August 22-29, 2019
Living Christ in This World
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 . We’ll also have a sign-up schedule in the Great Hall. Thank you for participating and thank you for your prayers.

August 25 ....... The Rev. Peter J. Speropulos
September 1 ... The Rev. Thomas R. Albinson
September 8 ... The Rev. Thomas R. Albinson
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
We want to hear from you! 
We are listening

Sign up now for one of the last three Focus Groups:

  • Sunday, August 25 after the 8 AM service
  • Wednesday, September 4 at 6 PM (stay for the Wonderful Wednesday class following the Focus Group)
  • Sunday, September 15 after the 9:15 AM service

Sign up on the SignUp Genius on the CSMSG HERE
Your feedback is vital to the success of the Strategic Plan. 
We need your help! Your experience here at CSMSG really matters to us.
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 . We’ll also have a sign-up schedule in the Great Hall. Thank you for participating and thank you for your prayers.
According to Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money , “Fundraising is hard work, but I also believe fundraising is sacred work. It offers a powerful and privileged opportunity to be in intimate conversation with another person about the nature of his or her highest commitments and values.” 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 or 314.721.1502, ext. 4044.
Did you know that there is an Eagle at the top of the lectern on the Epistle side of the church (on the right, as you face the High Altar). Within the Church, the Eagle has symbolic meaning. The Eagle is the symbol of St. John the Evangelist. It is found holding the Bible on our lectern. As the Eagle was said to be able to look unflinchingly at the sun without harming its eyes, so we too can gaze unflinchingly at the revelation of God that is found in Holy Scripture. 
It has been brought to our attention that parishioners are receiving emails apparently sent from “Rev. Andrew John Archie” asking for a favor and to email him back. 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 various requests, usually 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:
JOIN "HOME PLATE" Host Dinner for Wash U Students Away From Home - Starting this Fall
Washington University is looking for warm-hearted families to host 2-3 students for casual dinner and conversation. Help them feel at home in St. Lo uis and your fami ly can enjoy the company of Wash U's incredibly smart and talented kids. We only require that you have 2-3 get-togethers over the course of the academic year. We also try to match students to family interests. Many students stay with their families throughout their Wash U years!
E-mail Risa Zwerling at to sign up! We will ask you to host your first dinner this late September or early October. There will be a reception at the Chancellor's residence for all program participants in the Spring. 
Does your child love to sing? If your child loves to sing and you would like them 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 beginning Wednesday, September 4 at 4:30 PM in the Choir Room. Contact Nick Bideler ( ) for more information.

Sunday, August 25
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. Sunday, August 25 after the 8 AM service is the next schedulee forum. If you’d like to participate, please sign up online here or email us at We’ll also have a sign-up schedule in the Great Hall. Thank you for participating and thank you for your prayers.

DIRECTORY UPDATE: Please stop by the table in the Great Hall to update your information for our database. Thank you!

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.
Monday, August 26
MONDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY: We are studying the Way of Love series, which will include podcasts from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program, it is a return to the ancient pathways and Rules of Life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries. The deep roots of the Christian tradition offer a spiritual path toward a deeper relationship with God, neighbor, and self. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a “rule of life.” When we commit to turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest, we are engaging in and growing a rule of life. We will begin each Bible Study with a podcast from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, as he teaches us how we can use the Way of Love to train up our spirits, just like athletes train their bodies. Please join us for this nine-week series on Mondays from 9-9:45 AM (in the Armstrong Room)!
Tuesday, August 27
11:30 AM: Holy Eucharist, St. Mary’s Chapel

THE CHURCH SERVICE LEAGUE HOLIDAY BAZAAR WORKSHOPS: 10 AM to 2 PM in the Sverdrup Room: Absolutely, positively, the last work day. 

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 or 314.307.8300.

Wednesday, August 28
WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: 5:30 PM Evening Prayer, 6 PM Dinner, 6:45 PM Class: Fr. Tom Albinson will be teaching: Living Faithfully, Following Christ in Everyday Life , 7:45 PM Compline. The General Thanksgiving, which is said at Morning and Evening Prayer, ends with “…and that we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end.” The next Wonderful Wednesday series will explore how our worship impacts our daily life.

YOUNG ADULTS FELLOWSHIP: Join us for the event of the summer with music and beverage tastings at Jammin’ at the Zoo (Wednesday, August 28, 6-10 PM)! Let us know that you’ll be joining so we can reserve your tickets for purchase ($13). Contact MK Ray with RSVPs and questions at 256.394.5437 or .

Thursday, August 29
12:15 PM: Holy Eucharist, St. Mary’s Chapel

Friday, August 30
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will meet at 8 AM in the Library.

Monday, September 1

Sunday, September 8
8:00 AM ... Holy Eucharist ...... Church
9:15 AM ... Choral Eucharist ... Church
11:15 AM ... Holy Eucharist ..... St. George's Chapel
5: 30 PM ... Holy Eucharist ..... St. George's Chapel

CHURCH SCHOOL ONLINE REGISTRATION for the 2019-20 Church School year is now open. All students attending Church School must be registered so that we have up-to-date information in the event of an emergency. Click here to register. Church School resumes on September 8, 2019.

YM FALL KICKOFF  will be on Sunday, September 8, 2019, in the Great Hall. This is a great time for all 6th-12th Graders to get amped up about the coming year, meet new friends, eat some Cane’s chicken, and potentially win some prizes! We really hope you plan to attend from 10:30-11:15 AM.

SECOND ANNUAL ICE CREAM OLYMPICS  on the Church lawn on Sunday, September 8, 6:30-8 PM. Dress ready to get VERY messy! You don’t want to miss the relays and giant ice cream fight.

Tuesday, September 10 
CHURCH SERVICE LEAGUE: DON’T FORGET…. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10. Church Service League’s first meeting of the 2019/2020 year. Start planning now to renew acquaintances and make new ones.

Saturday, September 21
“WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES” – Saturday, Sept. 21, 9-11 AM
Come help raise funds to benefit Episcopal City Mission’s work to bring hope and healing to children in the juvenile justice system at ECM’s “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” walk-a-thon Saturday, September 21, 9-11 AM at St. Louis University High School track (4970 Oakland Avenue, 63110 - next door to the St. Louis Science Center). This walk-a-thon is sure to be a good time for all ages and abilities – whether that's a few steps, one lap, the full mile, or more AND will help raise funds for ECM! Register online at ECM’s website or pay at the door (cash or check only.) Tickets are $15 Adults, $5 Kids (under five free), Family Max $40. Find us on Facebook at and “like” and “share” this event! Contact the ECM office or Jillian Smith for more info. 

Sunday, September 22
Save-the-Date: PARENT LINK KICKOFF: Understanding Yourself as a Parent. Join the Parent Link to hear Brian Kuhn present on the Enneagram and Family Relationships. This will be held in the Great Hall from 6:30-8 PM; childcare provided with advance reservation by Wednesday, September 18. Register online.
Saturday, October 5 at CSMSG
“I learned something new and different from Kathleen’s presentation.”
“Kathleen had me rethink some basic things and put them into a more relevant context for me.
Join us for the One-Day Women’s Retreat with leader Kathleen Geraty Davis on Saturday, October 5!
The day begins with Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM and ends with the Eucharist at 3 PM in St. George’s Chapel. Treat yourself to a day with other faithful women who yearn to learn more about God. The laundry can wait, fill your spiritual basket instead! 
Contact Laurie for more information regarding the retreat or how your laundry breeds while you sleep at 314.721.1502 or .
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
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 Bill Wallace at or 314.309.3430.
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.
Please review the CSMSG weekly
e-newsletter to keep abreast of our events. Visit our online calendar for event informatio n. 

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  
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 or Laurie at .


Rest In Peace
 William Webster Sant, II
James Caldwell

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