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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 12 - December 19, 2013
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Join us for the original Christmas service of Nine Lessons and Carols this 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.
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  
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. Andrew J. Archie
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 


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.

The Forum will then be in recess until January 5, 2014.


Stewardship Campaign 2014  


On Christmas Day this year, The Church of St. Michael & St. George will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first worship service held here.

During the service 100 years ago, Bishop Tuttle pointed to all areas of the church and said, "The angels of God are here.  In the years to come those who worship here will remember the love and devotion of those whose gifts and works have helped to establish this mission, and in every nook and cranny they will feel the presence of the angels of God."

 "May we who worship here a century later remember", John Tyler in his book, Centennial 100 Years at the Point.  Your "gifts and works" have helped to continue the mission of our church. Thank you for your pledge.


As of Monday we have received 287 pledges for a total of $1,464,707. 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 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

Monday Bible Study is recess until January 6, 2014.



Church Service League/Susan Mount Guild  

11 AM      Great Hall 

We held our last meeting of the year on December 10 and completed our Christmas service project for Meals on Wheels. There will be no more Bible Class or meetings until January 14, 2014.


Annual Cookie Distribution for Homebound Parishioners: On Saturday, December 14 from 9 AM-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.



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 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

Christmas Cookies to Our Home Bound 

Sunday, December 15, the Christmas Cookies for home bound parishioners will be on a cart in the hallway overlooking the Davis Garden. If you are able to deliver one or more of the bags, please take them and enjoy brightening a fellow parishioner's day.


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.


Upcoming Events


2013 Christmastide


Eve of the Nativity

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

4:00 PM

Nativity Pageant & Holy Eucharist

The Choir


6:30 PM

Choral Eucharist

Nursery provided for 4:00 PM and 6:30 PM liturgies only


10:30 PM

Carol Service of Preparation and Praise


11:00 PM

Solemn Midnight Eucharist

*Incense will be used


The Nativity of 

Our Lord Jesus Christ:

Christmas Day

100th Anniversary of the First Liturgy 

in the Church Building

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

10:00 AM

Pontifical Eucharist

Nursery provided


The Holy Name 

of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

10:00 AM

Holy Eucharist

Nursery provided



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. 


Any Preschool-3rd Grader interested in being an extra sheep, shepherd, or angel in the Christmas Eve Gospel Pageant should come to the rehearsal on Sunday, December 22 at 1:30 PM. (You do not have to have your costumes for that rehearsal; costumes should be simple: a mask for a sheep, a halo for the angel, brown sheet for the shepherd!) 


December 22 is the last day of Church School until January 12, 2014.

Youth Ministry          


Gospel Pageant Rehearsal: Practice has started for our Gospel Pageant and all 8th graders are expected in SS class this week and next. On December 22 all 8th graders should meet in the Armstrong Room at 10:30 AM for SS. They will attend the 11:15 AM worship service together, then have a pizza lunch before beginning technical and dress rehearsals for the pageant. Pick-up is at 2:30 PM.


Jerusalem: All are invited to join our 6th & 7th grade SS class and our HS Girls' Bible Study to watch the IMAX movie Jerusalem Sunday, December 15. Meetin the lobby of the Science Center at 1:30 PM. Cost is $8. Pick-up is at 2:45 PM. 


Ho, Ho, Ho....Let's celebrate the season!

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! Cost is $10 for skating and $5 for pizza. RSVP to youth@csmsg.org.


December College Reunion Luncheon: All CSMSG college students and alumnae are invited to lunch at Three King's on Delmar on Sunday, December 29 from Noon-1:30 PM. RSVP to Marty at youth@csmsg.org by Friday, December 27.


SIGN UP NOW for the YM Winter Retreat! Both 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!


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


As the Bookstore continues its closing season, prices on all items are 75% off. No special orders or imprinting are available, however, as always, free giftwrapping. There are also unique supply items -- gift boxes, wrapping paper, baskets, containers and display accessories -- at bargain prices.

Last minute gifts a problem? Canterbury Bookstore has solutions just waiting for you. Free gift wrap and huge bargains in every corner. Christmas decorations and ornaments 75% off, Christmas jewelry 75% off, Advent books and supplies 75% off, Children's Christmas books 75% off. The Bookstore is filled with Christmas and huge bargains!! 


The Episcopal Handbook is the indispensable companion for those who want to be well-informed church-goers and enjoy a good chuckle along the way. This little volume contains timeless theological truths, interesting historical tidbits, and everyday faith situations we all face sooner or later. Included is a glossary of Episcopal worship terms, illustrations, maps, and tips for 21st century Episcopalians.


Please contact us at 314.721.1502 or bookstore@csmsg.org. We are at your service and look forward to seeing you soon.  


 Bookstore hours this week: 

Monday 2 PM-4PM 

Wednesday 10 AM-2 PM

Thursday 10 AM-3 PM

Friday 9 AM-Noon 



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 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!