Pastoral Care

Bethlehem’s pastoral and care ministry staff want to support you or a loved one during difficult times. If you are in need of care or prayer, or would like to request a hospital visit please contact the church office at 612.312.3400. For immediate pastoral care needs you may contact the church office. If you receive the after-hours message, please follow the prompts for the pastor on-call.

We at Bethlehem believe strongly in the benefits of prayer in our daily lives. Everyday we pray for those who are hurting as well as thank God for the blessings in our lives. If you have something you would like prayer for, please submit a prayer request to [email protected] or call the church office, 612.312.3413.

Parish Visitors are church members who are trained to provide compassionate listening through frequent visits and phone calls to those members of the Bethlehem Community who are struggling with a life transition, health issues or other circumstances. Often these circumstances limit their participation in worship. Parish Visitors offer friendship as they bring the message of God’s love and presence.

If you would like to volunteer to be a Parish Visitor, contact Diane Waarvik, 612.312.3375.

Communion for Homebound or Ill
Bethlehem has specially trained volunteers who bring communion to those who cannot attend worship or communion services due to health or other circumstances. Those served might be in their own homes, in care facilities or in hospitals.

If you have a loved one that would like to receive communion or if you would like to volunteer to be an LEM (Lay Eucharistic Minister), please contact Marilyn Christensen.


Mental Health Ministry of Bethlehem

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Faith in Mind

Mental Health Speaker Events
2nd Mondays | 5:45-8:15 PM
This is a collaborative ministry with St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. It is designed to provide support through resources, education and social interaction for people living with mental illness, their families, friends and people working in the mental health field. A light meal is served at 5:45 PM followed by a presentation at 6:30 PM.

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Mental Health Connect uses a Mental Health Navigator and Certified Peer Specialist to assist individuals and families in obtaining mental health treatment, resources, support and education. We are here to help you open the door to resources and knowledge that can ease the pain, frustration and confusion of mental illness. For more information visit

Contact the Kristina Swanberg, Mental Health Navigator at 612.312.3377 or Liz Timm, Certified Peer Specialist.



Westminster Counseling Services
Bethlehem is excited to offer counseling services through Westminster Counseling Center. Peter Bruhn, therapist, will be on-site at Bethlehem Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for appointments. To make an appointment or for more information contact Peter at [email protected].

Healing Touch
Healing Touch is a relaxing, nurturing energy therapy which healing touch handscan effect positive change in people’s health and well-being. It is a complementary therapy and works well with Western medicine. The practitioner uses gentle touch either on or off the body to assist in restoring harmony and balance in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the self.

For more information about Healing Touch, contact Gretchen Porter, 612.312.3414.
To set up a Healing Touch appointment, contact the church office, 612.312.3400.

Healing Touch brochure

The Gathering
Thusdays | 10:00 am-3:00 pm
The Gathering provides a day of stimulating activities to engage the minds and bodies of those experiencing early to mid-stage memory loss along with respite for their caregivers. The Gathering is staffed by a group of specially trained volunteers. The Gathering is a program offered through Avinity in collaboration with more than 30 Twin Cities churches.

For more information about the Gathering, contact Pam Gerber, 612-312-3366.

Caregiver’s Support Group
1st Thursday | 10:00-11:30 am
A support group for caregivers of people experiencing early to mid-stage memory loss.

Grief Ministry Team
The grief ministry team recognizes the difficulties that come with the death of a loved one and work to reach out to provide support to those who are dealing with a recent loss. If you or someone you know is struggling following the loss of a loved one, please contact our Grief Ministry Team, 612.312.3413.