First United Methodist Church - Yankton
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
207 W 11th St Yankton SD 57078 (605) 665-2991

January 2014

Pastor’s Word

by Rev. Ron

Emil Brunner wrote that we cannot understand the love of God in Christ without being conquered by it and, as a result, changed. This truth is grace, that is, underserved love and that is the real message of Christmas. You are now permitted to know that you are someone whom God loves. You need not fear death for you are hidden in the love of God for all eternity. That is what we sing in our many beautiful Christmas songs. For that, we do not need the Christmas spirit, nor even the lovely Christmas stories. It is enough to know: “the Word became flesh, and we saw His glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Knowing this my friends, let us be happy, not only today, but all 365 days of the new year that is before us remembering that God is willing to forgive us for what is passed; God gives us strength and guidance for the present; God gives us courage to face that which is yet to come.

May we look forward to the New Year with confidence and in hope with new commitment to the task to which God has called us. Those who are called to faith are called also to commit themselves anew to the God who comes with help.  Jesus said: “Abide in me and I will abide in you. For apart from me you can do nothing.” It is to that commitment that you and I are called: to remain in Him and in His Word, to rededicate ourselves to the kind of prayer and fellowship with God that will open our lives up to His blessings, that will allow God to channel the limitless, boundless grace and love that He has for us into our lives and through us to the lives of those around us.

I wish you the very best in 2014 as you seek to faithfully serve the Lord who will never leave you nor forsake you!


Christmas Eve Worship

We will have two worship services on Christmas Eve, 4:30 and 7:00pm.  The theme of this year’s services is “The Gifts of Christmas” these services will include special music. If you are interested in being a reader for one of the services, place your name on the sign-up sheet located on the table in the lounge.  A special offering will be received for Yankton Contact Center. Plan now to attend one of these worship services.

Cancellations and Postponements

By Rev. Ron

If we need to cancel or postpone something we will try to send out an email from the church office (do we have your current email address at the church?  If not, please send it to  We will also try to put it on our church website ( where it will be crawling across the top of the page.  We will call the local radio stations, KYNT 1450 AM, WNAX 570 AM and KVHT 106.3 FM.  They each have a website where they list cancellations and postponements.  You may find it listed there before you hear it on the radio.  Go to, or and click on their cancellations and postponements page.  We also call the TV stations, KELO, KSFY and KDLT. will have it listed on their cancellations page.

If you are not able to find or hear the information at one of those places, you may also call the church office.


KYNT Radio Broadcast

It’s time to sign up to sponsor a Radio Broadcast during the 2014 year.  The signup folder is located on the table in the Church Lounge. If you want a certain date, get signed up right away.  The cost to sponsor a Sunday broadcast is $45.00.


Great Thanks

The next time you see Reid Sorensen, thank him for the many hours he has spent pulling hundreds of feet of wire to put our technology at its peak. He has saved the church hundreds of dollars because of his technology expertise and his dedication to the church. Reid has searched many websites for the best buy regarding computers, monitors, etc. He has been a member of our Trustees and a tremendous resource person for our church. He will be truly missed and we wish him luck with his future endeavors!! Thanks Reid!!

Loy Gravholt, Trustees Chair


Mission Moments


International Food Fest

The Missions Committee will be hosting their 3rd Annual International Food Fest on January 19th from 5-7pm in Wesley Hall. We will have sign-up sheets in Wesley Hall for you to write down your name, what you will be bringing, and what Country the food is from.  The Food Fest has been a time of great fellowship and a time for us to hear from different members of our Church family on the various mission opportunities they have had this past year. We hope to see you all there! If you have any questions, please get a hold of Nick & Tracy Kisch or any of the Missions Committee members and we would be glad to help in any way we can.

Heifer International

By Syndee Droppers, Missions Committee

The Mission Focus in November was Heifer International.  The congregation could buy flocks of chicks for $20, which provides eggs and a source of nutrition and income for those in need. We sold the flocks for 2 Sundays.  But thanks to your generosity, the donations continued to come in.  Our church donated $970, for over 48 flocks of chicks. What a giving spirit the 1st United Methodists have.  Many families will be blessed by your kindness.

Tree of Life Ministry

The Rosebud Reservation is the second poorest county in the entire USA.  Over 1,000 people depend on “Tree of Life” for free hot meals each week.  With cutbacks in food stamps, the ministry is more needed than ever.  Without an increase in financial support the ministry may have to curtail their food pantry and hot meal program during the winter months.  With that being said, the Missions Committee has committed to continue the Miles of Pennies into the New Year.


KFC Youth News


The Kids for Christ group is very grateful for the leadership that Reid Sorenson has provided the first half of the year and we will sincerely miss him!!  May God Bless him in his move to Pella Iowa. 

December Schedule

18 - KFC @ 7:30pm * Please bring a white elephant gifts & goodies to share.


There will be NO Youth Group on Wed., Dec. 25th or Jan. 1st – enjoy your Christmas Break


January Schedule

1-8 KFC @ 7:30pm * Treats - Cooper

1-15 KFC @ 7:30pm * Treats – Alex Palacek

1-22 KFC @ 7:30pm * Treats - Megan

1-29 KFC @ 7:30pm * Treats – Sam

Watch for special events to come!


Sr. High Youth News

By Diane Kisch

Here are some dates you will want to mark on your calendar

*Wed., Dec. 25th – NO Youth Group – Have a Blessed Christmas

*Wed., Jan. 1st – NO Youth Group – Have a great Christmas Break

*Wed., Jan.  8th – Youth Group at 7:30 to 9:00

*Wed., Jan. 15th - Youth Group at 7:30 to 9:00 – Deadline to turn in registration form and $30 to Diane for Winter Connection. Deadline to apply for CCYM – application and letter of recommendation need to be filled out online.

*Wed., Jan. 22nd - Youth Group at 7:30 to 9:00 – we will be painting confirmation blocks.

*Fri., Jan. 24th/Sat., Jan. 25thWinter Connection in Brookings.

*Wed., Jan. 29th - Youth Group at 7:30 to 9:00

Plans are in the works to go on the Conference Mission Trip to Seattle June 20-29, 2014.  Cost of the trip is $600. If you are interested in going and did not make it to the Dec. 15th meeting please let Diane know.  As soon as registration forms are available I will let you know.  A $100 deposit will be due with the registration form to Diane by Jan. 8th.

Winter Connection will be Fri. Jan. 24th/ Sat. Jan. 25th, we will be attending the Brookings site.  Cost is $40 (the Education Committee will cover $10 of the registration cost – so your share will be $30).  Registration is from 7 to 8pm so the plan at this point would be to leave Yankton around 5:00pm (eat supper before you come to the church).  The event is over around 4:30pm so we should be home by 7:30pm. We will plan to stop and eat supper on Saturday in Sioux Falls, so you will need money for one meal.  Deadline to register and turn in your $30 for Winter Connection to Diane is Wed., Jan. 15th.

Conference Council on Youth Ministry (CCYM) is a group of 20 youth and 10 adults who serve the youth and youth workers of the Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church by planning spiritual growth, learning and fellowship events.  Youth currently in grades 9-11 are eligible to be a part of this leadership team.  More information regarding election procedures, requirements and time commitment is available on the youth website: The deadline to apply for CCYM is January 15, 2014.  Only online applications are accepted.  A recommendation letter is also required, so don’t delay (this needs to be submitted online by January 15th).  Video interviews will be conducted after the deadline.  If you want more information talk to a current CCYM member (Stephanie Anderson, Layne Droppers, Alleysia Ugofsky, Cole Moderegger or Diane Kisch).

Diane's office hours are usually Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:00p.  I will not have office hours Thursday Dec. 26th or Jan. 2nd.

Contact info for me is 

665-1500 or 660-1242

Youth and Parents here are some ways you can stay up to date with what is going on or we have a group on Facebook – First UMC Sr. High Youth Group (Yankton). We also send out e-mails, so youth & parents if we do not have your e-mail address please get it to me.


Walk and Talk Bible Study

Walk and Talk Bible Study with devotional is specifically designed to be used while you walk with a friend, a member of your congregation, or by yourself.  The primary objective of the Walk and Talk Bible Study is to help communities incorporate healthy habits into their lives of faith through physical movement and spiritual enrichment.  Each month there is a different theme which provides 4 devotionals on that theme for a total of 48 devotionals.  There is a scripture passage, a short reflections and a series of questions and a closing prayer.  If you are interested in purchasing a book for $6.00 please contact Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse at the church office 665-2991.  Talk to your friends and think about doing this Bible Study to replenish your bodies with good exercise and spiritual enrichment.


Faith and Home

First United Methodist Church will be providing a study group for parents once a month.  We will plan to meet for 45 minutes the first Sunday of the month in the East end of Wesley Hall during the Sunday School hour at 9:45 a.m.

Each session will have a gathering time, a prayer, scripture, a scenario with a discussion and a closing on a variety of topics related to parenting. Different members of our church will be speaking on each of the selected topics listed below.  This will be a very informal time.

When we learn in a group, we share and support one another.  We learn new ideas and learn from parents with older children.  We receive reassurance hearing from other families that have concerns like we do.  Stories and concerns shared will be confidential.  It will be a time of learning, sharing our faith and enjoying one another.  Free coffee and healthy snacks are an option to those attending the sessions.  Contact Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse by leaving a message at 665-2991 if you are interested in attending.

§  January 5, 2014---Sharing Your Faith with Your Child

§  February 2, 2014---Teaching Your Child to Pray

§  March 2, 2014---Parenting as Partners

§  April 6, 2014---Communicating with Your Preschooler

§  May 4, 2014---Your Child and Respect


Healthy Eating

By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

The New Year is here and many of us made New Year’s resolutions.  One of my New Year’s resolutions is to prepare foods in a healthier way for my family and me.  Often times there are obstacles that detour us from keeping our New Year’s resolutions.  As we try to be healthier we need to be mindful as it is often difficult to make changes in our daily habits. God has asked each of us to take care of our bodies so we may serve him and help others. This month I want to focus on how we can make foods healthier by just substituting foods and ingredients that are less healthy with some appealing choices.  We can do this by:

§  Using more fresh fruits and vegetables rather than the canned

§  Flavor meals with herbs and spices instead of using salt

§  Use brown rice rather than white rice

§  Look for “low sodium” foods or salt free


§  Use low fat or fat free dairy products

§  Buy beverages with less sugar and fat

§  Drink more water than sugary drinks

§  Purchase lower calorie foods and foods low in fat

§  Eat fresh fruit for a dessert

§  Avoid cream sauces over pasta

§  Bake, broil or grill meats instead of frying

§  Use whole grain cereals and breads for higher nutrient value

§  If you eat fast food occasionally-avoid supersizing the servings

§  Eat fish 1-2 times weekly

§  Prepare a meatless casserole or go meatless for one day a week

§  Prepare fresh foods and avoid already prepared foods

§  Make smart choices when eating out

§  Balance what you are eating with regular physical exercise


Calendars Available

2014 calendars, compliments of Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home, are now available. You can pick them up from the table in the Church Lounge or outside the Church Office. 


History Notes

40 years ago

Lay Leader sermon – Loy Gravholt “What is Trust?”

Alter Flowers: Eugene Alexander family

Minister – Lloyd Grinager

Monday: Friendship Bible Coffee in Lounge

Community Concerns meet at Welfare Office

90 Years ago

Jubilee Program 1873-1923

September 21st

7:30pm – Address, Rev. O.E. Boyce,

September 22nd.

2:30 to 5:00pm – Reception.

6:00 to 7:30pm – Fellowship Supper with toasts by returned pastors and layman, and letters or telegrams from non-residents.

8:00pm – A Pageant of Progress





We offer a sincere thank you to our church family for helping to support this worthwhile ministry.  First Church was able to give a gift of $1,850!!  The Mission’s Committee supported the first mile of pennies, totaling $844, First United Methodist Women gifted $500 and the congregation raised $505 through the collection of loose change!   The need is great for our brothers and sisters on the Rosebud Reservation and our work is not done.  Please continue to save your loose change to place in the “Miles of Pennies” jug which will return in January.

She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy." Proverbs 31:20


To our church family, Don and I would like to thank the pastors, and our church family for all the love and support given to us during my shoulder surgery and recovery.

The gifts, phone calls, visits, food, and cards were so much appreciated.

Thanks again and God Bless.

Don & Carole Hurley


First United Methodist, because o you…A survivor will have a place she can call home. A survivor will receive the support and empowerment needed to start life anew. A survivor will receive the skills they need to survive and succeed. A child will be re-united with their parents in a safe warm environment. A child will have heartfelt memories. A child will build new healthy relationships with his/her parents. A survivor and a child knows someone cares.

Because of you…someone’s life has been changed. Today you are someone’s hero!!!! Thank you!

Yankton Women’s/Children’s Center


Your recent donation to the Contact Center and continued support is greatly appreciated. Your support makes it possible for us to continue to serve the needs of our community. Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!

Contact Center Food Pantry Staff & Board


January Birthdays

1 - Holly Iverson, Jane Miller, Paul Blum


2 - Corinne Ditmar


3 - Russ Rahn, Lisa Karnes

4 - Mitch Hofer, Rochelle Adams


5 - Steve Pietila, Avery Turner

6 - Gary Guthmiller, Zach Crawford,

Tyler Kaiser


7 - Taylar Pasch

8 - Cooper Cornemann, Andy Gall,

      Ken Bevers

9 - Rachel Miller, Marlene Konopik


11 - Hudson Burgeson, William Heubaum

12 - Mariah Hofer


13 - Connie Sawatzke, Laurel Wek, Mary King


14 - Kendra Bakke


15 - Ginger Guthmiller, Justin Giblin,

        Dean Daniels


16 - Susie McCorkell, Elaine Gereaux,

Dena Heeney, Scott Giziewski, Paul Pietila

17 - Vina Hill


18 - James Reiner, Hannah Strom,

Melissa Ewing, John Wiechmann


19 - Shayna Gusso

20 - Sandy Dennis


21 - Jean Droppers, George Schnebel,

       Kristi Hunhoff, Esther Lane


22 - Angela Herrmann, Linda Herrmann


23 - Carol Skonhovd


24 - Joyce Suga, Hannah Buchholz,

       Claire Mooney


25 - Rebecca Parish, Liam Wright,

     Rachel Turner, Randy Hummel,

    Monte Schavee


27 - Carol Wiechmann


28 - Julie Bartunek


29 - Chad McCorkell, Arlo Watchorn,

     Cheryl Rokusek


30 - Kirsten Tramp


31- Matt Pietz


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Joyce Newman


Andrea Jaquith


Autumn Erickson mother Marilyn Craigun


Autumn Erickson’s sister-in-law Nancy Erickson

Megan Highland


Faith Vandertuig


Sarah Anderson, Bob & Jane Walsers’ daughter


Helen Mischke


Sue May’s mom, Laurel Eberhart


Mary King


Connie VanDeWalle


Vi Waters


People of Thailand and Southeast Asia after the destruction by a typhoon

UMCOR who has a field office in Thailand.


Linda Fox


Ken Philippi


Marian Buchholz, Calvin Buchholz mother


Gene Alexander is at Sr. James Nursing Home  


Doug Baily


Kaitlyn Erickson, daughter of Tony and Lisa Erickson


Jean Droppers


Russell Peirce


Jennifer Rokusek


Chase, who had surgery


2 year old nephew of Leah Gratzfeld has been diagnosed with cancer


Joshua Scott Family       


Roland Wesch, classmate of Pastor Bob’s


Karen a friend of Jean Droppers


Kari Beil has breast cancer.  She is the mother of Logan Beil, Kids Hope.


Margaret Bartels' cousin Joan    


Mikael Pietila's cousin Ileah Guiterrez     


Scott Williams, son-in-law of Warren Peterson


Julie Dykstra’s nephew Chase Michael Oja


Erin Olson, Daughter of Tami Blum/Kevin Olson.


Tony and Shawna Fiechuck’s granddaughter Alexis Haggan.


Mindy Reining’s mother, Barb Wohl


Shirley Bogue


Howard Relf


Shirley Nelson


Josh, Mariah




Luke Pomeroy


Pat Keller 


Karen Droppers


Pastor Bob Cappel


Mark Giziewski


Velma Decker


Dena Heeney


Lee & Phyllis Skalberg


Don Boyd


Vivian VanEssen's sister Robbi, Peggy Johnson


Church family serving in the military: all men & women serving in the military and their families. Carla Mentele, Blaine, Mona Mulligan's son, Terry Triebwasser, Julie Moderegger brother