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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 20 - March 26, 2014
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The Rev. Kit McLean, Laurie Anzilotti, and Braden lead the procession for the Ash Wednesday Family Service in St. George's Chapel.

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

      March 23   The Rev. J. Michael Wheeler
      March 30   The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
         April  6   The Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf
         April 13  The Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. George Carey 
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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!



The Rector's Forum will not meet this Sunday, March 23.


Guild Tidings Newsletter  


Seeking Writers for CSMSG's "Guild Tidings" Newsletter


CSMSG's "Guild Tidings" are newsletters envisioned to be 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 sharing specific information needed to better perform the Guilds assigned duties. The articles will be a little longer than what is written in the 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. For more information, contact Denise Chachere at drchachere@sbcglobal.net.

Stewardship Campaign 2014  


345 households have made a pledge for 2014 for a total of $1,674,540.


For forty days, Jesus took stock of his life who he was and what he wanted to accomplish. May this holy season of Lent be a time for you to contemplate anew the many blessings of God and to respond to God by a generous giving of your very selves. Generous giving always brings rewards, as our Lord found out. As surely as Lent ends with Easter, so a life of giving ends with a greater sense of satisfaction and greater joy.


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

Church Service League/Susan Mount Guild presents the Lenten Speakers Series: "Women of the Bible".


March 25: Mike Bickel, Parishioner, CSMSG

There will be no Bible Class this day. Lunch at Noon as usual.

April 1: The Rev. Emily Hillquist Davis, Asst. Priest of St. Martins, and Vicar of St. Thomas Church for the Deaf 

April 8: The Rev. Kit Sharp McLean, Curate at CSMSG

April 15: The Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. Lord Carey of Clifton and

            CSMSG's Holy Week Preacher 


Please join us on March 25. Bible Class meets at 11 AM, lunch ($7) at Noon, with the speaker to follow. Please make a luncheon 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

Sunday, March 23, March 30, and April 6

Nicaragua Auction and Dinner Ticket Sale

After morning liturgies    Great Hall

Nicaragua Auction and Dinner tickets will be available in the Great Hall following the morning liturgies on March 23, March 30, and April 6.




Seating Information

Express Pay Registration




March 26 & April 2 & 9

Great Wednesdays

6 PM      Great Hall

Great Wednesdays Continue! Lenten Great Wednesdays continue this week with The Passion of St. John. Come to class as we discuss the Passion from the perspective of John's Gospel and enjoy fellowship and dinner with fellow parishioners. Dinner begins at 6 PM in the Great Hall, followed by class.



Upcoming Events 


Saturday, March 29

Men's Retreat

8 AM     The Church of St. Michael & St. George

The Men's Retreat will be held on March 29. Long-time friend of The Church of St. Michael & St. George, Fr. Gene Tucker, will be the guest speaker at the 2014 Men's Retreat. His topic will be: "Off-limits to God: The Things We Keep to Ourselves." 


The Retreat begins at 8 AM with breakfast in the Great Hall and ends after Evening Prayer at 5 PM. Cost is $45 per person. For more information or reservations, contact Debbie Fenner at communications@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502. 


Fr. Tucker is the Rector of Trinity Church in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, in the Diocese of Springfield, and a regular at the CSMSG monthly Evensong.


For more information, download flyer




April 5

Women's Retreat  

9 AM      The Church of St. Michael & St. George

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.


Sunday, April 6

Choral Evensong

5 PM    Church

Choral Evensong will be sung once again on the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Sunday, April 6 at 5 PM. The choir will offer music of Herbert Sumsion, Robert Lehman, and Herbert Howells. This is a wonderful opportunity to savor stillness, quiet, and beauty - the beauty of holiness - at the close of the day, and the Lenten season, and all are cordially invited to attend.


Evensong choir  

Simple Supper

after Evensong     Taylor Room

The Youth Ministry will sponsor a Simple Supper on Sunday, April 6 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 Evensong service! Take-out meals are available. Suggested donation is $5/person minimum. 


Please note: The Simple Supper previously scheduled for April 13 has been cancelled.


Tuesday, April 8

Steak & Stories

6 PM    Great Hall

Spring is around the corner! Please join us for Steak & Stories for April 8 from 6-8 PM!


Christopher Desloge, a Roman Catholic by heritage, has been a proud and excited member of St. Michael & St. George since 2010. In addition to his family business, he has used his ability as a writer, historian, "ancestrist", devoted man of God, and his activity in lay ministry serving the poor and homeless, to bring to Steak & Stories a special perspective drawing from his ancestry to near the time of Christ.  


While the Desloge name is a part of the St. Louis historical narrative since the early 1800s, Chris Desloge will share with us excerpts from two of his books which tie the providence of God as played out in exciting historical moments, how this Providence settles on us and challenges us in our society today, while also questioning about the future, and how he trusts God will continue to form man's framework a thousand years hence. 


Mr. Desloge will offer excerpts from his books in context with God's role in His and our own desire for human improvement, and our shifting ethos over the centuries, and for centuries to come.


To make reservations please contact the Receptionist of the Church at reception@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 by Monday, April 7.


Wednesday & Thursday, April 9 & 10

Palm Cross Making

Wydown Meeting Room   

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

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

Please RSVP to Caroline Sheehan for either the morning or evening session 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 are 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.  


WSSM Nicaragua Auction and Dinner6

6 PM   Windows on Washington

OFF TO A GOOD START! Each year our WSSM Nicaragua Mission helps our partner missioners, Fundacion el Samaritano, give a "good start" to over 400 underprivileged Nicaraguan children by providing them a quality Christian education at the two schools it operates in Managua, Nicaragua. This is financed by funds raised at our annual Dinner and Auction. The time for this is upon us again!!

Come to the 2014 annual Nicaragua Dinner Celebration and Auction April 11. Have a great time, mingle with your friends, and help out this ministry. Come by yourself or, better yet, gather together a table of your friends for a great time. 

Tickets are $75 each and include cocktails, wine with a fabulous dinner, and entertainment. Those who have gone in past years can tell you how much fun this evening is! 


The cost of this evening is graciously underwritten by our parishioners, Tom & Michele Klein, so all of the proceeds go toward funding the mission and our annual trip.


To attend this affair, tickets will be available in the Great Hall after Sunday liturgies on March 23, March 30, and April 6 or click on the links below and fill out the reservations forms provided:




Seating Information

Express Pay Registration


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



Sunday, March 23 During Spring Break, there is one Chapel service for the Preschool-5th Grade. All Church School children should go to classes first, then one Chapel service at 10:20 AM. The Chapel service ends at 10:55 AM.


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



Join the Youth Ministry staff to see the movie

God's Not Dead on Sunday afternoon, March 30. Time and location to be announced and we'll meet at the theatre. Bring money for the movie and any snacks. RSVP to Brett at Brett@csmsg.org.


All high school seniors are invited to our High School Senior Nighton Monday, March 31 from 7-8:30 PM in the Armstrong Room for dinner and conversation with Father Jed Fox about life after high school! Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 26 to Marty at youth@csmsg.org


Spring Service Day: Saturday, April 12! Sign up NOW to help others in our community! This year we have two alternatives: sorting food at the St. Louis Foodbank or baking Easter cupcakes for our shut-in parishioners. 


To go to the St. Louis Foodbank, meet on the playground at 9:15 AM. We will carpool over. Adult drivers and volunteers needed please! Pick-up will be at Church at 1:30 PM. 


To bake, please meet in the Sverdrup Room at 11 AM. Pick-up will be at 1 PM. Adult volunteers are needed for this activity also!


Please e-mail Brett at brett@csmsg.org to sign up for either opportunity! Families, sponsors, and friends (students and adults) of the Youth Ministry are invited to participate in this wonderful day of giving!


WANTED: Five High School Students to volunteer at the Nicaragua Auction on Friday, April 11 from 5:30-9:30 PM at Windows on Washington. Dinner will be provided. Please e-mail Brett at brett@csmsg.org to sign up!


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 was held last week and all interested persons should contact Marty Chapman at youth@csmsg.org now to get a packet of information and to sign up.


Wednesday Night Youth Group meets every Wednesday for dinner in the Great Hall 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)  


Youth Ministry on Facebook!

Don't forget to "Friend" the YM on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @csmsgyouth! 






Hunger Ministry

Hunger Ministry has a new location for Meal a Month and recipes for casseroles. To the left of the Taylor Room are two closets marked for Hunger Ministry. Pans, recipes, Meal a Month Yellow Bags, and shelves to place filled Meal a Month Bags are all now together.


Contact Becky Zaccarello at zaclife@aol.com for further information or check with the Church Reception Desk. Your giving and sharing means so much to so many!

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!