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Parishioner Allison Lehman in last year's Palm Sunday procession.

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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 21 - March 28, 2013
This Week's Banner:   
Parishioner Allison Lehman at last year's Palm Sunday procession. This year's procession will be on March 24, preceding the 9:15 AM liturgy.    
CSMSG E-Newsletter:
Delivery Change

The newsletter will now be delivered on Thursdays, rather than on Mondays.
  Sunday Liturgy Schedule

   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 

  Rev. Canon Martin Draper March 24   The Rev. Canon Martin
   March 31   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
      April  7   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
      April 14  The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler 
Sunday Adult Education

The Rector's Forum

Archie_100x100 There will be no Rector's Forum on Palm Sunday (March 24) or Easter Sunday (March 31).
Please join the Rector April 7 as he leads a study of Paul's Epistle to the Romans from 10:30-11 AM in the Taylor Room.

Christian Life Forum    

No Forum:  Palm Sunday (March 24)
                   Easter Sunday (March 31)
April 7

  Rev. Jed Fox and Deacon Emily Hylden        


Adult Education
Women's Bible Study
Fridays   7:30 AM     Sverdrup Room
Fr. Wheeler "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.    
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Generations of Giving Campaign Update

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and make good they vows unto the Most High. 
Psalm 50:14, The Book of Common Prayer

Remembering that any offer of money, time, or talent made to God and his Church is an offering critical to how we think about stewardship of our resources. Offerings are different from gifts. Gifts almost always involve some requirement of exchange, a "thank-you" or a reciprocal gift. An offering is left up to the recipient to do what they wish. They might use it for what we had in mind, they might improvise with it for something unintended, and/or they might transform the offer into a whole new possibility we hadn't even imagined. One of the most beautiful but routine moments of our worship each week is when the People's offering is brought forward, and God transforms that offer into the Body and Blood of Christ. When we put an offering into the plate, we are merely giving God the material with which to improvise. And what a magnificent transformation he makes! How can you make your contributions free offerings to God, instead of part of an exchange of gifts?

As of today we have received 353 pledges for a total of $1,786,865. Thank you for your offering!

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 25
Monday Night Bible Studies
Women's Bible Study with the Rev. Emily Hylden
6:30-8:15 PM      757 Syracuse Ave, 2NEmily 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. Mthr. Emily Hylden's Bible Study will not meet Monday, March 25 or Monday, April 1.

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.
The Bible Study will not meet Monday, March 25 or Monday, April 1.

Tuesday, March 26
Church Service League Luncheon
12 PM    Great Hall
Last Tuesday we had yet another outstanding Lenten Series speaker. The Rev. Doris Westfall from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Warson Woods came with a number of icons, and introduced us to Iconology. Did you know that icons are not painted but written? That there are specific items to be included in a particular Saint or Holy Person's icon? The Rev. Westfall brought mostly Orthodox icons, but some Russian icons  as well, to illustrate her talk. She was the recipient of a Sant Scholarship and and it appears to be money well spent.

More speakers to come! Our final Lenten Speaker scheduled for March 26 is the Rev. Canon Martin Draper, Holy Week Preacher, now retired and living in London. He has served in numerous positions in England and France. You can read more about him elsewhere in the e-letter.

CSL meets for lunch following Fr. Mike Wheeler's Bible Study at 11 AM. We encourage all women of the church to attend. In fact, men are welcome, too. Be brave. Join us! For more information, call Jane Cox at 636.394.3441.

Holy Week
Sunday, March 24: Palm Sunday
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist I
9:15/11:15 AM Choral Eucharist I
*Please note the 11:15 AM liturgy will be in the Church
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 Family 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
* Incense will be used at this liturgy

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
*Please note the 11:15 AM liturgy will be in the Church
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist II

Holy Week Preacher
Rev. Canon Martin Draper The 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 Holy Week 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.
Upcoming Events

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
Saturday, April 13
Confirmation Course Coming!
8 AM   Great Hall
Have you found a spiritual home at The Church of St. Michael & St. George? Make us your spiritual home address-attend Confirmation Class with Mthr. Emily and Fr. Jed on April 13 from 8 AM till 2 PM to prepare your heart and mind for the Holy Spirit's continued work in your life! Spend a morning feasting physically and spiritually at St. Michael's. Breakfast and lunch refreshments provided, as well as Morning and Noonday prayer, fellowship time, and invaluable instruction!

For more information, contact Debbie at communications@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.

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.
Church School
 Magic house project
Palm Sunday:  Donatello, the Castilian donkey, will lead the parishioners into the church, rain or shine! Bring some carrots or apples! Children will  attend the service with their parents. We will pass out Holy Week-related coloring and crayons for the children to have in church. 

Donatello the donkey

Maundy Thursday Family Liturgy Laurie Anzilotti will lead a family service in St. George's Chapel at 5:30 PM. A dinner follows in the Great Hall ($15.00 per family - please make reservations by emailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org).

Good Friday Liturgy Laurie Anzilotti will lead this special service for the children in the chapel at NOON.  Easter activities will follow in the Taylor Room.  Free pizza will be served in the Great Hall at 11:30 AM.  Please let us know if you would like pizza by emailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org.

Easter: Family services at 7:30 AM, 9:15 AM and 11:15 AM. All services are the same!

Reminder to Preschool-5th Graders: There are no Church School classes or services on Palm Sunday or Easter. Church School resumes on April 7.

Any First, Second, and Third Grade Boy who would like to earn his "God and Me" Cub Scout badge should contact Jane Fisher. Meetings will be held in April with the badge presentations in May.
2013 Girls Choir
The CSMSG Girls Choir rehearses on 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
  YM playing Twister

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?

YES, "It's About to Get Real: Thoughts on Life After High School!" All HS Seniors are invited to Marty's house on Tuesday, April 2 from 6:30-8 PM for pizza, ping pong, and to talk with the Rev. Emily Hylden about their upcoming transition after graduation from high school. Look for your invitation in the mail and e-mail youth@csmsg.org to RSVP.

HS Seniors: E-mail Marty at youth@csmsg.org the e-mail address to which you would like her to send your graduation recognition information.

Make a difference in your community! Join the Youth Ministry to sort food at the Spring Service Day at the St. Louis Foodbank 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 food 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. 
pool party
Cleaning out the kids' toy box? Mission volunteers are leaving for Nicaragua in July. You can send gently-used toys to Nicaragua in a mission volunteer's second suitcase for the Santa Rosa and El Samuelito schools. Place items in the Nicaragua donation closet across from the church library. Please see list below of needed items. Gracias! 

Please - No stuffed animals
Educational toys such as:
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              
Puzzles  (ages 8+)                              
Baby dolls
Board Games/Card Games
'Dress-up' items
Canterbury Bookstore
Ann Babington spiffing up the bookstore.
Visit the Canterbury Bookstore where you will find a special selection of books for Easter giving to children, parents, and friends of all ages. These items are on display along with delightful gift ideas including picture frames, puppets, and pansky eggs. Complimentary gift wrapping is always available.

A Tale for Easter by Tasha Tudor: In this book she recounts the dreams she had as a child on Easter eve and the joy she felt on the day itself.

The Song of Francis by Tomie dePaola has simple text and vibrant illustrations that bring the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi to life for even the youngest children. dePaola reminds us how sweet it is to rejoice and give thanks for life and love.

Stations of the Resurrection by Raymond Chapman contains meditations and prayers on the Fourteen Resurrection Appearances recorded in the Gospels. This book leads to deeper understanding of the wonder of the appearances through the experiences of those who encountered the risen Christ. 

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/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 where you can find 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 two to three 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 for more information on becoming a member!

Altar guild women preparing for Sunday