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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"
December 27, 2011 - January 1, 2012
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"Stars" of the Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, Baby Jesus played by Jacob and Mary played by Grace. 
Preaching Rota
   Fr. Wheeler
January 1        The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
January 8        The Rev. Andrew John Archie
January 15      The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
January 22      The Rev. Andrew John Archie

Sunday Adult Education

Archie_100x100The Rector's Forum

The Rector's Forum will not meet January 1. Please join Fr. Archie as he continues to study the book of Exodus on January 8. 



Faith & Life Forum  

john tylerThe Faith & Life Forum, led by John Tyler, meets each Sunday at 10:30 AM in the Sverdrup Room. However, the Forum will NOT meet Sunday (January 1). We will begin a new series on January 8 titled "The Public Ministry of Jesus According to Matthew." Why not make a New Year's Resolution to be part of our discussion group in 2012? Come join us on any or all Sundays. 

Giving in Gratitude
Annual Stewardship Appeal 2012 
Growing in Gratitude logoWant to take advantage of the IRA rollover before it expires on December 31, 2011 or do you wish to remember CSMSG in your estate plans? An easy one-page confidential letter of intent is all it takes to make your plans known. Call the church today.
We have received 341 pledges for a total of $1,684,616.
Your pledge is important, thank you.

If you have not yet made a pledge and wish to do so, please contact the church at or 314.721.1502 or download the pledge card.
This Week


Sunday, January 1
New Years Day
Choral Eucharist: 10 AM

Monday, January  2
Offices & Building will be closed.

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 at Advent Family Night
CSMSG Centennial  1912-2012
The Church of St. Michael and St. George has been the church home of thousands of people over the past 100 years.
Lives have been changed, hearts healed, souls saved. How has CSMSG changed your life, what is your favorite CSMSG story?
Contact Laurie Brown at 314.721.1502 to share your story, photo or memory.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 8
Crowning of the Three Kings
Join us for Epiphany Family Night Dinner and a special service on January 8 at 5 PM.  Celebrate the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of Epiphany with a Mexican dinner, crowning of the Three Kings, and a very special service in the church.
Church School class in St. George's Chapel

Choral Evensong
5:00 PM
The Choir of the Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing a Choral Evensong for Epiphany on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 5 PM. The service will include evening canticles by Sir George Dyson and music of Richard Lloyd, Michael Walsh, and Herbert Sumsion. Please plan to be a part of this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the closing of the day as the Christmas season draws to a close. Incense will be used at this liturgy.

Monday, January 9
Susan Mount Luncheon
11:30 AM      The Great Hall
peggyThe January Susan Mount luncheon will be Monday, January 9, beginning with Punch Bowl (socializing) at 11:30 AM and lunch at noon. After lunch, Peggy Strelinger will speak on 'Far Away Places and Strange Sounding Names: Experiences in India.' All parish members are invited to join us the second Monday of each month for good food, fellowship and interesting programs. Please make your reservations by calling Helen Cavin at 314.647.0889 by Wednesday, January 4. Costs are $10 for annual dues and $5 for the luncheon.

Tuesday, January 10
Steak & Stories
6 PM      The Great Hall Buz Mathews
Starting out the New Year we will kick it off with Buzz Matthews speaking about what is happening with the Youth Group in the upcoming year. He is very excited about talking about 2012 and is looking forward to sharing with all of you. His topic will be 'Bold Youth Ministry.' As we all know, the Youth Group is vital to our church. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Please RSVP to Alice 314.721.1502 at no later than noon Monday, January 9.

Sunday, January 22
Attention all Chili Makers and Pie Bakers!
We need your help for the lunch following the Annual Meeting on January 22. This event is a great success, thanks to all the fabulous cooks and bakers in our parish. If you are able to contribute a pot of chili or a homemade pie, please contact Laurie at  314.721.1502.
Chili cookoff at the annual meeting
Church School Happenings
Church School
Church School resumes on January 8, 2012.

Epiphany Family Night Dinner and Service
Epiphany Family Night is Sunday, January 8 with a Mexican dinner at 5 PM, followed by the Crowning of the Three Kings and a special service in the church.  Please make reservations by calling the church receptionist or emailing Jane Fisher. The cost is $4 per person.

Have a Blessed New Year!


  Youth Ministry at Mary Ryder Home


Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol!
All 9th-12th graders are invited to join Buzz for lunch and a movie tomorrow, Wednesday, December 28. Meet at the Galleria at the food court at noon. Pick-up around 3:45 PM after movie. Cost: money for lunch and $6.50 for matinee! E-mail to let him know you will be there!


RETREAT season is almost here! All 9th-12th graders are invited to join Isaac and Buzz for a ROCKIN' RETREAT January 7/8 at Trout Lodge! Sign-up NOW by e-mailing immediately! Bring your friends! We will depart from church Saturday morning at 8 AM on Saturday and will return by 1:30 PM on Sunday. Cost is $150. All 6th-8th graders are invited to attend our MS retreat January 28/29 and are asked to sign up now!   


Attention all 6th-8th graders! Make plans now to be at the MLK Day Middle School event from noon until 2 PM, January 16! Isaac is organizing a fun day in the Armstrong Room at church to hang out, eat pizza and play video/computer and other games. E-mail to sign up. Cost is $5 for pizza. Bring your FRIENDS!  


Middle School Mission Week June 11-15, 2012: Make plans now for your 5th-8th grader to participate in local service opportunities. Cost is $50 for the 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 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 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 alongside, 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 parishioners of St. Michael & St. George as they pursue this endeavor most Mondays in the Library at 6:30 PM.     


Conformation is Coming! 

Any one who is interested in being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, or just wants more information about what all of this means, please contact Fr. Jed Fox or call the church at 314.721.1502.

Mens Retreat

The Annual Men's Retreat will take place the February 17-18, 2012. All the men of the parish are encouraged to attend, and to bring a friend. Our speaker this year is Fr. Robert Hendrickson, Curate at Christ Church, New Haven, and a driving force behind the founding of the American chapter of the Society of Catholic Priests and St. Hilda's House, an intentional community for young adults contemplating a vocation to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. We will once again be retreating to Pere Marquette Conference Center. We hope that you can be a part of a great opportunity to get away and get close to God and your fellow parishioners. For more information, call the church at 314.721.1502, or send Fr. Jed Fox an email.   

Pere Marquette lodge  

Women's Retreat

We hope you have received the 'save the date' invitation to join 'The Contemplative Heart Retreat: A Journey into Self-Compassion' on March 2/3, of 2012 at the Mercy Center in Frontenac. Women who have participated in the past tell us how much they gain from the guided meditations, periods of silence and worship.

If you would like to register yourself or others for the retreat, please contact Debbie Fenner at 314.721.1502 or by e-mail at Please join us!  

Columbarium Update

The Page Garden columbarium is nearing completion! As you may have noticed, the walls and niches have been constructed and the new pavers are laid. (Check them out--they're gorgeous!)  Landscape lights and sprinklers are roughed in, awaiting only the completion of the landscaping. A new gate remains to be built and installed.
We expect to return the urns from the lockers to their niches sometime in the spring, following Easter, when the weather will be more temperate. We will alert those who have loved ones in those urns prior to any such move.


Outreach Ministries


Sausage cook(s) needed! 

We are thankful for the response from the parish and have sausage cooker volunteers for the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Sundays. All we need now are volunteers to fill the slots for the 3rd and 5th Sundays.  The 5th Sunday is an easy one; there are only four or five a year.
For additional information call Nick Clifford at 314.997.4011 or email at    

Sausage breakfast at the shelter  

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Canterbury Bookstore at christmas
Canterbury Bookstore 

After Christmas Sale
Canterbury Bookstore is getting ready for the Inventory. We'd rather sell it than count it, so we have marked everything down 10% to 80%. Christmas merchandise, jewelry, Bibles, prayer books, and gift items. These are our biggest sale days. Don't miss them!
The Bookstore will be closed December 29 through January 5.

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

John Rowe

Endowment Fund

The Endowment Fund of the Church of St. Michael and St. George was established in 1943. It was created to provide the Church consistent supplemental funding for vital services, support during difficult economic times, and additional resources for mission growth. Over the past decades, while investments have been prudently made, parishioners and friends of the parish have not always remembered the fund in their estate planning and the Fund has not grown sufficiently to continue to meet its original purposes.


Today, as our society continues to evolve, the need for a strong Endowment has never been greater. In 2010, the Endowment Expansion Committee was formed to develop a long-term strategy to expand the Fund to a sufficient size to meet the Church's current and future needs. The Committee, chaired by John Rowe, includes: Ken Bean, Laurie Brown, Spencer Burke, Marianna Deal, Becky Fouke, Nick Kouchoukos, Talbot MacCarthy, Jeff Miller, Stephen Nickelson, Joe Sheehan and JoAnn Vorih.


In early 2012, the Committee intends to share its plan for Endowment Fund expansion with the entire church membership.  In the meantime, several targeted presentation have been made to the members of the Vestry, former Wardens and other church members. The resulting donations and commitments for future donations to the Fund have been quite encouraging.
Bulletin Board


Birth Announcements Needed

Please contact Debbie Fenner at 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 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 Fr. Mike Wheeler.

Acolyte with cross

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!