July 2014


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Eastside News

July 2014

Eastside Community Lutheran Church

1212 Earl, St. Paul, Minnesota  55106

(651) 776-7303

The Holy Trinity


The Holy Trinity is celebrated in the Christian churches on the Sunday following Pentecost in honor of the most fundamental of Christian beliefs—belief in the Holy Trinity. It is known that the feast was celebrated on this day from as early as the 10th century. Anglican and Lutheran churches date the Sundays that follow Trinity “after Trinity”; the Roman liturgy dates these Sundays “after Pentecost.”

We can never fully understand the mystery of the Trinity, but we can sum it up in the following formula: God is three Persons in one Nature. The three Persons of God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—are all equally God, and They cannot be divided. Lutherans reject the idea that the Father and the Son are merely faces of the same person, stating that both the Old Testament and the New Testament show them to be two distinct persons. Lutherans believe the Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son.

We would like to do a quick car wash in our parking lot before the repairs start. We would like some volunteers to help out….ASAP! If we get the supplies quickly enough we can hold more than one car wash. Our location is prime for this kind of fundraiser.


We are gonna need:

  • Towels & Rags

  • Large sponges

  • Dish Soap

  • Big Buckets (5 gal)

  • Poster Board

  • Long Hose & Sprayer

  • Manpower!!

Lemonade (younger kids will man the lemonade stand, They are gonna need help)

Announcing the Baptism of  Kira Rani Sharma

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Kira is the daughter of Ravil & Kirsten Sharma. She was born on 9/6/13. Kira is the granddaughter of Renate Skor. She is sponsored by Brian & Melissa Judd and John & Jennifer Diekhising

Independent Bible Study

Staying in Touch with Gods Word

by Nancy Rogers


The gospels for July are full of familiar parables. They remind us that we all are accountable

for our actions.

July 6    Matt 11:16-19, 25-30  Jesus speaks to the multitude comparing His coming to that of John the Baptist, in the first reading. In the second part, Jesus speaks about giving the disciples rest so they can manage what He wants them to do.

July 13  Matt 13: 1-9, 18-23  Jesus tells the parable of the sower and the seed. Some falls on the wayside where the birds devour the seed, some on stony ground where roots cannot develop, some seed falls on thorny ground and are choked and some on good earth where they yield good crops. He explains what this all means.

July 20  Matt 13: 24-30, 36-43  This is the parable of the tares sown among the good seed. The workers say an enemy has done this and they ask if they should pull out the tares. Jesus tells them who are the good seed and who are the tares and when they should be separated.

July 27  Matt 13: 31-33, 44-52  Jesus relates the parable of the mustard seed. He tells what it means to have faith. The second set of verses are Jesus’ descriptions of what heaven is like; He describes it as a hidden treasure, a pearl of great price and a great net that gathers every sort  in the sea. He compares it to the end times when the angels will gather everyone up and separate the good from the evil.

A Sunday School Lesson

Teaching Our kids About God's Word

by Ray Staffa

As a child in a family there may be many rules, that may include things like not talking back to parents or not leaving the house without telling an adult. There are many reasons for setting rules in a family, not only to maintain order but to keep everyone safe.

God has made some rules for us as well and we know them as the  “Ten Commandments”.  As parents we can bring these rules to life and teach our children the Ten Commandments on a daily basis.  We can teach them one by one or simply talk about them with your child; when they break a rule.  Every time you do,  you will encourage the word of God to guide them.   These rules are found in the Bible in Exodus 20 and are God’s guidelines for us. These same Commandments are taught in our Sunday School program.  Bringing children to church and Sunday school not only fulfills the baptismal promise but also re enforces what we are teaching our children about love, respect and manners.

“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)

Worship In The Park

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Have you ever wondered about the treats and coffee and how they get there every week? Well, besides the regular kitchen crew there is a sign up sheet where people can choose to serve treats that week. Often delicious things just show up in the kitchen and we have no idea who made them. For those that don’t bake there is a basket at the front of the line to donate money. The money donated is used to purchase paper products, crackers, cheese, coffee and juice. we wanted to say thanks to those of you who donate your time, money and skill to our fellowship hour.


Thanks for Your Support!

Scoops of excitement and sprinkles of fun,

whipped cream, syrup and more,

add a cherry on top!

These are what an Ice Cream Social call for!

Join us on July 24th from 6-8pm for a Family Fun Event. An ice cream social and game night! We will play a game of Pictionary together and enjoy some ice cream and air conditioning. This social is for all ages, please join us and make another event at ECLC successful. Hope to see you there!

Meet A Member

by Paula Staffa


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Margie Kobow

Margie Kobow was born in Duluth, MN and moved with her family (father, Jack Campion) when she was 2 years old to St. Paul’s Eastside. She graduated from Johnson HIgh School then attended the University of Minnesota for one year to complete a dental assistant program. She has lived in Maplewood for the past 36 years. Margie has worked for the same orthodontic office for 33 years, she has 4 years left until retirement. She met Alan in 2003 at Arthur Murray and they were married in 2008. She has two sons, Eddie who passed away in 2007 as a result of a car accident; Jack and his wife Anne have two sons Evan and Dylan. Margie has been a member of ECLC since she was 4 years old and stays active in church by ushering and as a communion aassistant. Margie loves ballroom dancing, gardening andtraveling. Her favorite places to travel so far were to Oregon in 2011 and Italy in 2012, “I can’t imagine any place more beautiful than Italy!” Margie loves nature and spending time with her grandsons, Evan and Dylan.

The Common Table Prayer was first published in the year 1753 in a Moravian hymnal. The title was Tisch-Gebetgen, or Table Prayer. The prayer is attributed to Martin Luther.

Original German:

Komm, Herr Jesu; sei du unser Gast;

und segne, was du uns bescheret hast.


Come, Lord, Jesus, our Guest to be

And bless these gifts bestowed by Thee.

Below is the a common prayer that you may have heard used at ECLC.

Johnny Appleseed Grace:

Oh, the Lord's been good to me.

And so I thank the Lord

For giving me the things I need:

The sun, the rain and the appleseed;

Oh, the Lord's been good to me.

A prayer of Grace is said to be an act of offering thanks to God for granting humans dominion over the earth, and the right and ability to sacrifice the lives of divine creations for sustenance; this thanks is the "saying of Grace" prior to and/or after eating of any meal.


  • Come Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed. Amen.

  • God is great. God is good. Let us thank God for our food. By God’s hand we all are fed. Give us Lord our daily bread. Amen.

  • Accept our gratitude, O Lord, for all the blessings that you give. Direct and guide our daily paths, and teach us how to live. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • Gracious God, thank you for the food before us, the friends beside us, the love between us, and your presence among us. Amen.

  • May these gifts of food be strength for our bodies as the Word of God is strength for our lives. Amen.

  • (sung) Be present at our table, Lord. Be here and everywhere adored. These mercies bless and grant that we may feast in paradise with thee. Amen.

  • (sung) Be present at our table, Lord. Be here and everywhere adored. These mercies bless and grant that we may strengthen for thy service be. Amen.

Submitted by Jenny Weber

St, Paul Parks are sponsoring “Music in the Parks”. For a complete list of shows please visit www.stpaul.gov/parks. It’s a great way to spend some time outdoors enjoying Twin Cities local artist.


Hillcrest Community Theater

Hillcrests’ Summer production will be The Sound of Music.

Performance Dates: July 24-26 & 31, August 1 & 2; Como Lakeside Pavilion at 7pm.

Tickets are $10 | $8 for children under age 12

Tickets available at Hillcrest Recreation Center after July 4th

Or after 6pm at the Pavilion on show nights.


Frank Sinatra

“100th Birthday Tribute”

A celebration of Frank Sinatra’s Life, Music, Song, and Dance

Como Park Productions

Performance Dates: August 15-16; Como Lakeside Pavilion at 7pm.

Tickets are $10/$8 for children under age 12


Hello Dolly

Rosetown Theater

Performance Dates: July 10-12 & 17-19 at Como Lakeside Pavilion

Gates open at 6:10pm. Show starts at 7pm

Tickets are $12/$10 for Seniors and Youth




             What God Hath Promised

              by   Annie Johnson Flint

God hath not promised

Skies always blue,

Flower-strewn pathways

All our lives through;

God hath not promised

Sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow,

Peace without pain.


But God hath promised

Strength for the day,

Rest for the labor,

Light for the way,

Grace for the trials,

Help from above,

Unfailing sympathy,

Undying love.        

                 Submitted by Shirley Senkler

Kitchen Tips

How Long Do Eggs Last?

by Barbara Prokosch

Fresh eggs can be stored in their cartoon in the refrigerator for at least 4 to 5 weeks. Quality losses should be insignificant if the eggs are refrigerated as soon as possible after purchase. For most purposes, do not let eggs sit out. Hard cooked eggs should be stored in the refrigerator as soon as they are cooked and should be used within a week. Raw egg whites will keep a week to 10 days if refrigerated in a lightly covered container. Store unbroken raw yolks, covered with water, in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator and use within 2 to 3 days.

-The American Egg Board


Fun & Humor
The First person to answer the three trivia questions correctly will get a “staff bulter” for one Sunday in July. Ray Staffa  will be happy to serve you!
  1. How many Persons are there in God?

  2. In what book are the Ten Commandments found?

  3. In what language and year was the first common table prayer printed?


Word of the Month


trin·i·ty-ˈtrinitē/: noun

  1. the Christian Godhead as one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    • a group of three people or things.

    • the state of being three.

    • "God is said to be trinity in unity"


Upcoming Dates

7/4/14 Independence Day, Drive Carefully!

7/24/14 Family Fun Ice Cream Social



The Eastside News  eNewsletter would love a little more help. We could really use a photographer and a writer. If you are interested in either of these “jobs” see Paula Staffa for more information.

July Birthdays !

4-Aaliyah Jonas

13-Nevaeh Jonas

22-Diane Lindstrom

24-Jeremy Weber, Mary Horner



eNewsletter Staff

Project Manager: Paula Staffa

Graphic Designer: Ray Staffa

Writers: Jen Weber, Paula Staffa, Ray Staffa,

Barb Prokosch, Nancy Rogers

Editing: Shirley Senkler

Photographer: Open Position

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