Do you know someone who could use a caring listener?
Maybe it is a single parent struggling with raising children or a person living with a chronic illness. Perhaps it is an unemployed head of household weary from job hunting or a new mom adjusting to caring for a baby.
BeFrienders provide pastoral care for people in all kinds of difficult or transitional situations. They are trained lay ministers who extend the care of a faith community. A BeFriender is someone who listens with compassion, accepts people as they are, respects another’s spiritual journey and embodies the caring presence of God.
Contact Parish Nurse Rose Umland for more information.
The Memorial Blood Center is bringing its Bloodmobile to St. Barnabas on Saturday, September 24, from 8:00-1:00.
Sign-up for appointments in the narthex or by sending an email to Connie Cook.
St. Barnabas hosts the Memorial Blood Center two times a year. Donating blood is easy and helps people at times in their lives where they are truely needy. If you have ever needed blood, you quickly realize what a gift it is from those that donate.
Connie Cook has graciously led these drives for many years. She makes hundreds of phone calls to try and fill all the slots. The Blood Center needs to have enough donors to make it economic to come with their van. We have always met our goal and we want to again this year.
The professionals that come work very hard to make it as easy an experience as possible. So plan on coming early, and we’ll will serve you made-to-order pancakes.
If you want to support St. Barnabas and friends through prayer or would like to learn more about this special gift of communication with our Creator, the Prayer Chain invites you to become a link in the chain.
Gatherings are once a month to update the prayer lists, to learn about prayer and for group prayer. This is not required to be on the phone chain.
Prayer Chain members are updated by e-mail as prayers come in. Please contact Glenna Whitmill with prayer concerns by e-mail or by calling the church office at 763.553.1239.
Prayer/Baptismal Shawl Ministry
The purpose of St. Barnabas‚Äô Baptismal Shawl Ministry is to lend prayer support and to welcome newly baptized members into the family of God in a very tangible way. The hand made shawl is intended to be a reminder of the early Christian practice of giving the newly baptized a new white garment to wear, symbolizing that he or she is now a new person in Christ.
Prayer shawls are made with prayers woven into each one. Loving hearts and hands make up the Prayer Shawl Ministry. The crafter prays for the recipient as her needles create a soft shawl that is given to a member of the congregation in times of trial. Prayer shawls are a tangible way to help them feel the prayers of the congregation and to experience God in a warm and loving way.
Yarn & Coffee is a small group for people who love to knit or crochet. They meet the 4th Thursday at 9:30 a.m., working on prayer shawls, baptismal shawls, or personal projects.
All skill levels are welcome. Mary Pestel, 763-559-9138.
Addressing a growing need in our community for seniors, St. Barnabas participates in a consortium called the Northwest Consortium of The Gathering. The consortium currently consists of St. Barnabas, Oak Knoll, Calvary and St. Joseph‚Äôs Parish in New Hope.
The Gathering is a program through Lyngblomsten which offers respite for care givers of memory loss victims. It currently is offered at Oak Knoll Lutheran in Minnetonka on the first and third Thursdays of each month and at Calvary Lutheran in Golden Valley on the second and fourth Thursdays each month.
If you are interested in volunteering 5 hours once a month to help provide group respite for care givers of memory loss victims, or would like more information on being a participant at The Gathering, please contact Parish Nurse Rose Umland or call (763) 553-1239.