December 27, 2018 - January 3, 2019
Living Christ in This World
SUNDAY AND NEW YEAR'S DAY SCHEDULE
December 30 ..... The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
...... January 1 ..... The Rev. Anne H. Kelsey ( 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist)
..... January 6 ..... The Rev. Peter J. Speropulos
.... January 13 ..... The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
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A MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR ALL!
Thanks to your pledge we held four Christmas liturgies. Our pews were filled with families and friends. Not only for Christmas, but all the long year through, the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you. 
Thank you for your pledge!
THIS SUNDAY
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30

NAMETAGS: Please wear your nametags. If you cannot find your nametag, please write your name on the clipboard in the Wydown Narthex. A nametag will be waiting for you on the clipboard next week.
Did you know that Advent is Latin for “a coming or arrival” and it is the season of preparation for the birth of Jesus? We display an Advent wreath, a circular garland of evergreen branches, as a symbol of eternity (with no beginning and no end) and unending love. 
Four candles are arranged on the wreath and one is lit on each Sunday during the season. Each of the Advent candles represents a spiritual readying for the celebration of Christmas and the coming of the light of Christ into the world. The blue candles signify the color of the night sky or the waters of the new creation. The first candle to be lit is the Prophecy Candle, or the Candle of Hope. The second to be lit is called the Bethlehem Candle, or the Candle of the Way, reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s long journey and their faith in God’s plan for salvation. On the third Sunday, we light a rose-colored candle for Gaudete (Latin for “rejoice”) Sunday or Joy Sunday, also called the Shephard’s Candle. The fourth candle is the Angel’s Candle or Candle of Peace, and it reminds us that Jesus comes to bring peace and light to the world and to our hearts.
NEW ASSISTANT RECTOR
The Rector is pleased to announce that on Sunday, January 13, 2019, the Rev. Tom Albinson will join the clergy staff of The Church of St. Michael & St. George as Assistant Rector. Tom is a priest in the Church of England currently serving the combined parishes of St. Giles’ and St. Margaret’s in Oxford, England. He has been ordained for six years. Tom is married to St. Louis native Anna, and comes with a dog named Steve. We look forward to their arrival at the start of the new year.
THIS WEEK

TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2019
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist

UPCOMING EVENTS
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019
NEWCOMERS BRUNCH: All Newcomers are invited to a Welcome Brunch on Sunday, January 6 following the 9:15 AM liturgy. Please join us in the Taylor Room for a casual brunch with other newcomers, ministry leaders, and staff.
RSVP to Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.

SOLEMN EVENSONG FOR THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY: The Choir of The Church of St. Michael & St. George will be joined by the Choir of St. Peter’s, Ladue next Sunday, January 6 at 5 PM, to sing a service of Solemn Evensong for the Feast of the Epiphany. The service will include the Collegium Regale Evening Service of Herbert Howells, along with music of Gabriel Jackson, Robert Lehman, and Leo Sowerby. Please plan to join us for this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the ending of the day as the liturgical Christmas season draws to a close. Incense will be used at this service.

MONDAY, JANUARY 7
MONDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY: These Three Abide: Faith, Hope, and Love. After a two-week hiatus for the holidays, we resume to conclude our biblical overview on January 7. On January 14, we begin a new study 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 on Mondays from 9-9:45 AM in the Armstrong Room.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019
SAVE THE DATE! SUPPER CLUB
What - Supper Club to support Syrian refugees who have relocated to St. Louis
Who - Sponsored by Welcome Neighbor STL
Where - The Church of St. Michael & St. George
When - Sunday, January 13 at 6 PM
Cost - $30 per person
The entire parish is invited to a traditional dinner prepared by Syrian families living in St. Louis. 
From cultural exchange to just plain fun, look forward to a great evening.
Limited seating, make plans now to attend! RSVP here

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20
ANNUAL MEETING: Mark your calendars for the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 20. Chili, pie and soup are needed for the lunch following the meeting. Contact Laurie at Laurie@csmsg.org if you are in the cooking or baking mood!

WOMEN'S RETREAT: Save THIS date: Weekend Retreat - Friday, March 1 - Saturday, March 2, 2019 (held at the Mercy Center). Our Women’s Retreat leaders, Gail Watkins and Nancy Enderle, invite you to a new understanding of the term "spacious." At the Retreat, you can begin to listen for God’s voice and actions in your everyday life. Come, be still, and pause. Please contact Laurie at Laurie@csmsg.org if you have any questions.

Sunday, May 19, 2019
PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM: The Church of St. Michael & St. George is offering a pilgrimage to the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in North Norfolk, England. Led by Fr. Jeremy Davies, the former Canon of Salisbury Cathedral and a beloved friend of CSMSG. Jeremy has put together a s pecial week with acce ss to areas only Jeremy could talk his way into! Join us for this special journey of spiritual formation in community. See more information here or contact Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.
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.
DONATE ONLINE WITH YOUR 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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