May 2014

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Eastside News  


Eastside Community Lutheran Church

1212 Earl, St. Paul, Minnesota  55106

(651) 776-7303



The 50 days following Easter

Submitted by Paula Staffa

The Fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated as one feast day. The Sundays of this season rank as the pascal Sundays and, after Easter Sunday itself, are called the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Sundays of Easter. The period of fifty sacred days ends on Pentecost Sunday. The first eight days of the Easter Season make up the octave of Easter and are celebrated as solemnities of the Lord. On the fortieth day after Easter the Ascension is celebrated, except in places where, not being a holy day of obligation, it has been transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter. This solemnity directs our attention to Christ, who ascended into heaven before the eyes of his disciples, who is now seated at the right hand of the Father, invested with royal power, who is there to prepare a place for us in the kingdom of heaven; and who is destined to come again at the end of time.

The Saint Paul Area Synod Assembly

Candidates for the office of bishop

Submitted by Paula Staffa

The 2014 Saint Paul Area Synod Assembly will gather 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.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. Each of the candidates has submitted biographical information and written responses to several important questions. Synod congregations, and particularly those who will serve as voting members at the synod assembly, are encouraged to get to know the candidates by thoroughly reviewing the information they have submitted and by attending one or both of the candidate forums scheduled for late April. Click on this link to view the candidates.


Bible Study


by Nancy Rogers

Have you seen people with the “Ask me about Bible Study” buttons? Please do ask one of us.We would love to have you join us on Sunday mornings at 9 AM in the Luther room. It is a place where we discuss the lesson for the day, but we also sometimes share prayer concerns, a funny story or something topical.


It has been a comforting and supportive group; it is fun to learn so many aspects of familiar Bible stories that we have grown up with. The lessons are centered around the gospel text for the day. It is interesting that the  points the group discusses can be so different from what is brought out in the sermon. The lessons for May will be:  


May 4th     - Luke 24: 13-35 discusses the two disciples on the road to Emmaus when they meet Jesus, whom they do not recognize. This occurs after the resurrection, and they knew the tomb had been found empty. How would you react if you were one the them? How would you feel if you did not know if Jesus had risen?


May 11th - John 10: 1-10 talks about the person who enters the sheepfold by another way and not through the door. Jesus declares himself to be the door. What does this story mean to you?  Where do you find yourself in this parable?


May 18th - John 14: 1-14 The first part of this passage is often used at funerals, speaking of God’s house of many mansions. The second part of the lesson deals with knowing Jesus and understanding who He is. What type of authority are the disciples given? How would you react if you had this conversation with Jesus? This is the final Bible Study meeting until September.

Sunday School

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!  Two weeks ago we learned through the bible that love and faith can give us strength in self and in relationships with our family.  Just this past week we read about all the wonderful things God has created for us and we played with bubbles and shared beautiful rocks and feathers.   We will be meeting for two more weeks then will start again in early September.


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




Money Makes the World Go Around

Our Fundraising Efforts

by Paula Staffa

Isn’t it the truth? Money does make the world go around! We are a not much different than other organizations, we all have bills to pay. The amount of money that we pledge and drop into the offering plate every week is what pays those bills. All of these fundraisers are also important and necessary. We wouldn’t be able to hold certain functions or maintain the building the way we do without them. With that, thank you all so much for the continued support and generosity, your gifts of time and money are appreciated.


Family Fun Event Fund- Appx. $880.00

Thirty-One =  $150.00

Silent Auction = $660.00


Parking Lot Repair- Goal $15,000.00 Appx.

Pancake Breakfast = $650.00

Current balance= $2,952.50



Last Printing

submitted by Ray Staffa

This is your last chance to get a copy of the Monthly Metro Lutheran Newspaper.  As of April the Newspaper will no longer be printed.  The rising costs of making the paper and the decline of subscriptions have made it hard to keep the paper in circulation.  You can however visit their website which has several of the articles posted.   We would like to encourage everyone to take a copy of the MetroLutheran Newspaper.  Inside you will find interesting articles and information about the Lutheran Community.   There are still editions available in our lobby and entrances.  For more info contact them at www.MetroLutheran

Featured Stories:

Fragmented 1st century papryus found in a bag in between pages in a book that was placed in a box at the Luther College Archives.

J.S. Bach is celebrated with music and art provided by a collaboration between Local chorus and instrumental groups along with He Qi’s aural paintings.

Abandoned Mining town Holden is donated to Seattle Lutheran Bible Institution for Summer Camps, donation amounts to $100.000.

Nobel Peace Prize forum meet at Midwestern Lutheran again to engage in issues like peace.



I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26



Worship in the Park

Potluck & Games

by Shirley Senkler


The first Sunday in June is our picnic service at Phalen Park, this year it falls on June 1st.  Join us for a great service at the Pavilion, with a shared meal and games with prizes for the children after the Worship Service.


Please bring a dish to share, such as; a hotdish, salads, side dishes, buns/bread, pickles or a dessert. Please bring your own plates, utensils and beverage.  We supply coffee, napkins, condiments and lemonade. The pavilion has plenty of outlets, a refrigerator and large sink for cleanup.


Please let us know how many children you have attending, it helps to have an estimate so no one goes home without a treat. Please contact Peggy Thorson at 214-3374 or Shirley Senkler at 245-3322 for more information.


Hope to see you all there


White Elephant Bingo & Potluck

A Family Fun Event

by Paula Staffa

We will hold our Bingo and Potluck event on May 18, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm or until we are done. Entrance to our afternoon of bingo and potluck lunch will cost up to $20 per person. You can earn tickets to reduce the amount. You earn 1 ticket when you bring a white elephant prize(s) and another if you wrap your donations (each person will need both tickets). Your 3rd ticket is earned with a non perishable food item that will be donated to the food shelf (each person will need a ticket). The last ticket is for your family when you bring in a potluck offering. By earning all four tickets entrance is free! Any money we receive will be added to our Family Fun Event Fund to support future events.

4 tickets = $0

3 tickets = $5

2 tickets = $10

1 ticket = $15

0 tickets = $20


There is a potluck sign up sheet on the information board in the fellowship hall, sign up and grab your ticket from the envelope. Remember you only need one ticket per family/household for the potluck offering. You can bring your food shelf donation anytime and place it in the box marked Family Fun food drive. Each person, including kids, will need to donate for a ticket, grab your tickets from the attached envelope. There will be another box marked white elephant prizes with two envelopes of tickets one for the prize and one for wrapping it, each person needs both tickets. All of this is on your honor and for fun!


Stan Wandersee will be calling the bingo games. He has lots of surprises in store for us! There will be “stealing” of prizes, except from the kids who have marked packages intended for kids, if the kids choose unmarked packages then they are free for the taking. We also have other prizes to give out, such as gift certificates,  these will be “unstealable” too.


If you have questions please see Paula Staffa, we hope to see you there!


What’s That Joyous Sound?

The Elizabethan Syngers

by Paula Staffa

       I’m sure you all have heard of the Elizabethan Syngers, Pastor Don often spoke about their synging group and his son, Jason, who was the director for some time. Jason has since moved to Nebraska and the group is under new direction. The Elizabethan Syngers are making ECLC their home for meetings and practices. Russell Cole whom is a tenor with the group and is also a member of ECLC recommended our church and contacting Pastor Don. Pastor Don was both gracious and excited to offer the church for rehearsal space - in exchange for a few performances!

The Elizabethan Syngers were founded in 1971 by Paul Hendrickson as part of the White Bear Choral Association. Paul was the director until 2005, under his direction the group became recognized as “an excellent ensemble for the holiday season in and around the Twin Cities metro area.”

There are currently 30 syngers in the group and they are looking to add a few more. Samuel Grace is the new director. Minneapolis-based Samuel Grace is the third Artistic Director of the Elizabethan Syngers. He is currently finishing his Master of Music degree at the University of Minnesota where he studies with Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey. In his free time, Samuel enjoys biking, swimming, and playing trivia games. Erica Berglund, Assistant Director - has been synging with the group since 2009 and has been the assistant since 2011.

The groups rehearsals start in late May and run Tuesday evenings from 7-9:30 up until the Renaissance Festival opens in August. There is a short break from weekly rehearsals while they perform at the Festival on weekends. Returning to Tuesday nights to prepare for the holiday caroling season from early October through early December. There are the occasional business meetings and extra rehearsals that might happen outside those times, but are still usually on Tuesday nights.

The Elizabethan Syngers holiday concert is very popular, this past year there was over 100 attendees! Also The Minnesota Renaissance Festival, which opens August 16 and runs weekends (plus Labor Day) through September 28, is where The Elizabethan Syngers perform at least five times a day, most days, at the Festival.

If you would like more information about the Elizabethan syngers you can visit their website at Or if you would like an audition to possibly join the group contact them for an audition.

“We are grateful to the church for the use of their space, promise to leave it better than we find it, and are excited to perform for you when the time comes!”  - Erica Berglund, Assistant Director


Meet a Member

by Paula Staffa





Charles (Chuck) Prokosch grew up in St. Paul, MN. He graduated high school in 1951. After graduation he worked for First National Bank in St. Paul for 37 years, retiring in 1988. Chuck and Barb have been married for 60 years this month! May 8, 2014, don’t forget to wish them “Happy Anniversary!”. They have three children (two girls and one boy), seven grandchildren and a great grandson. Chuck and Barb moved into the house across the alley from the church and soon after started attending church at ECLC. Chuck has been involved at church over the years by serving on the church council as president and treasurer. He has also been a delegate to the synod, Thrivent, and Lyngblomsten. Outside of his church activities Chuck played fast pitch softball for First National Bank. He currently refinishes and repairs furniture, we have all seen his handy work and many of us own things he has worked on.


Race for the Cure

Susan G. Komen

submitted and written by Paula staffa


The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

LOOK AROUND YOU. Every 74 seconds breast cancer claims the life of someone in the world! We need your help on our mission to save lives and end breast cancer so that not one more of our mothers, sisters, brothers, daughters or best friends has to die from this disease. We won't rest until breast

cancer is a history lesson, not a current event. HELP US ON OUR MISSION. Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure® is more than just an event. It’s an event with a mission – to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find the cures. Registering gets you to the starting line, but FUNDRAISING gets us to the finish line: a world without breast cancer!

On a personal note I’m joining my friend Barb this year on Mothers Day, May 11, 2014 for the walk. I met Barb in kindergarten and this past year has been a fight for life. I’m glad I can walk along next to her! You have all prayed for her since I wrote her name often on the prayer list. Prayer is powerful. Thank You!

 “On May 14, 2013 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctors were able to treat me so that today I am still alive. My treatment was different than it was even 5 years ago, with your donation, imagine where we can be in 5 more years.” -Barb Jameson, Survivor

To make a donation to our team “Kickin’ Cancers Butt” please click this link.



Submitted by Jenny Weber

Saturday, May 17th | 8:30 am Registration, 9 am Kickoff, 10am-­2 pm Celebration at Phalen Recreation Center.  Join us to plant 50 trees in the landscape surrounding the recreation center. Registration begins at 8:30 am with light refreshments and music. The kickoff starts at 9 am with remarks and planting instructions from Forestry staff. The celebration will include tree climbing stations, a climbing wall, tree ­related activities, information tables, demonstrations, and a visit from Smokey Bear.

Sean Forbes

A Free Concert

submitted by Paula Staffa

Sean Forbes is a musician on a mission. An accomplished and passionate drummer, rhythm pours out of him, when he breathes, walks, types at his keyboard or hits his drums. Music is in his blood, his cells; it’s just the way he is. He’s also deaf – and out to build a badly needed bridge between the music industry and deaf people everywhere.Sean grew up in Detroit where his parents, both musicians, filled their home with the sounds of the Motor City: Mitch Ryder, Bob Seger, the Funk Brothers and more. Despite losing his hearing as a baby, Sean soaked up the beats and the vibrations, experiencing great music in his own way.



Great Hall in Coffman Memorial Union, U of M, Minneapolis

May 5th, 2014

  • 6:30pm Doors Open

  • 7:00pm Concert

  • 8:00pm Meet and greet at the Merchandise Table

Presented in ASL and English!


Kitchen Tips

Low Fat Baking

submitted by Barb Prokosch

The rules for low fat baking are different from those for traditional full fat baking. When you change the amount of one ingredient, often other ingredients need to be adjusted as well. Butter, margarine and vegetable shortening add moisture and flavor to baked goods and give them a tender texture. When fat is removed or reduced in a recipe, the product may lack flavor and be tough, Butter adds flavor and in the creaming process, which helps to leaven the batter, making it lighter and more able to rise. Applesauce is a widely used fat substitute that doesn’t alter the color or flavor of a baked good. Prune purees are a choice for fat replacement in chocolate recipes. When reducing the fat in a recipe, try using half the amount of fat and replacing the other half with a substitute. For example:to replace ½ cup butter in a recipe, use ¼ cup butter plus ¼ cup applesauce.

Source- Light & Tasty Cookbook.


Word of the Month


The narthex is an architectural element typical of early Christian and Byzantine basilicas or churches consisting of the entrance or lobby area, usually located at the west end of the nave, opposite the church's main altar. Traditionally the narthex was a part of the church building, but was not considered part of the church proper. It is either an indoor area separated from the nave by a screen or rail, or an external structure such as a porch.



Trivia Questions

The First person to answer the three trivia questions correctly will get a “council butler” for one Sunday in May. Jeremy Weber  will be happy to serve you!


  1. How long is Easter tide?

  2. What does Narthex mean?

  3. When is the “octave of Easter”?



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