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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 7 - 14, 2015
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Help battle hunger in our St. Louis community! Join the Hunger Ministry next Saturday, May 16 and make sandwiches for the Bridge and FOCUS St. Louis clients.
A Happy End to Our Search!
A Message from the Rector

I am very pleased to announce that the Rev. Blake Sawicky and the Rev. Ezgi Saribay will join the clergy team of The Church of St. Michael & St. George in June.

I look forward to introducing Blake to the parish after his start date of June 1, and Ezgi to the parish on her start date of June 14.

-Andrew Archie

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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)

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, September 2.


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!

Congratulations High School Seniors


2015 High School Graduates


Robert Fairchild Brandenburg IV

Patrick Wells Butler

Sandra Lane Chesterton

Carolyn St. John Danforth

Grace Elizabeth Deal

Thomas McBride Ellston

Nina Rumsey Ewing

Meryl Elizabeth Fiore

Michael Andrew Fiore

Maud Blanche Carlotta Hasler

Lilian Randolph Heil

Jody Calhoun Jones

Emily Ying Jonen Koykka

Sydney Alexandria Noble

Audrey Taylor Palmer

Hannah Elise Rashet

Elisabeth Ochsner Storts

Anna Caroline Thompson

Ian Nelson Thomsen


Prayer for Graduates


O Eternal God, the foundation of all wisdom and the source of all courage: We give you thanks for these graduates, for their accomplishments, and for their presence among us. Guard and guide them wherever they may go from here. Continue to inspire their witness to your Son Jesus Christ, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Second Chance Book Offer for You
John Tyler John Tyler's book, The Eucharist: A History for Life-long and New Episcopalians, sold out. A number of parishioners who missed the opportunity to buy the book have asked if there is a way to buy one now. Others who have read the book want copies to give to family and friends. The book printer requires a minimum order in order to do a re-printing so John will have more copies printed if an adequate number of book orders are made. Please click on this link to see what fellow parishioners are saying about the book and to learn how you can take advantage of this opportunity.
Stewardship Campaign 2014-15  




Every Sunday, at each liturgy, we take up a collection in the offering plates. The Psalmist tells us to do this in a spirit of sacrifice and thanksgiving. Sacrifice means that the gift we offer makes a difference in our lives.


Thank you for the sacrifices you are making every week in thanksgiving for the ways in which God has blessed you.


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!

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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 Bible Study of Hebrews

9-9:45 AM   Armstrong Room

Monday Morning Women's Bible Study WILL continue! May 11, we will begin a "110 Day Overview of the Bible" with selected readings. We meet from 9-9:45 AM in the Armstrong Room. All women are welcome, whether you come one time or for the entire study! We will begin with selected chapters in Genesis. This will be a wonderful way to sample readings from each book of the Bible by the end of the summer and meet new friends! We hope to offer childcare for ages three and up beginning June 1, details TBA. E-mail Marty Chapman at youth@csmsg.org for schedule of readings.


NOTE: We will NOT meet on Monday, May 25 due to Memorial Day. 



Church Service League/Susan Mount Guild

11 AM: There will be NO Bible Study on May 12.

Noon: Lunch ($7) and Christian fellowship in the Great Hall.

Reservations requested by Sunday, May 10, before 4 PM (Contact Alison Wiedle arwiedle@sbcglobal.net or 314.307.8300). 

12:30 (approximate): Program: Cheryl Ward will present a program called Premier Designs.

This Week

Sunday, May 10

Guest Preacher

Sunday, May 10, we welcome The Rev. Anne Kelsey as our guest preacher. She has served parishes in the Diocese of Missouri and California and recently retired from Trinity, CWE, and has special interest in liturgy, pastoral care, and social justice. She has served on Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, and the Companion Diocese Committee, and has twice been to Lui, South Sudan, where she directed art workshops for children in several villages. She is a graduate of Mills College, the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and has a Certificate of Theology from Ripon College, Cuddeston, Oxford. She is married to the Rev. Brooke Myers, her companion in life and kayak adventures. She studies photography and is currently working on a book about nature and spirituality.


Happy Mother's Day! 

Mimosas for Moms on Sunday, May 10 in the Great Hall following the 8 AM and 9:15 AM liturgies!


High School Recognition

9:15 AM     Church

We will recognize our CSMSG High School Seniors during the 9:15 AM liturgy on May 10. A reception in the Great Hall will follow the service.


Choral Evensong

5 PM   St. Louis Abbey

The Choir will sing an Eastertide service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, May 10 at 5 PM at the St. Louis Abbey, located at 500 South Mason Road in Creve Coeur. The service will include evening canticles by Percy Whitlock, as well as music of Robert Lehman and Howard Helvey.


Tuesday, May 12

Steak & Stories

6 PM     Great Hall

Tim Beecher will be our guest speaker. On April 29, 1975, President Gerald Ford ordered the Ambassador to the Republic of South Vietnam, Graham Martin, to evacuate all Americans from Saigon. Nearly 70 ships from the U.S. Pacific Fleet were stationed in the South China Sea, about ten miles off the coast, waiting to receive evacuees. Then-Lieutenant (junior grade) Tim Beecher was on the evacuation command ship, USS Blue Ridge. Tim will recount his observations as a Navy public affairs officer responsible for the Saigon Press Corps that filmed and wrote on one of the most dramatic weeks in U.S. history.


The cost is $20 per participant. Please RSVP to reception@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 by NOON on Monday, May 11.


Saturday, May 16 

Hunger Ministry Sandwich-Making

10 AM    Taylor Room

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.


Friday, May 22

The Centering Prayer Group

9:30 PM     St. George's Chapel

The Centering Prayer Group is open to anyone interested in practicing and learning more about Centering Prayer, 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. We will meet approximately every three weeks. Contact Jeanne Allison at 314.497.9038 or allison49@charter.net for more information. 


Sunday, May 31

Wright Group

after 10 AM liturgy      Wydown Room

Are You in the Wright Group? Join Mark Klamer and Kyle Schenkewitz after the 10 AM service in the Wydown Meeting Room (the old bookstore) to discuss N.T. Wright's newest book, Simply Good News. Read along with us and discuss why the gospel is good news and why it matters. The schedule can be found posted throughout the Church. The first session will be May 31. Come as your schedule permits. There will be ten copies for sale at the Church Picnic for $18, or you may purchase a copy on your own.


Monday, June 1

Life Line Screening

9 AM    Great Hall

The Power of Prevention: According to the National Stroke Association, 80% of strokes can be prevented. On Monday, June 1, Life Line Screening will visit The Church of St. Michael & St. George to provide Stroke Screenings. Life Line Screening uses painless ultrasound (sonogram) techniques to see fatty plaque build-up in your arteries - the leading cause of strokes. Take this opportunity to help avoid a preventable stroke!


Pre-registration for you and your loved ones is required. 


Call 1.888.653.6450 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners to register for your appointment and to receive a special $10 discount. Priority code: HSC4166


Church School 

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.


Sunday, May 17, is the final Sunday for Church School (before the summer schedule begins!). All children, Preschool-5th Grade, should go to St George's Chapel at 9:15 AM. They will join their parents in Church for Communion and, after the service, the volunteer teachers will be recognized for their contribution to the children's program.


Sunday, May 24 is the beginning of the summer schedule. The service is at 10 AM. Preschool-3rd Grade children go to the classroom downstairs for the gospel story and activity, and join their parents in Church for Communion.


pets at the picnic

Parish Picnic in the Street is on May 24! Featuring pony rides, a petting zoo, a magician, and a barbecue. The cost is $5 for the children's pony ride. The lunch is free, but we will collect canned food to support the Hunger Ministry.


Youth Ministry 


High School Senior Recognition: Congratulations to our CSMSG High School seniors!! Please join them at the reception in the Great Hall that will follow the 9:15 AM liturgy on Sunday, May 10. 


Last Call for 2015 HS Mission Trip: The HS Mission trip will be going to Green Bay, WI July 11-18 to perform housing repairs for their underserved population. All current 8th-12th Graders are invited! The deadline to sign up is May 13. Please e-mail Kyle at Kyle@csmsg.org for more information.


MS Mission Week: Due to popular demand and a record number of sign-ups this year, our MS Mission Week registration is now closed. The link to sign up for the waiting list is: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=mvv4kndab&oeidk=a07eax7jwr14604f15c. This link is found on our website and in our Tuesday Youth Ministry Update.


YM Sunday School: Happening Sunday, May 10: 5th-7th Graders meet in the gym; 8th-11th Graders meet in the Armstrong Room.


May 17 is the final day of SS classes.


YM Appreciation Recognition and Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 17. All Youth Ministry Sunday School teachers, Youth Ministry Leadership Team members, and regular Youth Ministry Adult Small Group Leaders should have received an invitation. Please plan to be at the 9:15 AM liturgy on Sunday, May 17, and also RSVP by May 11 for the Appreciation Dinner given in your honor at the Rectory by e-mailing reception@csmsg.org.


Are you receiving our weekly Tuesday Youth Ministry Update? If not, e-mail Kyle@csmsg.org to be added to our mailing list to hear the latest and greatest that is happening in the Youth Ministry, AND to get up-to-date links to all current online registrations for our events!


Follow the Youth Ministry on Twitter with our handle @csmsgyouth!



Sunday, May 10

Choral Evensong

5 PM      St. Louis Abbey

The Choir will sing an Eastertide service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, May 10 at 5 PM at the St. Louis Abbey, located at 500 South Mason Road in Creve Coeur. The service will include evening canticles by Percy Whitlock, as well as music of Robert Lehman and Howard Helvey. 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.


Serving This Week  

For this week's rota, please visit:  

Serving Sunday Information


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! 


Please Join the CSMSG Young Adults 

for A Night at the Muny

When - Wednesday, June 17 at 8 PM

Where - The Muny in Forest Park

Details - If we can round up a group of 15, we get 25% off and backstage passes!

Tickets will be purchases en masse in mid-May. Each person is responsible for the price of his/her ticket. We are hoping to sit in Terrace B.(estimated ticket price: $25 - $30)

RSVP to Hillary.a.Roth@gmail.com


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 

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 2015-2016 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 recommendation, one of which must be written by a teacher. Your information must be received in the Rector's office by Monday, June 8, 2015.

Nicaraguan Mission          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. Participants report life-changing spiritual experiences.  

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 on the Mission Trip last year. 

Nicaragua Mission Support: The Three T's

Help the CSMSG summer mission trip to Nicaragua with the three T's: Travel-size toiletries, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.

Do you travel? Do your friends and co-workers travel as well? Ask them if they'd be willing to help gather toiletries, too.  

Don't forget to save (unopened) hotel toiletries for the 2015 mission trip to Nicaragua. 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 given by the missioners to the patients.


Toothbrushes and toothpaste go to the kids at the school in 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.   


Cleaning out the kids' toy box? 

Send gently used toys to Nicaragua in a mission volunteer's second suitcase. Educational toys are needed and will be used by the children at the school in Nejapa. Place items in the Nicaragua donation closet located across from the Church Library. Mission volunteers are leaving for Nicaragua in July.  

Suitcase space is limited, so please check the list below for needed items.


Needed items: (Please - NO stuffed animals) educational toys and DVD's, Legos/Lincoln Logs/building blocks, tent 'Play House' (Playhut, etc), 'play house' dishes, large trucks/cars, baby dolls, puzzles (ages 6+), games/board games/jacks, etc.



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 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.


Lost and Found

Lost and Found is located 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. Please call Ralph Lewis at 314.239.6023 for more information. 


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. 


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!

                     Our Vestry  
             John Rowe  Senior Warden

                   Brian Connor  Junior Warden

                   Mike Zaccarello  Treasurer

                   Joseph Goldkamp  Clerk


          David Breckenridge           David Ott      

          Patrick Deaton                 Betsy Panke

          Charlotte Foley                Deanna Simanowitz

          Lucas Gredell                  Liz Stanton

          Michael Hanrahan            Julie Stephenson

          Harrison Heil                   Pam Thomsen

          Jan Jacobi


Spiritual Companionship

Spiritual Companionship 

For 25 years, we have offered Spiritual Companionship (Spiritual Direction), a ministry of prayer and presence. Nicki Gillis, a trained lay Spiritual Director, is available to meet with individuals 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? Call or contact Debbie at communications@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502, ext. 4036.


Weekly E-Letter/Notice Information

Please send any new information that you would like to be included in the weekly leaflet notices or e-letters to Debbie Fenner at communications@csmsg.org. The deadline for the submissions is on Tuesdays 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 please do not block any portion 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!