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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"
May 8-15, 2014
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This Sunday is Confirmation Sunday. Congratulations to all of our youth and adult confirmands!
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   Bishop George Wayne Smith

   May 11  The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith
   May 18  The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
   May 25  The Rev. Jedediah W. Fox
   June  1  The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
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Stewardship Campaign 2014  


This Sunday, following a year of preparation, our Youth Confirmation Class will be confirmed by Bishop Smith. Thank you to their teachers and all who, through your faithful stewardship of time, abilities, and money, have supported these young people. In addition to our youth, we have nine adult confirmands who have attended class and expressed a desire to become confirmed members of our parish. We are blessed!


362 households have made a pledge for 2014 for a total of $1,726,418.75.


Thank you for your pledge!


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


"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.  


Monday Night Bible Study will meet May 12 and 19. It will then go into recess for the summer.



Church Service League/Susan Mount Guild  

11 AM    Great Hall

Last week we had the first of our folding sessions for the Nicaraguan layettes, efficiently directed by Carol Moppins. The group breezed through the girls' layettes and will do the boys' packages on Tuesday, May 20.


This week will see the installation of the new officers. The new President will be Alison Wiedle; Vice-President, Norma Deen Juracsik; Secretary, Jane Cox; and Treasurer, Nancy Ferriss. Cheryl Ward will talk about the recent Episcopal Church Women meeting. 


On May 20, we do not have an official meeting but will gather at lunchtime to help fold more layettes. Please call Jane Cox 636.394.3441 to state your preference for lunch (pizza? brown bag?) as the usual offering will not be served.


As always, you are welcome to join us for our speaker at 11 AM and lunch ($7) at Noon.



Women's Bible Study & Breakfast

7:30 AM   Sverdrup Room

Join Fr. Mike Wheeler as he directs the study of Book of Job: (1) the problem of suffering, and (2) the sovereignty of God. 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, May 11

Confirmation Sunday

There will be no 11:15 AM liturgy on May 11.


Evensong at the Abbey

5 PM     500 South Mason Road, Creve Coeur

The Choir of the Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing an Eastertide service of Choral Evensong this Sunday, May 11 at 5 PM at the St. Louis Abbey, located at 500 South Mason Road in Creve Coeur. The service will include evening canticles by Peter Beardsley, as well as music of Stuart Forster, Robert Lehman, Howard Helvey, and Stephen Paulus. A festive reception hosted by the monks of the monastery will follow, to which all are cordially invited. This service is an offering of worship as part of our ongoing ecumenical relationship with the monks of the Abbey. Please plan to be a part of this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the closing of the day and to celebrate our relationship with the St. Louis Abbey.


Tuesday, May 13

Steak & Stories

6 PM   Great Hall

As we head into summer, we will have a fellow parishioner, Christopher Peterson, tell us his story of "My Trip to Hell and Back and Meeting Some Presidents Along the Way." This is a story you do not want to miss! Join us from 6-8 PM in the Great Hall.


Please RSVP to reception@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 by Noon on Monday, May 12 if you plan to attend.


Upcoming Events


Sunday, May 18

Newcomers Brunch

following the 9:15 liturgy     Taylor Room

A Welcome Newcomers Brunch will be held on Sunday, May 18 immediately following the 9:15 AM liturgy. The Brunch will be held in the Taylor Room. All newcomers are invited to brunch and to visit with other newcomers and ministry leaders.


Please contact Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 if you are able to make it to the Brunch. Children are welcome!


May 18 and 25, June 1, 8, 15, and 22 

Online Photo Directory

after liturgies     outside in the Columbarium

Great news, this fall we hope to offer a new online directory with photos! On May 18 and 25, June 1, 8, 15, and 22 a photographer will be available to take photos of you and/or your family after the services.


The photographer will be outside in the Columbarium, weather permitting.


You may also supply your own photo, more information to do this will be forthcoming.


Questions please contact Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502. 


Choral Evensong 

sung by The Girls Choir of CSMSG

5 PM      Church


The Girls Choir of The Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing an Eastertide service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, May 18 at 5 PM. This liturgy will be the culmination of the girls singing season and will feature music of Rachel Aarons, Philip Moore, L. J. White, and George Frideric Handel. This service precedes the Sunday School Teachers Picnic and all are encouraged to come and worship with the girls of the choir!


Monday, June 9

Stupp Scholarship

It's time for interested graduating high school seniors from this parish to apply for a Jane Howell Stupp Living Memorial Scholarship for college for the 2014-2015 academic year. This fund was established by Mrs. Stupp's family to provide one-time only college scholarships to worthy recipients. This is a competitive scholarship and not all applicants will receive a scholarship. You need to make a written application for this grant by writing the Rector and including a transcript, a list of all financial support you are receiving, and two letters of reference, one of which must be written by a teacher. Your information must be received in the Rector's office by Monday, June 9, 2014.

Young Adults


If you are in your 20s or 30s, enjoy cocktail parties and outdoor activities, and want to meet some new friends and CSMSG parishioners, please join the Young Adult Group! Kindly send your contact information to Hillary Gredell at hillary.a.roth@gmail.com to be added to the Young Adult Group's invitation lists. We hope to see you at the next party!

 Youth Ministry


The Youth Ministry staff is thrilled to announce that Kyle Schenkewitz is our new Youth Minister! Kyle began work this past week and we are excited to have him on our Youth Ministry staff! Please take a few minutes to introduce yourself and your family to Kyle if you do not already know him. you can reach Kyle at kyle@csmsg.org or his cell phone is 314.960.2657.


Congratulations to all of our 2014 Confirmands! We are so happy to support you in this journey to claim your faith as your own! We look forward to your participation in our Bible Studies, our Sunday School classes and worship, and serving as SS Assistants, Ushers, or Acolytes! Contact Kyle at kyle@csmsg.org for more information.


There is NO 6th-12th grade SS this Sunday, May 11 due to Confirmation.



YM Sunday School FINALE! Come and party with us on this last day of Sunday School, Sunday May 18. All 6th-12th graders, teachers, parents, friends, and interested persons are invited to hear Daniel Smith, Asst. Professor of New Testament Studies, present his slideshow, "Israel-Palestine: Then and Now" in the Gym. The 6th and 7th grade classroom will be displaying the diorama of Caesarea that they have been fabricating all year as well. Refreshments from Jerusalem will be provided. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the famous sites in Israel and hear Daniel describe them, even if you cannot go to Israel yourself!


Wednesday Night Youth Group: End-of-the-Year Celebration will be this Wednesday night, May 14 at 6 PM in the Armstrong Room. All are welcome to join in the fun! This will be the final meeting until the fall.


Sunday School Teacher and Volunteer Appreciation Night is Sunday, May 18. All SS teachers, YM Leadership Team, small group leaders and adult volunteers should have received an invitation to this dinner. Please RSVP to receptionist@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 by May 15.


High School Mission Trip: Let's Give Back This Summer! There are still a few spots left for the HS Mission Trip to Buffalo, NY, where housing rehab work will be undertaken. This trip will be from July 3-13 and is for current 8th-12th graders. The cost is $800 and scholarships are available. E-mail youth@csmsg.org for more information.


The MS Mission Week is a week of local service opportunities and will be held June 9-13. Cost is $50. Friends are WELCOME! E-mail Marty Chapman at youth@csmsg.org to sign up.


THANK YOU to ALL who donated appetizers, baked goods, and "A Party in a Basket" for our Cinco de Mayo appetizer and bake sale! All of the proceeds will go toward the HS Mission Scholarship Fund.


HS Girls' Bible Study will meet Tuesday morning as usual.


Please e-mail your school sports, play, or activity schedule to Timothy Chapman, YM Intern at timothy@csmsg.org. The Youth Ministry staff would LOVE to come watch you as you compete or perform!  


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!

YM wants to be your friend: Friend us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/csmsgyouth.


Follow the Youth Ministry on Twitter with the handle @csmsgyouth as well!

 Church School

   May Picnic moon walk

Summer Schedule Begins

Please Note: May 18 is the last Sunday before the summer schedule begins. All Preschool-5th Grade children should go to the Chapel for a final service with presentations being given to the 3rd Graders (Bibles) and "God and Me" badges for three Girl Scouts. The children will join their parents in Church for Communion. At the end of the service, all the Church School volunteers will be recognized for another great year!  


May 25 is the beginning of the summer schedule. The Annual Parish Picnic in the Street follows the 10 AM liturgy at 11 AM with a Petting Zoo and Pony Ride, Castle Bounce, and a Magician. Bob's BBQ, too! The food is free and the Castle Bounce and Petting Zoo are $5 per child for unlimited use. Rain or shine!


Guild Tidings Newsletter  


Seeking Writers for CSMSG's "Guild Tidings" Newsletters


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 featured 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.



Community of Hope

The Community of Hope (COH) is an organization of lay people who take extensive training in order to give spiritual care to people in hospitals, prisons, nursing homes, homeless shelters, and private homes. The program is in its 20th year and has centers in parishes around this country and others as well. The training classes include people from other congregations and denominations and include classroom instruction and on-site practice visits. The next class in the Diocese of Missouri will be here at CSMSG beginning September 2014 and ending in December with a day-long retreat followed by a commissioning service. 

For further information, please contact Nancy Ferriss at 314.974.3386 or Mary Ann Cook at 314.726.5860.


Nicaragua Needs

Donations for Nicaragua: Cleaning out the kids' toy box? Send your gently-used toys to Nicaragua in a mission volunteer's second suitcase. Items will be used by the children at the schools in Santa Rosa and Nejapa. Mission volunteers are leaving for Nicaragua in July. 


Needed items: Educational toys, Legos/Lincoln Logs/Building blocks, Play stations and 'Play house' items (kitchen, workshop, etc.), Large plastic animals, dinosaurs, etc., Large trucks/cars, Tent 'Play House' (Playhut, etc.), Puzzles (ages eight+), Baby dolls, Board Games/Card Games, 'Dress-up' items.

(Please - No stuffed animals) 


Help the St. Michael's summer mission trip to Nicaragua with the three T's: travel size toiletries, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.


Do you travel frequently? Don't forget to save those unopened hotel toiletries for the 2014 mission trip to Nicaragua. (Ask your well-traveled friends and your co-workers, too!) Missioners take toiletry bags of soap, shampoo, and lotion to the patients at the women's and children's hospital in Managua. 400 toiletry bags are distributed by the missioners to the patients.


Toothbrushes and toothpaste go to the kids at the schools in Santa Rosa and Nejapa for healthy and bright smiles! (Does your dentist have extras?) All donations can be dropped off at the Nicaragua donation closet located across from the Church Library. Gracias!


Hunger Ministry

Hunger Ministry has a new location for Meal a Month donations 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 located together.


Contact Becky Zaccarello at zaclife@aol.com for further information or check with the Church Reception Desk. Your giving and sharing mean 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.

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  

E-newsletters by Mail?

Would you like the CSMSG weekly e-letters mailed to you? Just let us know! Call or contact Debbie at communications@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 #4036.


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 knittingThe 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.

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!