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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"
August 29 - September 5, 2013
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Youth Ministry Middle Schoolers beginning a Scavenger Hunt at the zoo.

Sunday Liturgy Schedule

  8:00 AM    Holy Eucharist I
10:00 AM    Choral Eucharist I
 5:30 PM    Evening Prayer
Preaching Rota  
September  1    The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
September  8    The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
September 15   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
September 22   The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
September 29   The Rev. Jeremy Davies
Sunday Adult Education  

The Rector's Forum 

The Rector's Forum is in recess until the fall.

Adult Education

Women's Bible Study

7:30 AM  Sverdrup Room

Women's Bible Study/Breakfast will resume Friday, September 6. Join Fr. Mike Wheeler as he directs the study of the Lectionary C readings for Sunday. All women are welcome for these study sessions. We meet in the Sverdrup Room and begin at at 7:30 AM. We are finished by 8:30 AM. A light breakfast is served. Come and nourish both the body and the soul.


The Rev. Kit Sharp McLean
New Curate to join the staff in September
On September 15, 2013, the Rev. Kit Sharp McLean will join our clergy team. Kit is a June graduate of the Yale Divinity School. Kit is fifty-four years old and married to Bill McLean. This is an exciting moment for the parish as we return to four clergy staff and we once again field a team large enough to minister to the needs of this vital and growing parish and proclaim the good news of the Gospel tirelessly. Kit brings energy, experience and maturity with her, and will make a productive member of our team of priests. We look forward to her arrival and to her time amongst us.

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Generations of Giving Campaign Update 


As of Monday, the Generations of Giving Campaign has received additional pledges and/or gifts that total $1,935,573.


Many thanks to all of you for your generosity. Because of your charitable contributions, we are much closer to our goal of $2,039,000.


Thank you for your pledge!

Seeds for Growth!


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 CSMSG is to continue with great things, if we are to continue to grow, we need your help.


Please pick up a CSMSG business card(s) from the "planters" located in the Narthex and Great Hall. Plant one of CSMSG's "Seeds for Growth" in the hand of a friend who is looking to be a part of a wonderful story and a church community. We need your help to help us grow!

This Week


Monday, September 2 

Labor Day

The Church offices and building will be closed in observance of the holiday. 


Upcoming Events 


Sunday, September 8 

Return to Fall Schedule

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist I (Church)

9:15 AM Choral Eucharist I (Church)

11:15 AM Holy Eucharist I (St. George's Chapel)

5:30 PM Holy Eucharist II (St. George's Chapel)


Travel to the Holy Land Meeting 

Taylor Room     5 PM

Interested in going to the Holy Land? A general interest and informational meeting will be held Sunday afternoon, September 8, at 5 PM in the Taylor Room of the Church. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. RSVP for this informational meeting to reception@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 by Friday, September 6. 


Tuesday, September 10 

Steak and Stories is Back!

Our new season will start Tuesday, September 10 from 6-8 PM. Joe Yancey, Executive Director of Places for People, will give us an update on their Award Winning Project(s). Places for People is one of CSMSG's partners. The cost is $20 per participant. Please RSVP to Ann at reception@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 by September 9 at noon.


Church Service League and Bible Study   

It all begins again on Tuesday, September 10. Fr. Mike Wheeler leads our Bible Study at 11 AM in the Sverdrup Room. Lunch follows at Noon in the Great Hall. There is no program this week, but we will have plenty to talk about. Everyone is welcome to come to one or both of these events. If you would like to have lunch, please call Jane Cox at 636.394.3441. We are looking forward to another season and seeing both old and new faces.


Save the Date! 


September 29, 2013

St. Michael's Sunday Picnic and Entertainment


April 5, 2014

New Date for the Women's Retreat 

April 5, 2014 is the rescheduled date for the Women's Retreat at The Church of St. Michael & St. George. This one-day retreat will replace the retreat originally scheduled for March 14 & 15. 

Shelter Volunteers

History of the St. Michael's Shelter Ministry

On Sunday, September 15, The Church of St. Michael & St. George will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the St. Michael's Shelter Ministry. The Shelter Ministry began in 1988, when a group of young adult parishioners, joined by the new Associate Rector Steve Lawler, began convening at Church at 6 AM on Sunday mornings and then proceeding to Christ Church Cathedral, where they would make breakfast for homeless women and children. As the number of volunteers increased, involved parishioners created another official outreach ministry, The Cathedral Shelter Ministry.


Pug and Ann Edmonds served as the lay leaders of the ministry in the early 90s. A few years later, the Cathedral Shelter closed and the original Shelter Ministry moved its Sunday breakfast operations to another shelter operated by the Christian Service Center for women and children.  Throughout the 90s, several members of The Church of St. Michael & St. George held seats on the Christian Service Center's Board of Directors. The Shelter now operates under the name Gateway 180: Homelessness Reversed, and is supervised by St. Michael's Shelter Ministry's current director, Nick Clifford.


The Shelter Ministry is, at its core, a hands-on mission of service to the poor that aligns with Jesus' admonition, "Feed my sheep." A rotating cadre of volunteers procures the supplies, prepares the food, and sets up the Shelter cafeteria for serving breakfast every Sunday morning (including Christmas Day) to up to 100 residents. Starting at 7 AM, The Shelter Ministry serves a full breakfast of sausage, waffles, pancakes, grits or oatmeal, biscuits and sausage gravy, fresh fruit, toast, juice, milk and coffee. Clean-up begins at about 7:30, and we are done by 8:15, just in time attend the 9:15 AM service. Many residents have told us that these Sunday breakfasts are often the highlight of their week.


We Need Your Old Eye Glasses!

In the Church Library, a downtown Lion's Club box is available to collect donations of old prescription eye glasses. Donated eye glasses will be sorted and sent to people in other countries who need but cannot afford them. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Ralph Lewis at 314.239.6023 or lewisralphe@gmail.com. Clear out some drawer space while improving someone's eyesight! 


Gateway 180
Book Drive!

Gateway 180, a local homeless shelter The Church of St. Michael & St. George often supports, is in need of books! A collection basket has been set up in the Church Library to collect your gently-used books. Children's books and books including African-American characters are especially appreciated.


The Church will be collecting book donations throughout the year. Please contact Miranda Martin with any questions at mmartin.9080@gmail.com.

Jerusalem photo
Travel to the Holy Land 







Hosted by

The Rev. Mike Wheeler, 

The Church of St. Michael & St. George





INCLUDING: Round-trip Airfare from St. Louis, First-Class Hotels, Daily Breakfast & Dinner, Comprehensive Sightseeing, and much more!


Walk where Jesus walked...Cruise the Sea of Galilee...

Visit Nazareth...Climb the Mount of Olives & view the Old City of Jerusalem...Walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre...Visit Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity



The Rev. Mike Wheeler at 314.721.1502, ext. 4042 or e-mail: mwheeler@csmsg.org


A general interest and informational meeting will be held Sunday afternoon, September 8, at 5 PM in the Taylor Room of the Church. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. 

Please RSVP to reception@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 by Friday, September 6.

Church School  

Preschool-3rd Grade children can go to the downstairs classroom for a lectionary-based story and movie before joining their parents in Church for Communion. This class format concludes this Sunday.

4th and 5th Graders can help with the younger children or be with their parents for the entire church service.

Church School Resumes 
Church School resumes on September 8 at 9:15 AM. Informational materials will be available in the Great Hall, outside the Chapel, and in classrooms. 

1st Grade-5th Grade students should attend Chapel service at 9:15 AM, followed by class time until 10:55 AM. Preschool-Kindergarten children report to their classrooms at 9:15 AM, with Chapel service from 10:25-10:55 AM. 

Parents of Preschool-Kindergarten children are invited to meet the Church School Teachers and High School Assistants before 9:15 AM. Parents of 1st-5th graders can meet the teachers at 10:30 AM.
Youth Ministry          
MS Scavenger Hunt 2013   

Confirmation: All rising 8th graders should be registered for Confirmation Class for this year. Please e-mail Marty Chapman at youth@csmsg.org immediately if you have not already done so. Orientation was held last Sunday, so please pick up your packet if you were not able to attend.

Confirmation Sponsor Orientation: Your first day in the classroom will be Sunday, September 15. Sponsor packets were mailed to those who were not able to be at the Confirmation Sponsor Orientation on August 20. Please contact Marty Chapman at youth@csmsg.org if you have any questions, or have not yet received your packet.


The Youth Ministry Kick-Off

will be NEXT Sunday, September 8 from 10:30-11:30 AM in the Great Hall. All 6th-12th graders and parents should plan to attend! You will NOT want to miss this fun and wacky way to learn what the Youth Ministry is going to be up to this coming year, and to have the first chance to sign up! Be sure to bring your calendar, checkbook, and driver's license so that you can take care of your paperwork all at once!


HS Girls' Bible Study will begin on Tuesday, September 10 from 6:45-7:30 AM at Betsy Panke's home. Join us for a home-cooked breakfast and a chance to catch up with friends while reading the Bible! This is a perfect way to begin your Tuesday, so join us! E-mail youth@csmsg.org to join or for more information.


Wednesday Night Youth Group will resume September 11 from 6-7:30 PM in the Armstrong Room. Dinner will be provided. All 6th-12th graders AND your friends are invited to our Wednesday Night Youth Group gatherings!


Youth Ministry Sunday School will begin on Sunday, September 15.

Youth Ministry High School Intern Position:
The Youth Ministry program is looking for a HS Program Intern to work 15 hours/week for four months. This position will focus on interacting with high school students through regular weekly events for worship and Bible studies, social get-togethers, and service projects. E-mail Marty Chapman at youth@csmsg.org if you are interested.


Book Drive!
Gateway 180, a local homeless shelter CSMSG often supports, is in need of books! A collection basket has been set up in the Church Library to collect your gently-used books. Children's books and books including African-American characters are especially appreciated. The Church will be collecting book donations throughout the year. Please contact Miranda Martin with any questions at mmartin.9080@gmail.com.  


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Canterbury Bookstore
Bookstore manager, Peggy Strelinger


HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY to Canterbury Bookstore!

The Bookstore is proud to have been at your service and that of the Episcopal Christian Community for 21 years.  Come visit and be a part of the celebration all month long!   


Take some time to browse the greeting cards. Birthday, Sympathy, Congratulations,  Anniversary, Get Well, Baptism, Confirmation, and other special occasion greeting cards with many new designs from popular makers each available for $1. Stock up and have just the right card at your fingertips for any occasion.

2014 Lesson Calendars, Ashby Calendars, Pocket Calendars, and Christian Planning Calendars are in stock. Pick up yours today.


There is an easy way to shop Canterbury Bookstore anytime, at your convenience. Did you know you can e-mail us your request, call us on the phone, or stop by the store in person?Pick up your order the next time you're in the store or at the receptionist's desk at your convenience. We're happy to serve you and always looking for ways to make your Canterbury Bookstore shopping experience better.  


Summer Hours

Monday: 10 AM-12 PM (please call to verify availability)

Thursday: 10 AM-3 PM

Friday: 8:30 AM-12 PM (please call to verify availability)

Sunday: 8:30-11:30 AM

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Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction offers the participant the opportunity to be accompanied and guided on his/her spiritual journey toward God through confidential one-on-one meetings with a spiritual director. Nicki Gillis is CSMSG's spiritual director and is available to meet with those interested in exploring this personal approach to understanding our spiritual lives. Contact Nicki at 314.863.0407 or nickigillis@att.net.


Help Wanted: 

We are looking for friendly morning people to be 8 AM greeters. Please contact Laurie Brown at laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 for more information.


E-Letter/Notice Information

Please send any new information that you would like to be included in 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.


Instant Web Connection to CSMSG!
QR code
Notice that strange symbol on the back of the service leaflet? That's a Quick Response (QR) Code! If your smartphone has a scanner app, scanning the image will automatically direct you to the CSMSG website, where you will find links to our weekly updates, calendars, service times, sermons, and news.

The Knitting Ministry
knitting demo

In September, the Knitting Ministry will celebrate its tenth birthday! The Knitting Ministry knits mantles of comfort (prayer shawls), baby blankets, and chemo caps. In the last ten years, this ministry has knitted and donated 377 prayer shawls, 74 chemo caps, and 98 baby blankets. We meet once a month on Saturday for knitting, conversation, and lunch. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Nicki Gillis at nickigillis@att.net or 314.863.0407. If Saturdays don't work for you, but you want to join, please let Nicki know. 

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 whom we thank 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 your 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 in the 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   Altar Guild June
The Altar Guild invites you to deepen your spiritual life and connection to the liturgy by becoming a member. 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 Caroline Sheehan at 314.537.3853 or csheehan3@me.com for more information on becoming a member!