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

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.

Sunday,November 23-Christ the King Sunday: Final Day for Operation Christmas Child.  Our Goal is to send 100 boxes to children around the world to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!  

A $7 donation will ship a box if you would prefer to assist in that way, just put your donation in an envelope marked Operation Christmas Child or note that on your check in the offering plate.

We need your help!  Pick up a list of instructions and suggested items along with a shoebox and bring it packed to church by November 23.

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.

Tuesday November 25, 9am Prairie Conference Pastors at Peace

Community Thanksgiving Services
Wednesday November 26 @ 7 pm
Bethany Lutheran in Arco for Arco, Ivanhoe and Wilno
St. Edwads in Minneota
Peace in Ruthton

Thursday, November 27, 2pm - Hendricks Nursing Home

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

Service of Remembrance - Are you facing the holidays without someone you love?  Harquist Funeral Homes-Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler and Lake Benton invites you to our annual holiday “Service of Remembrance.” The service centers on keeping memories of loved ones alive and helping us endure the pain that the  holidays can bring following a death.  This service is open to everyone.  Please join us Sunday, December 7 at 1:30 pm, at the Tyler chapel, 116 East Bradley Ave.  Refreshments will be served.  If you have questions, please call 507-247-3816 or 507-368-9385.

Longest Night Service at Bethany-Elim Church: December 14, 2014 at 7 PM
Bethany-Elim Church - Ivanhoe, MN
This year Bethany-Elim Church is hosting a Longest Night service.  The Longest Night service is for anyone who finds themselves struggling with feelings of loss, sadness, despair or isolation during what is usually a joyous time of the year.
It is a service in which we acknowledge our brokenness and seek God's intervention and hope. Come and join us in a service of remembrance, hope and healing.  
The service will be followed by light refreshments and fellowship.
All are welcome!  Please share with your communities, family and friends.

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

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

Bible Boot Camp is on November 1, 2014, February 14, 2015 and May 2, 2015. Call Pastor Julie (507-215-2388) for more information.