May 23-30, 2019
Living Christ in This World
SUNDAY PREACHERS

May 26 ......... The Rev. Andrew. J. Archie
June 2 .......... The Rev. Thomas R. Albinson
June 9 .......... The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
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It’s common for churches to see what’s been thoughtfully (or painfully) coined “the summer giving slump,” when giving declines between the months of May and August. Many churches like CSMSG see a 20% or more decrease in giving during these months, due to members being on vacation, going to BBQs, traveling with family, etc. You can help CSMSG avoid the slump in two ways:
 * Pay your pledge in full now, instead of at the end of the year;
 * Send in ahead of time those pledge payments you will miss while you are away this summer.
You may give online at anytime from anywhere. Go to our website, click on Stewardship, click on Give Now.

In spite of the slump, God is at work at CSMSG this summer! We are gearing up for what is sure to be a spectacular fall. Thank you for your support. 
Father Andrew and Senior Warden Betsy Douglass have commissioned a strategic planning committee to look at how our Church can remain strong and get even stronger over the next five years. Things are going well, but we cannot stand still!
The committee is called FaithfullyForward and is comprised of the following vestry-nominated parishioners:
Patrick Akins
Nic Ayling
Laurie Brown
Anne Davidson
Kate Harris
Jim Holbrook
Tracee Holmes
Tom Horlacher
Gayle Jackson
John Koykka
Stephanie Nash
Sam Panke
Terese Portell
Nancy Reynolds
Patience Schock
Joe Sheehan
John Tyler
The committee is now working in four key focus areas:
1) looking at what other churches are doing, locally and nationally, for good ideas that could apply to us, 
2) talking to internal staff and lay leaders for their opinions and ideas, 
3) planning for focus groups and a parish-wide survey over the next several months, and 
4) looking at the best ways to communicate with everyone in the parish on an ongoing basis, to keep everyone informed, in touch, and excited about what’s going on here.  

We anticipate that the planning will take a year, with a full report presented to the Vestry and the congregation upon its conclusion.   

We want your input, ideas, and questions, so please see one of the committee members listed above or email us at CSMSGstratplan@gmail.com anytime. Thank you!
THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, May 26
SUMMER SCHEDULE BEGINS: 8 AM Holy Eucharist in the Church, 10 AM Choral Eucharist in the Church, 5:30 PM Holy Eucharist in St. George’s Chapel.

PARISH PICNIC: May 26 is the beginning of the summer schedule (10 AM service) and the Parish Picnic with face painting, Wayne the Balloon Guy, pony ride, bouncy castle, and more! $5 for children’s entertainment. Hot dogs, brats, and burgers. Rain or shine!

RECTOR’S FORUM will be in recess until the fall.

NAME TAGS: Please wear your name tags. If you cannot find your name tag, please write your name on the clipboard in the Wydown Narthex. It will be waiting for you on the clipboard next week.
THIS WEEK
Monday, May 27
The Church offices and building will be closed for Memorial Day.

MONDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY: Will resume next week.

Tuesday, May 28
SPIRIT & SPIRITS: Young Adults meet at Pat Connolly Tavern at 6:30 PM for Bible Study and fellowship.

Wednesday, May 29
WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: 6 PM Dinner; 6:45 PM class with Fr. Tom Albinson; 7:45 PM Compline.

Friday, May 31
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY will meet at 8 AM in the Library.
JANE FISHER TO RETIRE: After 25 years as the Director of Children’s Education at The Church of St. Michael & St. George, our beloved Jane Fisher has decided to retire this summer. We wish Jane the best as she pursues her new career as a full-time grandmother to her first grandchild, who is expected to arrive in July. We look forward to seeing her in the pews of CSMSG, hopefully still wearing her Tretorns.

WELCOME, MARY BETH TIPTON:   Longtime parishioner and educator Mary Beth Tipton will take over for Jane in July.
Mary Beth taught art at the Wilson School in Clayton for 24 years, designing and implementing an art curriculum for second through sixth grade students. She is a teaching artist at COCA in University City and served as a board member for the Carondelet Leadership Academy. At CSMSG, Mary Beth served as a Sunday School teacher for both Church School and Youth Ministry for 15 years. She also is a regular volunteer at Gateway 180 with CSMSG’s Shelter Ministry.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Sunday, June 9
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
Friday, June 21
EPISCOPAL CITY MISSION 14TH ANNUAL SUMMER CELEBRATION takes place Friday, June 21, 5:30-8:30 PM at Grace Episcopal Church in Kirkwood (514 E. Argonne), and we need your help to get the word out for this year’s event.

July 17, 24, 31 & August 7
SAVE-THE-DATE: MAKE DATE NIGHT COUNT THIS SUMMER: CREATED FOR CONNECTION, A MARRIAGE WORKSHOP: Join the Parent Link July 17, 24, 31 and Aug 7 as Nick Symon, MA, LPC, and EFT-trained counselor leads couples in learning how we might create deeper, loving connections with our spouses. This workshop will allow couples to work collaboratively with trained counselors to deepen the emotional bond of your marriage. Spaces are limited. Sign-up online on our Parent Link website, or e-mai l marty@csmsg.org .
WOMEN'S RETREATS  
SAVE THE DATES!
Saturday, October 5
One Day Retreat on Saturday, October 5 at The Church of St. Michael & St. George.
More information to follow.
Friday, March 6 - Saturday, March 7, 2020
Weekend Retreat beginning on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 5 PM, ending on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 3 PM. 
Led by The Rev. Suzanne Guthrie, an Episcopal priest.
More information about Suzanne can be found at http://edgeofenclosure.org/aboutsuzanne.html
Mark your calendars. You won’t want to miss these retreats!
Thy Kingdom Come: Ascension to Pentecost
Will you join with thousands of others worldwide and help light up the world in prayer?

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

From Ascension to Pentecost, we'll be praying for more people to come to faith in Jesus Christ. Find out how you can join in with Thy Kingdom Come: Thy Kingdom Come website
Did you know that Jesus, God the Son, is sometimes referred to as Agnus Dei or Lamb of God? This is most often the case in John’s Gospel and in the Revelation to him. John the Baptist proclaims, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,” upon seeing Jesus approach. In the Revelation, a vast multitude surrounds the throne of God and proclaims with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” In Christian art, Jesus is often represented as a lamb. If the lamb is lying down, it represents the suffering and self-sacrificial love of Christ; if the lamb is standing up, it suggests the triumphant, risen Lord.
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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