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.
UP COMING EVENTS:
Soup & Spiritual Practices, Lenten Labyrinth Schedule at St. John
Wed. Mar. 22 6:30 p.m. Supper & Labyrinth, 7:30 p.m. Worship
Wed. Mar. 29 6:30 p.m. Supper & Labyrinth, 7:30 p.m. Worship
Wed. Apr. 5 6:30 p.m. Supper & Labyrinth, 7:30 p.m. Worship
Sun., Apr. 9 10:30 a.m. Worship, Palm Sunday
2017 Lenten Breakfast Schedule
Ellis Lenten Breakfast—6:45 a.m.
Date Host Location
Mar. 22 St. John Knights of Columbus Hall
Mar. 29 Christ Lutheran Christ Lutheran Church
WaKeeney Lenten Breakfast —7:00 a.m.
Date Men’s Women’
Mar. 22 Bethlehem Church of God
Mar. 29 Christ the King Bethlehem Lutheran
Apr. 5 Presbyterian Christ the King
Apr. 12 United Methodist Presbyterian
March 17th we received exciting news from Wartburg Theological Seminary informing Prairie Faith Shared Ministry that our new intern for the 2017-2018 year will be:
Hayden grew up in Des Moines, IA. He and his wife, Kathryn, will be joining us sometime this summer. We hope to hear from Hayden soon, Keep your eye on the newsletter for more information in the coming months.
Prairie Faith Joint Service
April 23, 2017 – St. John Lutheran Church – 10:30 a.m.
A joint worship opportunity is coming up on April 23. This gives us a chance to worship together as brothers and sisters in Christ from the six congregations that currently make up Prairie Faith Shared Ministry. We have been in this relationship for 14 years now and are looking forward to celebrating our 15th anniversary next year. This coming together of congregations happened in response to our mutual need to address the concerns we had about the changing landscape of ministry in rural America. It began when we all sat down and started to talk about the things we all faced as Christians and as congregations, and what the future looked like to us. It was amazing to find out that although our congregations had their own distinct histories, we were all facing the same problems, fears, and visions of the future. From this sharing and discussion it was evident that we need each other. After almost two years of discussions we moved to form PFSM.
We have been partners in ministry and have supported each other as congregations and people for quite awhile now. The PFSM board thought it might be good to get back in touch with one another, a family reunion of sorts. So after worship on the 23rd we will share a pot luck meal together and then take time to talk with one another. We are calling this a “Prairie Faith Free Style” and it will be led by Steve Parke, retired Chaplain. We will focus our conversations on several questions. (be thinking about what you would say about them.)
1. What do I celebrate with gratitude about our faith and ministry community?
2. What concerns and fears do I have about our faith and ministry community?
3. What are my hopes for the future of our faith and ministry community?
As we wrap up we hope to address the following question: “What steps could our congregations, and PFSM take this year to further address our hopes and needs as raised today?” We want to be a stronger, more supportive group of congregations in order to help one another, and also to serve Christ in our communities. We want to have some goals for the future. We need you to help us. Please plan to come and give some of your time in helping this ministry grow and serve.
St. John Easter Brunch
On Easter Sunday there will be a breakfast at 9:00 a.m., sponsored by the Sunday School at St. John. Everyone is welcome to bring food items. There will be a free will donation taken to help defray the cost of Church Summer Camp.
Prairie Angels Spring Cluster Meeting
The Prairie Angels Cluster Spring Meeting will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church, North of Ellis, KS. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. with registration and coffee.
The speaker is Marla Baumann, from St. Francis Academy. Foster Care that covers Western Kansas.
The In-kind Giving includes:
Basic school supplies—pencils, notebook paper, erasers, markers, ruler, spiral notebooks
Basic Personal Hygiene items—toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and/or brush, deodorant, bar soap, wash cloth.
If you would like to make small tote bags with handles to hold these items, please feel free to do so. The size of the bag should be at least 10X12, but not much bigger.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Pastors will bless new prayer shawls at the PFSM Joint Service at St. John on Sunday, April 23. 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!
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!