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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"
April 11 - April 18, 2013
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The Nicaraguan Dinner Auction and Fundraiser will be held this Friday night. Thanks to all who have supported this wonderful ministry!
  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 
  Fr. Wheeler
  April 14      The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
  April 21      The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
  April 28      The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith 
Sunday Adult Education

The Rector's Forum 

There will be no Rector's Forum this week.

Christian Life Forum    

April 14 - Symbols of Christian Faith
April 21 - Stillness/Silence
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

"Where your treasure is, there will be your heart."
                                                    Matthew 6:21
Often when the Bible introduces a new character, he or she is holding something they treasure. It may be money, a weapon, a net, or a relationship. They hold it tightly because with this treasure, life seems secure and hopeful; without it, they feel vulnerable and lost in a harsh world. It is not surprising that Jesus said, "Where your treasure is, there will be your heart."

Thank you for sharing your heart with The Church of St. Michael & St. George!

As of today, we have received 356 pledges for a total of $1,789,230. Our goal is $2,000,000.

Help us grow! 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
Friday, April 12
The Nicaraguan Dinner Auction 
Friday, April 12, 2013 
Windows On Washington 
For more information, 
contact Carroll Stribling at 314.956.5973 

Kids/EMC Birthday Celebration 
5:45 PM  St. Louis County Detention Center 501 S. Brentwood
Are you interested in helping the youth in detention celebrate their April birthdays? The Church of St. Michael & St. George will be hosting the party for the children at the St. Louis County Detention Center on Friday, April 12. The Center is located at 501 S. Brentwood in Clayton. We will meet in the lobby at 5:45 PM and will finish by 7:15 PM. You must be 21 or older and obtain a background check. You can obtain the application from the receptionist at church or you can call Mary Kay Digby at 314.678.8800 and arrange to attend once without the background check. Some of these children have never celebrated a birthday, so your attendance and enthusiasm can mean a great deal to them.

Saturday, April 13 
Confirmation Course  
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 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.

Monday, April 15
11:45 AM     Sverdrup Room
Faith@Work will meet Monday, April 15, in the Sverdrup Room from 11:45 AM-1:30 PM. We begin with Noonday Prayer and a "B.L.T.- Blessed Little Thought" by Fr. Jed. Lunch and Open Discussion will follow. The cost is $7 for lunch. Please contact the receptionist at reception@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 by Monday, April 15, 10 AM to RSVP.  
Monday Night Bible Studies
Women's Bible Study with the Rev. Emily Hylden
6:30-8:15 PM      757 Syracuse Ave, 2N
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. There will be no Bible Study April 15.

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, April 16  
Church Service League/Susan Mount
Bible Study/Luncheon 
12 PM    Great Hall
The CSL/SM returns to its regular schedule following Lent. We met for lunch and fellowship this last Tuesday and will meet again next week, which will include a service project. On April 23, the Rev. Teresa Mithen Danieley from St. John's Episcopal at Tower Grove will be our guest speaker.

The Bible Class has begun its study of Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet.

United Thank Offering (UTO) Sunday will be April 21. Remember the boxes we used to put our spare change in? It's a good way to give thanks for small things and it doesn't hurt! You just have to pay attention to some of the small happenings and wonders for which you are thankful and place a few coins in the UTO box. If you prefer an envelope instead of a box, we have those, too! More info on UTO to come.

Don't forget this for Eastertide: http://50days.org/2013/04/what-is-easter/

For information call Jane Cox 636.394.3441.

There will be no Bible Study on April 23.
Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 20
Hunger Ministry Sandwich Making
10 AM   Taylor Room
Sandwich Making will take place Saturday, April 20. 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 kids 2012

Friday, May 10
Trivia Night
Trivia Night at CSMSG 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
1st-5th Graders go to Chapel at 9:15 AM, followed by classes.

Preschool-Kindergarten go to Classroom, with Chapel following at 10:25 AM. 
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
  Youth group at recent service project

Back in time to the 80's! Join Buzz to celebrate the 80's at the MIX THIS Wednesday, April 17 from 6-7:30 PM in the Armstrong Room. Bring your friends!

YM Leadership Team meeting will be held Wednesday, April 17 from 12:30-2 PM in the Sverdrup Room. RSVP to youth@csmsg.org.

Confirmation Update:
  • Confirmation Make-Up will be held on Thursday, April 18 from 6-8 PM and is mandatory if you have missed three or more classes since January 1. E-mail Buzz@csmsg.org to discuss conflicts.
  • Bishop Salmon will be here to talk with the confirmands and their parents on Saturday, April 20 from 5-6 PM in the Taylor Room.
  • The Confirmation Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 6-8:30 PM.
  • Confirmation will be held during the 9:15 AM service on Sunday, April 28. All confirmands must be in the Taylor Room by 8:30 AM.
HS Mission Team-Building Day: The HS Mission Team will participate in the Group One Day of Service right here in our own community on Saturday, April 20 from 8 AM-4 PM! RSVP to youth@csmsg.org.

YM Sunday School Teacher Training will be held on Sunday, April 21 from 11:30-12:30 PM in the gym. RSVP to youth@csmsg.org
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 the 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, 2013 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. 
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 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

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
Stop by the Canterbury Bookstore to select that special gift for your confirmand. Confirmation will be on Sunday, April 28. Silver and gold-filled chains and crosses, Bibles, prayer books and devotionals, along with many other gift ideas, are on display right now.

The Canterbury Bookstore is taking orders for gold imprinting on Prayer Books, Bibles, and other special books for your confirmand. Come by and take a look today. Free gift wrapping is always available.

The Episcopal Handbook is the indispensable companion for those who want to be well-informed churchgoers and would also enjoy a good chuckle along the way. This little volume contains timeless theological truths, interesting historical tidbits, and everyday faith situations we all meet sooner or later. Included is a glossary of Episcopal worship terms, illustrations, maps, and tips for 21st century Episcopalians.

Ethics After Easter by Stephen Holmgren focuses on questions all people of faith must ask: "How will I keep my baptismal promises? How am I meant to live 'after Easter'?"  In developing a distinctively Anglican approach to ethics, with its emphasis on holiness, sanctification, and the need for spiritual disciplines, Holmgren identifies clear axioms for Anglican moral theology and the ethos required for moral decisionmaking on the part of individuals and church bodies.

The Oxford Guide to The Book of Common Prayer is the first comprehensive guide to the history and usage of the original Book of Common Prayer. It shows how a seminal text for Christian worship and devotion has inspired a varied family of religious resources that have had an influence far beyond their use in the churches of a single tradition.

Is there a new baby in your life? Come by Canterbury Bookstore and see the wonderful gifting ideas on display, including baptismal books, stroller blankets, classic books, precious boxes, and small imprintable Bibles.

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