Local Ongoing Opportunities


Respite for Parents

Time Away for children and youth with disabilities is held on the 3rd Saturday evening each month from 5:00-8:30 p.m. at Woodbury Lutheran Church.

Trained volunteers provide planned, appropriate activities in a safe environment. Time Away is open to all, members of the church and to the community. Pre-registration is required. Contact Cheri Frost, (651) 730-7052 for more information.


Interventions, Consultations and Caregiver Coaching

PRELUDE CONSULTING SERVICES — Hands-on dementia care behavioral intervention and consultation for private families or training for organizations or groups. Download flyer for more information.

Contact Janelle Johnson, V.P. of Memory Care at Prelude Homes (651) 501-6513, Ext. 3 or JJohnson@PreludeCares.com

Circle of Friends

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS provides a coordinated program to adults in a community-based group setting. Services are designed to provide social, mental and physical health services to adults who need supervised care in a safe place outside the home during the day. Circle of Friends offers caregivers respite from the demanding responsibilities of caregiving. Along with the daily programming we offer foot care, hair care and shower service. Circle of Friends is an opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and keep the mind and body stimulated. The program is located in Oak Park Heights on the Boutwells Landing campus.

When: During normal business hours five days a week, with a pay by the hour option

For information: Sarah Jones, sjones@preshomes.org

The Gathering (Memory Care Specific)

THE GATHERING provides a safe and enjoyable environment for those who are experiencing early-or mid-stage stage memory loss and gives respite to caregivers who desire a break. Participants enjoy a morning of activities, a nutritious lunch, stimulating activities and socializing. The Gathering is staffed by dedicated volunteers who have been specially trained to understand the distinctive needs of persons experiencing memory loss. A monthly fee helps to defray the cost. The Gathering is coordinated by Lyngblomsten Services, Inc.

When: 10 am – 3pm at 8 sites around the Twin Cities

For information: Betsy Hoffman — (651) 414-5291, bhoffman@lyngblomsten.org or www.lyngblomsten.org/support_services/gathering.php


Fellowship for Youth and Adults with Disabilities

Hearts and Hands meets one Friday evening each month for fun and fellowship. Most events are held at Woodbury Lutheran Church and meeting times and days vary. Activities include an annual fall retreat, movie nights, sports nights, mid-winter Arts and Leisure Day, a ‘50s-style pizza dance, and a Christmas party. For a listing of upcoming events, visit www.woodburylutheran.org/ministries/caring/disability.

Bible Study Groups

Friendship Group, a Bible study/fellowship for adults with developmental disabilities, meets year-round Sunday mornings at 9:30 at Woodbury Lutheran Church. Contact Jeanne Dicke, 651.704.9464. The fourth Sunday of each summer month is Waffle Sunday.

People of Faith, a Bible study for adults with developmental disabilities who are independent readers, meets Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 at Woodbury Lutheran during the school year. Contact Maureen Stoffel, 612-719-0661.


Adults with disabilities, their group home staff and/or families are welcome guests in worship on Sunday mornings at Woodbury Lutheran in either of our two worship venues — the Genesis contemporary service at 9:30 and 10:50 a.m., and Sanctuary Worship at 8:00 and 10:45. Handicapped and visitor spots are available on the south and east ends of the building.


Education & Support Series

Twice a year a six session grief education and support group is offered in the community through Kok Funeral Home and St. Thomas Aquinas Church. For more information contact: Joyce Loechler, (651) 459-2131.


Career Transition Connection

Career Transition Connection is a ministry of Woodbury Lutheran. The CTC offers advice, support and connection for job seekers in the East Metro area.

The Mission of the Career Transition Connection is to provide a caring Christian environment for people in job transition. This will be accomplished through providing support, career transition resources, and networking opportunities. This is a ministry that will be made available to church members and the community as a whole. Those in transition may include people between jobs, considering job moves, entering the workplace for the first time, or exploring new opportunities.

Support for participants includes prayer and sharing through personal and group interaction. This support will help participants feel a sense of Christian community and caring while increasing the general awareness to the congregation of this needed ministry. A self-sustaining strategy is intended in which individuals who have been through a job-search process will help others in their search.

Speakers include expert professionals in the field of human resources, job placement, career growth/development, business and personal planning; job and life coaches, financial advisors; clergy and licensed therapists. Resume specialists are available before most regularly schedule group meetings to review resumes free of charge. A variety of job search resources; books, brochures and handouts that give tips on how to write resumes, interview and compete in the market are available in the church librairy. Books may be checked out and handouts are free.

All meetings are on the SECOND and FOURTH Thursdays of each month except November and December. Meetings are at 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the Fireside Room on the main level at the church.

For more information, click here: www.woodburylutheran.org/ministries/caring/careertransition/.


Celebrate Recovery

The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to fellowship and celebrate God's healing power in our lives through the 8 recovery principles and the Christ-centered 12 steps. We open the door by sharing our experience, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition we become willing to accept God's grace in solving our life problems.

Celebrate Recovery is open to any individual desiring freedom from all kinds of life problems that can rob serenity and joy from our lives, including:

  • addictions
  • codependency
  • anger
  • depression
  • compulsive behaviors
  • fear
  • control
  • hurtful relationships
  • food/eating issues
  • sexual/pornography addictions
  • and many other struggles

Small groups are available for men and women:

  • Men's addicition group
  • Men's non-addiction group
    (codependency / fear / anger / control)
  • Men's sexual addicition group
  • Women's addicition group
  • Women's codependency group
    (fear, anger control)

For more information: www.woodburylutheran.org/ministries/outreach/celebraterecovery/.