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.

Family Support Group

Monthly, 2nd and 4th Mondays  |  6:30 to 8:00 pm
Facilitated by Joann Arneberg, Augustana Faith Community Nurse

Does your loved one live with a mental illness? NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers family and friends of individuals living with a mental illness an opportunity to meet with others who share their concerns, to compare experiences and to learn from each other. The meeting is free of charge and registration is not necessary.

Other Classes, Events & Activities

A Matter of Balance Class

Mondays, October 10 to November 28, 1:00—3:00 pm
Walker Methodist – Westwood Ridge, 1 Thompson Ave W.
West St Paul, MN 55118
Workshop Leaders: Joann Arneberg, Faith Community Nurse and Rebecca Indahl, Faith Community Nurse
Cost: No cost

Learn practical strategies for: reducing your fear of falling, changing your environment to reduce risks and increasing your activity level to prevent falls in this group discussion class. This class is more conversation-based than exercise-based. Who should take the class? This class is for any adult who fears falling. It is particularly suited for people who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have had a fall in the past
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
  • Want to improve flexibility, balance and strength

Call Joann Arneberg at Augustana for more information 651.457.3373. To register: Sign up online at 3498 or call 651-204-0904

Wellness Events

Blood Drive

Thursday, October 6, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Fellowship Hall

Augustana will again host our annual American Red Cross Blood Drive. Your help is greatly needed, and every pint of blood collected will help 3 people in need of life-saving blood. Please sign up for a donation time using the button below. Thank you!

Blood Pressure Screenings

Third Sunday each month, September – May
9:30 – 11:00 am
Augustana Office


Joann Arneberg
Faith Community Nurse