June 6-13, 2019
Living Christ in This World
THE BANNER: Forty students and adults served the Greater St. Louis area at the Foodbank, Mary Ryder Home, Little Bit Foundation, and Gateway 180 during this year's Middle School Mission Week. Thank you for your service!


June 9 .......... The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
June 16 ........ The Rev. Peter J. Speropulos
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Alexis Azar Posnanski named
CSMSG’s Director of Stewardship and Giving

The Rector has announced that Alexis Azar Posnanski has been named CSMSG’s Director of Stewardship and Giving. Alexis is a native of St. Louis who comes to The Church of St. Michael & St. George after almost 13 years working in Saint Louis University's Development Division. After graduating from Villa Duchesne, Alexis made her way up to Maine and attended Colby College. She lived in Washington D.C and Australia before returning to St. Louis to pursue her Master's Degree. While finishing her graduate work, Alexis met and married her husband Brian, who also is a native St. Louisan. Alexis and Brian spend their free time enjoying their three untamed sons and tamed dog in Glendale. Alexis is excited to build upon the existing solid foundation of stewardship and giving in the parish and looks forward to meeting and working with the staff and the parishioners of CSMSG. 
Laurie Brown Named Director of Parish Life
After 16 years at CSMSG wearing two hats responsible for both fellowship and stewardship, Laurie Brown became our Director of Parish Life on June 3. This new position will allow Laurie to build upon the foundation of her work in fellowship. Laurie will promote our common life in Christ, and facilitate the chances we have to get to know one another better. As we are bound more closely to Jesus, we are bound more closely to one another. In addition, Laurie will help newcomers to CSMSG get to know the parish and find opportunities to take an active role in ministry. Laurie has been a member of The Church of St. Michael & St. George for much of her adult life. She and her husband Dr. David Brown have raised both of their children at CSMSG. Laurie's son, Will Brown, lives in Boston, and her daughter, Lily Brown, will be a junior at the University of North Carolina this fall. We are grateful to Laurie for the blood, sweat, and tears she has given this parish and look forward to this next chapter of her peerless service to The Church of St. Michael & St. George.
It’s common for churches to see what’s been thoughtfully (or painfully) coined “the summer giving slump,” when giving declines between the months of May and August. Many churches like CSMSG see a 20% or more decrease in giving during these months, due to members being on vacation, going to BBQs, traveling with family, etc. You can help CSMSG avoid the slump in two ways:
 * Pay your pledge in full now, instead of at the end of the year;
 * Send in ahead of time those pledge payments you will miss while you are away this summer.
You may give online at anytime from anywhere. Go to our website, click on Stewardship, click on Give Now.

In spite of the slump, God is at work at CSMSG this summer! We are gearing up for what is sure to be a spectacular fall. Thank you for your support. 
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!
Sunday, June 9

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.
Middle School Mission Week: DAY 1
Middle School Mission Week: THE FOOD BANK
Monday, June 10
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, June 11
11:30 AM: Holy Eucharist, St. Mary’s Chapel

Wednesday, June 12
WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: 6 PM Dinner; 6:45 PM Class with Fr. Tom Albinson; 7:45 PM Compline.

Thursday, June 13
12:15 PM: Holy Eucharist, St. Mary’s Chapel

Thursday, June 13
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 .

Friday, June 14
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will meet at 8 AM in the Library.
JANE FISHER TO RETIRE: After 25 years as the Director of Children’s Education at The Church of St. Michael & St. George, our beloved Jane Fisher has decided to retire this summer. We wish Jane the best as she pursues her new career as a full-time grandmother to her first grandchild, who is expected to arrive in July. We look forward to seeing her in the pews of CSMSG, hopefully still wearing her Tretorns.

WELCOME, MARY BETH TIPTON:   Longtime parishioner and educator Mary Beth Tipton will take over for Jane in July.
Mary Beth taught art at the Wilson School in Clayton for 24 years, designing and implementing an art curriculum for second through sixth grade students. She is a teaching artist at COCA in University City and served as a board member for the Carondelet Leadership Academy. At CSMSG, Mary Beth served as a Sunday School teacher for both Church School and Youth Ministry for 15 years. She also is a regular volunteer at Gateway 180 with CSMSG’s Shelter Ministry.
Sunday, June 9
The home of Jim and Holly Brigham
June will be busting out all over just in time for high tea! As the flora of St. Louis is coming to life, join us on Sunday, June 9 at 4 PM for tea in the garden of Jim and Holly Brigham. Their beautiful home on Lindell Blvd. will surely inspire the spirit of spring after a long winter! Come and help support the Choristers and Choir scholarship fund for the 2019 RSCM Newport, RI Training Course. Reservations are required and are $75/person. If you are curious about the RSCM Newport Course, please take a look at the RSCM website here. Please contact Nick Bideler to make your reservation to Nick@csmsg.org
 Saturday, June 15
SANDWICH MAKING will take place Saturday, June 15. All parishioners are invited and encouraged to join the St. Michael’s Hunger Ministry on the third Saturday of each month from 10-11 AM in the Taylor Room to make sandwiches for FOCUS St. Louis clients.

Friday, June 21
EPISCOPAL CITY MISSION 14TH ANNUAL SUMMER CELEBRATION takes place Friday, June 21, 5:30-8:30 PM at Grace Episcopal Church in Kirkwood (514 E. Argonne), and we need your help to get the word out for this year’s event.

July 17, 24, 31 & August 7
SAVE-THE-DATE: MAKE DATE NIGHT COUNT THIS SUMMER: CREATED FOR CONNECTION, A MARRIAGE WORKSHOP: Join the Parent Link July 17, 24, 31 and Aug 7 as Nick Symon, MA, LPC, and EFT-trained counselor leads couples in learning how we might create deeper, 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 .
Saturday, October 5
One Day Retreat on Saturday, October 5 at The Church of St. Michael & St. George.
More information to follow.
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!
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Today is the Holy Day of Pentecost and is celebrated 50 days after Easter. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem, celebrating the Feast of Weeks— the festival commemorating God’s gift of sustenance and the Law to his people.  It makes sense that God would choose this festival as the occasion on which He poured out the Holy Spirit as described in the Acts of the Apostles. During a festival when the people thanked God for giving them grain and for giving them His law, the Lord gave the Spirit of life. Paul tells us in his Letter to the Galatians, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law." In every era, it is appropriate to thank God for His provision of His Holy Spirit.  

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 )
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.
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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  
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 .


Rest In Peace
Jacob Sandy

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