Hurricane Harvey Response — Volunteers Requested

Posted October 6th, 2017

BDM is organizing a work week October 22-28, 2017 in Houston, TX, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.  BDM needs 12 volunteers who are willing to focus on preparing homes for rebuild.  The scope of work will include removing drywall, insulation, flooring, appliances and personal items, as well as industrial type cleaning.  Housing will be at St George Orthodox Church in Houston. Tools and project leadership will be provided.  There is also a need for a volunteer for cooking/meal prep and grocery shopping.  Transportation on the site is also needed if there is a district group or individual that can bring or provide a van to use that week. For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Terry 410-635-8730 or no later than Wednesday, October 18.

Volunteer Opportunity — December 3-9, 2017

Posted September 26th, 2017

While much national attention has focused on the recent hurricanes, work remains from previous flooding.  Western Plains District has been given the responsibility of staffing the Eureka, MO, BMD site near St. Louis, December 3 – 9.  If you have previously expressed interest, please reconfirm.  If you are now considering, please contact Bud or Susan Taylor ( or

Family Community Theatre Presents “The Amish Project”

Posted September 13th, 2017

The Amish Project

Ensemble Edition

by Jessica Dickey

Family Community Theater will be presenting “The Amish Project” at the Flag Theater, Hutchinson, from Thursday, September 28 to Sunday October 1.  Shows will begin on Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m.  Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Bookends, Sarah’s Catholic Bookstore, Absolutely Home, or an hour before show time at the Flag Theater.  Contact Matt Christian for more information at (316) 217-6305.

Matt Christian (who directed & acted in a short skit at district conference this past July) is involved in a production of ‘The Amish Project’ put on by Family Community Theatre. Aaron Parker, Hutchinson Church of the Brethren, also helped create the set!

How can you forgive someone who shot your child in the head execution-style then shot himself?  How can you forgive someone who planned to molest your child?  These were questions on the minds of many people back in October of 2006, nearly eleven years ago.

It happened in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania.  It happened in the heart of Lancaster County.  It happened in an Amish school house.  And the man who did it was a local, known to the community.  He drove a milk tanker semi-truck to haul the raw milk from their dairy farms.

And the Amish community chose to forgive the shooter and show compassion to his family.  They chose forgiveness and compassion and grace instead of bitterness and anger and hatred and retribution.  Why?

The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.

In a culture that is so divided and tending toward anger and hatred, this is a message that needs to be heard and grappled with.  Can we choose forgiveness and compassion and grace?  Can we extend radical grace to people who disagree with us or violate us?  Should we?

Please note: there are some mature themes included in this production – murder-suicide, child molestation, and teen pregnancy.  Parents should use discretion in bringing children to see the show.

The Gathering – Friday – Sunday, October 27– 29, 2017

Posted September 7th, 2017

“For We are God’s Poetry” is the theme for The Gathering which will be held at Webster Conference Center, Salina. Early Bird registration is due by Monday, October 16.  Forms and on-line registration are available on the district website ( Everyone is invited.

Family Camp — Camp Mt. Hermon

Posted August 17th, 2017

Camp Mt. Hermon’s Family Camp “Branching Out”  is being hosted by the Topeka Church of the Brethren on September 15-17 and all are welcome!!

Registration will begin on Friday, September 15 at 5:00 p.m. with a dinner of soups and a potato bar being served at 6:00.  Sunset will be at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday morning a continental breakfast will be served.  Saturday lunch will be a chicken dinner with mashed potatoes, then pie and ice cream in the afternoon.

*We are asking campers to bring a pie or two to share and if you have an ice cream freezer, bring that along as well with all your fix’ns! We will supply the ice.

Saturday night a campfire cook-out of hotdogs and chili with entertainment!  Sunset 7:29 p.m.

The weekend will end on Sunday, September 17 after worship and with lunch served. You won’t go home hungry!

Reserve a cabin or a RV/Tent camping spot. RV Shower house is open for campers.

Cost is $60/person or 150/max for a family for overnight stays. We ask that any visitors will give a free will offering for any meals.

This will be a special time to be with friends and meet new ones!  Also, check out the new walking paths, sand volley ball and basketball courts. The Prayer Tree and the Outdoor chapel should be on your list to visit as well 

The new low impact obstacle/team building course will be available to try your team building skills. There will also be a volley ball tournament, weather permitting—so be ready to dig deep!

We have approximately 30 reservations already.

If you would like to help in any way, please let us know.  There are opportunities for Arts and Crafts, music and younger youth recreation, meal prep and more

Please RSVP to Charla Kingery: or 515 864 1992

~Thank you!