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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"
 January 9 - 16, 2014
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Epiphany Family Night is this Sunday, January 12. 

Don't miss dinner and service at 5 PM.

The evening begins with a Mexican meal and crafts, the Crowning of the Three Kings, and ends with a wonderful service in the Church. 


Please make reservations by e-mailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org. The cost is $4/person or $15/family.
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  
   January  12   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
   January  19   The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
   January  26   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
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Ordination of The Rev. Kit McLean
The Rev. Kit McLean was ordained on Saturday, January 4 at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Hammond, Louisiana. Congratulations! 
Sunday Adult Education 
The Rector's Forum  Archie_100x100

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.


Proposed New Bylaws 
The Vestry has been at work all year long revising and updating the Bylaws of our parish to bring them into the twenty-first century by reflecting the current practice and canons that guide The Church of St. Michael & St. George. On Sunday, January 19, immediately following the 9:15 AM service, open discussion will take place in the Taylor Room to answer any questions and clarify any points. The new Bylaws will be considered for approval at the Annual Meeting on January 26. 


2014 Vestry Nominations 
Patrick Deaton I began attending CSMSG after I moved here from Springfield, Missouri, in 1999. I wanted to learn the Bible and to explore how politics and religion intersected. I found much more. The worship services showed me a path to serenity so I could accept my limitations, let go of things beyond my control, and stand for what was important by trusting the future while God's plan unfolded. I attend the Sunday evening service, and I'm a lay reader in the St. Paul Guild.
Charlotte Foley I joined CSMSG in 1991 shortly before the birth of my first daughter. My husband, Jim, and I had moved to St. Louis in 1988 and we explored options for a church home. Having been raised in the Episcopal church in Memphis, I found the liturgy and music familiar and comforting. Once our two daughters became old enough to be involved in Church School, I became involved in teaching Sunday School for about the next ten years. I have also been involved in the Youth Ministry in participating on the Kick-Off Committee for the Youth Group. Additionally, I've gone on two mission trips with the youth group as a chaperone. Now an empty nester, I'm looking for new ways to be involved at CSMSG!
Michael Hanrahan I have been a lifelong Christian, baptized and confirmed Catholic. I moved to St. Louis during high school after spending my early years on the east coast in Washington, D.C. Returning to St. Louis after graduating college at the University of Missouri, I established my residence and pursued my career in the technology industry. In 1997 I met my wife, Heather Fordyce, a life-long parishioner of CSMSG. We were wed here in 2002. I am grateful that I was introduced to CSMSG at that time as I was welcomed with great hospitality. Upon completing the CSMSG adult confirmation, I committed myself to becoming involved with various projects with the church. I have started various outreach programs such as "Ready2Work", "Faith@work", and continue with leading our "Steak & Stories" men's group which has had much success. My family has benefitted greatly from our church community. Both of our children have been baptized here and continue to learn from our ministry through the children's Sunday school program and liturgy. I am honored to be nominated to join the Vestry. I look forward to sharing my passion, energy, and committment to further our vision and goals for the present and future of CSMSG.


John Rowe I was born and raised in the St. Louis region. After graduating from Bradley University and serving in the U.S. Army, I returned to St. Louis to begin a banking career that spanned three decades. In 1998, I joined Bethesda Health Group, Inc. where I served as President & CEO for 12 years. Since becoming a member of CSMSG in 2005, I have been a member of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Endowment Expansion Committee. My wife, Ginny, and I live in Frontenac.


Liza Stanton Our family started the wonderful relationship with CSMSG over five years ago after our kids had attending The St. Michael School for a while. Emma and Phil started at age three and were part of the school community until 6th grade. The daily morning chapels they attended were very special and it was that environment our family wanted for our spiritual needs. I taught Sunday School for a while and my husband Phil is a member of the Youth Ministry committee. Emma is an acolyte and my son Phil is an usher. These are just very small ways we try to contribute to the glorious community that is CSMSG.  
Pam Thomsen
I was confirmed in 1989 at CSMSG and my husband, Brian, and I have been attending CSMSG for 25 years. I taught Sunday School and have been involved in the youth program with our sons, Riley and Ian. This past summer, I went on the High School Mission trip. I am a greeter on Sunday mornings. We are thankful that CSMSG has been a big part of our family.  
Stewardship Campaign 2014  


As of Monday we have received 320 pledges for a total of $1,588,277.



God's Grace is at work here at The Church of St. Michael & St. George. Will we continue to reach out in the name of Jesus and grow, or will we be held back and shrink? We need the church now like never before. The future needs our church. Your pledge is an expression of where God, and a spiritual home for your family rank on your list of priorities? With your pledge we are able to "pack the pews" for the Christmas Eve pageant and liturgy. Please contact the church if you need a pledge card at Laurie@csmsg.org.


Thank you for your pledge.


"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 Night 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

Resumes on Tuesday, January 14. Fr. Mike Wheeler leads our Bible Study at 11 AM in the Sverdrup Room. Lunch ($7) is served at Noon in the Great Hall. This will be followed by a business meeting. We will discuss the Christmas bazaar and planning where to go with it from here. This is the time for comments and suggestions and even commitments. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to have lunch, please call Jane Cox at 636.394.3441. 


We are looking forward to restarting and seeing both old and new faces



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. We meet in the Sverdrup Room at 7:30 AM and are finished by 8:30 AM. A light breakfast is served. Come and nourish both your body and soul.

This Week


Sunday, 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.


Tuesday, January  14

Steak & Stories

6 PM     Great Hall    

Join us in the Great Hall at 6 PM as we kick off the New Year with a follow-up from Charles Valier on the topic of the Zoo Museum District, with an emphasis on the recent controversy at the History Museum. It should be a great discussion to hear what happens next! RSVP to the receptionist at reception@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 by Noon on Monday, January 13.


Upcoming Events 

Saturday, January 18

Hunger Sandwich Making

10 AM    Taylor Room

Sandwich Making will take place January 18.  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 on Saturday for the homeless shelter


Sunday, January 19

Newcomers Brunch

All newcomers are invited to brunch at the home of the Rev. Mike and Mrs. Robin Wheeler on Sunday January 19th, immediately following the 9:15 AM liturgy. This is a morning of fellowship with other parishioners and ministry leaders. The Wheelers live just across the street from the Church at 6316 Wydown Blvd.


Please RSVP to Laurie at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502. Childcare is available.


Sunday, January 26

Annual Meeting Chili cookoff at the annual meeting

Mark your calendars for one of the most fun and delicious Sundays of the year!

The Annual Meeting will immediately follow the 9:15 AM liturgy on Sunday January 26.

Afterwards, all are invited to lunch in the Great Hall. Chili and Pie will be provided by the finest cooks in the parish!


If you are able to bring chili or a pie please contact Laurie at Laurie@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
January 12
Church School resumes on with regular classes and Chapel services. Don't miss the Epiphany Family Dinner and service at 5:00 PM that evening. Enjoy a Mexican dinner, Kings Cake, the Crowning of the Kings, and a special service in the Church. Please make reservations by e-mailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org. The cost is $4/person or $15/family.
Youth Ministry          


YM Winter RETREAT is THIS weekend at Trout Lodge. Please keep this group of students and adult chaperones in your prayers for a meaningful retreat and safe return! Pick-up is on the Wydown side of Church at 2 PM Sunday. 


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! All 8th graders should meet at Church in the Armstrong Room at 9:30 AM. Following the service project, the class will eat lunch at a local restaurant and return to Church at 2 PM for pick-up. Please confirm attendance for this event by e-mailing Tracee Holmes at rtholmes5@aol.com.  


Summer Mission Opportunities

Now is the time to sign up for these mission weeks! Contact Marty Chapman at youth@csmsg.org for more information. MS Mission Week is held locally June 9-13 and HS Mission trip to Buffalo, NY from July 3-13. We would love to have your friends attend!

Tuesday HS Girls Bible Study has resumed. 


Wednesday Night Youth Group Wednesday Night Youth Group has resumed.


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


Youth Ministry Sunday School:  

Sunday School will resume on Sunday, January 12 as follows:

6th and 7th graders meet Marty 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! 
Shelter Ministry Volunteers Needed

The Shelter Ministry is looking for a handful of additional dedicated volunteers who would be willing to commit to serving at the Shelter breakfast one Sunday a month, i.e. the first, second, third, or fourth Sunday of each month. We need folks who will help with cooking, set-up, and serving breakfast from 6:15 AM to about 8:15 AM. We are also looking for volunteers to establish dish-washing crews for each Sunday. This role would be different from the regular breakfast volunteers in that your services would be needed only from 7:30 AM to about 8:25 AM.

If any among you are willing to say, "Here I am", please contact Nick Clifford at 314.997.4011 or nickclifsr@yahoo.com or Laurie Brown at laurie@csmsg.org to answer any questions you might have about this arrangement and, of course, which Sunday of the month you would like to serve if this opportunity suits you.


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.

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!

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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!