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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

ELCA — Roseville, Minnesota — Established 1957


Meeting dates and activities are listed in the Vine and the Weekly Update.

Missions & Outreach: Befrienders

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Special Befriender training equips lay people to provide supportive friendship and care (a listening ear, food, transportation, prayer) to those in times of need.

Befriender Coordinators: Anne Haugen and Marie Hanson

Love one another as I have loved you.

–John 13:34

What is Befriending?

Friends are those who are with us through good times and difficult times; they listen, support, encourage and accept us. We all need supportive friends, especially when going through major changes that often occur during our life journey.

Prince of Peace is a caring congregation.

The Befriender Ministry at Prince of Peace supports lay Christians in the service of caring for others. This ministry extends the pastoral care of our faith community. Trained Befrienders complete thirty hours of training and meet regularly. A Befriender can be a confidential listening friend at a time when extra support from the church community is needed.

Some examples of Befriending:

  • visiting someone grieving the death of a loved one,
  • supporting a person with a chronic illness,
  • helping a new mother adjust to caring for a baby,
  • showing hospitality to a person new to the community,
  • visiting a shut-in who is lonely,
  • supporting someone experiencing stress in a marriage or loss of a job

As Christians, we share responsibility for the well-being of our community. We share in that responsibility by reaching out to each other, by lending an ear, by being there in a time of crisis, by helping each other to feel welcome and by being compassionate. Befrienders are available to listen, to care, to encourage, and to share.

Befriender Ministry Training is available this coming winter. If you are interested, contact Anne Haugan at 651-484-3856.

Projects of our Befriender Ministry Group:

  • Coordination and linking Befrienders to Befrienders.
  • Hosting monthly meetings to enhance caring skills and to inform our congregation members about community-help resources.
  • Baptismal Medallions given out on John the Baptist Sunday in January to those baptized during the previous year.
  • Growing Through Loss seminars in participation with other North Suburban churches.
  • Sponsor Eleven Who Care to recognize persons in our congregation doing outstanding volunteer work.
  • Aging Ministry: working with our new Senior Task Force.
  • Ministering to families with babies.
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Tape Ministry for shut-ins and hospitalized.
  • Greeting Card Ministry: Birthday, Christmas, Valentine, and Easter cards sent to our shut-ins.
  • Care packages sent to our congregation members in the military.
  • Directory of hospitals, health care centers, and rehab sites.


You are invited to join us:

Caryl Barnes Anne Haugan Chris Henningson  
Suzie Hofeld Kay Johnson Kay M. Johnson Maria Larson
Liz Lauterbach Peggy Lee Genelle Lonnes Betchen Oberdorfer
Esther Tatley Carol Thompson