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.

Coronavirus (CO-VID19) Update

All activities, including worship, are cancelled until further notice. The Augustana Preschool will be closed beginning Monday, March 16. 

Find more information.

Using the guidelines put forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the MN Department of Health, the Augustana staff and church council are taking the necessary precautions to help reduce the risk of the Coronavirus and ensure the health and safety of our faith community. As of this time, that includes cancelling all activities at Augustana including worship until further notice. Please share this information with friends, neighbors, and especially Augustana members that may not have email access.

The church council will meet on Tuesday, March 17 to determine the details surrounding this decision. We will communicate those via email and on this page.

The staff will work together to create ways for you to nurture your faith and connect with God and one another. Please check your email and this page for updates.

Being prepared to navigate life’s unexpected events by cultivating a strong faith foundation was our goal this fall when we introduced our theme of Expect the Unexpected. The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting all of our lives in unexpected ways. This is precisely Where Faith Meets Life. Confident that God is with us to guide, protect, and provide in the face of this uncertainty gives us the ability to be resilient and overcome this challenge.

Thank you for your prayers, support, and cooperation as we work together. We trust that God will bring peace and calm to our anxious hearts. We choose hope knowing that God is greater than any danger. God goes with us in difficult times and blesses us as we move forward.

The pastors and staff want to assure you that we are closely following the Coronavirus (COVID19) situation and we are following the MN Dept of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s recommendations for faith-based organizations. To find a complete list of precautions to follow, go to the CDC’s website. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

We will continue to follow the guidance from health officials and will keep you informed as needed.

Contact

Joann Arneberg
Faith Community Nurse
651.457.3373

Wellness Events

Blood Pressure Screenings
Third Sunday each month

September – May

9:30 – 11:00 am
Augustana Office