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.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
MAY 31 – JUNE 3 at St. John Lutheran Church
BARNYARD ROUNDUP VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Jump into a Vacation Bible School that’s all about Jesus.
Class time begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until 8:30 p.m.
Children’s Day is scheduled for Sunday, June 5, 2016
Volunteers for teachers and helpers are always welcome and appreciated. Contact Wanda Kortan if you would like to help.
INTERNET SAFETY PROGRAM
You might ask, “What does online activity have to with my health?” Our health and well-being has many components: physical, emotional, social, financial, vocational, intellectual and spiritual. Approximately 65% of American adults use at least one social networking site, and at least 95% of American youth (12-17 years of age) are now online. While traditional bullying is more prevalent than online bullying, studies show that about 21% of teens have been cyberbullied and about 15% admitted to cyberbullying others at some point in their lifetimes. It goes without saying that this type of behavior affects emotional health (which can then affect physical health). Unlike the threat of a predator lurking in the bushes, an online predator has the advantage of being able to form a trusting relationship with a young person over time, and kids are so used to getting information online, that they often aren’t savvy about knowing what (and who) is trustworthy in the cyber environment. And it isn’t only young people who may be caught up in an online relationship—it can happen to adults as well, with possible negative financial, physical or emotional outcomes. And we all have heard of identity theft—illegally obtaining another person’s personal information (such as credit cards, social security number, etc.) to use for their own benefit. This not only affects our financial health, but a person may also feel personally violated and vulnerable.
YOU ARE INVITED:
Sunday, June 12, 2016
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Western Cooperative Electric
Jacque Beckman, a training specialist with Nex-Tech, will present a wide variety of information about internet safety.
- How to protect yourself or your child/grandchild from online predators when you are using your online spaces such as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, online gaming sites etc.
- Guarding against identity theft, viruses and other common issues in the digital age.
- Awareness of the decisions we make while online—online behavior, the impressions that we may give others, consequences of our online behaviors.
- Awareness of how businesses track how and what we purchase, what sites we frequent, etc.
Please RSVP by the end of the day Wednesday, June 8 to 785-743-2005 (you may leave a voice mail). There is no cost to attend this program, which is sponsored by Nex-Tech, the Dane G. Hansen Foundation and Prairie Faith Parish Nurse Ministry.
Prairie Faith Council Highlights—
May 3, 2016 Meeting
- Pastor Jon gave us an update on his health situation. He is continuing the evaluation process for a kidney transplant with further medical test and interviews. We need to continue to keep him in our prayers.
- PMA Kim will be off for the month of July. The PMA job description was reviewed and approved at 10 hours per week with nonpaid vacation/days off.
Health & Wellness Committee
- Parish Nurse, Nancy Bollig handed out the report of activities and financial report. LaQuita Graul has resigned from the Health & Wellness Committee due to health reasons. Brenda Lucas from St. John has volunteered, welcome!
- The joint service offering from April 10 was designated to follow the Human Trafficking Event. ICT S.O.S.,
- ·Concert in the park as a community event on a Saturday evening in August – The Halbleib Family Bluegrass Band. The date is still pending—August 20th or August 27th. This will be a free event for the community. Parish Nurse Nancy Bollig will be applying for a grant from the Heartland Foundation under the “Arts” category. A joint service is planned for that Sunday morning featuring the Halbleib band for the music - this joint service will also be a farewell for Pastor Rick Brenton. No location for the joint service was discussed.
The next PFSM council meeting will be Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Devotions will be by Pastor Rick Brenton.
ZION INGATHERING -
Zion members are collecting items for babies in the Options home. They need baby food, rice cereal, diapers (size newborn to 2), baby wipes and pacifiers. Items also needed that are new or used - in good condition: portable baby crib, receiving blankets, baby socks (girl or boy). Please bring the items to the church by June 12th.
The mission of Options: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Inc. is to empower individuals who experience domestic, sexual, interpersonal or stalking violence through individual support while educating our communities to identify and confront the causes of violence in society. They provided 35 adults and 28 children with safe shelter. Need help? Please call 1-800-794-4624 to speak with an advocate for help with your situation.
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!