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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"
October 17 - October 23, 2011
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Eager young pledgers Dani and Bess! Stewardship Sunday is this Sunday. Please remember to bring your pledge card and give in gratitude.
Preaching Rota
October 23      The Rev. Andrew John Archie
October 30      The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
November  6    The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
November 13   The Rev. Andrew John Archie
Sunday Adult Education


The Rector's ForumArchie_100x100

The Rector's Forum will continue its study of the book of Exodus this Sunday.





Faith & Life Forum  

john tylerThe Faith & Life Forum, led by John Tyler, meets each Sunday at 10:30 AM in the Sverdrup Room. The current series is titled "The Master's Men: Character Sketches of Four Disciples." Sunday (October 23) we will discuss the character traits of James, the brother of Jesus, and how they are applicable to our Christian lives today. Come join us on any or all Sundays. 

The Rev. Jed FoxThe Life of the Church
Sunday Mornings with Fr. Jed Fox from 10:30-11 AM in the Spanish Room. Our topic will be: In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being: The liturgy as the root of ourselves. 
Giving in Gratitude
Annual Stewardship Appeal 2012
Growing in Gratitude logoThis Sunday is Pledge Sunday-- please bring your pledge cards to church and Give In Gratitude!  Acknowledging that all we have comes from God joyfully links our daily lives to our faith. As we open our lives to God in gratitude, we discover the life He intends for us. Sharing our time, talent and treasure connects what we believe with how we act. The Bible contains more than 250 verses on the proper use of wealth or more than 300 on our response to care for the poor and work for justice. God's abundant love for us calls out for our gratitude.
Giving in Gratitude
John Tyler"I am the product of everyone God has placed in my life. I owe so much to so many, for I have been fed from fields I did not till; I have drunk from wells I did not dig; I have been warmed by fires I did not build; I have rested in the shade of trees I did not plant. When I consider all that God has done for me, I am filled with a gratitude that compels me to pledge generously so that I can pass on to others the blessings that God, through others, has given to me."
                                  -John Tyler, Parishioner
From the Pewsbag_man_eyes
Sometimes things just click.  You know the feeling. You do something or hear something and it just makes sense, falls into place, works out. It just clicks. That happens to me sometimes in church. I hear a bit of a sermon, or read something in the bulletin, or listen in one of the classes I go to occasionally (ok, infrequently, but who's taking attendance anyway?). It strikes me in a certain way. Father Archie preached a sermon a while ago about pledging, and he told the story of the Visigoths, and then said that we'd ride into battle with our wallets held high, tightly clenched in our fists. For some reason, this imagery stuck with me. It settled in and took root. His words had an effect, an impact. That year, I doubled my pledge. Something just clicked, fell into place, made more sense. Was that persuasive oratory from the pulpit? Or was it God's grace? Whatever it was, it just clicked with me. That's my view from my pew. I pray something clicks for you, too.     
Get to Church on time!
The St. Louis Rock and Roll Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 23. Check the marathon routes (located east of Forest Park) to make sure your trip to church is not affected.

The St. Louis Track Half Marathon is on Sunday, November 6 from 7-11 AM. It begins and ends at The Center of Clayton and runs down Forsyth, crossing Skinker into Forest Park. It winds around inside Forest Park and then back on Forsyth to the Center. 

The CSMSG Girls Choir

The CSMSG Girls Choir is still accepting new members, ages 9-18, to sing throughout this choral season concluding in May of 2012.  Contact Christi Bye now for more information by email at or by contacting her at church at 314.721.1502, ext. 4043.
Choir girls at the Choir booth at the Lay Ministry Fair
Sunday, November 6

The Choir of the Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing a service of Choral Evensong for the Octave of All Saints on Sunday, November 6 at 5 PM. The service will include evening canticles by Herbert Howells and music of Charles Wood, William H. Harris, and Edwin Fissinger. Incense will be used at this service. Please plan to be a part of this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the closing of the day.
Evensong at CSMSG

Download the 2011-2012 Evensong Schedule

Rent-a-Kid logoRent-a-Kid is a year-round fundraiser for the Youth of CSMSG High School Mission Trip and also provides a unique opportunity for teens to connect with each other and the community through service. If you have ANY job in mind, please contact Bart Freer at 314.276.3733 or .  

October Special: Leaf Raking! Hire 2 teens, plus 1 adult for $20/hour. (suggested donation)
Church School Happenings
All Hallow's Eve family
Sunday, October 30
All Hallow's Eve Family Night

5 PM      The Great Hall  & Taylor Room
Come in costumes and join friends for dinner, a parade around the church, and Halloween-oriented crafts! The cost is $4 per person.  Please sign up in the Great Hall, with the receptionist (341.721.1502) or by email to Jane Fisher at

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 4

Fundraising Concert

Great Hall
Join the Girls Choir of The Church of St. Michael & St. George, as well as many professional musicians from the St. Louis area, as we celebrate music and raise the money we need to send the Girls Choir to Chicago in February. Enjoy a music-filled cocktail hour while perusing and bidding on the silent auction items. Have dinner and hear opera arias, baroque music, jazz standards and movie tunes. There will surely be something for everyone! During the intermission, bid on silent auction items, drink some coffee and eat delectable desserts. Food and drink starts at 6 PM. Concert at 7 PM. download flyer

Price: $35 per ticket or 4 for $120.  Reserve your seat today!

Sunday, November 6Simple supper logo
Simple Supper
after Evensong      Taylor Room
Enjoy a Simple Supper and support the H.S. summer mission trip to Utah in 2012! Join us for a time of fellowship and a hearty bowl of soup & salad. This month we will be serving a delicious squash soup and home style chicken and rice soup. Suggested donation is $5 per person, cash or check is accepted ($2 with college student ID). Take-out is also available.

Monday, November 14
Susan Mount
11:30     Great Hall
Stained glass at CSMSG

The November Susan Mount luncheon will be Monday, November 14, beginning with Punch Bowl (socializing) at 11:30 AM and lunch at noon. After lunch, Mike Bickel will briefly talk about the history of our own stained glass windows and then will use the great works in our own Transcept to tell old testament stories. The art of rendering images using stained glass has been in use in Europe for over 800 years. Such works of craftsmanship have been used to tell Biblical stories and remind parishioners of memorable parts of the Bible. 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, November 9. Costs are $10 for annual dues and $5 for the luncheon. Binoculars or opera glasses suggested.


  YM volunteer


2012 HS Mission Chaperones
will meet for dinner and orientation tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 18 at Marty Chapman's home from 7-8:30 PM. Please RSVP to

Attention all 8th Graders: The 8th Grade Lock-In has been cancelled for this weekend.
Stay tuned for rescheduling update next week!

TIME CHANGE: 5-7 PM! Join us THIS Sunday, October 23 for the HS Halloween Costume Party/Haunted House at Buzz and Jenny Matthews' home. Due to the World Series, we are moving the time up to 5-7 PM! Stay and watch the FRIGHTENING defeat of the Texas Rangers by the St. Louis Cardinals afterwards in High Definition on Buzz's big screen if you dare! BOO-YA!! All 9th-12th graders AND YOUR FRIENDS are invited to join in the ghoulish fun! RSVP to Cost is $5.00 for pizza. 

Sunday School for our 6th-12th graders has begun and meets every Sunday immediately following the 9:15 AM liturgy. All 6th-8th graders meet in the gym, and the 9th-12th graders meet on the 4th floor in Canterbury Hall (take the stairs just opposite the reception desk up to the top floor to Canterbury Hall).
LIVE FEED...Movies: Will NOT be held this Sunday, October 23 due to the Halloween Party and Haunted House! LIVE FEED will resume on Sunday, October 30 and will conclude on Sunday, November 6.

Calling all parents, grandparents, want-to-be parents and interested adults! You are invited to attend the YM Fall Parenting Seminars. Betsy Douglass will be leading this week's discussion in our series,  "So, you want your Kids to be Christian?" This class is held in the basement classroom under the stairs from 10:30-11 AM and coffee and refreshments will be served. All parishioners and friends are invited to attend!

FAITHBOOK: What's YOUR Status? If you were not able to be at the kick-off, there is a packet for each 6th-12th grader that will be placed at the end of the cloister walk. Please stop by to pick up your packet asap so you can sign up for the exciting events offered! 

Rent-a-Kid is a year-round fundraiser for the Youth of CSMSG High School Mission Trip and also provides a unique opportunity for teens to connect with each other and the community through service. If you have ANY job in mind, please contact Bart Freer at 314.276.3733 or   

October Special: Leaf Raking! Hire 2 teens, plus 1 adult for $20/hour. (suggested donation)

Look for your copy of our new Youth Ministry E-Newsletter each week! If you have not received this yet, please e-mail Buzz at with your current e-mail address.


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!



Adult Formation 

Join Fr. Fox for Bible Study on Mondays

6:30 PM    Library

The Bible--It's big, it's complex and sometimes even a little frightening. You need someone to study along side, someone to share the load of understanding the story of God's continued work of renewing the world. Come and study with Fr. Jed and other parishoners of St. Michael & St. George as they pursue this endeavor most Mondays in the Library at 6:30 PM.     

October 17        Romans 1 (continued)   

October 24        Even more Romans 1 

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.
Sausage breakfast at the shelter

Outreach Ministries

Sausage cook(s) needed! 

Every Sunday the Shelter Ministry prepares a sumptuous breakfast for the residents of Gateway180: Homelessness Reversed, an emergency shelter for women and children located at 19th & Cole. A core part of this breakfast is sausage. What we need is volunteer(s) who will be willing to come to Gateway one or more Sundays a month to cook sausages. To be ready for breakfast to be served at 7 AM, the sausage cook needs to be on-site by roughly 6 AM. Pay is very low. Reward is high. For additional information call Nick Clifford at 314.997.4011 or email at


Shelter Ministry  
Gateway 180 will be opening two units of transitional housing for large homeless families within the next three weeks. There are a few needs to furnish the two units. The goal is to have families in the units by October 17! If you can help with any of these needs (either by in-kind gift of the items or restricted donation to purchase items), please contact Gateway 180 by calling Toni Muhammad at 314.231.1515. Thanks for your ongoing support and help. It is very exciting to have 12 new beds of transitional housing for our community! By the end of February, it is planned to open an additional 5 units (26 beds). Your support wil be needed then, also. Please help us keep moving forward! 
Furnishings that Gateway 180 NEEDS for the units:
    1.    Four sets of bunk beds (two sets per unit).
    2.    Two twin-sized foundation
    3.    Two twin-sized bed frames
    4.    One queen-sized bed frame
    5.    Pots & pans
    6.    Eating utensils
    7.    Linens
    8.    Cleaning supplies    

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Linda Bickel getting the bookstrore ready for fall.
Canterbury Bookstore 

Come by the Canterbury Bookstore and take a look at all the wonderful new items that have just arrived. Plan ahead for the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Be prepared to relax during the seasons and enjoy every moment. Christmas Cards from Printery House, bracelets from Howard and Bangles from Heaven, Pink House bead necklaces and beautiful gift books on Mary, the Saints and the Angels. Come by while the selections are at their best.  Always free gift wrap!

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.

This week's book selections 

Save the date!
Sunday, November 13
Canterbury Bookstore's
Very Special Christmas Open House
8:45 AM-12:30 PM

Games, Treats, Special Prices
Don't miss the fun!!

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

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


Saint NicholasCSL St. Nicholas Day Luncheon 

Ladies, we need your treasures and/or white elephants for the upcoming Church Service League St. Nicholas Day Luncheon and Bazaar. Please turn in your donated items to the receptionist. 


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

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

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!