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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 26 - December 3, 2012
This Week's Banner: 
Choirmaster Dr. Rob Lehman and the choir rehearse before last month's Evensong.  A Candlelight Service of Advent Lessons and Carols will be on Sunday, December 2 at 5 PM. A reception will follow in the Great Hall. 
Fall Schedule
   5:00 PM      Holy Eucharist  

    8:00 AM     Holy Eucharist I
   9:15 AM     Choral Eucharist I
 11:15 AM     Holy Eucharist I   
   5:30 PM     Holy Eucharist II
2012 Advent Schedule
  Preaching Rota 
   Emily Hylden
    December  2   The Rev. Emily R. Hylden
    December  9   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
    December 16  The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
    December 23  The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox 
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. Curates are teaching prayer methods over the weeks leading up to Advent, to help you renew your spiritual vigor in this new season.   

December 2 - Daily Office
December 9 - No Class (Saint Nicholas Breakfast
       in Great Hall/Sverdrup Room)
December 16 - The Rosary
December 23 - No Class

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.  
Stewardship logo 
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. It is a time we prepare our hearts and souls for the birth of Christ. It is a time of expectation, of watchfulness, and a time of self-examination. We examine our stewardship of time, abilities and money and consider how we are using all three for the proclaiming of God's kingdom.

Thank you for your pledge, it will go toward building God's kingdom. To date we have received 218 pledges for a total of  $1,366,226.
This Week
Monday, November 26
Monday Night Bible Studies
Women's Bible Study with The Rev. Emily Hylden
6:30-8:30 PM Emily Hylden
Enjoy dinner fellowship and study Isaiah at The Rev. Emily Hylden's home (757 Syracuse Ave, 2N).  6:30 PM Soup & Salad Supper (provided!); 7:15 PM Evening Prayer, Bible study following.

BIBLE STUDY CANCELLED: December 10 and 24.

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.   

Saturday, December 1
Advent Solemn Vigil Eucharist
5 PM      St. George's Chapel
Advent is here. So are Saturday Eucharists.
Saturday Evening Eucharist begins again December 1 at 5 PM in St. George's Chapel, with festive refreshments afterward.*
*Rejoice, this service will have incense.

Sunday, December 2
Centennial Celebration Gala Ticket Sale
after 9:15 AM liturgy     Great Hall
Tickets for the January 19 Centennial Celebration Gala will be available in the Great Hall this Sunday (30 minutes prior to the 9:15 service, and 30 minutes after).  The Celebration Dinner will be held at the Old Warson Country Club beginning with cocktails at 6:30 PM. Highlights include the Rt. Revd. and Rt. Hon. George Leonard Carey, 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury as special guest. Fifty-year members will be recognized and John Tyler's book Centennial 100 Years at the Point, a compilation of his "Centennial Moments in History" e-letters, will be the party favor!

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.

Christmas Greenery Pick-up
after 9:15 AM liturgy        Playground
Christmas Greenery pick-up is scheduled for Sunday, December 2 on the playground after morning worship services or in the Taylor Room after Evensong & evening worship. If you cannot be here that day please contact youth@csmsg.org prior to December 2 to make other arrangements.  There are a small number of wreaths available for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis if you did not get a chance to place your order.
Hunger Bake Sale
8 AM-noon      Great Hall and Playground
The Annual Festive Hunger Bake sale will be in full swing on Sunday, December 2. This year you'll have even more to choose from with two locations for your added pleasure. In the Great Hall AND outside near the Pick-Up Spot for the Youth Group's Greenery. Cookies, brownies, cakes, pies and sweet treats of all kinds for your holiday eating and giving. All proceeds go to support the local food pantries that are helped all year long by the St. Michael's Hunger Ministry. Pick up your wreath and delicious treat to nibble on the way home.

Open House Book-signing

9-11:30 AM       Great Hall
Jim Sherby and Ralph Lewis will be in the Great Hall personally signing their book Stained Glass Scriptures on Sunday morning, December 2. Looking for a unique gift, a memory to pass on, a large stocking stuffer, a gift to send a friend far away or your own personal pleasure? This beautiful informational book is the answer. The stories behind the amazingly beautiful stained glass all throughout The Church of St. Michael & St. George are contained in this fascinating and well-executed tabletop book. Jim and Ralph are looking forward to visiting with you and sharing the stories of their journey in researching and authoring this wonderful gift to St. Michael's. Please join us in the Great Hall for this event. Canterbury Bookstore will also have many other CSMSG items and gift items available. Trilogy, note cards and the Centennial Mug in addition to Stained Glass Scriptures will be on display for purchase. Enjoy the party and get some great seasonal giving ideas.

Advent Family Night
5 PM     Gym
Advent Family Night is Sunday, December 2 at 5 PM. Dinner will be served in the gym (downstairs) and Advent-oriented activities will be held in the classrooms, also located downstairs. The cost is $5 per person. Live wreaths with candles rings are available ($10/$15). Please RSVP to the Church at 314.721.1502 or by emailing Jane Fisher at  jfisher@csmsg.org. It is a wonderful time to start off the season of Advent!

A Candlelight Service of
           Advent Lessons and Carols
5 PM     Church
A wonderful and meaningful way to usher in the season of Advent is through the service of Advent Lessons and Carols. This service, originally composed by The Very Reverend Eric Milner-White for use at King's College Chapel, Cambridge, proclaims in word and song the promise of God to redeem the world through the Advent of His Son. The metaphoric procession through the liturgy - from darkness into light - is intended to prepare the worshipper for the coming of the true Light, Jesus Christ. This service has a become a favorite throughout the community, with a festive reception following in the Great Hall.
Evensong choir

Advent Lessons and Carols Reception

following Lessons and Carols         Great Hall
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.
Advent Family Night
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 4
CSL Christmas Luncheon and Bazaar
Make your luncheon reservations at 314.721.1502 for the Luncheon and Bazaar 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.

Download CSL Luncheon flyer

Bookstore Open during CSL Luncheon

Canterbury Bookstore will be open on Tuesday, December 4. Please stop by to see new Christmas gift ideas and some well-deserved treats for yourself. Doors will open at 10 AM, so come by early and get the best selection. The Bookstore will close briefly during lunchtime and reopen until 2 PM. Special orders will still be available for Christmas, so be sure to stop by Canterbury Bookstore and enjoy a cup of Wassail while you're attending the CSL Bazaar.

Wednesday, December 5 Emily Hylden
Ordination of Emily Rose Hylden to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood
7 PM     The Nave of The Church of St. Michael & St. George

Download invitation to Ordination 


Saturday, December 1, 8, 15, 22

Advent Solemn Eucharist 
5 PM      St. George's Chapel 
Advent is here. So are Saturday Eucharists. 
Saturday Evening Eucharist will be held December 8, 15 and 22 at 5 PM in St. George's Chapel, with festive refreshments afterward.*

*Rejoice, this service will have incense.

Sunday, December 9
Breakfast with Saint Nicholas  St. Nicholas In Great Hall
11:15 AM      Great Hall
Breakfast with Saint Nicholas is on Sunday, December 9 at 11:15 AM in the Great Hall. Hear the true story of Saint Nicholas, enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by the Youth Group and take home a Saint Nicholas craft. Please make reservations by e-mailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org, or by signing up in the Great Hall. The cost is $4 per person.    
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 schoolers reading in the chapel.

Advent Family Night is Sunday, December 2
5-7 PM Dinner, Advent-related craft activities and wreath decorating.
* $5 per person for dinner (pizza, salad and dessert)
* $15 per wreath and candle ring
* $10 for wreath only
Please specify when making reservations.
Events are in the gym and classrooms downstairs.
Please make reservations by signing up in the Great Hall, calling the receptionist at Church at 314.721.1502 or e-mailing jfisher@csmsg.org.

Breakfast with Saint Nicholas  
11:15 AM        Great Hall
Breakfast with Saint Nicholas is on Sunday, December 9 at 11:15 AM in the Great Hall. Hear the true story of Saint Nicholas, enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by the Youth Group and take home a Saint Nicholas craft. Please make reservations by emailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org or by signing up in the Great Hall. The cost is $4 per person.

Silver chalice recipients Will Brown and Ben Nickelson 
The MIX MS Youth Group will meet this Wednesday, November 28. The Middle School MIX meets each 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!  
All 8th Grade Mentors are invited to attend the 8th grade Confirmation Class this Sunday, December 2 at 10:30 AM. 
Student Leadership Team will meet from 5-6 PM in the Armstrong Room.  
Sign-Up NOW for Both the High School and Middle School Retreats! 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!), blacklight medic ball and other fun activities while we dig deeper in our faith and get to know one another better! Cost is $150. Friends are WELCOME and pay $75. Scholarships (partial and full) are available by calling Marty. Sign-up NOW by e-mailing youth@csmsg.org

Parents of CSMSG College Students: The care packages were mailed to your college students last week! We also have mailed an invitation to the December CSMSG College Reunion to your home just in time for Thanksgiving. All CSMSG college students are invited to the CSMSG December College Reunion on Sunday, December 30 from noon-1:30 PM at Three Kings on Delmar in the Loop! RSVP to youth@csmsg.org.

The UNDERGROUND meets at Buzz Matthews' for dinner and Bible Study on Sundays from 6-7:30 PM (includes meal). 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 will help students learn to make space for God in the midst of their busy schedules. Contact Buzz if interested at 314.941.0542 or buzz@csmsg.org.  
It's time to sign up for Summer Mission opportunities for all 5-12th graders is available from the Youth Ministry staff. 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 for the HS Mission Trip are limited. A deposit of $100 is required now to hold your space. E-mail youth@csmsg.org for more information and to sign-up. 
Upcoming Events:  
Sunday, December 9: Saint Nicholas Breakfast Service Project for all 9-12 graders.
        Meet in kitchen at 9:30 AM until noon.
Wednesday, December 12: MS MIX Christmas Party in Armstrong Room at 6 PM.
Sunday, December 23: 8th Grade Christmas Pageant Technical/Dress Rehearsal: 10:30 AM-2:30 PM
    - HS Ice Skating and Christmas Party - 5-8:00 PM  
Canterbury Bookstore
Canterbury Bookstore at christmas
Plan to attend the Stained Glass Scriptures book-signing next week in the Great Hall. Jim Sherby and Ralph Lewis will be on hand to sign the book and tell you more about the project. There will be surprises and treats for all. St. Michael & St. George items will also be available.

You can find Advent resources through out the Bookstore including devotionals, family activities and children's books appropriate for the season. Come to the Bookstore and see the many Advent calendars you can choose from. Count down the days with a small card-style or paper-sized decorative type or the fascinating refrigerator magnet to delight anyone. There are gifts and cards for everyone on your list. Let us help you: from choosing the gift to imprinting it, then wrapping it and perhaps even shipping it out the door. Our suggestions this week for your Advent season: O Come Emmanuel by Gordon Giles will make Christmas special this year by exploring the legends, message and theology behind some of your favorite carols and hymns. God Is In the Manger by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a collection of 41 devotions that guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Advent and Christmas, from waiting and mystery to redemption, incarnation and joy. The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas by Madeleine L'Engle is a delightful and engaging tale of one family's traditions of Advent and a year when things may change.
Don't forget the Bookstore is open during the week.  Be sure to visit Canterbury through the holiday season. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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