Sunday Mornings

Community Hour, 10:00 am
Join us for community and reprieve from the hustle and bustle of daily life. 10 am Community Hour will have rotating opportunities for coffee and fellowship, small or large groups, and even new experiences for those who are feeling a bit adventurous on a Sunday morning. The goal of Community Hour is designed to be a nourishing 60 minutes of the very best you can enjoy, either as the long week winds down or the busy week is just around the bend. The list of opportunities will always be rotating, so plan to check-in often and anytime.

Simplify with Julie Stevens, 10-10:40am – 3rd Floor Loft
Focus on making time for the inner life while simplifying our external lives.

Daily Faith Practices, 10:00 am, Conference Room (by Fellowship Hall)
Led by Paul Dahlen. A study based on the Lectionary, written by ELCA pastors.

Wednesday Evenings

Conversation with Charles – 7:15pm. Debrief the Water’s Edge worship message with Pastor Charles.

Other Opportunities

Contemplative Practices

Retreat: An intentional time to step out, sit down, and look within. Saturday, Jan. 20: 9am-3pm at Gloria Dei. Be guided through a day which combines alone time with the chance to process and share the day in the company of others.

Reset: A once a month reset button to rediscover the best version of your self (Attend one or all seven: each is a stand-alone morning). Second Saturday of each month, 9-10:30am in the Fireside Room – Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 10 –

Starfish Community

One Sunday a month, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room. Nov 19, Dec 17, Jan 14, Feb 11, March 18
Join Charles, Julie, Kristelle and other adults as we embark on a faith journey together. Why “starfish?” We’ll center ourselves with a large group presentation (at the “center” of the starfish), then break into small groups for discussion (the “arms”). Come for an optional light supper at 5:30 pm. Nursery care is provided.

Men’s Theology Pub

Oct 30, Nov 13, Dec 11, Jan 8, Jan 22, Feb 4, March 5, March 19, April 23
Meet about one Monday a month at 7:00 pm at Whistle Binkies on the Lake to enjoy a brew and a conversation on faith, life, and what’s happening in the world. Contact Pastor Dave ( See the calendar or subscribe.

Conversation and Crafts

Mondays, 2:00 pm, Fireside Room
Bring your crafts and join the conversation. Meets every Monday.

Forever Forty

Gathers monthly on the third Thursday of the month for presentations, excursions, and conversations with friends. Contact Mary Sorum (507-289-8222). 


Create and donate quilts to local and international organizations. Meets each Thursday in the Garden Lounge at 9:00 am

Men’s Bible Studies

Thursdays at 6:15 am, Room 10

A study for men using the “Master Builders Bible for Men.” Meets every Thursday. Led by Pastor Charles.

Thursdays at 9:00 am, Room 10
A study for men using videos as a launch point for discussion. Meets every Thursday. Led by Dave Swart (507-289-5846).

Senior Huddles

Pastor Karna visits Samaritan Bethany and Homestead one Monday a month for fellowship, music, a devotional, and communion.

Samaritan Bethany Huddles are the second Monday of each month at 10:00 am in the Chapel.

Homestead Huddles are the third Monday of each month at 10:00 am in the Club.

Book Clubs

Evening Book Club
Read a book each month, then meet for discussion the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Fireside Room. Contact Dawn Johannsen (507-286-9102).

Afternoon Book Club
Read a book each month, then meet for discussion the second Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm in the Fireside Room. Contact Shirley Doyle (507-280-8194).