SCC-Care-MinistryAt Salem Covenant Church, our desire is to provide a caring community for our members, friends, and neighbors. You may call the church when you are aware of needs in our community. We are not often called by hospitals when people are admitted. Please let the Church Office know when a family member or friend has been admitted to a local hospital. 

Pastor Jim Anderson
Visitation Pastor
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Kathy Welte R.N.
Faith Community Nurse
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In addition we have the following caring ministries:

Caring Friends – A group of trained people who are available for a one on one caring relationship with anyone in need.

Foot Care Clinic – A trained professional available monthly for foot care.

Flu Shot Clinic (offered by MNVA) – Sunday, October 8, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Red Cross Blood Drive – Fall date TBD. Learn more HERE.

Caring Friends

How can I request visits by a Caring Friend volunteer?

  • Call Salem Covenant Church yourself.
  • Complete and mail the request form included in this brochure.
  • Ask a family member to contact Salem Covenant Church.
  • Ask a family member to complete and mail the request form included in this brochure.

Caring Friends Ministry Volunteers:

  • Visit with individuals over the phone, through email, or in their homes.
  • Provide socialization and reduce isolation and loneliness.
  • Visit length and frequency are variable.

Caring Friends Ministry Volunteers:

  • Caring Friends are volunteers who commit to using their gifts and talents to serve homebound, sick, and troubled persons and assure them of God’s love and the church’s concern for them.
  • Caring Friends Ministry volunteers do what a friend would do for a friend. They reach out to the person who needs occasional help or long term support.
  • Their volunteer activity is structured and coordinated through the efforts of the Caring Friends Ministry coordinators and Salem’s Faith Community Nurse.

How can we help?

If you have a health concern or would like spiritual support during your illness or hospitalization, please call the Church Office and request that a member of the Pastoral Staff or the Faith Community Nurse follow up with you.

Due to changes in the Federal laws, health institutions are prohibited from notifying faith communities without your written consent. It is often easier if you or your family notify us. This allows the pastors and/or Faith Community Nurse to come alongside you to offer prayer and support during a difficult time or rejoice with you and give thanks to God.

Also, please know that your privacy will be respected. Your pastors or Faith Community Nurse can visit and no one else needs to know.

Community Classes/Events

Camp Angel – Facing Cancer Together

We are excited to announce the theme for our 2017 camps: CALLING ALL SUPERHEROES
Camp Angel provides three days of peer support and therapeutic activities for children and teens (kindergarten-18) with a parent or caregiver who has (or has had) cancer. Camp provides a unique opportunity for children and teens to have fun and enjoy intentional and meaningful camp activities led by trained volunteers and staff. Registration information HERE.

  • Three-day camp, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., August 15-17 at Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie, Minnesota

  • Ages kindergarten – 12 (must have already attended kindergarten) attend day camp. Teens (Ages 13-18) stay overnight

  • There will be a family celebration in the late afternoon of the final day of camp

“The kids love it! They see other kids in similar situations coping and they are encouraged that they can cope too.”

Paths to Faithful Caregiving Classes

6-week class for caregivers of a parent, spouse, neighbor, friend. You will learn how to: manage stress and difficult emotions, communicate more effectively, create balance in life, locate helpful resources, and find caregiving strength through your own unique spiritual practices.
Check HERE for upcoming classes.

Stepping On

Stepping On is a 7-week, 2 hours each week, well-researched falls prevention program, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Offered to people 50 years and older who have fallen in the past, at risk of falling or have fear of falling.
Topics include:

  • Simple and fun balance and strength training
  • The role vision plays in keeping your balance
  • How medications can contribute to falls
  • Ways to stay safe when out and about in your community
  • What to look for in safe footwear
  • How to check your home for safety

Upcoming Classes:

  • Mondays, September 11 – October 23, 10:00 a.m.-noon at Unity Hospital Classroom B
  • Mondays, October 20 – December 11, 10:00 a.m.-noon at Mercy Hospital Classroom B

For more information or to register for one of the workshops, please call Mercy Trauma Services (763-236-7016).

Memory Club Beginning in Spring 2017

A 10-week program for people with early-stage memory loss and their care partners. Each session begins with one hour of education followed by separate support groups, one for the person with memory loss, the other for their care partner. Classes will be held Wednesdays, March 1- May 3, 2017. **Pre-screening required. Call 651-280-CARE [2273] to set-up pre-screening and for more information.

Memory Cafe

Our mission is to provide a comfortable and engaging environment where people with memory loss and their care partners can laugh, learn and remain socially connected with others traveling the same journey.

When: The last Friday of each month
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: The Landmark of Fridley (6490 Central Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432)
Phone: Jill Agyekum, Anoka County 763-422-6960
               Tonya Gusciora, The Landmark of Fridley 763-571-7355
Who: Individuals with early to moderate Alzheimer’s & their care partners.
What: Socialization and Information networking for care partners
Why: Staying active physically, socially and mentally is good for the brain. It’s a time and place where everyone can interact, laugh, cry and find support without feeling embarrassed or misunderstood

Hope For Recovery (presented by NAMI MN)

Spend a Saturday obtaining information, hope and practical strategies for dealing with the complexities of mental illness. Participants learn about mental illnesses, treatments, coping strategies, the mental health system and local resources. Held Saturdays from 9:00 to 3:00 unless noted. Please bring your own lunch. For information call NAMI Minnesota, 651-645-2948.

• Anoka, August 9, Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Avenue North  (Register, here.)
• Anoka, September 13, Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Avenue North (Register, here.)

Family-to-Family (presented by NAMI MN)

This class is for family members who have a loved one living with a mental illness. Learn about mental illnesses, identify resources, build communication skills, reduce stress and find support. Join others for this 12-week series taught by experienced family members. You must call the contact person listed in your area to become registered for this course.

• Coon Rapids, September 3, Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, contact Becca: 763-755-6290 or Mary Kay: 763-226-7088
• Plymouth, September 5, Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m., St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, contact Denny: 763-550-0490 or KC: 763-670-2281
• North Branch, new start date: September 19, Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, contact: Charles or Rachel: 651-213-0993
• Roseville, Septemer 10, Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m., North Heights Lutheran Church, contact Anne: 651-653-5116 or Stacia: 651-330-1730
• Minneapolis (downtown), new start date: September 17, Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Bridgewater Lofts, contact Gloria: 507-828-8082 or Helen: 763-227-0271
• Edina, September 10, Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Our Lady of Grace, contact Sheila: 952-945-9810 or Kay: 612-821-0412

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on mental Illness) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. NAMI Minnesota offers education, support, and advocacy.

 

Grief and Recovery Groups

GriefShare

This Grief Support Group is a 12-week class being offered at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights.. This class is open to anyone that has experienced the death of a loved one. Each topic is self-contained so you do not have to attend in sequence and includes a brief video seminar, followed by supportive group discussion. 

Dates: Wednesday evenings, August 30-November 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: St. Matthew Lutheran Church (4101 Washington Street NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421)
Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required by August 9 by contacting the church office at 763-788-9427 or you can email Kathy Rosenberg, Parish Nurse at for registration or any questions as well. 

Adult Grief Education

HealthEast Hospice is offering a grief education class designed to help adults better understand and cope with their own grief after the death of a loved one. This is a class, not a support group. Educational materials will be provided. There is no cost for the class, but registration is requested due to space limitations. This class is for adults who want to: understand some basic characteristics of grief, learn about common grief reactions, realize that what they are experiencing is normal, and cope better with the stress of grieving.

Date: Monday, August 7, 2017 from 4:00–6:00 p.m. 
Location: HealthEast Midway Building/Haag-Rinkel Room (1700 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55104)
Please register by Wednesday, August 3, 2017 (651-232-3543 or by email at griefsupportservices@healtheast.org). There is no cost, but space is limited. 

Walking Through Grief

When you are on the journey of grief, it is often helpful to seek the support of others. HealthEast Hospice is offering a five session grief support group that will begin February 21, 2017. The group is intended for people who are grieving the death of a loved one. Group members will have opportunities to reflect on grief and loss, and receive relevant grief education and materials. There is no charge for the group. Registration is required as space is limited.

Dates: Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27 and October 4, 2017 from 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Location: HealthEast Midway Building/Haag-Rinkel Room (1700 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55104)
Please register by September 1 by calling Grief Support Services (651-232-3543 or by email at griefsupportservices@healtheast.org)

 

Writing for Reflection, Remembrance, and Renewal

In this writing series, you will safely explore your feelings of grief through writing. It is an opportunity to give voice to your inner wisdom and write about what matters most to you – what you remember, what you miss, what you cherish. You will be guided through specific writing prompts to find renewed ways of viewing your grief journey and giving shape to your life.

Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2017 from 4:30–6:00 p.m. 
Location: HealthEast Midway Building/Conley Room (1700 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55104)
Please register by September 1, 2017 by calling HealthEast Grief Support Services (651-326-1541). There is no cost, but space is limited.

Growing Through Loss

The Twin Cities’ North Metro Grief Support Coalition sponsors the six-week Growing Through Loss series twice yearly, providing an opportunity for individuals to obtain information and support for a variety of loss and grief issues. No pre-registration needed. Registration is taken at each session. You are welcome to attend one or all of the sessions. Visit our Web site at www.growing throughsoss.org.

Have you experienced:

  • the death of a loved one
  • a broken relationship
  • a divorce or separation
  • pregnancy or infant loss
  • a job loss or change
  • a move to a new home or city
  • a loved one who needs your support

Do you Feel:

  • in need of support or
  • interested in learning more about grief?

Upcoming Class: Mondays, starting September 18 at Centennial United Methodist Church in Roseville

 

Celebrate Recovery Group

A new Celebrate Recovery group is starting Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church (1900 7th St. NW, New Brighton). Celebrate Recovery is a Christian-based 12 step program. The purpose of the group is to encourage fellowship and to celebrate God’s healing power in the road to recovery from addiction.  For more information contact Gordon Druvenga or 651-633-7515 x 3216.

Hope For Recovery (presented by NAMI MN)

Spend a Saturday obtaining information, hope and practical strategies for dealing with the complexities of mental illness. Participants learn about mental illnesses, treatments, coping strategies, the mental health system and local resources. Held Saturdays from 9:00 to 3:00 unless noted. Please bring your own lunch. For information call NAMI Minnesota, 651-645-2948.

  • Minneapolis, (Sunday) July 16, Shir Tikvah Synagogue, 1360 West Minnehaha Parkway (Register, here.)
  • Anoka, August 5, Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Ave. (Register, here.)
  • Minneapolis, Sept. 30, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), 716 S. 7th St. (Purple Bldg entrance to 2nd floor, then Red Skyway to Popkin Family Resource Center) (Register, here.)

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on mental Illness) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. NAMI Minnesota offers education, support, and advocacy.

Sharing the love of God with joy!