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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"
November 7 - November 13, 2011
This Week's Banner
The Annual Poinsettia Sale sponsored by the Nicaraguan Mission. See below for details of this year's sale beginning November 13.  
Preaching Rota
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 Forum

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 13: Reluctantly Obeying God
*          Nov 20: God's Unlimited Mercy
Come join us on any or all Sundays.

The Life of the Church
Fr. Jed continues his class on the Liturgy this Sunday at 10:30 AM in the Spanish room. The theme this week will be "Life Together: How the liturgy forges a community into the Body." 
Giving in Gratitude
Annual Stewardship Appeal 2012

Growing in Gratitude logo"I Give In Gratitude for the blessing of this church. I have spent several years in school, living off student loans and help from family, trying to support myself and my daughter with no child support. I promised myself (and God in my prayers) that I'd make a pledge to the church when I got a full time job. My government salary isn't much, so my pledge isn't much, but my appreciation for CSMSG is abundant!"
Caroline Rowe - parishioner

Thank you for your pledge. 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

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.
Sunday, November 13
Wreath & Garland Sales  wreath
after worship   Great Hall
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. This Sunday is your LAST chance to order wreaths. They 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

Poinsettia Sale
after worship   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.
poinsettia sale in the Great Hall

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.  
From the Pewsbag_man_eyes
What do you think about those motivational religious quotes, like "Don't tell God how big your problems are, tell your problems how big your God is", or "what you are is God's gift to you; what you become is your gift to God"? Is this bumper sticker philosophy, or is there something more at work? I appreciate the turn of phrase like anyone, and I also like to be stimulated with new thinking, or thinking phrased in a new way. And, I can't help but to read people's bumper stickers as I'm driving along. But am I missing the point? Are my religion and my faith supposed to be as easy as a peel-and-stick? Or, am I supposed to struggle with the concepts and have doubts and ponder the Word? If my beliefs can be summed up on a bumper sticker, does that make my beliefs any less powerful? I don't know. That's my view from my pew.        

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
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 to hang your lights & help with decorating.  $30/ hour (suggested donation)

Upcoming Events

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 FOCUS and Centenary Food Ministry clients.

Sunday, November 20
Keys in My Pocket
St. Michael's Houses logo
What makes keys in your pocket important?  Find out Sunday, November 20, which is St. Michael's Houses Sunday. Come to the Great Hall and talk with a board member about the support being provided to local agencies and programs to supply low-income housing by the St. Michael's Houses Ministry. Learn about the opportunities to be involved with this important ministry of the church.

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
Advent Lessons and Carols  
Make plans now to attend the beautiful Advent Lessons and Carols at 5 PM on Sunday, December 4 and stay for the festive reception immediately following. Invite a friend. Call or email Alice at 314.721.1502 or Alice@csmsg.org, if you are able to bring wine to share.
Advent Family Night


CSL Saint Nicholas Day Luncheon 

Saint NicholasThe 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!


Church School Happenings
Church School class in St. George's Chapel
Operation Christmas ShoeboxChristmas 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.

Advent Family Night
5 PM  Great Hall
Advent Family Night is at 5 PM on November 27 with Advent-oriented activities, crafts and wreath decorating. Dinner is provided--what could be better?! Reservations can be made by signing up in the Great Hall, by emailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org, or by calling the receptionist at 314.721.1502.
Advent Sunday Night crafts


  YM cookie makers


Middle School Cookie Night! All middle schoolers are invited to come to the Taylor Room on Sunday, November 13 from 4-6 PM to bake cookies to send to our CSMSG college students! Bring your friends to help bake! Don't miss this DELICIOUS opportunity, tasting allowed! RSVP to  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! We will be in the Great Hall after worship on Sunday, November 13. 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! This Sunday is the LAST chance to order wreaths & teens MUST turn in their order forms too, by Sunday. Jenny will be at the table in Great Hall from 8:45 AM-noon. If you cannot turn in your order form on (or before) Sunday, you must call Jenny at 206.612.4089 to phone in your orders.

Get your feathers ruffled, join us for the first annual TURKEY BOWL FOOTBALL GAME! Come compete for the golden turkey and eat some delicious Chipotle food. The plan is to meet at Chipotle at noon on Sunday, November 13. We will then make our way over to Shaw Field around 1 PM for a fiercely competitive (but friendly) game of two-hand touch...and, yes, the girls can play too!  Seriously, it should be fun...come join us! For middle school and high school.
Rent-a-Kid- FALL is here and leaves are dropping! Take advantage of the Youth Ministry sponsored Rent-a-Kid fundraiser for the Youth of CSMSG High School Mission Trip! This  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 to hang your lights & help with decorating.  $30/ hour (suggested donation)

Mission Opportunities for Middle and High School
Middle School Mission Week- Make plans now for your 5th-8th grader to participate in local service opportunities, June 11-15. Cost is $50 for a week. Friends are WELCOME!

2012 High School Mission Trip-Current 8th-12th graders are invited to join our HS mission team as we travel by train to Monument Valley, Utah, June 21-July 1, 2012. E-mail youth@csmsg.org to sign up or for more information.

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.     


Adult Confirmation  

Anyone interested in being confirmed in the Episcopal church at St. Michael's is invited to contact Fr. Fox at jfox@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 for more information.   


All Men in the Parish, Mark Your Calendar!

The Men's Retreat is February 17-18, 2012! Watch this space for more information and to reserve your space.  

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.     


Gifts for Kids In Detention
Episcopal City Mission needs help providing Christmas gifts to the youth in detention. Gifts of money are wanted to purchase each child the exact same gift, and on December 14 volunteers will be needed to wrap the gifts. It is a fun time and will bring joy to a child in detention. To learn more and participate please contact Mary Kay Digby at 314.436.3545.  


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 Bookstore offers many items perfect for Christmas gifts.
Canterbury Bookstore 

You're invited to the Canterbury Bookstore Christmas Open House this Sunday, November 13 from 8:45 to 12:30!

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.

Bulletin Board


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.


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!