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The Church of
St. Michael &
6345 Wydown Blvd.
PO Box 11887
Clayton, MO 63105
|"Living Christ In This World"|
December 3 - December 10, 2012
This Week's Banner:
Children listen to the story of Saint Nicholas in the Great Hall at last year's event. Breakfast with Saint Nicholas this Sunday, December 9 at 11:15 AM in the Great Hall. 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 email@example.com.
| Winter 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
December 9 The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
December 16 The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
December 23 The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
December 25 The Rev. Emily R. Hylden
December 30 The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
|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 upcoming weeks to help you renew your spiritual vigor in this new season.
December 9 - No Class (Saint Nicholas Breakfast
in Great Hall/Sverdrup Room)
December 16 - The Rosary
December 23 - No Class
NO CLASS IN JANUARY
|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.
What a great night at CSMSG last night! We had the young families downstairs celebrating Advent Family Night
and upstairs we had our wonderful choir and readers performing Advent Lessons and Carols for 200+ people.
This means that over 300 parishioners and visitors were in our 100-year-old building experiencing the presence of God.
It truly was a multi-generational night: Tom and Elizabeth Hyers were upstairs enjoying Lessons and Carols while
their son, Jason, and daughter-in-law, Mei-Li were downstairs with their sons enjoying dinner and Advent activities.
Three generations, at two different events, in our century old church! Sure, the young families had pizza and salad,
while the Great Hall tables were filled with gourmet goodies prepared by some of the best cooks at the church for the Evensong crowd.
Nevertheless, a great time was had by all.
Your pledge dollars support days like this, when we fill the church morning and night, spreading the word of God to all who enter.Thank you for your pledge!
Monday, December 3
Monday Night Bible Studies
Women's Bible Study with The Rev. 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, with Bible study following.
BIBLE STUDY CANCELLED: December 10 and 24.
Bible Study with Fr. Jed Fox
6:30-7:30 PM Library
Join Fr. Jed and other parishioners from 6:30-7:30 PM as we journey together through the Gospel of John. Tuesdays
Church Service League Luncheon12 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, December 4
CSL Christmas Luncheon and Bazaar
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. 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 Luncheon & Bazaar.
Wednesday, December 5 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
Thursday, December 6Mom's Night Out
Mom's Night Out is on Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 PM, at Time for Dinner. We will be putting together a dinner for the mothers and their children at the shelter Almost Home. If you like you can order your own dinners! Bring a bottle of wine and/or some cheese and crackers, too. We had a great time last year - join us this year! Time for Dinner's website is www.timefordinnerstl.com
. It is a unique and fun time!Saturday, December 8
Advent Solemn Vigil Eucharist 5 PM St. George's Chapel
Advent is here. So are Saturday Eucharists.
Saturday Evening Eucharist begins 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
, or by signing up in the Great Hall. The cost is $4 per person.
Centennial Celebration Gala Ticket Saleafter 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 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. 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 email@example.com
| Upcoming Events|
Saturday, December 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.Tuesday, December 11Steak & Stories6 PM Great Hall
Valkyrie (the Red Tail Hawk) will show us what the "Sport of Kings" (Falconry) is all about at 6 PM in the Great Hall. She will bring her friend, Jon Kercher, to assist her in providing a human translation. If you plan to attend please RSVP to the receptionist at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 314.721.1502 by noon on Monday, December 10.Download Steak & Story flyerSunday, December 16A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols5 PM Church
The traditional and much-beloved Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, as we know it today, was adapted by The Very Reverend Eric Milner-White for use at King's College Chapel, Cambridge on Christmas Eve 1918. In his words, 'The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God ...' seen 'through the windows and words of the Bible.' The Christmas story unfolds interspersed by seasonal carols as the story of the birth of the Christ Child is recounted through word and music. The center of the service is still found by those who 'go in heart and mind' and who consent to follow where the story leads.
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 email@example.com.
Mom's Night Out
Mom's Night Out is on Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 PM, at Time for Dinner. We will be putting together a dinner for the mothers and their children at Almost Home. If you would like, you can also order your own dinners. Bring a bottle of wine and/or some cheese and crackers, too. We had a great time last year - join us this year! The website is www.timefordinnerstl.com
. It is a unique and fun time!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by signing up in the Great Hall. The cost is $4 per person.Advent Giving Tree
This year's Advent Giving Tree will help the mothers at Almost Home, a shelter for young mothers and their children. Please take a "helping hand" from the Giving Tree in the Great Hall and return it UNWRAPPED, with the hand ornament taped to it, by December 16. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Fisher at 314.721.1502.
The MIX MS Youth Group
will NOT meet this Wednesday, December 5 due to Emily Hylden's ordination. The Middle School MIX Christmas Party will be held NEXT Wednesday, December 12 at 6 PM in the Armstrong Room. Cost is $5 for food. Bring your friends! Pick-up at 7:30 PM. St. Nicholas Breakfast High School Service Project
will be held THIS Sunday, December 9! All 9th-12th graders are invited to come help prepare the pancake breakfast for the younger children! Meet in the kitchen at 9:30 AM to volunteer. The UNDERGROUND
will meet at Buzz Matthews' for dinner and Bible Study on Sunday, December 9 from 6-7:30 PM (includes meal). The UNDERGROUND is a high school Small Group Bible Study which strives to help students learn to make space for God in the midst of their busy schedules. Contact Buzz if at 314.941.0542 or email@example.com
for more information. High School Christmas Party
will be held on Sunday, December 23! Meet at Steinberg Ice Skating Rink at 5 PM to skate. Party will continue at church in the Armstrong Room at 6:30 PM. Cost is $5 for food.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents of CSMSG College Students:
The care packages were mailed to your college students! If you have not yet given us your student's address, please e-mail it to Marty and she will mail one to your child! We also have mailed an invitation to the December CSMSG College Reunion
to your home. We want to treat college students
to lunch on Sunday, December 30 from noon-1:30 PM at Three Kings on Delmar in the Loop! RSVP to email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 There will be NO MS MIX on the following dates:
December 5, 19, 26 and January 2There will be NO HS UNDERGROUND on the following dates:
December 16, 30, January 6 (due to HS Retreat)Retreats:
High School - Sat/Sun, January 5/6
MIddle School - Sat/Sun, February 2/3
| Canterbury Bookstore|
You can find Advent resources throughout 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
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 email@example.com.
Advent Lessons and Carols
Thank you Choir for the beautiful music and thank you parishioners for providing a feast for the reception!
Always amazing how an email and an entry in this e-letter can produce an abundance of delicious food and wine by our parishioners.
Thank you one and all!
Please send any new information that you would like to go into the notices or e-letter to Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.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!
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
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 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!
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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, both weekdays and Sundays, to care for the linens, candles and silver. Contact Abby Castle at firstname.lastname@example.org.