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

Christmas Eve Church Services

  • 4:00pm Peace Lutheran
  • 4:00pm Grace Lutheran
  • 4:00pm St. Paul Lutheran
  • 6:00pm Bethany-Elim Lutheran
  • 10:00pm Bethany Lutheran

Christmas Day Service

  • 10:30am Diamond Lake Service

Community Events:

See this month's Calendar and Newsletter for all the news and events.

Ivanhoe Holiday Open House
December 2nd from 4:00pm-8:00pm participating businesses in Ivanhoe will be joining in a community wide open house. There will be samples and drawings for door prizes. This is a great way to kick off the holiday season!

Ivanhoe Holiday Bazaar
When: December 5th 9:00am-1:00pm
Where: Lincoln Elementary School, Ivanhoe
What: All types of Vendors! (come do some Christmas shopping)
Santa arrives on the Firetruck at 10:00am and the Children's Santa Shoppe is open from
10:00am-12 noon. All gifts are $1
*Live Holiday Music*

Hope Lutheran Country Christmas
On Saturday, December 5 at 6:00pm in the Hope Lutheran parking lot, join us for an enjoyable evening of Christmas carols, live animals, hotdogs, popcorn and apple cider to keep you warm, plus sleigh rides and kiddie train rides. The evening is FREE, but if you could bring an item for the food shelf, it would be appreciated. Bring a blanket, dress warm, but do come to celebrate Hope Lutheran's gi􀅌 to the community. For more info please call Pastor Bruce (507) 828-9522.

Bethany Sunday School Caroling
Sunday, December 6th from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Please come join our Sunday School with singing classic and favorite Christmas Carols throughout Arco. Following the caroling, the Bethany Sunday School will be offering Hot Chocolate and treats. Free Will Donation to support our Sunday School Program!

2015 Bethany Arco Cookie Walk Saturday, December 13 9:00am-11:00am, Bethany Lutheran in Arco - Come buy your Christmas Cookies. Enjoy coffee and cookies with friends as well.

Prairie Conference WELCA Spring Gathering - It will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in the handicapped accessible Community Center in Ruthton, sponsored by Peace Lu-theran. Bethany, Arco will provide morning coffee and treats.

Newsletter Update

The CROSSWINDS is the newsletter for Winds of the Prairie Ministry. It is sent to those who are listed on the rosters of our congregations; both active and associate members. It is also sent to former pastors and interns, local newspapers, the Synod Office and those who have expressed interest as visitors to our congregation. This is our primary means of communication for our congregations and ministry. You can receive this newsletter by postal service, in your church mailbox or by email (contact windsoftheprairieministries@gmail.com to be added to the email list or have your newsletter sent to the church). If you misplace it, you can find it on the website. Should you no longer need to receive the newsletter please contact the Winds office to let us know.


Prayer List
A note regarding the prayer list ~  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 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.