Support Groups

The book of Ecclesiastes states that two people together are better than one alone. Too often people find themselves alone dealing with questions, transitions, sadness, and grief.

As a Christian community called to follow Jesus in roles of support and compassion, St. Andrew Lutheran Church offers a myriad of support groups aligned with areas of life that can cause challenge and heartache. Our leaders are experienced, trained, faithful and caring.

We invite you to take the important step of engaging a support group at St. Andrew (or invite others to do so) for the benefits you could receive as well as for the gifts you could share with others.


When Grief Interrupts the Holidays

Age Range: Adults

Day/Time: Monday, November 20 from 6:30-8:30pm

Description: To help prepare you for the holidays and surround you with love and support, members of our GriefShare ministry (Cheryl Harjes, Julie Samuelson and Tammy Sperr and Pastor Peter Johnson) invite you to When Grief Interrupts the Holidays  in the St. Andrew chapel for an evening dedicated to sharing helpful ideas for managing the pain of grieving during the holidays.

  • Light a candle of remembrance.
  • View the interview of a Facebook executive who lost a spouse suddenly.
  • Receive handouts with suggestions for how to handle holiday invitations and stress.
  • Hear helpful ideas for honoring your loved one’s memory at this time of year.
  • Share thoughts with others walking this difficult journey.
  • Remain after the session for cookies and conversation.
  • Receive support and encouragement from the Spirit of God.

Contact: Cheryl Harjes at, Tammy Sperr at, Julie Samuelson at



Age Range: Adults

Days/Times: TBD in 2018

Description: Have you suffered the loss of a partner, parent, child, or friend? GriefShare is a 13-week small group series for those grieving the loss of someone they loved. Grief can feel lonely and isolating, especially in a culture that pressures you to “move on.” GriefShare helps you face those challenges and move towards rebuilding your life.

Contact: Cheryl Harjes at and Tammy Sperr at


Southwest Grief Coalition

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times:  Immanuel Lutheran Church (16515 Luther Way, 952-937-8123) beginning on January 8th.

5:30pm – Light supper
6pm – Presentation
6:30-7:30pm – Small group discussion and support

Description: Losing someone we love is one of life’s most challenging passages. The churches of the Southwest Grief Coalition have bound together to provide support and education for those who would like to come learn about the process of grief in a caring, supportive, and confidential setting. Learning about your grief leads to personal growth and healing.

Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at


St. Andrew Prayer Group

Age range: Ages 9–90!

Days/Times: 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month, 6:30–8:00 PM in the Conference Room

Description: A small group for people with hearts to pray for our church, community, world and who long for God’s guidance in how to make their prayer life more alive/empowered.

Contact: Lea Nordos at or 952.292.3674


Caregiver’s Group

Age Range: All individuals who are now caring for aging parents or think they may have to do so in the future

Days/Times: As needed. Contact John Goergen

Description: Becoming the caretaker for a loved on is one of the most difficult transitions you’ll ever face, and it’s really helpful to be able to discuss the problems and issues you’re encountering with others and to ask for advice and support. Come join us to be able to talk with people who have the same situation, and to know you don’t have to face this experience alone.

Contact: John Goergen at


NAMI Family Support Group

Age Range: Adults

Days/Times: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 7:00–8:30 PM

Description: For families struggling with a loved one who is challenged with the reality of mental illness, the group venue provides support and learning from shared experiences. No cost.

Contact: Carol Webster, NAMI facilitator, at or phone 952.426.0343


Suicide Bereavement Support Group

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:00–9:00 PM beginning September 21, 2017

Description: This support group aims to provide a safe, accepting and non-judgmental place for people struggling with the challenge of suicide loss. Leadership of this support group have experienced personal loss of their own and have received specialized training.

Contact: Tammy Sperr at



Age Range: Mixed adults

Days/Times: Summer 2018, we have referral churches for needs earlier than the summer of 2018

Description: DivorceCare is weekly seminar and support group that will help you heal from the pain of divorce. It’s a 13-week DVD series in a warm, caring environment led by people who understand what you are going through. Find help, discover hope, and experience healing.

Contact:  Pat Lauria at

DivorceCare Leader Search

Have a heart for people who are hurting because of the devestation of separation or divorce? Please consider becoming involved in our DivorceCare ministry. You do not need to be a counselor, teacher or have a degree, but you do need to have experienced a separation or divorce. You will be part of a team with continued support. If you feel God is leading you to help these people, please email Pat Lauria at and she will be happy to meet with you and explain what DivorceCare is all about.