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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"
March 6 - March 12, 2014
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The Rev. Kit Sharp McLean will lead this year's Lenten Quiet Morning.

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  
      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
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  



339 households have made a pledge for 2014 for a total of $1,658,340.


Tuesday was the annual Pancake Supper held by the Youth Ministry. Over 300 pancakes were consumed along with sausage, salad, and egg casseroles. The Youth Ministry is made possible by your pledge dollars. The money raised on Tuesday will go toward funding the High School Mission Trip this summer. Thank you for your pledge!


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


Inclement Weather

We at The Church of St. Michael & St. George are blessed to have three clergy members that live within walking distance of our Church. Your pledge dollars help maintain these homes which allow our clergy to be here in spite of the weather.


The liturgies will always take place. If a change is made, an e-letter will be sent out and our phone message, website, and Facebook will be updated accordingly.


Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stay these priests from the swift completion of their appointed rounds thanks to 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.

Guild Tidings Newsletter  


Seeking Writers for CSMSG's "Guild Tidings" Newsletter


CSMSG"s "Guild Tidings" are newsletters envisioned as directed by and for the members of our various Guilds. The focus of the newsletters will be on sharing information about Guild members as well as to share specific information needed to better perform the assigned duties. The articles will be a

little longer than what is written for the all parish weekly e-letters and the Sunday service leaflets. In addition, archived copies of the newsletters can be used to tell a Guild's story and help attract new volunteers to that area of service.


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

After a great lunch this past Tuesday, the CSL/SMG worked on a service project for Meals on Wheels. Next week we are honored to have The Rev. Michael Wheeler begin our Lenten Speakers Series, occurring each Tuesday during Lent after lunch. The Lenten Speaker Series is a special time in the CSL/SMG year and we welcome all who wish to join us. This year's topic will focus on "Women of the Bible". 


Please join us for any part or the entire Speaker Series if you are able. Bible Class meets at 11 AM, with lunch ($7) at Noon, and the featured speaker to follow. Please make a reservation by calling Jane Cox at 636.394.3441. 


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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


Saturday, March 8

Lenten Quiet Morning

8 AM        Great Hall and St. George's Chapel

Exploring a Spirituality of Subtraction-We often hear the phrase, "Less is more," but how many of us really believe-and practice-its wisdom? Even attending a Quiet Morning can seem like one more item on an ever-lengthening to-do list. Drawing on the work of Christian mystics such as Anselm of Canterbury and Meister Eckhart and using poetry and scripture, The Rev. Kit McLean will offer reflections on how simplification fosters abundance in God's economy. These reflections will be followed by periods of silence.


The format of the morning is fluid; please come for as much or as little as you are able. The reflections will begin on the hour from 9 to 11 AM and last for approximately 15-20 minutes. After each you may remain in the Chapel or roam about the Church campus. Feel free to bring something to read or a journal or sketchbook if that is helpful to you. Otherwise, this is an opportunity to simply be. 


The Quiet Morning begins at 8 AM with a light breakfast and will conclude with Holy Eucharist beginning at Noon.


Sunday, March 9

Daylight Saving Begins! 

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


Tuesday, March 11

Steak & Stories

6 PM     Great Hall

Please join us for Steak & Stories on Tuesday, March 11, when our speaker will be Steve Campbell, Executive Director of Peter & Paul Community Services, St. Michael's Houses newest partner. Steve will highlight the Garfield School Project in South St. Louis. Peter & Paul Community Services is renovating the Garfield School into apartments for those men and women considered to be chronically homeless. Steve has served the St. Louis community for 25 years through his work with the homeless population.

Please RSVP to reception@csmsg.org by Noon on Monday, March 10. 


March 12, 19, 26 & April 2 & 9

Great Wednesdays  The Rev. Jed Fox

Great Wednesdays resume March 12 and will continue through the 9th of April. This year we will be reading the Passion in the four Gospels. Fr. Jed and Mthr. Kit will speak on the Passions as they are situated in each of the Gospels and how the fourfold composition gives us clearer insight into that most urgent of times for us Christians.


Dinner is at 6 PM. Class begins at 6:30 PM and ends at 7 PM followed by a service of Compline in St. George's Chapel. Suggested donation is $7 for dinner. RSVP to Debbie Fenner, at Communications@CSMSG.org.


Upcoming Events 


Thursday, March 13

Bridge, Anyone? 

7 PM    Wydown Meeting Room

Bridge Club has started at CSMSG for anyone wanting to learn this fabulous card game! Come with a little of experience or none at all. The cost is $80 for eight weeks of lessons (Thursdays at 7 PM in the Wydown Meeting Room). Please let Jane Fisher know if you are interested at jfisher@csmsg.org.


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 



Saturday, 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


A $45 fee includes the costs of the retreat, breakfast, and lunch. Childcare is available, reservations are necessary.


Bishop Wolf has served the Episcopal Church in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Rhode Island. She has faced the challenges of forgiving and accepting forgiveness.


"Forgiveness and love are allies in the Christian life, not merely as emotional realities, but as a journey of the will. When Jesus forgave the thief who was crucified with him, he was embracing each of us with a love beyond our fears."


This is a wonderful opportunity to see what the CSMSG Women's Retreat is all about. Six hours with women of the parish -- growing our spiritual faith together. 


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


Wednesday & Thursday, April 9 & 10

Palm Cross Making

Wydown Meeting Room   

Help is needed to make Palm Crosses. Please consider coming. This takes a lot of helping hands. If you know of friends who might want to join in, please bring them! There are two sessions to from which to choose:

  • Wednesday evening, April 9, we will begin at about 6:30 PM in the Wydown Meeting Room (formerly the Canterbury Bookstore) and include a light supper.  Please let Caroline Sheehan know if you can attend the evening "workshop" so we can plan for the meal.
  • The second session will be held Thursday, April 10 at 9 AM in the Wydown Meeting Room.

Please RSVP to Caroline for either the morning or evening event at csheehan3@me.com.

Friday, April 11

ECM/Kids in Detention Birthday Party! 

WANTED: 8-12 party hosts. WHEN: Friday, April 11, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 PM. (Actual party is from 6-6:55 PM.) WHERE: County Juvenile Detention Center. 


Through the Episcopal City Mission (ECM), CSMSG along with other sponsoring Episcopal churches provides an important ministry to incarcerated young people who are awaiting trial. Three staff chaplains see to the spiritual needs of the youth. Among the various programs ECM offers are monthly birthday parties (see http://www.ecitymission.org/a_programs.php). Ted Drewes donates frozen custard, and the hosting church provides pizza, soda, and small birthday gifts. The party begins with prayer and introductions, followed by acknowledgment of birthdays. Food and drink are served, then a game, usually bingo, is played. CSMSG youth is making both birthday and Easter cards to give out at the party. For more information or to volunteer to join in the fun, please contact The Rev. Kit McLean at kmclean@csmsg.org



Saturday, April 26 or May 3

Adult Confirmation

Classes for Adult Confirmation and Reception into the Episcopal Church will be 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


Magic House display 


Sunday, March 9, the Second Grade Class will share in their 9:15 AM Chapel service what they have learned about Moses. Parents are invited to this special service with them.


The Church School Lenten Project reaches out to include the entire Parish this year. We are collecting gently-used and new shoes, any style, any size, to help the Shoeman Water Project, a local organization which sends shoes to places like Haiti and Kenya. Large boxes are located outside of St. George's Chapel. Please check out the website www.shoemanwater.org.  

Youth Ministry          

The Youth Ministry staff would like to THANK all those  who volunteered so generously during our Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, including ALL of our wonderful egg casserole bakers! Thank you also to all parishioners who supported this event by attending the Pancake Supper!


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.


Rescheduled: 2014 HS Mission Orientation Meeting will be held Sunday, March 9 in the Gym from 11:15 AM-Noon. All team members, their parents, and any interested persons are requested to attend.  


Confirmation Sponsors-Please attend the Confirmation Sunday School class Sunday, March 9 from 10:30-11:10 AM!


YM Kick-Off Committee meeting will be held Monday, March 10 at Marty's home from 5:30-6:30 PM.


Save-The-Date: Spring Service Day 

Saturday, April 12. Two service opportunities:

    - St. Louis Foodbank- sorting food; Meet at Church at 9:15 AM and return by 1:30 PM. Shift is from 10 AM-1 PM.

    - Baking Easter muffins for shut-in parishioners at Church; 10-Noon

RSVP to Marty at youth@csmsg.org to volunteer.


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!