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



We are currently working to put in place an interim Pastor (Not permanent, but meant to fill the void for Pastor Julie) these are typically 6 month assignments.

We have also put in place supply Pastors. (To do Pulpit fills when needed) Pastor Gene did Pulpit fills for us in the past. He now has an interim Pastor position.

This is how we are assuring full Pastoral support throughout the year and until we have a new full time Lead Pastor.

Pastor Steve is also putting together training for lay people from each congregation to assure Home Visits and communion for those in need. This is a priority for us and assures no one is without support.

Jerid Johnson WOTP Council President

The May Newsletter will go out in the mail to EVERYONE. Once you receive it, if you want to receive it Via email or both, you need to let the office know — windsministry@gmail.com or call 507-694-1238.  Thanks!

See Events Insert (right), Calendar and Newsletter for more notes and events.

Week of April 24:

Thur. Apr 28
9:00 am Women’s Bible Study at Luella Madsen’s home
2:00 pm Chapel at Hendricks Nursing Home

Fri. Apr 29 - 7:00 am - Bethany Bible Study

Week of May 1:

Sun. May 1 - Confirmation at Bethany-Elim

Wed. May 4
9:00 am Bible Study at DPHC
10am Chapel at DPHC
1:30 pm GLCW
5pm TFA at Hope
7pm TFA Bethany

Thursday, May 5th - 9:30am - Annual Ascension Day Brunch hosted by Hope Lutheran Church Women of Minneota, Pastor Drackley, will be the speaker for this 26th annual event. Program will include music, prayer and a light brunch.  Call 507-872-6446 to register.

Fri. May 6 - 7:00 am - Bethany Bible Study

Friday, May 6 - 11am-1pm - Dinner Served (BBQ’s, Potato salad, beans, chips dessert & beverage) Forever Jen, Relay for Life Fundraiser held at Bethany-Elim (Watch for more details in the newsletter)

Saturday, May 7 - 6pm-New Member Welcome at Bethany

Sunday, May 8th MOTHER’S DAY

Sun. May 8 - Grace - 8:30 am church service: Teacher/helper recognition - children participate. Children honor Mothers after church


June 5th 10:30am Service at Diamond Lake Parish Worship & Picnic (games and potluck to follow) (no other services that weekend)

July 24th 2-5pm Farewell Service for Pastor Steve at Bethany-Elim

July 27th 7pm Farewell for Vicar Ryan at Diamond Lake

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!


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. You will either get Vicar or Pastor when you call, it will be answered in off office hours by someone from Pastoral Staff.

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.