Worship Service – 2-26-2017

Posted February 26th, 2017

Please note: Beginning 2/26/2017, all streams will be on YouTube. The live event will begin at 10:15 A.M.

“Intergalactic Interconnection” Eric Landram
(click on the link above to access the worship service)

Mutual Kumquat Concert

Posted February 24th, 2017

This weekend Regional Youth Conference will be held at McPherson College and will feature a Mutual Kumquat concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, in Mingenback Theater.  All are welcome to come to enjoy the music and fun!



Martin Gauby Obituary

Posted February 24th, 2017

Dear Friends in Western Plains,

Many of you may have known Martin Gauby, who passed away on February 6.  His obituary is printed below. Martin was born in Washington, Kan., attended McPherson College and Bethany Seminary, and  was a long time Church of the Brethren pastor.  Among his pastorates was the Prairie View congregation in Western Plains. Most recently he lived in Nampa, Idaho.  Please keep Martin’s family in prayer.


Kendra Flory


Martin Gauby, 82, of Boise passed away on Monday February 6, 2017 at a local hospital. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, February 11th at 2 pm at the Nampa Church of the Brethren located at 1130 W. Orchard Avenue, Nampa, Idaho.

Martin was born in Washington, Kansas on September 10, 1934 to Harvey and Mabel Gauby. Martin grew up on various farms in rural Kansas and Texas with his older sisters Betty and Iris. He attended McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas where he met his wife, Edith, and graduated with a degree in religion. They moved to Chicago, Illinois where he attended Bethany Seminary graduating with a Masters of Divinity. Over 46 years Martin pastored Church of the Brethren congregations in Oregon, Indiana, Idaho, Texas and Kansas coming back to the Treasure Valley to retire and enjoy spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Martin was a kind and gentle man who always had an encouraging word and never met a stranger. He set an example for all of us, encouraging everyone to get along, regardless of our differences. The best thing we can do for him is follow his example and turn and help our neighbors.
An avid sports fan, Martin supported all the sports teams in whichever city he was living. Some of his best recent memories were of watching his Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren play sports, and enjoying his season tickets to BSU football games. His other passion was searching junk yards and antique stores looking for his next treasure.

Martin is survived by his wife of 60 years, Edith, sister Iris Gould, daughter Norma Lockner, son Sidney (Katherine) Gauby, and son Jeffrey Gauby.  Grandchildren Timothy (Linsey) Lockner, Ryan (Tara) Lockner, Kyle (Melissa) Gauby, Kacie Gauby, Austin Gauby, Caitlin Gauby, and Mason Gauby and Great-Grandchildren Andrew Lockner, Ethan Lockner, and Owen Gauby. He was preceded by his parents, sister Betty Yoder, and daughter-in-law Julie Smith Gauby.

Because of allergies the family requests no flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the Boise Valley Church of the Brethren Building Fund at 4721 N. Star Road, Meridian, Idaho; or the Nampa Church of the Brethren at 11080 W Orchard Ave., Nampa, Idaho.

Outreach Team Special Offering — March

Posted February 24th, 2017

MARCHMcPherson County Food Bank Donations

“For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink.”    (Matthew 25:35)

“In as much as you did It for the least of these, my brethren, you did It to Me.”    (Matthew 25:40)

Please join in serving our community!  Outreach Team is asking for your help during the month of March as we donate “most needed” food to the McPherson County Food Bank.  (You may also make a financial contribution by indicating “Food Bank” in the memo portion of your check.)


  • The local food bank allows individuals to come in for food 6 times in 6 months.
  • The following statistics are gathered from the Kansas Food Bank website 2014:

         ○ 215,000 people are served by Kansas food banks annually.  These individuals are:

14% Black, 37% Latino, 42% White, and 14% Veterans.

         ○ Health concerns:

82% of the individuals served report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy foods because they could not afford a healthier option; 27% of household members served have diabetes; and 48% of household members served have high blood pressure.

A grocery cart is located in the entry for donations.

Themes for the month –

March 5:  Breakfast theme (cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup)

March 12:  Canned meats/protein (spam, ham, chicken, tuna, peanut butter)

March 19:  Canned fruits and vegetables

March 26:  Hygiene items (shampoo, toilet tissue, hand soap, toothpaste, detergent)

Please contact an Outreach Team member if you have questions. Thank you all and let’s see how much we can donate!

Outreach Team

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, February 26, 2017

Posted February 24th, 2017

March  Newsletter  –  Printed copies are available today.  Check for e-mail updates and stay up-to-date with church news by signing up for e-mail alerts.  Visit www.macbrethren.org and enter your e-mail address in the left column of the screen under “Subscribe to E-mail Updates” and follow the instructions.

Ellis Yoder will present a program about the Foods Resource Bank and his recent trip to Kenya, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, at The Cedars Wellness Center.  Ellis is a member of the Monitor CoB.

First Fridays: McPherson College at The Cedars — This is a free educational series of classes that are open to all ages.  At 2 p.m. on Friday, March 3, Professor Joe Dickhudt will present “Apollo Space Program in Perspective: Looking back 50 years.”  For information, contact Monica Rice (ricem@mcpherson.edu or 620-242-0432).

Spring Congregational Forum – 12:30 p.m., Sunday, March 5, Church Social Room.  For a packet, contact an usher.

2017 is a new year and with it come new goals and opportunities.  Western Plains District Conference is planned for July 28-30 in McPherson.  You are encouraged to make an item/s for the Projects Unlimited Auction, to be held on Saturday evening, July 29.  You may also consider donating a service item.  For example, a car wash, lawn work, mending, cleaning, or other new and creative ideas are welcome!  Proceeds will benefit non-profit organizations such as Camp Colorado, Camp Mt. Hermon, Lybrook and Western Plains District.  Planning now will give time for thought, creativity and for making the items.  Questions, contact Wylene Lengel (620-241-3889 or Wylene.lengel@gmail.com).

The National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) will be held at Lake Junaluska Conference Center, North Carolina, September 4-8, 2017.  “Generations,” the theme, is based on Psalm 145:4.  Speakers include Missy Buchanan; Peggy Reiff Miller, Susan Boyer and Jim Wallis.  A bus from the Western Plains area will leave McPherson on Sunday, September 3 and return Saturday, September 9.  To reserve your space, contact David Fruth (620-245-0674 or davebonnie@cox.net).  Additional information: church website (www.macbrethren.org).

Childcare Volunteers – We continue to seek persons who are willing to staff the nursery during the Sunday school hour and worship service.  Willing to assist?   Sign up on the church website (www.macbrethren.org), under the “Church Life” tab and click on “Surveys and Signups.”

Lenten Devotionals – available in the Church Gathering Space and Ed. Bldg. rack.

Church Cancellation

In the event of severe weather or a catastrophic event:

listen to local radio KBBE 96.7

watch rolling banner on bottom of screen on TV Channel 12

check KWCH Channel 12 website CLOSED list and the church Facebook page

When personnel can get to the office, an All Church Email will be sent

2017 Financial Report


Feb. 5 Feb. 12 Feb. 19 Feb. 26


Regular Offering Needed
$40,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000


Offering Received
$43,183.44 $4,777.00 $7,388.50