District Newsletter

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

Register for Jr. High Spring Rally!

It’s that time of year again to register for the Western Plains District Jr. High Rally for youth and their friends in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. It will be held April 28-30 at the Community Church of the Brethren in Hutchinson, Kan. The registration deadline is April 21. Click here to download the registration … read on

Listening Sessions with the General Secretary

This past summer David Steele began his service as Church of the Brethren General Secretary. He is planning “listening sessions” across the denomination to hear the voices of Brethren. You are invited for a time of conversation with him and fellowship with others from around the District at one of these events:

Long-term care webinar available from Brethren Benefit Trust

70 percent of people 65 and older will need long-term care. Are you prepared? Sign up for Webinar, “The Ins and Outs of Long-Term Care” — April 6, 2017

Update! Western Plains Nigeria Crisis Fund Goal

Update on February 10, 2017: Great News! We have now reached $166,305 in donations to the Nigeria Crisis Fund! This is 83% of our goal of $200,000. In 2016 we donated $72,363 which was 36% of our goal and we have only 17% remaining. This is about half of a year at the 2016 giving … read on


Anger has been on my mind a lot lately. What has triggered those thoughts could be so many things.

Ministry Updates

Koinonia Community  church in Grand Junction, Colo. welcomed its new pastor Aline Silva-Schreiner in early December. Aline, born in Brasil, graduated from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas with a Masters of Divinity. Aline and her husband Andy are moved to Colorado from Overland Park, Kan. Blessings and prayers to Aline and Koinonia Community … read on

Study Tour of Israel and Palestine

Bridgewater Chaplain Dr. Robbie Miller will lead a study tour of Israel and Palestine this June (click here for poster and itinerary).  The tour guide for this 13 day program will be Dr. Ginger Caessens who is on faculty at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem and has taught in Israel for over … read on

First aid volunteers needed at Annual Conference

ARE YOU A DR, NURSE PRACTIONER, RN, LPN, OR EMT? The First Aid Office at Annual Conference in Grand Rapids is looking for  DR.’s, RN’s, LPN’s and EMT’s who would be willing to volunteer a few hours during Annual Conference this summer.  Dr. Rosalie McBride of Northern Indiana District is coordinating the First Aid Office … read on

The creation and dignity of all

From January 2017 issue of On Earth Peace newsletter Peacebuilder Matt Guynn, Director of Nonviolent Social Change Organizing for On Earth Peace, remembers when he first learned about the dynamics of systemic racism.

Plan now to ride the Western Plains bus to NOAC

Registration materials will be in the mail soon for the National Older Adult Conference (NOAC), Inspiration 2017, to be held at Lake Junaluska Conference Center, North Carolina, from Sept. 4-8.  The theme is “Generations” from Psalm 145:4.