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The Church of

St. Michael &

St. George

6345 Wydown Blvd.
PO Box 11887
Clayton, MO 63105
314.721.1502 (p)
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"Living Christ in This World"
April 25 - May 2, 2013
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Last year's adult confirmands with CSMSG clergy and Bishop George Wayne Smith. This year's Confirmation service will be held this Sunday, April 28.

  Sunday Liturgy Schedule
   8:00 AM   Holy Eucharist I
   9:15 AM   Confirmation-Holy Eucharist II
   5:30 PM   Holy Eucharist II
Preaching Rota 
  Bishop George Wayne Smith
April 28     The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith
 May  5     The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
 May 19     The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
 May 26     The Rev. Andrew J. Archie 
Sunday Adult Education

The Rector's Forum 

  There will be no Rector's Forum this week.


Christian Life Forum    

The Christian Life Forum is in recess until the fall.

Adult Education
Women's Bible Study
Fridays   7:30 AM     Sverdrup Room
"I have loved you with an everlasting love." Learn the thundering message of God's love for us as we study the prophet Jeremiah under the direction of Fr. Mike Wheeler. All women are welcome to attend these study sessions at 7:30 AM in the Sverdrup Room, for nourishment of the body (light breakfast) and soul. We will finish by 8:30 AM. There will be no Bible Study April 26.   
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Generations of Giving Campaign Update

As of today we have received 361 pledges for a total of $1,809,033.


We thank our 2013 pledgers for your financial commitment to the church and its future. A church's prosperity hinges on three basic tenets... Time, Talents, and Treasure. Or, put in simpler terms...attendance, participation, and money. Each of these simply cannot survive on its own. Yet, when all three are put together, an extraordinary expression of the Kingdom of God can become reality. Every day, in the halls of the church, throughout St. Louis and around the world, lives are impacted and transformed because our "community" of faithful parishioners dutifully answers God's calling.


Thank you for your pledge.


Seeds for Growth! planter
Wonderful stories are unfolding in our church every day: Stories of faith, 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


Sunday, April 28 

United Thank Offering 

Last week United Thank Offering envelopes were put in the pews and UTO boxes in the Great Hall. The UTO began in 1889 and relies on small contributions that reflect daily events in our lives for which we give thanks. It's painless, you don't have to write a huge check, you just have to be thankful, say a little prayer, and drop in some loose change. If you would rather write a check or donate something green with a presidential picture on it, please use an envelope available in the nave. Boxes may be found there as well. In early May they will be distributed to the children in chapel. All money is distributed without fundraising cost and grants are given yearly both regionally and globally. Please take a box or envelope home and we will plan to collect them in the fall, or later if you wish to stuff one until it bursts. For information call Jane Cox 636.394.3441 or email jdotcox@sbcglobal.net.



9:15 AM     Church

Fifteen 8th graders and eleven adults will be confirmed, and three adults will be received. Please join us afterward in the Great Hall for cake and fellowship.

Monday, April 29
Bible Study with Fr. Jed Fox
Monday night Bible Study with Fr. Fox is in recess until the fall.

Tuesday, April 30   
Church Service League/Susan Mount
Bible Study/Luncheon 
12 PM    Great Hall
  • 11 AM Bible Study with Fr. Michael Wheeler. All people are welcome. 
  • 12 PM Lunch. Cost is $7 and again, we welcome all. 
  • 12:30 PM speakers, service projects, and sometimes, just fellowship. 

Last Tuesday, our guest speaker was the Rev. Teresa Mithen Danieley from St. John's Episcopal Church in Tower Grove. She spoke about her parish. You can read about her in the CSL case located above the water cooler outside the Taylor Room. 

Upcoming Events
Sunday, May 5
Newcomers Brunch
All newcomers are invited to a Welcome Brunch on Sunday, May 5, immediately following the 9:15 AM service at the home of the Rev. and Mrs. Jedediah Fox, located at 6300 Wydown.

This is a great opportunity for newcomers to meet other people new to the church, as well as staff and clergy. Please RSVP to Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.


5 PM   Church

The Choir of the Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing an Eastertide service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, May 5 at 5 PM. The service will include the "Evening Service in A" of Herbert Sumsion and music of Edgar Bainton. Please plan to join us and be a part of this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the closing of the day.

Friday, May 10
Trivia Night
Trivia Night at CSMSG Benefit the Hunger Ministries while enjoying 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 won'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.

Sunday, May 12
Eastertide service of Choral Evensong  
5 PM at the St. Louis Abbey, 500 South Mason Road 

The Choir of The Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing an Eastertide service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, May 12 at 5 PM at the St. Louis Abbey, 500 South Mason Road in Creve Coeur. The service will include evening canticles composed for the occasion by Robert Lehman as well as music of Henry Gerike and John E. West. A festive reception hosted by the monks of the monastery will follow, to which all are cordially invited. This service is an offering of worship as part of our ongoing ecumenical relationship with the monks of the Abbey. Please plan to be a part of this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the closing of the day and to celebrate our relationship with the St. Louis Abbey.


Tuesday, May 14

Steak & Stories

6 PM     Great Hall 

Steak & Stories for May will be the last of the season! On Tuesday, May 14 at 6 PM in the Great Hall, Mark Wood, a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and a Special Agent with the St. Louis Division of the FBI, will share his experiences and leadership lessons learned while deployed during combat operations in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) 11.1. Lt. Col. Wood was activated in October 2010 in support of OEF and returned to St. Louis in January 2012. He has been attending CSMSG since May 2012. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to receptionist 314.721.1502 or reception@csmsg.org no later than noon on Monday, May 13.

Church School
  Church School is back in session!

Sunday, April 28

Because of the Confirmation service, the Preschool - 3rd Grade children should all go to their Church School classes at 9:15 AM. They will join their parents at the time of the Peace in the church service. Fourth and Fifth Graders should go with their parents to observe the entire Confirmation service. 

3rd Graders: On Sunday, May 5, the 3rd Graders will "move up" by joining the 4th and 5th Graders for their monthly outreach project (which will follow their 9:15 AM Chapel service).  


Next Sunday, May 5, is the final class for those Cub Scouts earning their God and Me badge. They should meet in Jane Fisher's office following the Chapel service. They will receive their badges in the Chapel on May 12.

2013 Girls Choir
The CSMSG Girls Choir rehearses on Wednesday nights from 5-6:30 PM. If your daughter is 8-18 years old and interested in singing in the Girls Choir, please contact Christi Bye at 314.721.1502 x 4043 for more information or by email at cbye@csmsg.org
The Girls Choir
  YM_service project
Confirmation Update:  
  • The Confirmation Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 6-8:30 PM.  
  • Confirmation will be held during the 9:15 AM liturgy on Sunday, April 28. All confirmands must be present in the Taylor Room by 8:30 AM.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our confirmands! Please join us in congratulating them after the service in the Great Hall. A photographer will be present to take family photographs after the service in the Davis Courtyard (or near the stage in the Great Hall in case of bad weather).


YM Leadership Team will meet with our YMA consultant next Wednesday, May 1 from 12:30-2 PM in the Sverdrup Room. Please RSVP to youth@csmsg.org.

5th Grade Welcome to Youth Ministry! All current 5th graders will be treated to a very special surprise on Sunday, May 5. Parents of 5th graders are invited to come to the Armstrong Room at 11 AM to meet Buzz Matthews, our Youth Minister, and our 6th/7th grade SS teachers! 
High School Senior Recognition will be held on Sunday, May 12 during the 9:15 AM liturgy. All HS seniors and their families are invited to sit up front in the reserved section for this service. There will be a reception afterwards honoring these students! SENIORS: Please return your information sheet and photo to Marty by tomorrow, Monday, April 29! You may e-mail one to youth@csmsg.org.

Mother's Day Bake Sale will be held on Sunday, May 12 in the Great Hall from 8:30-11:15 AM. If you are willing to help sell and/or donate baked goods, please e-mail youth@csmsg.org. All proceeds will benefit the HS Mission Trip. We are providing more scholarships than ever this year, so all contributions are greatly appreciated!


HS & MS MIX meets each Wednesday at church from 6-7:30 PM in the Armstrong Room. Bring your friends! 

Summer Mission opportunities at CSMSG 
Middle School Mission Week will be June 17-21. This is a wonderful opportunity for rising 5th-9th grade students to participate in local service opportunities in the St. Louis community! Friends are welcome to sign up also! Cost is $50 and a typical day lasts from 8:45 AM-3 PM. Adult volunteers are needed. E-mail youth@csmsg.org for more info or to sign-up!

High School Mission Trip is July 5-14, and will be traveling to Muskegon, Michigan. Rising 9th grade students and older HS students may sign up. Friends are invited to come too! There are just a few spots left, so e-mail youth@csmsg.org for more information and to sign up.  
Second Suitcase
Cleaning out the kids' toy box? Mission volunteers are leaving for Nicaragua in July, and you can send gently-used toys in a mission volunteer's "second suitcase" for the students of Santa Rosa and Carolina de Sirker schools. Place items in the Nicaragua donation closet, located across from the church library. Please see list below of needed items. Gracias! 

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

Please - No stuffed animals

pool party

The Three T's
Help the St. Michael's mission trip to Nicaragua with the three T's:  Travel-size toiletries, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.
Do you, your friends, and/or your co-workers travel? Don't
forget to save (unopened) hotel toiletries for the 2013 mission trip to Nicaragua. Missioners take toiletry bags of soap, shampoo, lotion, toothbrushes, and toothpaste to the patients at the women's and children's hospital in Managua. Last year, we distributed over 300 bags of these helpful hygiene packets.
Toothbrushes and toothpaste go to the kids at the Santa Rosa and Carolina de Sirker schools for healthy and bright smiles! Perhaps your dentist has extras?
All donations can be dropped off at the Nicaragua donation closet, located across from the church library. 

The Nicaragua Mission Wish List 2013 is posted on the "Faith in Action" bulletin board.
We'll be packing "second suitcases" to Nicaragua on July 13.

Nicaragua pic
Canterbury Bookstore
Bookstore manager, Peggy Strelinger

Canterbury Bookstore has special selections of books, Bibles, jewelry, and music for seasonal giving to children, parents, and friends of all ages. The Bookstore has beautiful crosses in a wide variety of materials -- mosaic, gold, sterling silver, Venetian glass and wrapped-glass color beads -- on display with unique gift ideas for the many special occasions during the month of May: Birthdays, Weddings, Mother's Day, and Graduation -- just to name a few. Remember, gift-wrapping is always available and FREE. 


A Traveler's Prayer Book contains prayers, Bible readings, meditations and psalms for use when traveling. This beautiful little book is a devotional treasure that is indispensable and a valuable companion when traveling.


Children are important at Canterbury Bookstore. Look what can be found: Folkmanis puppets, prayer cubes, picture frames, and wonderful books. Books for all age groups and all occasions, even just for fun. The Lord's Prayer, illustrated by Tasha Tudor, is a classic favorite. The Peter Pan sequel series, Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, The Secret of Rundoon, Peter and the Sword of Mercy, and The Bridge to Neverland by Dave Barry is available in paperback and hardcover. Five Minute Bible Stories by Lois Rock contains twenty of the most popular Bible Stories retold with sincerity and good humor. 


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 service leaflet? 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. Check for updated 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 your family, so we can properly welcome the new baby into the parish family.


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