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.




The Central States Synod wants every member of our PFSM congregations to fill out this short survey.  Click on the link below...


        The 2019 Synod Assembly will elect a Bishop for a six-year term. The intent this year is for the members of the Synod to have the opportunity to actively participate in the election process before the actual ballots. This will help the members of the CSS discern God’s hope for the Synod and for the possible nominees to discern their call.
        An important step in the process of electing a bishop and thereby providing input into the direction of the Synod is through a survey, available here and on the Synod website. (www.css-elca.org/bishop-election)
        We request that you communicate this information widely to your congregation and encourage all to participate in the survey. You may use the link above or use the printable form for a bulletin insert, in your newsletter, on your website, or however, you communicate to your community. 
        If you have any questions about this process, please contact Dennis Allerheiligen, Synod Vice President, by email: dallerheiligen@gmail.com, or via the Synod Office at 913-948-9701.


















The Midweek Childrens Choir will be singing during the worship service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 21, 2018.  Please have your children at the church by 10:15am that Sunday morning for rehearsal!





Food Bank Fill-Up

  Help fight hunger in our community! Food Bank Fill-Up is a 10-day event from Monday, October 22nd through Wednesday, October 31st where 5 cents for every gallon of gas that is sold at the WaKeeney 24/7 Travel Store,is donated back to our local food pantry! The WaKeeney Community Food Pantry is currently in dire need of donations. Please consider fueling up your vehicles those 10 days at 24/7 Travel Plaza, south of I-70, and right next to McDonald's. It does not cost you anything, and it's an easy way to benefit the local food pantry!

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 Health Fair






Reformation Sunday



Christmas City of the High Plains


sets belonging

to Trego County residents

are needed for this free Community

Festival of Nativities exhibit.  No set is

too simple or too elaborate.  Even duplicates

are welcome—each has its own story.  Please

consider placing one or more on loan as a gift to

your community. You can drop off your nativity set at

the Historical Society Museum, 128 N 13th St, WaKeeney on

or before Saturday, November 3, 2018.  Each nativity set will need

an artwork tag when you drop off.  Artwork tags are available at WaKeeney

Churches and select business in town. The exhibit will open on the Tree Lighting

Day, November 24,

and continue throughout

the month of December.

Questions? Call (785) 743-5411

or (785) 656-3542.








conference 2018


Even though we observed the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation last year, we will still have something to say to the world this year, and in the coming year, and in the year after that . . . Because we have Good News for sharing! This year, the Western Kansas Fall Conference will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, WaKeeney on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 3:30p.m. to 6:30p.m. Activities include, Intergenerational Activities/Mission Projects, Worship, Meal, Synod Updates, and viewing the Reformation 500 DVD. The meal will be catered by John Sherwood.  Join us for the celebration, conversation, and action to live out the call to SHARE!







  catholic charities

 NOvemBER 14, 2018

Click here for more information -->catholic charities.pdf 

support group

12-step Alcohol/Drug Recovery Support Group meetings every

Tuesday @ 6:30p.m. in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church basement.

338 N 7th St, WaKeeney (come in through northeast door)

Questions?  Call (785) 743-2005







It’s that time of year again!! MidWeek is open to ALL children and adults in the area.  It begins @ 6:00 p.m. every Wednesday evening (September-April) with a delicious meal prepared by Ruth Shiltz, Margaret Schmitt, and Doris Hafliger.  After the meal around 6:30 p.m, the children have music with Sandee Scott. Then, from 6:45-7:30p.m. the children have their religion classes. Also during the children's class, there is an adult bible study group in the church library room from 6:30-7:30p.m. Parents are encouraged to eat with their children and then head to their bibly study while their kids are learning about God!  Adult Bible Study is open to everyone in the community, not just members of Prairie Faith Shared Ministry. Volunteers for MidWeek are ALWAYS needed and appreciated!!  It’s going to be a great school year full of learning and fun!















Prairie Faith Shared Ministry Council Minutes September 19, 2018

 Staff Report 

  • Pastor Jon has various days to be gone to Wichita for continuing kidney updates. Sept. 28-Oct. 2 vacation days. Will be attending the Bishop’s Convo Oct. 8-Oct. 11.

  • PMA Kim will be on vacation Sept. 20-Sept. 22, and at Wartburg Sept. 26 – Oct. 1. Coverage at St. John for Sept. 30 will be a youth service. CPE class continues with pastoral care at 20 hours per week.

 Internship Committee Report

  • The council discussed whether the Discernment Committee can be rolled over into an Internship Committee – PMA Kim will check with Wartburg.

  • Discussed whether to apply for an intern for the 2019-2020 year. PMA Kim’s internship will begin January 2019. If we would get an intern we would have an overlap for 5 months, discussed whether we could pay for 2 interns. If we don’t apply or don’t receive one we will be short staff at the end of the 2020 year as we are now. It was decided to apply for an intern for the 2019-2020.

 Discernment Committee Report –

  • The committee met and discussed the syllabus for the CPE class

Health and Wellness Committee Report

  • Parish Nurse Nancy Bollig handed out a written report to be reviewed later and it is attached to these minutes. She highlighted the 12-step alcohol/drug recovery support group led by an active Hays AA member is now meeting at BLC in the basement on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. He also works as a recovery coach for Turning Point Professional Counseling Services & an alcohol/drug recovery program in Salina. For the present these are open meetings.

  • Working on increasing out-of-county medical transportation services for Trego residents. Would appreciate input and support as we approach city council, county commissioners and search for matching funds.  The goal is to expand the existing KDOT 5311 grant.


  • Thank you received from Donna Deines for the banner she received from the council as a parting gift. 

Old Business

  • No old business

New Business

  • Halbleib Band will be at the WaKeeney Swimming Pool Park Saturday, Sept. 29th at 5:00 p.m. Council members will each bring a cut-up watermelon to share with the attendees. PFSM will provide bowls and forks to serve the watermelon. The cost of $600 is being picked up by the Trego County Arts Council.

  • The Halbleib Band will be doing worship at Bethlehem on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m. All congregations are invited to attend. There is a staff shortage on this Sunday and pulpit supply was not available.

  • Discussed the staffing shortage that is possible when pastors are gone, pulpit supply is often not available to cost prohibitive. Council members need to go back and discuss with their congregations a plan of action to fill these shortages – lay services, joining with other congregations for those Sundays etc.- the council welcomes ideas.

  • Joint Reformation Service has been planned for Oct. 28th. The WaKeeney Presbyterian Church will be hosting. PMA Kim will be preaching. The Presbyterians will provide the meat and beans. Salads to be decided yet. Desserts will be brought by the other attending congregations.

  • Up for replacement of PFSM Council representatives are St. John, Immanuel, and Our Redeemer.

  • Discussed the PFSM 2019 budget attached to the minutes. The council approved the budget and it will be presented to the congregations at the PFSM Annual Meeting to be held following the Parish Nurse Ministry Thanksgiving Dinner at Bethlehem on November 18th.  

The next PFSM council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Margaret Schmitt will have devotions.





Look at Our Photos

Come see a slideshow of the 2014 Vacation Bible School, the April Joint Service, and the 2014 Live Nativity - get a glimpse of the activities that take place at PFSM. Check out the video of past Joint Reformation Services posted under Prairie Faith Memories Photos.


Meet Prairie Faith Shared Ministry

Come to the About Us section to meet the church leadership, and find out what we're all about!


Commodity distribution will be held on Tuesday, JULY 24TH, at the Senior Center, 413 Russell Ave, WaKeeney from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.  The monthly income guideline is $1,316 for a one-person household and $468 added for each additional family member.  Available commodities will be:  tomato soup, green beans, grape juice, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, rice, dry red beans, raisins, and sliced turkey breast.

Distributions are made possible by the Kansas Department for Children and Families and local volunteers.

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