District Newsletter

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

Western Plains young adults begin work in BVS

Three young adults from Western Plains District completed their BVS orientation in September and have begun volunteer work across the country: Emmy Goering and Helen Ullom-Minnich of the McPherson (Kan.) congregation and Travis Therrien of the Tok’ahookaadi congregation in Cuba, N.M. Click here to learn more about their project sites and work. Please keep these … read on

Regional Youth Conference Save the Date!

Regional Youth Conference 2017 will be held February 24-26 on the McPherson College campus.  This year’s theme is “Oneness & Strength: Bound Together in Unity” based on Ephesians 4:2-4 (NIV).  Guests for the weekend will be Eric Landram and Mutual Kumquat.  For more information, please the RYC 2017 webpage or check out our Facebook link for … read on

McPherson College students welcome rival school to unite against hate

At Wednesday night’s women’s volleyball game, Bethany College vs. McPherson College, the two schools came together in solidarity against racist messages written along sidewalks on the Bethany College campus in September.

12th Annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market

12th Annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market Friendship Hall, McPherson College Saturday, Nov. 12  9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please note: The Market will be held at McPherson College this year because the Cedars Conference Center is unavailable.  There is no admission charge.

Save the Date: Leadership Training

Save the date for the next Western Plains Leadership Training scheduled for Sunday, February 19 – Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend.

Register Soon for The Gathering 2016!

The Gathering 2016, “You Are Loved”, is coming up October 28–30. The early bird deadline is this Monday, October 17. Register soon! Read on for more information.

Update! Western Plains Nigeria Crisis Fund Goal

Update on October 13, 2016: Good News! We have donated $21,518 in the months of August and September. This is 10.7% of our goal of $200,000. We now have donated a total of $148,264 which is 74% of the total goal. Let’s see if we can meet and exceed our goal as the need is … read on

Transformation Vision Team meets in fall retreat

by Sonja Griffith, District Executive Minister The weekend of September 16-17, the Transformation Vision Team and Vision Fulfillment Team members met for their fall retreat, hosted at the Garden City (Kan.) Church of the Brethren. You just have not lived until you have driven for hours to get to a retreat! Now I know what … read on

District Conference Review

by Sonja Griffith, District Executive Minister The theme of the 2016 District Conference was “We Are One.”  This was an idea and a conviction that was close to the heart of our moderator for 2016—Joanna Davidson Smith! She focused our attention on this theme through worship services, through the newly designed table talk with round … read on


I am thinking about the course I am teaching to our monthly Bible Study. The topic is “Church History.” Now if that sounds dry and uninteresting to you, you are not alone! Even I was not so sure of the topic, thinking it would be as interesting as watching paint dry! However, when I was … read on