October 17-24, 2019
Living Christ in This World

October 20 ...... The Rev. Dr. Stewart D. Clem
October 27 ...... The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
November 3 ..... The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
“Have you ever attended Church on Maundy Thursday? After the washing of the feet, the altar is stripped and the furnishings are carried out by the priests in silence. As the lights are turned down, we are confronted with the image of a worship community laid bare in abandon, despair, and solitude…On Maundy Thursday, we’re faced with the real image of an empty Church, where the living flame of Jesus has been extinguished…I bring this up because it means that every year on Good Friday, we come to an empty and barren Church. Without the gifts and support of the congregation, The Church of St. Michael & St. George would look like this every day.”   -Ian Hagemann  
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.
Episcopal Christians, our Confirmation preparation class, is offered in the Fall and Spring.
Interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church and the way of life it offers? Whether you’re considering joining the Church or need a refresher course, come join us as we learn more about the faith, worship, practices, and governance of the Episcopal Church as well as the traditions, programs, and fun that The Church of St. Michael & St. George offers.
Adults seeking Confirmation (or Reception, if Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox) into the Anglican Communion will be confirmed in the Spring.

Confirmation is open for all those who are:

  1. Previously baptized but not confirmed in any tradition.
  2. If you have not been baptized, we will also baptize and confirm you.
  3. Previously confirmed in another tradition that is not Anglican, Roman Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox (if you have been confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church of the Eastern Orthodox Church, you only have to be Received).

Class will meet on Sundays, November 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM in the Sverdrup Room with the Rev. Peter Speropulous.

The topics for this four-week course are:

  • Basic Christianity
  • Our Anglican Heritage
  • Word and Sacrament
  • CSMSG What’s next? Finding Your +1

Childcare can be arranged upon request. Contact Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.
Did you know??? This week, the Church remembered Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1556, and Bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, 1555. These were the principal figures in the Reformation in England. Cranmer was the primary composer of the first Book of Common Prayer , as well as its first revision. All three were martyred for the sake of the Gospel. Latimer and Ridley were burned together at Oxford. Latimer’s last words are famous: “Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace in England shall never be put out.” 
GREENERY SALE: The Youth Ministry Greenery Sale is On! Get a head start on your holiday decorating and support the Youth Ministry at the same time. Each Sunday in October, come to the Great Hall before and after the 9:15 AM service and place your order at our table. This year we have made it easier than ever... ALL orders will be directly shipped to you. Wreaths, tabletop trees, centerpieces, and more!

The Standing Committee has unanimously approved a slate of nominees for the election of the Eleventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri.

The slate was presented on September 26 by the Search and Nominations Committee, whose members spent nearly a year discerning, searching, discussing, interviewing, and praying with the goal of presenting a slate that serves the needs of our Diocese. Mary Ann Cook and Ian Hagemann are our CSMSG Diocesan representatives should you wish to discuss.
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.

Are you passionate about welcoming newcomers to The Church of St. Michael & St. George? Whether it is greeting them at our front doors and helping them navigate the building, or introducing them to other parishioners and the fabulous ministries and groups we have available, our Greeters are personable, friendly, and sensitive to the needs of others. We are looking for additional Greeters before and after the liturgies and in the Great Hall during coffee hour. For more information, please contact Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.

Casserole Clubs provide opportunities to meet and mingle with parishioners for fellowship and fun. These potluck dinners are held in parishioner’s homes every four to six weeks from September through May. All are invited to join a club, and new groups are being formed. Contact Laurie Brown if you are interested in joining or forming a Casserole Club at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.

Bring beef stew, peas, peaches, Martha White Bix Mix (needs only water). Place in closets to left of Taylor Room.

Middle and High Schoolers, would you like your name to be added to a list of CSMSG Mother’s Helpers/Babysitters? Volunteer for two events with Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, or Parent Link and YOUR name will be added to the list given to CSMSG parents with young children. The next event to volunteer for is All Hallow’s Eve, Sunday, October 27 from 4:30-6:30 PM. 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!

GREENERY SALE: The Youth Ministry Greenery Sale is On! Get a head start on your holiday decorating and support the Youth Ministry at the same time. Each Sunday in October, come to the Great Hall before and after the 9:15 AM service and place your order at our table. This year we have made it easier than ever... ALL orders will be directly shipped to you. Wreaths, tabletop trees, centerpieces, and more!

RECTOR’S FORUM: Please join the Rector today as he leads a Bible Study from 10:30-11 AM in the Taylor Room. Everyone is welcome.

GRANDPARENTS OF PARENT LINK: Will meet in the Library, 11-11:45 AM. We will say our prayers and share our stories of how our lives have been touched by our grandchildren, our children, or by God. All are welcome, including non-grandparents who serve like grandparents in nurturing the spiritual lives of children. For more information about this group, please contact Bruce Springer, Barb Smith, Tim Smith, or Pam Koprowski.

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.
Church Service League , the Episcopal Church Women’s group of CSMSG, meets Tuesday mornings for Bible Study followed by Holy Eucharist, lunch, and programs. Upcoming programs include Halloween Stories with Marcia Ollinger (October 22) and a program on scams presented by the Clayton Police (November 5). Another focus of CSL is to support other ministries monetarily with proceeds from the annual Silent Auction (Sundays beginning November 3) and the Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon (December 3). CSL volunteer activities include assembling baby layettes for the Nicaraguan Mission Trip, making and distributing Meals on Wheels favors, making and distributing Christmas cookies to shut-ins, and sewing and crafting items to sell at the Bazaar. Updates can be found in the Sunday bulletin and e-letter.
Monday, October 21
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 wisdom not only to study but to live by. Please join us on Mondays from 9-9:45 AM in the Armstrong Room!
Tuesday, October 22
11:30 AM: Holy Eucharist, St. Mary’s Chapel

THE CHURCH SERVICE LEAGUE meets this Tuesday, October 22, and all ladies of the Church are invited. 
10:30-11:30 AM: Bible Study in the Sverdrup Room with Fr. Peter Speropulos; 
11:30 AM-12 PM: Eucharist in St. Mary’s Chapel;
12-12:30 PM: Lunch ($8.00 with reservations);
12:30-1:30: Program: HALLOWEEN STORIES by Marcia Ollinger 

Everyone, make your reservations with Sandra Vuitel @ 314.300.8858 or sandravuitel@gmail.com no later than 3 PM Sunday.

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.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR VENDOR APPLICATIONS are available! Please contact Alison at arwiedle@sbcglobal.net or 314.307.8300 for info and a contract.

SPIRIT AND SPIRITS: Young Adults Fellowship gathers this coming Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30 PM for Spirit & Spirits: A Bible Study, in the 1942 Room of The Pat Connolly Tavern, 6400 Oakland Ave., 63139. If you’re in your 20s or 30s, 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 discuss “Having a Gospel Witness in An Anxious Age”.

Wednesday, October 23
WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: 5:30 PM Evening Prayer, 6 PM Dinner, 6:45 PM Class: Fr. Peter Speropulos will be teaching: “Who do you say that I am?” Examining the questions that Jesus asks, 7:45 PM Compline. 

Thursday, October 24
12:15 PM: Holy Eucharist, St. Mary’s Chapel

Friday, October 25
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will meet at 8 AM in the Library.
Sunday, October 27
PANCAKE BREAKFAST : All you can eat sausages, fruit, and pancakes flipped right onto your plate! Come hungry; pancakes will be served from 8:30-11:30 AM in the Great Hall. Watch here to see what catching pancakes is all about:
Wednesday, October 30
PARENTING TEENAGERS IN THE DIGITAL AGE: Middle school and high school parents are invited to a roundtable discussion with two tech experts, Gabe Steinbach and Gregory Ray from MGSTL, on Wednesday, October 30. Optional dinner will be at 6 PM and presentation will be from 6:30-7:30 PM. Register on the home page event buttons at: https://www.csmsg.org.

Sunday, November 3, 10, 17, and 24
ADULT CONFIRMATION: The Rev. Peter Speropulous will teach Adult Confirmation classes on Sundays in November from 10:30 to 11:45 AM in the Sverdrup Room. Childcare can be arranged upon request. For more information, please see the e-letter, the Church’s website, or contact Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502. 

Thursday, November 7
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 in the same stage of life! E-mail marty@csmsg.org for more information.

Saturday, November 9
FALL PARENT SOCIAL: All Church School, Youth Ministry, and Parent Link adult friends and parents are invited to the Fall Parent Social on Saturday, November 9 from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Strand’s home. Please bring a light appetizer or easy snack to share. Childcare will be provided at the Church for reservations made by Monday, November 4. 

Friday, March 6 - Saturday, March 7, 2020
WOMEN'S 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!
SUNDAY SCHOOL from 10:20-11 AM; 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.

YOUTH GROUP from 6:30-8 PM each Sunday night. We begin our evenings with pizza in the Gym, then move to the Armstrong Room for games, Bible Study, and Compline. Please email jess@csmsg.org with any questions. 
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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
James Walter Metcalfe 
Joanna Hill Werner

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