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HCL's faith based peer support groups share resources and connection to assist individuals as they walk through challenges in life. We are here to remind everyone that you are loved and not alone, no matter what you are facing. Groups are lay person led and are open to both church members and nonmembers. All groups meet at Hales Corners Lutheran Church unless otherwise indicated. New participants are always welcome. Please join us...

Care Groups Meeting in August

followed by a preview of New Groups Starting in Fall: 

  • AA: for those who suffer from the disease of alcoholism. Group meets every Tuesday from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

  • Birth Parent Support Group: A group of birth mothers and fathers who have chosen adoption for their children. Meets quarterly
  • Next meeting will be Wed. October 18th from 6:00-7:30 pm

  • Buddy Break: for children (ages 2 and up) and adults who have special needs. A free, fun filled afternoon that pairs participants (VIPs) with trained volunteers while caregivers get an afternoon to themselves. Siblings welcome. 
  • Milkmen Game will take place on Friday, August 18th. Advance registration required!
  • Next Buddy Break will take place on Sunday, August 20th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm Advance registration required!
  • Monthly volunteer opportunities exist for adults and children ages 12 and up (or younger if attending with a parent). Please contact Julie Luther for more information.

  • Caregiver Support Group: Resources and Support for caregivers of those living with physical, medical, or mental health challenges.
  • Next meeting will be Thursday, August 10th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

  • Career Crossroads Mentors: Available as needed to connect with individuals seeking emotional or logistical assistance and support as they face a career transition of any kind.

  • Deaf Ministry: Assisted hearing devices available at all services at the information counter. ASL interpreter available during the 10:45 worship service, as well as at special events upon request.

  • DivorceCare: 13 week curriculum for individuals in any stage of divorce or separation
  • Group meets Sunday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

  • DivorceCare Exceptional Love: additional support for current participants of DivorceCare
  • Group meets Sunday evenings from 5:30 - 6:00 pm

  • Estranged Grandparents Support Group: A group designed to support members in finding peace and maintaining hope along the path of grandparent estrangement and alienation. 
  • Group is paused for summer and will resume meeting Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, beginning September 27th.

  • GriefShare: a 13 week program designed for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one
  • Griefshare will be held Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 pm.

  • Griefshare Exceptional Love: an informal grief support group that will provide opportunity for connection, support, and various topics related to loss.
  • Group will meet on Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

  • Griefshare Prison Ministry: currently held at the Racine Correctional Institute for men on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday of each month from 6:00 - 8:00. This will also be offered at Ellsworth for women on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 1:00 - 3:00 beginning in October. We are so thankful for the amazing volunteers we have, and would still welcome a few additional volunteers to rotate in one to three times per month at both locations. No experience required. Please contact Julie Luther for more information on serving in either location.

  • Homebound and Hospital Visitation: for those seeking a visit in their home, hospital, nursing home or other recovery center. Contact Jessica Ramdohr at [email protected] to request a visit.

  • Lighthouse Ministry: counseling services provided by licensed psychotherapist Deb Reid-Zielinski. Contact Teresa at (414) 529-6700 to schedule an appointment.

  • LOVE: a gathering of Christian parents and grandparents of LGBTQ+ children focused on walking alongside their loved one right where they are at
  • Group will meet on Thursday, August 10th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm for curriculum and discussion
  • LOVE coffee hour will meet on Thursday, August 24th at 9:30 am for open discussion

  • Meals Ministry: provides short term meal assistance for those who are in the midst of a significant health issue, have experienced the loss of a loved one, or are in other situations requiring support.

  • Mending The Soul: A 12 week program for women who have experienced any form of abuse at any stage of life 
  • Summer group is now full. Please contact Julie Luther if you would like more information on attending our fall group.

  • Miscarriage, Stillbirth, & Infant Loss Support Group: for those grieving their babies who are now in the arms of Jesus. 
  • Group will pause meeting during the summer months and will resume in fall. If you are in need of support during this time, please contact Julie Luther for information on available resources.

  • Parent Support Group: for those experiencing the pain of a child who has chosen to separate, rebel or distance from the family
  • Group is paused for summer and will resume meeting on Monday, September 11th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

  • Safe Harbor Support Group: support for those living with mental illness
  • Thursdays, August 3rd and 17th from 12:45 - 2:45 pm

  • Serenity Room: a quiet room in the northeast corner of the sanctuary for anyone of any age needing a low sensory space during worship for any reason. Available during all worship services.

  • Supported Family Worship Experience: ASL interpreter and volunteers from our special needs ministry will be available for the 10:45 am service to sit with and assist families every Sunday except for Buddy Break Sunday (August 20th will be the next exception). Volunteers will be located in the northeast portion of pews. Serenity Room available during this and all services. Sensory Rich Activity Bags are also available for check out at the information counter during all services.


50 plus, what now? As we approach and pass the age of 50, we often experience a variety of changes in our homes, our careers, and perhaps even our health. Nests become empty, retirement plans become real, aging parents may need support and personal health situations may change. Coping with all these changes can feel overwhelming. Being intentional and prepared can help make these changes feel less challenging and help this chapter become a more rewarding and fulfilling time. 50Plus! What Now? is a 5-week study that encourages and equips you with the skills you need to navigate the many changes that occur before, during, and after retirement to help you rediscover your purpose utilizing the many gifts God's given you. Sessions will be held on Saturdays, Sept. 16th - Oct. 21st from 11:00 - 12:30 with an optional free will offering lunch and social hour afterwards from 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Special Guest Speaker, author and journalist Gael Garbarino Cullen will join us on October 21st for the final session to discuss "Finding Gifts in the Midst of Loss and Life's Changes"

Life's Healing Choices We’ve all been hurt by other people, we’ve hurt ourselves, and we’ve hurt others. As a result, every single one of us ends up with some sort of hurt, hang-up, or habit. When this hurt prevents us from living the life we want, the question becomes - Where do we go from here? Life's Healing Choices is designed to help you find God’s pathway to wholeness, growth, spiritual maturity, happiness, and healing. The goal of the 8 session series, written by Rick Warren and John Baker is to equip you with real answers, real hope, and a real future — one healing choice at a time. Sessions will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 Sept. 21st - Nov. 9th.

Senior Ministry Young at Heart Series Monthly speaker series on the second Thursday of each month from 1:00 - 2:30 with a variety of topics. Sessions are designed to be a catalyst for spiritual growth and personal development as seniors embrace life changes as opportunities for renewed purpose and meaning in life in Christ.

Sept. 14 - Kick -Off with Pastor Mike Ernst -"Retirement - What's That?"

Oct. 12 - "Through the eyes of a pharmacist - Medication & Aging" - Craig Borgardt (retired pharmacist)

Nov. 9 - "Loneliness, How To Gain Connection, and Support available within Care Ministries at HCLC" - Julie Luther Director of Care Ministries

Dec. 14 - How to relate to today's youth - Josh Atkinson (MLHS teacher) along with student presentation of contemporary youth Christmas songs

Jan - May, TBD

Please use the main church entrance for all groups. Meeting room locations will be posted on the electronic monitor next to the information counter.

If you are in need of support other than what is listed here, please contact Julie Luther for assistance in finding resources.

For more information on participating in or volunteering with any Care Ministry at Hales Corners Lutheran Church,

please contact Julie Luther at [email protected] or 414-529-6700.

Visit HCL Care Ministries Website

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, 

for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9