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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 26 - October 3, 2013
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St. Michael's Festival is this weekend! 
Make plans now to stay for the picnic and entertainment following the 9:15 AM liturgy on Sunday, September 29. Bagpipers will lead us out to Ellenwood where we will enjoy a fried chicken picnic lunch, live music, storytelling, and fun! Visit the lay ministry booths and find just the right volunteer opportunity for you! 
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Sunday Liturgy Schedule

   8:00 AM    Holy Eucharist I (Church)
   9:15 AM    Choral Eucharist I (Church)
   5:30 PM    Holy Eucharist II (St. George's Chapel)
Preaching Rota  

  September 29   The Rev. Canon Jeremy Davies
   October  6    The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
   October 13    The Rev. Katherine McClean
   October 20    The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
Guest Preacher                              
St. Michael's Day Preacher

The Rev. Canon Jeremy Davies


A constant presence at Salisbury since 1985, Jeremy Davies is renowned as one of the most creative minds in the Church of England and was the driving force behind the fine services in Salisbury Cathedral until his retirement in January 2012. He contributed enormously to the reputation of the Cathedral, cementing its standing as a centre of liturgical excellence, but he is also known for his inspirational preaching and the caring qualities shown through his pastoral work. He is also known as the script writer and director of The Way of the Cross which has been performed four times in Salisbury. Canon Davies is quite involved in the study of historic liturgies and is sought out to serve as the celebrant for liturgies celebrated according to rites that are no longer in use in the Church. He is a graduate of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and Westcott House.


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

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 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 St. Michael's School of Clayton
Speakers Series 
"Teaching with the Brain in Mind: Creating the Classroom of the 21st Century" By Brother Robert Bimonte, Executive Vice President, National Catholic Educational Association.
Help Us Grow

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 support to help us grow!



Celebrating Our History, Insuring Our Future

Planned Giving at The Church of St. Michael & St. George

Planned Giving is a term for the number of ways in which parishioners can insure that their stewardship efforts continue after their death by making a gift to the endowment fund. If you care enough about your church to make a faithful annual pledge, contributing to our endowment fund should be a natural next step. If you are interested in more information about making a planned gift to CSMSG, please visit our website at www.csmsg.org for more information or please contact the Rector's Office at 314.721.1502.



Church Service League/Susan Mount Guild  

11 AM      Great Hall 

Church Service League/Susan Mount Guild: We held our first meeting Tuesday, September 24. We had a delicious lunch and the Rev. Kit McLean was our guest. We hope to have her return as often as possible. Bible Study will begin with Acts at 11 AM next Tuesday, October 1, followed by lunch at Noon. Come to Bible Class and/or lunch. We love to see new faces. For reservations call Jane Cox at 636.394.3441.




Women's Bible Study/Breakfast

8:30 AM   Sverdrup Room

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 7:30 AM. We are finished by 8:30 AM. A light breakfast is served. Come and nourish both your body and soul.


This Week


Sunday, September 29

St. Michael's Day Festival

Make plans now to stay for the picnic and entertainment following the 9:15 AM liturgy on Sunday, September 29. Bagpipers will lead us out to Ellenwood, where we will enjoy a chicken picnic lunch, live music, storytelling, and fun! See you at the St. Michael's Sunday Festival!


Cardinal-Cubs Game

Just a few tickets left for the Cardinals-Cubs game THIS Sunday! All 6th-12th graders and friends are invited to watch the Cards last home game this Sunday, September 29. We will meet on the playground at 12:15 PM. Adult chaperones are needed. Tickets are $30. Please contact Marty Chapman if financial assistance is needed! E-mail youth@csmsg.org to reserve your tickets.

  Harrison, Ben and Jamal at Cards game


Upcoming Events  


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 your pets are adequately contained and/or restrained. 


The Rev. Jed Fox blesses a parishioners dog.


Sunday, October 6


5 PM   Church

The Choir of the Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing the first service of Choral Evensong of the season on Sunday, October 6 at 5 PM. The service will include the Evening Canticles in D of Herbert Brewer and music of June Nixon and Robert Lehman. Please plan to join us and be a part of this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the closing of the day.


Tuesday, October 8

Steak & Stories 

This month, Rudivani (Rudi) Cavataio will share his experiences racing a Formula Continental F2000 as a SCCA national level racecar driver. You may also recognize Rudi as the owner of Rudivani Precision Motorworks (RPM) on Manchester Rd. in Brentwood. He started his racing in go karts and in recent years has added bicycle racing to his activities. This will be a great event and we look forward to seeing you there. The cost is $20/person. Please RSVP the receptionist by Noon on Monday, October 7.


Friday, October 11

Hunger Ministry Art Gallery Exhibit

Save the date! On October 11, from 5:30-8 PM, Anne Burgess Rowe, a St. Louis portrait artist, will join St. Louis artist, William LaChance, for the upcoming gallery show "People Watching" at the Stevens Institute, 1520 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103. Guests will enjoy live music, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds from Rowe's series will benefit The Hunger Ministry of CSMSG and Marian Middle School, St. Louis, MO 63103.  


Sunday, October 13

Organ Concert nick bideler

Our Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, Nicholas Bideler, will be giving an organ concert at Christ Church Cathedral (located at 13th and Locust) on Sunday, October 13 at 2 PM. Nick will play works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Vierne, and Duruflé. This concert is free.


Monday, October 14

Monday Bible Study 

6:30 PM    Library

The Monday Bible Study will resume on October 14. Fr. Jed will continue his Bible Study on The Gospel of John at 6:30 PM in the Library on the 14th of October. All are welcome. 


Tuesday, October 22

Women's Retreat Concert 

6 PM     Great Hall

Come and share an intimate evening of story and song with Karen Taylor-Good and Stowe Dailey Shockey, two award-winning songwriters/authors from Nashville. The concert includes an entertaining variety of music -- joyous, celebratory, spiritual, and foot-stomping! They will charm, challenge, and inspire you! 


A wine-and-cheese reception for Curate Kit McLean will be at 6 PM, with the concert beginning at 7 PM. Tickets are $10 at the door.


Save the Date!  


Tuesday, December 3

CSL/SMG Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon  

CSL/SMG Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon will take place on December 3. We are always happy to receive items for the White Elephant sale. If you have something to donate you can put it in the CSL/SMG closet across from the Library or call for pick-up. Any questions? Call Jane Cox at 636.394.3441.


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 their fundraising efforts for their 2014 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 new date for a one-day Women's Retreat at The Church of St. Michael & St. George. This date is an update of the retreat originally scheduled for the weekend of March 14-15.


Please update your calendars for April 5. More information to be announced.

Church School  


St. Michael's Day is this Sunday!

...a blog from Hannah Mayer

The bad news? There's no Church School next Sunday, so you're going to have to load up on the Tootsie Rolls and crayons in the ole busy bag. The good news? Your kids will be rewarded handsomely for their one hour of silence when bagpipes lead the congregation outside following the 9:15 AM liturgy where we will enjoy a picnic lunch, live band, and storytelling! 


So I think I speak for us all when I say, "Thank you St. Michael for leading God's armies to defeat Satan's forces so we can eat some delicious chicken!"


Please Note: It's St. Michael's Sunday this Sunday. Church School services and classes for Preschool-5th Grade will not be held. Enjoy the festivities and chicken lunch in the street. There will be coloring packages for the children to use during the service!


Attention Church School and Youth Parents!

Starting Thursday, October 3, and continuing the following three Thursdays, bridge lessons will be offered to Church School and Youth parents at CSMSG! The evening starts with wine and dessert in the Great Hall from 7-7:30 PM, after which Page Jackson and Liz Teasdale will teach until 9:00-ish. Whether you know a little or absolutely nothing, this is a great opportunity to meet other parents and learn this classic 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   

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: All 6th-12th graders and their 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. Tickets are $30 each. Please contact Marty Chapman if financial assistance is needed! E-mail youth@csmsg.org for tickets!


Fall Service Day: Join the youth group for an afternoon volunteering to get The Garden of Life ready for the winter! This is always a fun afternoon working outside in the Carondelet neighborhood. This garden supplies the local food pantry with fresh vegetables. Meet on the Playground at Church at Noon; we will return by 4:30 PM. Service hours can be recorded for those who may require them. Adult drivers needed. E-mail youth@csmsg.org to sign-up by Monday, October 7.


YM Fall Parenting Series: "Preparing our Children to Leave Home: Middle School and High School Issues". All parents and interested adults are invited to the seminar given by Dale and Brian Kuhn in the Sverdrup Room from 10:30-11:10 AM on Sunday, October 13 & 20.

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Christmas Greenery Sales will begin in the Great Hall on Sunday, October 13 and continue on the 20th and 27th. Simplify your life and support our Youth Ministry Program by buying all of your friends and relatives a beautiful Christmas wreath. Out-of-town orders will be shipped directly to the recipient in early December. Pick-up will be on Sunday, December 1. E-mail sarahturley@sbcglobal.net for more information!


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 StudyWe 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 meets every Wednesday night from 6-7:30 PM. Dinner is served at 6 PM in the Taylor Room. Afterward there are games and Bible Study downstairs in the Armstrong Room. All 6th-12th graders AND friends are invited to our Wednesday Night Youth Group gatherings! You may come at 5:30 PM to hang-out before dinner in the Armstrong Room.


Youth Ministry Sunday School: 

There is no SS this Sunday, September 28 due to St. Michael's Sunday!


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.  


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Canterbury Bookstore
Bookstore manager, Peggy Strelinger





The Bookstore will be closed on Sunday. Enjoy the festivities of St. Michael's Day. We'll see you there!  


          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

Young girl knitting 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!