Welcome to Prairie Faith Shared Ministry. Located in north central Kansas, six ELCA Lutheran congregations have stepped out in faith to enter into a truly shared ministry. We strive to provide the best tools for our members to grow as disciples of Christ and to proclaim the Good News of Christ within our communities and throughout the world. We hope you will join us at one of our churches for service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ.







Joint Service of Welcome & Farewell

July 30, 2017 – 10:30 a.m.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Join together with your brothers and sisters of Prairie Faith Shared Ministry on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Bethlehem Lutheran church, 10:30 a.m. for a service of welcome for our new intern, Hayden Kvamme & his wife Kathryn and a service of farewell to our current intern, Allie Smith and her husband Nash. The Barbershoppers will be leading the service music and will entertain us during the potluck dinner following the worship service.

The loose offering has been designated to be given to Options Domestic and Sexual Violence Services of Hays, Ks.. There will also be an ingathering of items for Options Services. A list of those items are below and can be brought with you to the worship service on the 30th and/or the following week.


Options Wish List:

tampons                         razors

shampoo and conditioner           body wash

liquid hand soap                  make-up

liquid laundry soap                softener

liquid dishwasher soap or pods       cleaning products

new sheet sets or comforters (9 twin beds, 2 full beds)

pillows                          towels and washcloths

food storage containers             bras 

women's underwear               toilet paper

duffel bags                       paper towels

30 gallon trash bags                55 gallon trash bags

Silverware                        gas vouchers

pre-paid gift cards                  60 W light bulbs

AA & AAA batteries                inspirational books

safe for personal belongings

flat screen TV (our old tv is very heavy and a safety concern) 

cash donations for prescriptions, medical needs, day passes for activities, etc



Self-Defense Training


FHSU Defensive Tactics/Kenton Russell and Team


Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Time: 9:00 a.m. to noon


Location: Trego Community High School—wrestling room


Cost: No cost to attend


RSVP: By Thursday, July 27 to parishnurse@ruraltel.net">parishnurse@ruraltel.net, call/text 785-769-4731 or

call the church at 785-743-2005 - Ages: Must be 16 or older to participate


What to wear:

  • Sleeved T-shirt that falls below your belt-line—no tank tops.
  • Shorts or pants need to have a drawstring so they don’t come off.
  • Strongly suggested: women—sports bra; men—cup

What to expect:

  • Expand your awareness and avoid danger
  • De-escalate threatening situations
  • Learn how to trust your instincts
  • Learn basic self-defense techniques

A light lunch for participants will be served following the training.

Sponsors: Prairie Faith Health Ministry, Trego Recreation Commission and Heartland Community Foundation




The Prairie Faith Health Ministry is seeking a location for several upcoming community health education events.


  • August 13, 2017: Rhea Burbach Mader presenting topics including color, space planning, accessible home remodeling, etc. Design isn’t just about making things look pretty!
  • September 10, 2017: Bryan Noone with the HaysMed Sleep Lab presenting “Sleep Issues”
  • October 8, 2017: Topic to be determined.


If your congregation would like serve as host, please contact Nancy at parishnurse@ruraltel.net">parishnurse@ruraltel.net or call 785-743-2005 or 785-769-4731 as soon as possible!



Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Pastors will bless new prayer shawls at the PFSM Joint Service at Bethlehem on Sunday, July 30, 2017.


There is an ongoing need for prayer shawls and blankets, and you are invited to share in the ministry through sewing, knitting, crocheting or financial contributions. If you have a shawl or blanket completed, you may bring it by the PFSM office or bring it to worship that day.  


A prayer shawl is a tangible gift representing the many and continuing prayers for comfort, caring, healing and love offered for an individual experiencing serious illness, grief, loss, emotional trials or spiritual upheaval in their lives. If you know of someone who might be comforted by receiving one, please contact Nancy. Many thanks to those of you who have shared your gifts and talents to comfort others!




Coming in August….

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Bluegrass Concert in the Park

7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.

Wakeeney Swimming Pool Park

Featuring: The Halbleib Bluegrass Band






Coming in September….6:30 p.m. during Midweek Hour

By Heart….Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism


Like the Small Catechism itself, this course aims to create faith. It is for adults who have never encountered the Small Catechism, and it is for adults who studied and memorized it as adolescents or teens. It is for those who assume that the original document requires no further explication and that we should simply pick it up and start reading (or memorizing). It is also for those who ­ find scripture to be an inaccessible forest of words, the Creed and Lord’s Prayer to be rote exercise, the sacraments to be obscure rituals, and Martin Luther and his innovations to be largely irrelevant.


For those who are about to be introduced to the Small Catechism, and for those who know it well already, we hope the Spirit will use this course to ignite—and reignite—in them the irrepressible spark that Luther’s poetic and resonant words uniquely do still today.


So, the purpose of this course is to create space, at least, for conversations with Luther’s Small Catechism.


Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton states, “Studying the Small Catechism together will give us a common language with which to talk about faith, engage scripture, and make sense of our lives in the 21st century.”


To place your order for a workbook and to sign up for the group, contact the PFSM office at 785-743-2005 or blc1@ruraltel.net






2017-2018 Intern


Dear Prairie Faith Shared Ministry,


I am delighted to be heading to Kansas for my internship year as a part of my education at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Thank you for your willingness as a faith community to be an internship site. I trust our time together next year will be very formative for all of us!


I grew up for the most part in West Des Moines, Iowa, though my family moved around a lot growing up. I was born in Denver, Colorado (Go Broncos!), and my family now lives in a western suburb of Minneapolis. I grew up going to a Disciples of Christ Church in West Des Moines and became Lutheran just before entering seminary. I met my wife, Kathryn, at a scholarship conference in Chicago in the fall of 2015, and we have been attending Wartburg together since the Spring of 2016. Kathryn graduated with her Master of Arts degree from Wartburg this past May, and we are very excited to meet our first child, a daughter, due this September. Intern Allie has already told me of some of your excitement about our baby girl, and for that we are so thankful!


Before attending seminary, I graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire with a degree in Math. While I haven’t played seriously since high school, I love baseball and football and still enjoy playing a little bit when I have the chance. Kathryn also spent time in Colorado, and so we are Rockies fans as well! I also love music, reading about theology, and getting to know people. More recently my wife has introduced me to some Broadway musicals, which I have greatly enjoyed. She is an avid reader (this Spring she probably read 50 novels or so!), having her Bachelor degree and a Master’s degree in English.


While neither of us have spent much time in a rural setting (my wife and her family are also from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area), we have developed a growing passion for rural ministry during seminary and are so excited to spend the year with you all. You will have plenty to teach us, not only about farming and rural life, but about all the great things happening at Prairie Faith as well. Again, thank you for your commitment to the internship program, and know that I can’t wait to meet you all.


Peace and Blessings in Christ our Savior,

Future Intern Hayden Kvamme

 Intern Haden











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