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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 19-26, 2015
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Many thanks to all who volunteered for the Pancake Supper, baked egg casseroles, attended, ate pancakes, and played Mardi Gras games on Shrove Tuesday! 

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)
   5:00 PM    Evensong (Church)
                      (1st & 3rd Sunday of the month) 
   5:30 PM    Evening Prayer with Holy Communion
                  (St. George's Chapel)

Lenten/Easter 2015 Schedule

Sunday 5:30 PM Service Change


Until further notice, the Sunday 5:30 PM liturgy in St. George's Chapel will be Evening Prayer Rite II with the Administration of the Holy Communion. 


Weekday Liturgies Schedule Change
Until further notice, the only weekday liturgies of Holy Eucharist will be on WEDNESDAYS. There will be a Holy Eucharist at 12:15 PM and a Holy Eucharist with Unction at 5:30 PM. The weekday Morning and Evening Prayer schedules will remain the same.

Preaching Rota   

February 22  The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
   March   1  The Rev. Canon John W. Kilgore
   March   8  The Rev. Canon John W. Kilgore
   March  15  The Rev. Maggie Dawn

Pew Service

If you need Communion brought to you in your pew, please let an usher know before the liturgy begins. Thank you!

Stewardship Campaign 2014-15  




This Sunday is the first Sunday in Lent. Lent is a time for reminding us that Jesus calls us to the highest form of discipleship and the most challenging aspects of giving.

Lent calls us to be more generous and to take hold of life to its fullest.

If you have not yet made a pledge and wish to do so, you may pick up a pledge card in the pew, Narthex, on the website at www.csmsg.org, or by calling the Church at 314.721.1502.

Thank you for your pledge!

Give Now

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Weekly Events  



The Rector's Forum Archie_100x100

10:30 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.



Women's Bible Study

8:00 AM    Sverdrup Room

The Women's Bible Study meets on Tuesday mornings at 8 AM in the Sverdrup Room. The Rev. Kit McLean is leading this group, which is studying the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians. The format is flexible, and we conclude at 9 AM. Please join us for lively discussion, coffee, and fellowship. A great way to start your day!

Church Service League/Susan Mount Guild

Tuesday, February 24 marks the beginning of the annual Lenten Series which is open to all and is offered by the Church Service League/Susan Mount Guild - Episcopal Church Women. Please join us during any of the six sessions which will be highlighted in the weekly e-newsletter and Sunday bulletin.


11 AM: Bible Study February 24: Mike Bickel will lead the study of "How Does God Call Us into His Purposes?" by focusing on how God called Samuel. Join the last session of this series as we explore the Bible to learn how God calls us into His purposes. 


Noon: A delicious lunch ($7) prepared by Cheryl Ward served in the Great Hall. Please arrive a little early to socialize and check in. Reservations are appreciated; please notify Alison Wiedle by Sunday, February 22 at 4 PM (Email: arwiedle@sbcglobal.net or call 314.307.8300).


12:30 PM: (approximate): The Rev. Kit McLean speaking on "Lenten Lagniappe"


CSL Lenten Series


This Week


Sunday, February 22

Open House this Sunday

Come tour the clergy houses across the street.

Meet in the Wydown Narthex at 11 AM. See the houses as we prepare for the new clergy coming to CSMSG!


Sponsor a child or a library book in Nicaragua

This Sunday, February 22, in the Great Hall, you will have the opportunity to sponsor a child in the Carolina Sirker School in the Nejapa district of Managua and/or a book which will be sent to Nicaragua to help establish a library in the school. Please stop by to see Lulu and Carroll Stribling and Mary Pier in the Great Hall.


Mondays beginning February 23 through March 30

Monday Morning Women's Lenten Bible Study

9-9:45 AM    The Sverdrup Room
Why give up chocolate or wine for Lent when you can commit to reading the Bible with friends? What could be better? For further information, contact Tracee Holmes at rtholmes5@aol.com or Marty Chapman at youth@csmsg.org.

Saturday, February 21 

Lenten Quiet Day

8:30 AM-3 PM    The Church of St. Michael & St. George


Both men and women are welcome to attend the Quiet Day. A light lunch will be available.


Dr. Janet Ruffing, RSM, Professor of the Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership at Yale Divinity School, will lead our Quiet Day on February 21. She will lead us through a reflection on Lent as a journey from Transfiguration to Transformation that will include chanting, visual contemplation of Fra Angelico's painting of the Transfiguration, time for personal prayer, and some faith sharing. We will ultimately look more closely at the transformation that contemplating the Christ mysteries achieves. Dr. Ruffing's work with us promises to be a great way of opening ourselves further to the potential promises of not only Easter, but of the Lenten journey as well. As usual, we will conclude our time together with a simple Eucharist. 


Friday, February 27

New Centering Prayer Group 

Join us on Friday, February 27, for the first meeting of the new Centering Prayer Group. We'll meet from 9:30-10:30 AM in St. George's Chapel. This group is open to anyone interested in practicing and learning more about Centering Prayer. 


Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.


The group will meet approximately every three weeks. Contact Jeanne Allison at 314.497.9038 or jallison49@charter.net for more information.


Saturday, February 28

Please note change of date for:

Hunger Ministry Sandwich-Making

10 AM    Taylor Room

Sandwich-Making will take place on February 28. All parishioners are invited and encouraged to join the St. Michael's Hunger Ministry on the third Saturday of each month from 10-11 AM in the Taylor Room to make sandwiches for the Bridge and FOCUS St. Louis clients.


sandwich making in Taylor Room 


Upcoming Events


Sunday, March 1

Vespers of St. Benedict

5 PM    Church

On Sunday afternoon, March 1 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.  


Friday/Saturday, March 13 & 14

Women's Weekend Retreat 

The Rev. Maggi Dawn, the Dean of Chapel at Yale Divinity School and an Anglican priest, will lead this year's Women's Retreat, "Women of Song: Joy and Courage for the Journey" on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14. The Retreat will be held at the Mercy Center from 5 PM on Friday until 4 PM on Saturday.


Please join the women of CSMSG as Professor Dawn guides us through meditations and expressions of worship to recalibrate our lives and reconnect with joy. The Bible is full of stories of heroic acts and grand adventures, and these often end with great songs of praise to God. On this retreat we will take inspiration from Deborah, Hannah, and Mary for our own lives to find out how to give our love and praise to God - whether at work, at home, as parents or partners, or as people looking at future plans.


Download the Women's Retreat Brochure

Register online for the Women's Retreat

Lenten Women's Bible Study 

No previous experience necessary! Why give up chocolate or wine for Lent when you can commit to reading the Bible once a week with friends?

Join us for Lenten Women's Bible Study on Monday mornings during Lent from 9-9:45 AM to read and discuss Hebrews. We will meet for the six weeks of Lent, from February 23 to March 30, in the Armstrong Room (the Youth Room). You do not even have to own a Bible to come! We will provide coffee, refreshments, and Bibles! You are welcome to attend Bible Study sessions on any Monday that your schedule allows. What could be better?

For more information, contact Tracee Holmes at rtholmes5@aol.com or Marty Chapman at youth@csmsg.org.

Want to join a Casserole Club?

Interested in joining a casserole club? Click here to find out how much fun it can be! Contact Laurie at laurie@csmsg.org for more information.
Women's Retreat 


Friday/Saturday, March 13 & 14
Women's Weekend Retreat
5 PM Friday, March 13 to 4 PM Saturday, March 14
The Mercy Center in Frontenac

The Rev. Maggi Dawn, Dean of Chapel at Yale Divinity School and an Anglican priest, will lead this year's retreat, "Women of Song: Joy and Courage for the Journey". 


Please join the women of CSMSG as Professor Dawn guides us through meditations and expressions of worship to recalibrate our lives and reconnect with joy. The Bible is full of stories of heroic acts and grand adventures, and these often end with great songs of praise to God. On this retreat, we will take inspiration from Deborah, Hannah, and Mary for our own lives to find out how to give our love and praise to God, whether at work, at home, as parents or partners, or as people looking at future plans.


Download a brochure


Register online for the Women's Retreat

Serving This Week 


For this week's rota, please visit:  

Serving Sunday Information



Youth Ministry 


Pancake Supper Thank You's! Thank you to all who volunteered for the pancake supper, baked egg casseroles, attended, ate pancakes, and played Mardi Gras games on Shrove Tuesday!


Bible Studies for Lent! Why not commit to a small group for LENT? YM Moms are invited to a Monday Morning Women's Bible Study during Lent, beginning tomorrow in the Armstrong Room from 9-9:45 AM. The HS Guys' Bible Study now meets at Bread Co. at Clayton and Big Bend and is studying Parables. The HS Girls' Bible Study is reading Hebrews. Contact Marty at youth@csmsg.org for more information or to join!


Summer 2015 Mission Opportunities: NOW is the time to sign up and reserve your spot on one of the mission trips that the YM is sponsoring this summer. There are opportunities for 6th Graders-Young Adults!


Middle School Mission Week: June 8-12 

This is a week of local service opportunities that affords our rising 6th-9th Graders the chance to serve our Church and our wider St. Louis community. The cost is $50 and the schedule is generally 8:45 AM-3 PM Monday-Friday.


Register and pay online for MS Mission Week


High School Mission Week: July 10-19 

Our rising 9th Graders-2015 HS graduates will be supporting the underserved in Green Bay, WI by performing home rehab and repairs. The cost is $800. Partial or full scholarships are available as needed. Please contact Marty Chapman at youth@csmsg.org to inquire and sign up.


Register and pay online for HS Mission Week Trip 


College/Young Adult Mission Trip: July 25-August 1
The College/Young Adult Mission group will travel to New Orleans this summer. Please refer to the Young Adult section for more information regarding this trip.


Register and pay online for the New Orleans Mission Trip


Wednesday Night Dinner and Youth Group resumes this Wednesday, February 25.


WANTED! The YM staff is now planning for our 2015-16 year and is looking for adults who are interested in planning events, teaching small groups or classes, joining the YM Leadership Team, or serving as chaperones. Please contact Marty Chapman at youth@csmsg.org to find out more information. 


Follow the Youth Ministry on Twitter with our handle @


Church School


Church School Sunday Schedule
1st-5th Graders meet in the Chapel at 9:15 AM while Preschool-Kindergarten students meet in the classrooms. The Church School Program ends at 10:55 AM.  
Young Adults
Young Adult Group

If you are in your 20s or 30s, enjoy social 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 our invitation lists. 

We hope to see you at the next party!   


2015 College and Young Adult Summer Mission Trip: Reserve your spot now for our Young Adult Mission Trip to New Orleans from July 25-August 1. Contact Marty at youth@csmsg.org for more information.


Register and pay online 


Nicaragua Mission
Send love to Nicaragua! Sponsor a student and a library book in the Great Hall this Sunday, February 22. 

Hunger Ministry

To the left of the Taylor Room are two closets marked Hunger Ministry. This is where you will find pans, recipes, Meal-a-Month Yellow Bags, and shelves to place filled Meal-a-Month Bags. They 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., either 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 dishwashing 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 for answers to any questions you might have about this service opportunity and, which Sunday of the month you would like to serve if you feel this opportunity suits you.



John Rowe  Senior Warden

Brian Connor  Junior Warden

Joe Goldkamp  Clerk


David Breckenridge

Patrick Deaton

Charlotte Foley

Lucas Gredell

Michael Hanrahan

Harrison Heil

Jan Jacobi

David Ott

Betsy Panke

Deanna Simanowitz

Liza Stanton

Julie Stephenson

Pam Thomsen

Lost and Found

If you are missing a coat, keys, or glasses, please check the Lost and Found area in the Narthex at the back of the Sanctuary.


Can You Help? 


Donate Your Old Eye Glasses! Help Others See:

The Downtown Lion's Club is once again collecting used glasses. Drop your old prescription glasses in the box in the Church Library and help provide improved vision for someone living in a developing country. The glasses will be picked up, sorted, and shipped to people all over the world who cannot afford prescription eye glasses. If you have questions, please call Ralph Lewis at 314.239.6023 for more information about the program. Your old glasses can help make improved vision possible for someone in need! 


CSMSG Girls' Choir Book Drive: The CSMSG Girls' Choir is sponsoring a year-long Book Drive for the children of Gateway 180, a local homeless shelter CSMSG regularly supports. A collection basket has been set up in the Church Library to collect your gently-used children's books. Please contact Bess Lehman with any questions at csmsgbookdrive@gmail.com. Thank 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!

Spiritual Companionship

Spiritual Companionship 

For 25 years, The Church of St. Michael & St. George has offered Spiritual Companionship, a ministry of prayer and presence. Nicki Gillis, a trained lay Spiritual Director, is available to meet with individuals who are interested in exploring this personal approach to spiritual formation. Sometimes called "the ministry of holy listening," Spiritual Companionship offers the participant an opportunity to be accompanied and guided on his or her journey toward God through confidential one-on-one meetings with a Spiritual Director. Contact Nicki at 314.863.0407 or nickigillis@att.net.

Bulletin Board 

E-newsletters by Mail? 

Do you know someone who does not have computer access and would like to receive the weekly CSMSG e-letter? Let us know and we will mail the e-letter to them. Call or contact Debbie at communications@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502, ext. 4036.


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


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 in the Ellenwood Narthex.   


Call With Your Birth Announcements 

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 old on Thursday and Friday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM, and two to three years old 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 The Rev. Katherine S. McLean.

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!