Adult Ministries

Adult Faith Formation

Faith Formation for Adults

Meeting right after coffee hour (around 10:30)

  Mental Health and Faith: September 23-October 21

Mental health is vitally important but is often not talked about. From dealing with depression and suicide, to addiction and recovery, to dementia, to what our faith has to say about our mental health; this series covers it all. With dynamic special speakers, powerful trainings, and practical takeaways, you’ll want to be there for every week. Join us in the lounge right after coffee time on Sundays. 

October 7: Dementia Friends

This will be an informational workshop on understanding Dementia, how to be a friend to those with Dementia, and more. For more information about their work, check out their website:

October 14: Lynne Silva-Breen, MDiv, MA, LMFT

Lynne was an ELCA parish pastor for 20 years before she left to pursue training to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Lynne is in private practice in Burnsville, seeing couples and individuals with a wide range of relationship and mental health concerns, among them issues of faith and mental health. She’s excited to talk with us about how faith can be both a stumbling block and invaluable resource to recovering or maintaining good emotional health. Faith shapes our core beliefs about ourselves, our relationships and life’s meaning in deep ways. Come and join in this engaging conversation! 

October 21: Mike Erickson from SAVE speaking about suicide prevention

Until June of 2007 Mike Erickson was pretty much just a normal guy.  Born and raised in the north suburbs (Moundsview), he went to the University of North Dakota earning degrees in Math and Business Administration, and met his future wife.  He and Jody were married in 1980.  They had their daughter (Leah) in 1982 and their son (Luke) in 1988.  Mike spent his career in the defense industry as an engineer and program manager semi-retiring in 2015 and spent 30 years in the Navy – combined active and reserve.  On May 30, 2007 he let for a three week NATO exercise expecting Jody and Luke to join Leah and he in Italy after the exercise for a family vacation.  On June 3, 2007 his wife called with a message that would change everything.

Mike is a speaker from  SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices Education). Mike will give a short history of the general attitude of religion towards suicide and how it’s evolved.  He’ll talk a little about mental health/illness – what it is and the effect of mental illness on the brain.  He’ll share some information on suicide, what we know about suicide, some statistics and the relationship of suicide to mental illness.  The last part of the presentation is about suicide prevention, resources available for those in distress and what people can do if they are the ones involved in the situation. 

Storytelling in the work for justice: October 28 & November 4

Do you ever wonder how your personal story can be used in the work for issues you care about? Maybe you want to know how to better share your story when talking with neighbors or friends about things you are passionate about. Or you want to have a better pitch for your legislator next time you go to their office.

In this two part session, Shannon TL Kearns will walk you through a model for how to use your personal story in the pursuit of justice. You’ll identify the issues you are most passionate about, learn how to choose which story to tell, and be coached on how to craft a story that is powerful, meaningful, and moves people to action. 


St. Peder’s Library

Our library is located across from the lounge for easy access anytime during church hours. The library features a wide variety of books, children’s books, pre-teen and young adult selections, biblical resources, videos, DVD’s and other resources. Stop and take a look through our selection of resources.

Gather Bible Study

Gather Bible Study meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9:30am. All are welcome to come and join in this Bible Study. Monthly themes can be found in the Messenger Newsletter.

Pub Theology

What is Pub Theology? It is an informal gathering of people who discuss different topics about religion or tough issues of faith or just talk about how God is acting in their lives. The group is open to all ages, but you must be 21 or older to drink. We meet the first Monday of every month (October-May) at Parkway Pizza on Minnehaha Ave at 7:00. There will be a topic for each gathering that will be put in the bulletin the week before this group meets. Contact Shannon at with any questions. To sign up for the Pub Theology mailing list, go to this link.

Book Studies

Throughout the year, Book Studies are offered at St. Peder’s. Shannon Kearns will often lead a book study during Advent, Lent or during other church seasons.  Contact Shannon at with any questions.

Inter-generational Events

Advent Event

We invite all to join us on the First Sunday of Advent for an Advent Event Celebration that begins at 10:30am with a special and brief worship service, followed by a simple soup lunch, with special events & crafts for all ages. It is another way in which we gather together as a congregational family.



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