Caring Ministries

Gloria Dei’s mission is to be  “a caring, healing and welcoming” community. Need help – we are here for you! Want to help others – there is a place for you! Contact Parish Nurse for support, questions and to volunteer.

We also have an on-site Lutheran Social Services counselor available. Read more.

Caring and Healing Ministries at Gloria Dei

Gloria Dei members reach out with God’s love and compassion to provide comfort and companionship to members of the congregation who can’t get to worship on Sundays. Our Visitation Ministers also extend Christ’s table to those who are homebound by bringing communion–one way that we remind ourselves that our community extends to those who are unable to be with us on Sunday mornings.

We are always looking for more Visitation Ministers. Contact Pastor Javen Swanson for more information

Prayer Teams are available in the chapel during communion distribution on the second Sunday of the month. Persons seeking healing prayer approach the prayer team and express their prayer concern. The team then prays for the person and anoints the person with oil. Laying on of hands and anointing with oil become the outward signs of God’s desire for all of us to be whole and well. Prayer requests remain confidential or the seeker of prayer can ask that a pastor be informed. Contact Parish Nurse if you are interested in becoming a member of the Prayer Team Ministry. It is a powerful, moving ministry.

Care and the love of knitting (and crochet) have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Many blessings and prayers are knitted into each shawl.

All knitters are welcome to join us the first Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Gathering Place for coffee, conversation and knitting. If you would like a prayer shawl, would like to volunteer or would like to learn more contact Parish Nurse.

We invite you to join us in making quilts from donated fabric to give to various children, teen and adult organizations. No experience necessary. Join us for fun and fellowship!

Contact Parish Nurse for support, questions and to volunteer.

Volunteers and staff work together to promote Gloria Dei Lutheran Church as a “safe place” to discuss addiction and related issues. This team of volunteers meets once a month. Activities include: organization of an annual recovery worship service and scheduling speakers or other education and awareness opportunities for youth and adults. The group is also available to anyone who seeks non-professional support and information.

Contact Parish Nurse for support, questions and to volunteer.

Local Resources:

Lutheran Social Services

St. Paul AA Intergroup

Addiction Search

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge

Hazelden

The Retreat

Project Turnabout

Other Resources:

Adult Children of Alcoholics World Services Inc.

Al-Anon & AlaTeen Family Group Headquarters Inc.

Alcoholics Anonymous

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc.

Legal Action Center

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Faith Partners

The Mental Health Ministry Team plans educational events and brings resources to Gloria Dei about practices and life styles to promote emotional and mental well-being. New members are welcome.

Gloria Dei is a welcoming community of believers that cares about those who experience mental and emotional challenges.

Mental health is a social justice issue. Health is central to our well-being, and helps us live out our vocations in family, work, and community. Caring for one’s own health is a matter of human necessity and good stewardship. Caring for the health of others expresses both love for our neighbors and responsibility for a just society. As a personal and social responsibility, health care is a shared endeavor.

This team meets monthly and plans educational events during the program year. Contact Parish Nurse for support, questions and to volunteer.

Resource for Mental Health Services and classes: NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 1-800 NAMI HELPS or 651-645-2948

Lutheran Social Services 612-879-5320

The Grief Support Team reaches out to members of Gloria Dei experiencing grief, through cards (made by the card ministry) and by phone calls, emails or visits. We are not grief counselors but can point to further resources if needed. We will listen non-judgmentally and will walk with on the grief journey. We provide prayer shawls (made by the Prayer Shawl Ministry) to wrap around the person grieving as a sign of God’s Presence and the congregation’s care.

We would love to have you join in doing this important work.

Contact Parish Nurse for support, questions and to volunteer.

Resources:
Center for Grief Loss and Transition, 1133 Grand Ave St Paul. (651) 641-0177

Mount Olivet Counseling Service, Mpls http://www.mtolivet.org/resources/counseling#Types

Funeral Homes and Health Networks often have grief counseling services.

Lutheran Social Services 612-879-5320

http://www.growingthroughloss.org

Google Capitol City Grief Coalition for meeting times and places nearby

The Post Hospitalization Support Team reaches out to members of Gloria Dei who have recently been hospitalized to check on needs they may have, offer some meals made by the Food Ministry, and provide some caring contact from the Gloria Dei congregation. We bring prayer shawls (made by the Prayer Shawl Ministry) as a sign of God’s Presence and the congregation’s prayers.

Contact Parish Nurse for support, questions and to volunteer.

This group of volunteers puts together packets at Easter and Christmas and arranges for volunteers to deliver the packets (and flower at Easter).

Contact Parish Nurse for support, questions and to volunteer.

Come together to make hand-made greeting cards for the Gloria Dei Community including our home-bound members. Different themes chosen each month.

Monthly Gatherings
Wednesday 5:00 p.m.

To find out when the next gathering will be, contact: Heidi Isaacson

No creative skills necessary! Everything is pre-designed and pre-cut so all you have to do is come in and stamp/assemble.

Cards are also available for purchase $3.00 each or 4 / $10.00

A volunteer sends cards to home-bound members on various holidays.

Contact Parish Nurse for support, questions and to volunteer.

Volunteers prepare and deliver meals to members who have recently been hospitalized or have had a death in the family.

Contact Parish Nurse for support, questions and to volunteer.

Gloria Dei has recently started a new ministry for the new children who come into our congregational family. Children arrive into our families in different ways, at different ages and aren’t always the first. We would love to help welcome your new child into your life and our church with some love and meals. Please contact the Parish Nurse if you or another member you know is expecting a child to arrive into their family.

Contact Parish Nurse.

We would like to start a transportation ministry to provide rides to church for people who request it.
We need a leader / coordinator and a group of people willing to drive.

Contact Parish Nurse for support, questions and to volunteer.