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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 26, 2013 - January 2, 2014
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Angels processing at last year's tech rehearsal for the Christmas Pageant.  
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  
Fr. Wheeler        
December 29    The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
   January   1    The Rev. Katherine S. McLean
   January   5    The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
   January  12   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
   January  19   The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
   January  26   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
Sunday Adult Education 

The Rector's Forum 


Sunday 10:30-11 AM   Taylor Room 

The Forum is in recess until January 12, 2014.


Stewardship Campaign 2014  


End of year charitable giving fact:

-If you're 70 or older, you can transfer as much as $100,000 from an IRA this year directly to qualified charities without having to include any of that in your income.


Each and every pledge and/or gift makes a real difference here at The Church of St. Michael & St. George! Thank you.



"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 

There will be no Bible Class or CSL/SMG meeting until January 14, 2014.


Annual Cookie Distribution for Homebound Parishioners: Thank you to everyone who brought cookies and delivered cookies to our homebound parishioners!



Women's Bible Study/Breakfast

7:30 AM   Sverdrup Room

The Women's Bible Study and Breakfast will resume on January 10, 2014. 

Upcoming Events


The Holy Name 

of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

10:00 AM

Holy Eucharist

Nursery provided



Upcoming Events


Sunday, January 5, 2014 


The Choir of The Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing a service of Choral Evensong for Christmastide on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 5 PM. The service will include an Evening Service of Charles Wood and the music of Harold Darke. Please plan to join us for this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the ending of the day as the Christmas season draws to a close. Incense will be used at this service. 


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 after the service! Take-out meals are available. Suggested donation is $5/person minimum.


January 12

Epiphany Family Night 

5 PM   Great Hall & Church

Epiphany Family Night begins with a Mexican meal and crafts, the Crowning of the Three Kings, and a wonderful service in the Church. The cost is $4 per person or $15 per family. Please RSVP by emailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org.



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.

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. 


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


December 29 - No Church School

January 5 - No Church School

January 12 - Church School resumes; 

Epiphany Family Night Dinner and Service, 5 PM

Youth Ministry          


December College Reunion Luncheon: All CSMSG college students and alumni are invited to lunch at Three Kings 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! 

8th Graders- Save The Date: Calling all 8th Graders to SERVE at FOCUS on Monday, MLK Day! The 8th Grade SS Class is going to volunteer at FOCUS on Monday, January 20 in the morning!


Stay tuned for details, but SAVE THE DATE!


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.


Wednesday Night Youth Group: Wednesday Night Youth Group will resume on Wednesday, January 8.


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 year!


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.

There will NO YM Sunday School on December 29 or January 5.

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:  
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.
Canterbury Bookstore
Canterbury Bookstore offers many items perfect for Christmas gifts.


As the Bookstore concludes its closing season, prices on all items are 80% off. No special orders or imprinting are available. However, as always, free gift wrapping is available. There are also unique supply items--gift boxes, wrapping paper, baskets, containers and display accessories--at bargain prices.


Please stop by and let staff thank you personally for your loyal support of the Canterbury Bookstore during the past 21 years. We have enjoyed bringing you a welcoming atmosphere to investigate Episcopal and Christian resources that improve and assist your spiritual journey. Although we won't be "in" the Bookstore, we each look forward to being a part of this community in the days to come. 



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 leaflet notices or e-letters to Debbie at communications@csmsg.org. The deadline for the submissions is Tuesday at 4 PM. Please keep the information concise. Thank you.


Instant Web Connection to CSMSG!
QR code
Notice that 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 schedules, 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!