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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 22 - 28, 2011
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 Young worshippers, waiting to join their families in church.   

Preaching Rota
The Rev. Jed Fox
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

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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. This Sunday's discussion will be the last of the season.
Class begins 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 28      Isaac Arten    Narrative and Evangelism: Telling
                                        God's Story, Our Story, and Their

Thanks to all who have taught and attended classes this summer!


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  Growing in Generosity logo
Growing we are, last Sunday we had 6 newcomers visit our church.
All are wonderful people who will add much to our parish community.
These newcomers learn about us through our website and mailings.
Your pledge dollars support these communications to newcomers.
As you grow in your generosity, we are able to grow as a church.
We are not yet at our goal for 2011. Please consider what you can do to help us grow, every dollar helps.
Contact the church at 314.721.1502 for a pledge card.



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 Pewsbag_man_eyes
Sometimes I come to church full. Full of wonder, full of love, full of faith, full of life. And sometimes I come empty -- out of gas (sometimes literally out of gas!), out of patience, low on faith. I bet this is true for others in the pews around me. Some hearts are overflowing, and some need a refill. But we all come together to worship and hear the Word and be with God in our fabulous church. How do I get filled back up at church? Sometimes it's the music, sometimes the sermon, sometimes the words we recite for communion, and sometimes just from being there. I like the refueling process, especially when our church is pumping premium! That's my view from my pew.
This Week  


Thursday, August  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


Sunday, August 28 

Calling All Newcomers! 

Newcomer Brunch  this  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.

Upcoming Events


Sunday, September 11

Canterbury Festival Sunday

immediately following the 10 AM liturgy
What better way to "kickoff" the fall than to spill out into the street after the liturgy for music and lunch. The Canterbury Festival where we celebrate our ministries, enjoy live entertainment and
partake in a picnic lunch!
Canterbury Lay Ministry Fair

Monday, September 12
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.

Haiti Cathedral

Tuesday, September 13

Susan Mount Luncheon

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The Susan Mount Guild, which is dedicated to fellowship, hospitality and Christian service, was established in 1927 to honor Miss Susan Mount, whose anonymous gift established St. Michael and All Angels churches which merged the next year to form The Church of St. Michael & St. George. 

The September luncheon will be Monday, September 12, beginning with Punch Bowl (socializing) at 11:30 AM and lunch at noon. After lunch, Alison Wiedle will speak about the Honor Flight program which takes WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. free-of-charge. All parish members are invited to join us the second Monday of each month for good food, fellowship and interesting speakers.

Please make your reservations by calling Helen Cavin at 314.647.0889 by Wednesday September 7. Costs are $10 for annual dues and $5 for the luncheon.

Saturday, October 1

Mark your calendars!

CSMSG Progressive Dinner
CSMSG Progressive Dinner-Saturday October 1. We had  a ball  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.

Stewardship Workshop
Mac McFarlingOur stewardship speaker this year is H.M. McFarling III, MD. His workshop " "Grace begets Gratitude begets Generosity" will be Saturday, October 1. A continental breakfast will be served. He will preach Sunday, October 2.

H.M. (Mac) McFarling III, MD has been involved as a lay person with The Episcopal Church since 1991 when The Consortium Of Endowed Episcopal Churches held its annual conference at his home Parish St. Luke's in Atlanta. Since 1980, he has served on the vestry there twice and as Senior Warden. He served as St. Luke's Stewardship Chair 1990-91, and has been active with the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes since 1991, when he was elected to both the Board of Directors and the Stewardship Committee of the Consortium. He also served as Vice President of the Consortium. During his term as Chair of the Stewardship Committee, he developed CEEP's "Spiritual Seasons of Stewardship" workshop. Mac was elected as Chair of the Episcopal Church Foundation's Board of Directors in May 2006. Following his term as Chair of The Episcopal Church Foundation he continues to serve on various Episcopal Church related committees and is on The Board of Piedmont Healthcare, the healthcare system in Atlanta where he practices Obstetrics and Gynecology. His interests beyond Stewardship include women's health and the plight of women in the developing world.


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.  


  YM group relaxing at Sturgis, SD


YM Mentor Orientation and Receptions: will be held on Tuesday, August 23 from 6-7 PM in the Taylor Room. Thank you all for volunteering to mentor our new confirmands! 


The High School Girls' Bible Study has resumed meeting Tuesday mornings from 6:45-7:30 AM over breakfast! All 10th - 12th graders are invited! Please contact Marty at if you would like to join this Bible Study.    


Wednesday Night Bible Study has resumed on Wednesdays with dinner in the Armstrong Room 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! 


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!


Our 2011 HS Mission Reunion was held last week. If you were not able to be there, please pick up your photo CD from Isaac.  

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!

Preschool-5th Graders should have received informational letter this past week.  If you haven't, please contact Jane Fisher at

Church School resumes on September 11!  

Adult Formation 


Monday Night Bible Study

6:30 PM    Library

Fr. Jed 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

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

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!

Did you know you can email us your request, call us on the phone or stop by the store in person. There is an easy way to shop Canterbury Bookstore anytime, at your convenience. Choose to pick up your order the next time you're in the store or have it delivered to your home or business. We're happy to serve you and always looking for ways to make your Canterbury Bookstore shopping experience better. Try us on line!

This is the last week for Canterbury Bookstore's Special Sale.  20% and 50% off many items -- children's and study books, gifts, jewelry and Bibles. Come by today and don't miss the opportunity to take advantage of these great bargains. Prepare now for the beginning of a new season.
Canterbury Bookstore has many books of prayer to use and resources for your spiritual habits:  Prayers for Penitents by Jennifer Phillips is "a hundred or so plain little prayers to help those who are -- or who wish to be -- penitents".  Next is Saint Augustine's Prayer Book, a book of devotion for members of the Episcopal Church and the most recent offering from the Order of St. Helena, The Saint Helena Psalter.  Each can be personalized for gift giving.
Have you seen the beautiful book CHURCHES by Judith Dupre?  Words cannot do it justice. Please come by to page through its marvelous images and unique presentation. Wonderful gift giving idea.
Are you interested in working in a productive, meaningful ministry a few hours each week? Canterbury Bookstore is looking for volunteers. Contact Peggy Strelinger at 314.721.1502 and find out more about this opportunity. If you have retail experience, that's a plus but training is available. Volunteers are needed on Sundays, Tuesday mornings and Thursdays. Call or come by soon.
2012 Lesson Calendars and the Christian Planning Calendars are in stock. Pick up yours today.

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.

Summer Bookstore hours:
Sunday 8:30-11:30
Monday 10-noon
Thursday 10-3
Friday 8:30-noon

Book of the Month
Featured Books

Outreach Ministries 


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.   


Outreach Ministries 

There are many needs within the Outreach community at St. Michael & St. George. Whatever your talents, there is an opportunity for you. Tutoring, cooking, interacting with kids (of any age), counting money, sewing, knitting, driving, talking with people, writing, the list could go on...Call Peggy Strelinger, Outreach coordinator and find where you are most needed.  314.721.1502
Columbarium Update


Columbarium Update

First came the bitter cold of last winter, followed by the torrential rains of spring and the suffocating heat of summer. In the midst of all was a city-wide mason's strike and periodic delays in stone shipments. Each has played its part in delaying construction. But... the Page Garden columbarium is finally starting to round into shape. Most of the Missouri red granite has been laid, with limestone caps, new pavers and landscaping to come.  Construction should be done this fall, weather (and materials shipments) permitting, with landscaping to follow.

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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!