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

Summer Worship at Diamond Lake Chapel - Mark your calendars for June 17 when we begin our summer worship at Diamond Lake Chapel at 7 pm. The summer worship will be craŌed around the theme Called, Gathered and Sent. We will have an opportunity to explore the idenity, context and purpose of our congregations and ministry. Look for more information in the summer issue of CrossWinds.

Ivanhoe Blood Drive at the VFW. Tuesday, June 30 from 12:30pm-6:30pm. To schedule your appt. call Amy Nuy at 507-530-2087.  Walk-ins Welcome!

DC Trip Pre-Registration Form
Online Registration for Winds eXtreme Youth Service and Advocacy Trip to Washington DC. July 2-12, 2015. More Information

Hendricks: Summerfest 2015! Thursday, July 2-Sunday, July 5 for more info call City Hall. 507-275-3192

Balaton Fun Fest: Friday July 3rd-July 5th  www.balatonfunfest.com

Wilno: St. John Cantius Catholic Church 4th of July Celebration. Events starting at 10:00am

2015 Bethany-Elim Auction is Coming
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.
-Sherry Rost

Prayer, Praise, and Pizza at the Parsonage
Who: Senior High Youth-Grades 9-12
What:  Faith talk, bible reading and a significant amount of music
When:  Wednesday evenings from 7pm – 8:30PM….Beginning April 15
Where:  The Parsonage -214 South Norman
Why:                             (You will have to fill this one in.)
Leaders: Vicar Janna and Morgan

Community Events:

Sr. High Gathering Service Project: We are looking for donated items of the following: Adult Bath towels (dark colored), toothbrushes (in original packaging), combs, toothpaste, bars of soap (in original packaging), and nail clippers. Please drop off at the WOTP office at BE or your church.


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.