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

Exciting News!

Pastor Daniel will be at each Church as a stand-alone so please come listen to him and stay for coffee and visit. 

  • September 11th 8:30am Bethany Arco Coffee at 9:30am
  • September 18th 8:30am Bethany-Elim Ivanhoe Coffee at 9:30am
  • September 25th 10:30am St. Paul Minneota Coffee at 9:45am
  • October 2nd 8:30am Peace in Ruthton Coffee at 9:30

Worship Schedule
(September 11)

  • Bethany, Arco - 8:30
  • Bethany-Elim, Ivanhoe - 8:30
  • Grace, Lake Benton - 10:30
  • Peace, Ruthton - 8:30
  • St. Paul Minneota - 10:30
  • See insert to the right for current schedule --->


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

Stuff the School Bus United Way Fundraiser
See Poster at your Church for more details!

A new Policy has been set in place, if you do not give the office or pastor an update with in three weeks.  Your name will be removed.  We want to keep these current and 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.

Week of September 25:

o   Sunday, September 25th At Grace Service they will hold First Communion & Confirmation for their students.

o   Monday, September 26th NO Grace Bible Study

o   Wednesday, September 28th Registration Due for Jr. High Youth Gathering to the Office.

o   Wednesday, September 28th 9am DPHC Bible Study

o   Wednesday, September 28th 6:30pm TFA at Bethany-Elim

o   Friday, September 30th 7am Bible Study at Bethany

o   Saturday, October 1st Prairie WELCA  in Hanley Falls @Yellow Medicine Lutheran

o   Sunday, October 2nd 10:30am -1pm the annual St. Genevieve Fall Festival in Lake Benton held at the School in Lake Benton- Chicken Dinner and fixings. There will be a country store, games, raffle, auction (silent & Live) All are Welcome.

o   Monday, October 3rd 10am Bible Study at Grace

o   Wednesday, October 5th 10am  Chapel at DPHC

o   WednesdayOctober 5th 10:30am Bake Sale 11-1 Soup & Sandwich Luncheon at Bethany-Elim

o   Wednesday, October 5th 6:30pm  TFA at Bethany-Elim

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

o   Saturday, October 15th (in Wabasha) will be “Team Kropp” Family Fun Day.  Benefit for Mike & Kristi Kropp—Check out your September Newsletter for more information.

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

More Events:

See Newsletter for Events, News and Schedules.

o   The Rock Christian Youth Center will be having its 12th Annual Rummage Sale
Friday, Oct 7th Noon to 7:00 pm, and Saturday. Oct 8th, 9:00am to Noon.

  • Donations Needed: items may be brought to The Rock Sept 17th through Sept 30th and placed by the front doors.  
    • Please no microwaves, TV’s, computers, child car seats, cribs or broken furniture.
  • Volunteers needed and very much appreciated to help set up for the sale.
    • Call Wayde Kenneke for volunteer times to set up.  507-828-2928.
  • The Rock is located at 148 Tyler St., Tyler, next to Maynards.

o   Saturday, October 15th (in Wabasha) - “Team Kropp” Family Fun Day.  Benefit for Mike & Kristi Kropp—Watch newsletter for more details.

Wednesday, October 26th Friends, Faith, Food & Fellowship Potluck & Crafts/Games will be provided at Bethany Arco

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 ArcoOctober


Prayer List
A new Policy has been set in place, if you do not give the office or pastor an update with in three weeks.  Your name will be removed.  We want to keep these current and 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
Fridays are the usual Sabbath Days for Pastor Eunice. The office phone is always answered by someone on call, even if it's a Sabbath. In the event a call does go unanswerd, 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.