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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
December 8-15, 2016
THE BANNER 
Breakfast with Saint Nicholas is this Sunday. Hear the real story of Saint Nicholas and enjoy a wonderful breakfast prepared by the Youth Group, and make a craft. The cost is $4/person or $15/family, payable at the breakfast. RSVP to Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org.
THIS WEEK'S PREACHER

December 11    The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
December 18    The Rev. Ezgi Saribay
December 25    The Rev. Blake A. Sawicky
2016 CHRISTMASTIDE
We invite you to spend the season of Christmas with us!
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
5:00 PM
 
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24
4:00 PM 
Nativity Pageant and Holy Eucharist
6:30 PM
Choral Eucharist
10:30 PM
Carol Service of Preparation and Praise
11:00 PM
Festal Eucharist
Incense will be used
Preacher of the Day: The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25
10:00 AM
Choral Eucharist
Preacher of the Day: The Rev. Blake A. Sawicky
 
SUNDAY, JANUARY 1
10:00 AM
Choral Eucharist
Preacher of the Day: The Rev. Ezgi Saribay
STEWARDSHIP 2016-2017   
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End of year charitable giving fact:
If you're 70½ or older, you can transfer as much as $100,000 from an IRA this year directly to qualified charities without having to include any of that in your income.

Pledge cards are in the pews or Narthex at Church or contact us to send one to you at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502. 
THIS SUNDAY
Rector's Forum: Please join the Rector as he leads a study of the "Old Testament Roots of the Gospel" from 10:30-11:00 AM in the Taylor Room. 

YM Spiritual Family Adult SS Class
10:30-11:10 AM Sundays, Wydown Meeting Room.

Adult Confirmation Classes:  The Rev. Blake Sawicky will lead Adult Confirmation Classes on Sunday mornings  December 11 and 18, 10:30-11 AM in the Sverdrup Room. 
 
Poinsettia Pick-Up: Your holiday poinsettias can be picked up after church in the Great Hall on Sunday, December 11. Thank you to all who supported this fundraiser for our mission to Nicaragua. A small team has traveled to Nicaragua to attend the very first high school graduation on December 3, at the school we support. It is a wonderful celebration of all the years of time, effort and money that this church has given to the school.
 
Breakfast with Saint Nicholas: Join us for Breakfast with Saint Nicholas Sunday morning at 11:15 AM in the Great Hall. Enjoy pancakes and sausage prepared by the Youth and hear the real story of Saint Nicholas. Cost: $4/person or $15/ family. Sign up by emailing Jane FIsher ( jfisher@csmsg.org).

Healing Eucharist: THIS SUNDAY The 5:30 PM Sunday evening service will include prayers for healing along with Anointing with holy oil. 
  
THIS WEEK
Friday, December 9
Friday Morning Women's Bible Study
7:30 AM    Library
Review the Collect and Scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday. We meet Friday mornings from 7:30-8:30 AM following Holy Eucharist at 7 AM in St. Mary's Chapel.

Men's Bible Study
7:30 AM    Sverdrup Room
During Advent, join the men at 7 AM for Holy Eucharist in St. Mary's Chapel, followed by Bible Study.

Monday, December 12
Monday Morning Women's Bible Study
9 AM    Armstrong Room
"Sing the Savior: An Advent Study of the Gospel Canticles" - Timothy Chapman will lead a four-week study of these songs from Luke's Gospel. Just as they were spoken at the time of Jesus's first coming, so the church continues to sing them until His return. What can we learn from the Canticles today?

Tuesday, December 13
Church Service League 
10:30 AM: Bible Study with Mother Ezgi in the Sverdrup Room followed by Holy Eucharist
Noon: Lunch in the Great Hall (Lunch reservations due by Sunday evening to Marjorie Sundfors at 314.726.1895 or sundfors@att.net )
 
Steak & Stories
6 PM     Great Hall
Henry Biggs, our speaker, will explore the history of the Front National and the factors in France that have led to the upsurge in popularity of the Front National under Marine Le Pen's leadership.
Biggs has multiple degrees from Harvard, UCLA, the Sorbonne, and Paris-Dauphine. He currently teaches at Washington University and in France, in addition to currently serving as President and General Counsel for two start-up Educational Technology companies. Most relevantly, he was recently named French Honorary Consul for St. Louis. RSVP by Noon on Monday, December 12 to  reception@csmsg.org .
 
Wednesday, December 14
Wonderful Wednesdays: 
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist; 6:15 PM Dinner; 6:45 PM Classes;        
8 PM Compline
Wonderful Wednesdays continue in Advent through December 21. New classes begin and current classes continue: "12-Step Christianity" with Mtr. Ezgi will meet in the Wydown Meeting Room, and "Advent with the Poets," with Fr. Blake, will be in the Sverdrup Room. 

Growing Through Grief: Will not meet until the first week of January. Call Molly Schilling for more information at 203.820.5887.  

The Community of Hope
Thursdays, January 5 - March 30, 2017
5:30 PM    Sverdrup Rm.   
COH announces a new training program to be held at the Church. COH is a Christian community of lay pastoral caregivers united in prayer, shaped by Benedictine spirituality, and trained for pastoral ministry. These caregivers are taught a ministry of presence in order to bring the presence of Christ to the suffering. COH members give spiritual care to people in hospitals, prisons, nursing homes, homeless shelters, and private residences. Please consider joining this very personal and important ministry. For more information, contact Nancy Ferriss at 314.974.3386 or Mary Ann Cook at 314.726.5860.
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CHURCH SCHOOL
Church School Preschool-Kindergarten  children should go to their undercroft classrooms, and  1st-5th Grades  will meet in the Chapel. All classes end at 10:55 AM.

Breakfast with Saint Nicholas is Sunday, December 11 at 11:15 AM in the Great Hall. 

YOUTH MINISTRY
HS Volunteers wanted! Help prepare for our annual Saint Nicholas Breakfast on Sunday, December 11. Sign-up for a shift between 9:30 AM and Noon.   Sign up here.  Contact Timothy for more info. 

Christmas Bake Sale: Baked Christmas goodies and volunteers needed on Sunday, December 18, from 8:30-11:30 AM. Sign up here.  The YM Staff and Leadership Team THANK YOU!!

YM Christmas Taco Bar and Ice Skating Party
Join Timothy for tacos and ice skating on Sunday, December 18! Plan to attend the 5 PM Lessons & Carols with the YM Staff and meet in the Armstrong Room for a taco bar at 6 PM. At 7 PM, we will head to Steinberg Ice Skating Rink to race Timothy from 7:15-9 PM. Bring $5 for tacos, $13 for ice skating and rentals, and extra for hot chocolate or snacks. Sign up here!

Confirmation Update: 8th Grade Confirmation Class will meet until Noon on December 11. On December 18, Confirmands should arrive in class at 10:30 AM and be picked up at 2:30 PM. They will attend SS and Church with their class, have lunch, and then hold the tech/dress rehearsals for the Pageant.

Winter Retreat at Trout Lodge: Sneak away for one night at beautiful Trout Lodge for a getaway with the Youth Ministry, February 11 and 12. Cost is $150. Friends WELCOME for $60! Chaperones attend free. Sign up here! 

The Spiritual Family Class 
Sundays   10:30 AM    Wydown Meeting Room
In a culture too busy for spirituality, how do we learn to practice in our lives and instill in our children the value and delight of the Christian faith? All adults are welcome to join us for this discussion-based class to expand upon Dr. Lisa Miller's work in The Spiritual Child and apply these principles in our families today. This week:  Preparing for Christ: Spiritual Family Advent.

HS Bible Studies more

Can I Ask That? more

Tuesdays with Timothy  
3:30-4:30 PM      Starbucks at Wydown and Hanley  
 
Youth Ministry on  
 
Y OUNG ADULTS
Join Washington University's Home Plate!
Become a Home Plate host and welcome three or four Washington University students into your home for a few meals a year to help them feel more at home here in St. Louis. 
more info

OUTREACH MINISTRIES
Hunger Ministry  more info
   
Shelter Ministry Volunteers Needed  more info

United Thank Offering  

Bishop Salmon CD Set Orders
Consider The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon for Christmas: sets can be ordered by e-mailing Nick Clifford at nickclifsr@yahoo.com.
Hospital Stay: Please let us know if you or a loved one is in the hospital. We want to be sure you are on the prayer list and if you would like to have a priest visit you. Please contact Debbie Fenner at communications@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.
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