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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"
November 21 - November 28, 2013
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Lovely poinsettias in the Great Hall awaiting pickup at last year's WSMM fundraiser benefitting the annual mission trip to Nicaragua. Order your poinsettias this Sunday in the Great Hall!
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  
The Rev. Jed Fox
November 24   The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
November 28   The Rev. Katherine S. McLean
December 1     The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
December 8     The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
December 15    The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
Canterbury Bookstore:  
The Closing Chapter
After 21 years of fine and faithful service, the Canterbury Bookstore at The Church of St. Michael & St. George will close with this Christmas season. Originally begun by The Rev. Fred Barbee and parishioner Elsie Valier, the Bookstore has served this parish in season and out--most recently under the excellent leadership of Peggy Strelinger.

After managing the Bookstore for fourteen years, Peggy has made the decision to retire. Her retirement, in combination with a weak business environment, and fewer and fewer books being sold overall, seems to suggest that this is the moment for this venerable institution to come to an end.

In all events, we will gain an additional room on the main floor for meetings and classes.

We are looking to build a book guild which will offer special books written by parishioners and by visiting speakers. If you have an interest in being part of this guild, please contact Marlene at marlene@csmsg.org.
Sunday Adult Education 

The Rector's Forum 


Sunday 10:30-11 AM   Taylor Room 

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.



Anglican Roots

Sunday 10:30-11 AM   Sverdrup Room


November 24 

"A Tale of Sound and Fury


Why Anglicanism Matters

The Rev. Jed Fox  


Stewardship Campaign 2014  


"Stand up twice... once for me! I remember the first time you took me down there - I was SO uncomfortable but I learned a lot then and even more going back all those weeks in high school. They are doing great work there!  We should go next time I'm in town."

-Addie Sherwood to her father about Shelter Sunday celebration


On Sunday, Shelter Ministry leader Nick Clifford asked those parishioners who have supported the Gateway 180 Homeless Shelter to stand up. Parishioner Addie Sherwood, who lives out of town, asked her father to "stand up twice...once for her", when he told her about the 25th anniversary. Thank you for giving your Time, Talent and Treasure to The Church of St. Michael & St. George and its ministries!


As of Monday, we have received 252 pledges for a total of $1,3258,553. The goal is $2,200,000. Each and every pledge makes a difference.


If you want to make a pledge and need a pledge card, please contact Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502. Pledge cards can be found in the pews, Great Hall, or the Narthex.


"Celebrating Our History, Insuring Our Future"

Planned Giving at CSMSG

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 contact the Rector's Office at 314.721.1502.



Monday Bible Study 

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 

Two weeks ago we we were entertained and inspired by Alison Wiedle in our second Lunch & Learn program of the year. She spoke of her husband's and her involvement in Honor Flight, the program for veterans. Well done, Alison.


Activity is heating up as we approach the Marchť de NoŽl on December 3. There is lots of action as we head toward the deadline. We hope you will enjoy our change in format and have a great time with friends. White Elephant items are always welcome, even at the last minute. If you have anything to donate you can put it in the CSL/SMG closet across from the Library or call for pick-up. We hope you will be astounded by the decorations, food, vendors, and friendly atmosphere. Posters for the event are up now and available for viewing. Please look for the flyers in the Great Hall and in the Narthex.


We will not meet on Tuesday, November 26 but will see you on December 3 at the Bazaar. CSL/SMG will resume December 10 for the last meeting until the new year. Bible Study 11 AM; lunch at Noon and a short service project afterwards. Everyone is welcome. Lunch is $7 and reservations are requested. Any questions? Call Jane Cox at 636.394.3441.


Marchť de NoŽl  

Tuesday, December 3  

Posters are up and reservations are being taken. Come and bring your friends. You will like the new format for this year and will enjoy the dťcor, food, and vendors. Church Service League/Susan Mount Guild aims to please!

Remember, we welcome your White Elephant donations. For information call Jane Cox 636.394.3441.

Download Christmas Bazaar Flyer



Women's Bible Study/Breakfast

7:30 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 that include a light breakfast. We meet in the Sverdrup Room at 7:30 AM and finish by 8:30 AM. Come nourish both your body and soul. Friday, December 13 is the last Women's Bible Study for the year. The class will resume on January 10, 2014. 

This Week


Sunday, November 24

St. Michael's Houses Sunday

Come celebrate the ministry of St. Michael's Houses Sunday, November 24, after the 9:15 AM liturgy in the Great Hall. Meet our latest community partner, Peter & Paul Community Services, an agency providing housing and support services to the St. Louis community. 


Upcoming Events


Sunday, December 1 

Christmas Greenery Pick-Up 

Pick up your Christmas Greenery Sunday, December 1 from 8:30 AM-Noon on the Playground at Church.




A Candlelight Service of Advent Lessons and Carols

5 PM     Church

A wonderful and meaningful way to usher in the season of Advent is through the service of Advent Lessons and Carols. This service, originally composed by The Very Reverend Eric Milner-White for use at King's College Chapel, Cambridge, proclaims in word and song the promise of God to redeem the world through the Advent of His Son. The metaphoric procession through the liturgy -- from darkness into light -- is intended to prepare the worshipper for the coming of the true Light, Jesus Christ. Please join us for the start of the Advent season Sunday, December 1 at 5 PM!



Tuesday, December 3

Marchť de NoŽl  

Posters are up and reservations are now being taken. Come and bring your friends. You will like the new format this year and enjoy the decor, food, and vendors, Church Service League/Susan Mount Guild aims to please! For more information please look for flyers in the narthex and the Great Hall.


Remember, we welcome your White Elephant donations. For information, call Jane Cox at 636.394.3441.


Saturday, December 7

The Quiet Morning 

The Quiet Morning begins with Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM followed by a series of three meditations on the topic of Advent, interspersed by 15-30 minutes of quiet from 9 AM until Noon. The morning ends with an order of Service for Noonday found in The Book of Common Prayer. 


Tuesday, December 10

Steak & Stories 

The next program will be "Financial Planning Insights" with David Breckenridge, CFP, from Moneta Group and CSMSG Vestryman. If you wish to attend but have not yet responded, please RSVP to reception@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 no later than Noon on Monday, December 9. 


Saturday, December 14 knitting demo

Knitter's Luncheon 

11 AM    Library

We meet on the second Saturday of the month for knitting, conversation, and lunch. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Nicki Gillis at nickigillis@att.net or 314.863.0407. 


Sandwich Making

10 AM  Taylor Room

Sandwich Making will take place December 14.  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, December 15

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 

and Holiday Reception  

The original Christmas service of Nine Lessons and Carols was drawn up by Bishop E.W. Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury, for use in the wooden shed, which then served as his cathedral in Truro, on Christmas Eve 1880. A.C. Benson recalled: "My father arranged from ancient sources a little service for Christmas Eve -- nine carols and nine tiny lessons, which were read by various officers of the Church, beginning with a chorister, and ending, through the different grades, with the Bishop." The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols as we know it today was adapted by The Very Reverend Eric Milner-White for use at King's College Chapel, Cambridge, on Christmas Eve in 1918. In his words, "The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God... seen through the windows and words of the Bible." Local interests appear in the bidding prayer and personal circumstances give point to different parts of the service. Many of those who took part in the first service surely must have recalled those killed in the Great War -- "All those who rejoice with us but on another shore and in a greater light." The center of the service is still found by those who "go in heart and mind" and who consent to follow where the story leads.


You are welcome to join us for this very popular St. Louis tradition and stay for a Holiday Reception following the service. All are invited to bring a dish and/or bottle of wine to share. Please contact Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org at 314.721.1502 with what you will be bringing.



Advent Family Night

Save the Date!

April 5, 2014

Date for the Women's Retreat 

The Women's Retreat at The Church of St. Michael & St. George will be held on April 5, 2014.


If you haven't already done so, please update your schedule to reflect the new date of the one-day Women's Retreat. More info TBA!

Church School   


Church School Program: Who, Where, & When

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


Our annual Operation Christmas Child has kicked off again. The Church School is collecting shoeboxes filled with children's items for Samaritan's Purse. Please feel free to pick up a shoebox and an informational packet in the Great Hall or outside St. George's Chapel and return them to the Great Hall before November 25. Our goal is to collect 50 shoeboxes -- we reached it last year and would like to repeat it!


Sunday, December 1 is Advent Family Night. Learn about the season of Advent with dinner, Advent-related craft activities, and wreath decorating. The cost is $5 per person for dinner and crafts. The wreaths, candles, and ring are $15. A wreath alone is $10.  


St. Nicholas In Great Hall Breakfast with Saint Nicholas is Sunday, December 8. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and learn the real story of Saint Nicholas.  This event is in the Great Hall at 11:15 AM. The cost is $4 per person.  


Please make reservations for both events by e-mailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org or by calling the receptionist at 314.721.1502.


This year's Advent Giving Project is supporting Almost Home, a transitional home for young mothers and their children. In the Great Hall from December 1-15, is a Giving Tree decorated with ornaments, each indicating different ideas for children's gifts and mom-friendly gift certificates. Please choose an ornament from the Giving Tree to bring home to participate. Once you have acquired your donations, return the unwrapped gifts (with the ornament attached) to the Great Hall by December 15. We have been working with Almost Home for five years and are glad to be supporting their work once again this holiday season.

Youth Ministry          
Christmas Greenery Pick-Up will be on Sunday, December 1 from 8:30 AM-Noon on the Playground at Church.  


Update Your Youth Ministry Staff Contact Info!


Marty Chapman          Youth Ministry Coordinator      



Timothy Chapman      HS Intern



Maggie Chapman        MS Intern                                   


Brett Rutledge            Administrative Intern 



Canned Food Drive Challenge: November 24 is the last day to donate canned food to the Youth Ministry Canned Food Drive to stock the pantry at FOCUS! The Youth Ministry is issuing a challenge to see who can bring in the most canned food items: one of the three SS classes, the Tuesday HS Girls Bible Study, or the Wednesday Night Youth Group. All donations may be placed in the appropriate boxes in the Armstrong Room entrance. Anyone may contribute donations; simply take them to the Armstrong Room!


Thanksgiving Reunion Game Night: All 6th-12th graders and CSMSG college students are invited to GAME NIGHT on Wednesday, November 27 from 7:30-8:30 PM! Hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and dessert will be served in the Armstrong Room. RSVP to youth@csmsg.org to let us know you are coming! NO cost, just a chance to reconnect with old friends!


Volunteers are needed for our YM Christmas Greenery Delivery and Pick-Up on the Playground on Sunday, December 1 from 8 AM-Noon. Contact Marty at youth@csmsg.org to volunteer.


Save-the-date: Volunteers needed for:


*St. Nicholas High School Service Project: Sunday, December 8 from 9:30 AM-Noon

*YM Christmas Bake Sale: Sunday, December 15 from 8:30-11:30 AM

E-mail youth@csmsg.org to sign up.


Date Change for High School and Middle School Retreats! Both the High School and Middle School Retreats will be held at Trout Lodge this coming year on Saturday and Sunday, January 11-12! Sign-ups are being taken now, so e-mail youth@csmsg.org to save your spot. Cost is $150. Partial and full scholarships are available. Friends are welcome! 


Summer Mission Opportunities: The MS Mission Week is a week of local service opportunities and will be held June 9-13. The HS Mission Trip is July 3-13 to Buffalo, NY, where housing rehab work is undertaken. Now is the time to sign up for summer mission opportunities! Contact Marty Chapman at youth@csmsg.org for more information.


Please e-mail Maggie Chapman your school sports, theater, or activity schedule at maggie@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. 
  • 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" the YM on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @csmsgyouth! 
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 at christmas


Next Sunday, Advent begins. Advent calendars, candles, wreaths, and devotionals are all still available. See the delightful ornaments and Christmas stockings hung with care. Enjoy all the wonderful Christmas gift ideas and seasonal resources available at the Bookstore. 


Canterbury Bookstore is ready help you prepare for the Advent season. There's a wonderful selection of Advent calendars with new designs. Advent wreaths, candles, and devotionals are ready for your perusal. A variety of sizes, heights, and colors are available. 


Watch for the Light is a welcome book addition to the season. It contains readings for Advent and Christmas by C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, Philip Yancy, Madeleine L'Engle, Dorothy Day, and many others. The anthology offers wisdom, beauty, and spiritual nourishment from a wide spectrum of both classic and contemporary writers. 


Also available: Advent, A Calendar of Devotions 2013 and Family Nights for Advent and Christmas. Each of these devotionals offers a different journey through the Advent season with the arrival at the manger and its treasured Christ Child the goal in both. Come to the Bookstore and browse the resources and tools for preparation for the Advent season.



        Monday:  10 AM-12 PM 

  Thursday:  10 AM-3 PM

            Friday:   8:30 AM-12 PM 

         Sunday:   8:30-11:30 AM



Donate 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!