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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"
June 11 - June 17, 2012
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Members of our church served dinner to 142 guests at FOCUS Gateway City last Sunday!  Thank you to the generous members of CSMSG who helped by preparing food, making donations & volunteering to serve and share the meal with guests in South St. Louis.  If you would like to get involved next time we host a meal, please contact Jenny Matthews, 314.941.1054, jenny.r.matthews@gmail.com.

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Summer Schedule
  8:00 AM     Holy Eucharist I
 10:00 AM     Choral Eucharist I
   5:30 PM     Holy Eucharist II
Preaching Rota

   June 17   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
   June 24   The Rev. Emily R. Hylden
   July 1       The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
   July 8      The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox 
Sunday Adult Education

Rectorless Forum
9-9:45 AM
Taylor Room
The Summer Forum is back! Each Sunday, hear a different speaker offer insight into various topics of the faith.
Isaac Arten will be our next speaker this Sunday.
He will give a class entitled "God 101: All the Important Bits of Christian Theology."
June 24- Samantha Arten will speak on "Lady Gaga in the Church? Rewriting Secular Tunes for Sacred Use Throughout History." 
July 1- The Rev. Emily R. Hylden will be the guest speaker.   

The Rector's Forum

The Rector's Forum is in recess until October 7. 


Faith & Life Forum   

The Faith and Life Forum is in recess. 

Adult Education
Women's Bible Study
Fridays   7:30 AM     Sverdrup Room
The Rev. John Michael Wheeler will continue to conduct the Women's Bible Studies that meet every Friday.  All women are welcome!   
Giving in Generosity Growing in Gratitude logo
As of today we have received 396 pledges for a total of $1,800,524, which is $199,476 short of our goal.

This morning, 20 of our Middle School children kicked off a week of mission work here in St. Louis. The kids will
help at the Food Bank, Garden of Life and FOCUS. The week will end with a day at the Zoo with families from
the Gateway 180 Homeless Shelter. For most of the families this will be their first trip to the Zoo. Our Middle Schoolers
will guide them through the Zoo and then treat them to a bar-b-que lunch in Forest Park. What fabulous service work for
these 11-14 year-olds. Hands-on service to those less fortunate. All made possible by your pledge and support!

Thank you for your pledge.
This Week
Saturday, June 16 
Hunger Ministry Sandwich-making   sandwich making
Sandwich-making will take place June 16.  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.
Sunday, June 17 
2012 High School Mission Team Commissioning and Final Planning Meeting  
The participants of our 2012 HS Mission Week and volunteers will be commissioned on Sunday, June 17 in the 10 AM liturgy. Participants please sit up front on the left of the church for this service. All team members should sit together in church up front on the left-hand side. There will be a very important Final Planning Meeting for all participants and their parents at 11:30 AM in the Taylor Room. The 2012 HS Mission Trip is to to Monument Valley, Utah, June 21-July 1.

Book Club Meeting
Join us to read Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles, the story of her transformation after receiving communion. She has since started The Food Pantry which provides free groceries to over 1200 hungry families around the altar at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. On August 25, she will lead the Diocesan Making Disciples Conference at St Andrews, speaking on "Holy Food and Groceries: exploring the connections between worship and service."  The first Book Club discussion will be held on June 17 at 11:10 AM at St Michael's.  For information, contact Mary Ann Cook, 314.726.5860, or jvcradiology@att.net.

Save The Date!  
100 Years of Weddings at CSMSG 
Photographs, memories, music, dresses through the decades, cake and tea. Bring your mother, bring your daughters for an afternoon you'll cherish! 
Saturday, September 22, 2012 3-5 PM.

If you have a wedding photo you would like to include in the slideshow, please bring it to church on June 17 and we'll copy it and return it to you on the spot. 
Upcoming Events

Monday, June 18
Faith@Work will not meet June 18. It will be in recess until September. Please plan to join us September 17.

Sunday, June 24
Church School Fun Family Night
Pizza Night with
Abracadabra, the Magician!
Sunday, June 24
5-7 PM
Pizza will be provided--the event is FREE!
Bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert and indicate what you will bring when you RSVP to Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org by June 22.
Altar Guild Recognition
The following women are committed to serving the church in a wide range of capacities surrounding the Altar Guild, including all church worship services, funerals, weddings, baptisms, and children's services. When you see these, or any other Altar Guild members, please thank them for their commitment to both God and The Church of St. Michael & St. George.   

Sue Butler, Betsy Panke, Nancy Rohan, Patience Schock, Pat Sewell & Robin Wheeler--over 500 hours served/worked.
Abby Castle, Midge Fisher and Page Jackson--over 400 hours served.
Carolyn Forsen, Katherine Hull and Dixie Wright--over 250 hours served.
Ginger Jacobi, Ann Loughlin and Caroline Sheehan--over 75 hours worked.  
Summer Choir
Calling all singers! Throughout the summer months the choir is open to all who wish to join. The only requirements to join in are an ability to read music and some previous choral experience. Any who wish to sing with the choir need only gather in the choir room at 9 AM on Sundays (be prompt!) where the music for the 10 AM liturgy will be learned and rehearsed. Whether it is for a single Sunday or for the whole summer, singing with the Summer Choir is an excellent way to participate in our worship. The Summer Choir will run June 10 through September 2.

 The CSMSG Choir

Church School Happenings

church school on steps 

Church School Families
Church School Fun Family Pizza Night with Abracadabra, the Magician! at CSMSG, Sunday, June 24, 5-7 PM.
Pizza will be provided -- the event is FREE!
Bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert and indicate what you will bring when you RSVP to Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org by June 22.  

hands forming a cross
Middle School Mission Week- Our Middle School students are off to a week of varied service opportunities in our St. Louis community! They will begin the week with an urban adventure and exploration, and will then travel to the St. Louis
Food Bank, to FOCUS, to Resurrection Presbyterian Church and will end the week at the Zoo with the children from Gateway 180 Homeless Shelter!  
This year's participants are Lily Brown, Madison and Taylor Cornwell, Maida, Carolyn, Eleanor and Eileen Duncan, Grace Kennard, Bess Lehman, Eliza & Ren Martin, Jake Milller, Camille Respess, Claire Rowe, Jakes & Lindsey Steinkamp, Isabel Stewart, Kevin Sugavanam, Tatyana Turley and Mimi Reisner.

High School Mission Trip 
The 2012 High School Mission Trip is to Monument Valley, Utah, June 21-July 1. HS Mission Commissioning Ceremony will be on Sunday, June 17 during the 10 AM liturgy and will be followed by a mandatory informational meeting for all participants and their parents.The HS Mission team wants to thank our parish for the support shown throughout this year for our fundraising!

SAVE-THE-DATE: Come and Celebrate Isaac Arten's Youth Ministry at CSMSG, at our Going Away Celebration for Isaac and Samantha on Saturday, July 21 at 6 PM in the Great Hall. All are invited! Come with a toast, or roast for Isaac! RSVP to youth@csmsg.org. Cost is $10/person for dinner.

Wednesday Night Bible Study will not be held again until July due to MS and HS Mission Weeks.

Outreach Ministries

Help Needed at St. Michael's Shelter Ministry  

Shelter volunteers take vacations, too! Every summer St. Michael's Shelter Ministry needs an influx of extra volunteers to cover the spots of regular volunteers who are on vacation. Especially during July we will need folks to help with set-up, cooking, serving and clean-up. It's also a great way to dip your toe into the Shelter Ministry's way of serving Christ. If you see this opportunity fitting into your summer plans, please contact Nick Clifford at nickclifsr@yahoo.com or 314.997.4011, or Peggy Strelinger at outreach@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.


Volunteers at the shelter on Sunday morning


Toys for Nicaragua 

Cleaning out the kids toy box? Send gently-used toys in a mission volunteer's second suitcase to Nicaragua for the Santa Rosa and El Samuelito schools. Place items in the Nicaragua donation closet across from the church library.  Gracias! 


Lincoln Logs                         
Building blocks              
Play stations and 'Play house' items
    (kitchen, workshop, etc.)
Tent 'Play House' (Playhut, etc.)
Large plastic animals, dinosaurs, etc.
Large trucks/cars
Educational Toys              
Hand Puppets
Baby dolls
Board Games/Card Games
Matchbox size cars
'Dress-up' items
(No stuffed animals)  


La Escuela!  It's time for school! 
Be a part of the Nicaragua Mission by donating pencils, pens, glue and other school supplies. Help fill a suitcase with school supplies that each volunteer will take to the El Samuelito and Santa Rosa schools in Nicaragua. The Nicaragua donation closet is located across from the church library.  Muchas Gracias.

Pens, pencils, crayons, white glue, glue sticks, glitter, kid scissors, colored pencils, markers for drawing fine-point, markers for drawing broad point, white board markers, stickers, children's books in Spanish, educational toys, educational DVDs.


Nicaragua children

Episcopal City Mission: SAVE THE DATE!!!

Celebrate summer at Episcopal City Mission's annual family fun picnic! This community event is fun for all ages and benefits kids in detention through Episcopal City Mission. ECM provides chaplains to children in the St. Louis City and County detention centers and Lakeside residential center. In a very real sense, the chaplains are the compassionate face of a loving God in the lives of children who are in trouble and frequently have no one to whom they can turn.

When:  Friday, June 22
Time:   5:30-8:30 PM
Where:  Grace Episcopal Church - Kirkwood

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5-12. Admission includes live music featuring board members Rev. Brooke Myers and Bill Wolff, dinner, beverages and the opportunity to bid on silent auction items including World Champion Cardinals tickets!

For tickets, please call Episcopal City Mission at 314.436.3545, e-mail info@ecitymission.org or contact your local parish representative.
Bulletin Board

Episcopal Habitat for Humanity Project 

(A Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri) 
Did you know that volunteers from the Episcopal Diocese have been helping Habitat for Humanity provide St. Louis families since 1998?  This year our ministry will be helping Habitat for Humanity building homes in University City. The Ministry needs volunteers to work on the next two build days, Saturdays June 16 and June 30. For more info, download PDF. Check out the website at EHFHP.org for more information or email info@ehfhp.org.

Wednesday, June 13  

"Angels in the Garden," Garden Walk and Garden Party, sponsored by the Committee of 100 Garden Lovers and St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Tour: 1-5 PM. Party: 5:30-7:30 PM. Contact Sally Lemkemeier at lemkemeier@aol.com or Frances Gay at frances.gay@gmail.com for more info. 

Altar Flowers  

Please consider giving flowers in celebration of a special event, in honor or in memory of a loved one. Order forms are available near the receptionist and Wydown narthex.   


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.

Pre-school fun with parachutes

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
Altar guild women preparing for Sunday

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!

Canterbury Bookstore
Canterbury Bookstore during Len
Father's Day is June 17.  Be prepared. Come by the Bookstore and view the great ideas waiting for you there.  Ties come in a variety of colors and patterns, casual style belts, mouse pads, beautiful crystal paperweights, labyrinths in various sizes and Vest Pocket Bibles are all available now. Gift editions of prayer books, Bibles and meditation guides are also good gift ideas for Dad. Let Canterbury Bookstore help with your special selection. Free gift wrapping.

Some suggestions for Dad include:
Stained Glass Scriptures by James Sherby and Ralph E. Lewis, has just been released and is the history and photograph of each stained glass window in The Church of St. Michael & St. George. The book also includes a chapter on the history of stained glass and an index of locations in metropolitan St. Louis where other stained glass windows by Emil Frei Studios and Charles Connick Studios can be found. The sale of this book will contribute to a maintenance fund for the windows.

Following the Path, a new release from Joan Chittister, is a book about what it takes to find and respond to the magnet within us. This is the call that demands that we give back to life everything that life has given to us. To discover and pursue what we are called to do in life is the very fundament of happiness.

A Traveler's Prayer Book contains prayers, Bible readings, meditations and psalms for use when traveling. This beautiful little book is a devotional treasure that is indispensable and a valuable companion for all who travel.

A Life-Giving Way by Esther de Wahl, is written in simple, practical terms. It is a book on how the Rule of St. Benedict has shaped de Wahl's life. She takes the reader chapter by chapter through the Rule and reminds us that St. Benedict was, in fact, a lay person.

Bookstore hours: Sunday 8:30-11:30 AM, Monday 10 AM-noon, Thursday 10 AM-3 PM, Friday 8:30 AM-noon