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.

Nigeria: Book Drive, Church Rebuilding Fund, Workcamps

Posted October 19th, 2016

The Church of the Brethren denomination has showed amazing compassion and support for Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) in the immediate aftermath of the violence of Boko Haram. Now that EYN families and their neighbors have started the long journey of recovery and return of self sufficiency, we continue to walk with them and our support is still needed.

The book drive is an important way to support education and hope in Nigeria. The drive aims to collect children’s books for EYN-related schools, as well as books for the library at Kulp Bible College for training pastors. Information about the book drive is included on the attached flyer and also online at The books must arrive at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, MD no later than November 20 so they can be packed and shipped to Nigeria. Books should be new or in very good shape. A wish list of books for KBC can be found online. I would also be happy to email it to you. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about selecting or sending the books to New Windsor.

The Church Rebuilding Fund is separate from the Nigeria Crisis Fund and will only be used to assist EYN as it begins the long process of rebuilding and restoring its many destroyed and damaged churches. The fund will support grants of $5,000 to help small churches purchase roofing/rebuilding materials while grants of $10,000 will help larger churches create temporary church structures while they rebuild. Information about the fund is included on the attached flyer and can also be found online at

Participating in and/or supporting Nigeria Workcamps is another important and life-changing way to support EYN and its members. The workcamps will focus on restoring some of the nearly 70 percent of church buildings lost during the crisis. Participants will help to rebuild churches and repair church facilities, and will also have an opportunity to worship and pray in fellowship with the Nigerian Brethren and to encourage people as they recover. More information can be found online at or by contacting Kendra Harbeck at 847-429-4388 or Anyone interested in the November workcamp should contact Kendra immediately to find out if registration is still open. There is still plenty of time to participate in the trips in January and February 2017.

As we celebrate our connection with our Nigerian brothers and sisters and walk with them on their journey, we proclaim “zumunci a kafa taka – fellowship is in the feet!” Let it be so!


Sharon Billings Franzén

Office Manager – Brethren Disaster Ministries

601 Main St., P.O. Box 188, New Windsor, MD 21776

410-635-8731; 800-451-4407 ext.3

Disaster Ministries Opportunities

Posted September 8th, 2016

1) Lybrook Ministries

We are still planning to help build a hogan and house near Cuba, N. Mexico, the week of October 16.  Details to follow.  Contact Bud or Susan Taylor (620-245-4835 or 620-245-4836) for more information.  Cooks as well as builders (no experience necessary) are needed.

2) Nigeria Workcamps

The Church of the Brethren is planning a series of workcamps in Nigeria, as part of the new effort to rebuild churches of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria).

The workcamps will take place over the next six or seven months. The first is set for November 4-23, 2016.  Subsequent workcamps are scheduled for January 11-30, 2017, and Feb. 17-March 6, 2017.

Participants will need to raise about $2,500 to cover the cost of transportation, food, and supplies. Those who apply for a workcamp are warned that they will face extreme heat in northeast Nigeria, as well as intense sun, and the rigors of life in a developing nation. “As members of the Church of the Brethren, we say that our motto is to live ‘peacefully, simply and together.’ This opportunity presents a real chance to live this out!” said an announcement of the new workcamps.

Express interest in a workcamp by contacting the Nigeria Crisis Response at or 847-429-4329.

Nearly 70 percent of EYN’s churches in northeast Nigeria have been destroyed in the Boko Haram insurgency. A Nigeria Church Rebuilding Fund has been developed to help provide support to EYN congregations who are working to rebuild.

Global Mission and Service executive director Jay Wittmeyer reports that of EYN’s 458 churches, which are called LCCs, 258 have been destroyed. (These numbers do not include the hundreds of additional preaching points in EYN.) Wittmeyer hopes to be able to start out by providing $5,000 to selected EYN congregations to re-roof their church buildings.

When Lamentations Are Not Enough: A Statement for the Church of the Brethren

Posted July 14th, 2016

Church leaders call the Brethren to be ‘a landmark of refuge’ in a time of ‘great civil violence’ Church of the Brethren leaders have released a statement following on a week of shootings that have rocked the nation. The statement is signed by Carol A. Scheppard, moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference; Samuel Sarpiya, moderator-elect of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference; and Dale E. Minnich, interim general secretary of the Church of the Brethren. The statement follows in full:

The small Dunker Church on the Civil War battlefield at Antietam is a symbol of the calling of the Brethren–to be a landmark of refuge during a time of violence.

We are gathered in prayer with heavy and broken hearts. Our grief, refreshed by those  who have died in the past week, is part of a longer lamentation. We are again praying with the families for whom the loss is a child, a parent, a spouse, a friend: we are praying for black families who have lost a loved one to police violence, we are praying for those who fear that someday it could be their family, and we are praying for the families of the police who were attacked and killed while they were working to make sure that a peaceful vigil could occur. In a sense, we are praying for ourselves, a nation caught in a cycle of racialized violence. We are being asked to forgive and to be forgiven, though we barely understand our transgressions. We Brethren are a people whose Christian faith finds expression through work–by rebuilding homes, building schools, replacing pipes, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and washing feet. Throughout our history, this is often how we have made peace. Today, we do not know how to be peacemakers for our country when the source of the violence seems as unpredictable as a storm–and like a storm, the violence seems destined to come again. There is guidance in our own history: Just over 150 years ago, the country was embroiled in a deadly struggle about race. The Dunkers (as the Brethren were sometimes known), immersed in the Scriptures and studying the issues, were clear about two things: that we were against slavery and we were against all war. As if to test these seemingly contradictory convictions, the bloodiest battle was fought just yards from the doors of the Dunker church in Antietam. Commanders drew up plans of attack that used the meeting house as a landmark for their troop movements. Violence was indiscriminate and claimed the Union and the Confederate soldiers, the enslaved and the slave owners. And after blue and gray turned to blood red, the meeting house became a hospital. When the Dunker congregation was able to return to services, the walls of their church were bullet-ridden and the pews had been permanently stained with blood. Though we are not in a great civil war, we are in a time of great civil violence. We are not divided by geographic lines such as north and south, nor political lines like Union and Confederate. But we are still divided by race. Our imaginations have been made anemic through fear, comfort, and statistics warped for political advantage. Our hearts have been hardened by a steady diet of media commentary thinly veiled as news that demonizes any person different from us. Yet these divides blur in the common hue of blood shed in violence and vanish when we face the call of Christ to love and serve all our neighbors. In this season of escalating violence, the Brethren can again be a landmark of refuge like the simple bright walls of the Dunker meeting house on the Antietam battle field. It is not enough to add a hashtag or post an article on Facebook. We must return to the Scriptures that inform us about our work of caring for those who would be starved, stripped naked, and imprisoned. We must identify with the widow, the orphan, and the foreigner to our society. The Scriptures reminded earlier Christians of the historical and cultural forces that had defined and divided them as Jew, Gentile, slave, and master. Today, we need to be disciples who are able to recognize how deeply the powers and principalities of racial injustice have wounded our country–spiritually and physically. We need to understand what keeps us locked in this cycle of violence and we must search our souls for what it means to turn the other cheek, to go the extra mile, and to wash the feet of others. As we continue to gather in prayer during the coming weeks and months, we have an opportunity to do the discipleship work that prepares us to be peacemakers so that we can confront the narratives of fear and violence. Even in the midst of this storm, we will be a place where healing and peace are possible, where people can name their fears, and where we can tend one another’s spiritual and physical wounds. For this is when we continue the work of Jesus, making us a people known for living peacefully, simply, and together. Carol A. Scheppard, Moderator, Church of the Brethren Annual Conference Samuel Sarpiya, Moderator-Elect, Church of the Brethren Annual Conference Dale E. Minnich, Interim General Secretary, Church of the Brethren

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Biking for Peace — 50 Centuries in 50 States in 50 Days

Posted April 19th, 2016

Following their first century ride in Hawaii, David Jones and Michael Himlie will be embarking on their bicycling expedition around the U.S. on May 14, 2016. They will ride one hundred miles in all fifty states in fifty consecutive days. The riders will be in Kansas on May 21, riding from Dodge City to Cunningham. If interested in riding along with them, check the website. Their goal is to raise $100,000 to support Christian Peacemaker Teams. At this time, they are seeking donors, having reached about one quarter of their goal. Information about sponsorship opportunities and to inform yourself about this outstanding event for raising awareness for non-violence, check their website: