Health & Wellness

Physical and mental health is God’s intention for every human being. It is vital to our well-being and helps strengthen relationships and enhance our Christian service in our communities and world. Promoting good health is our shared endeavor with God, just as caring for our neighbor’s health is an expression of Christian love and service.

We recognize the advantages of good health and a strong health-care system, and we are committed to raising awareness about health-related issues as well as health-related ministries, both in the United States and around the world.

Health Screenings at Augustana

  • Blood pressure screenings happen once per month in the church office
  • Flu shot clinic in the fall
  • Red Cross blood drive
  • Faith-filled yoga classes run continuously through the year

Mental Health

At Augustana, we explore the topic of mental health from multiple angles, knowing hope exists if we know where to look. As Christians, we have a powerful resource at our disposal 24-7: The Living God, who cares deeply about every detail of your life. 

Is anxiety part of your life? Where does faith meet your anxious thoughts? One approach to managing anxiety is the Christian discipline of meditation. A simple process to meditate: Fill the mind and spirit with God’s word. Choose a favorite Bible verse to focus on, for example: Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way (2 Thessalonians 3:16). Seek peace in the midst of stress; use meditation wherever you are. Remind yourself God is almighty and in control and trustworthy.

An Emergency Response to Help Prevent Suicide – QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)

QPR is an emergency response to help prevent suicide. Below are excerpts from the 11/20/19 presentation by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) hosted by Augustana. Learn more.

Contact Joann Arneberg, Faith Community Nurse, if you would like more resources or referrals to cope with anxiety. Seeing your doctor may be recommended depending on the severity of your anxiety.

Where Faith Meets Mental Health

Movie Series 

Join us for an all-congregation movie series on mental health. Augustana will host screenings of three movies, each covering a different aspects of mental health. This movie series is part of our ongoing effort to engage in a conversation about mental health and provide resources and support. We hope you will join us for one or all three of these movies.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age

Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. This movie shows how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

SCREENAGERS NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience

In a follow up to her first movie Dr. Delaney Ruston sets out to understand the challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we, as parents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience. This movie explores how social media may be impacting our teens’ mental health, and what we can do to help.

Sunday, March 1, 2020


Designed to raise awareness around anxiety, this movie features candid interviews with mental health experts as well as kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The goal of Angst is to explore causes of anxiety, help identify and understand the symptoms, and encourage people to reach out for help.

All of these screenings will be followed  by lunch and discussion. Please keep an eye out for more information about first screening and lunch.


Joann Arneberg
Faith Community Nurse

Wellness Events

Blood Pressure Screenings
Sunday, December 8
9:30 – 11:00 am
Augustana Office