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.

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Prairie Faith Shared Ministry Council Minutes – July 21, 2021


The regular meeting of Prairie Faith Shared Ministry Council was held July 21, 2021.

The following churches and representatives were in attendance: Bethlehem – Richard Jensen; St. John – Bob Schonthaler; Emanuel –Kathleen Fabrizius: Our Redeemer – Joe Lutters & Tonya Fenley.

Also in attendance was Pastor Kim Frederking, Nancy Bollig and Pastor Jon Anderson.

Devotions were given by Pastor Jon.

  • Minutes from the May 19th meeting were approved with the following corrections: Balehda, Anderson and Suellen were misspelled.
  • Treasurer’s report was approved as presented. Nancy explained the NuStep grant. 

Staff Reports

  • Pastor Jon said did 6 funerals in the past two months and had 2 more this coming weekend. Nursing home communions are continuing and visits have become more open. He will be taking vacation Oct. 7-10 to attend the Barbershop Convention in Lawrence. Health is good.
  • Pastor Kim said she had a good vacation, including traveling to Salina for her mother-in-law’s funeral, where her oldest son became ill. St. John’s is ready for Worship, Cruise and BBQ this Sunday, prepared for 100. Bishop will be preaching. Aug. 5-6. She will be doing continuing education. Sept. 10-11 she will be the keynote speaker at the Women’s Convention.
  • Nurse Nancy said Prayer Partner Pen Pals are going well. Hoping van will be delivered by Sept. 1st. Need help with drivers for appointments.
    • Kathleen applied for and received a grant for a waterless restroom at Emanuel.
    • Kathy Whitney is continuing to provide worship.
    • Rotation schedule was approved by the Bishop.
    • Office hours were expanded this summer, but will be changing when school starts. Richard asked they be posted on the door.
    • Leadership Developer Agreement: Covenant had not arrived, so Kim got is signed again and re-sent it.
    • Bob has questionnaires. He said that some seem not to understand what Prairie Faith is about. Majority have a grasp of what we are trying to do. Discussed putting Covenant in the newsletter and make copies available at the churches.
    • ELCA – leave support up to congregations.
    • 1517 Media: Price per year went from $518 to $578. Both pastors said they use it.
    • Zak Mirz: Christian Magician. Presenting Gospel through use of magic. Need to make sure it is compatible with Lutheran theology if decided to use.
    • Richard gave an update on the Livestreaming at Bethlehem. They have recorded it and then posted in the past. They found a company that contracts with Facebook for more bandwidth and are doing a free 2 week trial.
    • Next meeting will be Sept. 21st at 7 p.m. with Pastor Kim doing devotions.
    • Meeting adjourned.



 These are interesting times, to say the least. One of the things we have discovered is that it is hard to be a person of faith in these trying and fearful times. What are some of the things you find difficult to deal with as a person of faith these days? What are you wrestling with? What questions do you have? On Tuesday evenings, from 6-7 p.m., we will be gathering to talk about these things together. Perhaps we will find answers, perhaps not. But it will be a time to talk together as people of faith about issues that concern us, and listen to the concerns of others. Best of all we will discover that we are not alone! We can support each other in this journey. If needs arise, we are open to other times and specific topics. Just let us know. Join us.



It is important to remember during these times of “social distancing” that we are all together in our love of God and our love of the mission at PFSM. Despite our temporary Coronavirus suspension of most church activities, we will continue to pay our bills, meet our monthly obligations, and care for our Staff and employees just as they care for you and our church facilities. To that end, we ask everyone to remember to give your offering as you normally would each month. If you want you can drop it off at the PFSM office or mail it to:



338 N. 7th St.

WaKeeney, KS 67672

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

 338 N 7th Street
WaKeeney, KS 67672


Emanuel Lutheran Church

 27037 Highway 147
 Ogallah, KS 67656


Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

 510 E Cedar Street
 Ness City, KS 67560

St. John Lutheran Church

 394 St John - St Andrew Rd

Ellis, KS 67637

Zion Lutheran Church

27001 283 Hwy

WaKeeney, KS 67672 




**Due to Covid-19, no meals are being served. MidWeek is from 6:45p.m. - 7:30 p.m.**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 Marlene Long & Kerah Deines. 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!






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.


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