Winds of the Prairie Ministries is a group of five ELCA congregations united in mission and faith. Our six churches are spread throughout Lincoln, Lyon and Pipestone Counties of Southwestern Minnesota.

P.I.E. (Prosper Invest Endow): A Recipe for Generosity
Tuesday April 21, 1:00 to 2:30 @ Bethany Lutheran/Arco
Families are invited to join others and people with a passion for helping facilitate conversations of how to plan for transfer of property and strengthening family ties. We gather for pie and coffee to model the conversations. Mark your calendars and gather the family. Register

Easter is Sunday, April 5, 2015

Come join us as we observe Lent and celebrate Easter!

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

Wednesday Lenten Services:

5.30 pm: Peace, Ruthton

6.00 pm: Bethany, Arco

7.00 pm: Grace, Lake Benton

7.00 pm: St. Paul, Minneota

7.30 pm: Bethany-Elim, Ivanhoe

Lent 2015: Dusting off the Catechism
In anticipation of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation we will begin to explore our Lutheran heritage with a review of the Small Catechism. We are participating in a pulpit exchange with Hope in Minneota and their interim Bruce Drackley who will be sharing Holy Baptism. Vicar Janna Bader will be getting us deeper into the Apostles' Creed. Pastor Julie Anderson will open up for us the Lord's Prayer. Pastor Stephen Rasmusson will give us the fundamentals of the Ten Commandments. They will all share the Lord's Supper with us the last week. Our TFA and the Confirmation students at Hope will be creating litanies for our worship experience. So dust off your catechisms and Bibles and come for a time of learning and experiencing as youth and elders from one of our foundational documents. Learn what is real for Lutherans.

Easter 2015:

Easter Prayer Vigil Sign Up - April 2 to 4

Maundy Thursday Service at Bethany-Elim - April 2 - 7:00pm

Minneota Manor Worship Service - 2:30pm

Good Friday Blended Service at Bethany - 3:00pm

Good Friday Service at Peace - 7:00pm

Saturday Cross Walk Service at Grace - 10:00am

Easter Sunrise Service at Diamond Lake - 6:30am

Easter Services:

  • Bethany - 10:30am
  • Bethany-Elim - 8:30am
  • Grace - 10:30am
  • Peace - 8:30am
  • St. Paul - 8:30am

Lenten Baby Shower
Baskets will be at all congregations beginning in Lent until May 1 for you to put in your baby items. The baskets will be split between the four counties our congregational members reside in going to the Human Services agencies. Items such as clothing, diapers, toys and toiletries are welcome. It is probably best to avoid food and medicine items due to expiration dates.

Winds News and Notes

Sr. High Gathering Service Project: We are looking for donated items of the following: Adult Bath towels (dark colored), toothbrushes (in original packaging), combs, toothpaste, bars of soap (in original packaging), and nail clippers. Please drop off at the WOTP office at BE or your church.

Winds of The Prairie Board Meeting - Tuesday April 14, 7:00pm at Bethany-Elim

DC Trip Pre-Registration Form
Online Registration for Winds eXtreme Youth Service and Advocacy Trip to Washington DC.
July 2-12, 201
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2015 Bishop Election
The current term of our bishop, Jon V. Anderson, will end August 31, 2015. Election of a bishop to a six-year term by the Synod Assembly will take place at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, June 12-14, 2015. The term will begin September 1, 2015.

In accordance with S9.04.01 of the Synod Constitution, is to solicit recommendations of nominees for the office of bishop of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod. A candidate for bishop must be an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. According to the Synod Constitution, the standing bishop is eligible for reelection. The names of all candidates recommended will be distributed prior to the Conference Assemblies, which will be held February 8, at 2 p.m., (Weather date is February 22, at 2 p.m.) at which time five candidates will be nominated from each conference. The five candidates nominated by the most conferences will be the nominees at the Synod Assembly and will appear at forums throughout the Synod.

Shetek Lutheran Ministries Events

2015 Spring Clean-up day
May 2nd 2015— 9:00 – 5:00p.m.

  • Pre-marriage retreat – March 28th 2015
  • Confirmation Retreat – April 17 & 18
  • Waiting for wings – April 19th
  • Spring clean-up day – May 2nd
  • Pre-marriage Retreat – May 2nd
  • Discovery Day – May 16th 10-4pm
  • 1st week of Camp – June 7-12th
  • Peder Eide Concert – June 13th 5pm
  • Summer Service – June 20th 5:30pm
  • Golf Tournament – June 22nd
  • Quilt Auction preview – June 26th
  • Quilt Auction – June 27th

More Shetek information in the WOTP April Newsletter.

Questions? Call (507) 763-3567 or check out the website at www.shetek.org.

2015 Bethany-Elim Auction is Coming
Just an early reminder that the church auction is coming up this September. Start thinking NOW of some items and services you would like to donate. Time and date will be announced later. Keep watching the bulletin and newsletter for details.
-Sherry Rost

Help Needed
VBS 2015 Coordinator Needed for St. Paul. Vacation Bible School planning is beginning and we are in need of a coordinator to make sure we can continue to offer VBS to our youth this year. For more information, please contact Tina Myhre at 507-872-6803 or tinamyhre@hotmail.com
-Tina Myhre


Sabbath Days
Mondays are the usual Sabbath Days for Pastor Steve and Vicar Janna. 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 use either the 507-694-1238 or 1-866-944-9687 (WOTP). Outside of office hours the number is usually forwarded to the pastor on call.