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

Holy Week:

Holy Week:

Maundy Thursday - April 13

  • 10:30am Tyler Sunrise Service
  • 1:30pm Bethany/Bethany-Elim WELCA
  • 5:30pm Maundy Thursday Service at Peace
  • 7:00pm Maundy Thursday Service at Bethany-Elim

Good Friday Services - April 14

  • 3pm Bethany
  • 5:30pm St. Paul
  • 7:30pm Grace

Easter Sunday Services - April 16th

  • 6:30am Diamond Lake
  • 7:00am Bethany
  • 8:30am Bethany-Elim & Peace
  • 10:30am Grace & St. Paul

Notes & Events:

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

Lead Pastor Transition Plan

The Lead Pastor Transition Plan provides for a thorough review of the congregation to access who we are and the attributes that we should be seeking in our next senior pastor. The review will be conducted by a Transition Team recruited by each congregation for the sole purpose of doing an in-depth study of our congregation and surrounding community. The Transition Team will gather information that will be crucial to our future Call Committee in the search for our next lead pastor.

Transition Process Information Website

See January Cross Winds for plan details and timeline.

Week of March 26 & Beyond:

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

o   Monday, March 27th 10am Bible Study at Grace

o Wednesday, March 29th - Lenten Services:

  • 10:00am DPHC Worship
  • 5:30pm Bethany, Arco & Peace, Ruthton
  • 7:00pm Bethany-Elim, Ivanhoe & Grace, Lake Benton (Bethany-Elim will have Spaghetti Supper served at 6:00pm for the Youth)
  • St. Paul can join any of the above or Hope Lutheran at 7pm
  • Soup and Sandwich Supper at 6:00pm - all churches except Bethany-Elim

o   Thursday, March 30th 5:30pm  Bible Study at Peace

o   Friday, March 31st 7am  Bible Study at Bethany

o   Monday, April 3rd No Bible Study at Grace

o    Wednesday, April 5th 10am Worship at DPHC

o   Wednesday, April 5th  Lenten Services

o   5:30pm Bethany & Peace

 (Soup & Sandwich Suppers at 6pm at all Churches)

o   7:00pm Bethany-Elim & Grace

o   Thursday, April 6th 5:30pm Bible Study at Peace

o Saturday, April 8th 9-11am Come and Go Bridal Shower for Shannon VanOverbeke at the Ivanhoe Community Center

o Saturday, April 22nd WELCA Spring Gathering at First English in Tyler details to come

See Newsletter for more Events, News and Schedules.


Synod Assembly
Looking for people interested in going to Synod Assembly - Each Church can take 1 to 2 people.  Registration ends May 19th.  Synod Assembly is June 9 & 10 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter Mn.  Please contact your Council to let them know you are interested.

Backpack program for the kids of Hendricks, Ivanhoe and Lake Benton Schools to provide weekend meals. For details read the article in the Cross Winds Newsletter titled:
Weekend Winners.

VBS at Bethany-Elim!  

THEME:  “The Water of Life” - When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.  Isaiah 43:2

WHO: VBS welcomes anyone entering Kindergarten through 6th grade.  You do not need to be a member of Winds of the Prairie.   VBS is for EVERYONE!

WHAT: Counselors from Shetek Lutheran Ministries will provide non-denominational, action-packed leadership to encourage children’s growth in faith.

WHERE: Bethany-Elim, Ivanhoe  WHENJune 12-15, 2017, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.  Snacks will be provided.

TRANSPORTATION:   Each family is responsible for their own transportation. Car pooling is encouraged. 

COST:  $20 per camper. (Families: If you are sending 2 campers, your 3rd camper is freeJ)   Make checks payable to Bethany-Elim Sunday School.  Deadline to register is May 1. Include payment with health information form and mail to:  Nancy Krog, 2642 County Highway 7, Arco, MN  56113.  Questions, please call Nancy at 507-530-4630.

Medicare Education

WHAT: Free Welcome to Medicare Education: Learn the A through D of it!

WHEN: Part 2 Monday, March 20, 2017 3:30pm- 5:30pm

WHERE: MNRAAA, 1939 Engebretson Ave., Slayton, MN

There are important decisions that need to be made when you become eligible for Medicare. The Senior LinkAge Line® through the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging® (MNRAAA) is sponsoring an educational presentation for people who will soon be eligible for Medicare. Participants will learn the basics of Medicare and their coverage options in Minnesota. They will also learn how to research these options using non-biased tools, such as the Medicare website.

Class size is limited, so call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433 to register.

The Senior LinkAge Line® is a free statewide service of the Minnesota Board on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging.

Lenten Baby Shower Boxes!

Who: We are collecting for Southwest Health & Human Services
When: During Lent March 1st to April 23rd
Why: To help new mothers in the 6 county area
What is needed:

  • Diapers size newborn to 2
  • Disposable Diapers
  • Baby Bath
  • Blankets
  • Newborn Onesies

Camp Registration is OPEN.  Brochures were left at each Church if you need more call the office.  If you need help with the cost scholarships are available, check with the pastors.

The Synod is affording all of us a great opportunity for some vital information:

  • Saturday, April 22nd 9am to 3pm Strategic Communications and Marketing –Internal & External w/ Social Media, web & more—telecast to St. Steven’s in Marshall.

These are great opportunities for our Churches now more than ever because of the changes we are going through. So we would love for LOTS of people to attend.  Please contact the office 507-694-1353 to register ASAP.

Mutual Ministry Team

Bethany—Jewel Noble
Bethany-Elim –Twila Koopman
Grace—Darren Nelson
Peace—Becky Rupp
St. Paul—Pam Gregor

Are the pastor’s or staff doing something you like, dislike, concerned about?  Who do you tell? Your Mutual Ministry Team—these people sit down with the Pastors and Staff and discuss your concerns.


Remember to Allocate your Thrivent Choice Dollars
Giving back has always been important to Thrivent and our members. The Thrivent Choice® program provides eligible participants the opportunity to recommend where to distribute some of Thrivent’s charitable outreach funds.  We encourage eligible benefit members to direct your Choice Dollars by March 31, 2017 to make a difference in your church.  The 2016 Choice Dollars expire on March 31, 2017, so we encourage eligible members to direct their Choice Dollars to a designated organization before the deadline. Thrivent provides a variety of tools and resources at www.thrivent.com/thriventchoice to help you make your selection!

Two easy options for directing Choice Dollars:   1) Online: www.thrivent.com/thriventchoice  or  2)  Phone: 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" at the prompt.  If you need assistance, please contact your congregational advocate, your Thrivent Representative or call the Member Connection Center.  For faster service, have your member ID or contract number available.

Sermon Notes
TFA Students please leave sermon notes from Sundays and Wednesdays in the Sermon Boxes at church. Thank you, Pastor Eunice.

Bulletin Deadline
To have any announcements placed in your bulletin please either email the office at: windsministry@gmail.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.

Prayer List
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.

TFA 2016-2017
This time of intentional and intense instruction around the Bible, Catechism and Lutheran identity happens on Wednesday evenings under the guidance of the pastors. We will have classes on Wednesday evening at Bethany in Arco at 6:30 – 8:00pm.

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 Mondays at 10:00 am at Grace in Lake Benton, Wednesdays, 10 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
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:

  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.