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The Church of
St. Michael &
6345 Wydown Blvd.
PO Box 11887
Clayton, MO 63105
|"Living Christ In This World"|
|This Week's Banner |
Tyler showing off his pancakes at last year's Shrove Tuesday Dinner. Don't miss out on the dinner TOMORROW night in the Great Hall! There's more than pancakes to eat! See Youth Ministry below....
February 26 The Rev. Canon Martin Draper
March 4 The Rev. Andrew John Archie
March 11 The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
March 18 The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
|Sunday Adult Education|
The Rector's Forum
Please join Fr. Archie in the Taylor Room, as he continues to study the book of Exodus.
Faith & Life Forum
The 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 "Don't Judge Others" (Luke 6:37-45).
Giving in Generosity
As of today we have received 372 pledges for a total of $1,759,896.
Lent is upon us. This season can be a turning-point in our relationship with God if we give God, Lent, and ourselves a chance!
In Lent, we remember that Christians are not born, they are made. Lent is the season that shows us the best way of all to live both our Christian lives, and our day-to-day lives as women and men who hope to make a difference.
Here at The Church of St. Michael & St. George we have may ways of living an intentional, holy season. From our Lenten Quiet Morning and Lenten Great Wednesdays to our Saturday Night Eucharists and Ashes to Embers: Songs For Lent, they stake out the ground for the transformation of the soul. There is something in each of us that needs changing for us to live more closely after the pattern of Jesus, and Lent can be our fresh opportunity.
Whatever you decide to do, do something to make Lent special. This season is a gift to us, and we are often aware that our spiritual lives need some attention. We offer ample opportunities for discovering the wonder and the beauty of God, and we invite you to go deeper, that you may "know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God" (Ephesians 3:19).
Your pledge supports all that we do here at CSMSG, thank you for your pledge!
Tuesday, February 21
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held Tuesday, February 21 from 5:30-7 PM and the entire parish, friends and families are invited! This traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is a fundraiser for Youth Ministry scholarships for retreats and mission trips. Pancakes and sausage, as well as an expanded menu of salad, egg casseroles and fruit will be served. There will also be a talent show by students in the Youth Ministry. RSVP to Alice@csmsg.org.
Wednesday, February 22
Ash WednesdayImposition 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 and The Rev. Jed Fox. 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"
The 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.
Upcoming Saturday Vigil Eucharists
February 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24Sunday, February 26
Ashes to Embers: Songs for Lent
7 PM in the Great Hall
A dramatized inter-generational event serving as a gateway to Lent, featuring original Lenten music presented by the teenagers of CSMSG. The event is free, but there will be CDs available for purchase for $5 and a freewill offering to benefit FOCUS, a Christian outreach ministering to the poor in South St. Louis.
The CSMSG Girls ChoirThe Girls Choir went to Chicago for the first youth choir trip in over 20 years! They worked on their musicianship skills and sang at St. James Cathedral, including some fun excursions in the city.
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 email@example.com or by contacting her at church at 314.721.1502, ext. 4043.
CSMSG Centennial Celebration
Photos and stories needed for our Centennial photo contest. Contact the church if you have something to share!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 28Sunday, March 4
Simple Supper after Evensong
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. Suggested donation is $5 per person, cash or check is accepted ($2 with college student ID). Take-out is also available.Monday, March 12
Susan Mount11:30 AM The Great Hall
The March Susan Mount luncheon will be Monday, March 12,
beginning with Punch Bowl (socializing) at 11:30 and lunch at noon. After lunch, Buzz Matthews will speak about his mission, goals and experiences as High School Youth Minister at St. Michael and St. George. 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, March 7. Cost is $5 for the luncheon.
|Church School Happenings|
Sunday, February 26: 2nd grade children will present the story of Moses in their 9:15 AM chapel service. Second Grade Parents, (and anyone else!) are invited to this special event.
Ash Wednesday: There is a special family service in St George's Chapel at 5:30 PM, led by Laurie Anzilotti and the Rev. Jed Fox. A soup and salad dinner follows in the Great Hall. Please make reservations for the dinner by contacting Jane Fisher at email@example.com Church School Families: Don't miss a REALLY fun family event at the Magic House on Sunday, February 26 from 6-8 PM. We have the entire old section of the Magic House to ourselves. Make reservations by emailing Jane Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost for dinner and the event is $25.00 per family.
Youth Ministry Spring Parenting Series on Cultural Influences on Our Teenagers
has begun! Join us this Sunday, February 26 from 10:30-11 AM in the classroom under the stairs to hear Brian Kuhn, Youth Minister at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church talk to us about Loving and Faithful Boundries with our Teenagers. Michele Bryan and Isaac Arten will be here March 4 and 11. Click here
to see the titles and dates for each speaker. E-mail email@example.com
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.
Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
is tomorrow night! We need volunteers (students AND adults) from 4-7:30 PM to cook, decorate, serve, and clean up. We have 2 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
to volunteer! Thank you in advance!
Ashes to Embers Concert
will be held THIS Sunday, February 26 from 7-8:30 PM in the Great Hall. This Lenten offering of music and dramatic reading is presented by the High School Youth Ministry. All parishioners and friends are invited to attend.
High School Mission Trip Orientation
will be held THIS Sunday, February 26 from 11:30 AM-12:15 PM in the gym. All participants and parents are expected to attend. Payments are due at this time. E-mail email@example.com
if you have questions about your balance, or if you need to set up a payment plan. Chaperones will meet briefly afterwards.
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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.
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.
This year's Hunger Ingathering for Spring will be from February 26 through April 1. The familiar yellow GAMAM bags will be available at church at the Receptionist's desk. Please fill the bag and return to the church. Please be generous, as this is a difficult time for many and the need for food is great during this season. When you bring food to the church, please place it on the shelves across from the Receptionist's desk. Won't you please help? This season, people are especially needful. Any canned, boxed or dried foods are urgently needed. The following are suggestions:
The food pantry also welcomes soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, feminine products, diapers, formula, and peanut butter and jelly. Thank you for your generous help with this project.
- Corned Beef Hash or Chicken and Dumplings
- Green Beans or Spinach
- Fruit Cocktail or Pineapple Chunks
- Vanilla Pudding or Martha White Bix Mix (needs only water)
Nicaragua Auction Items NeededItems for auction are needed for the Dinner-Auction being held on Friday, April 27, to benefit the Nicaragua Mission Trip 2012. Please show support for this valuable ministry by considering a donation to the auction. Items needed include restaurant gift certificates, baseball tickets, Muny tickets, Fox tickets, dinner parties, gift items, Symphony tickets etc.... Contact Carroll Stribling at 314.533.0008 or Peggy Strelinger at 314.721.1502 to receive a donation form.
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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.
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 to ask God to show us what we really look like. There are many devotionals to lead you though the season of Lent and beyond.
Special events as posted. Call for a special time if you need.
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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.
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.
The correct version of Phoebe Pettingell's Duo article is on the CSMSG website http://www.csmsg.org/main/duo-magazine.html
Birth Announcements Needed
Please contact Debbie Fenner at email@example.com 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!