District Newsletter

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

District seeks registrar for District Conference, The Gathering

The District Conference Planning Team and The Gathering Planning Team are searching for a person(s) to oversee the registration process for these events. The registrar is a key position, which helps these events run smoothly. If you have good organizational skills and feel called to explore serving the District in this way, please contact the … read on

Leadership training to feature Jeff Bach

Western Plains’ 2015 winter Leadership Training has been scheduled for February 9-10, to take place at the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend, Kan. Featured leadership will be Jeff Bach, Director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. These events are planned for all pastors and all congregational … read on

Women’s retreat: For the lady on your Christmas list

Give her a gift of a weekend at the Western Plains District Women’s Retreat to take place at Presbyterian Highlands Camp in Allenspark, Colo!  The retreat is scheduled for April 10-12, 2015 with a theme of “Fully Awake and Truly Alive: How to Incorporate Spiritual Practices into our Busy Lives,” which will be led by … 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 Date: summer camp, district conference

2015 Summer Camp Dates Go to the online district calendar for Camp Colorado and Camp Mt. Hermon summer camp dates. July 31-August 2, 2015 Western Plains District Conference, McPherson, Kan. For dates of other district events, visit the online calendar.  

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.

Service project to take place 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 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