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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"
February 13 - 19, 2012
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Third graders Walter, Anna, Ava and Nicholas sharing what they learned about early years of Jesus in their chapel service.    
Preaching Rota
February 19  The Rev. Robert Hendrickson
February 26  The Rev. Canon Martin Draper
    March  4   The Rev. Andrew John Archie
    March 11  The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
Sunday Adult Education

Archie_100x100The Rector's Forum

Please join Fr. Archie in the Taylor Room, as he continues 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 current series is titled "The Public Ministry of Jesus According to Luke." Our topic for next Sunday is "All You Need Is Love" (Luke 6:27-36). To prepare for class, please read the scripture. And, oh yeah, watch this too:

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Giving in Generosity
As of today we have received 372 pledges for a total of $1,759,896.
Yesterday our new Vestry members were commissioned. By making a pledge we assist the Vestry in their duties for the care of parish finances. Just as we do with our own households, the Vestry will budget accordingly based on what is pledged. Our pledge goal for this year is $2,000,000. At this time we are short of our goal. It is not too late to send in your pledge. The Vestry would appreciate it!
May we who share Christ's body live His risen life,
we who drink His cup bring life to others,
we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
This Week
Friday & Saturday, February 17-18
Men's Retreat

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


Saturday, February 18
Hunger Ministry Sandwich-Making  
10 Am   Taylor Room        
Sandwich-Making will take place February 18.  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 Bridge and FOCUS St. Louis clients.
Sandwich Making on Saturday for the homeless shelter

Monday, February 20
11:45 AM     Sverdrup Room
Faith@Work will meet Monday, February 20, in the Sverdrup Room from 11:45 AM-1:00 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, by Monday, February 20, 10 AM to rsvp.

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!  
Parishioners depart St. George's Chapel on Ash Wednesday.

Upcoming Events  

Wednesday, February 22
Ash Wednesday
Imposition of Ashes
    7:00 AM    Holy Eucharist I
  12:10 PM    Holy Eucharist I
    5:30 PM    FAMILY LITURGY- Holy Eucharist II
        (St. George's Chapel)
The Family Liturgy will be led by Laurie Anzilotti. A simple dinner will follow in the Great Hall.
    7:30 PM    Choral Eucharist I

Saturday, February 25
Lenten Quiet Morning
8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
"School for Prayer"

Rev. Canon DraperThe Rev. Canon Martin Draper
Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM followed by a series of three meditations, interspersed by 15-30 minutes of quiet from 9 AM-noon.

Father Draper will give some simple help on how we might use the very little time in our busy lives we put aside for prayer, using The Book of Common Prayer.

Father Martin Draper is a retired priest living in London. His early ministry was in the Diocese of London, where he served at St. Mary-the-Virgin, Primrose Hill and St. Matthew's, Westminster. After that, he served in the Diocese of Europe, where he was the Chaplain of St. George's, Paris, for eighteen years and, until his retirement, Archdeacon of France. Father Draper now helps in a number of central London parishes, most especially St. James's, Paddington and St. Marylebone Parish Church.

Saturday Night Eucharist
5:30 PM St. George's Chapel
"God So Loved the World"
Looking for a special way to observe Lent. Don't give up chocolate!
Come to the Saturday night Eucharist instead. It's a beautiful service with candlelight and incense, held in St. George's Chapel. The service begins at 5:30 PM. You will have fulfilled your Lenten obligation and can make your 7 PM dinner reservation.
Liturgies begin Saturday, February 25.

Saturday VIGIL Eucharists
February 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24

Sunday, February 26
7 PM in the Great Hall
Ashes to Embers: Songs for Lent
A dramatized inter-generational event serving as a gateway to Lent, featuring original Lenten music presented by the teenagers of CSMSG.

Wednesday, February 29
Lenten Great Wednesdays
"Living the Lord's Prayer"
The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
When the people following Jesus asked him to teach them to pray, he gave them one prayer. During Great Wednesdays, we will explore the Lord's Prayer, as it has come to be called--what did Jesus say, how it shaped the church through history, and what it might look like for us to live this prayer in our own lives.

Great Wednesdays are a time for food, fellowship and formation in the season of Lent. RSVP to the receptionist at 314.721.1502 or
Simple Meal at 6:30 PM in the Great Hall
($7 suggested donation)
7:00 PM lecture in the Sverdrup Room
7:45 PM Compline in St. George's Chapel

February 29, March 7, 14, 21 and 28
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Above: Kindergarten Class shares the story of "Jesus Turning Water to Wine" in their Chapel service.

Ash Wednesday Family service is in St. George's Chapel on February 22 at 5:30 PM. Laurie Anzilotti and the Rev. Jed Fox will lead the service. A simple dinner (soup and salad) will be in the Great Hall following. Please make reservations for the dinner by emailing Jane Fisher at

The Children's Lenten Project is helping The Learning Tree Center, a day care program.  Please look for information in the mail and email.


  YM volunteers preparing Valentine Dinner


Youth Ministry Spring Parenting Series on Cultural Influences on Our Teenager will begin THIS Sunday, February 19 from 10:30-11 AM in the classroom under the stairs! Buzz Matthews, our High School Youth Minister will kick-off our series as he talks about Bold Youth Ministry. Join us to hear Brian Kuhn, Michele Bryan and Isaac Arten in upcoming weeks. Click here to see the titles and dates for each speaker. E-mail with any questions. All adults and friends are invited. Coffee and snacks will be served. The speakers will stay for questions from 11-11:15 AM.

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!  

We all are going to be flipping...PANCAKES that is! E-mail Marty at youth@csmsg.orgPancake lady 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. BAKERS NEEDED: If you are willing to bake an egg casserole for this dinner, please e-mail Marty at to volunteer! Thank you in advance!  


Middle School Mission Week June 11-15:
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.  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.


Women's Retreat - The Contemplative Heart 

Refresh, Reflect, Relax, Retreat!
We are happy to report that an overwhelming response to this year's Women's Retreat has resulted in a sold-out situation. We apologize to those of you who were hoping to attend.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Women's Retreat 2013 which will be held on March 1 and 2.
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 


Prepare for the Lenten season. Come by the Bookstore today and explore the many great offerings for the Lenten season. The Illumined Heart by Frederica Mathewes-Green, The Anthology for Lent and A Season for the Spirit by Martin Smith are all available in the Bookstore. A big thank you to Jo Christner, Anne Leners, Barbara Martin-Smith, Mark Foster, Rhonda Smith, Ann Babington, Linda Bickel, Christopher Peterson and Alison and Ray Wiedle for their tremendous efforts in helping with the Bookstore inventory this year. Visit the Bookstore soon to enjoy the fruits of their labors.
Passion for Pilgrimage by Alan Jones. In this classic work on contemporary spiritual living, Alan Jones explores the various parts of the pilgrimage home. He explores our search for light and love, repentance and forgiveness in the context of the Passion and Easter stories.

Stop to see the large selection of rosaries in the Bookstore. Many colors, materials and styles to be viewed. Small finger rosaries, one-and-four decade rosaries and bracelet rosaries in wood, crystal and sterling silver, to name only a few choices. Learn more about the rosary... and the wonderful display of icons. Beautiful icons from Cal Hellas in many sizes and designs. Learn more about these meditation resources and using them to enrich your spiritual journey.

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 ask God to show us what we really look like. There are many devotionals to lead you though the season of Lent and beyond.  

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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Wanted: 8 AM Greeter

We are looking for friendly people to be a greeter at Sunday 8 AM liturgies. Please call Patricia Johnson at 314.721.2881 for more information.


Please Note

The correct version of Phoebe Pettingell's Duo article is on the CSMSG website  


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!