April 4 - April 11, 2019
Living Christ in This World
The Choir of The Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing a service of Choral Evensong Sunday evening at 5 PM. The Choir will sing music of William Smith of Durham and Orlando Gibbons. Please plan to join us for this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the ending of the day. This will be the final service of Choral Evensong sung by the Choir this season.
SUNDAY PREACHERS
April 7 .......... The Rev. Thomas R. Albinson
April 14 ........ The Rt. Rev. Graham James
April 21 ........ The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
POSSIBLE TRAFFIC DELAY THIS SUNDAY
The GoStLouis! Marathon will be held this weekend.   Parishioners may want to allow more time to allow for street closings, especially earlier in the morning. download marathon route
Parking on Wydown Boulevard may be restricted until 2:00 PM.
THIS SUNDAY

RECTOR’S FORUM:   Please join the Rector as he leads a study of “Caesar and the Christians” from 10:30-11 AM in the Taylor Room. Everyone is welcome.

FAITHFUL GENERATIONS ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: All interested adults are invited to join the Faithful Generations class in the Wydown Meeting Room from 10:30-11 AM. This is a group of parents, grandparents, and interested adults finding community and supporting the faithful growth of our families. We are reading the book Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren. Feel free to come, even if you don’t have or haven’t read the book! We will discuss challenges and successes of parenting in faith.

NICARAGUA DINNER & AUCTION : Buy your tickets on Sunday to celebrate 20 years of ministry to Nicaragua at a fun Dinner & Auction on Sunday, April 28. This event benefits the school we have supported for many years, that needs our support more than ever, as political unrest last year has severely impacted the economy. Cost is $60 per person. Sign up in the Great Hall after church on Sunday or on the Church’s homepage. Donate a bottle of wine worth $25 or more for a Wine Pull at the dinner. Please bring your donated wine to coffee hour in the Great Hall or leave it with our receptionist. For more info, contact Jennifer McGrath at jenmcgrath123@gmail.com or 412.334.6398

CHORAL EVENSONG: The Choir of The Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing a service of Choral Evensong Sunday evening at 5 PM. The Choir will sing music of William Smith of Durham and Orlando Gibbons. Please plan to join us for this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the ending of the day. This will be the final service of Choral Evensong sung by the Choir this season.

NAMETAGS: Please wear your nametags. If you cannot find your nametag, please write your name on the clipboard in the Wydown Narthex. It will be waiting for you on the clipboard next week.
Did you know Jesus spoke seven times from the cross? These seven sayings are known as the “Words,” and form a part of a meditation we use during Lent, particularly on Good Friday. These sayings, recorded in Scripture, are summarized by the seven following words: Forgiveness (Luke 23:34), Salvation (Luke 23:43), Relationship (John 19:26-27), Abandonment (Matt 27:46; Mark 15:34), Distress (John 19:28), Triumph (John 19:30), and Reunion (Luke 23:46). Take some time to read these seven sayings of Christ on the cross as we make our journey toward Easter.
Americans age 70 1/2 years or older can donate IRA assets (including their Required Minimum Distributions (RMD), lowering their taxable income called Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD).
It involves making donations directly from a traditional individual retirement account (does not apply if you send personal checks) to one or more charities. You can get a tax break for donations, take the higher standard deduction and reduce your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI), which in turn may lower your Medicare Part B and D which are based on your AGI.
Please contact your tax advisor for complete information. Additionally, you might read the “Weekend Investor - Tax Report” in The Wall Street Journal on 12/8-9 2018, a helpful article that addresses this subject. Thank you very much for your financial generosity to The Church of St. Michael & St. George.
THIS WEEK
Monday, April 8
MONDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY: These Three Abide: Faith, Hope, and Love. We are exploring the three theological virtues: faith, hope, and love. We examine what the Bible says about these three, what makes them virtues, and how to live them out today. All ladies are invited to attend on Mondays from 9-9:45 AM in the Armstrong Room.

Tuesday, April 9
CHURCH SERVICE LEAGUE:  
10:30 AM: Bible Study
11:30 AM: Holy Eucharist
12 PM: Luncheon reservations to Sandra Vuitel ( sandravui tel@gmail. com or 314.300.8858) no later than 3 PM Sunday, April 7, please.
12:30 PM Tracy Russell: Early Syriac Christian Martyrs
Upcoming meetings: 
April 16: The Rt. Rev. Graham James, Holy Week guest speaker
April 30: Opera Theatre of St. Louis presents: Overview of the Season including "Marriage of Figaro " and " Rigoletto"

EASTER FLOWERS AND MUSIC DONATIONS: Please be sure to turn in your Easter flowers and music donations by Tuesday, April 9.

STEAK & STORIES: Great Hall from 6-8 PM; Speaker: Tracy Russell; Topic: Early Syriac Christian Martyrs
Tracy Russell is a PhD student in Historical Theology at Saint Louis University. Her research focuses on Christian martyrs from the Middle East and Persia during the period of “Early Christianity” (ca. 200-600 AD). Come hear some fantastic tales of bravery and faithfulness in the face of cruel opposition and torture. Cost: $20. Please RSVP by Noon on Monday, April 8 to reception@csmsg.org .

Wednesday, April 10
5-6 PM, dinner to follow
PALM CROSS MAKING: Palm Sunday observes the story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. One way people have given more meaning to the palm leaf is to form it into the shape of a cross. Instruction provided if you need it. Dinner will follow afterwards. RSVP to reception@csmsg.org if you plan stay for dinner.

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS: Join Fr. Peter Speropulos as he continues the study: “Knowing Jesus through the Creeds and Councils.” Evening Prayer at 5:30, Dinner at 6 PM, Class from 6:45-8 PM, and Compline 8 PM. Childcare with advance reservations by 12 PM on the Monday prior. Register for childcare by e-mailing reception@csmsg.org.

Thursday, April 11
BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW: The Brotherhood of St. Andrew will meet in the Sverdrup Room at 7 PM for its monthly meeting/discussion. This is a men's Bible-based group dedicated to Prayer, Study, and Service with a mission of bringing men to Jesus. If you are interested in learning more about this group, email Mike Bickel: BICKEL485@aol.com

CSMSG BOOK CLUB will meet to read Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee, the winner of the Nobel Prize. Disgrace , which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1993, is a relatively short but remarkably layered novel set in South Africa after the downfall of Apartheid. Carroll Stribling will lead the discussion. We will meet April 11 and 25 from 7-8:30 PM in the Sverdrup Room.

Friday, April 12
Throughout Lent (March 8-April 12) on Fridays, there will be a 7 AM Holy Eucharist in St. Mary’s Chapel followed by Bible Study. All are welcome!

FRIDAY MORNING WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY: We will be studying the Gospel of John. We meet Friday mornings in the Library from 7:30-8:30 AM.

MEN'S LENTEN BIBLE STUDY: (March 8-April 12) there will be a 7 AM Holy Eucharist in St. Mary’s Chapel followed by Men's Bible Study at 7:30 AM in the Sverdrup Room on Fridays. All are welcome. 
HOLY WEEK PREACHER
The Rt. Rev. Graham James was the youngest bishop in the Church of England when he was consecrated in February 1993. More recently, he was the longest-serving bishop in the Church of England, retiring after more than 26 years. He studied at the University of Lancaster before going to Oxford for his theological training. In 1987, Bishop Graham was appointed as Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Bishop Graham became a member of the House of Lords in 2004 and has been very involved in issues related to media and communications, including serving on the Communications Select Committee in Parliament. He has been the Church of England spokesman on media issues and a frequent broadcaster and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s “Thought for the Day”.
UPCOMING EVENTS
HOLY WEEK
Sunday, April 14
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
8:00 AM  Holy Eucharist
9:15 AM  Procession of the Palms,The Passion, and the Holy Eucharist (Choral Eucharist I)
11:15 AM  Blessing of the Palms,The Passion, and the Holy Eucharist (Choral Eucharist I)
5:00 PM  Passion Vespers: Meditations on the Passion of Christ
5:30 PM  Holy Eucharist II
Preacher: The Rt. Rev. Graham James

PASSION VESPERS: On Palm Sunday afternoon, April 14 at 5 PM, the Choir of The Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing a service of Passion Vespers. This service, akin to the Christmastide services of Lessons and Carols, is a service of exceptional beauty that pairs the spoken word with poignant seasonal music. The readings are selected from Scripture, the ancient Church Fathers, and modern-day poets and are interspersed with choral music to illuminate the texts. This is a meaningful way to begin the solemnities of Holy Week and all are cordially welcome and encouraged to attend.

April 15, 16, and 17
Holy Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
5:30 PM  Choral Evensong and Sermon
Preacher: The Rt. Rev. Graham James

Thursday, April 18
Maundy Thursday
5:30 PM  Holy Eucharist Family Liturgy and Dinner (St. George’s Chapel)
7:00 PM  The Mandatum, Holy Eucharist, and Stripping of the Altar * incense will be used
9:00 PM-Midnight  Vigil at the Altar of Repose
Preacher: The Rt. Rev. Graham James

Friday, April 19
Good Friday
Midnight-Noon  Vigil at the Altar of Repose
7:00 AM  Stations of the Cross
Noon  The Good Friday Family Liturgy (St. George’s Chapel)
Noon  The Good Friday Liturgy
Preacher: The Rt. Rev. Graham James

Saturday, April 20
Holy Saturday: The Eve of Easter
7:00 PM The Great Vigil of Easter
Preacher: The Rev. Thomas R. Albinson

Easter Vigil ‘Champagne and Chocolate’ Reception: Following the 7 PM Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 20, all are invited to the Great Hall for a Champagne and Chocolate Reception, a chocolate feast in celebration of our Risen Savior. Come congratulate the newly baptized and toast the Choir on a beautiful week of music. Chocolate donations are welcome. Contact Laurie for more information at Laurie@csmsg.org.

Sunday, April 21
The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day
7:30 AM  Holy Eucharist I
8:55 AM  Festal Music for Organ and Brass
9:15 AM  Festal Eucharist I
10:55 AM  Festal Music for Organ and Brass
11:15 AM  Festal Eucharist I
5:30 PM  Holy Eucharist II
Preacher: The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
CHURCH SCHOOL LENTEN RECIPIENT:
OPERATION BACKPACK
This year’s Church School Lenten recipient is Operation Backpack, a program that addresses childhood hunger and is run by Operation Food Search in St. Louis. On the last day of school before the weekend or holiday vacation, participating children discreetly receive a backpack loaded with nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods. Children return the empty backpacks to school to be refilled and the cycle continues. Our donation will be used to purchase kid-friendly, shelf-stable foods to get these students through the weekend when school meals are not available.
In addition to collecting money, we are asking families to donate boxes of low-sugar cereal. We will donate the boxes to the food pantry at Trinity Episcopal Church in the Central West End. The pantry particularly needs single-serving size cereals but will accept full-size boxes as well. Please bring your boxes to the Great Hall to help us build a “cereal tower” so THE STUDENTS may watch their collection grow throughout Lent.
Sunday, April 28
THE NICARAGUA DINNER & AUCTION: Buy your tickets today to celebrate 20 years of ministry to Nicaragua at a fun Dinner & Auction on Sunday, April 28. This event benefits the school we have supported for many years, that needs our support more than ever, as political unrest last year has severely impacted the economy. Cost is $60 per person. Sign up in the Great Hall after church today or on the Church’s homepage. Donate a bottle of wine worth $25 or more for a Wine Pull at the dinner. Please bring your donated wine to coffee hour in the Great Hall or leave it with our receptionist. For more info, contact Jennifer McGrath at jenmcgrath123@gmail.com or 412.334.6398.
Wednesday, May 1
TIMELY TOPICS SPONSORED BY THE ST. GEORGE SOCIETY: Wednesday May 1; 7 PM; Great Hall. All parishioners are invited to hear Dr. Benjamin Ola Akande, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Associate Director of Global Health Center at Washington University, speak on “How to Walk on Water: Overcoming the Challenges of Our Community Together.” Matthew 14:23-33
All are invited, bring a friend! For more information, contact Laurie at Laurie@csmsg.org

Tuesday, May 7
5-7 PM, the CSMSG kitchen
HUNGER MINISTRY CASSEROLE MAKING for Gateway 180 and FOCUS: After casseroles are made, those attending will be asked to take them home to bake, cool, freeze, and return. Bring a snack and/or wine to share if you wish. Please RSVP by May 5 to Alison Wiedle ( arwiedle@sbcglobal.net or 314.307. 8300) or Becky Zaccarello or ( zaclife@aol.com 314.494.0788)

June 3-7
MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION WEEK REGISTRATION OPEN: Each summer, the Youth Ministry at CSMSG offers a week-long, local mission opportunity for incoming sixth through ninth grade students. During the week, participants visit service project sites, providing help to various organizations in our community. Past service sites include Kingdom House, KidSmart, St. Louis Area Foodbank, and Good Shepherd Community Garden. Registration is open for CSMSG parishioners only until Monday, April 1. This event is limited to 40 participants and fills quickly every year.
Sunday, June 9, 2019
HIGH TEA PARTY , 4:00 PM
The home of Jim and Holly Brigham
$100/person
June will be busting out all over just in time for high tea! As the flora of St. Louis is coming to life, join us on Sunday, June 9 at 4 PM for tea in the garden of Jim and Holly Brigham. Their beautiful home on Lindell Blvd. will surely inspire the spirit of spring after a long winter! Come and help support the Choristers and Choir scholarship fund for the 2019 RSCM Newport, RI Training Course. Reservations are required and are $75/person. If you are curious about the RSCM Newport Course, please take a look at the RSCM website here. Please contact Nick Bideler to make your reservation to Nick@csmsg.org
SHELTER MINISTRY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS!
The Church of St. Michael & St. George (we welcome volunteers from all faiths!) has been providing a hot breakfast on Sunday morning to the families at the Shelter for over 25 years. Please consider devoting time to help! We welcome all volunteers - if you are willing, we can use you! Families can volunteer together, and youth - you can earn service hours.
Gateway 180 Shelter is located at: 1000 19th St, St. Louis, MO 63106
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Nick Clifford at 314.973.6322 OR ( NICKCLIFSR@YAHOO.COM )
JTM WOMEN'S MINISTRY FUND
Jan Torrisi-Mokwa was invaluable in enhancing the Women's Ministry at The Church of St. Michael & St. George, as well as founding the ECW Steering Council by lovingly guiding the group through a process that brought our value and mission statements to fruition. One of the ways that her memory will be honored is by establishing a fund to support the Women's Retreats that Jan so dearly loved. The money will be used to pay for retreat leaders, as well as provide scholarships for attendees. If you would like to contribute, please make your check payable to CSMSG and note "JTM Women's Ministry Fund" in the memo. Please contact Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org if you have any questions.
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A hearing loop for hearing aid and cochlear implant users has been installed in the main sanctuary. Loop listeners are available for those without a compatible hearing device. more  
PASTORAL CARE
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