Shepherd’s Voice

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Pastor/Leader Training

Please join us for Western Plains District’s Leadership Training for pastors AND lay church leaders! February 25-28, 2018 Heartland Center for Spirituality, Dominican Convent Great Bend, Kan. Please RSVP to the District Office before February 5! Click here for more information    


Monitor CoB to host Taize service

A group of persons from the McPherson/Lindsborg area have been meeting for Centering Prayer (a form of contemplative prayer) at the home of Connie Burkholder, a member of the Monitor Church Pastoral Team, for over a year.  As an outgrowth of the desire for other contemplative experiences, a Taize Prayer Service is planned for Sunday, … read on

The Parish Paper

The Parish Paper

Here are links to the November and December issues of ‘The Parish Paper’ PP Nov 2017 PP Dec 2017

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Give Hope this Christmas

Church of the Brethren Hosts Alternative Christmas Gift Market Saturday, Nov. 11, Cedars Conference Center, McPherson, Kan 9:00 am-1:00 pm Click Here for Detail The public is invited to participate in the 2017 Alternative Christmas Gift Market and purchase unique Christmas gifts while supporting local and international non-profit organizations.

Bethany and EYN form partnership

Bethany and EYN form partnership

Bethany and EYN Form Educational Partnership   Bethany Theological Seminary and EkklesiyarYan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) have entered into an historic relationship, the first of its kind between the Seminary and a Church of the Brethren group outside the United States.  At the 2016 Annual Conference, Bethany president Jeff Carter … read on

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Peace Advocacy in the Western Plains

As Joanna was working on The Shepherd’s Voice, she asked me to write an article about the position of peace advocacy in the Western Plains District. Joanna informed me that George Eisele was the Peace and Justice Coordinator for “years” in the district. He eventually suggested to Joanna that she might take over for him, … read on


“Easy Church”

Written by Ken Frantz, District Leadership Team Chair (This article came from a column entitled, “Fearless Faith”, published in the Haxtun-Fleming Herald)   The envelope in the mail appeared very official.  Stamps of eagles and important looking seals covered its face, with red, white, and blue stripes running along the edges to the back side. 


Annual Bazaar

Salem Community Church invites you to their Annual Bazaar on Nov. 11th! A dinner of ham loaf, chicken and noodles, salads, mashed potatoes, bread, sweet potatoes, vegetables and pie will be served from 4:30-7:00.  Adults are $10, Children ages 4-10 are $5 and children under the age of 3 are free.  There will be crafts … read on


Faithful Service at Lybrook Community Ministries

Western Plains District worked a week in mid-September at Lybrook Community Ministries, near Cuba, New Mexico.  Twelve volunteers from Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Ohio worked on a laundromat at the mission and helped two Navajo families with their homes on the reservation.


I was just thinking…

I WAS JUST THINKING . . . The statistics are in.  There are now more people living in cities than people living in rural areas, parks, by rivers and lakes, and generally in remote, natural settings.  And when we people do try to go to secluded areas for rest and relaxation, we may well find … read on