District Newsletter

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

Urgent need for volunteers in Colorado

Disaster Ministries in Colorado has recently had a cancellation of 2 weeks in December and are looking to fill some weeks in January and February as well. 

Women’s Retreat 2016

Western Plains District Women’s Retreat will be held April 8-10 at the Cross Wind Conference Center in Hesston Kan. Tara Hornbacker, Professor of Ministry Formation, Evangelism, and Missional Leadership at Bethany Theological Seminary, always wanted to have her own Christian cooking show on TV. Now you can join her as a studio audience for the … read on

Biking for peace

Michael Himlie of Harmony Minn. is a former McPherson College student. While in McPherson he also ministered with the Buckeye congregation as well as worked with the youth at the McPherson congregation. Michael and a friend will soon be embarking on a bike road trip to raise funds for Christian Peacemaker Teams. To learn more, … read on

District office moves to new location

The Western Plains District office has moved to a new location. Still located on the main level of Miller Library on the McPherson (Kan.) College campus, we are 20 feet south of our previous location in southeast corner of the library just beyond the circulation desk. It is a beautiful space…with outside windows (!), which … read on


Witness the grandeur of the mountains! They soar and sing their song of magnificence! Stand under a waterfall! It splashes the wonder of God onto your waiting skin! Listen to the quiet or the crashing tones of a symphony orchestra! Somehow, some way, the music takes one to places of new joy, new insight, new … read on

Ministry updates

Alan Stucky, pastor of the Wichita First congregation, was ordained to ministry in the Church of the Brethren on September 27. Prayers and blessings to Alan in his continuing ministry.

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.”