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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"
March 4 - March 11, 2013
This Week's Banner:   
First graders acting out Jesus' miracle of calming the waters in chapel on Sunday.

Daylight Saving Time 
Daylight Saving Time: Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour on the night of Saturday, March 9, as we will "spring forward" one hour on March 10. 


Don't miss the February 20, 2013 issue of Town and Style for the article on CSMSG, "Keeping the Faith." 

Winter Schedule
   5:00 PM   Holy Eucharist II*
                   Incense will be used*
   8:00 AM   Holy Eucharist I
   9:15 AM   Choral Eucharist I
 11:15 AM   Holy Eucharist I
   5:30 PM   Holy Eucharist II
Preaching Rota 

  Archie_100x100 March 10  The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
   March 17  The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
   March 24  The Rev. Canon Martin Draper
Sunday Adult Education

The Rector's Forum

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


Christian Life Forum    

March 10 - The Jesus Prayer
March 17 - Spiritual Direction
No Forum:  Palm Sunday (March 24)
                   Easter Sunday (March 31)
                   or April 7

Rev. Jed Fox and Deacon Emily Hylden  

Adult Education
Women's Bible Study
Fridays   7:30 AM     Sverdrup Room
"God shall give them light."  If you think we are in the end of times, please join us as we study the Book of Revelation under the direction of Fr. Mike Wheeler. All women are welcome for nourishment of the body (light breakfast) and soul. We finish by 8:30 AM.    
Women's Retreat
Women's retreat group_2013 
Thank you all who participated in the Women's Retreat this weekend. It truly was a "Soul friend journey!"  

Women's Retreat Photos 
Stewardship logo
Generations of Giving Campaign Update

"Christians are called in Lent to a special period of taking stock, of setting priorities, of rethinking what it means to be a steward of God's gift. May this holy season be a time for you to contemplate anew the many blessings of God and to respond to God by a generous giving of your very selves. Generous giving always brings rewards, as our Lord found out. As surely as Lent ends with Easter, so a life of giving ends with a greater sense of satisfaction and greater joy."     
                                                  -The Rt. Rev. Robert Ihloff

 As of today, we have received 339 pledges for a total of $1,769,366. Thank you for your pledge!

Help us grow! planter
Wonderful stories are unfolding in our church every day. They are stories of faith and devotion and love for our neighbors. Great things truly are happening here. But if we're to continue with great things, if we are to continue to grow, your help is needed.

Please pick up a CSMSG business card(s) from the "planters" located in the Narthex and Great Hall. "Plant" one in the hand of a friend who is looking for a church and to be a part of a wonderful story. We need your help to help us grow!
This Week
Monday, March 4
Monday Night Bible Studies
Women's Bible Study with the Rev. Emily Hylden
6:30-8:15 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; 7:15 PM Evening Prayer, with Bible Study following.

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.

Tuesday, March 5

Church Service League Luncheon
12 PM    Great Hall
Last Tuesday our guest speaker, the Rev. Tamsen Whistler, told us of her history and how she ended up standing at our podium. Her previous experience as an educator was evident as she brought some of her purple stoles and told us about them; where they came from and what each meant to her. The Rev. Whistler wove the topics of women, weaving, and the color of purple together and related it to Lent. She also encouraged us to visit www.lentmadness.org, where you will find a somewhat irreverent contest pitting saint against saint. The contest follows the format of March Madness and the winner is awarded the Golden Halo. Even Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts-Schori plays. It's educational!

Lenten Speaker Schedule
March 5 -   The Rev. Rebecca Ragland - Church of the Holy
                Communion, speaking about Magdalene St. Louis.
March 12 - The Rev. Pamela Dolan - Church of the Good
March 19 - The Rev. Doris Westfall - St. Matthew's in Warson
                 Woods, previous Sant Scholarship recipient
March 26 - The Rev. Canon Martin Draper - Holy Week
                 Preacher, now retired and living in London. He has
                 served in numerous positions in England and

CSL meets for lunch following Fr. Mike Wheeler's Bible Study at 11 AM. We encourage all women of the church to attend. For more information, call Jane Cox at 636.394.3441.

Wednesday, March 6, 13, 20
Great Wednesdays Are Here!
6:30 PM       Great Hall
Grab a friend and come to enjoy dinner, sparkling conversation, and stimulating education! Dinner at 6:30 PM in the Great Hall, with the girls choir and the middle school ministry; courses begin at 7 PM, followed by Compline at 7:50 PM.  

Mthr. Emily will host "Christian Spiritual Classics," featuring a consideration of the writings of ancient and medieval Christians, including St. Benedict, the Desert Mothers and Fathers, and John Chrysostom--the course includes videos by modern monastic Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and spirituality expert the Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner.  

"Five Perspectives of Church Music" will also be offered, exploring the place of sacred music in several denominations and faith traditions. In this course, you will come to discover how what we do is informed by the rich heritage of sacred music handed down to us from Judaism and from several perspectives of the Reformation and free-church traditions. This course features experts throughout the church and synagogue, including our own Rob Lehman,  as well as Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Jewish musicians.
Thursdays,  March 7
Book Discussion
Dubliner sketch by D. Williamson The Dubliners by James Joyce book discussion will meet on five successive Thursdays at 7:30 PM in the Sverdrup Room. Discussion of this collection of short stories will be led by Daniel Williamson and Jan Jacobi.
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, March 12
Steak & Stories
6 PM      Great Hall
Martin Ott will speak about "Pipe Organ Building" including about being an Orgelbaumeister (Master Organ Builder). Martin Ott, born and raised in Göttingen, Germany, comes from a family of distinguished pipe organ builders. Mr. Ott's father, Orgelbaumeister Alfred Ott, and uncle, Orgelbaumeister Paul Ott, were influences throughout Martin's career. The Ott family represents more than 75 years of organ building. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to receptionist 314.721.1502 or reception@csmsg.org no later than noon on Monday, March 11.

Saturday, March 16
Hunger Ministry Sandwich Making
10 AM     Taylor Room
Sandwich Making will take place March 16.  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

Monday, March 18
11:45 AM     Sverdrup Room
Faith@Work will meet Monday, March 18, 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 the receptionist at reception@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 by Monday, March 18, 10 AM to RSVP.

Holy Week

Sunday, March 24: Palm Sunday
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist I
9:15/11:15 AM Choral Eucharist I
5:00 PM Passion Vespers
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist II

Monday, March 25: Holy Monday
5:30 PM Choral Evensong & Sermon

Tuesday, March 26: Holy Tuesday
5:30 PM Choral Evensong & Sermon

Wednesday, March 27: Holy Wednesday
5:30 PM Choral Evensong & Sermon

Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday
5:30 PM Children's Liturgy with Foot Washing
(St. George's Chapel)
7:00 PM Choral Eucharist I
Foot Washing/Stripping of the Altar

March 28-9 PM through March 29-noon:
Altar of Repose

Friday, March 29: Good Friday
7:00 AM Stations of the Cross
12:00 PM Good Friday Children's Liturgy
(St. George's Chapel)
12:00 PM The Good Friday Liturgy

Saturday, March 30: Holy Saturday
The Great Vigil of Easter
7:00 PM First Eucharist of Easter

Sunday, March 31: Easter Day
7:30 AM Holy Eucharist I
9:00 AM Festal Music for Organ and Brass
9:15 AM Festal Eucharist I
11:00 AM Festal Music for Organ and Brass
11:15 AM Festal Eucharist I
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist II

Holy Week Preacher
The Rev. Canon Martin Draper
Rev. Canon Martin Draper Father Martin Draper is a retired priest living in London. His early ministry was in the Diocese of London, where he served at St. Mary-the-Virgin, Primrose Hill, and St. Matthew's, Westminster. Later, he served in the Diocese of Europe, where he was the Chaplain of St. George's, Paris, for eighteen years and, until his retirement, Archdeacon of France. Father Draper now helps in a number of central London parishes, most especially St. James's, Paddington, and St. Marylebone Parish Church.

A note from our guest preacher:
I shan't be taking a particular theme for Holy Week 2013. I have sometimes done so in the past, basing addresses on things like the 'Seven Words from the Cross' or taking a single Passion narrative and examining it in great detail. But this poses a problem of continuity for those members of the congregation who are unable to attend every single service at which the addresses are given.

In recognition of this, I have decided to present a general introduction to our celebration of the week on Palm Sunday and then to examine some of the biblical record of events in a little more detail on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.

On Monday, I shall look at the Passion Narratives in general and on Tuesday, that of St. Luke (because it is the one we hear this year on Palm Sunday) in particular. On Wednesday, I shall try to answer the question 'What happened at the beginning of Holy Week?' in the light of the dramatic change in the turn of events between Our Lord's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem on the Sunday and his shameful exit from it just a few days later on Good Friday.

The liturgies at the end of the week are so densely packed with material that my addresses will simply pick one idea or theme appropriate to each of the days or liturgies we are celebrating.

Every one of the addresses will stand alone. You won't need to have heard any of the others to understand what I shall be talking about.

Friday, April 12

The Nicaraguan Dinner Auction
Nicaraguan girl

Save the Date!

Friday, April 12, 2013
Windows On Washington
For more information,
contact Carroll Stribling at 314.956.5973

Friday, May 10
Trivia Night
Benefit the Hunger Ministries and enjoy a fun evening! On Friday, May 10 at 6 PM in the Great Hall, the bi-annual game of Trivia will be held to benefit the Hunger Ministry of St. Michael & St George. Get your friends together and plan to reserve a table. You don't want to miss this evening of Fun, Facts, and Fabulous Prizes! All proceeds go to the sponsored food pantries in the Diocese of Missouri.
2013 Girls Choir
The CSMSG Girls Choir has rehearses pn Wednesday nights  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 
The Girls Choir
Church School
 Magic house project Donatello, the Castilian donkey, is back on Palm Sunday to lead the parishioners into the church. Bring carrots and apples, and whatever else, for him! Did you know the Castilian donkey received the cross-shaped patch of hair which grows on its back and shoulders when he carried Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday?
Donatello the donkey
 youth volunteers at pancake dinner

How HIGH can you go? Join Buzz to JUMP for joy at SKYZONE THIS Saturday, March 9! Meet at church at 12:45 PM to go to SKYZONE where we will jump from 2-4 PM! Bring your friends! Cost is $20 (scholarships available!) Only 25 spots! Sign up by e-mailing youth@csmsg.org. First come, first served! Adult drivers and chaperones needed. (Waivers must be printed off and signed by parent; once registration is received, the waiver will be e-mailed.)

2013 HS Mission Orientation was held yesterday. Please contact Marty at youth@csmsg.org to arrange to get your information ASAP. There are only a few spots left on the HS Mission Trip, so reserve yours now by contacting Marty or Buzz. 
September Kick-Off Committee will meet tomorrow night Tuesday, March 5 at Marty's home from 5:30-6:30 PM. Anyone interested in joining this committee is welcome!

Student Leadership Team will meet this Sunday, March 10 from 5-6 PM in the Armstrong Room.

The MS MIX and HS UNDERGROUND meet every Wednesday from 6-7:30 PM in the Armstrong Room for games, dinner, and Bible Study. Why not add a Bible Study to your Lenten discipline?

All HS Seniors are invited to Marty's house on Tuesday, April 2 from 6:30-8 PM for pizza and to talk with the Rev. Emily Hylden about their upcoming transition out of the house after graduation from high school. Look for your invitation in the mail and e-mail youth@csmsg.org to RSVP.

Spring Service Day at the St. Louis Foodbank is just around the corner on Saturday, April 6! Meet at church on the playground at 9:15 AM and we will ride the bus out to the foodbank where we will sort from 10 AM-1 PM. Bring your friends!! E-mail youth@csmsg.org to sign up!   
It's time to sign up for Summer Mission opportunities for all 5th-12th graders. The MS Mission Week will be June 17-21 and the HS Mission Trip is July 5-14. The MS Mission Week is local and the HS Mission Trip will be to Muskegon, Michigan. 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. 
Canterbury Bookstore
Ann Babington spiffing up the bookstore.
Canterbury Bookstore has the resources you are looking for during this Lenten season. There are books for personal daily devotions and gift giving, as well as Bibles and prayer books to fit any age or use.  We are happy to serve you in meeting these needs.

New gift items and greeting cards are arriving every day.  A wonderful selection of gift ideas for so many occasions, and the Canterbury Bookstore has appropriate ideas for each.

Poems and Prayers for Easter by Sophie Piper celebrates the great themes of Easter: faith, love, hope, and all the joy of new life in springtime. This book will be a delightful companion for any child, featuring classic poems by William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and prayers for this special season.

We Don't Do God by George Carey and Andrew Carey is a powerful and challenging book. This father and son emphasize the need for Christians to affirm the rich contribution of our Judeo-Christian heritage to challenge unfairness and to stick up vigorously and strongly for the Christian faith.

That We May Perfectly Love Thee by Robert Benson is an invitation to a deeper, more meaningful experience of that which is central to Christian worship: the Eucharist. Robert Benson writes as a fellow worshiper, one who sits in the pews alongside others and contemplates the mystery of the sacrament. He explores the centuries-old tradition of the Eucharist service, and suggests how the celebration holds meaning for our lives as individuals, as worshiping communities and as the universal church.

Make time to stop by the Bookstore today and explore these and the many recommended readings for the Lenten season.

Store hours: Sunday 8:30-11:30 AM, Monday 10 AM-noon, Thursdays 10 AM-3 PM and Friday 9 AM-noon.
Bulletin Board

E-Letter/Notice Information

Please send any new information that you would like to go into the notices or e-letters 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? 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, both weekdays and Sundays, to care for the linens, candles, and silver. Contact Abby Castle at abbylocke@yahoo.com.

Altar guild women preparing for Sunday