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The Church of
St. Michael &
6345 Wydown Blvd.
PO Box 11887
Clayton, MO 63105
|"Living Christ In This World"|
|September 12 - September 18, 2011|
|This Week's Banner |
The Rev. Jed Fox and Youth Minister Isaac Arten at last year's Kickoff which featured a race car theme "Shift." This year's theme is "Faithbook." What's your status?
September 18 The Rev. Andrew John Archie
September 25 The Rev. Paul Thomas
October 2 H.M. McFarling III, MD
October 9 Mr. Isaac Arten
October 16 The Rev. Andrew John Archie
Please note a new addition to our e-letter called "Recent Transitions" to keep you informed of recent births, weddings and deaths. This information can be found immediately to your left.
|Fall Schedule Begins this Sunday!|
Liturgies will be at 8 AM, 9:15 AM, 11:15 AM and 5:30 PM.
|Sunday Adult Education|
The Rector's ForumThe Rector's Forum will resume October 2.
Faith & Life Forum Faith & Life Forum will resume 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.
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|From the Pews|
There are two kinds of imponderables for me -- the ones that demand strong faith, like the Trinity, Resurrection, miracles, heaven, redemption, communion. These are beyond my comprehension and require trust in God, strong faith, and a well-developed belief system. But then there are the other, lesser imponderables. Like turn the other cheek vs. an eye for an eye. Which is it? Or all of the stories from the Old Testament that don't seem to have a point, or the point is so thick that I can't unpack it and grasp it. Or little bon mots like 'your children are an olive branch' -- children are lots of things, but I'm not sure about them being an olive branch. But I'll keep working on it! That's my thinking and my view from my pew!
Many thanks to all the Ministries who celebrated their faith in action on Sunday!
Whether it's our annual World Service Ministry trip to Nicaragua, making sandwiches for the homeless, knitting a blanket for a housebound parishioner, or any of the other 26 ways to live Christ's life in the world, the volunteers at The Church of St. Michael & St. George are engaged!
| This Week
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.
Steak & Stories6 PM Great Hall
Starting our fall tradition and upcoming Steak & Stories speaker series. We will focus our theme with Dr. 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.
Saturday, September 17
Hunger Ministry Sandwich-making
10-11:30 AM Taylor Room
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 for the FOCUS and Centenary Food Ministry clients. This month we'll be meeting on September 17 in the Taylor Room. Bring a friend. Come join in meeting this ever growing need for our community.
Sunday, September 18
Back to the Regular ScheduleWe will go back to four liturgies on Sunday: 8 AM, 9:15 AM, 11:15 AM and 5:30 PM.
Monday, September 19
11:45-1 PM Sverdrup Room Faith@Work will meet Monday, September 19, in the Sverdrup Room from 11:45 AM-1 PM. We begin with NOONDAY PRAYER and a "B.L.T.- Blessed Little Thought" by Fr. Jed. Lunch and Open Discussion follow. The cost is $7 for lunch. Please contact Michael Hanrahan (314.518.3086, email@example.com) by Monday, September 19, 10 AM to rsvp.
Sunday, September 25
St. Michael's Day Preacher
The Rev. Paul Thomas studied at the University of Wales in Cardiff where he read an Undergraduate Degree in Anglo-Saxon Literature. He went on to read a Masters Degree in Historical Musicology, with a particular interest in 19th Century Russian Music. Father Paul went to Cuddesdon College, Oxford to read theology and to train for the Sacred Ministry. After having served a curacy in East London and moving to a second curacy at St. Marylebone Parish Church in Central London, Father Paul was Inducted and Installed as Vicar of Paddington by the Lord Bishop of London on July 4, 2011. He is the fortieth Vicar of the Parish since records began in 1324. Fr. Paul is also Chaplain to Britain's oldest conservatory, the Royal Academy of Music, founded in 1822, and a member of the Church of England's Liturgical Commission. He has spent all of his ordained life in London but grew up on a dairy farm several hundreds of miles west of Paddington, in rural Wales. Fr. Paul is married to Louisa, a classical musician.
Thursday, September 29
Moment in Time
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. 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.
Saturday, October 1
Mark your Calendars!
CSMSG Progressive Dinner
Don't forget to return your RSVP to the October 1 Progressive Dinner. The evening begins in the Great Hall with cocktails and appetizers and then we will progress to a parishioner's home for dinner and dessert. This is a great way to meet new people and visit with old friends.
Stewardship Breakfast & Workshop
Our 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.
"What's YOUR Status?" Make plans NOW to attend our 8th annual Youth Ministry Kick-Off on Sunday, September 18 from 10:30-11:30 AM in the Great Hall! All 6th-12th graders and their parents are invited and should bring your calendar, driver's license, auto insurance card and your checkbook! A notary will be available. Parents of 3rd-5th graders are also invited to join in the fun to see what goes on in our Youth Ministry program!
Wednesday Night Bible Study Leader Training will be held THIS Wednesday, September 14 from 6:30-8 PM. RSVP to Isaac@csmsg.org. There will NOT be Wednesday Night Bible Study this week due to the Leader Training. Bible Study will resume next Wednesday, September 21 with dinner in the Great Hall at 6:30 PM. Pick-up is at 8 PM. Students are welcome to come to the Armstrong Room at 5:30 PM to hang out and play Wii.
Calling all 6th-8th graders and your friends...Let's go BOWLING! Can you beat Isaac? We will bowl at the Moolah Lanes on Saturday, September 24 from 3-5 PM. Cost is $10 plus money for snacks. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday School for our 6th-12th graders will begin on Sunday, October 2. All 6th-12th graders should meet in the gym on October 2.
Confirmation Orientation for our rising 8th graders and their parents was held on August 28. If you were not able to be here, please contact Marty Chapman or Isaac Arten for your confirmation packet. There is information to be completed and returned to the church for your confirmand. Thank you!
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 email@example.com if you would like to join this Bible Study.
|Church School Happenings |
Church School Resumes The "regular" Church School resumes September 18 for Preschool-5th Grades. 1st-5th Grades go to chapel at 9:15 AM with class following. Preschool I-Kindergarten children start the morning in their classrooms at 9:15 AM and have chapel at 10:25 AM. Laurie Anzilotti and Beth Wagner are back to lead the two children's liturgies in the Chapel. Any parent who hasn't experienced either of the children's chapels is missing something very special!
Thank you for wearing your name tag!
Monday Night Bible Study
6:30 PM Library
Fr. Jed Fox continues his Monday Night Bible study at 6:30 PM in the Library. We continue our Journey to the Cross in Mark's Gospel with a mixture of lecture and discussion. Everyone is welcome.
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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Happy Birthday Canterbury Bookstore! Take some time to go into the Bookstore and see the new items, the familiar items and sale items. Don't miss the birthday bargains! God Under My Roof - Celtic Songs and Blessings by Esther de Waal is a collection of significant poems, blessings, prayers and songs that embody the vivid sense of the presence of God that marks Celtic spirituality. Regularly priced at $14.95; now a Birthday Special priced at $8.
Finding Calm in the Chaos by Kathleen Long Bostrom is an offering of devotions to help women create calm in the chaos of their busy lives. The book comprises 28 days of devotions for each month of the year, so that readers can begin using the book during any month. Each week's devotions, prayers, quotations, and "Spirit Boosters" focus on one Bible passage, which is read each day of that week. Each day ends with a time for quite, prayer, reflection and renewal. This book is ideal for women's prayer groups, to give as a gift or give to yourself.
A Place at the Table by Dilly Baker is a rich resource on the theme of hospitality for public worship and personal prayer throughout the Christian year. Characterized by a down-to-earth approach, with a commitment to Christ's "open table" shinning throughout this imaginative collection will be welcomed by all who are seeking fresh ideas for seasonal worship and celebration and for expressing the gospel in tangible, welcoming ways.
Did you know there's a table prayer for just peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Well there is! Peanut Butter and Jelly Prayers is a fun way for busy families to welcome God to mealtimes and their homes. This book of table graces for families with young children has rhyming prayers for favorite foods like macaroni and cheese and pizza; for holidays and family celebrations and even prayers that follow the church year and festival days.
Book of the Month
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, (314.721.1502) and find where you are most needed.
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 Library.
Simple Suppers is looking for a sponsor. This is an opportunity to raise funds for a ministry or project at The Church of St. Michael and St. George. Simple Supper is served in the Taylor Room following Evensong except for the months of December and April. The dinner usually includes a simple entree, salad, and dessert for a donation of $5 per person. Please call Peggy Strelinger, Outreach Coordinator, if you or your group in interested in learning more about this fund raising opportunity.
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.
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.
Wanted: 8 AM GreetersLooking 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Servers' Guild
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 email@example.com.
Want to volunteer one Sunday a month? The Greeter position is just right for you. Contact Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.
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!