Prairie Faith Shared Ministry

“Be gathered into one in You”

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Prairie Faith Shared Ministry

“Be gathered into one in You”

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Welcome to Prairie Faith Shared Ministry. Located in north central Kansas, three 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.

Join Us

We have three congregations and worship with a variety of styles and liturgies. We encourage you to find out more about our congregations. Hope to see you in worship soon.

Our Pastor and interim Pastors/PMA’s rotate into different congregations during the month. Lay leaders also serve each congregation at various times.  This is done to establish a working relationship between the Pastors and all the congregations of PFSM, as well as between the members of our congregations. Joint congregational worship services are held at various times during the year to provide fellowship between all of our members.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Worship services are Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

St. John
Lutheran Church

Worship services are Sunday
mornings at 11:00 a.m.

Emanuel Lutheran Church

Worship services are the 1st and
3rd Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

St. John Lutheran Church

Final Sunday School for this School Year will be Sunday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m.

Have a safe and wonderful Summer!!

Sunday School held at 10:00 a.m.
During the School Year

Please join us as we celebrate another great year of Fellowship, Worship and Learning! Looking forward to seeing you there!  If you would like more information about Sunday School, please call the church office at 785-743-2005 to be put in touch with a St. John Sunday School representative.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Midweek has dismissed for this
School Year.
Have a safe and wonderful Summer!!

There is a Meal each Wednesday evening of Midweek beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by music and class.  Class will dismiss at 7:30 p.m.  During Lent, class will dismiss at 7:15 p.m.for Lenten Services.  Hope to see you there! Midweek will be held on early dismissal days from school at the regular time.  

You do not have to be Lutheran to attend Midweek.  You are invited to come, join your friends in fellowship and learn more about Jesus and God’s Word.  If you would like more information regarding Midweek  please reach out to any of the following:   Bridget Cook, Lisa Garrett or Ruth Shiltz or call the Church Office at 785-743-2005, and we will put you in touch with a Bethlehem Midweek representative

Thank You to all who volunteered to help with our Midweek Program.  We could not do it without you. You are very much appreciated!

Area community resources will continue to be highlighted in the Prairie Faith Parish Nurse News over the next few months. Perhaps you personally are not in need of some of these resources and services, but you may be able to share the information with someone you know who could benefit! This month the focus is on the Trego Community General Public (Out-of-Town) Transportation Van.

The Trego Community General Public Transportation Van is available to the community Monday through Saturday year-round (except major holidays) from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., although rides outside of these hours may be accommodated depending on driver availability. Fares are figured at 15 cents/mile. For example, a round trip fare from WaKeeney to Hays and back is $10.00, and from WaKeeney to Hill City, Quinter or Ellis is $7.00. If a person is unable to afford the fare for a medical appointment ride, funds are available to help with that situation in a confidential manner.

The van is equipped with a lift to accommodate passengers who are unable to navigate stairsteps or who require the use of a wheelchair. Drivers have a verified safe driving record, are trained in defensive driving, passenger assistance (including use and assistance with the wheelchair lift) and emergency procedures, are required to pass a DOT physical at least every two years, and undergo initial and random drug testing. Trip coordinators make every effort to accommodate requests, but rides are scheduled on a first come-first served basis, so riders are encouraged to schedule as far ahead of time as they can. The phone number to schedule is 785-743-8014. Callers should leave a voicemail if the scheduler does not answer, as she may be on another call.

The van serves rural residents and residents from neighboring counties, as well. The van has taken passengers to medical appointments not only in Hays, but in Hill City, Quinter, Russell, Salina, Great Bend, Garden City, and Wichita. While the majority of rides are provided for medical appointments (including medical specialists, dentists, physical therapists, counselors, hearing specialists, etc.), other uses have included: college classes at FHSU, Hays Regional Airport, veterinarian, obtaining a rental vehicle or U-Haul, Greyhound bus stop, and shopping. During 2023 the van provided 530 rides. 465 were medical-related, 8 were school (FSHU), and 57 were “other” (airport, shopping, veterinarian, etc.). The number of rides has sharply increased this spring, despite budget cuts from the state/federal government. 70% of the van’s funding comes through state and federal funds via the Kansas Department of Transportation. The remaining 30% (our required local match) of the van’s operating expenses comes from local donations.

See the June Parish Nurse News for further details.

Trego Community General Public
(Out-of-Town)
Transportation Van

Source:
Prairie Faith Parish Nurse News 

A prayer shawl is a tangible gift representing the many and continuing prayers for comfort, caring, healing and love offered for an individual experiencing a difficult time for various reasons—serious illness, grief, loss, emotional trials, or spiritual upheaval in their lives. If you know of someone in the community who might be comforted by receiving a prayer shawl or blanket, please contact Nancy. There are several options for delivery of a prayer shawl to your friend, neighbor, or family member—you may request one to be prepared and then gift it yourself, request the pastor to deliver it, or request Nancy to deliver one.         Email:  parishnurse@ruraltel.net

This Month at Prairie Faith

June 2024

Bethlehem

Sunday Worship at 9:00 a.m. 

Bethlehem WELCA ~ Monday, June 3, at 2:00 p.m. in the BLC Library. 

Bethlehem Meals on Wheels Deliveries ~ June 3rd through June 7th.

BLC Council Meeting ~ Wednesday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the BLC Library.  Note the time change
from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WaKeeney LTC Communion ~ Thursday, June 20, at 1:00 p.m.

WaKeeney Senior Apartment Communion ~ Thursday, June 27, at 1:00 p.m.

St. John

Sunday Worship at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, June 8, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. St. John First Annual WELCA Tea Party in the St. John Basement.

St. John Council Meeting ~ Monday, June 10, at 7:00 p.m.

Emanuel

Sunday Worship at 9:00 a.m.  (1st and 3rd Sundays of the Month)

Prairie Faith

Prairie Faith Council Meeting ~ Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the BLC Library

Happy Father’s Day ~ Sunday, June 16

Yoga at the WaKeeney Library ~ Mondays at 4:00 p.m. 

Deadline for PFSM May Newsletter ~ Friday, June 21