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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"
January 23 - January 29, 2012
This Week's Banner 
Last year's YM Middle School retreat at Trout Lodge included both fun and challenging activities such as the Summit zip line. Sign up for next weekend's retreat if you haven't already! 
Preaching Rota
   The Rev. Jed Fox
January 29    The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
February 5    The Rt. Rev. Edward Lloyd Salmon, Jr.
February 12  The Rev. Andrew John Archie
February 19  The Rev. Robert Hendrickson
Sunday Adult Education

Archie_100x100The Rector's Forum

The Rector's Forum will not meet this week. 




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 Public Ministry of Jesus According to Luke." Our topic for Sunday is "Calling the First Disciples." We will also discuss how Jesus calls us to be disciples. Come join us on any or all Sundays.  

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Giving in Generosity
As of today we have received 366 pledges for a total of $1,745,870.
Each and every pledge makes a difference, thank you for your pledge.
This Week
Saturday, January 28
Hunger Sandwich-making
10 AM   Taylor Room

We had to cancel last week's Hunger Sandwich-making. It has been rescheduled for this week. All parishioners are invited and encouraged to join the St. Michael's Hunger Ministry on the third Saturday of each month from 10-11:30 AM in the Taylor Room to make sandwiches for FOCUS and Centenary Food Ministry clients. This month we'll be meeting on January 28. Bring a friend. Come join in meeting this ever-growing need for our community.

Sunday, January 29
Newcomers Brunch Sunday
All newcomers to the parish are invited to brunch following the 9:15 AM liturgy on Sunday, January 29. The Rev. Mike and Robin Wheeler will host in their home located on Wydown. Contact Alice at or 314.721.1502 for information and to rsvp.
Children will be taken to the nursery for pick up following the brunch.
Annual meeting 2012

Annual Meeting
Informative and Fun
Many thanks to all who made this year's Annual Meeting one to remember. Now even the grown-ups in the big church have seen Laurie Anzilotti's felt board. And what a cute story from Jilanne Barnes, the fourth parishioner to live at 6424 Cecil Avenue.
Jilanne shared that her three kids noticed the cars parking in front of their house on Sunday mornings and said to her, "Those people are all dressed up, are they going to a party? We want to go to the party." The Barnes family has followed the Meiers, Barretts and Cunninghams in attending church/party here.

Thank you Chili and Soup makers and Pie bakers!
You made our Annual Meeting lunch a huge success thanks to your extra work in the kitchen. This chili/soup/pie lunch is a hit and something all look forward to. Thank you very much!

Congratulations to Chili Champ Lily Ott, Souper Soup Diane Duncan and Pie Champ Janet Jorgenson!

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
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CSMSG Centennial Celebration 
 Photos and stories needed for our Centennial photo contest.Contact the church if you have something to share!

Upcoming Events 

Sunday, February 5
The Choir of the Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing an Epiphanytide Office of Choral Evensong on Sunday, February 5 at 5 PM. The service will include music of William McKies, June Nixon, Henry Gerike, Gerald Near, and Maorten Lauridsen. Please plan to be a part of this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the closing of the day.

Tuesday, February 7
Steak & Stories
6 PM     The Great Hall
Please note this will be held on the 1st Tuesday night of February.
In case you missed last year's best Steak & Stories of all time, or have new questions about heart health this is a must-attend event!
February is American Heart Month, and several of our parish's cardiothoracic surgeons will share their experiences in heart surgery and heart health. They are: Dr. Tom Ferguson, Professor Emeritus of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University; Dr. Thomas M. Hyers, Clinical Professor of Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine, an internationally recognized educator who has conducted high quality clinical research for over thirty years; and Dr. Nick Kouchoukos, Missouri Baptist Medical Center. There will be a panel discussion format, so bring your questions.
If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Alice Wodarek 314.721.1502 or no later than noon on Monday, February 6.

Friday, February 10
valentine heartsValentine's Dance
The Valentine's Dance will be hosted by the Youth Ministry of CSMSG. Please join us on Friday, February 10 from 7 PM-11 PM in your formal attire for a delightful evening with loved ones and friends. $100 per couple (or $50 per person) will benefit the High School Summer Mission Trip to Monument Valley, Utah in June. The evening will include a fabulous gourmet dinner, lovely music by Christi Bye and Two Times True and your dancing! Please RSVP to Alice by calling the church or email by February 6. Childcare will be available with reservation.
Download the dinner menu

Monday, February 13

Susan Mount Guild
11:30 AM     The Great Hallpeggy
The Febrary Susan Mount luncheon will be Monday, February 13, 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' (rescheduled from January). 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, February 8. Costs are $10 for annual dues and $5 for the luncheon.
Church School Happenings
Laurie Anzilotti with the felt board
Regular Church School returns for  
the Preschool-5th Graders: 
1st-5th Grade--Chapel at 9:15 AM followed by Classes:
Preschool-Kindergarten--Classes followed by Chapel at 10:25 AM

PreKindergarten parents (4-5 year olds) are invited to their child's chapel service at 10:25 AM and the PreKindergarten children will sing a song at the end of the chapel.


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Middle School Retreat is THIS WEEKEND! All 6th-8th graders are invited to attend our MS retreat January 28-29. It is not too late to sign up, just e-mail TODAY. Cost is $150, however friends only pay $75 and we have scholarship money available, if needed. Simply call Marty Chapman at 314.721.1502.   


KICK IT ALL NIGHT! All high school students are invited to join Buzz from Friday, February 3 at 8 PM until 8 AM Saturday morning for a HS LOCK-IN! You will NOT want to miss this chance to hang out with Buzz and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship! Friends are invited too! RSVP to NOW to reserve YOUR spot!     


YM Adult Leader Bible Study and Dinner will be Tuesday, February 7 from 7-8:30 PM at Buzz's home. RSVP to

Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance will be Friday, February 10 at 7 PM in the Great Hall. Celebrate Valentine's Day with your beloved by dancing to the music of Christi Bye and her band and enjoying a delicious dinner! This is a YM Fundraiser for the HS Mission Trip. Cost is $100/couple (or $50 per person). Childcare is available at no charge with prior reservation. E-mail Alice at to reserve your spot and childcare. Student volunteers are asked to e-mail to volunteer. 
We all are going to be flipping...PANCAKES that is! E-mail Marty at now to volunteer for our annual pancake 
supper on Tuesday, February 21. We need volunteers (students AND adults) from 4-7:30 PM to cook, decorate, serve and clean up. We will have two shifts: (4 or 4:30)-6:15 PM, and 6-7:30 PM. TALENT NEEDED! If you have ANY talent that you would like to perform at the pancake supper, e-mail Marty NOW to reserve your spot! Performance slots available from 5:40-7 PM.
LIVE FEED...ART- 9th-12th graders and your friends are invited to join Buzz for our 2nd series of LIVE FEED. This series is looking at how we find God in art of all forms. Make plans now to attend THIS Sunday afternoon from 4-5:30 PM in the Armstrong Room. There is no cost, but we WILL have snacks! E-mail for more information. Buzz has a book for each participant! There will NOT be LIVE FEED on Sunday, February 5, due to Super Bowl. 


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.     


Confirmation is Coming! 

Anyone 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.

Men's Retreat

The Annual Men's Retreat will take place February 17-18. 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.  


To download the registration form, please click here.  

Pere Marquette lodge  

Women's Retreat - The Contemplative Heart 

Refresh, Reflect, Relax, Retreat!
Make plans now to attend the Women's Retreat from Friday, March 2 at 5 PM until Saturday, March 3 at 4 PM.
Take 24 hours for you, your mother, daughter, sister or friend.
Use the retreat to prepare for Lent and enter into spiritual renewal
led by Madeleine Lane, SSND and the Rev. Susan Skinner, Chaplain. Held at the conveniently-located Mercy Center in Des Peres.
Contact Laurie at for more information.

To download registration form, please click here.
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

Cell Phones
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 Library.

Faith In Action
Was there a ministry that you wanted to know more about? Do you have an idea for a ministry activity? Is there a question about Faith In Action you'd like answered? Call Peggy Strelinger...let's talk.  314.721.1502. Put YOUR Faith in Action.

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Canterbury Bookstore 

Come to the Bookstore and visit the many opportunities the coming Lenten season offers. Lent is a season of preparation.  It ought to be approached as an opportunity, a time to let go of excuses for failings and shortcomings; a time to ask God to show us what we really look like. Lenten selections include First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty Day Journey Through the Canon of St. Andrew by Frederica Mathewes-Green, Echoes of Eternity, Vols. I and II by Hal Helms, New Life In The Spirit by Leonard Sweet and The Seven Last Words From The Cross by Fleming Rutledge.

If you would like to be a part of the Canterbury Bookstore's team, stop by and talk with Peggy Strelinger about how you can help with this ministry. Help is needed for taking inventory; join us for some time during the week of February 6.  

Bookstore hours:
Sunday 8:30-11:30
Monday 10-noon
Thursday 10-3
Friday 8:30-noon
Special events as posted.  Call for a special time if you need. 
We are happy to serve you.

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 presentations 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.
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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.

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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.


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!