Support Ministries


Befrienders is a quiet ministry of listening as a friend. We all experience difficult times in life, times when we need a caring companion who will listen, empathize, and be a reminder of a caring, faith community. Befrienders provide care through a listening presence to anyone experiencing a life challenge. To get involved, or if you or someone you know could benefit from having a Befriender, contact Joann Arneberg.

Care Team

Doing for a friend what a friend would do is the mission of our Care Team. These volunteers function as extended family members through friendship and practical support for light household chores, shopping, or transportation. To get involved, or if you or someone you know could benefit from Care Team, contact Joann Arneberg.

Caring Casseroles

Our Caring Casseroles team supports members and their families during challenging times by lovingly preparing and delivering meals. To get involved, or if you or someone you know could benefit from receiving a nutritious meal, contact Joann Arneberg.

Grief Ministry

This ministry supports members who have had a death in their immediate family by providing educational opportunities and resources. Offerings include:

  • Holiday Memorial Service (second Saturday in December)
  • Growing Through Loss series of grief classes, sponsored by the Southeast Suburban Grief Coalition (Augustana is a member) held in both spring and fall. To learn more, visit, call 952.890.0045 or email

Memory Loss Support Programs

Augustana offers support to families dealing with memory loss in a variety of ways.

  • The Gathering provides a day of stimulating and safe activities for those experiencing memory loss & five hours of respite for their caregivers. Augustana hosts the program on the first and third Tuesdays of the month and Salem Lutheran hosts the program on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Learn more. To get involved, or if you or someone you know could benefit from The Gathering, contact Joann Arneberg.
  • Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers: Caregivers must care for themselves to continue to care for others. This group is a small caring group that is facilitated by experienced, compassionate caregivers, in partnership with the Alzheimers Association and Lyngblomsten. You are welcome to come every month or as your schedule permits on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 am in the Augustana Library.

All activities, including worship, are cancelled until further notice. Find more information.


Joann Arneberg
Faith Community Nurse