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

February 2014


Pastor’s Word

     By Rev. Ron

In Matthew 8, the text reads, "there was a leper-Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying 'Be made clean!"  Once could call this the touch of love-an appropriate topic as we prepare to once again observe Valentine's Day when a lot of people are going to be thinking about love.

Let me suggest a couple of ways we can reach out and touch people in love.  First, we can extend a loving touch through the words we speak.  In the case of the leper, Jesus spoke the words, "Be made clean".  Let us not forget that in the person of Jesus, God reached out and spoke his word to us by way of human flesh.  It was through Jesus that the healing, comforting, loving word of God was manifested to humankind.

We, too, can touch people's lives through the affirming, uplifting, encouraging words that we speak.  I often forget the potential power of the spoken word and sometimes have to apologize for words that I speak in haste without really thinking them through.  We need to be reminded periodically that the words we speak to those around us, especially to the loved ones in our own homes, have the power to hurt or heal, to tear down or build up, to cause emotional pain or offer comfort.

Secondly, we can touch people through love by the way we listen.  Counselors tell us that the best way a church member can help someone who is struggling with problems is to listen-not trying to fix them but being a good, understanding, loving and confidential listener.

Compassionate missionary doctor Albert Schweitzer said, "Open your eyes, and seek another human being in need of a little time, a little friendliness, a little company, a little work.  It may be a lonely, an embittered, a sick, or an awkward person for whom you can do something, to whom you can mean something." I cherish the story about some children who were asked, "What is love?"  One little girl answered, "Love is when your mommy reads you a bedtime story.  True love is when she doesn't skip any pages".

God has never skipped any pages with us.  We can, after the example of Jesus, help change people's lives with the touch of our love.  Always remember that you can give without loving, but you can't love without giving!

Sharing the love of Christ,

Rev. Ron Johnson

Souper Bowl of Caring

Sunday, Feb. 2nd the Sr. High youth will be collecting monetary donations and food items for the National Souper Bowl of Caring Food items will be donated to the Contact Center and the money will go to Kids Against Hunger to help feed the hungry.  Last year we collected $426.80 our goal for this year is $450.


United Methodist Women

The February meeting of United Methodist Women will be Monday, Feb. 3rd at 1:30pm in the lounge. Program: Doug Ekeren will be talking about “The Northern Light Addition, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital”. All ladies are invited and encouraged to join a very supportive fellowship and be part of this mission oriented group.


Turkey Supper

Laurie Baily & Barry Schroeter, Co-Chairs

The Annual Turkey Supper will be held Saturday Feb 15th.  We will serve from 4:30 to 7:00pm.  Tickets will be sold at the door this year adults (13 and older) $7 and children (12 and younger) $4.  Bring your friends and enjoy a wonderful meal.  A sign up sheet is available in Wesley Hall for donations. Please have the donations to the church by Sunday, February 2nd. Questions call Barry Schroeter at (605) 760-0647 or Laurie Baily at (605) 660-2465.


Women’s Bible Study

The Women's Bible Study that meets in the Upper Room during Sunday School, will be starting a new study called James Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore.  This Study provides a personal study five days a week plus 8 video sessions of this in-depth women's Bible study. James, Jesus' own brother, started out as a skeptic. See how one glimpse of the resurrected Savior turned an unbeliever into a disciple.  Please join us on Sunday, February 9th, during Sunday School at 9:45am or on Wednesday, February 12th, at 6:30pm.  Both times meet in the Upper Room. This Study will end in May.

Mission Moments


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.


A Mission Experience

Merle Brandt and Tom Gilmore are planning a work mission to the Tree of Life. We will be working to help organize the clothing and supply warehouse. The dates will be Feb. 6th, 7th and 8th and the 13th, 14th and 15th if enough workers sign up. We will be working in an unheated warehouse; therefore warm clothing will be necessary. Each person should plan to contribute $10 for the 6meals. We will leave Thursday at 5pm and return Saturday evening. If you have questions or want to sign up call Tom Gilmore at 665-8303.


Program Council Meeting

We are starting our Program Council Meetings to meet with the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Education Committee, Evangelism Committee, Missions Committee and the Worship Committee. This meeting will help keep all the Program Committee's informed or give assistance.  Our first meeting will be Tuesday, February 25th at 6:30pm in the Upper Room. Child care provided.


KFC Youth News

Jan. 31st – KFC FUN DAY @ 2:30pm – 11pm Amazing Race to begin @ 3pm.

Looking for help with this game, please call Julie at 661-3374

Feb. 5th - KFC @ 7:30pm, Treats – Garret Tennant

Feb. 9th - KFC CHILI COOKOFF @ 11:30am

All proceeds with benefit the Tree of Life Ministry

Feb. 12th - KFC @ 7:30pm, Treats – Gerrit Dykstra

Feb. 19th - KFC @ 7:30pm, Treats – Caleb and Grace Roy

Feb. 21st - KFC lock-in @ 7pm – Saturday morning until 9 a.m.

Feb. 26th - KFC @ 7:30pm, Treats – Bailey Wieseler


Sr. High Youth News

By Diane Kisch

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

*Sun., Feb. 2ndCollect for Souper Bowl of Caring following both services

*Wed., Feb. 5thYouth Group at 7:30 to 9:00

*Wed., Feb. 12thYouth Group at 7:30 to 9:00

*Wed., Feb. 19th – Youth Group at 7:30 to 9:00

*Wed., Feb. 26th - Youth Group at 7:30 to 9:00

We have 11 youth and 2 adults registered to go on the Conference Mission Trip to Seattle June 20-29, 2014.  Cost of the trip is $600.  We will be looking at doing at least one fundraiser (probably at breakfast on a Sunday morning) date to be determined yet.

Winter Connection was held Friday Jan. 24th/ Saturday Jan. 25th in Brookings. 5 Sr. High Youth, (Stephanie Anderson, Layne Droppers, Alleysia Ugofsky, Kylee Duncan & Amamda Gravholt); 6 Jr. High Youth (Dustin Gusso, Natalie Wilkinson, Bailey Wieseler, Garret Dykstra and Gracie Roy) and 3 adults (Julie Dykstra, Greg Gusso and Diane Kisch) attended.  The theme of the event was G L O W (God Loves Our World).  We played some games, did some mission projects, went to the Children’s Museum and Worshiped together.

Diane's office hours have been on Thursday afternoon but from 3:30 to 5:00pm but I will be switching to 9:00 to 10:30am (I have found that the morning hours work well for me, if you need to talk to me and these times do not work call me and we will set up a time that works for both of us.)

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.




Reach Out

By Carole Hurley

One of my favorite sayings:  “Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

  A story I recently read, about a woman just home from the hospital, with a friend visiting her, spent several hours talking and making memories.  The next day, the woman that had been in the hospital died.


This reminds me of a time that I visited a lady in her home on May Day.  Four days later she passed on.

  I am convinced that God communicates with us in many different ways, reminding us of living each day as though it were our last.

You do not even know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  James 4:14


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,

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(Faith and Home, continued)

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.

§  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


February is American Heart Month

By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women but heart disease is preventable.  Every year over 715,000 Americans die of heart attacks.  Over 600,000 people will develop heart disease each year which means 1 in 4 people will be affected. Heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions.  Coronary artery disease occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart.  Heart disease is controllable and preventable. The Centers for Disease Control or CDC provides tips to help bring us closer to having a healthy heart.  These tips are:

Eat a heart healthy diet with more fruits and vegetables or 5 servings a day.  Eat foods low in sodium, low in saturated fats and cholesterol, and limit salt and sodium in your diet.

Maintain a healthy weight.  Being overweight or obese increase your risk for hart disease.

Exercise regularly 30 minutes a day on most days of the week with moderate-intensity exercise.

Monitor your blood pressure.  High blood pressure often has no symptoms.

Quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco.  Use your state quit line to help you quit.

Limit alcohol consumption as drinking too much can raise your blood pressure.

Have you cholesterol checked at least every five years and if it is elevated talk to your doctor about ways you can decrease your cholesterol.

If you have diabetes monitor your blood sugars, take medicine as prescribed by your doctor, follow diet restrictions and see your doctor for treatment options.

If the doctor prescribes medicine to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, take medicine as prescribed.  Source:  CDC


History Notes

50 + years ago from Yankton Press and Dakotan

Saturday, December 21, 1963, National mourning for President John F. Kennedy ends at sundown Sunday, with the transition from sorrow to the joy of Christmas. A reenactment of the events of the Birth of Christ will be presented by the members of First Methodist church four times each evening December 21-23. The location will be the west lawn of the church at 11th and Cedar.

Did You Know?

1st Annual Turkey Dinner was in 1991.


In 1997

304 Advance tickets, 61 sales at the door =365

314 served, 51 no shows

Net profit $1,095.30, reported by Chair F.L (Chris) Christensen





I want to take this opportunity to give thanks to those that were so instrumental in my speedy recovery from a recent surgery. Thanks to Rev. Ron for his visit, Pastor Bob for his phone calls, Ken and Judy Bevers for the beautiful (and warm) prayer shawl, visits from the Ladies Night Club, the flowers, all the cards and the numerous prayers from all of you. Thank You for those that were instrumental in providing the Live Nativity presentation. You did not know this, but witnessing the Live Nativity event was my short term goal in preparing for discharge after surgery. There was no way I was going to miss that. Thank You also to the Ladies Tuesday Morning Circle for their concern and prayers. None of this would have been possible without all of you. It is because of the grace of God that I have been so blessed with a wonderful church family.

Be Blessed

Sherry Daugherty


Carolyn and I are so appreciative of all the prayers, cards of support, calls and the love each of you have expressed to us during the journey since the 2012.  Not only has God blessed us with our church family, he continues keeping me in remission!  We truly give his all the honor and glory as he walks along side of us! 

 Pastor Bob & Carolyn Cappel


Carolyn and I want to thank our church family and organizations for the gifts and cards at

Christmas.  We are so grateful for the opportunity that God has given us to be a part of the ministry of FUMC.

 Pastor Bob and Carolyn Cappel

February Birthdays

1 - Jeffery Burling, Garrett Brandt, JD Ewing


2 - Jacob Cunningham


3 - Jill Foss, Cheryl Doby


5 - Merle Larson, Madison Styles, Marge Maxon

6 - Jaiden Parish


8 - Sophia Tramp, Sherry Daugherty,

  Brody Burgeson

9 - Nicole Baily, Donovan Pigney,

     Sandy Ronfeldt


10 - Ross Den Herder, Travis Hagen


11 - Margaret Vondracek

13 - Chloe Cornemann, Kevin McKee


14 - Alex Wieseler


15 - Jeremy Klinkhammer


16 - Marsha Bertsch, Tina Young,

        Susan Schavee

17 - Diane Kisch, Bob Peterson


18 - Phil Jaquith, Myles Tieszen,

        Melissa Pratt, Erin Olson


19 - Howard Relf, Francis Hunhoff

20 - Garrett Rempfer


21 - Wayne Roberts


22 - Barry Schroeter, Gabriel Olson


24 - Kim Slemp, Albert Gall, Jean Johnson


25 - Rosalinda Regalado, Jay Gravholt,

       Amber Hannemann, Tracy Dutrow


27 - Sophia Dodd



28 - Paxton Bartels, Dick Fox,

       Nancy Hetherington, Jacksen Lawrence


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Wilma Rahn


Scott Parr


Allison Olson


Linda Fox


Darwin Tessier


Rev. Ron Olson Family


Jean Schmer passed away Dec. 26th

Joyce Newman passed away Dec. 29th


Rev. Donald G. Klarup, former pastor passed away Dec. 25th


Margaret Bartels nephew, Craig & cousin, Joan


Autumn Erickson mother Marilyn Craigun


Vi Waters, Andrea Jaquith

Sarah Anderson, Bob & Jane Walsers’ daughter


Helen Mischke, Ken Philippi


Kaitlyn Erickson, daughter of Tony and Lisa Erickson


Gene Alexander is at S. James Nursing Home 


Doug Baily, Pat Keller, Don Boyd


Barb Wohl, Mindy Reining’s mother 


Mark Giziewski, Velma Decker, Shirley Bogue


Pastor Bob Cappel


Jenna, Shar Peterson’s cousin


Shirley Nelson, Carl Johnson, Howard Relf    


Lee & Phyllis Skalberg, Dena Heeney

Robbi, Vivian VanEssen's sister          


Roland Wesch, classmate of Pastor Bob’s Roland Wesch, classmate of Pastor Bob’s


Kari Beil, mother of Logan Beil, Kids Hope


Ileah Guiterrez, Mikael Pietila's cousin

Chase Michael Oja, Julie Dykstra’s nephew


Scott Williams, son-in-law of Warren Peterson


Church family serving in the military: all men & women serving in the military and their families. Terry Triebwasser, brother of Julie Moderegger; Blaine, Mona Mullican's son; Sean Cappel nephew of Pastor Bob & Carolyn.