Winds of the Prairie Ministries is a group of five ELCA congregations united in mission and faith. Our six churches are spread throughout Lincoln, Lyon and Pipestone Counties of Southwestern Minnesota.

Easter is Sunday, April 5, 2015

Come join us as we observe Lent and celebrate Easter!

Lent 2015: Dusting off the Catechism
In anticipation of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation we will begin to explore our Lutheran heritage with a review of the Small Catechism. We are participating in a pulpit exchange with Hope in Minneota and their interim Bruce Drackley who will be sharing Holy Baptism. Vicar Janna Bader will be getting us deeper into the Apostles' Creed. Pastor Julie Anderson will open up for us the Lord's Prayer. Pastor Stephen Rasmusson will give us the fundamentals of the Ten Commandments. They will all share the Lord's Supper with us the last week. Our TFA and the Confirmation students at Hope will be creating litanies for our worship experience. So dust off your catechisms and Bibles and come for a time of learning and experiencing as youth and elders from one of our foundational documents. Learn what is real for Lutherans.

God has planted us in rich prairie soil to nourish the faith, reach out with the good news of Christ, and to serve our neighbors.


Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
- Matthew 9:12-13

Wednesday Lenten Services:

5.30 pm: Peace, Ruthton

6.00 pm: Bethany, Arco

7.00 pm: Grace, Lake Benton - St. Paul, Minneota

7.30 pm: Bethany-Elim, Ivanhoe

Winds News and Notes

Easter Prayer Vigil Sign Up - April 2 to 4

Bethany-Elim Lenten Soup and Sandwich:Starts Ash Wednesday, February 18th and ends on Holy Thursday, April 2nd. Starts at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.

WXY Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser
Wed. Mar. 4, 6.00 pm - Bethany-Elim

Sr. High Gathering Service Project: We are looking for donated items of the following: Adult Bath towels (dark colored), toothbrushes (in original packaging), combs, toothpaste, bars of soap (in original packaging), and nail clippers. Please drop off at the WOTP office at BE or your church.

World Prayer Day: March 6 at 1:30pm at Bethany-Elim. The Title of the program is Jesus said, “Do you understand what I have done for you?” Based on John 13: 1-17 Please join us for a short program with lunch and fellowship to follow.

New Member Welcome @ Bethany - March 7, 1-3 pm—Call office at 507-694-1238 or 866-944-9687 to reserve your place.

TFA @ Faith Fest at Augustana College/Sioux Falls SD - March 7 (Pre Registration Required), Pick up at Grace at 11 am , Peace at 11:15. Return about 1:30 on Sunday

Saturday Service, March 7 @ 5.00 pm - To accomodate the Beef Dinner, see below, one day only, Bethany-Elim (Ivanhoe) services will be on Saturday.

Beef Dinner, Sunday , March 8 @ 11.00 to 1.00 @ Bethany-Elim in Ivanhoe - all are welcome. $12.00 per adult, $6.00per child. Last year's menu featured: Carved Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy, Green Beans, Cranberry Salad, a Variety of Desserts, Milk, Water and Coffee.

Prairie Conference Assembly - March 8, 2 pm at First Lutheran in Marshall.

Mutual Minisrtry meeting at St. Paul - Tuesday, March 10 @ 6.30 pm.

WXY Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser - Wed. Mar. 11, 6.30 pm - Bethany

Bible Boot Camp March 14, 9 to noon - 5th and 6th Bible Boot Camp on New Testament (Only need to come once) Contact Pastor Julie to (507-215-2388) for more information.

Grace Sledding and Family Fun event rescheduled - Due to lack of snow, the Grace sledding event has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 14, from 2 to 5:30. Join us for a day of family sledding/games at the Hole in the Mountain Park Chalet.  All WOTP members are invited; youth ages 0 to 100 are welcome. Bring along your friends and family for a day of fun. The afternoon will include outdoor and indoor activities, such as sledding, board games, food and fellowship.  Activities begin at 2 PM and dinner will be served 4:30 PM.  Worship services will follow in the Chalet at 5:00 PM.  For planning purposes, please RSVP to Karen Lichtsinn by Monday, March 9 if you plan to attend the event (507-368-2008).  We look forward to seeing you all on March 14.  If there is still no snow, we will still have the event and play games.

Parish Leaders Training - Sun. Mar. 15 @ 2.00 pm.

WXY Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser - Wed. Mar. 18, 6.00 pm - Grace

Easter Sunday!
Sun. Apr. 5, 2015. See chuch page for service times.

Lenten Baby Shower
Baskets will be at all congregations beginning in Lent until May 1 for you to put in your baby items. The baskets will be split between the four counties our congregational members reside in going to the Human Services agencies. Items such as clothing, diapers, toys and toiletries are welcome. It is probably best to avoid food and medicine items due to expiration dates.

P.I.E.: (Prosper Invest Endow): A Recipe for Generosity
Tuesday April 21, 1:00 to 2:30 @ Bethany Lutheran/Arco
Families are invited to join others and people with a passion for helping facilitate conversations of how to plan for transfer of property and strengthening family ties. We gather for pie and coffee to model the conversations. Mark your calendars and gather the family.

DC Trip Pre-Registration Form
Online Registration for Winds eXtreme Youth Service and Advocacy Trip to Washington DC.
July 2-12, 201
5. More Information

2015 Bishop Election
The current term of our bishop, Jon V. Anderson, will end August 31, 2015. Election of a bishop to a six-year term by the Synod Assembly will take place at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, June 12-14, 2015. The term will begin September 1, 2015.

In accordance with S9.04.01 of the Synod Constitution, is to solicit recommendations of nominees for the office of bishop of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod. A candidate for bishop must be an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. According to the Synod Constitution, the standing bishop is eligible for reelection. The names of all candidates recommended will be distributed prior to the Conference Assemblies, which will be held February 8, at 2 p.m., (Weather date is February 22, at 2 p.m.) at which time five candidates will be nominated from each conference. The five candidates nominated by the most conferences will be the nominees at the Synod Assembly and will appear at forums throughout the Synod.

Shetek Lutheran Misitries Events

  • Board Retreat – March 6&7 2015
  • Confirmation Retreats – March 13-14 & 20-21 2015
  • Pre-marriage retreat – March 28th 2015
  • Confirmation Retreat – April 17 & 18 2015
  • Road Scholars – April 26th –May 1st
  • Pre-marriage retreat – May 2nd 2015
  • First week of camp – June - 7-12 2015
  • Golf Tournament – June 22nd 2015
  • Quilt Auction – June 27th 2015

Questions? Call (507) 763-3567 or check out the website at www.shetek.org.

Winter Weather Advisory
Just a review. For weather advisories consult the following media for notifications:
Radio: KMHL (1040 AM), KKCK (99.7 FM), KARL (105.1 FM), KARZ (107.5 FM), KLOH (1050 AM), KISD (98.7 FM), KJOE (106.1 FM) These are the stations of Marshall Radio and Christensen Broadcasting who are the providers in our area.
Online: Websites at windsoftheprairie.org, marshallradio.net, www.keloland.com
for weather related announcements. Send an email to trainingfo@mail.remind.com with a title "Winter Weather".
Television: KELO, KSFY, KDLT
If in doubt contact the president of the congregation or one of the pastors.
Telephone & TEXT: Be certain that the office and leadership of your congregation has the correct home and cell numbers to contact you with. Send your text number to Pastor Steve at 507-961-2159 with message @trainingfo to be added to the text notification list.

Sabbath Days
Mondays are the usual Sabbath Days for Pastor Steve and Vicar Janna. Friday is Pastor Julie's Sabbath. In the event of needs or emergencies on those days, please call whomever is working instead of the person on Sabbath. If you do call them, don't be surprised if they don't answer their phone or emails until the next day; they need a day to recharge their batteries.
School and Public Events
With 5 different communities, 5 different school districts, and a variety of events the pastoral staff appreciates when we are informed of events that involve our members. It is best if we have a week's notice so we can work events into our schedules. Giving us something written like a note or email is best do we have a reference.
If you would like the pastor to call on you when you are expecting a hospitalization, please let us know. With the number of hospitals that our congregations cover it is always handy to know which hospital a person is at and what name they are under, as well as the dates he/she expects to be there. Federal regulations are such that people can't just call and ask who might be there; we need to know names, especially if we know you by a nickname and you are listed under your legal name.
When calling the Winds of the Prairie Ministry Office please use either the 507-694-1238 or 1-866-944-9687 (WOTP). Outside of office hours the number is usually forwarded to the pastor on call.