Childcare Coordinator for Western Plains District Events

Posted March 26th, 2019

Good morning friends in Western Plains,

Nancy Reynolds, Chair of the District Congregational Resourcing Team, has asked that I put out a request for a Childcare Coordinator for District Conference and the Gathering.

This person (or persons) would be in charge of coordinating childcare (nursery-5th grade) for either one or both of these district events.

If you are interested, or would know someone who might be interested, please contact Nancy Reynolds, 913-219-0002 or, for more information.

The dates for District Conference are July 26-28 in McPherson, KS and the dates for the Gathering are Oct. 25-27 at the Webster Conference Center in Salina, KS.

Stipends are provided.

This is such an important ministry for the children, their families and caregivers, as well as for the childcare workers themselves – please hold this request in your prayers.


Joanna Davidson Smith

Administrative Assistant
Church of the Brethren in Western Plains

District Office  620.241.4240

Opportunity with Brethren Disaster Ministries

Posted November 16th, 2018

Greetings, Western Plains friends of Brethren Disaster Ministries!

Bud and I recently attended the BDM Conference at Camp Swatara in Pennsylvania.  In addition to seeing many friends we’ve worked with in the past, we signed up for a two-week stint in Castener Puerto Rico.  Each group can have 5 -7 people, and we already have five but want to take two more from our district.

Date:  March 16-30, 2019

Place:  Castener, Puerto

Cost:  1/2 of your plane ticket to San Juan PR

We will be working on repairing houses and staying in the volunteer housing there.  Castener had its power restored early because of the hospital there so it usually has electricity.  However, we may experience intermittent outages as well as unusual working conditions.  Although it’s in the mountains, it may be humid.  Volunteers should be fit and able to work under what could be difficult conditions.  On the other hand, it’s a beautiful place with amazing people and we will be blessed to work there.

Susan Taylor will be the household leader.  Also going are Bud Taylor, Dean Holloway, Sammy Deacon (a Southern Ohio volunteer who has worked with Western Plains folks a number of times and loves us), and Ed Olkowski from Delaware.

If you are interested, please contact Bud or me.  First to respond will claim the remaining two spots.  We will need to coordinate flights so we can be picked up in San Juan by the project leaders.  If you wish, the district will reimburse you for 1/2 the cost of your round trip ticket.  It is good if we book them soon as it is spring break time.

If this time doesn’t work, other dates are open.  As of a week ago, there were still openings for the first two weeks of March and from April onward.  I think individuals can sign up for slots as they generally haven’t been reserved for districts.

Thanks to David and Jane Sampson, who are serving in Puerto Rico now, and to Rick and Trudy Racine, who are going in January.  It’s great to see Western Plains serving in this important way.

Thanks for your support of BDM!

Susan Taylor 620-245-4835

Bud Taylor 620-245-4836

Upcoming Opportunities — Brethren Disaster Ministries

Posted July 5th, 2018

Floyd Pearson, a trained Brethren Disaster Ministries leader, who works with the Kansas Disciples of Christ, has invited us to join them in a mission trip to Lybrook Community Ministries, September 2-8.  The work will include cutting and splitting wood, winterizing homes, working in a thrift shop, and other projects to be determined.  If interested, contact Floyd (620.755.6394; or Bud and Susan Taylor.

Also, the Brethren Disaster Ministries Office reports that they still need volunteers for these dates:

Carolinas 2 Dec. 9-15              15 spots OPEN

Carolinas 1 Dec. 16-22            15 spots OPEN

USVI Sept 9-22                       5 spots OPEN

If are interested, contact Bud ( or 620.245.4836) or Susan ( or 620.245.4835) Taylor.

Brethren Disaster Ministries Update

Posted April 9th, 2018

The St. Thomas Virgin Islands disaster recovery project has scheduled three work periods: June 17-30, September 9-22, and December 2-15.

There are 12 spots open each of the 2-week periods for volunteers from all districts on a first come basis. Housing, transportation, tools and meals will be provided during these 2-week time periods. Volunteers must be able to work in warm climates and some of the work during the June trip will likely include mucking and gutting homes.

Partial reimbursement of airfare will be made available for persons who cannot fund their own travel.

Please contact Bud and Susan Taylor if you are interested.

Many thanks to Western Plains volunteers who served at the BDM site in Eureka, Missouri, which closed at the end of March. A new site working with UMCOR on Hurricane Matthew recovery in North Carolina has opened. Both the South Carolina and North Carolina sites will be housed at First Presbyterian Church In Lumberton, NC.  Our district has no plans to take a group, but if you are interested, please contact us as well.

BDM does anticipate that there will be volunteer opportunities in Puerto Rico, but dates have not been set.

Bud and Susan Taylor, District Disaster Coordinators  620-245-4836  620-245-4835

Western Plains District Women’s Retreat — April 6-8, 2018

Posted January 23rd, 2018

“Woven Together in God’s Love: The Story That Is You” is the theme for the Western Plains District Women’s Retreat. The event is planned for Friday – Sunday, April 6 – 8 at the Presbyterian Highland Camp, Allenspark, CO.  Presenters will be Joanna Davidson Smith and Shana Leck. Registration forms are available on the District website (, in the Church Gathering Space and in the Education Building literature rack.  Registration deadline is February 28.