District Newsletter

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

For the Lady on your Christmas List

Give her a gift of a weekend in Colorado at the Western Plains District Women’s Retreat.  The retreat is scheduled for April 10-12, 2015 with a theme of Fully Awake and Truly Alive.   Jane Vennard is the retreat leader and will provide spiritual direction.  It will be a wonderful time of fellowship with women … read on

Resources for Congregational Vitality

The Western Plains District Transformation Training Team is continuing its work of providing guidance and resources for congregational renewal to the congregations of our district. This past year, a large number of our congregations participated in KonXion (“Connection”). There was mutual encouragement for these congregations in taking the opportunity to celebrate their stories and their … read on

Travel to the Horn of Africa

You are invited to join Drs. Herb and Jeanne Smith on their annual trip to the New Jerusalem of Africa, Lalibela, Ethiopia. Visit eleven rock-hewn churches carved into the earth, worship in a cave monastery with monks and priests, converse with the Orthodox Patriarch in his mansion, assemble PET wheelchairs for victims of polio, deliver … read on

Save the Dates

February 9-10, 2015, Leadership Training, Great Bend, Kan. Featured leadership will be Jeff Bach, Director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. April 10-12, 2015, Women’s Retreat, Allenspark, Colo. Featured leadership will be Rev. Jane Vennard, John Wesley Iliff Senior Adjunct Instructor in spirituality at the Iliff School of … read on

Newsletter Correction

In the District Conference Wrap Up posted September 30 and included in the October Shepherd’s Voice, the total attendance of the conference was incorrectly reported. The total attendance was 187, which has been corrected in the article.

Women’s Retreat

Plan now to attend the 2015 District Women’s Retreat to be held April 10-12 at Presbyterian Highlands Camp in Allenspark, Colo. The retreat will will focus on the theme “Fully Awake and Truly Alive: How to Incorporate Spiritual Practices into our Busy Lives,” which will be led by the Rev. Jane Vennard, John Wesley Iliff … read on

Service project in Puerto Rico

Have you ever dreamed of spending some of these cold winter weeks in shorts sleeves, getting a sun tan, and pulling fresh bananas from the plant? NOW is your chance! And make it even more exciting by doing service work at the same time! The District Disaster Team has endorsed a work project in Castañer, … read on

Mt. Hermon Family Camp Celebrates 70 Years

Here is a big hello from Camp Mt Hermon campers, who attended Family Camp held Sept. 26-28. It was an awesome weekend with as many as 80 plus visitors and campers at any given time. Leslie Kendall, of Topeka, jump started the on line registration for the 70th Anniversary of Camp Mt Hermon. Seventy-four campers … read on

Remembrance of Irven Stern

Irven Stern (86), ordained minister and member of the McPherson (Kan.) congregation, died on Oct. 20. Irven was the first principal and founder of Kulp Bible School (now Kulp Bible College) in Nigeria. He and his wife Pattie were missionaries in Nigeria from 1954-62. He served pastorates in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Iowa, and California and … read on


I did a lot of thinking that free afternoon in Berlin, Germany. Walking first to the Potsdamer Platz, I crossed the brick line in the road where the Berlin Wall used to be.  At the Platz, the shopping mall had a retrospective regarding the fall of that Berlin Wall twenty-five years ago, November 9, 1989.  … read on