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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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.

Begins Mondays, September 19 @ the Big Lake campus, 6:30pm 
Begins Tuesday, September 13 @ the Sauk Rapids campus, 6:00pm
Begins Thursday, September 15 @ the Big Lake campus, 1:00pm
Cost: $20 (Scholarships available).
Register for GriefShare 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 (bi-weekly)
Tuesdays @ the Sauk Rapids campus, 7:00pm (weekly; enter on the lower level in back)
Register here

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Show your money who's boss! Financial Peace University is a life-changing program that teaches you how to make the right decisions with your money. You'll be empowered with the practical skills and confidence needed to achieve your financial goals and experience true financial peace!

Next session coming Winter 2023

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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

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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.

Next session: Winter/Spring 2023

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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.

Begins Tuesday, September 20 @ the Big Lake campus, 6:30pm
Cost: $20 (Scholarships available).
Register here

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Car Care Days

Volunteer to help single moms, widows/widowers and those in need by giving them simple automotive maintenance and repairs at no charge. Volunteer to make and serve snacks for our guests, visit with guests and complete maintenance checks/simple repairs. Email us below if you'd like to be involved. Happens in fall and in spring.

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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.

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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

DBT & EMDR Specialists, PA

Elk River | 763.412.0722 | 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.