District Newsletter

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

Dates Correction: Colorado Family Camp

Dates previously posted on the district calendar (August 21-23) for Camp Colorado Family Camp were incorrect. Please note the correct dates are August 8-9. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Projects Unlimited Auction

The District Conference Projects Unlimited Live Auction is fast approaching on August 1 at 8:45 pm in the church social rooms at the McPherson (Kan.) Church of the Brethren. As you are creating your items for the Projects Unlimited Auction, please let me know what items you are donating to the silent auction or to the live … read on

Next Brethren Disaster Ministries Trip

The Western Plains Brethren Disaster Ministries trip to Greeley, Colo. was a huge success! Western Plains’ coordinators Bud and Susan Taylor have taken a leap of faith and signed up for another week later this year: November 29 – December 5. Please share this information with your congregations and consider volunteering for this service opportunity! … read on


I was just thinking about shaving cream bottles, toothpaste tubes, and Cheez Whiz containers! What do they have in common? They hold stuff that can come out and make a real mess! Have you ever squeezed a toothpaste tube and had more toothpaste come out that you bargained for? Have you ever pushed down on … read on

New “On the Edge” survival camp in August

This year the Outdoor Ministries Team (OMT) offers a new experience for campers: “On the Edge” Survival Camp. This session will be held August 2–7, 2015 at Camp Mt. Hermon and limited to 12 campers (half girls, half boys) who have completed grades 7 to 10. The limited spaces will fill up fast. Register now … read on

Ministry Update

Barbara Avent was ordained to ministry on May 24. She is a member of the Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren in Littleton Colo. Barbara ministers through her Beloved Community Ministry, which includes working with students at Aurora Central High School as Co-site Coordinator for Agape Satyagraha curriculum from On Earth Peace and teaching … read on


I was just thinking about nothing at all. For this afternoon, I was in a fog of unknowing that was not producing anything of substance. No idea, no great new thought came to my mind to share with you. Then, I wondered, what if I wrote about nothing at all? What if I took on … read on

Remembrance of Gerald Neher

Gerald Neher (84), member of the McPherson (Kan.) congregation, died on May 25. He and his wife Lois were Church of the Brethren mission workers in Nigeria 1954-1968, serving in Chibok and at Kulp Bible School. While at Chibok, they helped expand the size of the school building, making it possible for the first girls … read on

Register soon for District Conference!

District Conference is quickly approaching and will be held July 31-August 2 in McPherson, Kan. Registration deadline is Monday, July 13. We look forward to seeing you! All are welcome! Download the conference registration forms below. Please note: In addition to the Children’s Registration form a Medical Record/Permission Form needs to be filled out for each … read on

Camp Colorado annual meeting

The Board of Directors of the Brethren Leadership Foundation, Inc. (dba Camp Colorado) announces its annual meeting to be held Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 7 PM Mountain Time at Camp Colorado, 238 N. County Highway 67, Sedalia, Colorado 80135.  At the meeting the following persons will be nominated for a three-year term on the … read on