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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"
December 5 - December 12, 2013
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Children awaiting the arrival of Saint Nicholas at last year's breakfast. Join us this Sunday for a delicious breakfast and learn the real story of Saint Nicholas. Breakfast with Saint Nicholas is in the Great Hall at 11:15 AM.
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. Kit Sharp McLean
December 8     The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
December 15    The Rev. Katherine S. McLean
December 22    The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
December 24    The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
December 25    The Rev. Katherine S. McLean
December 29    The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
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 

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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.

 

 

 

Stewardship Campaign 2014  

 

 

Advent is the time we prepare our hearts and souls for the coming birth of Christ. It is a time of expectation, of watchfulness, and a time of self-examination. We examine our stewardship of time, abilities, and money and consider how we are using all three for the proclaiming of God's kingdom. Thank you for making a pledge to the Stewardship campaign.

 

As of Monday, we have received 278 pledges for a total of $1,450,977. 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.

Mondays

  

Monday Bible Study 

6:30 PM    Library

Monday Bible Study is recess until January 6, 2014.

 
Tuesdays

  

Church Service League/Susan Mount Guild  

11 AM      Great Hall 

Thank you to everyone who came to the MARCH╔ DE NO╦L Christmas Bazaar. It was a lot of work, a lot of fun, and we hope you had a good time. We are sorry if you couldn't make it this year and invite you to join us in 2014.

 

The CSL/SMG will host a regular meeting on December 10 to complete our Christmas service project. As always, Bible Class meets at 11 AM and lunch ($7) is served at Noon.

Please note: After December 10, there will be no Bible Class or meetings until January 14, 2014.

  

Annual Cookie Distribution for Homebound Parishioners: On Saturday, December 14 from 9Am-Noon in the Sverdrup Room, we will bag Christmas cookies for homebound parishioners. If you would like to bake three dozen cookies for this project, the guidelines are simple: 1) no nuts, and 2) no fillings. Please place donated cookies (clearly marked CSL/SMG) in the freezer by Friday, December 13. Please put your name on any containers to be returned. Any questions? Call Jane Cox at 636.394.3441.

   

Fridays

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

   

Saturday, December 7

Fr. Gregory Mohrman

The Quiet Morning 

8 AM Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM Morning Prayers

Father Gregory, Prior of the Saint Louis Abbey, will lead Quiet Morning beginning with Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM. A series of three meditations on the topic of Advent will follow, 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. 

Fr. Mohrman's Biography

 

Sunday, December 8

Breakfast with Saint Nicolas

11:15 AM    Great Hall

Breakfast with Saint Nicholas is this 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.

 

 

Tuesday, December 10

Steak & Stories 

The next program will focus on "Financial Planning Insights" with David Breckenridge, CFP, from Moneta Group and a 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. 

 

Upcoming Events

 

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.

Sandwich making kids 2012  

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.

 

Music and Merriment:

Join us for the original Christmas service of Nine Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 15 at 5 PM. A holiday gathering in the Great Hall will follow for parishioners and guests. This is a most beautiful service and a wonderful way to celebrate the season. Contact Laurie at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 if you are able to bring an appetizer or bottle of wine to share at the gathering in the Great Hall.

 

 

Advent Family Night

 

Wednesday, December 18

Flower and Music Donations 

We have extended the Christmas Flower/Music donation date. Please send your Christmas Flower/Music donation to The Church of St. Michael & St. George by December 18.

 

Save the Date

 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Simple Supper

The Youth Ministry will sponsor a Simple Supper on Sunday, January 5, 2014 following Evensong. This will be held in the Taylor Room. Make plans now to simplify your Sunday night and enjoy a night of home-cooked soup, salad, dessert, and fellowship, all while benefitting the Youth Ministry High School Mission Trip! Join us immediately following the service! Take-out meals are available. Suggested donation is $5/person minimum.

 

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. 

 

St. Nicholas In Great Hall Breakfast with Saint Nicholas is this 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.

 

Attention Preschool - 3rd Grade Parents

If your your child is interested in being an "extra" in the 4:30 PM Gospel Pageant on Christmas Eve: 
  • Come to the dress rehearsal on Sunday, December 22 from 1:45-2:30 PM in the Church. 
  • Provide the simple costumes either as a sheep, a shepherd, or an angel. (Suggestions are cotton balls on a paper plate with a Popsicle stick for the sheep, a cloth wrapped around the forehead for the shepherd, and a halo or simple wings for the angel.)
  • If your child is part of the Pageant, s/he will not be able to watch the Pageant from the pews with you. However, they will join you in the pews, after the Pageant, for the Eucharist.

We will give out more specific instructions at the dress rehearsal on December 22.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Jane Fisher at Church, 314.721.1502, ext. 4033.

Youth Ministry          

   

Christmas Greenery Sale: The Youth Ministry would like to thank everyone who supported this YM Fundraiser! We hope you are pleased. We have one garland left. Contact Marty at youth@csmsg.org if you would like to purchase either of this item.

 

High School Service Project: All high school students are invited to help cook and serve breakfast for Saint Nicholas Breakfast on Sunday, December 8. Please report to the kitchen at 9:00 AM. We will volunteer until Noon. E-mail youth@csmsg.org to sign up. 

 

Save-the-Date: Join the YM for Ice Skating and the YM Christmas party on Sunday, December 22. We will meet at Steinberg Ice Rink at 5 PM. We will return to the Armstrong Room at 6:30 PM for dinner and our party! RSVP to youth@csmsg.org. Cost is $10 for skating and $5 for pizza.

 

December College Reunion Luncheon "Let us treat YOU to lunch!" All CSMSG College students are invited to join the Youth Ministry staff for lunch at Three Kings, 6307 Delmar Blvd on Sunday, December 29 from Noon-1:30 PM. RSVP by Friday, December 27 to Marty at youth@csmsg.org.

 

SIGN UP NOW for the YM Winter Retreat! 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!
planter

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

 

Canterbury Bookstore has holiday shopping solutions just waiting for you with free gift-wrap and bargains in every corner. Stop and see the designs of Scripture Bracelets, Martina from Ireland, and James Avery.

 

There is still quite a selection of boxed or single Christmas cards. Unique Christmas gift ideas in every corner. Take a look at A Little Book of Christmas Poems and Carols, a charming little book that will help you discover the magic of Christmas all over again. This collection of early 20th century illustrations and popular carols and poems will delight readers for years to come. This little book will make the perfect stocking stuffer or party gift for the holidays.

 

As the Bookstore begins its closing season, prices on all items are marked 50% off. No special orders or imprinting available. Come by while the selection is good. There are also unique supply items-gift boxes, wrapping paper, baskets, containers, and display accessories-at bargain prices.

 

 

The Bookstore hours this week: 

Monday 10 AM - Noon

Thursday 10 AM - 3 PM

Friday 9 AM - Noon 

Outreach

  

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!
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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 This past 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 participate, 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!