East and West Zion Lutheran Churches have suspended all Sunday worship services and Wednesday evening Lenten services and meals through April 1, 2020. All other church activities are also cancelled until that time. Susan Hopp, Secretary
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Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Live Stream Worship Service on the Shepherd of the Hills Face book page.

Susan Hopp, Secretary

East Zion Lutheran Church
East Zion
East Zion Lutheran Church
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Physical Address: 28745 Co. Rd. 10
Starbuck, MN 56381

Mailing Address: 28745 Co. Rd. 10

Hancock, Minnesota 56244

Office Phone: 320-239-4195
Pastor Steve Carmany


To find out if church is cancelled, listen to the following radio stations. Morris radio station KKOK (93.7) and Benson station KSCR (93.5/1290KBMO)


Pastor Steve Carmany
Church Interior
Altar of East Zion Lutheran Church.
Church Cemetery
Cemetery of East Zion Lutheran Church
See Mowing Crew

East Zion's Baptismal Fout

Audrey & Laurie with Cross
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Winter in Starbuck
Weekly Events

Church Information Disclaimer

From Sunday, Sept 24th 2023 To Sunday, Oct 1st


Sunday, Sept 24th

  • 17th Sunday After Pentecost
  • Communion
  • Worship at Keith and Sandy Knutson's followed by potluck dinner. Time to be determined


  • No Event Reported


  • No Event Reported


  • No Event Reported


  • 6:00 Zoom Bible Study


  • 12:00 Daily Devotions over KSCR Radio


  • No Event Reported


  • 17th Sunday After Pentecost
  • Communion
  • Worship at Keith and Sandy Knutson's followed by potluck dinner. Time to be determined

The processional cross is used on festival Sundays such as Christmas and Easter and on other occasions such as funerals.
It is carried by a cross bearer into the sanctuary preceding and leading all others to signify Christ as Lord of the church and we as His followers.
The funeral pall is shown in its protective case. Families spread the pall over the casket of their loved one prior to the beginning of the funeral service to remind us that believers are clothed in the righteousness of Christ as in a white robe.
These memorial gifts were received by East Zion with gratitude and are used to the glory of God.


East Zion Lutheran Church History

The first East Zion Church was built during 1884 and 1885 by John Aslakson and Lawrence Iverson.

In 1898, an 85 foot steeple was added along with an entry, bell, balcony, and sacristy. Lighting was furnished by a fancy brass chandelier near the front and other kerosene lamps along the walls.

This church was struck by lightning on July 7, 1919 at 6:30 a.m. and burned to the ground. Worship services were then held in homes once again; the fall communion was at Fron Church in Starbuck, and Confirmation was held at West Zion.

Plans for a new church, similar to the Big Grove Church of rural Belgrade were drawn. The cornerstone was laid on August 28, 1921 and the church was built by the Larson Brothers of Starbuck for about $45,000. The old church bell, ruined in the fire, was recast and is used at the present time.

The decade of the 1930's brought a severe drought and depression to the area and funds for the church building trickled in very slowly. The building debt was finally paid by the annual meeting in 1941 and the congregation rose and sang "Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow."

East Zion is a brick church with beautiful stained glass windows harkening back to its Norwegian heritage. Many improvements have been made in recent years including a sound system, furnaces and heat exchangers, a handicapped accessible lift system, accessible bathrooms, and in 2015 a new roof was installed.

We are very grateful for our beautiful worship space and proud of its legacy of the Christian faith.


Annual Church Events

Lawn Mowing Crew 2016

Klub Supper Crew

Spring Concert

Burma Road Parade

"Field Of Dreams"

Fall Concert

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