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 start Wednesday, June 28th at 7pm with a lunch to follow at the hall.  There will be a 6 week series on Proverbs, ending August 2nd.  All are invited to attend. 

What we are doing this week:

o   Saturday, June 24th Shetek Quilt Auction

o   Sunday, June 25th 2:30pm Sunrise Service in Tyler

o   Wednesday, June 28th 10am DPHC Worship

o   Wednesday, June 28th 7pm Worship at Diamond Lake Campus with lunch to follow at the hall

o   Friday, June 30th 7am Bible Study at Bethany

...And after:

o   Sunday, July 2nd 9:30am Community Worship in  Ruthton at the park, no services will be held at Peace

o   Tuesday, July 4th Office Closed

o   Wednesday, July 5th 10am DPHC Worship

o   Wednesday, July 5th 7pm  Services at Diamond Lake with lunch to follow

o   Friday, July 7th 7am Bethany Bible Study

See Newsletter for more Events, News and Schedules.

Events/Initiatives:

Exploring Worship and Communion
Bethany-Elim - Wednesday, June 21 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Holy Spirit gives us gifts and calls us into service in various ways.  Is the Holy Spirit calling you to help with worship or with visitation?  All are invited to join us on Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Bethany-Elim for training to lead worship and do home communion.  Please come and see what these ministries are all about before you decide it’s not for you.

Senior LinkAge Line Volinteer Orientation and Training
WHO: Senior LinkAge Line® and Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA)
WHAT: Volunteer Orientation and Training
WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday, June 28, 29 and July 6, 2017, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
WHERE: Slayton, MN
REGISTRATION REQUIRED: to register for this training or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Sarah Reiman at the Senior LinkAge Line® 1-800-333-2433 ext. 82026.

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.