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


Pastor Eunice Woodberry (320-290-5775) will be our Interim Associate Pastor until Dec. 31, 2016.

Pastor Woodberry is settling in and will be using the Grace office in Lake Benton. Please come in and say "Hi."

We met on May 31st and are finalizing the Ministry Site Profile which will be turned in to the Synod and posted throughout the network.   This is one process in selecting our new Associate Pastor.

Our next meeting will be June 15, if you have questions or input, please speak with a Committee Rep.  We will keep everyone posted as we move forward in this process.

Jerid Johnson WOTP Council President


See Events Insert (right), Calendar and Newsletter for more notes and events.


In the newsletter it said that we would have a pot luck before the Diamond lake service on Wednesday, June 22. This is INCORRECT—a lite lunch will be served afterwards.  Sorry for the confusion

Week of June 19:

o    Wednesday, June 22nd 7pm Worship at Diamond Lake Lite lunch afterwards

o    Thursday, June 23rd 2pm Chapel at Hendricks Nursing Home

o    Friday, June 24th 7am Bible Study at Bethany

o    Friday, June 24th 7:30pm Lincoln County Relay for Life at Hole in the Mountain Park Lake Benton

Week of June 26:

o   Wednesday, June 29th 9am Bible Study at DPHC

o   Wednesday, June 29th 7pm Worship at Diamond Lake Light lunch afterwards

o   Thursday, June 30th 12:30-6:30 Red Cross Bloodmobile at Ivanhoe VFW questions call Amy Nuy 507-530-2087

o   Friday, July 1st 7am Bible Study at Bethany

o   Sunday, July 3rd 10am Patriotic Community Church Service at Ruthton City Park

o   Monday, July 4th Happy Independence Day—WOTP Office will be closed for the day.

o   Wednesday, July 6th 9am Bible Study at DPHC 10am Chapel

o   Wednesday, July 6th 1:30pm GLCW

o   Wednesday, July 6th 7pm Worship at Diamond Lake Light lunch afterwards.

o   Friday, July 8th 7am Bible Study at Bethany

o   Sunday, July 10th St. Paul’s all Church meeting after Service

o   Sunday, July 10th 10:30am Bethany-Elim Special Vote 11:30 Council meeting

o   Tuesday, July 12th 6:30pm Mutual Ministry Meeting at Bethany-Elim


Diamond Lake Services

All Wednesday night Diamond Lake Services start at 7:00pm Bring lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray and sunscreen. Enjoy a light lunch afterwards provided to you. This summer's study will be on The Days of Creation and New Creation:

June 22nd
June 29th
July 6th
July 13th
July 20th
July 27th
August 3rd

Service Retreat for Kids entering 8th grade in the fall to those who graduate this spring
When: June 26 - 29
Where: Minneapolis
Call WOTP Office 507-694-1238 to reserve your spot!

First Communion Training to be held July 23
– Any parent of a student going into the 5th grade and older is invited join their child to attend a day retreat at Bethany in Arco to prepare youth for joining their families at the Table of the Lord for the Sacrament of the Altar. We will learn about baking unleavened bread, the sacrifices of the ancient Israelites that precede our Lord's Supper, the festival of the Passover and the institution of the Sacrament on Maundy Thursday. Traveling to an area vineyard and sheep ranch, we will learn about the raising of grapes and the care and feeding of sheep. Learning will be FUN!

July 24th 2-5pm Farewell Service for Pastor Steve at Bethany-Elim

July 27th 7pm Farewell for Vicar Ryan at Diamond Lake


WOTP Newsletter
The May Newsletter went out on April 28th via USPS to EVERYONE. If you want to receive it Via email or both, you need to let the office know — windsministry@gmail.com or call 507-694-1238. Thanks!

Prayer List
PLEASE look over the Prayer List and update the office (507)694-1238 to any changes that need to be made.  Please and THANKS!

In order for us to add a person to the prayer list, we need the family of the individual or the individual themselves to call the pastoral staff or office to inform us of this. This is to avoid any miscommunication. 

TFA 2015-2016
With the beginning of school came 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. Our youth will be at two different sites: Bethany in Arco from 6:15 to 7:45 pm and at Hope Lutheran in Minneota from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

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.

Sabbath Days
Mondays are the usual Sabbath Days for Pastor Steve and the Vicar. You will either get Vicar or Pastor when you call, it will be answered in off office hours by someone from Pastoral Staff.

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:

  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.