December 20-27, 2018
Living Christ in This World
SUNDAY SCHEDULE .
December 23 The Rev. Joseph Chambers
December 30 The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
January 1 The Rev. Anne H. Kelsey
January 6 The Rev. Peter J. Speropulos
CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 
EVE OF THE NATIVITY 
4:00 PM Nativity Pageant & Holy Eucharist
6:30 PM Choral Eucharist
10:30 PM Carol Service of Preparation & Praise
11:00 PM Festal Eucharist
Sermon: The Rev. Andrew J. Archie

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25
THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
10:00 AM Choral Eucharist
Sermon: The Rev. Peter J. Speropulos
Who will you invite?
Christmas is coming soon.
For just a moment, think of your co-workers, neighbors, extended family members, and people you run into on a regular basis. Is there anyone who comes to mind you could invite to come with you to one of our Christmas liturgies? Maybe there’s a co-worker who is new to the area and hasn’t yet found a church home. Perhaps you have a family member who is interested in faith but hasn’t made a decision to follow Christ yet. Even if no one comes to mind now, ask God if there’s someone He wants you to invite. Be prepared to take action and extend an invitation. We look forward to seeing you at 4 PM, 6:30 PM, or 10:30 PM on December 24, or at 10 AM on December 25. 
THIS SUNDAY
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23
Sunday's Guest Preacher: The Rev. Canon Joseph Chambers serves as Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. Among his responsibilities are Diocesan Convention Planning, Programs and Constitutions, and Canons. He was formerly the Canon for Mission and Young Adults, and served as Chaplain of the Rockwell House, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Washington University.
He is married to Canon Amy Chambers Cortright, Vicar at Christ Church Cathedral, and they have two beautiful children. Joe is an avid runner and mountain climber; he loves the outdoors and playing golf. His interests are wide-ranging, from music and playing guitar to graphic design and website development.

BAKE SALE: Thank you to everyone who baked, volunteered, or purchased from this year’s bake sale! It was a huge success.

NAMETAGS: Please wear your nametags. If you cannot find your nametag, please write your name on the clipboard in the Wydown Narthex. A nametag will be waiting for you on the clipboard next week.
Did you know that Advent is Latin for “a coming or arrival” and it is the season of preparation for the birth of Jesus? We display an Advent wreath, a circular garland of evergreen branches, as a symbol of eternity (with no beginning and no end) and unending love. 
Four candles are arranged on the wreath and one is lit on each Sunday during the season. Each of the Advent candles represents a spiritual readying for the celebration of Christmas and the coming of the light of Christ into the world. The blue candles signify the color of the night sky or the waters of the new creation. The first candle to be lit is the Prophecy Candle, or the Candle of Hope. The second to be lit is called the Bethlehem Candle, or the Candle of the Way, reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s long journey and their faith in God’s plan for salvation. On the third Sunday, we light a rose-colored candle for Gaudete (Latin for “rejoice”) Sunday or Joy Sunday, also called the Shephard’s Candle. The fourth candle is the Angel’s Candle or Candle of Peace, and it reminds us that Jesus comes to bring peace and light to the world and to our hearts.
THIS WEEK
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21
FRIDAY MORNING WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY will be studying the Gospel of John. We meet Friday mornings in the Library from 7:30-8:30 AM.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 
EVE OF THE NATIVITY  
4:00 PM Nativity Pageant & Holy Eucharist
6:30 PM Choral Eucharist
10:30 PM Carol Service of Preparation & Praise
11:00 PM Festal Eucharist

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25
THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
10:00 AM Choral Eucharist

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26
The Church Offices and Building will be closed.

UPCOMING EVENTS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28
FRIDAY MORNING WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY will not meet December 28. Please join us on Friday, January 4, 2019. We will be studying the Gospel of John. We meet Friday mornings in the Library from 7:30-8:30 AM.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2019
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019
NEWCOMERS BRUNCH: All Newcomers are invited to a Welcome Brunch on Sunday, January 6 following the 9:15 AM liturgy. Please join us in the Taylor Room for a casual brunch with other newcomers, ministry leaders, and staff.
RSVP to Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.

SOLEMN EVENSONG FOR THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY: The Choir of the Church of St. Michael & St. George will be joined by the Choir of St. Peter’s, Ladue next Sunday, January 6 at 5 PM, to sing a service of Solemn Evensong for the Feast of the Epiphany. The service will include the Collegium Regale Evening Service of Herbert Howells, along with music of Gabriel Jackson, Robert Lehman, and Leo Sowerby. Please plan to join us for this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the ending of the day as the liturgical Christmas season draws to a close. Incense will be used at this service.

MONDAY, JANUARY 7
MONDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY: These Three Abide: Faith, Hope, and Love. After a two-week hiatus for the holidays, we resume to conclude our biblical overview on January 7. On January 14, we begin a new study 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 on Mondays from 9-9:45 AM in the Armstrong Room.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019
SAVE THE DATE! SUPPER CLUB
What - Supper Club to support Syrian refugees who have relocated to St. Louis
Who - Sponsored by Welcome Neighbor STL
Where - The Church of St. Michael & St. George
When - Sunday, January 13 at 6 PM
Cost - $30 per person
The entire parish is invited to a traditional dinner prepared by Syrian families living in St. Louis. 
From cultural exchange to just plain fun, look forward to a great evening.
Limited seating, make plans now to attend! RSVP here

WOMEN'S RETREAT: Save THIS date: Weekend Retreat - Friday, March 1 - Saturday, March 2, 2019 (held at the Mercy Center). Our Women’s Retreat leaders, Gail Watkins and Nancy Enderle, invite you to a new understanding of the term "spacious." At the Retreat, you can begin to listen for God’s voice and actions in your everyday life. Come, be still, and pause. Please contact Laurie at Laurie@csmsg.org if you have any questions.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20
ANNUAL MEETING: Mark your calendars for the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 20. Chili, pie and soup are needed for the lunch following the meeting. Contact Laurie at Laurie@csmsg.org if you are in the cooking or baking mood!

Sunday, May 19, 2019
PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM: The Church of St. Michael & St. George is offering a pilgrimage to the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in North Norfolk, England. Led by Fr. Jeremy Davies, the former Canon of Salisbury Cathedral and a beloved friend of CSMSG. Jeremy has put together a s pecial week with acce ss to areas only Jeremy could talk his way into! Join us for this special journey of spiritual formation in community. See more information here or contact Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.
ORDINATION OF LAURIE ANZILOTTI DECEMBER 21
NEW ASSISTANT RECTOR
The Rector is pleased to announce that on Sunday, January 13, 2019, the Rev. Tom Albinson will join the clergy staff of The Church of St. Michael & St. George as Assistant Rector. Tom is a priest in the Church of England currently serving the combined parishes of St. Giles’ and St. Margaret’s in Oxford, England. He has been ordained for six years. Tom is married to St. Louis native Anna, and comes with a dog named Steve. We look forward to their arrival at the start of the new year.
FOLLOW UP ON OUR WWI VETERAN CPL. BATDORF: John Tyler recently found additional material on Cpl. Batdorf and has written a “supplemental paper” on the corporal. This information will be included in the Church archives in honor of Cpl. Batdorf. Batdorf Supplemental Information.pdf . Thank you John for all of your time and talent !
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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"IN THE LOOP!" 
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
Is there someone you haven't seen recently at Church? If you or someone you know is ill or hospitalized, please let us know how we can help. Please call us at 314.721.1502 or contact Debbie at communications@csmsg.org or Laurie at Laurie@csmsg.org .

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