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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"
September 12 - September 19, 2013
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Last week's Youth Ministry Kickoff was a rousing success. Youth Ministry Sunday School will begin this Sunday.
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Sunday Liturgy 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)
Preaching Rota  
September 15   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
September 22   The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
September 29   The Rev. Jeremy Davies
   October  6    The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
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 to attend these study sessions. We meet in the Sverdrup Room and begin at at 7:30 AM. We finish by 8:30 AM. A light breakfast is served. Come and nourish both your body and soul with the Women's Bible Study.


The Rev. Kit Sharp McLean
New Curate to Join 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 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.

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!



Church Service League/Susan Mount Guild  

11 AM      Sverdrup Room

CSL/SMG resumes Tuesday, September 24. The Rev. Mike Wheeler leads our Bible Study at 11 AM in the Sverdrup Room. Lunch follows at Noon in the Great Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are planning to participate in lunch, please call Jane Cox at 636.394.3441. The CSL/SMG looks forward to resuming and connecting with both familiar and new faces!



This Week


Sunday, September 15

After 8:15, 9:15 and 11:15 AM liturgies      Great Hall

Knitting Ministry

Sunday morning, September 15, members of the Knitting Ministry will be in the Great Hall to show some of their knitted Mantles of Comfort. Please visit their table!


Upcoming Events    


Saturday, September 21

sandwich making

Sandwich Making 

10 AM     Taylor Room

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.


Sunday, September 29

St. Michael's Day Festival

Make plans to attend for the St. Michael's Picnic and entertainment following the 9:15 AM liturgy on the September 29.The Bagpipes will lead us out to Ellenwood for lunch, music, and fun! See you at the St. Michael's Sunday Festival!



Save the Date!


Saturday, October 5

The Annual Blessing of the Animals 

10 AM       Playground

Bring your pet to be blessed by Fr. Fox as we celebrate the witness of St. Francis. All are welcome, both pets and humans, but please ensure that pets are adequately contained or restrained. 

The Rev. Jed Fox blesses a parishioners dog.     

Friday, November 8

"A Friday Musicale"

Please join us Friday, November 8, for our 3rd Annual Girls' Choir Fundraiser, "A Friday Musicale". Enjoy performances by the best musicians in St. Louis, eat a fabulous dinner, participate in a silent auction, and support the Girls' Choir in raising funds for their 2013 Training Trip. Tickets are on sale! Please contact the receptionist at reception@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 to RSVP.


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. 

Church School  
Church School Has Resumed 

At 9:15 AM the 1st-5th Graders meet in the Chapel while Preschool- Kindergarten will meet in the classrooms. The morning ends at 11 AM. Registration is in the Great Hall.


Please Note: In celebration of St. Michael's Sunday, there will be NO Church School on September 29.


Attention Church School and Youth Parents!

Starting Thursday, October 3, and continuing on the following three Thursdays, bridge lessons will be offered to Church School and Youth parents at CSMSG! The evening starts with wine and desserts in the Great Hall from 7-7:30 PM, after which Page Jackson and Liz Teasdale will teach until 9:00ish. Whether you know a little or absolutely nothing, this is a great opportunity to meet other parents and learn a fun card game! If you are interested, please contact Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org. There is no charge, just bring a dessert or a bottle of wine!

Youth Ministry          
MS Scavenger Hunt 2013     

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


Confirmation Sponsor Update: Your first day in the classroom is Sunday. 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.


Take Me out to the Ballgame: All 6th-12th graders and friends are invited to watch the Cards vs. Cubs game on Sunday, September 29. We will meet on the playground at 12:15 PM. Adult chaperones are needed as well. Tickets are $30 each. Please contact Marty Chapman if financial assistance is needed! E-mail youth@csmsg.org by Monday, September 23 to reserve your tickets.


Our 2013 Youth Ministry Kick-Off packets are in the hallway by the receptionist's desk. Each 6th-12th grade student has a packet, so be sure to pick yours up this week!


HS Girls' Bible Study Has Resumed: We meet every Tuesday morning 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 participate or for more information.


Wednesday Night Youth Group: Wednesday Night Youth Group will meet on September 18 from 6-8 PM in the Armstrong Room. Dinner is provided. All 6th-12th graders AND their friends are invited to YM Wednesday Night Youth Group gatherings! 


Youth Ministry Sunday School will begin Sunday, September 15. The 6th and 7th graders should meet Maggie Chapman outside of St. George's Chapel immediately following the 9:15 AM liturgy. This class will meet downstairs in the Spanish Room. The 8th Grade Confirmation Class will meet in the Armstrong Room with their sponsors. The

8th Grade Parents' Class will begin meeting on this day in the classroom under the stairs. The 9th-12th graders will meet upstairs in the Canterbury Hall classroom. All classes will run from 10:30-11:10 AM.
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.  


Youth Ministry on Facebook!
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Canterbury Bookstore
Bookstore manager, Peggy Strelinger



The Bookstore is celebrating its 21st birthday! Bibles, Book of Common Prayer, Bible study materials, and music books are 21% off the regular price. In addition to many other items and books all priced at 21% off regular price. Come share in the bookstore's celebration and take advantage of the great savings this month!


Turn any relationship into an extraordinary relationship. Extraordinary Relationships: A New Way Of Thinking About Human Interactions is an invaluable guide showing that only by further developing yourself can you further develop your relationships.This blueprint to better relationships tells how the principles of the Bowen family systems theory can be used in all areas of your life. Author Roberta Gilbert, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice and on the faculty of the Georgetown Family Center.  


Looking for an inspirational devotional? Canterbury Bookstore suggests: Bread for the Journey by Henri Nouwen. 365 all original daily meditations take the reader on a complete journey of faith, from one of the best-loved spiritual writers of our time. 


Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, who, after many years of writing her own words in her prayer journal, decided to be more attentive to the Savior's voice and begin listening for what He was saying. With pen in hand, Young embarked on a journey that forever changed her - and many others around the world.  



Monday: 10 AM-12 PM 

Thursday: 10 AM-3 PM

Friday: 8:30 AM-12 PM 

Sunday: 8:30-11:30 AM



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.

Bulletin Board  

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!