New Worship Times:
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
- 8:00am Bethany in Arco
- 8:30am Peace in Ruthton
- 9:30am Bethany-Elim in Ivanhoe
- 10:30am Grace in Lake Benton
- 11:00am St. Paul's in Minneota
Service Notes: We will try to shorten service to 45 minutes. We plan to have communion on the 1st & 3rd Sundays at Bethany and St. Paul and 2nd and 4th at Bethany-Elim to help keep the services on time.
Annual Meeting Schedule
A Pastor will attend each meeting this year.
Sunday, January 8 - Peace - after Service
Sunday, January 22 - St. Paul - before Service at 9:30am
Sunday January 29 - Bethany - after Service
Sunday, January 29 - Grace - after Service
Sunday, February 5 - Bethany-Elim - after Service
Notes & Events:
Lead Pastor Transition Plan
See January Cross Winds for plan details and timeline.
Intentional Interim Process
Prayerful concerns are needed for people to be on our Transition Team. We are asking to have 2 people from each parish. What will this team do? They will work to take a diagnostic look at each Church and our Parish as a whole, They will define 2 or 3 items that the Parish needs to work on. Then when the call committee is doing interviews they will use those 2 to 3 items to find out how a new pastor can help us. Therefore getting a pastor to help with our specific needs.
Week of January 15
o Saturday, January 21 9am-3pm the synod is having a session on Strategic Visioning. We will attend this via telecast at St. Stevens in Marshall.
o Saturday, January 21st 11am Ordination Service for Kent Krumwiede at Truman Lutheran Church in Truman, Minnesota.
Week of January 22
o Sunday, January 22 - St. Paul - before Service at 9:30am
o Sunday, January 22nd 10am Installation as Pastor for Peace-Grue Parish in Ashby MN for Kent Krumwiede
o Sunday, January 22nd 1pm - annual Grace Lutheran Sledding/indoor games event at Lake Benton's Hole in the Mountain Park. This is for all our WOTP Church members--Children and grownups and is also open to the public. Activities will start at 1pm there will be sledding and board games, bingo, cards and great fellowship with food in the heated Chalet. If you have questions call Jerid Johnson at 507-368-4652 or 507-820-1908. Hope to see you there Dress WARM!
o Sunday, January 22nd 2:30pm Church at Sunrise in Tyler
o Monday, January 23rd 10am Bible Study at Grace
o Monday, January 23rd 1pm-7pm Blood Mobile at Ivanhoe VFW
o Wednesday, January 25th 10am DPHC Bible Study
o Wednesday, January 25th 6pm Bethany Christmas Program with Potluck to follow - all are invited.
o Wednesday, January 25th 6:30pm TFA at Bethany
o Wednesday, January 25th 1-7:00pm Minneota Blood Drive American Legion
o Thursday, January 26th 2pm Hendricks Nursing Home Service
o Friday, January 27th 7am Bible Study at Bethany
Week of January 29
o Sunday January 29th
- Bethany Annual Meeting, after 8:00 am Service
- Grace Annual Meeting, after 10:30 am Service
o Monday, January 30th 10am Bible Study at Grace
o Wednesday, February 1st at 7pm SDSU discounted tickets for Men’s basketball available –Check for flyer on your bulletin boards---
o Sunday, February 5 - Bethany-Elim Annual Meeting after Service
See Newsletter for more Events, News and Schedules.
Upcoming Synod Events/Training:
Mark your Calendar! The Synod is affording all of us a great opportunity for some vital information. These are great opportunities for our Churches now more than ever because of the changes we are going through. So we would love for LOTS of people to attend. Please contact the office 507-694-1353 to register ASAP for one or all four:
Saturday, January 21 9am-3pm they are having a session on Strategic Visioning. We will attend this via telecast St. Stevens in Marshall.
Saturday, February 25 8:30am-3:30pm in Willmar we will have Equipping congregations Day! Great opportunity to visit with people from other churches to see what works for them that we might implement.
Saturday, March 18th 9am-3pm Session on Strategic Budgeting and Fundraising Will be telecast St. Stevens, Marshall.
Saturday, April 22nd 9am to 3pm Strategic Communications and Marketing –Internal & External w/ Social Media, web & more—telecast to St. Steven’s in Marshall.
To have any announcements placed in your bulletin please either email the office at: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
- To be united in our mission as Christ’s disciples and to increase the vitality of our individual congregations by working together
- 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.
- To recognize and strengthen the gifts of congregational members as we work in partnership with our called staff.
- To develop shared ministry and expand a wide variety of specific ministry opportunities.