Caring, Health, and Wellness

Greetings from Susan Radde, Parish Nurse

Our Health & Wellness Ministry is made up of many devoted volunteers with whom I work making necessary changes due to our changing health needs.

As the Parish Nurse, some of the things I do are:

  • assess the health and spiritual needs of our members

  • make home, rehab, nursing home and hospital visits, often bringing the sacrament of holy communion

  • advocate for those needing help accessing health resources and coverage issues

  • facilitate video/virtual doctor consultations with members

  • help manage our Telecare/Caring Ministry

  • work with our many devoted Health & Wellness Ministry volunteers, making necessary changes based on our health needs.

  • manage OWL Ministry

Telecare Ministry and Caring Visitor Ministry

Telecare and Caring Ministry Volunteers are people who are dedicated to providing the compassion and care of our Lord Jesus to those in need. Our callers are trained to provide confidential support to members. Our volunteers also record our Sunday worship onto CDs and mail them to our members who cannot come to worship. Hospital visitation, delivery of holy communion to isolated members, and one-on-one visits are primarily done by the parish nurse and pastors since the pandemic. Our hope is that our Caring Visitors will be able to visit our isolated members in the near future.

OWL Ministry (Older Wiser Lutherans)

This is a new ministry geared toward people 55+ (but all are welcome). These events will provide socialization, entertainment, food and fun!

Prayer Chain Ministry

Our Prayer Chain Team prays daily for specific needs. Call 952-935-1753 or email the church at gethsemane@glconline.org with prayer concerns.

Prayers for Healing

We know that the cares of the world persist all around us. There are those among us who are hurting or alone. Others are victims of circumstance of or of addictions. The spirit of wisdom and comfort is available to all who seek wholeness and meaning. Just as Jesus healed many and sent his followers to carry on this work, God entrusts the church with the ministry of healing. One expression of this ministry of healing may take place in the gathering of God's people during worship. Monthlyduring our regular worship servicesall who sense the need for God's healing in any aspect of their lives are invited to come forward for a personal moment of prayer with one of the pastors. The prayer request may be on behalf of yourself, a family member or friend, or any concern that is in your heart. Prayers remain confidential, and there is no restriction on who is "eligible" to come forward for prayer. It is part of God's gift and call as a community of faith to share one another's burdens. This is one way we carry out that mission.

Grief Support

Gethsemane hosts the West Suburban Grief Coalition (WSGC) groups during March, April and May, on Thursday afternoons. WSGC invites persons experiencing grief and loss to attend weekly support groups offering healing and hope through listening, sharing, prayer and friendship. For information on churches hosting WSGC throughout the year, please call Harley Feldman, 612-840-1774, or Alva Benson, 763-545-1108.

Funeral Lunch Ministry

Funeral Lunch Volunteers serve luncheons for families and guests following funerals at Gethsemane.