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.
LENTEN BREAKFAST SCHEDULE
WaKeeney Lenten Breakfast —7:00 a.m.
Date Men’s Women’
April 1 United Methodist Presbyterian
St. John Candlelight Lasagna Supper
March 29, 2015 - 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church
WORSHIP SCHEDULE FOR HOLY WEEK
Maundy Thursday—April 2, 2015
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church—7:00 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church—7:30 p.m.
Joint WaKeeney—Immanuel —7:30 p.m.
Good Friday Services– April 3, 2015
WaKeeney Community @ Presbyterian —12: 10 p.m.
Ness City Community @ Assembly of God—1:00 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church—7:30 p.m.
Joint WaKeeney—Immanuel —7:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday—April 5, 2015
Emanuel Lutheran —7:00 a.m. Sunrise Service
Immanuel Lutheran Church—9:00 a.m.
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church—9:00 a.m.
St. John Easter Brunch—9:00 a.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—10:30 a.m.
St. John Lutheran Church—10:30 a.m.
Zion Lutheran Church—10:45 a.m.
Women of the ELCA & Guests
Prairie Angels Annual Cluster Meeting
When: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 9:00—9:30 a.m. (registration) to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Zion Lutheran Church—Trego Center,
Cost: $4.00 per person
Guided Imagery in the morning with PMA Kim Frederking. Humor is good for the soul in the afternoon with Sarah Fabrizius, Zion WELCA
Honoring Zion’s heritage of traditional Volga German foods
Breakfast: Kuchen coffee cake, coffee & tea
Lunch: Green Bean Dumpling Soup, Vegetable Beef soup, sandwiches, salad, & dessert.
You may RSVP to Prairie Angel Cluster coordinator, Laura Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 743-2096.
Ingathering: Lutheran World Relief Fabric Kits & Soap
Fabric Kits: Include the following items in each kit
1. 2 spools matching or neutral thread, 250-300 yds. each
2. 2 pieces cotton or cotton-blend fabric- each pieces should measure one of the following: 2 ¼ yds. 60” wide; or 3 yds. 44” wide; or 4 yds. 36” wide
1. LWR accepts new bars of any brand of soap, in their original wrapping. All bar sizes are accepted; bath-size bars are highly preferred.
Prairie Faith Joint Service
Spring is a time of new beginnings, when we can sweep away the staleness of winter and celebrate the signs of new life. Each year we are reminded that God specialized in creating new life, not only outdoors—but also in our lives. Come, bring a friend and your favorite potluck dish to the Prairie Faith Joint Service April 26, 2015 -10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. Enjoy inspiring music, dynamic preaching and a delicious potluck dinner will follow.
Parish Nurse Ministry Update
After receiving a couple of memorials and individual donations the Parish Nurse Ministry is underway (more individual donations would be great!) The first step will be to do a need assessment in each church along with compiling a list of resources already available. Our main focus at this point will be finding ways to meet people’s needs with resources already in place and finding ways to help people when no resources are available. So Nancy will be visiting each congregation with a questionnaire for you to fill out. This step is important for establishing what the needs are in each congregation and the services available to them. This will also be important for the grant application process.
The grant application phase will be ongoing. Anyone with any experience in grant writing is asked to come forward. Your help would be invaluable and we welcome your input. Please call the office at 785-743-2005 to volunteer! The Wheatridge application was turned down but we were told to reapply in June. The Dane G. Hansen and Heartland Community Foundation applications are pending. Other grants are being sought as well.
The Health and Wellness Committee met on Monday, March 23, 2015. They would like to reiterate once again what the role of the Parish Nurse “is and is not”: Parish Nursing (also known as Faith Community Nursing) is a recognized nursing practice specialty that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit, the promotion of an integrative model of health, and the prevention and minimization of illness within the context of a faith community. A Parish Nurse functions under specific Scope and Standards of Practice set by the American Nurses Association and within the parameters of the Kansas Nurse Practice Act.
A Parish Nurse does not: Provide a medical diagnosis or medical treatment. Replace public health, home health or hospice nursing services, replace pastoral care, provide invasive nursing actions or procedures or dispense medications.
Our Parish Nurse will instead: Promote healthy lifestyle choices; help with setting up and monitoring medications; provide basic nursing assessment; help with follow up to Doctor appointments and hospital dismissal instructions; work with families in interpreting health care instructions from health care professionals; connect people to appropriate resources (support groups, home health, hospice etc.); coordinate volunteers who would provide services such as rides, food preparation, nutrition, bathing, light housework, errands etc.; prepare, develop and coordinate education programs based on identified needs for healthier lifestyles, early illness detection and health resources; provide orientation and continuing education for volunteers.
If you have time or talents to share please consider getting yourself on our volunteer list. If you have some questions call Nancy or one of the Staff and we will be glad to visit with your further about this ministry.
Prairie Faith Council Highlights—
March 24, 2015 Meeting
¨ Pastor Randy will be on vacation April 9—April 12, all pastoral staff will be attending the Boundary’s workshop in Salina April 21
¨ Pastor Jon will be on vacation April 16-April 19 and May 11—May 17; serving on the Synod Committee for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
¨ PMA Kim & Intern Jon will be attending the PMA Convocation April 24-25; vacation days May 15—May 26, preaching Maundy Thursday, presenter for the WELCA annual meeting at Zion, covering pastor’s vacations April 12 & April 19. PMA Kim has suggested we set up a table at the Trego Health Fair April 18—will be promoting the support groups and parish nurse ministry
¨ Intern Jon will be preaching at Bethesda May 4, PMA Kim will be filling in at St. John. Lenten breakfasts at Ellis have been well attended. St. John is participating in the Hays Palm Sunday procession
Health & Wellness Committee
¨ Happy to report that St. John has 4 teams signed up for the Walk Kansas challenge, BLC/Imm have 1 team.
¨ Dane Hansen & Heartland Grant are pending, memorials and individual donations have been received. Transferring funds from St. Thomas/Holy Spirit to Parish Nurse Ministry
¨ Need assessments will begin in each congregation
¨ Will partner with Ellis Co. Extension for Health & Wellness programs and speakers
¨ New copier contract has been signed, waiting on copier
¨ Joint Service April 26 at Zion with a potluck following, all undesignated offering will go to Parish Nurse Ministry
¨ We will not receive an intern from Wartburg for the 2015-2016 year, seminarians from other colleges are not available. Ideas for coverage for the next year were discussed: The Synod Office has been contacted for suggestions and resources. Intern Jon has volunteered to extend his stay through August. PMA Kim has volunteered to increase her hours to 20 hours per week. Other avenues are being explored.
Next council meeting Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Intern Jon will have the 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!