District Newsletter

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

Online Orientation to Kingian Nonviolent Conflict Reconciliation

Online Orientation to Kingian Nonviolent Conflict Reconciliation January 9 – February 20, 2017 Cost: $35 program fee + $25 materials fee CEUs available Click here to register online Come join On Earth Peace for this Online Orientation, which provides participants with an introduction to the philosophy of Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation. These trainings are transformational … read on

Sending your congregation to Annual Conference

Do you have questions about sending a delegate from your congregation to Annual Conference. Click here to download a letter from the Annual Conference Office to help answer your questions! The Conference Office website also has a Frequently Asked Questions page http://www.brethren.org/ac/faqs.html that some might find helpful. Annual Conference delegate registration will open on March … read on

Camp Mt. Hermon Cooks needed for Sr. High Camp

Additional cooks are needed to work with Hazel Lauver for Camp Mt. Hermon’s Senior High Camp June 4-10, 2017. If you have interest or questions, call Hazel at 913-406-2650. And thank you for passing this along to others who might have interest!

Creation Care Study Committee invites responses to survey

From the December 10, 2017 issue of Newsline The Creation Care Study Committee was created at the 2016 Annual Conference in response to a query that challenges us to respond more fully to two resolutions on climate change (1991 and 2001). Our charge is to catalyze action, particularly in relation to transitioning to renewable energy … read on

Prayer Request

Please hold in prayer the family of David Albright, who passed away December 11. An ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren, Dave ministered in churches across the denomination, including pastorates in the Newton, Eden Valley, and Quinter congregations in Western Plains District. Most recently he was a member of the McPherson congregation. A … read on


The weather report is absolutely iffy! Snow might be in the forecast for tomorrow, or not. If it does snow, it might be just one to three inches. It might also rain first, which might then turn into ice on the roads. Oh dear? How to plan? As I pondered these weather possibilities, my mind … read on

Next Leadership Training scheduled for February, focused on “Grounded in God”

Please join us for the Church of the Brethren Western Plains District’s Leadership Training for ALL church leaders! February 19-22, 2017 Heartland Center for Spirituality, Dominican Convent, Great Bend, Kan.

Next Ventures workshop to focus on “The Real Deal in Brethren History”

The next Ventures in Christian Discipleship workshop through McPherson College will take place January 21 and will feature leadership by Frank Ramirez, Senior Pastor of the Union Center Church of the Brethren near Nappanee, Ind., who will present “The Real Deal in Brethren History: What Really Happened Out There, and What Does It Mean For … read on

Prayer Request

James Hubble, pastor of the Bethel Church of the Brethren in Carleton, Neb., passed away September 18. A memorial service was held September 28 at the Bethel church. Please keep in prayer Jim’s family and the Bethel congregation.

Eleven travel to Lybrook for building service project and much more

Eleven Brethren from the Western Plains District traveled to Lybrook Communities Ministries Oct. 16-22 to help build a house for Marlene Thomas and a hogan for Grandma Rose. But our rich week included much more than physical building.