April 2014
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Eastside News

Eastside Community Lutheran Church

1212 Earl, St. Paul, Minnesota  55106

(651) 776-7303


April 2014


       The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday), commemorating the Last Supper and its preceding foot washing, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide, or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday. Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the calendar. The date of Easter therefore varies between 22 March and 25 April.


2014 Bishop Election

Meet the Candidates

On Saturday, February 8, the six conferences of the synod met in assembly at St. Andrew’s, Mahtomedi, to elect nominees for the office of bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod. Following a series of ballots and prayerful deliberation by each conference, a total of 49 individuals were nominated, with nine moving forward as finalists.The BEC (Bishops Elections Committee) and staff in the office of the bishop are working with nominees to confirm their willingness to stand as candidates for the office of bishop, gather biographical information from those who have agreed to stand, and complete background checks. A confirmed list of candidates and biographical information about each of them will be made available by mid-March.The BEC has scheduled forums to provide an opportunity for members of synod congregations to get to know the candidates before the bishop election at the May 16-17 Synod Assembly: Saturday, April 26 from 9:00-11:00 a.m., Incarnation, Shoreview and Monday, April 28 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., Augustana, West St. Paul. Voting members are encouraged to attend one of these forums.


Bible Study

by Nancy Rogers

Bible study is held in the Fellowship Hall at 9 AM; it lasts until 9:45 AM. Mary Horner leads the study and it is very informal. There is a printed guide that keeps us on track, but all are welcome to participate at their own comfort level. Grab a cup of coffee and join the group!

  • John 11:1-45 will be studied on April 6th. This is the story of Jesus’ friend, Lazarus, who had died, how Jesus raised him from the dead and the people’s reaction to the event.

  • There will not be Bible Study on Palm Sunday.

  • There will not be Bible Study on Easter Sunday.

  • John 20:19-31 will be studied on April 27th. We will discuss how Jesus commissioned his disciples; this text also teaches us about doubting Thomas.



Welcome, To Sunday School!

Our Childrens Ministry

by Ray Staffa

     Eastside Lutheran Sunday School is the place for fresh, creative Children's Ministry for grade school and preschoolers. The ministry features complete Sunday school lessons, that include: Bible crafts, Christian activities, lessons, stories, skits, games, songs, movies and much more.  

Recently, the focus of the lessons are on Special people in the New Testament and how Jesus made an impact on their lives. Through the story of John the Baptist we saw how Jesus was transfigured at the Jordan river.  In the story of Mary and Martha we learn how to be open to friendships whenever we are visited.  

This past week we learned about a wee little man name Zacheus. Through story,  puzzle and a song we learn about how Jesus changes his life forever.  Coming up we’ll be looking into the story of Bartimaeus and how he “sees Jesus” and get a closer look at “Cheerful Giving”.  Sunday school is so much fun, and rewarding!

Bible School is open every Sunday starting at 9:00 and goes till 9:50, when church starts.


White Elephant Collection

by Paula Staffa

We are starting to plan for the next Family Fun Event. White Elephant Bingo and Pot Luck! What is white elephant bingo you ask? Well, those details are yet to follow in the May issue of Eastside News. In the mean time we are in need of gently used and new things to use as prizes. Just about anything will do, as long as it is prize worthy. We will need some silly and fun prizes too, perfect right? You were just wondering what in the world you were gonna do with that statue of a bullfrog playing a banjo, well bring it on in! Don’t forget about our children, we will need some prizes for them too. We need all offerings to be able to fit into a gift bag or easily wrappable. Which brings me to the next part, gift bags and wrapping paper. We will need these things to put our prizes into. It doesn’t matter what is on the bags or paper, that will just add to the fun! Now when you bring in the prize donation, you will receive a ticket and another ticket for wrapping it or bringing in paper/bags to be used. Tickets? Like I said those details are to follow in the next newsletter, just don’t lose them. The idea here is to try not to spend any money, or at least very little. What a great reason to clean out the closet! Happy hunting!!Hint:Each adult attending will want to earn tickets!


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Meet A Member

Barbara Prokosch

by Paula Staffa

Barbara (Barb) Prokosch grew up on a farm in Washington County and graduated from Hastings High School. Barb and Chuck were married in May of 1954. They came  to the eastside of St. Paul in October 1955. Barb worked for 1st National Bank of St. Paul for 4 ½ years, leaving to have her first child. They have three children, seven grandchildren and one great grandson. Moving into a home across the alley from the church they were soon visited by Pastor Bjolie and joined Memorial Lutheran Church. Barb has stayed active in the church by serving on the church council, singing in the choir, being part of the women's circle, rummage sales, cleaning, helping out in the kitchen, changes the altar cloths, takes the food donations to the food shelf, changes centerpieces to match the currents seasons, and most recently is helping with the newsletter. When Barb isn’t doing church business she enjoys walking in the park, helping out her family, reading, sewing- especially making mittens, and cleaning up the neighborhood.


Pancake Breakfast

Palm Sunday

by Paula Staffa

This year Palm Sunday’s pancake breakfast is on April 13th from 9am-12pm in the fellowship hall. This breakfast is a tradition that came to us when Bethany members joined us. Becoming a yearly activity enjoyed by all. This year it is being planned by Paula Staffa, Nancy Rogers and Barb Prokosch. Cliff and others are again cooking up a breakfast feast of pancakes, french toast, and sausage. There will be delicious toppings to go with your pancakes or french toast, such as; syrup, strawberries, blueberries, butter and whipped cream.There will also be coffee, milk and juice. The majority of the supplies we need to make this event successful are donated by our members. If you are interested in donating there is a sign up list in the fellowship hall. If would like to give your time instead and volunteer, please let us know. We will have some of our young members helping out this year, Raymond and Andrew will be on cleanup duty and helping out as needed. The money that we raise from this breakfast has helped fund several special projects in the past, like, the windows, roof repair and elevator. This year the funds will go toward the repairs that are needed for the parking lot. Tickets will cost $6.00 for adults and $3.50 for kids. Tickets will be available in advance see Darlene Wandersee to get yours, they will also be sold the morning of the breakfast.



"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.-John 3:16-17


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SIlent Auction

Supporting Family Fun Events

by Paula Staffa

    The silent auction in the fellowship hall is off to a good start. It will end on Palm Sunday, April 13th at 11:45 a.m.  during the pancake breakfast. So get all your bids in by then! These gift cards would make great gifts for friends and family. Maybe one of these businesses is a place you go to often. It is also a great reason to try something new. The funds raised will be used to support future Family Fun Events. If you would like to submit a donation please see Paula Staffa. Thanks To our Sponsors! Bonfire Grille, Green Mill, The Little Oven, Larkin Dance Studio, Perkins. Cafe Latte’, Jake’s Grill, Grand Jete’, SteppingStone Theatre, Yarusso Brothers, M&H Gas Station, Salut Bar, Punch Pizza, Culver’s, Bruegger's Bagels, Taco John’s, Davanni’s, The Bibelot, Gertens, Italian Pie Shoppe,  and more to come!


Project Safe Haven

St. Paul Fire Department

submitted by Jenny Weber

City of Saint Paul Homeowners.... Make sure your home is a Safe Haven!

     The Saint Paul Fire Department invites homeowners in Saint Paul to take part in Project Safe Haven. With this FREE program firefighters will make a courtesy visit to you home to ensure you have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarm. If needed, they will also install new smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide alarm for you. They can also help you with planning your family’s escape plan, cooking safety, general fire safety tips and much more! Those interested please visit their website, www.stpaul.gov to review a safety checklist and fill out a request form. Call 651-228-6273 for more information




Kitchen Tips

About Rice

by Barbara Prokosh

Store rice in a tightly closed container that keeps out moisture. Brown rice, because of the oil in the bran layer, has a shelf life of about 6 months, refrigerator storage is recommended for a longer shelf life.Cooked rice will keep about seven days in the refrigerator, and it freezes well. When reheating rice add two tablespoons of liquid. Cover and heat for 4-6 minutes  on top of the range. In the Microwave allow 1 ½ minutes per cup, using the high setting. Rice freezes well. To defrost, heat in microwave for three minutes, for approximately one cup.Store rice in a tightly closed container that keeps out moisture. Brown rice, because of the oil in the bran layer, has a shelf life of about 6 months, refrigerator storage is recommended for a longer shelf life.


Fun & Humor


The First person to answer the three trivia questions correctly will get a “council bulter” for one Sunday in April. Darlene Wandersee will be happy to serve you!


  1. How many pieces of silver did Judas betray Jesus for?

  2. Whom did Pilates release instead of Jesus?

  3. What does Golgotha Mean?




Upcoming Dates

4/2 Soup & Lenten Service 6-7pm

4/8 Church Council Meeting 6:30-7:30pm

4/9 Soup & Lenten Service 6-7pm

4/13 Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast 9am-12pm

4/18 Maundy Thursday/Good Friday Service 7-8pm

4/20 Easter Day

4/22 Elizabethan Singers Meeting




6-Allyn Keller

8-David (Lukie) Staffa

16-John Olson

18-Gayle Braun

22-Brittany Staab

24-Renate Skor

28-Raymond Staffa Jr.



eNewsletter Staff

Project Manager: Paula Staffa, Graphics & Designer: Ray Staffa, Writers: Jen Weber, Paula Staffa, Ray Staffa, Barb Prokosch & Nancy Rogers, Editing: Shirley Senkler, Photographer: Open Position

Bib & Resources:

http://www.spas-elca.org/bishopelection2014, http://thebackpew.com/cartoons/easter,  http://biblewordgames.com/3kidscrosswordpage.html,

http://biblequizzes.org.uk/, http://www.sppl.org/services/museum-passes, http://www.mcm.org/visitor-information/permanent-exhibits/,

http://www.mcm.org/visitor-information/admission/target-free-3rd-sundays/, http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church

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