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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"
October 17 - October 24, 2013
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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  
   October 20   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
   October 27   The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
November  3    The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
November 10   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
November 17   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
Sunday Adult Education  


The Rector's Forum 


The Rector's Forum resumes this Sunday.

Please join Fr. Andrew Archie as he leads a study of Paul's Epistle to the Romans from 10:30-11 AM in the Taylor Room. Everyone is 



Stewardship Campaign 2014 

Andrea and Ian Hagemann are looking forward to pledging to the Stewardship Campaign on October 27. Andrea said, "That while our lives are busy and hectic, we don't want to just show up for church and give when it is convenient for us. There is a deeper sense of belonging by committing to the Stewardship Campaign. And that by forming the habits of giving, little by little it will develop and grow into a more fulfilling membership." Ian shared that "We have benefited from the givers who have gone before us and that we are now the givers, giving more than I ever thought we would. However, it is an honor to give to provide for the future." 


Pledge Sunday is October 27. You will receive your pledge letters in the mail the week of October 21.



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.

The St. Michael School of Clayton
Speakers Series is this Thursday Oct. 17 at 7 pm
"Teaching with the Brain in Mind: Creating the Classroom of the 21st Century" by Brother Robert Bimonte, Executive Vice-President, National Catholic Educational Association.



Monday Bible Study  The Rev. Jed Fox

6:30 PM    Library

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




Church Service League/Susan Mount Guild  

11 AM      Great Hall 

We will be studying the book of Acts at 11 AM this Tuesday, October 22, followed by Lunch & Learn at Noon. Come to Bible Class and/or lunch. We love to see new faces. 


Lunch & Learn: The men may have Steak & Stories, but we Bookstore manager, Peggy Strelinger have Lunch & Learn! On Tuesday, October 22 our speaker will be Peggy Strelinger who will talk about the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, D.C. Peggy will show some of the period rooms and highlight the Missouri Room which is decorated in high Victorian style. Everyone is welcome. 


To make lunch 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 Acts of the Apostles. All women are welcome to attend 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 nourish both your body and soul.



This Week


Sunday, October 20

10:30 AM   Taylor Room

Rector's Forum

The Rector's Forum resumes on October 20.

Please join the Rector as he leads a study of Paul's Epistle to the Romans from 10:30-11 AM in the Taylor Room. Everyone is welcome. 


Tuesday, October 22


6 PM     Great Hall

Join Curate Kit McLean for a wine and cheese reception on Tuesday, October 22 in the Great Hall at 6 PM. Stay for an intimate evening of story and song with Stowe Dailey Shockey and Karen Taylor Good, two of Nashville's award-winning songwriter/authors, on their "Duet of the Heart" tour.  Concert begins at 7 PM and tickets are $10.


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Upcoming Events


Sunday, October 27

8:45-11:45 AM  following all morning liturgies   Great Hall

Pledge Sunday Brunch


Join us in the Great Hall for food and fun with Chris Cakes. Pancakes, sausage, fruit, and fun for all. Brunch is free to all parishioners. No reservations necessary, we are expecting you. 
What the heck are Chris Cakes?? Watch the video below.
What the heck is Chris Cakes?

Save the Date!  


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.


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 located across from the Library or call for pick-up. Any questions? Call Jane Cox at 636.394.3441.


April 5, 2014

Date for the Women's Retreat 

April 5, 2014 is the date for a one-day Women's Retreat at The Church of St. Michael & St. George. 


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

Church School  


Who, Where, & When

1st-5th Graders meet in the Chapel at 9:15 AM while Preschool-Kindergarten students will meet in the classrooms. The Church School Program ends at 11 AM. 


Attention Church School and Youth Parents!

On Thursday, October 17 and 24, 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 and 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!


All Hallows Eve Family Night 

Don't miss the All Hallows Eve Family Night on Sunday, October 27! The fun starts at 5 PM with dinner in the Great Hall, followed by a parade around the Church, and finishes with Halloween crafts in the Taylor Room. The cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. Sign up by contacting the receptionist at reception@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502, or by e-mailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org. Payment is due at the event. Come in costume!

Youth Ministry          


Make plans NOW to attend the Youth Ministry Halloween Party: All 6th-12th graders and friends are invited to the YM Halloween Party on Sunday, October 27 from 6-7:30 PM! Start working on your costume now so you can win the contest for the best Halloween Costume! Games, Halloween treats, and activities will be enjoyed by all!


YM Fall Parenting Series: 

"Preparing Our Children to Leave Home: Middle School and High School Issues." All parents and interested adults are invited to this seminar by Dale and Brian Kuhn in the Sverdrup Room Sunday, October 20 from 10:30-11:10 AM. The topic will be: "What Parents Need in Order to Launch Their Kids."


Download parenting flyer


Christmas Greenery Sales are being held this week and next, Sunday, October 20 and 27 in the Great Hall between services from 8:30-11:30 AM. 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 at St. Michael's will be on Sunday, December 1. E-mail sarahturley@sbcglobal.net for more information! All orders must be placed by Sunday, October 27. Proceeds will benefit the HS Mission summer trip and pay for transportation and scholarships.


Download Greenery Sale Information

Download Greenery Order Form


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.


Please e-mail Maggie Chapman your school sports, theater, or activity schedule at youth@csmsg.org. The Youth Ministry staff would LOVE to come watch you as you compete or perform this fall!


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 will be games and Bible Study downstairs in the Armstrong Room. All 6th-12th graders AND their 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: 6th and 7th graders meet Maggie Chapman outside of St. George's Chapel immediately following the 9:15 AM liturgy. This class meets downstairs in the Spanish Room. 

The 8th Grade Confirmation Class meets in the Armstrong Room with their sponsors. 
The 8th Grade Parents' Class will meet in the classroom under the stairs. 
9th-12th graders meet upstairs in the Canterbury Hall classroom. All classes run from 10:30-11:10 AM.


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!
Don't forget to "Friend" YM on Facebook!
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!

Canterbury Bookstore
Canterbury Bookstore during Len



Are you interested in working in a productive, meaningful ministry a few hours each week?  Canterbury Bookstore is looking for volunteers.  Retail experience is appreciated but training is provided. Volunteers are needed on Sundays, Monday mornings, and Thursdays. Contact Peggy Strelinger at 314.721.1502 to find out more about this opportunity.


Turn any relationship into an extraordinary relationship. Extraordinary Relationships: A New Way Of Thinking About Human Interactions is an invaluable guide explaining that only by further developing yourself can you further develop your relationships. This "blueprint to better relationships" shows how principles from the family systems theory can be used in all areas of your life.  


Blessings and prayers before and after a meal are part of the earliest Christian traditions. Throughout the centuries, Christian communities, Christian families, and individual Christians have kept the lovely custom of reading a short passage from the Bible followed by a short prayer, usually called "grace," before sitting down to their daily meals. Available in the Canterbury Bookstore, A Blessing Of The Table by Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette is a wonderful resource for expanding this tradition in your home and at your table.   


There is something new in Canterbury Bookstore each week. New releases, new vendors, new displays, new ideas...come to the Bookstore to see what new things catch your eye!  



        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 celebrated 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!