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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"
March 26 - April 1, 2012
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Girls visiting with Donatello at last year's Palm Sunday procession.  
Preaching Rota
   The Rev. Richard Kew
     April 1  The Rev. Richard Kew
     April 8  The Rev. Andrew John Archie
    April 15  The Rev. Jo Bailey Wells
    April 22  The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr.

Sunday Adult Education

The Rector's Forum

There will be no class on Palm Sunday or Easter


Faith & Life Forum  

The Faith & Life Forum, led by John Tyler, will be in recess Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday (April 1 & 8). The Forum will next meet on April 15 and begin a new series titled "Active Faith According to James." The first session will discuss faith active through hospitality (James 2:1-13).  

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Giving in Generosity
"No one does Holy Week like St. Michael and St. George." This was sent in by a former parishioner who moved away and was lamenting about the lack of Holy Week services at her new church in Charlotte.  As our Mission states "...worshiping God with reverence, joy and awe..." Holy Week and Easter are examples of just that-- reverence, joy and awe.

As of today we have received 377 pledges for a total of $1,764,436. Thank you for your pledge.
This Week
Tuesday, March 27
The Church Service League/ECW
The women of the Church Service League/ECW enjoyed a visit from the Rector, Andrew Archie, on Tuesday, March 20, as one of the speakers in our Lenten Meditation series. On March 27, we will be welcoming the Rev. Pamela Dolan, Rector of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and a columnist in the Lifestyle/Religion section of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. She is also a cousin of the recently-elevated Cardinal, Timothy Dolan, and was in Rome for the event. Pamela is a wonderful speaker and will bless your Lent with her Meditation. Please join us for lunch at noon, with her presentation to follow.

March 27        The Rev. Pamela Dolan
Holy Week Speaker: The Rev. Richard Kew

April 1- April 8
Holy Week and Easter Schedule
For Holy Week and Easter Schedule click here.

Holy Week Preacher: The Rev. Richard Kew
The Rev. Richard KewThe Rev. Richard Kew's life and ministry straddle the Atlantic. He spent more than three decades ministering in the Episcopal Church, is a priest of the Diocese of Tennessee, and has homes both near Nashville and in Cambridge, England.

Since his ordination in 1969, Fr. Kew has led several global mission initiatives, written a number of books, and guided both parishes and organizations through life-threatening crises. Among other things, he has been a contributor to "The Living Church" for many years.

April 1
Passion Vespers:
Meditations on the Passion of Christ
5 PM
On Palm Sunday afternoon, April 1. 2012 at 5 PM, the Choir of the Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing a service of Passion Vespers. This service, akin to the Christmastide services of Lessons and Carols, is a service of exceptional beauty and couples the spoken word and with poignant seasonal music. The readings are selected from Scripture, the ancient Church Fathers, and modern-day poets and are interspersed with music, sung by the Choir, to illuminate the texts. This is a meaningful way to begin the solemnities of Holy Week and all are cordially welcome to attend.
Evensong choir

Upcoming Events   

Saturday, April  14
Spring Service Day
Join the YM and sort food at the St. Louis Foodbank. Meet at CSMSG at 9:15 AM. Bring a sack lunch and we will picnic at Shaw Park afterwards. RSVP to youth@csmsg.org. Family, friends and mentors welcome! We will meet at church. Pick-up will be at Shaw Park.

Sunday, April 15
Race to Church
Due to the St. Louis Marathon on Sunday, April 15, there will be street closings and traffic delays. Forsyth, N. Forsyth, Delmar and Forest Park Avenue will all be closed. Please plan your route to church accordingly so that you won't be "running" late for the liturgy. For more information:http://www.halfmarathons.net/usa_half_marathons_missouri_go_st_louis_half_marathon_map.html

Tuesday, April 17Book discussion sketch
Book Discussion:
Portrait of the Artist
as a Young Man

Daniel C. Williamson will lead a discussion of James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. In this great Bildungsroman, a young man's life is formed by the divergent forces of lust, religion, art, politics and ambition. Discussions will take place on April 17, 24, May 1 and 8 in the Sverdrup room. Download flyer.
Looking for Volunteers
Flower Guild
The Flower Guild is looking for volunteers to assist with displaying the flowers on the altar and special events for the upcoming year. This is a fun way to get to know the women of the parish. If you're interested in learning more, please call Judy Kouchoukos at 314.997.1614 or antiquedoll@aol.com.

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 CSMSG Girls Choirchoir practice at CSMSG

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 cbye@csmsg.org or by contacting her at church at 314.721.1502, ext. 4043.
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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!  

Pew Rental? 
In 1913, pews at our church were rented! Stop by the niche located down the hall from the receptionist's desk to find out how much your favorite pew rented for. Let's hope the stewardship committee doesn't get any ideas! 
Church School Happenings
Donatello the donkey startles young parishioner....
Palm Sunday--On Palm Sunday, everyone will gather outdoors before processing into the church, following Donatello, the donkey.  Instead of going into Church,  the Preschool-5th Graders are invited into the Chapel where Laurie Anzilotti will tell the Passion Gospel.  Children will join their parents in the church at the time of the Peace for communion. 

There are special services for the children and families in the Chapel on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. A simple dinner will follow the 5:30 PM Maundy Thurday service and a pizza lunch will precede the Good Friday noon service. Please make reservations for the meals by emailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org

Easter services - Family services at 7:30 AM, 9:15 AM and 11:15 AM. Have a wonderful Easter!  

Church School resumes on April 15. 

Don't forget to fill your M&M tubes! The money collected will be helping The Learning Tree Center build a playground! You can bring them to the chapel service on April 15.


  Youth Ministry


Youth Ministry Spring Parenting Series on Cultural Influences on Our Teenagers has concluded. DVDs for from each of the four presentations are available for check-out from the Youth Ministry shelf in the library.

CSMSG High School Seniors: You are invited to join Mark DeVries for dinner and to talk about "Keeping the Faith...in College" on Monday, April 9 from 7-8:30 PM. RSVP to youth@csmsg.org by Wednesday, April 4. There is no charge and friends are welcome!
High School Seniors and Parents: The Youth Ministry is collecting information in preparation for our High School Senior Recognition. Please send this information back by mail or e-mailing to youth@csmsg.org. We also ask that you please include a photo of your senior for our Senior Poster. You may let us know of your college choice whenever you decide!  


SAVE-THE-DATE: HS Senior Recognition -- Sunday, May 13 in the 9:15 AM service. 
LIVE FEED...Service: Inspired by the life and example of St. Francis of Assisi will begin on April 1 and will run from 4-5:30 PM (no meeting Easter Day, April 8). Make plans now to join Buzz Matthews and Isaac Arten to talk about ways that YOU can serve our St. Louis community! Yes, we DO sign for service hours! 
Spring Service Day will be Saturday, April 14. Join the YM and sort food at the St. Louis Foodbank. Meet at CSMSG at 9:15 AM. Bring a sack lunch and we will picnic at Shaw Park afterwards. RSVP now to youth@csmsg.org. Family, friends and mentors welcome! We will meet at church; pick-up will be at Shaw Park.

YM Leadership Team Meeting
will be held in the Sverdrup Room on Wednesday, April 11 from 12:30-2 PM. RSVP to youth@csmsg.org.

High School Mission Trip Orientation has been held and all participants should have a registration packet now. Payments are due at this time. E-mail youth@csmsg.org 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. 

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 youth@csmsg.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!



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.      

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

Canned goods at pantry
Hunger Ingathering 
This year's Hunger Ingathering for Spring will conclude on 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.

KID's/ECM Birthday Party
Please join us for a fun evening with the children in detention. The next KID's/ECM birthday party will be on Friday, April 13. We meet at the County Juvenile Detention Center at 501 S. Brentwood at 5:45 PM. We will be finished by 7:45 PM. Anyone over 18 can volunteer to help and you must have started the process of applying for a background check. The forms are available from Alice at the Reception Desk.  Please call Mary Kay Digby at 314.436.3545 or Peggy Strelinger 314.721.1502 if you have any questions.

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.

The Nicaragua Donation Box Has Moved!
Donations for the Nicaragua Mission Trip can be dropped off at the wall closet across from the church library. Look for marked boxes inside. 

A wish list of needed items for this year's trip is posted on the Faith and Action bulletin board. Be a part of the mission trip by donating items to the second suitcases carried by the mission volunteers to Nicaragua.
Items needed include:
Children's Vitamins/Tylenol
Travel Size Toiletries
Socks  Size 5-Adult (Girls-White socks)  (Boys Navy/Black Socks) 
Underwear (briefs only)  Size 5-Adult
School supplies
Educational Toys   Gently used/new
Books (Spanish only)  Gently used/new


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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.
Bulletin Board

Please Note

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 debbie@csmsg.org 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.

Acolytes at Easter Liturgy

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!

Ann Babington spiffing up the bookstore.
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 of 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.  

Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross (translated by E. Allison Peers) follows the soul's journey from a state of abandonment and darkness to a loving union with God. St. John describes the process of moving away from routine religious rituals and embracing a Being who can be known only through love. One of the greatest contributions to the literature for mysticism, Dark Night of the Soul offers support and encouragement to all who seek oneness with God.

Echoes of Eternity by Hal Helms --This engaging daily devotional distills the wisdom of Christian faith and invites us to listen for the still, small voice of God within us.

Through stories, images and thoughts, The Spirituality of Art by Lois Huey-Heck and Jim Kalnin, will guide you to a deeper enjoyment and appreciation of visual art, the spiritual journey, and the connections between the two. Celebrate the richness of art in forms as diverse as stone painting, traditional painting, photography, print-making and found object installation, and enjoy the stunning full-color reproductions of art across time, place and culture.

First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty Day Journey Through the Canon of St. Andrew by Frederica Mathewes-Green -- In this fascinating and sometimes magisterial guided exploration of an eighth-century hymn that is central to Lenten religious practice for the Eastern-Orthodox, Mathewes-Green encourages her readers to personally apply Christian concepts like repenting, understanding the nature of sin and experiencing God in prayer.
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. 
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