District Newsletter

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

Alternative Christmas Gift Market

The McPherson Church of the Brethren is hosting the 10th annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Cedars Conference Center, 1021 Cedars Dr., McPherson KS 67460. For more information, contact the McPherson church office at 620-241-1109. Over the past nine years the market has promoted some … read on

KonXions in Western Plains

From Nov/Dec 2013 issue of The Shepherd’s Voice KonXions is coming! Congregations from Western Plains (and a couple from neighboring districts) are hard at work right now considering their invitation to participate in a congregational visit exchange planned for this Spring. Participating congregations will be paired and each will prepare to receive a visit from … read on

Save the date for a picnic!

Save the date for the First Annual Western Western Plains District Picnic! In connection with KonXion. Saturday, June 13, 2015 11:00am to 3:00pm Bethel Church of the Brethren Arriba, Colo. Join us for a relaxed time of fun and getting acquainted with each other! It’s potluck style, so please bring a favorite dish to share. … read on

District Conference Wrap-Up Report

The 2014 Western Plains District Conference was held July 25-27. Enjoy this brief report of conference highlights: 1. By the Numbers 2. Conference Theme 3. District Leadership Affirmed 4. Milestones in Ministry     1. By the Numbers 139 attendees 56 delegates 28 congregations represented, including the Tok’ahookaadi Church of the Brethren and Lybrook Community … read on

2016 Peace Retreat Planned

The Western Plains District is planning a Peace Retreat In 2016. It is currently planned for the second weekend in August 2016 and is targeting high school and college age young adults. The site for the retreat is not scheduled, but could possibly be held at Camp Colorado. We are looking for assistance in planning … read on

Ventures in Christian Discipleship courses announced

McPherson College has announced its course offerings in the 2014-2015 Ventures in Christian Discipleship program. Ventures courses, while not for college credit, offer high-quality instruction at a reasonable cost. The goal of the program is to empower lay people, especially in smaller congregations, to more effectively carry out the work of discipleship, following in Jesus’ … read on

Enders pews find new home at Lybrook

Dave and Jane Sampson of the Hutchinson Community Church of the Brethren made a trip to the Enders (Neb.) Church of the Brethren on September 15. They were greeted by several Enders church members, and eleven pews were loaded on their trailer along with several boxes of Jubilee Sunday School material. The trailer load was … read on

Moderator’s Moment: 2015 District Conference Theme

It was just a few short months ago that I was in the supporting role as Moderator-Elect; a position I thought would never come my way.  It was a surprise to some (including me) and an expectation to others. I would, however, accept a prayerful calling as one who would listen to what the Spirit … read on


Recently, I saw some words that would cause many Church of the Brethren spines to stiffen or to wilt in fear and anxiety–the gift of disagreement.  A gift?!!  Heavens no!  We see how disagreement is handled in world, in our public institutions, in our homes, and in our churches, and all too often, the picture … read on

The Gathering 2014 information

It’s coming! Plan now to attend “Blessed, Broken, & Inspired”, The Gathering October 24-26! Try the Gathering’s NEW online registration! If you do not register online, please print the registration form and children’s registration form. Alternative Lodging Options are available. The Challenge Course Form needs to be filled out for all Jr. High and Sr. … read on