Winds of the Prairie Ministries is a group of five ELCA congregations united in mission and faith. Our six churches are spread throughout Lincoln, Lyon and Pipestone Counties of Southwestern Minnesota.

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

The New Worship Year Started September 7, 2014

New worship times are now in effect! Check below, side bar or church page for times.

We began our new worship year on September 7 with our Rally Sunday and the "God's Work, Our Hands" Day of Service.

New Worship Schedule:

  • Bethany Elim, Peace and St Paul - 8:30 Services
  • Bethany and Grace - 10:30 Services

This year we take another look at the foundational stories of the Old Testament as it prepares us for the Gospel of Matthew."Liturgy" means "work of the people" so consider being a lector, altar or communion helper, along with other opportunities to serve. Let your council , altar or worship leaders know of your interest.

TFA SENIORS – please complete your Faith Story soon to finalize your Affirmation of Baptism process.

Time flies when you’re having fun singing!  The Buffalo Ridge Chorale is now in its fifth year, and on Sunday, October 19, they will perform their Fall Concert at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno.

The Chorale sings a variety of music, and the concerts always include a special feature of some kind.  This fall that feature will be a song composed especially for the Chorale by Dt. Paul Nesheim, music professor at Augustana College and a colleague of Dr. Russ Svenningsen, the director of the Chorale.

Currently, the Buffalo Ridge Chorale has forty-five members form thirteen towns along the Minnesota-South Dakota border. 

For more information contact Donna Kurth at 507-694-1662.

October 1st. Johnathan Swenson will be at Diamond Lake presenting his Paraphrase Theatre “Witness” which starts at 7pm.  Tickets for this amazing one man play will be for sale $10/adult, $6/student, $15/family (those living under the same roof).  We will have tickets for sale that are available to WOTP members, we will be opening ticket sales to the public. Seating is very limited.  TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE.

Wednesday, October 1st the Bethany-Elim WELCA will be hosting their annual Soup N Sandwich Luncheon & Bake Sale, held at the B-E Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe.  Homemade Bake Sale starts at 10:30am & Luncheon starts at 11am and continues until 1pm.  A menu of assorted homemade soups, an assortment of sandwiches along with bars & coffee for $7. 

WELCA Prairie Conference, Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Bethany-Elim church in Ivanhoe.  Registration is from 8:30am-9am with a program & meeting to follow.  GLCW is hosting the morning coffee & goodies.  Hope to see many of you there. Registration is $10 includes a noon meal. Bring an “in kind” offering for WRAP…personal hygiene items (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste/brush, razors, diapers, baby wipes, laundry soap etc)

The Rock Christian Youth Center will be accepting items for its Annual Rummage Sale Fundraiser September 22-29.  The Sale is October 3-4 at THE ROCK in Tyler.  All donations are appreciated.  However, they are not able to use old computers, microwaves, old TV’s, and baby cribs.  If you can volunteer with setting up the sale please call 507-828-2928.  Thank You!

October 12th - CROP Walk will be held in Minneota this year. Registration is starts at 1:15pm with a start time of 2pm for the walk.  Raising funds for the Lyon Co Food Shelf & to End Hunger in God’s World. Contact Pastor Steve for more details.

Painting and Prayers

Painting and Prayers

Register for the Painting and Fellowship event for Women on November 2, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Bethany-Elim in Ivanhoe.