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 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 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


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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.



Larry Cruse, Call Committee Chairperson


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Thursday, July 06, 2017

The churches of East Carver County through Love, Inc. are working with District 112 to feed children in need in the District who rely on the schools to provide most of their nutrition during the school year. Two to four (2-4) volunteers are needed from 12:15 to 2:00 (at the very latest) every day for the rest of the summer. The lunches will be served at the Community Center Pavilion at the park on Riverside Avenue. Continue straight in when you enter Riverside Terrace, 300 Ehlers Ave, Chaska and the park with be there when the road turns you will be there. Volunteers can go to the Love, Inc. website ( and sign up through our Help us Feed Children in Need this Summer! Link. If you need help signing up please come into the church office and we'll be glad to help you!


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Thursday, July 06, 2017

"Is anyone left?"  

I've been asked that question more than once in the last couple of months.


I am an interim pastor working full-time but still "learning the ropes" and trying to memorize all the new names. Our Parish Administrator left her part-time position to accept a full-time position with benefits. Our regular Music Director was not ready to return yet so we have an interim Music Director. Our Parish Education Person is ending her ministry after Vacation Bible School. Our custodians do a great job but they are rarely around during regular working hours. So at times, the office feels very empty.


"Is anyone left?"

No wonder people are asking the question.

The answer is, "Of course there is!"


God is at work. By the power of the Holy Spirit, God is calling forth servants to serve God's people. The Word is still being proclaimed. The Sacraments are still being administered. People are still coming to receive the forgiveness of sins in the bread and the wine, the body and blood of Jesus. Babies are still being brought to the baptismal font. (Ya-hoo!) Children are still being taught the story of Jesus and his love. Everyone is still being warmly welcomed in Jesus' name.


Yes, we're struggling a bit but we're still here!


Volunteers have stepped up in a big way to help out in the office. Behind the scenes, our President and Vice President have done an extraordinary job doing the Treasurer's work and finishing up the bulletins. Thanks to our Christian Education Director and volunteers, Vacation Bible School was a rousing success. All sorts of people are volunteering to help in a variety of ways.


There's an old gospel song with this refrain,


Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same.

All may change, but Jesus never! Glory to His Name!

Glory to His Name! Glory to His Name!

All may change, but Jesus never! Glory to His Name!


East Union is a congregation in a time of great transition. Yet the Gospel is not. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, forever. We still proclaim the love of God. We still marvel at the gift of God's grace. We still warmly welcome one another as Christ welcomes us. We still celebrate being the church, the body of Christ. This is a special place with a special message – God is with us.


And I'm still pitching!


Pastor David Grant


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