Welcome ...

To Winds of the Prairie Ministries, a five-point parish in south-western Minnesota, consisting of five churches: Bethany Lutheran in Arco, Bethany-Elim Lutheran in Ivanhoe, Grace Lutheran in Lake Benton, Peace Lutheran in Ruthton and St. Paul's Lutheran in Minneota. We are a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Southwestern Minnesota Synod.

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.

Fall

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

What we beleive

As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name throughout the world.

The ELCA Teaches — When Lutherans talk about faith, we are talking about the relationship God’s Holy Spirit creates with us. It’s a relationship where God’s promise of steadfast love and mercy in Jesus opens us to a life of bold trust in God and joyful, generous service to everyone we know and meet in daily life. 

Reminder:

Diamond Lake Church Services started Wednesday, June 28th at 7pm (lunch after at the hall).  There will be a 6 week series on Proverbs, ending August 2nd.  All are invited to attend. 

What we are doing:

o   Friday, July 21st 7am  Bethany Bible Study

o   Sunday, July 30th 4:30-6:30pm  St. Paul’s Pie and Ice Cream Social

o   Wednesday, July 26th 10am  DPHC Worship

o   Wednesday, July 26th 7pm Diamond Lake Services Lunch to follow

o   Thursday, July 27th 2pm  Worship at Hendricks Nursing Home

o   Friday, July 28th 7am Bethany Bible Study

o   Sunday, July 30th 4:30-6:30pm  St. Paul’s Pie and Ice Cream Social

o   Wednesday, August 2nd 7pm Last Summer service for Diamond Lake

See Newsletter for more Events, News and Schedules.

Events/Initiatives:

Brats with the Bishop
August 1, 2017.
Location: Talking Waters Brewery, 205 So 1st St, Montevideo, MN

Bishop Jon invites you to come for an evening of fun conversation, food and beverages as we learn about the vision and mission of our Synod’s Funding Initiative. Brats, beverages (beer and non-alcohol), along with conversation starts at 6 p.m. (doors open 5:30) each attendee receives a free 20 oz beverage* donated by the Talking Waters Brewery in Montevideo. Food (brats and a summer picnic meal) served at 6:15. At 7:00 a program with Bishop Jon as host includes videos and conversation about our Synod’s Funding Initiative. Additional Talking Waters beer may be purchased following the presentation.

No cost.  An “ask” for a donation to the Funding Initiative will be included. Attendees MUST RSVP. Sixty (60) guests maximum per event. Please RSVP online or call the synod office at 507-637-3904.
Your registration will serve as your meal/beverage ticket. If you are bring a guest please note that on your RSVP so we have an accurate guest count. The Talking Waters Brewery has a maximum of 60 guests for their facility. 

Thrivent Financial Client Appreciation/Block Party
Everyone is welcome whether they are a Thrivent Member or not.  The businesses located in the Toni’s Plaza (Thrivent Financial Ridgestone Team, Healthsource Chiropractic of Marshall, American Family Insurance Robert Gaalswyk Agency, and Legal Estate Planning Solutions) are planning a summer Block Party/Customer Appreciation.  The event will be held August 8, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m.  Activities will include a bouncy house, Turkey Federation inflatable target range, and prize drawings.  Join us for food, fun and fellowship.

Backpack Program
Backpack program for kids of Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Lake Benton Schools to provide weekend meals.  Donations can be given to the office and they will be passed along. Thank You. For details read the article in the Cross Winds Newsletter titled: Weekend Winners.

Reminders

Mutual Ministry Team
Are the pastor’s or staff doing something you like, dislike, concerned about?  Who do you tell? Your Mutual Ministry Team—these people sit down with the Pastors and Staff and discuss your concerns.

Bethany - Jewel Noble
Bethany-Elim - Twila Koopman
Grace - Darren Nelson
Peace - Becky Rupp
St. Paul - Pam Gregor

Sermon Notes
TFA Students please leave sermon notes from Sundays and Wednesdays in the Sermon Boxes at church. Thank you, Pastor Eunice.

Bulletin Deadline
To have any announcements placed in your bulletin please either email the office at: windsministry@gmail.com or call 507-694-1238. The deadline is Wednesday noon to get it in that week.  Thanks

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.

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 Wednesdays, 10 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.

Hospitalizations
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.

Communications
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.