South Shelter. This is a potluck lunch and the entire family is invited. Please RSVP to Marty at with the number attending and a dish that you would like to bring!

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 


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 

Canterbury Bookstore needs two people willing to help travel with the Bookstore on Saturday, October 22 attending the Episcopal Women's Annual Diocesan Meeting at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, in Chesterfield. Join the Bookstore team as they unpack and display items, assist customers with selections of books, Bibles and gifts. The traveling Bookstore handles sales manually so no computer experience is necessary. Come for the morning, the afternoon...or all day. A delicious lunch will be provided. Please contact Peggy Strelinger 314.721.1502 or to learn more and sign up to help. 
Thank you!

Take a vacation...a short trip to the Canterbury Bookstore...take in the sights...beautiful jewelry by Shana and James Avery...walk along the displays of Pink House, and Colonial Candle -- new and specially priced items...don't miss the Clearance Corner where adventure lies...plan for your next visit by learning what's specially reduced by 20% and 50% and return soon.

In his 17-chapter volume, Wetter than the Mississippi - Prohibition Wetter than the St. Louis and Beyond, Robbi Courtaway takes the reader back to this fascinating period through old newspaper stories, oral histories and more. Highlighted are the brewing and wine industries, law enforcement, elected officials, the Ku Klux Klan, home brewers and the historical background of prohibition. Lively narratives focus on the greater St. Louis area and include Boonville, Poplar Bluff and Cape Girardeau. 

Snippets of St. Louis by Addie Dietz is a pocket compendium of historical attractions and highlights in the St. Louis area. It serves as a handy reference and guide for natives and visitors alike. This little volume holds more information than its size predicts and is perfect for gifting to houseguests.  
Prayers for Healing and Comfort is a collection of simple and powerful prayers to be used in difficult times. Times when it is difficult to gather our thoughts and feelings to be able to ask for the things we need most. This little book offers guidance in those times. Published by St. Michael and St. George Church it is available in Canterbury Bookstore.
2012 Episcopal Lesson Calendar, Holy Women Holy Men, The Daily Office, The Revised Common Lectionary and many Episcopal reference and resource materials are currently in stock and available now in Canterbury Bookstore. Prepare now for the beginning of a new season.

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.

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.  



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 Alice Dames or Peggy Strelinger 314.721.1502 for details. The casseroles are delivered to local food pantries where they are distributed to families in need. Please help meet this local community need.
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.