Welcome

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

Lead Pastor Transition Plan

The Lead Pastor Transition Plan provides for a thorough review of the congregation to access who we are and the attributes that we should be seeking in our next senior pastor. The review will be conducted by a Transition Team recruited by each congregation for the sole purpose of doing an in-depth study of our congregation and surrounding community. The Transition Team will gather information that will be crucial to our future Call Committee in the search for our next lead pastor.

Transition Process Information Website

See January Cross Winds for plan details and timeline.

Week of April 30:

o  Sunday, April 30th 12:30-5pm First Communion Training for 3rd & 4th Grade at Grace

o   Monday, May 1st 10am Bible Study at Grace

o   Wednesday, May 3rd 10am Worship at DPHC
o   Wednesday, May 3rd 6:30pm TFA at Bethany
o   Wednesday, May 3rd 7pm Annual meeting of Diamond Lake Cemetery Association
     at Diamond Lake Hall

o   Thursday, May 4th 5:30pm  Bible Study at Peace
o   Thursday, May 4th 5pm Lincoln County Council of the Aging Spring Fling - Bingo at 5
     supper at 6 with entertainment.

o   Friday, May 5th 7am Bible Study at Bethany

o   Saturday, May 6th SWMN Synod WELCA Conference in Redwood Falls

Sunday May 7:

o   Sunday, May 7th First Communion & New Member Welcome at Bethany, Bethany-Elim,
     Grace & Peace
o   Sunday, May 7th 2:30pm Service at Sunrise Nursing Home in Tyler

o   Wednesday, May 10th 10am DPHC Bible Study
o   Wednesday, May 10th 7pm TFA for 8th graders and parents only

o   Thursday, May 11th 10:30am Service at Sunrise Nursing Home in Tyler
o   Thursday, May 11th 1:30pm WELCA for Bethany & Bethany-Elim
o   Thursday, May 11th 6:30pm Synod will meet with Transition Team, Call Committee and
     WOTP Board at Bethany-Elim

o   Friday, May 12th 7am Bible Study at Bethany

o   Saturday, May 13th 10:30-1pm Ivanhoe Ambulance Whopper Feed Fund Raiser
     at Ivanhoe VFW

o   Sunday, May 14th MOTHER’S DAY
o   Sunday, May 14th 1-4pm 99th Birthday Party for Valgean Lundberg at Ivanhoe VFW

See Newsletter for more Events, News and Schedules.

Events/Initiatives:

New Member Class
If you would like to become a member of any of our Winds of the Prairie Churches, we will have a new member class: April 30th 1pm at Bethany-Elim. The following week service you will be welcomed into your new Church Family at the Church you choose.  Please extend this invitation to anyone you may know who is interested in becoming a member.  If you have questions please call the office 507-694-1238.

Synod Assembly
Looking for people interested in going to Synod Assembly - Each Church can take 1 to 2 people.  Registration ends May 19th.  Synod Assembly is June 9 & 10 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter Mn.  Please contact your Council to let them know you are interested.

FLUFF & PUFF PILLOW CLEANING
Tuesday, May 23rd & Wednesday, May 24th
6:00pm to 8:00 pm 7:30am to 3:00pm
VFW Ivanhoe MN
(drop your pillows off during any of these hours and pick up when it work for your schedule)
Sponsored by the Leibfried family **All proceeds go to Multiple Sclerosis Society and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

VBS at Bethany-Elim!
WHENJune 12-15, 2017, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.  Snacks will be provided.
THEME:  “The Water of Life” - When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.  Isaiah 43:2
WHO: VBS welcomes anyone entering Kindergarten through 6th grade.  You do not need to be a member of Winds of the Prairie.   VBS is for EVERYONE!
WHAT: Counselors from Shetek Lutheran Ministries will provide non-denominational, action-packed leadership to encourage children’s growth in faith.
WHERE: Bethany-Elim, Ivanhoe  
TRANSPORTATION:   Each family is responsible for their own transportation. Car pooling is encouraged. 
COST:  $20 per camper. (Families: If you are sending 2 campers, your 3rd camper is freeJ)   Make checks payable to Bethany-Elim Sunday School.  Deadline to register is May 1. Include payment with health information form and mail to:  Nancy Krog, 2642 County Highway 7, Arco, MN  56113.  Questions, please call Nancy at 507-530-4630.

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

Remember to Allocate your Thrivent Choice Dollars
Giving back has always been important to Thrivent and our members. The Thrivent Choice® program provides eligible participants the opportunity to recommend where to distribute some of Thrivent’s charitable outreach funds.  We encourage eligible benefit members to direct your Choice Dollars by March 31, 2017 to make a difference in your church.  The 2016 Choice Dollars expire on March 31, 2017, so we encourage eligible members to direct their Choice Dollars to a designated organization before the deadline. Thrivent provides a variety of tools and resources at www.thrivent.com/thriventchoice to help you make your selection!

Two easy options for directing Choice Dollars:   1) Online: www.thrivent.com/thriventchoice  or  2)  Phone: 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" at the prompt.  If you need assistance, please contact your congregational advocate, your Thrivent Representative or call the Member Connection Center.  For faster service, have your member ID or contract number available.

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

Winter Weather Policy
Our Policy is that the WOTP council President and the Pastor’s will talk on Sunday morning by 6am and make a decision on the weather.  Cancelations will be made by phone tree, KMHL, KKCK radios and KELO Land, KSFY TV.  If you are questioning if Church is on or not, I suggest you call your council president for an update.  We want you to be safe.  It is the position of the Parish that some may choose to have a Church service without a Pastor present and have a lay led worship service.

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.

TFA 2016-2017
This time of intentional and intense instruction around the Bible, Catechism and Lutheran identity happens on Wednesday evenings under the guidance of the pastors. We will have classes on Wednesday evening at Bethany in Arco at 6:30 – 8:00pm.

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 Mondays at 10:00 am at Grace in Lake Benton, 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.