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


See this month's Calendar and Newsletter for notes and events.

Thurday, Feb 11 @ 7pm - “I’ll Be Me” Movie on Struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease At Red Bard Theater in Hendricks.  Free Admission sponsored by Christ Lutheran Church Women

Chocolate Affair at the Minneota Legion (Tickets at HyVee, Music Street,Brad's Market or Gislason's Hardware/Arched Door)
Saturday, February 13 @ 6:00pm

Saturday, February 13 @ 6pm, Gourmet Guys and Gals Sponsored by Lincoln Elementary School Foundation.  Tickets must be purchased ahead of time they are available at the following places, Lincoln Elementary School, Brian Hildebrant’s Office, & The Gift

Forever Jen Valentine's Day Dinner at Bethany-fundraiser for Relay to Life
Sunday February 14 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Week of February 14th:

Sunday, Feb 14 - 11:00am-1:00pm Valentine Day Ham Dinner Fundraiser for Relay for Life at parish hall Bethany Arco
Monday, February 15th-Deadline to have articles in for March newsletter!
Monday, February 15th 9-10am Bible Study @ Grace Lake Benton
Monday, February 15th 7-8:30pm WOTP Board Meeting at Bethany-Elim
Tuesday, February 16 - 7:30 Bethany Council meeting
Wednesday, February 17th 9-10am Bible Study DPHC Ivanhoe
Wednesday, February 17th 10-11am Worship at DPHC Chapel
Friday, February 19th 7-8:30am Bethany Bible Study
Saturday, February 20th  Equipping Congregations Day in Willmar, MN.  We have reserved 20 spaces for leaders to attend and learn.  Ride the bus with other leaders by calling the Winds office to reserve your place. For more information regarding workshops and speakers check online at www.swmnelca.org

Wed. Lenten Services - Feb 17 through Mar 16

  • Bethany - 6pm
  • Bethany-Elim - 7:30pm
  • Grace - 7pm
  • Peace - 5pm
  • Hope - 7pm

WXY Soup Suppers at the Church’s the following Dates and Serving Times:

  • Grace - February 17 @ 6:00pm
  • Bethany-Elim – February 24 @ 6:30
  • Bethany - March 9 @ 6:30
  • Peace - March 16 @ 6:00pm

Sun. Feb 28
BOLD WOMEN SUNDAY - A Celebration of Women in the Church especially ourWELCA (Women of the ELCA)

Mon. Feb 29
An extra day: Catch up or take a break.
Do something different, turn the world upside down.

Friday, March 4th - World Day of Prayer @ Bethany, Arco details to come 

Saturday, March 12th 10am-4pm - Talk on Meeting your Muslim Neighbor held at Grace in Lake Benton Watch newsletter for more details 

Sunday, March 13th 11:00am-1:00pm - Bethany-Elim Beef Dinner at parish hall in Ivanhoe


Wednesday, March 23 @ 6pm  Sedar Meal Ruthon community Center
Thursday, March 24 @ 7pm Maundy Thursday—Grace Lake Benton (BLENDED)
Friday, March 25 @ 3pm (Blended) Good Friday Bethany- Arco and/or 7pm St. Paul Minneota
Saturday, March 26 @ 1pm Cross Walk Bethany-Elim Ivanhoe

Saturday, April 9th @ 9am-4:30pm Area Parish Gathering at SMSU Religious Center

Prairie Conference WELCA Spring Gathering - It will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in the handicapped accessible Community Center in Ruthton, sponsored by Peace Lutheran. Bethany, Arco will provide morning coffee and treats.

Don't eat alone! Lutheran Social Services is pleased to provide nutritious meals served Mon – Fri at 11:30 am, at the Lake Benton Community Center for adults 60+. There is a suggested donation requested for those 60 & older; for those younger than 60, there is a charge of $7.00. Come as often as you like! Our meals are affordable and take the work out of eating healthy. Not able to get out of the house? No problem! Ask for Meals on Wheels, and we will arrange a volunteer to deliver your meal to your home. Please call Carole, Site Manager at 368-9564, one day in advance to reserve your meal. Senior Dining/Meals on Wheels welcomes you! We have room for you at our table!

Lenten Baby Shower - All Churches have a Basket to collect for Lenten Baby Showers Diapers, clothes, toiletries, layettes and shoes are examples of what can be used.


WOTP Newsletter
The CROSSWINDS is the newsletter for Winds of the Prairie Ministry. It is sent to those who are listed on the rosters of our congregations; both active and associate members. It is also sent to former pastors and interns, local newspapers, the Synod Office and those who have expressed interest as visitors to our congregation. This is our primary means of communication for our congregations and ministry. You can receive this newsletter by postal service, in your church mailbox or by email (contact windsministry@gmail.com to be added to the email list or have your newsletter sent to the church). If you misplace it, you can find it on the website. Should you no longer need to receive the newsletter please contact the Winds office to let us know.

Prayer List
A note regarding the prayer list ~  In order for us to add a person to the prayer list, we need the family of the individual or the individual themselves to call the pastoral staff or office to inform us of this. This is to avoid any miscommunication. 

TFA 2015-2016
With the beginning of school came the beginning of our Christian Education for Middle School/Jr High age children called Training for Affirmation (TFA). This time of intentional and intense instruction around the Bible, Catechism and Lutheran identity happens on Wednesday evenings under the guidance of the pastors. Our youth will be at two different sites: Bethany in Arco from 6:15 to 7:45 pm and at Hope Lutheran in Minneota from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Bible Study
Have you thought about being part of a BIBLE STUDY? The Bible is the Living Word and grows in meaning as we grow in faith. Bible Study is how we are feed, challenge and grow in our faith. For personal study use the daily devotion found on the back of the weekly bulletin following the Faith5 model. Or grab a copy of the devotionals found in the back of the Church. Feed your Spirit and Soul. Current BIBLE STUDIES will meet on Monday, 10 am at Grace; Wednesday, 9 am at Divine Providence in Ivanhoe and Friday, 7 am in Arco at Bethany. If those times don’t fit your schedule, start a new one! You don’t need a pastoral minister to be there but they do have resources for you to start one.

Sabbath Days
Mondays are the usual Sabbath Days for Pastor Steve and the Vicar. 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 call 507-694-1238. Outside of office hours the number is usually forwarded to the pastor on call.

Mission Statement: As members of these congregations, we commit ourselves to this mission:

  1. To be united in our mission as Christ’s disciples and  to increase the vitality of our individual congregations by working together
  2. To cooperate in such a way as to bring together sufficient financial and human resources to do effective and faithful ministry in all of our congregations.
  3. To recognize and strengthen the gifts of congregational members as we work in partnership with our called staff.
  4. To develop shared ministry and expand a wide variety of specific ministry opportunities.