District Newsletter

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

Building Bridges with Ukrainian Brethren

“So he [Jesus Christ] came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near…” (Ephesians 2: 17  NRSV) For over a decade I have been in conversation with a brother in Christ who leads a small congregation in Chernigov, Ukraine. Brother Alexandr Zazhytko (Brother Alex) and I have … read on

Travel the horn of Africa

You are invited to join Drs. Herb and Jeanne Smith of McPherson College on their annual trip to the New Jerusalem of Africa, Lalibela, Ethiopia.

Moderator invites preparation for District Conference 2016

At the 2016 District Conference one of our keynote speakers will be Sister Lucy Slinger, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration based out of La Crosse, Wisconsin and an ecological advocate.

From the Moderator: A reflection on the 2016 District Conference theme

God is Love and love unites, not divides. We are One, our theme for District Conference 2016, comes from Galatians 3:28, which says “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

Register soon for The Gathering!

Register soon for The Gathering, “Anoint Us, Lord!”, October 30-November 1. Register Online Now. The early bird deadline is October 19.

Prayer requests

Please hold in prayer…

Ministry updates

Congratulations and blessings to the following ministers as they celebrate long-time ministries and begin new ministries and steps in their lives!

“Preaching Peace” course to be offered in McPherson

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership will be offering the course “Preaching Peace, Justice and Care for Creation”, to be led by David Radcliff November 12-15 on the campus of McPherson (Kan.) College. TRIM, EFSM, and 2.0 CEU credit are available. For a brochure and information on this and other Academy courses, go to the … read on

Nigeria Challenge from the Prince of Peace congregation

In honor of Pastor Jeff Neuman-Lee’s retirement from ministry at the Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren, Littleton, Colo., the congregation set a $500-goal Ice Bucket Challenge toward the Nigeria Crisis Fund. They raised over $700, and Jeff “baptized” David Valeta with icy cold water! They now challenge you, Western Plains congregations, to an … read on

On Earth Peace seeks new Agape-Satyagraha training partners

On Earth Peace partners with local churches, schools and organizations to offer Agape-Satyagraha Training, a leadership training program for junior and senior high youth teaching skills for conflict transformation and social change based on the nonviolent teachings of Jesus, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. Encouraging, equipping, and accompanying youth as they put skills into … read on