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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 16 - 23, 2014
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Children enjoy a special and meaningful Epiphany service in the Church this past Sunday evening in the "Big Church".

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        
   January  19   The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
   January  26   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
   February  2   The Rev. Katherine S. McLean
   February  9   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
   February 16   The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
   February 23   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 

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.

NOTE: Due to the Annual Meeting there will be NO Rector's Forum January 26.


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.


Continue below for Proposed Bylaws.



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 school 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  



323 households have made a pledge for 2014 for a total of $1,595,477.


"The history of The Church of St. Michael & St. George is filled not so much with events as with people, for it is the people who are the church, not the building. Susan Mount gave money that allowed the mission to break ground before there was a congregation. Numerous laypeople, some of whom we have read about, gave of their time, talent, and treasure, and they gave in faith, not knowing how things would turn out. God placed us here with a purpose in 1912, and God has kept us here with a purpose for 2012 and beyond." -John Tyler in his book, Centennial 100 Years at the Point.


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. 


Note: There will be NO Bible Study on Monday, January 20.



Church Service League/Susan Mount Guild  

11 AM      Great Hall

We held our first meeting of 2014 and did some preliminary planning for the 2014 Christmas Luncheon and Bazaar. Save the date of December 2, 2014, so you have plenty of time to make arrangements. Next week, CSMSG's own newly-ordained the Rev. Kit McLean will be our guest speaker to talk about her road to ordination. We would love to have you join us. Call Jane Cox at 636.394.3441 to make a lunch reservation. Bible Study begins at 11 AM with lunch ($7) at Noon. All are welcome. 


We have more speakers and projects lined up for following weeks and are working on plans for the Lenten Speakers Series which runs from March 11 to April 15 this year. 



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 19

Newcomers Brunch

All newcomers are invited to a "Welcome Brunch" held immediately following the 9:15 AM liturgy this Sunday.

The Brunch will be hosted at the home of The Rev. and Mrs. Mike Wheeler, located at 6316 Wydown Blvd, just across the street from the Church. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow newcomers, parishioners, staff, and ministry leaders. Please reply to Laurie at Laurie@csmsg.org.


Upcoming Events


Sunday, January 26

Annual Meeting Chili cookoff at the annual meeting

The Annual Meeting will immediately follow the 9:15 AM liturgy on Sunday, January 26. After the meeting, all are invited to lunch in the Great Hall. Chili and pie provided by the finest cooks in the parish!


Chili and Pie Needed for the Annual Meeting sunday, January 26: Mark your Calendars for one of the most fun and delicious Sundays of the year!


If you are able to bring chili or a pie to the Annual Meeting, please contact Laurie at laurie@csmsg.org.


Sunday, February 2

SUPER Sunday Appetizer and Dessert Sale on Superbowl Sunday, February 2! 

8:30-11:30 AM      Great Hall

The YM will host a SUPER SALE on Sunday, February 2 of hot and cold appetizers and desserts that will be just

the right thing for your Superbowl gathering later that evening! Let us do the work for you, and support the YM fundraising for scholarships by buying your appetizers and desserts from us. The sale will be held from 8:30-11:30 AM in the Great Hall! Contact Marty at 

youth@csmsg.org for more information.




5 PM     Church

The Choir of The Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing a service of Choral Evensong for The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (also known as Candlemas and The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary), on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM. The service will include the blessing of candles and a setting of the Evening Service by Gerald Near as well as music of Sir William McKie, Paul Spicer, Stuart Forster, and Harold Friedell. Please plan to join us for this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the ending of the day on this important Feast of our Lord. Incense will be used at this service.



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

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

Youth Ministry          



8th Grade Service Project: Calling all 8th Graders to serve at FOCUS this Monday, MLK Day! The 8th Grade SS Class is going to volunteer at FOCUS the morning of Monday, January 20. All 8th graders should meet at Church in the Armstrong Room at 9:30 AM. After the service project, the class will eat lunch at The Fountain and be back at Church around 2 PM for pick-up. RSVP to Tracee Holmes at rtholmes5@aol.com.


SUPER Sunday Appetizer and Dessert Sale on Superbowl Sunday, February 2! The YM will host a SUPER SALE on Sunday, February 2 of hot and cold appetizers and desserts that will be just the right thing for your Superbowl gathering later that evening! Let us do the work for you, and support the YM fundraising for scholarships by buying your appetizers and desserts from us. The sale will be held from 8:30-11:30 AM in the Great Hall! 

Contact Marty at youth@csmsg.org for more information.


Summer Mission OpportunitiesNow is the time to sign up for 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 meets every Wednesday for dinner in the Taylor Room at 6 PM. Games and Bible Study follow in the Armstrong Room afterward. Pick-up is at 7:30 PM.


Please e-mail Timothy Chapman your school sports, theater, or activity schedule at timothy@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 schedule is 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!

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!