District Newsletter

The Shepherd’s Voice is the monthly newsletter
published by the Western Plains District Office.

Congregations invited to contribute to Annual Conference collage

The 2016 Annual Conference theme is “Carry the Light.” Program and Arrangements Committee is inviting all congregations to send creative pictures of different ministries from your church – the choir, the youth activities, mission work, fundraising events, fellowship, etc. that show how your congregation carries the light of Christ. We would like to develop a … read on

Counselors for Camp Mt. Hermon

Two female counselors and two counselors-in-training (one female, one male, 19-years or older) are still needed for the Senior High Camp at Camp Mt. Hermon, June 12-19. Please prayerfully consider your service to Camp Mt. Hermon and call Charla Kingery, co-director, if you are interested.  515-864-1992

Camp Mt. Hermon welcomes new managers

We would like to introduce Camp Mt. Hermon’s new managers beginning in the 2016 season. They are Gary and Lynnette Abbott, members of the Topeka Church of the Brethren.

Western Plains District Family Picnic

Save the date for the Western Plains District Family Picnic scheduled for Saturday, June 11 at the Bethel Church of the Brethren, Arriba, Colo. and hosted by the Bethel and Prince of Peace congregations. Bring food to share and table and lawn games. An optional field trip to a wind farm is also being planned! … read on

Brethren Disaster Ministries trip to Colorado planned for April

Western Plains District has agreed to fill the week of April 24-30 at the Loveland, Colorado project through Brethren Disaster Ministries. Four more volunteers are needed for a full group. Because of sleeping quarter arrangements, these four volunteers need to be all men or all women. If you are interested in going on the trip, … read on

Next Ventures workshop to focus on “Technology in Congregations”

The next Ventures in Christian Discipleship workshop through McPherson College will take place April 23 and will feature leadership by Enten Eller, team pastor of the Ambler (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, who will present a course entitled “Technology for Congregations.” To register for the course, go to www.mcpherson.edu/ventures/ . 

Ministry updates

Kathryn Whitacre, team pastor of the McPherson congregation, was ordained to ministry in the Church of the Brethren on February 14. Prayers and blessings to Kathryn in her continuing ministry.

I WAS JUST THINKING…

From 3:00 p.m. on I was, as my mother loved to say, “busier than a one-armed paper hanger with the itch.” Of course, this little saying may not make much sense now because so few people paper the rooms of their home anymore! I set the table with my woven placemats, my most fun and … read on

Men’s Retreat 2016

Register soon for the Western Plains District Men’s Retreat, which will be held April 8-9 at the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend, Kan. The registration deadline is March 21.

2017 Projects Unlimited Auction

Plan now to create your homemade crafts, woodworking projects, photography, artwork, jewelry, quilts, lap blankets or other creative works for the Projects Unlimited Auction.  The auction will be held as part of the Western Plains district annual conference on July 29, 2017.  Proceeds from the sold donations will go to district missions including church camps, … read on