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
Notes & Events:
Intentional Interim Process Vote
The Vote passed with a YES at all 5 Churches. The Intentional Interim Process has begun
Service changes are a coming:
January 1st we will have a hymn sing at each Church – no Pastors will be at service that day. Plan to come and sing your favorite songs of the season.
January 8th Service times will change at all congregations. This rotation will faciltate having two Pastor's available for services.
- 8:00am Bethany in Arco
- 8:30 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 and we plan to have communion on the 1st & 3rd at Bethany and St. Paul and 2nd and 4th at Bethany-Elim to help keep the services on time.
Week of November 27
Thursday, December 1st 7pm Hymn Planning Meeting at Bethany
Friday, December 2nd 7am Bethany Bible Study
Saturday, December 3rd 2:30pm Danebod’s Traditional Danish Christmas call 507-247-5616 with questions
Week of December 4
o Sunday, December 4th Second Sunday in Advent
o Monday, December 5th 10am Grace Bible Study
o Wednesday, December 7th 10am DPHC Worship
o Wednesday, December 7th 1:30am GLCW
o Wednesday, December 7th 5:50pm Church School at Bethany
o Wednesday, December 7th 6:30pm TFA at Bethany
o Thursday, December 8th 1:30pm Bethany & Bethany-Elim WELCA at Bethany-Elim –A Christmas program with a skit and singing of carols is being planned—Everyone is invited to enjoy an afternoon of Christmas Spirit.
o Saturday, December 10th 9am Cookie Walk at Bethany
Week of December 11
o Sunday, December 11th 2pm “The Great Church Robbery “ Skit at Danebod Village
o Monday, December 12th 10am Grace Bible Study
o Tuesday, December 13th 5:30pm Personnel Meeting at Bethany-Elim
o Tuesday, December 13th 7pm WOTP Board Meeting at Bethany-Elim
o Wednesday, December 14th 10am DPHC Bible Study
o Wednesday, December 14th 5:50pm Church School at Bethany
o Wednesday, December 14th 6:30pm TFA at Bethany
Week of December 18
o Sunday, December 18th Sunday School Christmas Programs
- 8:30 Bethany
- **10:30 Bethany-Elim Pot luck to follow
- 10:30am Grace
- 8:30am Peace
o Tuesday, December 20th 1:30pm Rebecca Circle Come Join us!
See Newsletter for Events, News and Schedules.
Christmas Eve Services December 24th:
- 4pm Peace in Ruthton & St. Paul in Minneota
- 6pm Bethany-Elim in Ivanhoe & Grace in Lake Benton
- 10:30pm Bethany in Arco
Martin Luther Exhibit
A trip to the Cities to the Minneapolis Art Institute, to see the Martin Luther exhibit, is still a possibility. If you are interested please contact the office. We have now learned that Thrivent is offering 4 free tickets to members! This opportunity is only until January 15th, so if you want to go, Please call the office 507-694-1353 so we can begin to make plans. Thanks
To have any announcements placed in your bulletin please either email the office at: email@example.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.
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.
With the beginning of school comes the beginning of our Christian Education for Middle School/Jr High age children called Training for Affirmation (TFA). This time of intentional and intense instruction around the Bible, Catechism and Lutheran identity happens on Wednesday evenings under the guidance of the pastors. TFA kicks off with the Parent/Student meeting on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Begining September 14, our youth will meet at Bethany in Arco on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm.
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, 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.
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.