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

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

Register for Bible Boot Camp - camp on November 1, 2014, February 14, 2015 and May 2, 2015.

Saturday November 1: 9:30 to noon Bible Boot Camp for 5th and 6thGraders who need or would like a review of the Bible Story in preparation for TFA instruction.  This class will meet November 1, 2014, February 7, 2015 and May 2, 2015 from 9:30 am to noon.  Register here by October 29 or call Pastor Julie (507-215-2388) for more information.

Winds News and Notes

Jr High Youth Gathering– November 21-22 at Willmar - 15 of our youth from Grades 6 to 9 will gather with others f rom Southwestern Minnesota for the largest youth event of junior high ages disciples in the nation. Prayer for them and their adult leaders will be appreciated.

Time and Talent
Inventory sheets should be completed and placed either in the offering plate or in the designated container by November 23.

Holiday Schedule

Sunday November 23 @ 7 pm Lake Benton Community Thanksgiving Service at St Genevieve followed by fellowship.

Wednesday November 26 @ 7 pm Arco/Ivanhoe/Wilno service at Bethany Lutheran in Arco, MN. Followed by fellowship.
Minneota and Hope Lutheran will host the Minneota Community Service of Thanksgiving.
Peace in Ruthton will host the Community thanksgiving service followed by fellowship.

Saturday December 6, Advent Activity Fair at the Diamond Lake Hall (Weather Permitting: means if there is lots of snow and cold things will be mainly in the hall and parking can be limited. Check the website and radio if in question)
2 to 5 Activity Fair with projects for children of all ages to assemble and learn about GOOD GIFTS in the Hall
3 to 4:30 pm a Live Nativity in the Shelter
5:30 Advent Worship : A to Z

Sunday's during Advent our pastoral staff will each be taking an Advent text and preach a unique sermon at all 5 of the congregations.

Sunday December 14 Christmas Programs at each Congregation

Wednesday December 24
10 am Christmas Eve Service at Divine Providence Nursing Home Chapel
2 pm Christmas Eve Service at Hendricks Nursing Home Chapel
4 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Services with Holy Communion at Grace Lutheran of Lake Benton, Peace Lutheran of Ruthton and St Paul Lutheran of Minneota
6 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Services with Holy Communion at Bethany-Elim Lutheran of Ivanhoe
10:30 Christmas Eve Candlelight Services with Holy Communion at Bethany Lutheran of Arco

Painting and Prayers

Painting and Prayers

Register for the Painting and Fellowship event for Women on November 2, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Bethany-Elim in Ivanhoe.

Ladies of all ages, come learn and paint this painting based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-22. No previous skill required. Paint a 16 x 20 for $25 or an 11 x 14 for $15. Register online from the website page or call the office 507-694-1238 by October 27.