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


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!

Week of July 17:

o   Thursday, July 21st 2:30pm Minneota Manor Worship

o   Friday, July 22nd 7am Bible Study at Bethany

o   Saturday, July 23rd 9am 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!

Week of July 24:

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

o  Wednesday, July 27th 9am DPHC Bible Study

o  Wednesday, July, 27th 7pm Worship at Diamond Lake Light Lunch afterwards 


o  Friday, July 29th 7am Bible Study at Bethany

Week of July 31:

o  Sunday, July 31st 12pm Ice Cream Social at St. Pauls

o   Monday, August 1st 6:30pm Sunday School Superintendents Meeting at Grace

o   Wednesday, August 3rd 9am DPHC Bible Study10amWorship

o   Wednesday, August 3rd 7pm Last Diamond Lake Service - Light lunch to follow

August 5th - Canaries Game Friday.  The game starts at 7pm and the gates open at 6pm.  Bus will leave Ivanhoe at 5pm, pick-up in Lake Benton at 5:15pm, then to Ruthton at 5:35pm then on to Sioux Falls and Arrive by 6:30pm or so.  We have 20 tickets which cost $12.50 each plus $2.50 per person for the bus. Checks payable in advance to WOTP.  Sign-up Sheets will be available at each Church.  All will need to be signed up by July 31st.

Week of August 7:

o   Tuesday, August 9th 7pm WOTP Board meeting at Peace

o   Wednesday, August 10th 8:30am to 1pm-The WELCA Women’s Retreat at Bethany-Arco. Free will offering, Pot Luck Lunch, Everyone is invited!

Diamond Lake Services

All Wednesday night Diamond Lake Services start at 7:00pm 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: Last two - July 27th and August 3rd

Diamond Lake Services Correction:

In the newsletter it said that we would have a pot luck before Diamond lake service, This is INCORRECT—a light lunch will be served afterwards. Sorry for the confusion.

In Memoriam

Anna Evalyn Rasmusson (January 9, 1918 - June 30, 2016)
Pastor Stephen's mother: Obituary | Tribute Page
Contributions can be made in Anna's name to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 102 Junius Ave W, Fergus Falls, MN 56537.


Pastor Eunice Woodberry (320-290-5775) will be our Interim Associate Pastor until Dec. 31, 2016.

Pastor Woodberry is settling in and will be using the Grace office in Lake Benton. Please come in and say "Hi."

We met on May 31st and are finalizing the Ministry Site Profile which will be turned in to the Synod and posted throughout the network.   This is one process in selecting our new Associate Pastor.

Our next meeting will be June 15, if you have questions or input, please speak with a Committee Rep.  We will keep everyone posted as we move forward in this process.

Jerid Johnson WOTP Council President


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
A note regarding the prayer list ~ We want to keep this updated and will add individuals once a member of the family of the individual or the individual themselves make a call to the pastoral staff or office to inform us.  Remember to keep us updated on the condition of the person - PLEASE and THANKS.  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.