Pastoral Care

 

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St. Luke Homes & Services’ chaplain, Pastor John Syvertson, provides spiritual guidance for residents on a daily basis and hosts weekly worship services in the Riverview Terrace and St. Luke Lutheran Home chapels.

Throughout the week, Chaplain Syvertson also engages in Bible studies, devotions, grief support counseling, communion, and enjoys personal visits with residents daily.

Chaplain Syvertson is available to speak at area churches about the St. Luke campus and spiritual issues regarding the elderly. He is originally from Overly, N.D., and has served congregations in Kenmare, Bowbells, Jamestown, Milton and Osnabrock, N.D., and Colton, S.D. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Concordia College, a Master of Arts in Gerontology and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary.

Chaplain Syvertson, who resides in Spencer, is the proud owner of cockatiels. He enjoys traveling and toured Europe as a bicycle marathoner. Since 1981, Chaplain Syvertson has annually scaled a mountain in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the North Dakota Badlands to complete a 24-hour vision quest. He has a goal of visiting every continent by 2023.

Worship Schedule

Chapel Service
Each Sunday (sessions are 40 minutes)

10:00 a.m.     St. Luke Lutheran Nursing Home Chapel
11:00 a.m.     Riverview Terrace - Chapel of the View

Open Holy Communion
Third Sunday of the month of both chapel services

Prayer Ministry

Monday
10:15 a.m.     St. Luke Lutheran Nursing Home

1:00 p.m.       Riverview Terrace

Bible Study Schedule

Our residents enjoy opportunities for Bible study. Current issues are often discussed with a Christ-centered focus, using relevant scriptures. Hymn singing is enjoyed in all group gatherings. Bible study schedules are as follows:

First & Third Tuesday          2:00 p.m.          The Highlands, The Great Room

Wednesday                         2:30 p.m.           Riverview Terrace

Tuesday & Friday              11:30 p.m.           Riverview Terrace

Thursday                             2:30 p.m.           Bible Study & snack fellowing, St. Luke Main Dining Room

Dying & Bereaved Ministry

When faced with death and dying, some may wonder what ministry could there be? This thought is more common than not!

Dying
Ministry to the dying involves a progressive ministry, that includes:

  • Aiding the dying to realize and accept his or her impending death
  • Guiding the dying to a spiritual understanding, which leads him/her toward closure during a difficult stage in life
  • Reaffirming the acceptance of death, which brings peace to the dying and with God

Our chaplain works with each dying resident, using music, prayer, scriptures and focusing on the process of closure, so that the knowledge of passing is not as devastating.

 

Hospice
Hospice is a ministry for volunteers who visit dying residents. The visits assist in bringing peace, comfort and acceptance of one’s death. The following organizations provide this valuable service to those facing eternity:

  • Hospice of Spencer, Iowa, in conjunction with Spencer Hospital, may be reached at 712.264.6365
  • St. Croix Hospice, with branches in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, may be reached at 712.264.5674
  • Gentiva Hospice may be reached at 712.336.2941

 

Bereaved
We often lack courage and strength to endure the devastating loss of parents, siblings, children and grandchildren. One need not grieve alone.

When faced with death and dying, some may wonder what ministry could there be? This thought is more common than not!

Staff & Community Ministry

The staff of St. Luke is an integral part of the campus, and we work to provide a positive environment for all. However, the daily trials of life may affect an employee at work, weighing heavily upon the individual.

Staff & Employee Ministry
The St. Luke Pastoral Care Service offers encouragement and a listening ear for all employees.

Employee devotions are available for employees upon request.

In-services are held as a positive teaching tool to benefit employees for a better understanding of spirituality within the workplace.

Service to the Community
The St. Luke Pastoral Care Program maintains active involvement and a positive relationship within the community. The Chaplain's office strives to coordinate our efforts with those of our residents' churches so that their spiritual needs can be fully met.

Worship Volunteers

Much credit is given to local groups, churches, organizations and individuals who assist in our weekly services and programs.

Round-up Volunteers: Serve on round-up teams to transport residents to and from worship services. The residents enjoy having the volunteers join them for worship, as well.

Accompanists / Organists: All are uplifted singing "new songs before the Lord!" Residents are no different. Accompanists and organists are always needed to assist in the weekly chapel services.

*A sixth-month schedule is created for Round-up teams, accompanists, service and hymn guides.