July 18-25, 2019
Living Christ in This World
THE BANNER: SANDWICH-MAKING will take place Saturday, July 20. All parishioners are invited and encouraged to join the St. Michael’s Hunger Ministry on the third Saturday of each month from 10-11:30 AM in the Taylor Room to make sandwiches for FOCUS St. Louis clients.

July 21 ......... The Rev. Peter J. Speropulos
July 28 ......... The Rev. Thomas R. Albinson
August 4 ..... The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
Father Andrew and Senior Warden Betsy Douglass have commissioned a strategic planning committee to explore how our Church can remain strong and grow even stronger over the next five years. Our work is going well, but we cannot stand still!

The committee, called Faithfully Forward, 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 Faithfully Forward committee is now focusing on four key areas:
1) observing what other churches are doing, both locally and nationally, for good ideas that could apply to us, 
2) talking with internal Church staff and lay leaders for their opinions and ideas, 
3) planning for focus groups and a parish-wide survey to take place over the next several months, and 
4) considering the best ways to communicate with everyone in the parish on an ongoing basis, so that everyone is informed, in touch, and excited about what’s going on here at CSMSG. 

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

Faithfully Forward wants 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!
The Faithfully Forward (strategic planning) committee is interested in your views about our Church, and will be planning several focus groups and open forums through the summer and fall. If you’d like to participate, please sign up online here or email us at CSMSGstratplan@gmail.com . We’ll also have a schedule and place to sign up in the Great Hall. Thank you for participating and thank you for your prayers.
Keith Barth makes this wonderful theological observation: “Grace and gratitude belong together like heaven and earth, grace evokes gratitude like the voice of an echo. Gratitude follows grace as thunder following lightning.” If you have any questions or would like to have a conversation about supporting CSMSG, please do not hesitate to reach out to Alexis Azar Posnanski at aposnanski@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502, ext. 4044.
Did you know that the fish is a very ancient symbol for Christ as the Savior? We find this simple symbol, so rich in meaning, scattered throughout the earliest examples of Christian art. It was used because the letters in the Greek word for “fish” are IΧΘΥΣ (“IKTHUS”), which form the acrostic: “Jesus Christ God’s Son Savior.” The use of the fish symbol reminds us of the familiar scene in all Matthew, Mark, and Luke’s Gospels. Jesus, who has returned from his 40 days of preparation in the desert, begins to gather his first disciples with the phrase: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Sunday, July 21
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.
It has been brought to our attention that parishioners have been receiving emails apparently sent from CSMSG clergy and staff asking them to send money in the form of gift cards – please note: THESE EMAILS ARE SCAMS designed to deceive and exploit CSMSG parishioners’ trust and name recognition. In the most recent case, the scam artists take a familiar and trusted name and create a new email address, from which they then send requests for money. 
Please be aware that any solicitation via email is a scam—do not send any money or click through any link in an email asking for money.
Email fraud may be avoided by:

  • Not responding to suspicious emails.
  • Keeping one's email address as secret as possible.
  • Using a spam filter.
  • Noticing the several spelling errors in the body of the "official looking" email.
  • Ignoring unsolicited emails of all types and deleting them.
  • Not clicking on links.
  • Ignoring offers from unknown sources. The contents of an email are not a formal or binding agreement.
  • Many frauds go unreported to authorities, due to feelings of shame, guilt, or embarrassment.

For more information on email fraud: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email_fraud
Friday, July 19
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will meet at 8 AM in the Library.

Saturday, July 20
SANDWICH MAKING : will take place Saturday, July 20. All parishioners are invited and encouraged to join the St. Michael’s Hunger Ministry on the third Saturday of each month from 10-11:30 AM in the Taylor Room to make sandwiches for FOCUS St. Louis clients.

Monday, July 22
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, July 23
11:30 AM: Holy Eucharist, St. Mary’s Chapel

Tuesday, July 23 & August 13 & 20
THE CHURCH SERVICE LEAGUE HOLIDAY BAZAAR WORKSHOPS will begin in July and continue through August: July 9, 16, 23, and August 13 and 20. All workshops are in the Sverdrup Room and run from 10 AM until 2 PM. This is a great way to meet new friends in a small and fun atmosphere while learning new skills and previously hidden talents. Come for any or all of the entire workshop, bring your lunch, and have a good time. 
SAVE THE DATE: First meeting of the 2019-2020 CSL season will be Tuesday, September 10.

SPIRIT AND SPIRITS: Young Adults Fellowship gathers this coming Tuesday, July 23 for Spirit & Spirits, a Bible Study in the 1942 Room of The Pat Connolly Tavern, 6400 Oakland Ave., 63139. If you’re in your 20’s or 30’s, invite a friend, download the ESV Bible App on to your phone or tablet, grab a libation and/or dinner downstairs at the bar, and join us upstairs as we get to know each other better and study the First Letter of St. Peter.

Wednesday, July 24
WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: 6 PM Dinner; 6:45 PM Class "The Hidden Smile of God: The Story of God's Grace in the Midst of Suffering," with Fr. Peter Speropulos; 7:45 PM Compline

Wednesday, July 24, 31 & August 7
MAKE DATE NIGHT COUNT THIS SUMMER: CREATED FOR CONNECTION, A MARRIAGE WORKSHOP: Join the Parent Link July 24, 31 and August 7 as Nick Symon, MA, LPC, and EFT-trained counselor, leads couples in learning how we might create deeper, more loving connections with our spouses. This workshop will allow couples to work collaboratively with trained counselors to deepen the emotional bond of their marriage. Spaces are limited. Sign up online on our Parent Link website, or e-mai l marty@csmsg.org .

Thursday, July 25
12:15 AM: Holy Eucharist, St. Mary’s Chapel

Friday, July 26
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will meet at 8 AM in the Library.

Sunday, July 28
TIMOTHY IS GOING AWAY… Join us next Sunday, July 28 after the 10 AM service for a BBQ Lunch in the Great Hall to celebrate the ministry of Timothy Chapman at CSMSG. Please sign up for lunch using the link on the e-blast or by e-mailing marty@csmsg.org . There will be a collection box for letters of advice, thanks, or other heartfelt sentiments that you may want to give Timothy on the 28th. Toasts/roasts WELCOMED!
Saturday, October 5
A One Day Retreat on October 5 will be held at The Church of St. Michael & St. George. Kathleen Davis returns to lead our retreat, Mystical Matriarchs. Throughout time, women have offered us a unique lens on the Holy. Their mystical experiences of God invite us into a deeper relationship with all that is Sacred. Our primary teachers will be Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, and Hildegard of Bingen, and how each encouraged us to pray.
Friday, March 6 - Saturday, March 7, 2020
Weekend Retreat beginning on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 5 PM, ending on Saturday, March 7, 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!
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 )
You can donate online to your favorite ministry by texting on your cell phone. This feature is provided by ACS, the Church's data software. Download instructions.
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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  
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Rest In Peace
Karl Gordon Pieper

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