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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"
November 12 - November 19, 2012
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Youth volunteers at the Focus shelter. 
Fall Schedule
    8:00 AM     Holy Eucharist I
   9:15 AM     Choral Eucharist 
 11:15 AM     Holy Eucharist I  
   5:30 PM     Holy Eucharist II
  Preaching Rota 
   The Rev. Jed Fox November 18  The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
    Thanksgiving Day: November 22 
                         The Rev. Emily R. Hylden
    November 25  The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
    December   2  The Rev. Emily R. Hylden 
Sunday Adult Education

The Rector's Forum

Join the Rector in the Taylor Room from 10:30-11 AM as he leads a study of Paul's Epistle to the Romans.   


Christian Life Forum  

Fr. Jed and Deacon Emily are hosting a year-long forum on PRAYER at the 10:30 AM Christian Education Hour in the Sverdrup Room. Experience Centering Prayer this week--learn a new spiritual discipline!  Curates are teaching prayer methods over the weeks leading up to Advent, to help you renew your spiritual vigor in this new season. 

November 18: Centering Prayer
November 25: Drawing Prayer

Rev. Jed Fox and Deacon Emily Hylden  

Adult Education
Women's Bible Study
Fridays   7:30 AM     Sverdrup Room
"How is forgiveness different from justice?" "What if it was my child who was hurt; how can I possibly consider forgiveness?" "Are both marriage and celibacy calls from God to live a consecrated life?" These and other questions were discussed during our Women's Bible Study conducted by The Rev. Michael Wheeler. All women are welcome. We begin at 7:30 AM and are finished by 8:30 AM.  
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As of yesterday we have received 176 pledges for a total of  $1,118,380. Our goal is $2,000,000. We have received 19  new pledges for a total of $37,465. 
Thank you for your pledge.
This Week
Monday, November 12
Monday Night Bible Studies
Women's Bible Study with The Rev. Emily Hylden
6:30-8:30 PM Emily Hylden
What is God saying to us through Isaiah today? Join The Rev. Emily Hylden for fellowship and study on Monday nights at her home, (757 Syracuse Ave, 2N). Come to enjoy a simple supper at 6:30 PM, to be followed by Evening Prayer and time listening to God's message through the prophet Isaiah. Women of all ages welcome!

Bible Study with Fr. Jed Fox
6:30-7:30 PM  Library
The Rev. Jed Fox Join Fr. Jed and other parishioners from 6:30-7:30 PM as we journey together through the Gospel of John.

Church Service League
Luncheon: 12 PM    Great Hall
We meet every Tuesday for lunch at noon following Fr. Mike Wheeler's Bible Study Class. A service is also held that morning in St. Mary's Chapel at 10:30 AM. The CSL welcomes all women of the Church. Please join us. For more information call Jane Cox at 636.394.3441.   

Tuesday, November 13
Steak& Stories
Fr. Wheeler Steak and Stories for Tuesday, November 13 at 6 PM will feature The Rev. Mike Wheeler sharing his story of "A Pilgrim's Journey to Russia" for all of us. We look forward to seeing all of you there and sharing in his experiences.

Friday, November 16
SAVE THE DATE: A Friday Musicale
Join us Friday, November 16, for our 2nd Annual Girls Choir Fundraiser, "A Friday Musicale". Enjoy performances by the best musicians in St. Louis, eat a fabulous dinner, participate in the auction, and support the Girls Choir in raising funds for its Spring Choir Trip in 2013. Tickets are on sale until 5 PM Tuesday, November 13. Please contact the receptionist at reception@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 to make your reservation.
Girls choir practicing

Saturday, November 17
Sandwich Making
Sandwich Making will take place November 17.  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.
Sandwich making on Saturday morning  
Sunday, November 18
Sunday Supper at FOCUS Gateway City
Sunday, November 18 CSMSG will host Sunday Supper at FOCUS Gateway City. Lead by the Young Adults Community, all are welcome to join in serving and sitting down to share a meal with guests in South City. The food has already been donated, but we need hands to serve between 3:30-6 PM. Please contact Jenny Matthews at 314.941.1054 or jenny.r.matthews@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

Monday, November 19
Faith@Work will meet Monday, November 19, in the Sverdrup Room from 11:45 AM-1 PM. We begin with NOONDAY PRAYER and a "B.L.T.- Blessed Little Thought" by Fr. Jed. Lunch and Open Discussion follow. The cost is $7 for lunch. Please contact Michael Hanrahan (314.518.3086, mikehanrahan01@gmail.com) by Monday, November 19, 10 AM to rsvp.
Upcoming Events
Sunday, December 2
Advent  Lessons and Carols Reception
All are invited to attend the Holiday Reception following the December 2 Advent Lessons and Carols Evensong.
What better way to kick off the holiday season than with a beautiful Evensong service at 5 PM followed by
a delicious reception. If you are able to bring a covered dish to share please let Laurie know at Laurie@csmsg.org. Casserole clubs, plan on having your December dinner at the Advent Evensong Reception.Advent Family Night

Tuesday, December 4
CSL Christmas Luncheon and Bazaar
Make your luncheon reservations at 314.721.1502 and grab your Christmas shopping list for a delicious, entertaining and productive event for the holidays.
Shopping will be a breeze with our wonderful vendors offering one-of-a-kind and personalized items for that person who has everything. Doors open for vendor shopping at 11 AM. Take some time for lunch at noon. Enjoy the musical program, and check the silent auction and white elephant tables as well as finding your favorite decorative birdhouse to fill in the gaps on your list. The event is $12.50, the same as last year.
We still need some extra items for the silent auction and smaller items for the white elephant table. Your generosity will help result in a larger contribution to our charities.


Centennial Celebration Gala Tickets
Tickets for the January 19 Centennial Celebration Gala will be available in the Great Hall beginning Sunday, November 25, ending January 6 (30minutes prior to the 9:15 AM service, and 30 minutes after). The Celebration Dinner will be held at the Old Warson Country Club beginning with cocktails at 6:30 PM. The Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. George Leonard Carey, 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury will be the special guest. Tickets are $125/each. Checks should be made out to "CSMSG". For more information, contact the receptionist at receptionist@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.
2012-2013 Girls Choir
The CSMSG Girls Choir has resumed Wednesday night rehearsals from 5-6:30 PM. If your child is 8-18 years old and interested in singing in the Girls Choir, please contact Christi Bye at 314.721.1502 x4043 for more information or by email at cbye@csmsg.org 
Summer chorister campers
Church School
Church School is back in session!
Operation Christmas Child Project
For the next few week, Church School families and everyone else can fill shoeboxes with candy, school supplies, clothes, toys, games, whatever, and return the filled shoeboxes to the Great Hall by November 18. Information will be outside St George's Chapel and in the Great Hall. Empty shoeboxes are also available, if you need one, although large ziploc bags can be used too! If you are interested, the website is samaritanspurse.org/occ. For an additional cost, you can track where your shoebox has been delivered!
Christmas shoebox

Mark your calendars--Advent Family Night is Sunday, December 2 at 5 PM.
Since it conflicts with Evensong, dinner and all craft activities will be in the gym and downstairs classrooms.  The cost is $5.00 per person, plus the cost of a wreath if you would like one.  More information will be coming via email soon!
  YM girls
HS & MS Retreats 
Early Bird Discount available for both the high school and middle school retreats IF you pay by TODAY, November 12 the price is $135/student. Friends are WELCOME and pay a discounted price. Scholarships (partial and full) are available by calling Marty. The retreats will be at Lake Williamson Retreat Center in Illinois. HS retreat is January 5/6 and MS retreat is February 2/3. We will depart first thing Saturday morning and return by 1:30 PM Sunday afternoon. We will participate in ropes courses (that are inside!), black-light medic ball and other fun activities while we dig deeper in our faith and get to know one another better! Sign-up NOW by e-mailing youth@csmsg.org.

The UNDERGROUND-The HS Hangout has been combined with The UNDERGROUND and will meet at Buzz Matthews for dinner and Bible Study each Sunday from 6-7:30 PM (includes meal). There will not be a separate HS meeting on Thursday evenings. The UNDERGROUND is a  high school Small Group Bible Study which will discuss topics such as: school, sports, clubs, work, friends, family, church . . .  teenagers are more involved and committed than any group of teenagers before them. Does your teen know how to seek God? The curriculum, 'The Pause', will help students learn to make space for God in the midst of their busy schedules. Contact Buzz if interested, 314.941.0542 or buzz@csmsg.org.
Middle School MIX resumes THIS Wednesday at 6 PM in the Armstrong Room. Games, dinner and Bible Study are on the agenda. Pick-up at 7:30 PM. Friends are WELCOME! 
Parents of CSMSG College Students: Please send your college students e-mail AND street address to Marty at youth@csmsg.org this week so the Youth ministry can mail them a care package next week! Thank you!  

Summer Mission Information Session for all 6th-12th graders and parents was held yesterday, November 11. The MS Mission Week will be June 17-21 and the HS Mission Trip is July 5-14, 2013. The MS Mission week is local and the HS Mission Trip will be to Muskegon, Michigan this summer. Spaces are limited, so come to the info session and sign up. Deposit of $100 is required to reserve your space. E-mail youth@csmsg.org for more information.  
Canterbury Bookstore
Canterbury Bookstore at christmas
We all know Christmas is coming but let's not forget Thanksgiving. Wonderful selections of Thanksgiving greeting cards are available in the Bookstore as well as books on graces for the table. Let us all be thankful in this season of giving. A NEW item has just arrived--The Centennial Cup. A beautiful glass beverage cup etched with the Centennial logo and the church's name is in stock. Gift-giving or personal pleasure, it's sure to be a hit. A must see! Colonial Candles are here just in time for the holidays. The Bookstore is most happy to be a distributor for Colonial Candles. This is a candle of high quality and extensive variety. Although the Bookstore has a very nice selection, the complete line of Colonial Candles is available by special order with a delivery time of one week or less. Stop by and take a look at all the possibilities...And 2013 calendars are in stock. Ordo, Episcopal, Christian Planning, and Pocket are all available and great as gifts and stocking stuffers.  

Our suggestion for the week is A Child's Book of Graces published by Good Books. It's a book of mealtime graces for every occasion. Thanksgiving, After Meals, Out of Doors and many more graces collected with soft and pleasing illustrations. A book that any child will treasure.

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

Bulletin Board

E-Letter/Notice Information

Please send any new information that you would like to go into the notices or e-letter to Debbie at communications@csmsg.org. The deadline for the e-letter is Monday at noon. The deadline for the notices is Wednesday at noon. Please keep the information concise. Thank you.


CSMSG Into the Next 100 Years! QR code  
Notice that smudge on the back of the bulletin this week? That's a QR Code! If you have a smartphone with a scanning app, when you scan the image you'll be automatically directed to the CSMSG website, with links to our weekly updates, calendars, service times, sermons and news. Look for more digital content in the weeks to come.  


The Knitting Ministry
knitting demo The Knitting Ministry has been active at St. Michael's since 2004. Its mission is to offer love, comfort and prayers to fellow parishioners and friends through knitted objects--Mantles of Comfort, Baby Blankets of Love and Chemo Caps. On the second Saturday of the month, there is a luncheon gathering where knitters share experiences, get to know one another and knit together. Prayerful knitting nurtures the knitters as well as the recipients of the knitted objects. (For more information, contact Nicki Gillis at nickigillis@att.net).  

Good Neighbors

Please be considerate of our neighbors on Ellenwood and Wydown. Take advantage of the complimentary valet parking on Sundays and do not park in front of driveways.

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!


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 Ellenwood 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