And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
--James 3:18

a newsletter for Central Plains Mennonite Conference leaders

Pastors, Elders, Deacons, Central Plains Delegates, Church Moderator, Treasurer, Christian Education Committee, Missions Committee, Mennonite Women, Church Librarian, Youth Sponsors.

October 19, 2016

For Your Prayers:
weekly bulletin announcements

Here are weekly prayer requests for each week between now and the next issue of The Sower. Please share them with your congregation by whichever method works best, whether it be in your bulletin, in the pastoral prayer or some other way. Thank you!

For Sunday, October 23
Pray for the Central Plains Christian Formation Committee as they meet this weekend to discern how best to provide formation resources to our member congregations. Lewis Miller of Beemer, Nebraska, is the chair and Shana Peachey Boshart staffs the committee.

For Sunday, October 30
This first Tuesday of the month, join Friends of Pastor Max and conference ministers in fasting and praying for the Max and Gloria Villatoro Family, that God would make a way for them to be reunited.

For Sunday, November 6
This past week was the birthday of Central Plains Office Manager Monica Clem. Give thanks to God for the gifts Monica offers to the church, and pray for God's abundant blessing in her life.  

For Sunday, November 13
Next weekend both Tim Detweiler and Shana Peachey Boshart celebrate birthdays. Give thanks to God for their ministries within Central Plains and pray for God's blessing on their lives.  
Next month, The Sower will be dated November 16.  Send submissions to by November 1. 
El Sembrador, the Spanish version of The Sower, is available here. Please be aware that there are items in The Sower that are not in El Sembrador and that there are items in El Sembrador that are not in The Sower.  

Upcoming events

Bible Study webinars are offered October 24 and November 21 at 7:30pm Central Time.
Ecuador Partnership Learning and Fellowship Tour will take place January 7-19, 2017.
Annual Leaders Retreat will take place March 19-21, 2017, in Schuyler, Nebraska.
Central Plains Annual Meeting 2017 will take place June 15-18, 2017, in South Dakota.
Mennonite Church USA Convention & Delegate Assembly will take place July 4-8, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

Finance update

Central Plains budget slid further into the red in the month of September for the 5th straight month.  Income for the month came in at $24,915.16.  Meanwhile, expenses were a bit higher than the normal average at $39,320.63.  As a result, the fiscal year deficit jumps to $34,238.33.  We typically see our income rise in the final months of the calendar year in hopes to start reversing our deficit amount.   We are thankful for all of your contributions!  Stewardship Task Group

Staff news

October 17-19  Tim and Dave will be in Newton, Kansas, for Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council.
21  Dave, Shana and Monica will attend Annual Meeting Task Group at Manson (IA) Mennonite Church.
22-23  Shana will attend Christian Formation Committee's two-day planning retreat near Manson, Iowa.
23  Dave will preach at West Union Mennonite Church, Parnell, Iowa.
24  Shana, Dave and Tim will join the Bible Study webinar with Meghan Good.
26-28  Dave will attend Mennonite Church USA Governance Council meeting in San Antonio.
28-29  Dave, Tim and Shana will attend the Everence Pastoral Financial Education Event in Moline, Illinois.
29-30  Dave and Shana will be with the Beemer (NE) Mennonite Church where Dave will preach.
November 4-6  Shana will attend the Women Doing Theology conference in Leesburg, VA, and Dave will speak at a Franconia Mennonite Conference gathering in Souderton, PA.
9-12  Dave will attend Mennonite Church USA Executive Board meetings in Newton, Kansas.

Learn more about the Bible!

Our first Bible Study Webinar had a great attendance of about 50 connections and at least 140 participants. Meghan Good's enthusiasm for the Bible and talent for teaching was quite clear. Watch the recorded webinar here. Plan to join the next two! 

Everyone is welcome, but Sunday School teachers, Bible study leaders and small group facilitators are especially encouraged to participate.  This opportunity grows out of our Covenant of Spiritual Practices, in which we covenant to study the Bible together and with our neighbors. Each webinar will last from 75-90 minutes. 

Here are the dates and session titles:
(September 12  Between Joints and Marrow: An Introduction to the Art of Biblical Interpretation)
October 24  A Two-Edged Sword: Reading the Bible Like an Anabaptist
November 21  Living and Active: Where the Bible Came From and Why it Matters

You will find an RSVP form and complete descriptions on the Bible Study Webinars page at

New for you at

At Home Family Devotions
     Nurture children’s faith at home this Advent and Christmas through family worship. Find a free, downloadable guide at For use between November 27 and January 6, it includes a daily Bible reading, short litany, songs, hands-on activities and questions to ponder together.
     People of all ages enjoy this resource. Churches are encouraged to print copies for families with children ages 4-12. These daily lessons follow the scripture texts and themes to match the worship resources in Leader magazine.
--Shana Peachey Boshart

Everence Pastoral Financial Event

Two free education/appreciation retreats are planned for pastors and spouses in CPMC to address economic challenges that pastoral leaders face.  These retreats are funded by a $1 million grant that Everence received through the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders.  Credentialed pastors and spouses who are part of Mennonite Church USA or Conservative Mennonite Conference and active in congregational ministry have been invited to these events planned for October 28-29 in Moline, IL and November 18-19 in Sioux City, IA.  These events include overnight lodging, meals, entertainment and financial education sessions, led by Everence personnel.  A third event is being planned for the Minneapolis/St. Paul area at a later date.  Contact Beryl Jantzi:

Ecuador Learning Tour--call soon!

There is still time to signal your interest in the January 7-19, 2017 Learning & Fellowship Tour to Ecuador. Organizers would like firm participant commitments by October 31, 2016. Find a description of the trip at To confirm your place on the trip or to request more information, please contact Joetta Schlabach, or 651-290-2185. A blessed adventure awaits us!

Fast and pray for the Villatoros 
     Friends of Pastor Max and Central Plains conference ministers invite you to set aside one meal on the first Tuesday of every month to fast and pray that God will make a way for Max and Gloria Villatoro to reunite their family.
     We chose the first Tuesday of the month because Max was arrested by ICE on the first Tuesday. You can get creative about how you fast and pray: for example, get together with a friend over lunch and pray together. If the first Tuesday isn't good for you, do it when it works for you.
Congregations, please remember the Villatoros in prayer on the first Sunday of every month.
     Other ways to support the Villatoros:

Is God calling you to transitional ministry?

Transitional ministry has a unique place in the mission of the church. While "interim pastors" have for many years provided preaching and pastoral care between pastors, "transitional ministry" involves training to lead congregations through a process of preparation for entering a new chapter of leadership for a congregation.

Central Plains relies on a small cohort of trained transitional pastors--would you consider being a transitional pastor? The training will be offered October 31 through November 4 at Amigo Center near Sturgis, Michigan. Go to for more information, brochure and registration material. –Tim Detweiler
Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute
Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience – the STAR Training 
Mon-Fri Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, Minneapolis 

Restorative Justice 101: Training for Practice in Everyday Life (RJ 101) 
Friday November 18, 2016, Minneapolis

 –Donna Minter, director of the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute.

The Sower is published the third Wednesday of each month for Central Plains pastors, delegates, conference leaders, congregational leaders and other interested persons. Please include items from this newsletter in your church bulletins and newsletters. Find back issues at
Editor: Shana Peachey Boshart:
Spanish translation by Steven Rhodes: 319-930-7303

Office: P.O. Box 101, Freeman, SD 57029
         Monica Clem, Office Manager: 605-929-3325;
Conference Ministers: P.O. Box 352, Kalona, IA 52247
         David Boshart:; 319-936-5904
         Tim Detweiler:; 319-458-0224
         Shana Boshart:; 319-936-5905
Hispanic Ministries Coordinator: Ramiro Hernandez 319-621-3725
Moderator Margie Mejia Caraballo:  309-235-3011
Assistant Moderator Sid Burkey: 402-761-2093

The mission of Central Plains Mennonite Conference is to create settings for our congregations and partners to grow in holistic witness to God's reconciling mission in the world by developing leadership, encouraging fellowship and promoting lifelong discipleship.
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