Care & Connection

Riverside offers care opportunities for a variety of needs as well as opportunities to serve those in need. You may be starting a new life with Jesus, life may have brought unexpected challenges or you’re in a great place and have the ability to care for someone who needs help. Wherever you are, there are opportunities for you or someone you may know. Please scroll down for some opportunities to get involved and get support!

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Red Cross Blood Drive - July 18 & 23

We are excited to host blood drives at both our campuses.  Volunteers needed to help welcome our guests and check them in to the Red Cross' system. Volunteers also needed to donate blood.


Volunteer @ Sauk Rapids    Volunteer @ Big Lake

Need more info? Contact our Care Team at   or call us at (763) 263-2410. 



Grieving the death of a loved one? A friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences; losing a loved one. Facilitated by people who've walked the road you are traveling; people who understand how you feel and can offer encouragement.

Tuesdays Mar 12 to June 4, 2024 @ the Sauk Rapids campus, 6:30pm
Cost: $20 (Scholarships available).
Register here

Questions? Contact us

life recovery

Life Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-step group built to foster and encourage healthy recovery from all of life's ugliness. Designed for those who have experienced the effects of sin and separation from God in their lives. This may be drugs, alcohol, overeating, pornography, or any of the other numerous ways people experience disconnection from God. Join others in this warm environment where an intentional focus on Christ is foundational to recovery utilizing the proven 12-step approach. Weekly meetings consist of a step based teaching, a testimony, or medallion night.

Mondays @ the Big Lake campus, 6:30pm
Tuesdays @ the Sauk Rapids campus, 7pm
Register here

Questions? Contact us



Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson course that teaches you how to save for emergencies, pay off debt fast, spend wisely, and invest for your future. And no complicated financial blah blah blah over here. For over 25 years, Dave Ramsey’s been teaching commonsense, biblical money principles that work. Every time. 

You can go through the class on your own, with a co-worker or friend, or your family. Register here.

Questions? Contact us


Grow it. Live it. Share it. Living and leaving a legacy. This course doesn't replace FPU—you still need the nuts-and-bolts foundation for your money FPU provides. The Legacy Journey builds on that foundation. It's for those who want to know what's next once their families are free from debt. If  FPU was God showing you how to wake up, The Legacy Journey is God showing you how to grow up. This class leads members into a deeper look at what the Bible has to say about wealth and gives them practical tools for managing their resources and living a generous life. The Legacy Journey will show you how to live a legacy now while preparing to leave a legacy for your children—and future generations to come. This is the class for those who want to finish strong!

When: After successful completion of Financial Peace University

Questions? Contact us

Marriage / Divorce


The Marriage Course is a series of seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong home life. The Marriage Course is for couples looking for practical support to strengthen their relationship. The course is designed to help couples build strong foundations, learn to communicate more effectively and resolve differences well. Light dinner served.

Next session fall 2024
Cost: $15 (Scholarships available).
Registration coming fall 2024

Questions? Contact us



DivorceCare’s life-changing support groups welcome people and guide them on the path of recovery after separation or divorce. Over 1 million people have found comfort and hope through this 13-week, video-based series. Find help. Discover hope. Experience healing.

Next session fall 2024
Cost: $20 (Scholarships available).
Registration coming fall 2024

Questions? Contact us

Car Care Days

Riverside offers a free oil change and basic maintenance, and counsels vehicle owners about the best way to care for and service their vehicles. This ministry is designed for single moms and widows local to each of our campuses. Registration opens shortly before each event. Upcoming dates include:

  • Big Lake Campus - September 28, 2024
  • Sauk Rapids Campus - May 17, 2025
  • Buffalo Campus - July 12, 2025

Questions? Contact us

Servants on Standby (S.O.S.)

Servants on Standby (S.O.S.) is a team of volunteers "standing by" to respond to immediate one time, or short term needs of the Riverside body and community, thereby showing the love of Jesus Christ by helping in practical ways.

Questions? Contact us


While Riverside does have staff members who are available for spiritual consultation and premarital counseling, we do not have a trained psychologist on staff.  There may be times when the concern or issue you share suggest professional counseling could best help you as you take next steps in healing. Here is a list we can recommend as a place for you to start your search finding a counselor best suited for your needs and personality.

Center for Family Counseling (Dave Olmscheid)

Monticello | 1.844.221.1191 | Web

Tollefson Counseling Service (Barb Tollefson)

Monticello | 763.295.3207 | Web

Solace Counseling Associates (Deborah Peterson)

Delano | 612.584.1153 | Web

Family Counseling Center (Mark Pederson)

Buffalo | 763.682.5420 | Web

The Center for Family Counseling

St. Cloud | 320.253.3540 | Web

Hanson Associates LLC (Gary & Joy Hanson)

Maple Grove | 763.533.5339 | Web

Levang and Associates (Curt Levang)

St. Louis Park | 952.541.4799 | Web

Questions? Email us.