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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"
August 29 - September 4, 2011
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Yesterday's Church School family barbeque drew a crowd of young parishioners.   

Preaching Rota
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


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

ROCKING on Sunday!

At 10:45 AM, we held a Newcomer Brunch for 30 new people in our parish.


At Noon, we held a picnic for 50 people, which included  Confirmands, their parents and their Mentors.


At 5 PM, we held a Young Family BBQ for 60 parents, kids and grandparents!


Your pledge dollars go towards making all this happen. Thanks to you we are a flourishing church alive in Christ!


 As of today we have received 424 pledges for a total of $1,863,096. Our goal is $2,000,000, every pledge makes a difference.


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.

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From the PewsMysterious person
Happy Monday to you! Wasn't yesterday wonderful? Church. Relaxation. Maybe family, being outside. Nature. Friends. Sunshine. So much to be thankful for about yesterday. What about today, and tomorrow? Can I be thankful for things that haven't yet arrived? I pray for the future, and am thankful about the past. Maybe I should pray about the past and be more thankful for what's to come! Maybe Sundays are as much about forward-thinking as about reflection, and Mondays are about getting going. We heard the Word yesterday, and now it's a clean slate and a new day to act. That's my view from my pew.   
This Week  


Thursday, 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, through September 8. The group will meet in the Library.   CSMSG contact is Patience Schock, 314.757.0491 or

Raffle Baskets in the Great Hall  

Raffle basketPurchase a chance to win one or more of these fabulous gift baskets! You choose which basket to buy a chance for. Your selections include:
  1) A Halloween basket filled with treats
  2) A Rams bag with 4 tickets to the Sunday, September 25 game against the Ravens, Section 151 and a parking pass
  3) A wine cart filled with 4 delicious bottles of wine
  4) A Cardinals basket with 2 tickets to the Cubs game on Friday, September 23. Great seats behind homeplate in Section 148.

All proceeds go to the Canterbury Festival on September 11.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 11

Music, Ministires and Munching!
The Canterbury Festival has it all.

immediately following the 10 AM liturgy
On September 11, following the 10 AM liturgy, follow the crowd outside to Ellenwood, where you will find a live band, picnic lunch and a celebration of our wonderful ministries. This is a great opportunity to learn about all that happens here at CSMSG, visit with other parishioners and dance in the street to our own Christi Bye's fabulous band! See you at the Festival!
Canterbury Lay Ministry Fair

Monday, September 12

Susan Mount LuncheonHonor Flight logo

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.

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 Aleda Littlefield 314.872.9010 if you have any questions or would like to let us know you are coming.

Haiti Cathedral

Steak & Stories

6 PM      Great Hall
Starting our fall tradition and upcoming Steak & Stories speaker series. We will focus our theme with Thomas Hyers telling us about Pharmaceutical Drugs: "The almost impossible journey-the road to approval for a new drug." He will share his experiences and knowledge of this industry and give you insights into the business. Please RSVP to Alice 314.721.1502 or no later than noon Monday, September 12.

Sunday, September 18

Back to the Regular Schedule

Alarm clocks need to be changed for Sunday, September 18.
That is when we move to the fall service schedule.
We will go back to four liturgies on Sunday, 8 AM, 9:15 AM, 11:15 AM and 5:30 PM.

Sunday, September 25

The Bagpipers are Coming!bagpipes

Sunday, September 25 is St. Michael's Sunday, the day we acknowledge our patron saint and bring in the bagpipes to commemorate the occasion. Bagpipers will be a part of the liturgy and perform in the Great Hall afterwards.

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.

Thank you for wearing your name tag!


  YM group relaxing at Sturgis, SD


6th Grade Rite of Passage will be held at 10 AM on Sunday, September 11. All 6th graders and their families are invited to sit in reserved seating on the Gospel (left hand) side of the church during this liturgy. Afterwards all 6th graders and parents are invited to join Isaac for a tour of the Youth Ministry space and a brief overview of our Youth Ministry program at CSMSG before heading to the picnic!    


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!

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 for Preschool- 5th Grade resumes Sunday, September 11

All families are invited to their children's classrooms anytime between 9:15 and 10 AM to meet the Church School teachers and high school assistants. The children will join their parents at the time of the Peace in church, and then enjoy the Lay Ministry Fair following the final 10 liturgy. The 9:15  AM liturgies begin on September 18. 


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

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.

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!
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.

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.

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!