December 12- 19, 2019
Living Christ in This World
FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS: The traditional and much-beloved Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, as we know it today, was adapted by The Very Reverend Eric Milner-White for use at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge on Christmas Eve 1918. In his words, ‘The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God ...’ seen ‘through the windows and words of the Bible’. The Christmas story unfolds interspersed by seasonal carols as the story of the birth of the Christ Child is recounted through word and music. The center of the service is still found by those who ‘go in heart and mind’ and who consent to follow where the story leads. Please plan to join us for this very special liturgy. A reception will follow the service.
UPCOMING PREACHERS
December 15 .... The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
December 22 .... The Rev. Dr. Stewart Clem
December 24 .... The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
December 25 .... The Rev. Ann H. Kelsey
December 29 .... The Rev. Thomas R. Albinson
THANK YOU to Vestry members Betsy Douglass, Ian Hagemann, Joe Freund, and Jan Jacobi, and volunteers Bob and Chris Barrett for spending a few hours on the evening of December 2 making phone calls to drum up financial support for 2020. Between 130-140 phone calls were made and over $30,000 was committed for the 2020 Stewardship Campaign. A special thank you to Bob Barrett, who on his last phone call of the evening secured $10,000. Way to go Bob! THANKS to everyone who has committed to the 2020 Stewardship Campaign. Stewardship is not only about treasure, but talent and time…so thanks again Betsy, Ian, Joe, Jan, Bob, and Chris!
2019 ADVENT AND CHRISTMASTIDE
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 15
 5:00 PM followed by a reception

Eve of the Nativity
Tuesday, 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)
Nursery provided for the 4:00 PM and 6:30 PM liturgies only

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 25
10:00 AM Choral Eucharist
(Nursery provided)

The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ
 Wednesday, January 1, 2020
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
(Nursery provided)
From the parish survey: "Did you know that 75% of parishioners think the Church is underfunded? We are learning a lot about our parish from the survey, thank you for participating. The results are posted in the main hall.
New Youth Minister:
Kyle Tallman
We are thrilled to announce that Kyle Tallman will be joining The Church of St. Michael & St. George to serve as Youth Minister. Kyle will be making his CSMSG debut at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols this Sunday evening at 5:00 PM. Kyle had previously worked with Younglife , a high school outreach ministry, for six years, and has most recently been employed in the business world. This past year, Kyle felt a call back into youth ministry, and he is excited to see what God has in store for his family and his ministry at CSMSG. Kyle is married to Rachel, and they have two children: Harper (5) and Wyatt (2). Kyle is also a skilled musician, with several records to prove it.

We are looking forward to all of the gifts that Kyle and his family will bring to CSMSG's Youth Ministry team. The Tallman's currently live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and they will be relocating to St. Louis in early January.
CSMSG IN THE NEWS
The Church of St. Michael & St. George, The Sumner Alumni Association, and Better Family Life, Inc. recognized Sumner High School students at a ceremonial groundbreaking of their Peace Garden on November 13. The garden tools used were forged from donated guns. Read more

11TH DIOCESAN MISSOURI BISHOP ELECTED
The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri elected the Rev. Deon K. Johnson as its 11th diocesan bishop at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis. He was elected on the first ballot during an election that involved 164 voting delegates. He received 71 votes from lay delegates and 42 votes from clergy. Read more
THIS SUNDAY
RECTOR’S FORUM: Please join Fr. Andrew Archie for Bible Study from 10:30 AM-11 AM in the Taylor Room. All are welcome!

POINSETTIA SALE PICKUP: Pick up your orders in the Great Hall. Proceeds will benefit the Nicaraguan Ministry. 

FAITHFUL GENERATIONS ADULT SS CLASS meets weekly in the Library from 10:30-11 AM to discuss the book The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. All interested adults are invited to attend, even if you are not able to read the book. 

BAKE SALE: This Sunday, the Youth Ministry will host a Bake Sale, with proceeds going toward scholarships for our Youth Ministry winter retreat, as well as the Middle School and High School mission trips. Donated bake sale items (cakes, pies, cookies, etc…) are needed. Please email Nancy Donohoo, njdonohoo@gmail.com , to sign up to bring items. 

ADVENT GIVING TREE: Help a family in need by purchasing an item from our Advent Giving Tree in the Great Hall. Items will be donated to families served by Helping Hand-Me-Downs. Gifts must be returned by December 17. MANY THANKS to the generous givers of The Church of St. Michael & St. George and St. Michael School. So far, the Church School Giving Tree has collected 32 toy sets, 10 dolls, six pieces of sports equipment, eight stuffed toys, eight stuffed stockings, 32 art kits and art suppliseven pairs of gloves, 61 children’s and YA books and five bath and body products for Helping Hand-Me-Downs!

ST. LOUIS CARDINAL CALENDARS ARE IN! Visit the St. Louis Cardinals table in the Great Hall this Sunday. Many calendars were pre-ordered, but we do have a few extras. Full of 2020 schedules, great photos, and coupons for area businesses. Only $15! A great Christmas gift, and your purchase supports the Hunger Ministry mission!

FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS: The traditional and much-beloved Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, as we know it today, was adapted by The Very Reverend Eric Milner-White for use at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge on Christmas Eve 1918. In his words, ‘The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God ...’ seen ‘through the windows and words of the Bible’. The Christmas story unfolds interspersed by seasonal carols as the story of the birth of the Christ Child is recounted through word and music. The center of the service is still found by those who ‘go in heart and mind’ and who consent to follow where the story leads. Please plan to join us for this very special liturgy at 5 PM Sunday evening. A reception will follow.

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, December 16
MONDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY: The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. As someone who loves the Old Testament, Fr. Peter Speropulos is excited to explore its Wisdom Writings with the Women’s Bible Study. His hope is that studying these books will whet the appetite for scripture itself and will provide for a thoughtful godliness that has the steadiness of Proverbs, the resilience of Job, and the sharp realism of Ecclesiastes. In short, for a wisdom, to not only study, but to live by. Please join us on Mondays from 9-9:45 AM in the Armstrong Room!

Tuesday, December 17
CHURCH SERVICE LEAGUE (aka ECW)
10:30-11:30 AM: Bible Study, Sverdrup Room with Fr. Tom Albinson
11:30-12 PM: Eucharist, St. Mary’s Chapel
12-12:30 PM: Lunch: $8 with reservations to SandraVuitel@gmail.com or 314.300.8858 no later than 3 PM on Sunday
12:30-1:30 PM: Program: Assembling Cookie Bags
Many, many thanks to all those, both in and outside of our Church, who gave generously of their time and talent to help make our Christmas Bazaar a wonderful event!! We are truly blessed by your support.

11:30 AM: HOLY EUCHARIST
Wednesday, December 18
WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS 5:30 PM Evening Prayer, 6 PM Dinner, 6:45 PM Class: Fr. Tom Albinson will be teaching: 20th Century Spiritual Guides for Today, 7:45 PM Compline. 

Thursday, December 19
THURSDAY MORNING PLAY GROUP: All parents of babies and toddlers are welcome to join this informal gathering on the first and third Thursday mornings monthly from 10:30-11:30 AM in the Armstrong Room at CSMSG. Parents can get out of the house, gather at Church for an hour or so, share a cup of coffee and meet some new friends sharing the same stage of life! The next gathering will be Thursday, January 6. E-mail marty@ csmsg.org for more information. Register online. 

12:15 PM: HOLY EUCHARIST

Friday, December 20
7:00 AM: HOLY EUCHARIST (during Advent)

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will meet at 7:30 AM in the Library.

MEN'S ADVENT BIBLE STUDY will meet at 7:30 AM in the Sverdrup Room.

Saturday, December 21
SANDWICH-MAKING will take place Saturday, December 21. 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 FOCUS St. Louis clients.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Sunday December 22
Nativity Pageant Rehearsal: All Church School students are invited to dress as an angel, sheep, or shepherd, and participate in the Nativity Pageant at 4 PM on Christmas Eve. Rehearsal is at 1 PM on Sunday, December 22. For details and to volunteer, email Mary Beth Tipton at mtipton@csmsg.org .

Sunday, January 26, 2020
SYRIAN DINNER: Save the date for the second annual Syrian Dinner on Sunday, January 26. More information to follow. Contact Laurie Brown with questions at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.


Friday, March 6 - Saturday, March 7, 2020
WOMEN'S WEEKEND RETREAT:  The Rev. Susan Guthrie will lead us in retreat entitled; Dark Love: Meeting the Beloved at the Empty Tomb . Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb not expecting anything, but she leaves with everything. So it is with our own prayer - we come in darkness, but leave as apostles. With John 20:1-18, we look at Mary’s transformation as we contemplate our own encounter with the Beloved in the “dark love” deepening from contemplation to mystical union. 
The retreat begins at the Mercy Center on Friday at 5 PM and ends on Saturday afternoon. Brochures will be in the mail soon. Contact Laurie for more information at 314.721.1502 or Laurie@csmsg.org .
More information about Suzanne can be found at http://edgeofenclosure.org/aboutsuzanne.html . Mark your calendars. You won’t want to miss this retreat!
CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS
NATIVITY PAGEANT: All Church School students are invited to dress as an angel, sheep, or shepherd, and participate in the Nativity Pageant at 4 PM on Christmas Eve. Rehearsal is at 1:45 PM on Sunday, December 22. For details and to volunteer, email Mary Beth Tipton at mtipton@csmsg.org .

EPIPHANY FAMILY NIGHT: Join us on Sunday, January 5 from 5 to 7 PM for a Mexican dinner, crafts, and the crowning of the Three Kings, followed by a special family friendly church service to celebrate the end of the Christmas season. Cost is $20 per family. RSVP at www.csmsg.org or via Realm.
YOUTH MINISTRY
GOSPEL PAGEANT: Interested in participating in this year’s Gospel Pageant at 4 PM on Christmas Eve? Speaking and non-speaking roles available! Contact Jess Speropulos, jess@csmsg.org

SUNDAY SCHOOL: takes place from 10:20-11 AM each Sunday morning. 6th and 7th grade pre-Confirmation class will meet in the Gym, 8th grade Confirmands will meet upstairs in Canterbury Hall; and high schoolers will meet weekly in the Armstrong Room. 

YM BAKE SALE: This Sunday, December 15, the Youth Ministry will host a Bake Sale, with proceeds going toward scholarships for our Youth Ministry winter retreat as well as the Middle School and High School mission trips. Bake sale items (cakes, pies, cookies, etc…) needed. Please email Nancy Donohoo, njdonohoo@gmail.com , to sign up to bring items.

YOUTH GROUP Will resume Sunday, January 5 at 6:30 PM in the Gym. We are grateful for all of our students, volunteers, and families who helped this semester’s youth group be so great!

YM TUESDAY NEWSLETTER AND WEBSITE: The YM shares information regarding events, sign-ups, and volunteer opportunities via our Tuesday e-newsletter. To sign up to receive the e-newsletter, please email jess@csmsg.org. You can also view our calendar at http://www.csmsg.org/family/youth/upcoming-ym-events/
PARENT LINK
PARENT LINK RESOURCES: Parenting in the Digital Age audio is available online under Parent Link Speakers on the Parent Link website. This is the October 30 presentation by Gabe Steinbach and Gregory Ray of the Mac Guys of STL. Understanding Yourself as a Parent video is available under "speakers" on the Parent Link website. 

FAITHFUL GENERATIONS ADULT SS CLASS: Meets weekly in the Library from 10:30-11 AM to discuss the book The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. All interested adults are invited to attend, even if you are not able to read the book.

HOW DO I KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST EVENTS IN CSMSG PARENT LINK? The Parent Link invites all parents, grandparents, godparents, and other adults who love and nurture children to follow us on CSMSG Parent Link’s Facebook and Instagram pages. The CSMSG Parent Link e-letter is generally published weekly. The Parent Link webpage is updated frequently with service opportunities and new resources. Subscribers to Parent Link will receive the latest information via e-mail whenever the Parent Link adds new information or resources, so please SIGN UP for the Parent Link e-newsletter today!
CAN YOU HELP?
THE ALTAR GUILD IS CURRENTLY RECRUITING new members! If you have ever been intrigued about what goes on “behind the scenes” of CSMSG liturgies, joining the Altar Guild is a perfect way to learn more! Volunteer responsibilities include serving Saturday and Sunday shifts once a month. Email Abby Castle at abbylocke@yahoo.com .

Select CSMSG to be your charitable donation on AmazonSmile. On your first visit to AmazonSmile at smile.amazon.com , select CSMSG as your charitable organization before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation.

HUNGER MINISTRY DECEMBER MEAL-A-MONTH LIST: Bring Corned Beef Hash, Spinach, Pineapple Chunks, Martha White Bix Mix (needs only water), Dry Milk - optional. Place in closets located to left of the Taylor Room.

HUNGER MINISTRY CALENDAR SALE: Support the mission of the CSMSG Hunger Ministry and celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals all year long with the purchase of a St. Louis Cardinals 2020 calendar! This wall calendar features photographs, the 2020 schedule, and four pages of coupons from area retailers. Available just in time for Christmas giving! $15/each. Reserve your calendar(s) now by contacting Alison Wiedle at arwiedle@sbcglobal.net or 314.307.8300.

COOKIES NEEDED: We are accepting donations of home-baked cookies (no nuts, please) from any St. Michael & St. George bakers, for distribution to our shut-ins. Parishioners, please place cookies in a plastic bag and store in the freezer here at Church in the box marked “Church Service League Cookie Box.” Last day to drop off cookies is December 15. CSL and our shut-ins thank you.

CSMSG MOTHER'S HELPERS/BABYSITTERS:
Middle and High Schoolers, volunteer for two events with the Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, or Parent Link, and your name will be added to the list given to CSMSG parents with young children. Contact either Mary Beth Tipton ( mtipton@csmsg.org ) or Jess Speropulos ( jess@csmsg.org ) to volunteer. Please e-mail Marty Chapman at marty@csmsg.org to let her know you have volunteered, or for more information. Thank you!
CSMSG CHORISTERS
Does your child love to sing? If your child loves to sing and you would like him/her to learn more about their faith and the Church through music and being a part of the liturgy, then the Choristers of CSMSG is for you! All that is required is a love of music and commitment to the schedule. Join us at 4:30 PM in the Choir Room on Wednesdays. Contact Nick Bideler ( nick@csmsg.org ) for more information.
DONATE ON YOUR CELL PHONE
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WELCOME!
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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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