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.

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

Winds News and Notes

Upcoming WXY Events: Tubing at Great Bear Park in Sioux Falls. For more information go to the Winds eXtreme Youth page. Join the Fun!

Bible Boot Camp for 5th and 6th Grade 2014-2015

Bible Boot Camp is on November 1, 2014, February 14, 2015 and May 2, 2015. Call Pastor Julie (507-215-2388) for more information.

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 Annual Meeting will be held Sunday February 15th 2015 at 2p.m. Please join us at the dining hall. Coffee and cookies will be served after the meeting. We hope you can join us! Thank you for all that you do for your camp!

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.

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.

Lent 2015: Dusting off the Catechism
Lent will begin on Wednesday February 18 with our Ash Wednesday services.. The imposition of ashes and Holy Communion prepare us for our Lenten journey.

Times for Lenten services are: Bethany 6 pm; Bethany-Elim 7:30 pm; Grace 7 pm, Peace 5:30 pm, Minneota at 7 pm at Hope Lutheran Church.

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.

Shetek Lutheran Misitries Events

  • Marriage Retreat – February 13-15 2015
  • Annual Meeting - February 15th 2pm
  • Board Retreat – March 6&7 2015
  • Confirmation Retreats – March 13-14 & 20-21 2015
  • Pre-marriage retreat – March 28th 2015
  • Confirmation Retreat – April 17 & 18 2015
  • Road Scholars – April 26th –May 1st
  • Pre-marriage retreat – May 2nd 2015
  • First week of camp – June - 7-12 2015
  • Golf Tournament – June 22nd 2015
  • Quilt Auction – June 27th 2015

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

Winter Weather Advisory
Just a review. For weather advisories consult the following media for notifications:
Radio: KMHL (1040 AM), KKCK (99.7 FM), KARL (105.1 FM), KARZ (107.5 FM), KLOH (1050 AM), KISD (98.7 FM), KJOE (106.1 FM) These are the stations of Marshall Radio and Christensen Broadcasting who are the providers in our area.
Online: Websites at windsoftheprairie.org, marshallradio.net, www.keloland.com
for weather related announcements. Send an email to trainingfo@mail.remind.com with a title "Winter Weather".
Television: KELO, KSFY, KDLT
If in doubt contact the president of the congregation or one of the pastors.
Telephone & TEXT: Be certain that the office and leadership of your congregation has the correct home and cell numbers to contact you with. Send your text number to Pastor Steve at 507-961-2159 with message @trainingfo to be added to the text notification list.

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.