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. Every day 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 by emailing [email protected] or calling 612.312.3400. If you would like to join the prayer chain and receive the Prayer Chain emails contact [email protected] or call 612.312.3400.

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 at [email protected] or 952.484.7802.

Mental Health Ministry of Bethlehem

Mental Health Speaker Events
2nd Mondays | 5:45-8:00 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. For a list of Upcoming Topics click here.

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Mental Health Connect uses Mental Health Navigators 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 our Mental Health Navigator at 612.312.3377.


Westminster Counseling Services
Bethlehem is excited to offer counseling services through Westminster Counseling Center. Peter Bruhn, LPC, LADC, is on-site at Bethlehem Tuesdays and Thursdays for appointments.

“I believe most individuals are much stronger than they realize, and possess an inner wisdom and resilience from which they are currently disconnected. Tremendous change and growth is often possible through adjustments in lifestyle and thinking patterns, and the tapping into inner and outer resources that are presently underutilized.”

Peter has experience treating adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and substance use issues. Services are available for all, regardless of any religious or church affiliation. Sliding fee scale available.

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

Healing Touch at Minnetonka

The Healing Touch Ministry is now available at the Minnetonka Campus! Katie Gross, RN BSN HNB-BC CHTP, will lead the Minnetonka Healing Touch Ministry.

To schedule a session with the Bethlehem Healing Touch Ministry at Minnetonka, contact Heidi Peterson, 952.935.3419.  There is no cost to the Bethlehem community. Donations are welcome.

The Gathering
Thursdays | 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 while their caregivers have a day of respite. The Gathering meets the first four Thursdays of each month and is staffed by a group of specially trained volunteers. Nutritious lunches are served by volunteers. The Gathering is a program offered
through Avinity Senior Living Communities in collaboration with a consortium of south
Minneapolis churches.

For more information about The Gathering, contact Bethlehem Twin Cities Social
Worker Pam Gerber at [email protected] or 612.312.3366 or Sarah Ethridge at Avinity at [email protected] or 612.598.0670 to seek enrollment for a loved one or to apply for volunteer opportunities.

Memory Loss 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 led by volunteer coordinators trained by the Alzheimer’s Association. Contact Sarah Ethridge at Avinity or Pam Gerber at Bethlehem.

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 Diane Waarvik at [email protected] or 612.312.3375.

Minnetonka Parish Nurse Hours
Heidi Peterson, Parish Nurse, holds office hours at the Minnetonka campus most Wednesday mornings. Check the bulletin to see if she is in this week, or call the church office at 952.935.3419.

Starfish Ministry
Starfish is a collaborative ministry of Judson Baptist Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities, staffed by a team of volunteers and funded by donations from compassionate members which provides temporary financial assistance to our South Minneapolis neighbors in need. The aid we provide helps individuals and families to obtain or remain in a home, secure food, ensure access to transportation or address medical needs. To volunteer with Starfish, please click here. If you are in need of assistance, contact a Starfish volunteer at 952.686.4124.

CareerWalk Job Transition Support
Thursdays | 6:30-8:30 pm
CareerWalk offers support and connection for people in a job search or thinking about a career change. Beginning with attitude and self-assessment, CareerWalk helps people explore what they want to do and then develop the building blocks for an effective job search. Participants leave feeling refreshed, equipped, and encouraged. During each session, topics include attitude, self-assessment and reflection, networking, resumes, LinkedIn, and Interviewing. Contact Brad Pepin ([email protected]) or Carrie Johnson ([email protected]mwith questions and to inquire about the next session dates.
Learn about the current CareerWalk session here.

CareerWalk Navigator Support Services
1st and 3rd Wednesdays | 6:30-7:45 pm
NEW! CareerWalk is now offering resources and personal support on a drop-in basis through December 19, 2018. Come with any questions; we are here to help.

Spiritual Direction
The Soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals. -Kahlil Gibran

Every soul is continuously unfolding physically, emotionally and spiritually. I accompany an individual on his or her journey along this path of unfolding feelings, passions, questions and directions.
I can help you expand emotionally and spiritually through open awareness and connecting with your inner voice. I offer thoughtful, tangible support based in chaplain experience, spiritual direction, mind-body therapies, energy healing, tapping and aromatherapy.
Let you mind unburden and your soul unfold.

Integrative Spiritual Consultant – Rev. Catherine Duncan, MA, BCC

Catherine is passionate about whole person healing with a focus on emotional and spiritual health. With a reverence for exploring the sacredness and meaning of life, she companions individuals on their journey. She works extensively in chronic illness, life transitions, grief, loss and finding meaning and purpose. Catherine is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ. She is a board-certified chaplain, spiritual director, energy healer, and tapping (EFT) practitioner and works with mind-body therapies and aromatherapy. Catherine works with Mn Personalized Medicine and also has her own private practice. She has served as a spiritual care provider with Fairview Home Care and Hospice, HCMC, and Good Samaritan. Catherine speaks on Resiliency, Self-Compassion, and Self- Care in the community and writes a bi-monthly blog. Learn more on her website: Contact Rev. Catherine Duncan, MA, BCC at 612.922.9105 or [email protected]