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

Worship Schedule

  • Bethany, Arco - 8:30
  • Bethany-Elim, Ivanhoe - 8:30
  • Grace, Lake Benton - 10:30
  • Peace, Ruthton - 8:30
  • St. Paul Minneota - 10:30

Notes & Events:

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

Intentional Interim Process Vote
November 13th

After worship at each congregation.

A quorum is needed, so please attend.

To learn more please visit:

Senior Pastor Transition Winds of the Prairie Ministries (wotp.interiministry.org)    

***Be sure to watch the video***

Week of October 16:

o   Thursday, October 20th 2:30pm Minneota Manor Worship

o   Friday, October 21th 7am  Bible Study at Bethany

Week of October 23:

o   Sunday, October 23rd 11-1pm Halloween Party at Lincoln Elementary in Ivanhoe - Serving Nick's Hamburgers from Brookings! Costumes welcome. Kiddie trick or treat trail through the school sponsored by Investing in Ivanhoe.

o   Sunday, October 23rd 5-7pm Hope Lutheran in Minneota invites you to their annual Swedish Meatball Supper and bake sale.

o   Sunday, October 23rd 4pm Buffalo Ridge Chorale will present "The Immigrants' Trek -- A Reader's Theater Musical" at Christ Lutheran in Hendricks. The musical is based on Gustav Sandro's book written in 1929 and tells the story of the 31 settlers who homesteaded in the Lake Hendricks area. A light supper will be served after by the Shining Starts Relay for Life.

o   Monday, October 24th Bible Study at Grace Cancelled

o   Wednesday, October 26th 10am  DPHC Bible Study

o   Wednesday, October 26th 6-7pm Trunk or Treat at Bethany Arco

o   Wednesday, October 26th 6:30 TFA at Bethany Arco

o   Friday, October 28th 7am  Bible Study at Bethany

o   Sunday, October 30th 11-1pm Benefit for Ardis H (Bethany member with ALS). Chili Feed, Bake Sale and Silent Auction at Ivanhoe VFW. If interested in helping, please call Alyssa.

o   Sunday, October 30th 4:30-6:30pm Chili Supper at St. Paul.

o   Monday, October 31st 10am Grace Bible Study

o   Wednesday, November 2nd 10am DPHC Chapel

o   Wednesday, November 2nd 1:30pm GLCW

o   Wednesday, November 2nd 5:50pm Church School Bethany

o   Wednesday, November 2nd 6:30  TFA at Bethany

More Events:

See Newsletter for Events, News and Schedules.

Friday November 18 & 19 Jr. High Youth Gathering in Willmar

Sunday November 20th 4pm Lake Benton Community Thanksgiving Service

Wednesday, November 23rd 7pm Ruthton Community Service

Wednesday, November 23rd 7pm Minneota Community Thanksgiving Service

Wednesday, November 23rd 7pm Ivanhoe/Wilno Community Thanksgiving Service

Saturday, December 10th 9am Cookie Walk at Bethany Arco (don't bake just go purchase a great variety!)

Sunday, December 18th 10:30 (NOTICE time Change) Bethany-Elim Worship Time **Sunday School Christmas Program***

Sunday, December 18th 10:30am Sunday School Christmas Program at Grace

Sunday, December 18th 8:30am Bethany Sunday school Christmas Program at Bethany

Christmas Eve Services December 24th:

  • 4pm Peace in Ruthton & St. Paul in Minneota
  • 6pm Bethany-Elim in Ivanhoe & Grace in Lake Benton
  • 10:30pm Bethany in Arco


Prayer List
Thank you to all who have called in and updated the prayer list, it has been most helpful.

The current Policy is, if you do not give the office or pastor an update within three weeks, your name will be removed.  We want to keep these current in an effort to give everyone an update.Thanks for your attention to this matter.  WOTP Office Staff please call 507-694-1353 or 507-694-1238 to keep your name on the prayer list.  Thanks.

TFA 2016-2017
With the beginning of school comes 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. TFA kicks off with the Parent/Student meeting on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Begining September 14, our youth will meet at Bethany in Arco on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 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 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
Pastor Eunice - Fridays and Pastor Dan - Mondays. The office phone is always answered by someone on call, even if it's a Sabbath day. In the event a call does go unanswered , it will be returned as soon as possible.

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.