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 at Winds of the Prairie Ministries are pleased to inform you all that we have an agreement in place with Pastor Eunice Woodberry to be our Interim Associate Pastor until Dec. 31, 2016.  Hopefully by that time we will be able to hire a new Pastor as a Full Time Associate.  Please everyone come out soon to a worship service that Pastor Woodberry will be presiding over and see for yourself the excitement and enthusiasm she shares with us.

Interim Associate Pastor Eunice Woodberry - 320-290-5775

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 has also been 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


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

Friday, May 27 7am Bible Study at Bethany

Week of May 29:

Monday, May 30
Memorial Day Services:

o   9am Ivanhoe VFW at Ivanhoe Public School

o   7pm in Minneota Start at American Legion end at Veterans Park

o   9am in Lake Benton at the Opera House

o   11am (check time) in Ruthton at the Community Center

Wednesday, June 1st 9am Bible Study at DPHC 10amChapel

Wednesday, June 1st 1:30pm  GLCW

Friday, June 3rd 7am Bethany Bible Study

Saturday, June 4th 1pm New Member Welcome Bethany

Week of June 5:

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

Winds of the prairie congregations will not be holding worship on June 5 that their congregations. Instead, we will be gathering at the Diamond Lake Chapel for a parish worship and picnic. Worship will begin at 10:30 am outside the chapel (inside in case of inclement weather). A pot-luck dinner will follow worship, after which there will be games for all ages!

We also will be recognizing our Home Communion Assistants and our VBS leaders during the worship. June 5th kicks off our Vacation Bible school season, with the Lake Benton/Ruthton VBS beginning in the evening and Minneota’s beginning the next morning. Ivanhoe/Arco VBS will be held the following week at the St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Families are encouraged to attend the worship and picnic as the leaders of VBS are recognized in prayer.

Sunday, June 5th 4pm Buffalo Ridge Chorale Spring Concert “Our Favorite Things” at Christ Lutheran Church,Hendricks Director and Soloist, Dr. Russ Svenningsen, Augustana University/Sioux Falls (Vicar Ryan is a member this year!)

Monday June 6th to Thursday June 9th
o   8am VBS at St. Ed’s, Minneota
o   5:30pm VBS at Grace, Lake Benton (with program Thursday at 7pm)

Wednesday, June 8th 9am- Bible Study at DPHC
Thursday, June 9th 10:30am Devotions & Communion SunRise in Tyler
Friday, June 10th 7am-Bible Study at Bethany

Week of June 12:

Sunday, June 12th 9:45am – Church meeting for June at St. Paul


VBS Dates

June 5 - 9
Grace in Lake Benton
June 6 - 9
Hope in Minneota
June 13 - 16
Wilno for Bethany & Bethany-Elim

Diamond Lake Services

All Wednesday night Diamond Lake Services start at 7pm Bring lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray and sunscreen. Enjoy a light lunch afterwards provided to you. This summer's study will be on The Days of Creation and New Creation:

June 22nd
June 29th
July 6th
July 13th
July 20th
July 27th
August 3rd

Service Retreat for Kids entering 8th grade in the fall to those who graduate this spring
When: June 26 - 29
Where: Minneapolis
Call WOTP Office 507-694-1238 to reserve your spot!

First Communion Training to be held July 23
– Any parent of a student going into the 5th grade and older is invited join their child to attend a day retreat at Bethany in Arco to prepare youth for joining their families at the Table of the Lord for the Sacrament of the Altar. We will learn about baking unleavened bread, the sacrifices of the ancient Israelites that precede our Lord's Supper, the festival of the Passover and the institution of the Sacrament on Maundy Thursday. Traveling to an area vineyard and sheep ranch, we will learn about the raising of grapes and the care and feeding of sheep. Learning will be FUN!

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

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


WOTP Newsletter
The May Newsletter went out on April 28th via USPS to EVERYONE. 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!

Prayer List
PLEASE look over the Prayer List and update the office (507)694-1238 to any changes that need to be made.  Please and THANKS!

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.