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 to Sue Lungstrom at [email protected] or 952.935.3419.

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

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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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MHC logo image only- greenMental Health Connect
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 Liz Timm, Certified Peer Specialist at 612.312.3377.



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
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.

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.