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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 25 - July 1, 2012
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Kicking off Middle School Mission Week with an urban adventure.

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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

 Fr. Wheeler
     July  1    The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
     July  8    The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox 
     July 15    The Rev. Emily R. Hylden
     July 22     Mr. Isaac A. Arten
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.
The Rev. Emily R. Hylden will be our next speaker this Sunday.
She will give a class entitled "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 399 pledges for a total of $1,804,204.

Many thanks to those of you who have responded to the midyear appeal. CSMSG has faithfully conducted it's ministry for 100 years, and will continue to do so, thanks to your support at this time. We have much to be grateful for in this centennial year.
This Week

Thursday, June 28
The Order of St. John
The Order of St. John, an historic order of chivalry under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth, will be holding its 20th Annual Evensong and Service of Rededication at Christ Church Cathedral Thursday, June 28, at 6 PM. The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral and Organist Pat Partridge will perform a new choral piece by renowned organist Bruce Neswick commissioned especially for this occasion. The distinguished guest preacher for this occasion will be The Most Reverend Frank T. Griswold, 25th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. You are cordially invited to attend this special event. A benefit subscription reception follows at 16 Portland Place in the Central West End, the historic home of Dwight Davis, founder of the Davis Cup for tennis. To subscribe for the reception call Sheryl Meyering at 314.440.6782 or the Order of St. John national office in Washington, DC at 202.510.9691.

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 build 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.
Upcoming Events

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.,  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.

Saturday, July 21isaac_arten
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! RSVP to alice@csmsg.org by Monday, July 16. Cost is $10/person for dinner by.

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 through September 2.

 The CSMSG Choir

Church School Happenings

Abracadabra with parishioners 


Youth  Todd Burton with coolers for YM Trip
2012 High School Mission Trip:

13 coolers
8 5-gallon water jugs
23 students
9 chaperones
Planes, trains, automobiles AND 2 men and a truck!
288 meals prepared by Chef Todd for our team all before
    they reach Monument Valley!

1,352 miles traveled to mission site

These statistics were all generated over the past week by the 2012 HS mission team which departed at 4 AM last Thursday for Monument Valley, Utah. They traveled 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. One member flew out to meet the team and two team members drove a truck loaded with their equipment. They will be working on the Navajo Reservation repairing homes. They will return on Sunday, July 1.
Monument ValleyThis 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 Thompson, Ian Thomsen, Riley Thomsen, Jamal Whitehead, Sharon Whittaker, Isaac Arten, Todd Burton, Harrison 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! RSVP to alice@csmsg.org by Monday, July 16. Cost is $10/person for dinner.
e-vite for Isaac

Let's Go See Spider Man! 
Join Buzz for lunch and "The Amazing Spider Man" movie on Friday, July 6! Make plans now to meet Buzz in the Armstrong Room on Friday, July 6 at 11:30 AM to go to Crushed Red for pizza and then to the Galleria to see the movie! Bring $20 to cover lunch and the matinee. Adult drivers needed. RSVP to youth@csmsg.org to volunteer to drive! Text Buzz at 314.941.0542 if you want to go!

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

Stupp Scholarship Recipients 

The recipients of this year's Stupp Scholarship are: Katherine Harrison, Loie Hasler, Collin Palmer, Corrinne Palmer, and Riley Thomsen.    


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 build 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.

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
What are you reading this summer?  Here are suggestions from the Canterbury Bookstore. Want more suggestions, stop by the Bookstore and speak with Peggy, Ann, Linda, Rhonda or Mark...Be sure to stop in the Bookstore and review the book about our own stained glass windows. 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.

Praying the Names of Jesus, a Daily Guide focuses on 26 of Jesus' most prominent names and titles to provide six months worth of devotions. Each week provides a unique devotional program designed for personal prayer and study or for use in small groups. Prince of Peace, Lamb of God, Bread of Life, Immanuel...through his names and titles we come to understand more fully how Jesus reveals God's heart to us. 

The Ultimate Missouri Trivia Quiz by Zach Sims and John Brown. Here's a book with more than 800 questions and answers about the state of Missouri. With trivia-style questions and answers, matching, multiple choice on every subject from history to sports to politics, this book is sure to entertain and educate.

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