Family at All Hallow's Eve Night in 2010.

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The Church of

St. Michael &

St. George

6345 Wydown Blvd.
PO Box 11887
Clayton, MO 63105
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"Living Christ In This World"
October 24 - October 30, 2011
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The Willie family at last year's All Hallows Eve Family Night.  Come in costume and join the fun at this year's party on Sunday, October 30.
Preaching Rota
The Rev. Jed Fox
October 30      The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
November  6    The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
November 13   The Rev. Andrew John Archie
November 20   The Rev. Andrew John Archie
November 24    Mr. Isaac Arten
Sunday Adult Education


The Rector's ForumArchie_100x100

The Rector's Forum will not meet October 30 or November 6. Please join Fr. Archie on November 13 to continue to study the book of Exodus.




Faith & Life Forum  

john tylerThe Faith & Life Forum, led by John Tyler, meets each Sunday at 10:30 AM in the Sverdrup Room. The group begins a new series next Sunday titled "Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet." What's the deal with Jonah being swallowed by a big fish? I mean, is that for real?! Come see what this story is really about and how it remains applicable to our lives today. Session titles for the series follow:
         Oct 30:   Running from God
         Nov 6:    Returning to God
         Nov 13:  Reluctantly Obeying God
         Nov 20:  God's Unlimited Mercy
Come join us on any or all Sundays.

The 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 logoAs Tracey Marshall said in her testimonial on Sunday, "We give so that The Church of St. Michael and St. George will be there when you call, just as the church was there for me when I needed it most." The joyful giving of a portion of our treasure demonstrates our thankfulness for our blessings and mirrors the priorities we have set in our lives. By intentionally returning a portion of our treasure to God, we give the means to accomplish what we believe to be His work in the world. Giving our treasure reflects our deepest gratitude for the gifts God has given us.
If you want to make a pledge, please contact the church at or 314.721.1502  or download pledge card.
From the Pewsbag_man_eyes
It's funny how we call Sunday church attendance a "service."  We're going to the service.  But who's doing the serving, I wonder. I understand why we call the military the "armed services." They are there to protect and defend. Are we also in service of some kind? Do we go to church to be served or to serve? Well, clearly, it's to serve the Lord. But we also get served, don't we? Isn't the choir singing to entertain us? Hhmmm. Well, maybe the choir is singing in service to God, not to us. But, come on, I want something for my time and talent and treasure. I show up, mostly on time. I drop a few bucks into the plate. I'd really like a cup of coffee, some popcorn, and a little entertainment for my efforts. Sounds selfish I know. But where's the value, if I have to work hard in order to serve? What's in it for me? Oh, yeah, salvation. That's a good value! That's my view from my pew.     
Get to Church on time!
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.

Daylight Saving Time ends November 6. Remember to set your clocks back one hour the night of Saturday, November 5. 
This Week
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
All Saints' Day
Please send the names of your deceased relatives that you would like prayed for at the All Saints' Day liturgies  to Debbie at or 314.721.1502. Names must be received no later than Wednesday, November 2.


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.Girls choir practicing
Sunday, November 6

The Choir of the Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing   Choral Evensong for the Octave of All Saints on Sunday, November 6 at 5 PM. The liturgy will include evening canticles by Herbert Howells and music of Charles Wood, William H. Harris, and Edwin Fissinger. Incense will be used. 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)

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.

Tuesday, November 8
Steak & Stories
6 PM        Great Hall
Continuing our fall tradition, we will focus our theme on Jim Sherby, who will talk about the history of Clayton's Oak Knoll Park. The park, at the corner of Big Bend Blvd and Clayton Road, presents a unique opportunity to recall several past prominent St. Louis families and the development of land in that area that were combined to create a public park and present day home of the St. Louis Artists' Guild and Clayton Children Care. In addition, Jim will investigate and shed new light on the ghostly murder mystery associated with Oak Knoll.
Please RSVP to Alice 314.721.1502 or no later than noon Monday, November 7.

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


Boo-Ya!! A great time was had by all at the SCARY Haunted House and Halloween Party yesterday Sunday night! Thanks to Jenny and Buzz Matthews for hosting! Check out the photos at

The last in our YM Fall Parenting Seminars will be held this Sunday, October 30. Isaac Arten will host a parent panel who will share their insights of raising kids in a Christian community. This will conclude 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!

YM Sunday School Teacher Training will be THIS Sunday, October 30 from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM in the gym immediately following Sunday School classes. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to by Wednesday, October 26.  
Guided Eucharist and BBQ Dinner:
8th Graders, families and mentors are invited to attend this annual confirmation event on Saturday, November 5 from 5-8 PM. This is a time for you to find out why we do what we do in our services. It is also a wonderful evening to get to know each other and your mentors! Cost is $10/person. RSVP to by Monday, October 31.

Mission Opportunities for Middle and High School Students:
Make plans now to come to the gym on Sunday, November 6 from 10:30-11 AM to hear all of the exciting opportunities for students to volunteer and serve others next summer! Isaac, Buzz and our students will talk about these experiences and how YOU can get involved.

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.     

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. 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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Canterbury Book Store
Canterbury Bookstore 

The Advent season is just around the corner. Planning will be an important part of this year's season. Start by planning to come to Canterbury Bookstore and begin creating that holiday list. Let us help you get started with the many new ideas you'll find here.  Hey, are you still looking for Halloween treats?  Come to Canterbury Bookstore and check out the great ideas on our shelves...Halloween cards, ghostly candles and jewelry to liven any seasonal celebration.

"HOLIDAY HELP NEEDED" The Bookstore is looking for volunteers interested in traveling. Assistance is needed for the Diocesan Meeting being held at the St. Charles Drury Inn. Hours available are Friday afternoon and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 3 PM. No computer experience necessary--willingness to help others more important. To find out more about volunteering contact Peggy Strelinger at 314.721.1502.

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.

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Saint NicholasCSL Saint Nicholas Day Luncheon 

The ladies of the Church Service League would like to ask all of you for any donations you may have for the upcoming St. Nicholas Luncheon and Bazaar, scheduled for December 6. We welcome anything you may have that would be able to be placed with other like items in auction baskets or simply serve as individual items for the silent auction. In addition, we also welcome White Elephant table offerings. All donations may be left with Alice at the receptionist's desk. Questions? Please contact Cheryl Ward at 314.753.6142. All items are tax-deductible, provided you submit a receipt. Thank you!


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!