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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 27 - March 4, 2012
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Woodcut of the crucifixion by Rose Reinhold. 
Preaching Rota

 March  4   The Rev. Andrew John Archie
 March 11  The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
 March 18  The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
 March 25  The Rev. Andrew John Archie
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 "John the Baptizer's Last Words" (Luke 7:18-35).

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Giving in Generosity
As of today, we have received 373 pledges for a total of $1,761,896. Thank you for your pledge!
This Week
Tuesday, February 28
The Church Service League/ECW
isaac_artenPlease join the ECW/CSL this week on Tuesday as they continue their Lenten Series. Isaac Arten will present a Lenten Meditation following Bible study at 11 AM and lunch at noon. This study is open to everyone! It will enrich your Lenten spiritual experience.

February 28    Isaac Arten
March 6          The Rev. Jed Fox
March 13        Christy Bye
March 20        The Rev. Andrew Archie
March 27        The Rev. Pamela Dolan
Holy Week Speaker: The Rev. Richard Kew
Please remember that our actual schedule will not change: Bible Study with Fr. Mike in the Sverdrup Room at 11 AM and a delicious lunch ($7.00) at noon, this to be followed by our Lenten Speaker. Join us and bring a friend; it is a spiritual opportunity for our entire parish!

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

Friday-Saturday, March 2-3
Women's Retreat-The Contemplative Heart 
We look forward to seeing all those women who have registered for the annual Women's Retreat this Friday at the Mercy Center between 4 PM-5 PM. The Mercy Center is located at 2039 N. Geyer Rd., 63131.

Be ready to "refresh, reflect, relax, retreat!"

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

Sunday, March 4
On Sunday, March 4, at 5 PM, the monks of St. Louis Abbey will return once again to sing Vespers here at the Church of St. Michael & St. George. This is another chapter in the important, ongoing ecumenical relationship that we have established with the monks, and an opportunity for us to join with them in their daily round of worship. Everyone is encouraged to come and be a part of this liturgy and experience the sung Daily Office that was central in helping to shape our Book of Common Prayer.

Simple Supper after Evensong
Enjoy a Simple Supper and support the H.S. summer mission trip Simple supper logoto 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.

Saturday Night Eucharist 
incense5:30 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.

Upcoming Saturday Vigil Eucharists
March 3, 10, 17, 24

The CSMSG Girls Choir

The 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 or by contacting her at church at 314.721.1502, ext. 4043.

The Girls Choir in Chicago
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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! 

Special thanks to John Tyler for the "Centennial Moments in History" which he is writing for our edification and enjoyment.  John suggested that these articles might be a good way for the congregation to learn about our history, and he was certainly correct. A tremendous amount of time and creative effort goes into the research and writing for the Moments and we are most grateful to John for his hard work on our behalf. Look for weekly installments in the months ahead, to give us an accurate and personalized account of the history of The Church of St. Michael and St. George. Thank you, John! 

Upcoming Events  

Sunday, March 11
Singing of the Psalmody
On Sunday morning, March 11, beginning at 10:30 AM, all are invited to gather in the choir stalls to hear our music staff talk about the Psalms. The Psalms are the oldest hymnal of the Church and we have reintroduced the practice of singing the Psalmody congregationally in our 9:15 AM liturgy. Any who would like to know more about the Psalms, or to learn about the practice of singing them is cordially invited.

Monday, March 12

Susan Mount
11:30 AM   The Great Hall
The March Susan Mount luncheon will be Monday, March 12,Buz Mathews beginning with Punch Bowl (socializing) at 11:30 AM 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.

Saturday, March 24
Adult Confirmation ClassMitre staff
This year, Fr. Fox will again be holding a class for adults wanting to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church when the Bishop visits this spring. This year there will be a one-day, six-hour class on the 24th of March from 8 AM-3 PM. A continental breakfast and cold lunch will be provided. For more information and to sign up for the class you can email Fr. Fox or Debbie Fenner, or call the church at 314.721.1502.
Church School Happenings
Family Service in St. George's Chapel
The 1st Grade will share what they learned about Jesus Calming the Storm, in the 9:15 AM Chapel service on Sunday, March 4. The 1st Grade parents are invited to see their skit. 

This wraps up a few months of the Church School classes participation in the chapel services: the Preschoolers sang songs that they learned, Kindergarteners acted out the Wedding at Cana, the Second Grade shared the story of Moses and the Third Graders told what they learned about the Early Years of Jesus. And, don't forget about the 4th and 5th Graders acting out the story of Susan Mount at the Annual Meeting!

On March 4, the Second Graders will learn about the Passover and what a Seder meal is like. The 4th and 5th Graders' outreach project will be decorating backpacks for the children in Nicaragua.


  Shrove Tuesday dinner


Youth Ministry Spring Parenting Series on Cultural Influences on Our Teenagers continues this Sunday, March 4 as Michele Bryan speaks about "Fostering Healthy Relationships: Creating a Family Filter for Today's Culture." Michele will present from 10:30-11 AM in the basement in the classroom under the stairs! Our last talk in this series will be on Sunday, March 11 when Isaac Arten will talk about "Helping Children Manage their Reputations in a Culture of Oversharing." 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.
Thank you to all who attended the Youth Ministry sponsored Pancake Supper last Tuesday! The funds raised will go towards funding scholarships for retreats and mission trips!

High School Mission Trip Orientation was held yesterday. All participants should have a registration packet now. Payments are due at this time. E-mail  to get your packet or if you have questions about your balance or need to set up a payment plan. There is still time to sign up to participate on this trip, but we ask that you contact the YM staff now if you are interested, or know another person who is interested in attending. 
The Ashes to Embers Concert was presented as a Lenten offering by the High School Youth Ministry. The Youth Ministry staff would like to thank all of the students who made this evening possible and those who attended this event! 

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!
Download MS Mission Week brochure
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.  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.     


Mitre staffConfirmation is Coming! 

Fr. Fox will again be holding a class for adults wanting to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church when the Bishop visits this spring. This year there will be a one-day, six-hour class on the 24th of March from 8 AM-3 PM. A continental breakfast and cold lunch will be provided. For more information and to sign up for the class you can email Fr. Fox or Debbie Fenner, or call the church at 314.721.1502 

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

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Hunger Ingathering 
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:
  •  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)
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.

Nicaragua Auction Items Needed
Items 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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Canterbury Bookstore 


Visit Canterbury Bookstore today to review the new and exciting items that have arrived...resources for the Lenten season, gift ideas for your loved ones and a special item or two for yourself.

This Lenten season's suggested readings include: The Jesus Prayer by Frederica Mathewes-Green offers a comprehensive book on the Jesus prayer-a spiritual jewel for anyone who yearns for a real and continuous presence with Christ. She illuminates the history, theology and spirituality or Orthodoxy, so that the prayer can be understood in its native context and provides practical steps for making it part of your being. Come by the Bookstore to view more recommended readings for the season. 

More Lenten reading selections

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!