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

2015 First Communion Instruction
- August 22, 9 am to 4:30 pm

Class begins at Bethany in Arco at 9 am. After lunch we will go to Scharde Vineyard by bus to learn about wine and return to Arco about 4:30 pm. Register

2015-2016 TFA Registration
Please complete the Training for Affirmation registration for your student who will be in 7th grade or older to attend TFA on Wednesdays. Register

Summer Worship at Diamond Lake Chapel - Diamond Lake Chapel summer worship (at 7 pm. on Wednesdays) this year is centered around the theme Called, Gathered and Sent. We will have an opportunity to explore the idenity, context and purpose of our congregations and ministry.

Community Events:

Grace Garage Sale - Friday August 7th 9:00am to 6:00pm AND Saturday August 8th 9:00an to 2:00pm at Grace Lutheran Church 101 S. Sherman Street, Lake Benton. Come Enjoy lunch on Saturday August 8th from 11:00am-1:00pm. Lunch is being served by WXY (Winds eXtreme Youth Group) All Proceeds go to the WXY Fund.

Fall Preparations - No Sweat, When Everyone Participates

Just a reminder that by the end of August many things will be getting organized for our new year. Some things to keep in mind:

Sunday School teachers are always needed to help teach our youth the faith. Let your Superintendent know if you can be a teacher, a substitute or can help with special events. We learn best by teaching.

WORSHIP PLANNING: August 13 at 7 pm in Arco at Bethany we will be planning for Fall worship hymns and liturgies. Plan to come give your suggestions for hymns and worship. This task group is open to all members!

September 13 is RALLY SUNDAY: Invite a friend or a new young family to join you for church.

Note September 13 is the Sunday for the WORSHIP TIMEs CHANGE:

  • Grace and St Paul at 8:30
  • Bethany-Elim and Peace at 10:30
  • Bethany yet to choose 8:30 or 10:30

We start a new run through the Bible Story with a focus on the Gospel of Mark. Read Mark’s gospel to prepare for worship.

FOR ALL WHO WORK WITH YOUTH: This year we will be conducting our Youth Protection workshops for all adults who will be working with youth. Watch the bulletin for dates in September.

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 on Monday, 10 am at Grace; Wednesday, 9 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.

2015 Women’s Retreat
It is time once again to join women from congregations in the Prairie Conference for the 35th Annual Women’s Retreat held at Bethany Lutheran in Arco. We will gather in Thursday, August 12th at 9:00 a.m. beginning with registration and a.m. coffee. An offering will be taken as you register. The theme for the day is Music, Mission and Mouthwatering Lefse.

Our program will be from Pastor Dan Bowman from the Hawk Creek and Rock Valley Lutheran Churches. He plays hymns and classical tunes on a musical saw blade. In between his music he will share his lefse catechism program where he ties together lessons from the gospel as seen through lefse. (We will even have lefse to taste) The day would not be complete without devotions and sing-a-longs.

Following a potluck moon bunch we will close the day with prayer and then you’ll be on the way home. Join us for an interesting morning. We would like to have a great representation from the Prairie Conference congregations. See you on the 12th. - Marie Henriksen, Bethany WELCA

2015 Bethany-Elim Auction Time!
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.

Thank You! Bethany-Elim has a new sidewalk to the front entrance of the church, and it looks great! Thanks to Don and Carol Olsen from our church family for the donation of the concrete. Thanks also to Roger Jerzak and crew who took care of removing the old concrete, and installing the new. Your church family appreciates the generous giving of your gifts!


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.