August 8-16, 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 11 ... The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
August 18 .... The Rev. Thomas R. Albinson
August 25 .... The Rev. Peter J. Speropulos
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 four Focus Groups:
-Sunday, August 11 after the 10 AM service
-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 information 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.
In Henri Nouwen’s book, A Spirituality of Fundraising , he states, “As a form of ministry, fundraising is as spiritual as giving a sermon, entering a time of prayer, visiting the sick, or feeding the hungry.” 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 we will celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin on August 15? It is the observance of the taking up of Mary at the end of her earthly life, of body and soul into heavenly glory. It is believed that Mary lived for 11 years after the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, dying in 41 A.D. Legend has it that she died in her small house outside of Ephesus, surrounded by the disciples and apostles. Peter gave her Communion and she died after the ninth hour, the same time as our Lord.
We are blessed once again!  One of our parish families graciously donated funds for an enhancement to the Ellenwood Entrance. The bricks have been replaced with pavers matching the Page Garden and fresh landscaping has begun. 

CSMSG will continue to be a beautiful and welcoming church home for many in the years to come – thanks to our many kind and generous parishioners!
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 11
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 12
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 13
11:30 AM: Holy Eucharist, St. Mary’s Chapel

THE CHURCH SERVICE LEAGUE HOLIDAY BAZAAR WORKSHOPS: Final two Bazaar workshops!!! Please join us for the last two Bazaar workshops: August 13 and 20 from 10 AM until 2 PM in the Sverdrup Room. You provide the willing hands and your lunch, and CSL provides the craft. Bring an old apron to wear and wire cutters if you have them. Laughs and chuckles guaranteed. 

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 14
WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: (August 14, Wonderful Wednesday will be held in the Taylor Room.) 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.

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

Friday, August 16
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will meet at 8 AM in the Library.

Wednesday, August 28
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 .
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
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 )
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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
 William Webster Sant, II

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