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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Words from Pastor Dave - Thank you!

How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? - 1 Thessalonians 3:9
 
When I started as your interim pastor in March of last year, I compared it to being a relief pitcher in baseball. It was my job to come in, keep the team in the game, and perhaps even win. It's been nearly a year now. I've pitched as hard and as best that I can. A pitcher is nothing without a solid team behind him. You have surrounded me with a great positive attitude and played with energy and enthusiasm. You have dedicated yourselves to playing as a team. You have done wonderful and surprising things. You have used your gifts, talents and abilities to serve the Lord in word and deed. It's been a great year together. I dare say, it's been a winning year!
 
Now it's time to hand the ball over to your new starting pitcher. I am so excited for you. Your Call Committee has worked extremely hard searching for the right pastor to lead East Union into a new day, a new future. East Union is entering a time of great change and opportunity. Carver and the surrounding area is exploding with growth. The Holy Spirit has been at work and I truly believe God is sending you the right person for this time, this new day at East Union. Again, I'm so excited for you!
 
Attitude is everything. You have given me nothing but encouragement and support. Please do the same for your new pastor. Make it easy for your pastor to walk into the church knowing the congregation is praying and supporting the pastor each step of the way. Let your pastor know, now and then, how much you appreciate what the pastor is doing. Just a little word of encouragement goes such a long way. You have always given me your full support and enthusiasm. Please continue to do so with your new pastor. Ministry can be hard, lonely work. Yet you have made it such a joy to serve!
 
It has been such a privilege to be your pastor. You have invited me into your lives and allowed me to walk with you in times of joy and sorrow. We have celebrated many baptisms, confirmations and weddings. You have asked me to walk with you through times of death and grief. We have had to sing "God be with you 'til we meet again" for many dear loved ones. We have laughed together and cried together. Through it all, you have encouraged one another, supported one another and loved each other.
 
We have been the Church. You and I have been the Church. Together we have been what God is calling us to be – servants of the Lord and servants of one another.
 
Fun. It's been all fun. It's been such a joy to serve you. From the bottom of my heart, I say, "Thank You."
 
Now, as God comes out to the mound and asks me to give up the ball, I can say,
 
"Thanks skip. I've done my job."
 
With great thanksgiving and affection.
 
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Dave
 
P.S. I never did find the Jacuzzi.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Advent: Time for Hope

There's a big old tree stump in our backyard that is a real pain in the rear end.

At one time it must have been a big majestic tree. I'm guessing it was a locust tree. It grew so large through the years that its roots pushed against the steel corner fence and pushed it apart, leaving an opening for critters, especially one of our dogs who loves to escape. We've tried and tried to get rid of that big old weathered stump. Even tried burning it out with a slow charcoal fire for months. Wouldn't you know? It's still there, big and old and weathered and in the way.

It appears to be a dead tree stump. This spring a shoot will emerge and then an-other and then another, until there is a forest of green filled with shoots and branches. Utility workers have a saying, "Cut one down and twenty come to its funeral" A perfect description of the shoots from this tree.

"A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse…"

The prophet Isaiah brings hope in the midst of despair. Years earlier, the united kingdom of Israel had split into two kingdoms – Judah in the south and Israel in the north. When Isaiah speaks to Judah, the kingdom that had fallen apart and was being attacked from all sides. By now, it was like that old dead tree stump. Judah was a shadow of its former glory; its dry bones ready for picking.

There are times in our lives when we also feel that way. Dead to the world. Cut down. Destroyed. Beaten down. Weathered.

"A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse…"

Advent is the season we remember that we are people of hope. This hope is not wishful thinking. This hope is centered in God and the Promise – a promise that has been fulfilled in Jesus. Romans 5:5 declares, hope does not disappoint us.Advent calls us to place our hope in God, who brought salvation to us in the babe lying the manger. In Jesus, God brought light in our darkness. So Romans 5:5 continues, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit..."

In the babe born in the manger, God's love has been poured out – for you. We live in hope, for this hope is not of our making nor filled with false promises but this hope is from God. God is at work to bring life and salvation to the world.

Beware the prophets of doom. God is still at work – in the world, in our congregation and in us.

We are Advent people.

Remember, God is at work in you.

"A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse…"

With Jesus Christ in our lives, spring is always coming. Hope will not disappoint us. Believe the Promise and God will bring you hope, joy and peace this season.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Got talent? We are going to kick off the new school year with a  EULC Talent Show! Acting, singing, dancing, juggling, comedy, magic, playing a musical instrument, any special talent you may have, we want to see it!

 

Send us an email at eastunionlc@gmail.com with your name, talent and any equipment you may need for your performance. The Talent Show will take place on Rally Sunday during Fellowship on Sunday, September 17.

 

We can't wait to see the talents of our members of all ages.

 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Mommy, why can't I take communion? Everyone else does."

"Daddy, when is it my turn? Why do I have to wait?"

"Pastor, when can I take communion? I want to!"

 

Have you been having questions like that? Are you wondering when is the right time? Pastor Dave has had many questions about communion from the youth of our congregation. In September he will be holding a communion preparation class for anyone (except infants) who wants to receive communion At least one parent or guardian is asked to attend. Welcome to the Lord's Table!

 

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Our Youth & Education program needs volunteers. If you are interested in teaching Sunday School or Confirmation, being a mentor or joining the Youth & Education Committee, please let us know! You can email us at eastunionlc@gmail.com or join at our next meeting on Tuesday, July 11 in the Parish Center.

 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Interested in learning more about Lutheranism? Want to join our church family at East Union Lutheran Church? Wednesday night, July 26, 5:00–8:00 pm Pastor Dave will be teaching a new members class. Anyone, including longtime members of the congregation, are welcome to attend. This is Christ's church and there is a place for you here. Supper will be provided. Here is a rough agenda:

 

5:00–6:00 pm Getting to know each other and "How It All Began" – Martin Luther and Lutheranism

6:00–6:30 pm Supper

6:30–7:15 pm "It's All About Grace" - Lutheran theology

7:15–7:30 pm A short history of East Union

7:30–7:45 pm How our congregation is structured

7:45–8:00 pm What does it mean to be a member?

8:00 pm to ? Coffee and fellowship

 

If you are planning to attend, please call the church office at 952-448-3450.

 

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Chris served our congregation as Director of Youth and Education from 2011-2013. He writes "East Union was a great place to be prior to seminary… I loved it. I found it to be a very formative time in my journey to becoming a pastor."

 

Chris and his wife Luci were ordained into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in June following their graduation from Luther Seminary, St. Paul. He has been called to serve as pastor of Partners in Faith Lutheran Parish, where he will serve as pastor of three small congregations who have united for mission and ministry.

 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Call, email or text your pastor when…

 

You or a loved one is going into the hospital. In these days of laws and regulation, the hospital cannot tell the pastor, even if we phone and ask if you are there. It's up to you or a member of your family to let your pastor know about a hospitalization.

 

A birth in the family or baptism in our church. Pastors love to hear about births in the family and celebrate this special time with you. Your pastor should be consulted before the baptism date is set. 

 

A wedding in our church. Your pastor should be consulted before the wedding date is set. Since you will undoubtedly desire to have one or more conferences with the pastor, it is advisable to contact your pastor well in advance of the wedding.

 

You have a life-threatening illness. Your pastor would wants to walk with you through this difficult time to bring God's strength and hope along the way.

 

A death in the family or funeral in our church. When there is a death, your pastor would like to know immediately. I am never "too busy" to bring the comfort and assurance of God's love in the darkness of grief. Your pastor should be consulted before the funeral date is set. 

 

You would like a prayer said for you. Your pastor is always happy to do this. Our powerful and loving God answers prayer!

 

Please note: If you would like yourself or a loved one to be included by name in our prayers during a Sunday morning service, tell pastor that specifically. Sometimes people want things kept confidential, so pastor typically will not mention anyone by name in church unless asked or given the okay to do so.)

 

You would like the pastor come visit you.

 

You have a question or concern about something at church. Many church-related questions that people have can be cleared up easily.

 

My office door is always open. You are welcome any time.

 

Pastor David Grant

Interim Pastor, East Union Lutheran Church, Carver, MN 

Office 952-448-3450

Cell 952-737-7474

pastordavidgrant@gmail.com

 

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

If so, would you be willing to donate it to homeless and very poor young girls and women in Africa? Bring it to the church. Through Love, Inc. of Eastern Carver County we are working with Pathways to Hope Africa, a non-profit organization that works with homeless and marginalized women in Uganda. They are starting a sewing center for young girls and women. Sewing machines are needed for this worthy cause.

 

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Friday, July 07, 2017

The call process for a new Senior Pastor is progressing steadily. At the June 20th EULC Council meeting the Ministry Site Profile was unanimously approved. The Ministry Site Profile was then submitted to the Minneapolis Area Synod where it will be reviewed by Bishop Ann Svennungsen and Call Coordinator Pastor Craig Pederson. During that review process the EULC Call Committee will meet with Pastor Craig Pederson and there is a possibility that Bishop Svennungsen will come to East Union Lutheran to meet with the congregation and discuss the Ministry Site Profile.

 

After the review is completed, the Ministry Site Profile will be used as a job posting for potential applicants. It is difficult to project an exact schedule for the completion of the call process. It is likely to to take at least another 6-9 months to complete, but the Call Committee will continue to schedule temple talks and provide updates via the monthly newsletter and the EULC website.

 

Thanks,

Larry Cruse, Call Committee Chairperson

 

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