July 25-August 1, 2019
Living Christ in This World
THE BANNER: TIMOTHY IS GOING AWAY Join us after the 10 AM service to celebrate the ministry of Timothy Chapman at CSMSG!
SUNDAY PREACHERS
July 28 ......... The Rev. Thomas R. Albinson
August 4 ..... The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
August 11 ... 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 is planning several focus groups and open forums to take place 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 sign-up schedule in the Great Hall. Thank you for participating and thank you for your prayers.
According to Greg Syler in his Reframing Stewardship blogpost, “Financial generosity is one aspect of stewardship; talking about stewardship when you’re really trying to raise money is duplicitous and deadens its true meaning. Keeping the focus on the life of God and the call of discipleship matters more than anything else.” 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 “Alpha” and “Omega” are the first and last letters in the Greek alphabet? These two letters represent Christ, who said in Revelation 1:8: “I am the Alpha and the Omega”. These letters are often used with other symbols of Christ.
THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, July 28
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.

TIMOTHY IS GOING AWAY Join us after the 10 AM service to celebrate the ministry of Timothy Chapman at CSMSG!
THIS WEEK
Friday, July 26
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will meet at 8 AM in the Library.

Monday, July 29
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 30
11:30 AM: Holy Eucharist, St. Mary’s Chapel

THE CHURCH SERVICE LEAGUE HOLIDAY BAZAAR WORKSHOPS: Ladies, come to the CSL/ECW Bazaar workshop this Tuesday from 10 AM until 2 PM and join the ladies working on items for the Bazaar. It's fun, the work is easy, you’ll meet new friends, and you are needed. Bring your lunch and join us. August dates: August 13 and August 20, same times. 
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, DECEMBER 3: Now accepting consignment-quality items, such as Christmas décor, jewelry, re-giftables, indoor and outdoor decorations, etc. Please…no furniture, clothing, or purses. Place items in the Church Service League closet across from the drinking fountain in the hallway. Have questions: contact Alison Wiedle at arwiedle@sbcglobal.net or 314.307.8300.

Wednesday, July 31
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 31 & August 7
MAKE DATE NIGHT COUNT THIS SUMMER: CREATED FOR CONNECTION, A MARRIAGE WORKSHOP: Join the Parent Link July 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, August 1
12:15 PM: Holy Eucharist, St. Mary’s Chapel

Friday, August 2
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will meet at 8 AM in the Library.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Sunday, August 4
FROZEN TREATS MEET AND GREET: Welcome our Rector, The Rev. Andrew Archie, back from his summer break and meet new CSMSG staff members Alexis Posnanski, Director of Stewardship and Giving, and Mary Beth Tipton, Director of Children’s Education, on Sunday, August 4, on the playground following the 10 AM service. Frozen treats will be available for parishioners, young and old!

Thursday, August 8
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.
WOMEN'S RETREATS  
SAVE THE DATES!
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!
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 )
EMAIL SCAM
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
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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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