BeFrienders: This ministry provides trained lay pastoral care for people in all kinds of challenging or transitional situations. Everyone is, at times, on a difficult journey and needs a caring companion who will listen, empathize, and be a reminder of a caring faith community. For either one visit or multiple visits, a BeFriender is a supportive listener beyond the family. Examples of concerns might be illness, divorce or separation, parenting challenges, stress, difficult decisions, life changes, death/dying/grief, care giving responsibilities and many other large or seemingly small challenging times in life.
Contact: BeFriender Coordinators Mary Lou Hoff and Ginny Larson Read more
Depression, Anxiety and Grief Support Group: This group meets on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in Room 208. If you wrestle with any of these issues please consider this nurturing group a resource for you.
Contact: Dick Oberg
Dinners For Eight: Do you like to eat? Would you like to get better acquainted with some fellow St. Lukers? Dinners 4/8 is a first-rate opportunity to make connections and eat!
How it works: Sign up for one 4-month block. You’ll be randomly assigned to a group of 8. One person in each group will contact their own members to determine the first date. Each group decides its own schedule, meeting once a month for 4 months. Host/ess provides main dish & beverage; others bring side dishes. Host/esses rotate.
Like the idea but can’t commit to 4 months? Sign up as a reserve person/couple. If a regular can’t make it, you’d be willing to fill in, maybe on short notice. New faces are particularly welcome!
Contacts: Evelyn Headen, email@example.com
Judy Leatham, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hermanos: The St. Luke Men’s Group, Hermanos (which is Spanish for "brothers") meets for breakfast, fellowship, and discussion. We use a variety of books, articles, and other resources on such topics as spirituality, personal growth, ethics, and theology as the basis for our discussion. The group is a good mix of ages, backgrounds, and perspectives which leads to lively discussion. This is great way for men to connect, grow, and develop friendships. All men are invited to join. We meet the second Saturday of the month at 7:30am, September through May, at the Sheraton Hotel restaurant (located on the east side of the Ridgedale Mall)
Contacts: Jim Gregory, email@example.com
Peter Frederick, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Haskin, BobKathyHaskin@aol.com
Larry Stickler, email@example.com
Ben van Lierop, firstname.lastname@example.org
Seasoned Lukers: The Seasoned Lukers group is for persons age 50 and over at St. Luke who enjoy friendship, learning, and exploring together. Activities vary based on participants’ interests, activities going on the in the metro area, and the changing Minnesota weather. All are invited to partake in as many of the activities that desired.
Contact: Sue Kirchhoff, email@example.com
St. Luke Book Group: This group is open to all people who love books! Below is our schedule for the coming months. Please join us for friendly, insightful discussion. We rotate hosting at each other’s homes. Read more
Contact: Liz Heuser, firstname.lastname@example.org
Women's Gathering: A monthly informal gathering of women at St. Luke for the purpose of building community.
Contact: Nancy Kizilos-Clift, email@example.com