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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"
February 20 - February 27, 2014
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The Youth Ministry group reached new heights with their trek to Upper Limits on President's Day.  

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  
   February 23   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
      March   2   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
      March   9   The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
      March 16   The Rev. Katherine S. McLean
      March 23   The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
      March 30   The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
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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. Everyone is welcome!


Stewardship Campaign 2014  


335 households have made a pledge for 2014 for a total of $1,652,407.


You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God.

                                                        2 Corinthians 9:11


Please contact the Church if you need a pledge card at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.


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 continues 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

It's called Lunch & Learn and that's just what we did this past Tuesday. Nancy Ferriss, our Treasurer and a member of Community of Hope (COH), and Dr. Mary Ann Cook, who recently assumed charge of the COH, spoke about Community of Hope, its history, becoming a member, training, and how the group functions. We also shared some pointers about visiting those who are ill, confined, or just in need of a friendly face. CSL/SMG appreciates both of these women helping us learn more about COH.


Next week, on February 25, we will meet as usual to address final plans for the Lenten Speaker Series and talk about applying this week's talk to a future project we are planning.

Bible Class meets at 11 AM, lunch ($7) at Noon, with fellowship and discussion to follow. Questions? Reservations? 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. 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, February 23

St. Michael's Night at the Magic House 

Abracadabra! Make your family magically appear at St. Michael's Night at the Magic House on February 23 at 6 PM. Combine unlimited private use of the Magic House's original wing with snacks, cookies, drinks and !PRESTO! everyone will emerge happy. Cost is $25 per family, payable by cash or check the night of the event.


For more information, contact Jane Fisher at  jfisher@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.


Upcoming Events 


Thursday, February 27

Bridge, Anyone? 

Bridge lessons will start at CSMSG on Thursday, February 27 for anyone wanting to learn this fabulous card game! Come with a little experience or none at all. The cost is $80 for eight weeks of lessons (Thursdays at 7 PM in the Great Hall). Please let Jane Fisher know if you are interested at jfisher@csmsg.org.



Sunday, March 2 

Vespers of St. Benedict

On Sunday afternoon, March 2 at 5 PM, we will once again welcome the Abbot, Prior, and monks of St. Louis Abbey to The Church of St. Michael & St. George as they lead us in worship and sing Latin Vespers of St. Benedict. This liturgy is a part of our ongoing ecumenical relationship with the Abbey and one of the opportunities we have each season to worship with the monks. Please plan to join us and experience the beauty of the ancient monastic office sung as it has been for over a thousand years. A reception to honor the monks will follow.


Tuesday, March 4

Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Pancake lady

5:30 PM     Great Hall, Taylor Room, Sverdrup Room

The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held on Tuesday, March 4 from 5:30-7 PM. You do NOT want to miss this fun celebration featuring games and a pancake supper, complete with an expanded menu of egg casseroles and salad, too!


Make your reservations now by calling 314.721.1502 or e-mailing the Receptionist at reception@csmsg.org. All proceeds go towards funding scholarships for Youth Ministry events and trips. Minimum suggested donations are $5/child, $10/adult, and $30/family.


Egg Casseroles Needed for Pancake Supper

Egg casseroles of all types and varieties are needed for the Pancake Supper on Tuesday, March 4! Please e-mail youth@csmsg.org if you would be willing to bake and donate one. Casseroles can be brought to Church anytime Tuesday and placed in the Church's kitchen refrigerator. Please mark your casserole clearly with ingredients and baking instructions, as well as your name so we may thank you and return your dish, too! The YM Staff thanks you so much!


Sunday, March 9

Daylight Saving Begins

Believe it or not, spring is on its way! On March 9 we will "spring forward" into Daylight Saving Time. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour Saturday night, March 8!



March 12, 19, 26 & April 2 & 9

Great Wednesdays

6 PM      Great Hall

Great Wednesdays are Coming: Great Wednesdays are a time for food, fellowship, and formation during the season of Lent! RSVP to the receptionist at 314.721.1502 or at reception@csmsg.org. A simple supper will be served and a class will be offered each Wednesday on the topic of "The Passion of Our Lord in the Gospels."


Saturday, March 29

Men's Retreat

The Men's Retreat will be on March 29. We will be in a new format this year. Rather than going to Pere Marquette, we will have the Retreat here at The Church of St. Michael & St. George. Keep watching this space for more information as it becomes available.


Save the Date 



April 5

Women's Retreat  

Join us for a special one-day Women's Lenten Retreat with The Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf on Saturday, April 5 from 9 AM-3 PM at Church. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 AM.


Download the retreat brochure


$45 includes the retreat, breakfast, and lunch. Childcare available, reservations are necessary.


The Right Rev. Geralyn Wolf was ordained to the diaconate in 1977 and to the priesthood in 1978 in the Diocese of Pennsylvania. Prior to her election she was, from 1986-1995, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in the Diocese of Kentucky, the first woman dean of a cathedral. 


In 2003 Bishop Wolf spent her sabbatical, a month, as "Aly", a homeless woman, in shelters and soup kitchens across the northeast United States. "I had a sense that in my rather privileged position I was losing touch with what I was yearning for, which was a sort of earthiness. There was something that I found in the poor that struck my own poverty and brought me to some level of deeper freedom."


Bishop Wolf retired in 2013. She serves on several national committees and is the Liturgist for the House of Bishops. She is an associate of the Society of St. Margaret; a Companion of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd; an ecumenical oblate of Mount Saviour Monastery in Elmira, NY; and has visited and worked with the Taize-Community in France. Bishop Wolf is the author of several published anthems and articles.


For more information, contact Laurie at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.


Saturday, April 26 or May 3

Classes for Adult Confirmation and Reception 

Classes for Adult Confirmation and Reception into the Episcopal Church are held on both April 26 and May 3. Attendance is only necessary at one meeting.


If you are interested in becoming a full member of the Church, please contact Debbie Fenner in the Church offices at debbie@csmsg.org.


Church School


St. Michael's Night at the Magic House 

Abracadabra! Make your family magically appear at St. Michael's Night at the Magic House on February 23 at 6 PM. Combine unlimited private use of the Magic House's original wing with snacks, cookies, drinks and !PRESTO! everyone will emerge happy. Cost is $25 per family, payable by cash or check the night of the event.


For more information, contact Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.


Magic House display 

Youth Ministry          


NOW is the time to sign up for the High School Mission Trip AND Middle School Mission Week! The HS Mission Trip will be July 3-13 in Buffalo, NY, where housing rehab work will be undertaken. The MS Mission Week is a week of local service opportunities and will be held June 9-13. Contact Marty Chapman at youth@csmsg.org for more information.


2014 HS Mission Orientation Meeting for the HS mission team and their parents will be held Sunday, March 2 from 4-5 PM in the Armstrong Room at Church. There will be Vespers afterward and all are welcome to attend. Following Vespers, there will be a Simple Supper that is a YN mission fund-raiser, so we need mission participant volunteers from 6-8 PM. Please RSVP to youth@csmsg.org for meeting.


Confirmation Update: Please make sure you are present at worship and Confirmation Classes. On Sunday, March 9. Confirmation Sponsors will be in the SS class from 10:30-11:10 AM!


Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Volunteers Needed! The Youth Ministry needs volunteers to run games, set-up and decorate, bake egg casseroles, cook pancakes, serve dinner, and clean up at our Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, March 4. Volunteers are needed from 3:30-7:30 PM. E-mail Marty at youth@csmsg.org to sign-up!

Summer YM Mission Opportunities: The MS Mission Week is a week of local service opportunities and will be held June 9-13. The HS Mission Trip will be July 3-13 to Buffalo, NY, where participants will do housing rehab work. 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 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 school year!  


Youth Ministry Sunday School:  


The Sunday School schedule is as follows:


All Classes: 10:30 AM-11:10 AM

6th and 7th Graders (downstairs in the Spanish Room) 


8th Grade Confirmation (Armstrong Room) 
8th Grade Parents' Class  (classroom under the stairs)
9th-12th Graders (upstairs in the Canterbury Hall)

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 form dishwashing crews for each Sunday. This role would be different from the regular breakfast volunteers in that your time commitment is 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 greeters for the 8 AM service. 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 Fenner 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 still 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 blocking any part 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 our 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 Rosales 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   
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!