District Newsletter

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

2016 Peace Retreat Planned

The Western Plains District is planning a Peace Retreat In 2016. It is currently planned for the second weekend in August 2016 and is targeting high school and college age young adults. The site for the retreat is not scheduled, but could possibly be held at Camp Colorado. We are looking for assistance in planning … read on

Ventures in Christian Discipleship courses announced

McPherson College has announced its course offerings in the 2014-2015 Ventures in Christian Discipleship program. Ventures courses, while not for college credit, offer high-quality instruction at a reasonable cost. The goal of the program is to empower lay people, especially in smaller congregations, to more effectively carry out the work of discipleship, following in Jesus’ … read on

Enders pews find new home at Lybrook

Dave and Jane Sampson of the Hutchinson Community Church of the Brethren made a trip to the Enders (Neb.) Church of the Brethren on September 15. They were greeted by several Enders church members, and eleven pews were loaded on their trailer along with several boxes of Jubilee Sunday School material. The trailer load was … read on

Moderator’s Moment

It was just a few short months ago that I was in the supporting role as Moderator-Elect; a position I thought would never come my way.  It was a surprise to some (including me) and an expectation to others. I would, however, accept a prayerful calling as one who would listen to what the Spirit … read on


Recently, I saw some words that would cause many Church of the Brethren spines to stiffen or to wilt in fear and anxiety–the gift of disagreement.  A gift?!!  Heavens no!  We see how disagreement is handled in world, in our public institutions, in our homes, and in our churches, and all too often, the picture … read on

The Gathering 2014 information

It’s coming! Plan now to attend “Blessed, Broken, & Inspired”, The Gathering October 24-26! Try the Gathering’s NEW online registration! If you do not register online, please print the registration form and children’s registration form. Alternative Lodging Options are available. The Challenge Course Form needs to be filled out for all Jr. High and Sr. … read on

Register for Family Camp at Mt. Hermon!

Online registration is now available for Camp Mt. Hermon Family Camp, September 26-28. Come join us for a fun-filled celebration of the camp’s 70th anniversary! (Registration fee is may be paid when you arrive at camp Sept. 26.) Family Camp Flyer – which includes the schedule, fees, and contact information Family Camp Online Registration

Register for District Conference!

Summer is coming and District Conference will be here before we know it! Download the conference registration form and children’s activities/childcare registration form. Please pass these on to anyone who might like to attend conference. All are welcome! Please also note that the trial registration subsidy will be included in registration again this year, so … read on

District newsletter going digital!

The Shepherd’s Voice is going digital, and we want you to be ready when it does! To conserve resources, the Western Plains District newsletter, The Shepherd’s Voice, will no longer be printed and mailed to postal addresses but will be distributed by email, effective September 2014. If you already receive your district newsletter by email, … read on

The Shepherd’s Voice: Nov/Dec Issue

The Shepard’s Voice: SV NovDec 2013 Inside this Issue Page 2: Calendar, Prayer Corner, Men’s Retreat, Ministerial Updates Page 3: NYC 2014, Forms! Page 4-5: Mission & Service: Disaster Relief Updates; Western Plains BVSers Page 6: New Jr. High Coordinators; February Leadership Training Page 7: News Youth Can Use!; Seeing Through Our Own Eyes Page … read on