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.



Age Range: All ages

Location: St. Andrew Lutheran Church

Days/Times: Mondays, June 5-August 28th from 6:30-8:30pm

Description: Losing someone we love is one of life’s most challenging passages. GriefShare is a nationally-recognized and faith-based small group curriculum about grief. It provides a meaningful and dedicated time on a range of topics for people coping with grief to engage together for mutual support and learning. Each session is facilitated by a leader and consists of short DVDs and small group discussion. The GriefShare workbook is highly recommended and is available for purchase for $20.

Contact: Cheryl Harjes at


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NAMI Family Support Group

Age Range: All family and friends of individuals living with mental illness.

Days/Times: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month

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: Facilitated by Carol Webster, trained by NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness), at


Marriage Tune-up: Maintaining a Strong Marriage Seminar

Age range: Married couples of any age are welcome.

Dates/Times: Spring 2018, 6:30-7:30pm

Description: Keeping our marriages strong in our busy, complicated world is a challenge experienced by every couple without exception. St. Andrew University welcomes Pastor Karen Stevensen, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, to a 3-part tune-up for married couples. She will address how couples can make each other #1, creating a marriage you want for the rest of your lives, a toolbox for handling conflict, and getting intimacy needs met.

Registration and cost: Cost is $30 per couple. Registration available in early 2018. Contact Pastor Peter with registration questions.

Nursery: Please indicate in your registration if nursery is needed. A modest donation for nursery care is requested. With questions, please contact Deb Bigley at

Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at


divorce care


Age Range: Mixed adults

Dates/Time: Begins Wednesday, May 24th, from 7-8:45pm. Course continues on Wednesdays for 13 weeks in St. Andrew rooms 209, 210 and counseling office.

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 for alternative dates and times of Divorce Care when not scheduled at St. Andrew.

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.

DivorceCare Leader Recruitment Video from Church Initiative on Vimeo.


Southwest Grief Coalition

Age Range: All ages

Location: St. Andrew Lutheran Church

Days/Times: TBD


5:30  Dinner and fellowship
6 PM  Presentation
6:30-7:30  Small Group discussion

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 a 7-week educational series of 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: Cheryl Harjes at


Suicide Bereavement Support Group

Age Range: Open

Dates/Times: Begins September 21, 2017 and meets on third Thursdays of each month

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


St. Andrew Prayer Group

Age range:  9-90!

Dates/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, 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:  If interested, please contact John Georgen at or Pastor Peter at for meeting times.

Room: 208

Description: Becoming the caretaker for a loved one can be 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 Information:  Contact John Goergen at