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

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.

Prayer, Praise, and Pizza at the Parsonage
Who: Senior High Youth-Grades 9-12
What:  Faith talk, bible reading and a significant amount of music
When:  Wednesday evenings from 7pm – 8:30PM….Beginning April 15
Where:  The Parsonage -214 South Norman
Why:                             (You will have to fill this one in.)
Leaders: Vicar Janna and Morgan

Peace Lutheran: Quilting Club will meet Monday, April 27 at 9:00am

Diamond Lake Cemetary Association Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 29th at 7:00 pm at Diamond Lake Hall.

Prairie Conference Women of the ELCA spring gathering – “Girls, Growth & God” featuring HEARTLAND GIRLS RANCH will be on April 24th at First Lutheran Church in Marshall (100 Church St.)  Registration begins at 8:30am with a $10 registration fee with includes a noon lunch.   Kind offering will be taken and suggestions are personal items and toiletries to be used by the girls at Heartland Girls Ranch – shampoo/conditioner/soap/deodorant/ toothpaste/ cleanser/ lotion etc.

DC Trip Pre-Registration Form
Online Registration for Winds eXtreme Youth Service and Advocacy Trip to Washington DC.
July 2-12, 201
5. 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.

Summer Worship at Diamond Lake Chapel - Mark your calendars for June 17 when we begin our summer worship at Diamond Lake Chapel at 7 pm. The summer worship will be craŌed around the theme Called, Gathered and Sent. We will have an opportunity to explore the idenƟty, context and purpose of our congregaƟons and ministry. Look for more informaƟon in the summer issue of CrossWinds.

Shetek Lutheran Ministries Events

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

  • 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

Shetek Lutheran Ministries XVII (GOLF) Great Outdoor Lutheran Fundraiser June 22nd, 2015 Where: Slayton Country Club 8:30 Registra on 9:30 18 hole scramble Lunch on the go…grilled hotdogs & hamburgers 3:00p.m. refreshments, door prize, and awards Contact us at 507‐763‐3567 or sign up on line at www.shetek.org

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.

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.