Serve & Care

Pastoral Care and Support

We care about you and your family! The following resources at St. Andrew’s are available to you:

We are facing unprecedented challenges, but you don’t have to walk through them alone. St. Andrew’s Pastoral Care ministry exists to reach out to members, friends and families of the church and community to share Christ’s healing love with all people.
Our care team consists of Pastoral Staff, a spiritual advisor, a parish nurse, a resource counselor and a variety of caring individuals experienced in walking with people through the storms of life, bringing the presence of Christ and promise of God to others.

Spiritual Care for Caregivers –Virtual Meetings
Meets the third Tuesday of every month, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. A community of support for caregivers, providing devotions and a warm, welcoming space to share the joys and pains of caregiving. Have your cup filled with love, prayer and the Holy Spirit. Contact Resource Counselor Heidi Lender at, 651.762.9155 for an invitation to the virtual meetings.

Together in Grief – Monday evenings, 6:00 – 7:30 – Starting Mon., June 15

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is introducing a new, virtual, facilitated support group for those who are experiencing the loss of loved ones.  This will be an open support group – primarily focused on what members bring to share about how they are and where they are in their experiences.  The group will be offered through the summer and will be lightly structured with an opening and closing.  The hope for the group is that members will have an opportunity to share, listen, and support each other toward healing.  Or, put another way, “To learn how to live,” as a member of a grief group once said.

Meetings will be held virtually on Monday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30.  Meeting dates for the summer include:  6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17, and 8/31.   Cost for the entire summer session of 7 meetings is $20.

Group Facilitators are Pat and Lon Pardun who have facilitated a grief support in their church for the last few years.  Pat is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor.   Lon has volunteer experience facilitating support groups.  To learn more about the group please contact:

Pat Pardun at or 651-433-2130

Use this link to register:

or contact Lisa Grundtner, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church or 651-762-9117


Online Resources

HelpGuide: Coping with Grief and Loss  :  Good information about grief and grief support resources.

Family Means Center for Grief & Loss  Local center for grief support.

Growing Through Loss – Twin Cities South Suburban:

Resources – Grief/Loss Groups including East Metro and Recommended reading.

Dealing With Stress

CDC Guide for Coping with Stress    Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

 Health Partners Tips: Coping with Stress

Health Partners Bulletin: Coping with Stress during Infectious Disease Outbreaks

COVID-19 Well-Being Toolkit

 Toolkit<> from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Healthy Minds.

 MN Warmline,  (651) 288-0400 or Txt “Support” to 85511

 Change to Chill  and Health Powered Kids Mental Health Virtual Care Package: The care package is for students, teachers, and parents who are all adjusting to distance learning. Includes activities for de-stressing that can be done as a class, as a family, one-on-one with a child or as an individual to help build resilience through stress prevention and reduction activities like physical activity, mindfulness to help get through this challenging period.


Recovery Groups

Online AA Meetings and Resources

St. Paul Intergroup office is maintaining a list of Zoom links to ‘local’ meetings:

Inner Peace Al-Anon group

(this group had met on at 11 am on Thursday mornings at St. Andrew’s)
Contact:   651-428-4564
Zoom ID 439 949 923
Password 171585

Sunday Night Happy Joyous and Free Open AA Meeting:  Zoom Meeting

Meeting starts at 7 PM.   – organizer
Sunday Night Happy Joyous and Free Open AA Meeting 6:40 p.m. – 8:10 p.m.
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St. Andrew’s Congregational Care Staff Contact Information: 

Kyle Jackson, Executive Pastor of Serve and Care, 651.762.9129

Brian Norsman, Pastor of Spiritual Formation, 651.762.9176

Dana Gabor, Parish Nurse, 651.762.9106

Lisa Grundtner, Director of Funeral Ministry / Support Groups, 651.762.9117

Heidi Lender, Resource Counselor 651.762.9155



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Prayer Ministry

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30 Days of Prayer

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