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.




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





You may be familiar with the book or the movie “Catch-22”, in which we learn that if you’re insane, you can get out of the army, but, if you want to get out of the army and thereby avoid killing people, you must not be insane - so you’re stuck. Something similar is happening with Pastor Jon’s kidney situation. He was told at the beginning of the process of preparing for an eventual kidney transplant, that the best possible outcome would be for him to get a transplant before going on dialysis. On his latest visit to the transplant center, he was told by the surgeon, Dr. Island, that since he’s not on dialysis, he has little chance of getting a kidney from someone who has died, since all those who are on dialysis will be ahead of him. Even if he were to go on dialysis tomorrow, he may still have to wait 4 or more years because people who have already been on dialysis for years would still be ahead of him. But, he’s not sick enough to be on dialysis. People who are more sick and on dialysis are ahead of him, even though those people don’t have as good a chance at recovery as he does, since they’re on dialysis. The bottom line is that the best chance for Pastor Jon getting a kidney any time soon is from a living donor. He is putting out the word to as many people as possible. If you think you might be able to help him or a loved one in need, or you know of someone who might, please call (316) 303-1045, the Wichita branch office of the St. Luke’s Transplant Center. They will take information over the phone and set up an appointment if a match is possible. Please continue to keep Pastor Jon and any other loved one needing an organ donor in your prayers.




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!



Wednesday, September 26, 2018 immediately following Midweek Classes at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

All 5th graders for the 2018-2019 school year are welcomed & encouraged to come & learn! 

 Oktoberfest 2018





Presented by: PFSM & Trego Arts Council with funding from the Heartland Community Foundation

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 FROM 5p.m. - 7 p.m.

Featuring the Halbleib Bluegrass Family Band

In case of inclement weather the concert will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Everyone is invited back Sunday, September 30 @ 10:30 a.m. for worship at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The Halbleib Band will provide the music for the worship service.




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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