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The Church of

St. Michael &

St. George

6345 Wydown Blvd.
PO Box 11887
Clayton, MO 63105
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314.721.4670 f

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"Living Christ In This World"
June 18 - June 24, 2012
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This month is Altar Guild Recognition Month. Above, Altar Guild volunteers Betsy Panke and Patience Schock prepare for Sunday services.

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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

 Emily Hylden
   June 24   The Rev. Emily R. Hylden
     July  1    The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
     July  8    The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox 
     July 15    The Rev. Emily R. Hylden
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.
Samantha Arten will be our next speaker this Sunday.
She will give a class entitled "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 and will speak on "The Psalms: The First Book of Common Prayer."    

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.

At the midpoint of this year it is clear we need more money to do this year's work. Please prayerfully consider making a pledge or pledge increase so that we can support all that we do here at CSMSG.
This Week

Friday, June 22
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.

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.
Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 30
Episcopal Habitat for Humanity Project

(A Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri)  
This year our ministry will be helping Habitat for Humanity building homes in University City. The Ministry needs volunteers to work on June 30. For more information, please see the Bulletin Board at the end of this e-letter.

Tuesday, July 10
Steak & Stories Mid-Summer Classic is Just Around the Corner 
As you may know, Steak and Stories takes a break the months of June and August, and we have our Summer BBQ on Tuesday, July 10. From 6-8 PM. This will be an event you will not want to miss!
Bill McNew has kindly offered to host our summer event at his home in Creve Coeur located at 278 Runnymede Dr., Creve Coeur, 63141. We will have great weather, food, drinks, and plenty of time to catch up.
We will not have a scheduled speaker however; we welcome all to join and tell some great stories and hang out with the gang.

The cost is $20 per participant. Please RSVP to Alice at alice@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 by July 9 at noon.

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SAVE-THE-DATE:Going Away Celebration
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.

Saturday, August 25
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."  For information, contact Mary Ann Cook, 314.726.5860, or jvcradiology@att.net.

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

Sunday morning crafts in Church School 

Church School Families
Church School Fun Family Pizza Night with Abracadabra, the Magician!  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
High School Mission Trip:
Our 2012 HS Mission Team departs for Monument Valley, Utah this Thursday, June 20 and will return on Sunday, July 1. Our team will travel by Amtrak to Denver and then by vans to Moab where they will spend two days before reporting to the mission site on Sunday, June 24. They will be working on the Navajo Reservation repairing homes.

This year's team members are: Nick Bacino, Delaney Edison, Chad Freer, Loie Hasler, Maud Hasler, Lilian Heil, Andrews Hudson, Nicky Hudson, Caroline Kennard, Jack Klamer, Meredith Lehman, Lindsey McCoy, Cole Miller, Jake Miller, Audrey Palmer, Jason Robertson, Brett Rutledge, John Schultz, Thomas Schweich, Roger Taylor, Anna Thomspon, Ian Thomsen, Riley Thomsen, Jamal Whitehead, Sharon Whittaker, Isaac Arten, Todd Burton, Harrision Heil, Bart Freer, Nick Freer, Mark Klamer, Buzz Matthews, Julie Robertson and Brian Thomsen. Please keep this team in your prayers during their travel and work week!

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

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 June 30. For more info, download PDF. Check out the website at EHFHP.org for more information or email info@ehfhp.org.

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 Abby Castle at abbylocke@yahoo.com.

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
New releases, new vendors and new displays and new ideas...come to the Bookstore and see what new things are in store for you. 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.

Ragman and Other Cries of Faith by Walter Wangerin, Jr is a special 20th Anniversary Edition of an inspiring classic.  Updated with eleven new stories and meditations, this award-winning classic interweaves vivid stories, deep meditations and provocative allegories that explore the power of the meaning of love within.
The Spirituality of Nature by Jim Kalnin is a book that makes the spiritual component of nature tangible and accessible. For many people, the words "spirituality" and "nature" are closely linked. Nature can seem to be the manifestation of the spiritual in our lives. Kalnin's stories allow us to experience what living in nature might be like and gently encourage us to explore our own connectedness and natural spirituality for ourselves.
The Night Offices is a marvelous complement to Phyllis Tickle's celebrated The Divine Hours. This volume gathers into one volume the fixed-hour prayers from late evening to early morning.

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