June 2014

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Eastside News

Eastside Community Lutheran Church

1212 Earl, St. Paul, Minnesota  55106

(651) 776-7303

eastsidelutheran.com                                 June 2014

    Pentecost is celebrated fifty days after Easter (June 8, 2014) and celebrates the fulfillment of  Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit to the Church. Red, the color of fire and blood, is the color for Pentecost. The Sundays after Pentecost make up the longest portion of the Church Year. During the season after Pentecost, we focus on growing together in the life God has given us through the Means of Grace.  It represents the fulfillment of Christ's promise from the end of Luke's Gospel: “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high” [Lk. 24:46-49].This "clothing with power" comes with the bestowal of the Holy Spirit upon the Church.

The 2014 Saint Paul Area Synod Assembly gathered from 8:15 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 16 and 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. The Saint Paul Synod Assembly gathers annually at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, Minn. As the highest legislative authority of the synod, delegates from congregations engage in conversation and vote on resolutions, synod council and committee nominations, in addition to other synod business.


This year the Saint Paul Area Synod assembly concluded a three-year focus on Lutheran identity, exploring how we proclaim the gospel promise under the theme of “Living Lutheran: Wing Our Words.” How might the gospel promise penetrate all communities? What happens when we shed our reserve and shy proclivities and set ourselves free, so that our words have wings? Where and on whom might our words light? Whom might our words uplift or shelter?


Dr. David Lose, associate professor of biblical preaching at Luther Seminary, will join us as the keynote speaker. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will serve as the churchwide representative, both providing updates and stories of the work we do together as the ELCA and overseeing the election of the bishop. Song leaders:The Fleshpots of Egypt is Luther Seminary’s bluegrass and old-time music band.

The Rev. Patricia Lull, 61, was elected May 17, to a six-year term as bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), succeeding the Rev. Peter Rogness, who will retire June 30. She was elected on the fifth and final ballot at the synod assembly, May 16-17, at Prince of Peace Lutheran, Burnsville, Minn.

Bible Study

An Opportunity to Meditate

by Nancy Rogers

Although there is no Bible Study class going on during the summer months, these are the gospel lessons that will be preached about during the month of June. This is an opportunity to meditate on what these passages mean to you.


June 1 - John 17:1-11  In this passage Jesus prays for himself and his disciples that they all may have strength for what is coming.


June 8 - John 20:19-23  Jesus visits the disciples after the resurrection and breathes the Holy Spirit into them.


June 15 - Matthew 28:16-20 This is the great commission Jesus gives to all christians as well as his disciples.


June 22 - Matthew 10:24-39 Jesus explains the relationship between a disciple and his teacher and relates a parable explaining our importance to God and our relationships with each other.


June 29 - John 21:15-19 Jesus asks “Do you love me?” and then tells us how to prove it.

7 Reasons Why Every Christian Child Should Attend Sunday School

by Jonathan Blankenship

submitted by Ray Staffa

It is said that Church is an institution that thrives to educate the mind, body and spirit of every person whom shall ever open their hearts to God.  The beginning of that purpose lies in the teachings present in today’s Sunday School.  It is here that young children begin to hear and understand the importance of faith, love and compassion that Christians have for one another.  Often in this world moral grounds can be shaken and stirred and family dynamics shift and waver so much so that the development of a child is often conflicted and unbalanced.  The purpose of Sunday School is to bring to mind the focus of self development and  an overall understanding where Jesus fits into our everyday life.  While many churches have increasingly neglected the importance of the small group ministry, we see that it is time for God’s people to renew their faithful commitment to this all important ministry of the local church and it’s children. It is through the small group ministry that we can fulfill what Christ has commanded us to do.

Here are seven reasons why every Christian should attend Sunday School in the Church…

1. It establishes total involvement in the local church.

2. It embodies the practice of the Great Commission.

3. It encourages through small group fellowship and activity.

4. It embraces what Christ began with His disciples.

5. It equips the believer for ministry and discipleship.

6. It enhances our ability to honor the Lord’s Day.

7. It expresses our love for Christ and His church.

Ladies Tea

Purses, Bag & Wallet sale!

by Paula Staffa


    On June 28, 2014 we will hold a “Ladies Tea”. Come and join us for tea and conversation, we will have some fun games (with prizes!) and a raffle! We will also have gently used purses, bags and wallets for sale. The proceeds from this event will help fund the repairs that are needed for our parking lot. Don’t forget to wear your best hat, it wouldn’t be tea time without ladies in hats!


This event is being planned by The Family Fun Committee. If you would like to donate to this effort please see Paula, Jenny or Shirley. Also we will have flyers to hang up in the neighborhood and/or at your workplace. Consider holding a  purse, bag and wallet drive at work, school or where you wish. While you are garage saling over the next few weeks leave info with folks on how to donate their purses, bags and wallets to this awesome cause.


Please help us advertise this event!


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Meet a Member

Jenny grew up on the East Side of St Paul. She is married to Jeremy.  They met in 1999 thru mutual friends and married in 2005. They have one daughter, Emily together. Jenny  is Brittany and Andrew’s stepmom.  Jenny works at the Dept. of Public Safety in the Title and Registration Dept.  Jenny and Jeremy learned about  Eastside Community Lutheran Church after her God-daughter  Hailie was baptized there. They visited a few more times with her sister, Debbie’s family and after Hailie started  attending Sunday school Jenny and Jeremy decided to join and have their kids attend Sunday School  with their cousins.  They have been really happy at ECLC. Jenny enjoys           volunteering at church and helping out where needed.  This year Jenny learned how to play bells it was the 1st time for the Palm Sunday service and had a lot of fun with it.  Jenny and her family enjoy camping, hiking, and family movie nights.  One of their favorite places to camp is Yogi Bear Jellystone Park in Austin MN.

The Story of Pentecost

 submitted by Paula Staffa

     When the day of Pentecost came, the Apostles were all together in one place. It was ten days after Jesus had gone back to heaven. Before he had left them, He had made a promise. "The Holy Spirit will come to you. He will give you power to tell people about me." For ten days, the Apostles and some other followers of Jesus had stayed together, praying and waiting. But now the great day had come! Suddenly, a noise like a strong wind filled the whole house and the followers saw something that looked like flames of fire, falling on each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak different languages. At that time Jerusalem was full of Jewish visitors from all over the world. They were all surprised, because each one of them heard the Apostles speaking in his own language. They were completely amazed at this. They said, "Look! Aren't all these men that we hear speaking from Galilee?... But we hear these men telling in our own languages about the great things God has done!" But others made fun of the Apostles, saying, "They have drunk too much wine." But Peter stood up with the eleven apostles. In a loud voice he spoke to the crowd: "Listen to me. Pay attention to what I have to say. These men are not drunk, as you think; it is only nine o'clock in the morning!" Then Peter made a long speech, telling the crowds all about Jesus. That day, about 3,000 people became followers of Jesus and were baptised. They spent the rest of their time in Jerusalem learning all about Jesus from the Apostles before returning home. And the Apostles continued to meet together to pray and to break bread.

This version of the story originally appeared in Cracking RE

and is reproduced by kind permission of the Stapleford Centre.


Fairs, Festivals & Fun

Local Summer Activities

by Paula Staffa

Are you looking forward to summer? Here are some local activities to keep you and your crew busy. Hoping that you can enjoy all of what the Twin Cities has to offer.

Ongoing- Ordway’s Summer Dance Series, dancing and live music in Rice Park on Thursday nights during the summer, starting at 5:30pm. At 6pm there are basic lessons and open dancing for the rest of the evening with a local band starting at 7:15pm

6/1/14 - Grand Ole Day on Grand Ave. in St. Paul, free activities

6/7/14 - St. Anthony Park Arts Festival, Along Como Ave. St. Paul, 10-5pm

6/14/14-6/15/14- Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Minneapolis Riverfront

6/11/14-6/15/14- Arabian Horse Show, State Fairgrounds in the Warner Coliseum, 8am-11pm, Free

6/12/14-6/15/14- Parktacular Celebration in St Louis Park, Grand Day Parade on Sat, June 14, 12p

6/19/14-6/23/14- Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest at Kingston Park,

6/20/14-6/22/14- Back to the 50’s Car Show, Fairgrounds, Fri: 8-10p, Sat: 8-10p, $10 Kids <12 Free

6/21/14-6/22/14- Afton Strawberry Festival at St. Croix Trail & 34th Street in Afton

6/26/14-6/28/14- Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Downtown St. Paul Mears Park

6/27/14-6/28/14-  Book Fair, St Fairgrounds, Fri: 3-8p, $6 & Sat:10- 4p, $5. Kids <10yr Free

6/27/14-6/29/14- Maplewood Mall Craft Show and Sale, Maplewood Mall

6/28/14-6/29/14- Pride Festival, Loring Park in Minneapolis

6/28/14- Pet A Palooza at the State Fairgrounds, Machinery Hill, 10-6pm, free

6/29/14- Food Truck Fair, Uptown Minneapolis

7/3/14-7/6/14- Taste of Minnesota, Harriet Island

7/9/14-7/13/14- Ramsey County Fair, 2020 White Bear Ave.

7/9/14- White Bear Ave Parade 7pm

7/18/14- 7/20/14 - Highland Fest in the Highland Village of St. Paul

7/19/14- Rondo Days, The Rondo Education Center's Outdoor Field, Hwy 94 & Dale

7/23/14- 7/27/14- Rice Street Festival

7/30/14-8/3/14- Washington County Fair, Lake Elmo

8/6/14 - Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival at Lake Hiawatha Park

8/4/14-8/10/14- Dakota County Fair, Farmington

8/8/14-8/10/14- Irish Fair of MN, at Harriet Island in St. Paul

8/14/14- 8/17/14 - Vadnais Heights Heritage Days at 641 East County Road F, free

8/16/14-9/29/14- Renaissance Festival, Shakopee

9/18/14- Fall Round-up Parade in North Saint Paul at 6:30pm

8/21/14-9/1/14- Minnesota State Fair at the MN Fairgrounds

9/13/14- Payne Arcade Harvest Festival & Parade

9/13/14- Model Railroad Show, St Fairgrounds Ed. Building, 9-3pm, $6, Kids <5yr. free

9/22/14- 9/26/14- RIVER RENDEZVOUS 2014, Pond-Dakota Mission Park- $6, kids <4yr free

Summer is Here!

Local Farmers Markets

by Paula STaffa

I am sure you would all agree that it's great to finally feel the warmth of the spring sun shining on us.  I love this time of year when there is a bounce in our steps and a smile on our faces as we pack away the winter coats. Fresh produced from local farmers is offered all around the metro area. Here are a few but you may want to visit http://www.stpaulfarmersmarket.com/ for a complete list of farmers markets around the twin cities.



Downtown St Paul- 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, May 4 - November 23, 2014

Woodbury- 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, June 15 - October 26, 2014



Roseville- 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, May 6 - October 28, 2014

St Paul 7th Place Mall- 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM, June 10 - October 14, 2014



Aldrich Arena - Maplewood- 8:00 AM - Noon, May 14 - October 29, 2014



St Paul 7th Place Mall- 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM, June 12 - October 16, 2014



West St Paul - Signal Hills Mall- 8:00 AM to Noon, June 13 - October 31, 2014



Downtown St. Paul- 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM, May 3 - November 22, 2014


Basic Meringue, A Kitchen Tip

by Barbara Prokosch


There are two types of meringue. Hard meringues that shatter your teeth and soft meringue that cover pies and dissolve on your tongue.


This recipe makes both kinds. The difference is in the amount of sugar and the baking.


2 egg whites

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

4 to 8 tablespoons of sugar

1 teaspoon flavoring such as vanilla or almond extract (optional)


Beat eggs until foamy, then beat in cream of tartar. Beat to soft peaks. Now beat in sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until you feel no grittiness when you rub a little between your fingers and meringue stands in stiff peaks. Use 4 tablespoons of sugar for soft meringue and 8 tablespoons for hard meringue. Beat in flavoring.


Spoon soft meringue onto hot pie filling, making sure it touches all edges of crust or pan sides. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.


Spoon hard meringues onto cookie sheet covered with lightly buttered parchment or foil. Bake individual meringues at 275 degrees for 45 minutes, then at 250 degrees for another 15 minutes or until very light gold and hard to the touch. Bake larger pie sized meringues at 275 degrees for one hour. Cool in turned-off oven.


Makes twelve 3 inch meringues. Double recipe for a 9 inch pie shell.


You can make hard meringues 1 to 2 weeks ahead. When cool seal in a plastic bag and keep at room temperature or freeze.


Fun & Humor



Word of the Month

Pentecost: Noun- The Christian festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension, held on the seventh Sunday after Easter.



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

  1. Pentecost is on the tenth day after what other liturgical celebration?

  2. What is the traditional liturgical color for Pentecost?

  3. When the Holy Spirit empowered the apostles to preach to a crowd of Jewish people from throughout the Roman world so that every person could hear the message in his or her own language, some witnesses accused the apostles of what?

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