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St. Michael &

St. George

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"Living Christ In This World"
October 31 - November 6, 2011
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Solemn Evensong for the Octave of All Saints will be sung Sunday, November 6 at 5 PM, followed by Simple Suppers.
Preaching Rota
Fr. Wheeler
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


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The Rector's Forum will not meet 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. This Sunday, the group continues a series 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. Remaining session titles for the series follow:
         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 logo"I give in gratitude for my many blessings and the ministries, people, staff and clergy of CSMSG. CSMSG is a special place."   Mary Forsythe - parishioner

Thank you for your pledge. If you have not yet made a pledge and wish to do so, please contact the church and a pledge card will be mailed to you.
If you want to make a pledge, please contact the church at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502  or download pledge card.
This Week

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 6
Wreath & Garland Sales  wreath
The youth are taking orders for holiday greenery to raise funds for the HS Summer Mission Trip! They have three beautiful styles of 25-inch fresh evergreen wreaths and 25-foot garland available. They will take orders through November 13 and will be available for pick up at church on December 4. Visit the table in the Great Hall after worship to see samples and place your order! (The featured photo is "Cranberry Splash" for $30.) You can also contact Jenny Matthews for more information at 206.612.4089 or jenny.r.matthews@gmail.com

Evensong choir
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.

Simple Supper
after Evensong      Taylor RoomSimple supper logo
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.
From the PewsMysterious person
Does the lighting in church sometimes bug you like it does me? Sometimes it seems so dark. Dim. You can't see your fellow parishioners, much less the beautiful flowers at the altar. Sometimes I feel like I should bring a flashlight. I mean, shouldn't the church be all lit up? Bright? Shiny and revealing and sunny, I say. Turn up the lights, chase out the shadows. Shine the light, and let us see. Throw open the doors, increase the wattage. Let's all look at one another and really see who's here and what's going on. Let's read all of the plaques. Let's examine the service leaflet and really see the words in the hymns we sing. Let's get the place so bright that the ushers have to pass out sunglasses. Oh wait, Jesus is the light of the world, so I guess the 'light' is on after all. That's my clear view from my pew. (And, much as I may want to, I won't wear my sunglasses in church.)      
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.
Traffic will be compromised. Forsyth closed.

Daylight Saving Time Ends November 6. Remember to set your clocks back one hour the night of Saturday, November 5. 
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 communications@csmsg.org 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 cbye@csmsg.org or by contacting her at church at 314.721.1502, ext. 4043.Girls choir practicing

Evensong at CSMSG

Download the 2011-2012 Evensong Schedule

YM rent-a-kid fundraiser Rent-a-Kid
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 bart.freer@gmail.com.  

November Specials:  Need help preparing for Thanksgiving? Hire 1 teen + 1 adult to do your grocery shopping!  $20 per store (suggested donation)

Christmas Lights!  Hire 2 teens + 1 adult hang your lights & help with decorating.  $30/ hour (suggested donation)

Upcoming Events


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 alice@csmsg.org no later than noon Monday, November 7.

Sunday, November 13
Poinsettia Sale
poinsettia sale in the Great Hall
The Nicaragua Mission is sponsoring its 6th Annual Christmas Poinsettia sale.  Red, pink and white poinsettias are available in sizes from 6"-12". Orders are being taken in the Great Hall beginning November 13. Be sure to drop off your order or mail it to the church by November 24 for pick up on December 4 and 11. All proceeds aid the 2012 Nicaragua Mission Trip.

Monday, November 14
Susan Mount
11:30 AM    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 Transept 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.

Saturday, November 19
Hunger Ministry Sandwich-making  
Sandwich making for the Hunger MInistry 
Sandwich Making will take place Saturday, November 19.  All parishioners are invited and encouraged to join the St. Michael's Hunger Ministry on the third Saturday of each month from 10-11 AM in the Taylor Room to make sandwiches for the Gateway Homeless Services clients.

Monday, November 21
Faith@Work will meet Monday, November 21, 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, mikehanrahan01@gmail.com) by Monday, November 21, 10 AM to rsvp. 
Sunday, December 4
CSMSG Annual Music and Merriment
Save the Date! Evensong at 5 PM with a special reception following. Mark your calendars.
 Church School Happenings
Church School Trick or Treater
 Christmas shoebox
Operation Christmas Shoebox
The Church School children are participating in Operation Christmas Shoebox again this year.  Children can fill a shoebox with candies, toys, clothes, school supplies, cosmetics, and more, and bring the filled box to the Great Hall by November 20. The shoe boxes will be sent to needy children all over the world by the Samaritan's Purse organization. More information about this project and empty shoe boxes, if you need them, are available in the Great Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Fisher at jane@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 ex. 4033.

Mark your calendars-Advent Family Night is Sunday, November 27 at 5 PM!


  Youth Ministry Halloween Party


Happy Halloween to all! View the photos from our HS Halloween Party at Facebook.com/CSMSGyouth.

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.

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  youth@csmsg.org by Monday, October 31.

2012 HS Mission Orientation will be held immediately following the summer mission info session in the gym, from 11-11:30 AM. All participants and parents are requested to attend this meeting. You are welcome to attend if you are considering going on this mission trip. For more information, please e-mail Marty at youth@csmsg.org.

HS Mission Fundraiser: Christmas Wreath and Greenery Sale! Please support our YM High School Mission fundraising by purchasing your Christmas greenery from us! You may order in the Great Hall on Sunday, November 6 & 13. Pick-up will be on Sunday, December 4. You may also e-mail Marty at youth@csmsg.org for more information or to place an order by phone during the week! Tell your friends and neighbors too!

LIVE FEED...Movies: Will meet for the last time this Sunday, November 6. They are discussing big themes of the Christian story (things like sin and redemption, vocation and life's purpose) in the movies and our culture.  Meet in the Armstrong Room from 4-5:30 PM. All high school students are invited and you do NOT have to have attended a previous LIVE FEED to attend!

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 bart.freer@gmail.com.   

November Specials:  Need help preparing for Thanksgiving? Hire 1 teen + 1 adult to do your grocery shopping!  $20 per store (suggested donation)
Christmas Lights!  Hire 2 teens + 1 adult hang your lights & help with decorating.  $30/ 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 Buzz@csmsg.org 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 nickclifsr@yahoo.com.   


Cell Phone Collection

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 Memorial Library.    


Hunger Ministry Fall Ingathering  

November 13-December 18
Please help fill the increasing need for canned and packaged food in the St. Louis Food Pantries. Any varieties of canned and dried foods are greatly needed. Soap, laundry or dish detergent, toilet paper, tissues and paper towels would also be welcome. During the holiday season the need is especially great. Pick up a yellow bag near the receptionist's desk, fill the bag with this month's items or items of your choice, and return it to the church or bring your donation in any box or bag. Can you help in other ways? Contact Becky Zaccarrello with your ideas.   

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Canterbury Book Store
Canterbury Bookstore 

You're invited to the Canterbury Bookstore Christmas Open House next week 8:45 AM to 12:30 PM!

We all know Christmas is coming but let's not forget Thanksgiving.  Wonderful selections of Thanksgiving greeting cards are available in the Bookstore as well as books on graces for the table. Let us all be thankful in this season of giving.

Thanksgiving Books

"Shana" is our newest jewelry designer. Her beautiful designs feature fresh water pearls, Swarovski crystal, semi-precious stones and sterling silver. Each piece is unique and stunning. Martina Hamilton's beautiful sterling silver jewelry from Ireland is on display also. Designs inspired by the spiritual artistry of Ireland are exclusively in Canterbury Bookstore. Stop by and view these attractive pieces.

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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Birth Announcements Needed

Please contact Debbie Fenner at  debbie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 when there is a birth in the church family, so we can properly welcome the new baby into the parish.


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 Saint 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 salmonfarm@gmail.com.

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 epanke@aol.com.

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!