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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 12-19, 2015
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The Schola of The Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing a service of Choral Evensong, on Sunday, March 15 at 5 PM. The service will include the Second Evening Service of William Byrd along with music of John Holmes and Maurice Greene. Please plan to join us for this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the ending of the day. 
A reception will follow.

And don't miss the Savory Supper following the reception, featuring appetizing food for dine-in or carry-out.

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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. The weekday Morning and Evening Prayer schedules will remain the same. 


Due to a shortage of clergy staff at this time, the Healing Service on Wednesdays at 5:30 PM will be suspended until Wednesday, June 3.


Sunday Preaching Rota   

March  15  The Rev. Maggi Dawn
March  22  The Rev. Andrew John Archie
March  29  The Rev. Canon Jeremy Davies
   April   5  The Rev. Andrew John Archie

Communion at Your Pew

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  




"All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee."


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.

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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.



Monday Morning Women's Lenten Bible Study of Hebrews

9 AM   Armstrong Room

Bible Studies for Lent! Why not commit to a small group for LENT? All women are invited to a Monday Morning Women's Bible Study during Lent in the Armstrong Room from 9-9:45 AM. This week we will be reading Hebrews Chapters 6 & 7.  



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 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

Please join us on March 17 when Nicki Gillis, a trained lay spiritual director, guides us as we explore a personal approach to Spiritual Formation, the "ministry of holy listening."


11 AM Bible Study: Bible Study in the Sverdrup Room:  John Tyler: "Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet"-

   March 17: Returning to God

   March 24: Reluctantly Obeying God

   March 31: God's Unlimited Mercy


Noon Lunch ($7) in the Great Hall: Reservations by today at 4 PM (Contact Alison Wiedle at arwiedle@sbcglobal.net or 314.307.8300)


12:30 PM (approximate): Lenten Series Program

   March 17: "Spiritual Formation" by Nicki Gillis

   March 24: "Spiritual Formation in the Children's and Youth Ministries at CSMSG" by Jane Fisher and Kyle Schenkewitz

   March 31: "The Women at the Cross" by The Rev. Canon Jeremy Davies


CSL Lenten Series 



Honor a Loved One

Celebrate Easter with a Memorial! 

The deadline is approaching, March 20, to make your Easter Music or Flower memorials. Complete the cards found on the tables in the Wydown and Ellenwood Narthexes marked Easter Music (white) or Easter Flowers (yellow) and place the card with a check in the large envelope on the table.

This Week


Sunday, March 15 

Welcome Our Guest Preacher

Please welcome the Rev. Maggi Dawn as our guest preacher this Sunday, March  15. The Rev. Maggi Dawn is currently Associate Professor of Theology and Literature at Yale ISM, and Dean of Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School. She is also a songwriter and singer, and is renowned for her work in renewing worship and liturgy for congregations and small groups. She is an ordained priest in the Church of England, and has many years of experience in pastoral and inspirational ministry.


Sunday, March 15


5 PM    Church

The Schola of The Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing a service of Choral Evensong, on Sunday, March 15 at 5 PM. The service will include the Second Evening Service of William Byrd along with music of John Holmes and Maurice Greene. Please plan to join us for this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the ending of the day.


A reception will follow.


And don't miss the Savory Supper following the reception, featuring appetizing food for dine-in or carry-out.


A Toast Goodbye to Kit and Bill

after Evensong     Great Hall

Join us Sunday, March 15 after Evensong for a reception to say goodbye to Kit and Bill McLean.


Evensong begins at 5 PM, then come to the Great Hall to wish Kit and Bill well in New Orleans and to thank them for their time here at CSMSG.


Upcoming Events


Saturday, March 21

Hunger Ministry Sandwich-Making

10 AM    Taylor Room Sandwich making

Hunger Ministry Sandwich-Making will take place Saturday, March 21. 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.


Wednesday, March 25

Palm Cross Making Event and Dinner! 

5 PM   Great Hall

Wednesday, March 25 from 5-6 PM followed by dinner. Join other parishioners in the Great Hall to make the palm crosses for Palm Sunday! Dinner is optional: $5 if under 10 years old, $8 for ages 10 and up, $30 maximum per family. RSVP for dinner to the Receptionist at reception@csmsg.org.


Friday, March 27

New Centering Prayer Group

9:30 AM     St. George's Chapel

Join us on Friday, March 27, for 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.


Thursday, April 9, 16

Short Stories of Henry James

7:30 PM   Sverdrup Room

Please note the change of dates for the Short Stories of Henry James: Join us as we discuss four of the most celebrated Short Stories of Henry James, led by Jan Jacobi and Daniel Williamson in the Sverdrup Room on April 9 and 16 at 7:30 PM. The first session will cover "The Beast in the Jungle" in Henry James: Selected Tales published by Penguin, ISBN: 978-0-14-043694-5. For more information, contact D. C. Williamson at 314.863.5465.


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.

Church School

     Church School is back in session!

Church School Sunday Schedule

On Sunday, March 15 and March 22, all of the children, Preschool-5th Grade will gather together in the Chapel for one service at 9:15 AM, followed by classroom time.  


There is no Church School or Children's Chapel services on Palm Sunday or Easter. And, Donatello will be here for the 9:15 AM Palm Sunday service!

Nicaraguan Mission Update  Nicaraguan girl
For the last 15 years, The Church of St. Michael & St. George has supported the mission work of Nour Sirker and his Nicaraguan foundation in creating and operating schools and medical clinics in Managua, Nicaragua by raising funds to support the schools and by traveling each year to Managua to provide hands-on help and encouragement. This year is no exception. Our group will be in Managua for two weeks starting July 19, 2015. Missioners can come for either week or both. Over the years, more than 100 parishioners have gone on these trips, some for many consecutive years. They report a life-changing spiritual experience helping destitute children there. Why not join us this year? If you are interested, call Carroll Stribling at 314-956-5973 to find out more. Read more.... for impressions from two first-time travelers who accompanied us last year. 
Serving This Week 


For this week's rota, please visit:  

Serving Sunday Information


Acolytes at Easter Liturgy  

Youth Ministry 

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Bible Studies for Lent! Why not commit to a small group for LENT? All women are invited to a Monday Morning Women's Bible Study during Lent in the Armstrong Room from 9-9:45 AM. This week we will be reading Hebrews Chapters 6 & 7.   


Come and Make Palm Crosses: Wednesday, March 25 from 5-6 PM followed by dinner. Join other parishioners in the Great Hall to make the palm crosses for Palm Sunday! Dinner optional; RSVP for dinner to the Receptionist.


Spring Service Day: The YM will be working a shift at the St. Louis Foodbank on Saturday, April 11 for our Spring Service Day! We will meet at 9:15 AM and return by 1:30 PM after completing our shift from 10 AM-1 PM. Sign up on Facebook or contact Marty Chapman.



Bible Studies for Lent! Why not commit to a small group for LENT? All women are invited to a Monday Morning Women's Bible Study during Lent, in the Armstrong Room from 9-9:45 AM.This week we will be reading Hebrews Chapters 6 & 7.  The HS Guys' and Girls' Bible Studies are on spring break and will resume on Tuesday, March 31.

Contact Marty at youth@csmsg.org for more information or to join! 


Youth Ministry Visioning Sessions: Help the Youth Ministry chart their course for the next FIVE years! All are invited to sign up now to participate. Sessions are Monday and Tuesday, April 27 & 28. Participants are requested to please come for both evenings from 7-9 PM. This is an extremely important process and we hope you will attend. You can register here. 

Download YM Visioning Sessions Flyer


If you are interested in attending the HS Mission Trip to Green Bay, WI we ask you to sign up NOW. We are working to finalize our list of participants now. The dates are July 10-19 and the cost is $800. Partial and full scholarships are available by application. Contact Marty Chapman at youth@csmsg.org to sign up, for more information, or for the scholarship application.


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

Download Mission Week flyer


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 of this newsletter for more information regarding this trip.


Register and pay online for the New Orleans Mission Trip


Follow the Youth Ministry on Twitter with our handle @


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 

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.


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.


Our Vestry   

John Rowe  Senior Warden

Brian Connor  Junior Warden

Joseph 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 (Spiritual Direction), 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!
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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 Church at 314.721.1502.

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!