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

Exciting News!

Pastor Daniel will be starting with us after September 1st! We have decided he will be at each Church as a stand-alone so please come listen to him and stay for coffee and visit. 

  • September 4th 8:30am Grace Lake Benton Coffee at 9:30am
  • September 11th 8:30am Bethany Arco Coffee at 9:30am
  • September 18th 8:30am Bethany-Elim Ivanhoe Coffee at 9:30am
  • September 25th 10:30am St. Paul Minneota Coffee at 9:45am
  • October 2nd 8:30am Peace in Ruthton Coffee at 9:30


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

Safe Haven Training - Required

All Sunday School Teachers and those who volunteer to work with youth ministry MUST attend Safe Haven Training - last chance for 2016 - August 31st - 6pm at Bethany Arco!

Worship Schedule Changes Rally Sunday
September 11:

  • Bethany, Arco - 8:30
  • Bethany-Elim, Ivanhoe - 8:30
  • Grace, Lake Benton - 10:30
  • Peace, Ruthton - 8:30
  • St. Paul Minneota - 10:30
  • See insert to the right for current schedule --->

September 11 is Rally Day at all five Winds of the Prairie Congregations and the 50th anniversary of Bethany-Elim's current home! See Bethany-Elim News in the Newsletter for activities.

Stuff the School Bus United Way Fundraiser
See Poster at your Church for more details!

Week of August 21:

o   Friday, August 26 7am Bible Study at Bethany

Week of August 28:

o   Sunday, August 28 11am-1pm -St’s Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe Harvest Festival “Beef Dinner”

o   Sunday, August 28 2-4pm - You are Invited to Ordination for Janna Badar at Nora Lutheran Church (36528 130th St. Kensington, MN  56343)

o   Sunday, August 28th 11am-1pm - St’s Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe Harvest Festival “Beef Dinner”

o   Sunday, August 28th 2-4pm - You are Invited to Ordination for Janna Badar at Nora Lutheran Church (36528 130th St. Kensington, MN  56343)

o   Wednesday, August 31st 9am - Bible Study at DPHC

o   Wednesday, August 31st 6:30pm - Safe Haven training for those working with our youth at Grace in Lake Benton

o   Friday, September 2nd 7am - Bible Study at Bethany Arco

Other events:

o   Monday, September 12th 10am - Bible Study at Grace in Lake Benton—Please email Pastor Eunice (windsstaff2@gmail.com) if you plan to attend so she can order your supplies.

o   Saturday, October 15th (in Wabasha) - “Team Kropp” Family Fun Day.  Benefit for Mike & Kristi Kropp—Watch newsletter for more details


Prayer List
A note regarding the prayer list ~ We want to keep this updated and will add individuals once a member of the family of the individual or the individual themselves make a call to the pastoral staff or office to inform us.  Remember to keep us updated on the condition of the person - PLEASE and THANKS.  This is to avoid any miscommunication. 

TFA 2016-2017
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.

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 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
Fridays are the usual Sabbath Days for Pastor Eunice. The office phone is always answered by someone on call, even if it's a Sabbath. In the event a call does go unanswerd, 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:

  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.