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

March 2014

Pastor’s Word

     By Rev. Ron

March 5th marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  Perhaps you are among those people in the church who are confused and/or complacent about what to do with this annual observance.  Let me offer some suggestions that might lead to a more meaningful Lenten observance this year.

As Stephen F. Bayne, Jr. reminds us, Lent is primarily a time of preparation.  That was its origin, long centuries ago, when the season came into existence.  It focused on the need of the new converts for training and education in the new duties which they were to assume at their baptism and confirmation at Eastertide.  Even though we no longer restrict Christian initiation to Eastertide, the church has clung to the six weeks of the annual school because we knew that it was needed not only by the new converts but certainly by the old-timers as well.

What we do in Lent, the discipline we undertake, ought to be calculated in the light of that purpose.  The question is what do we need on order to be better trained and more obedient to serve our Lord?

First, emphasis must by placed on self-examination.  Lent is time for taking an honest look at ourselves instead of drifting along in the rust of everyday routine.  Socrates' remark that "the unexamined life is not worth living" is doubly true for those whom the life of Christ is the standard.

Secondly, emphasis must be placed on self-discipline.  This is something that runs counter to the current mood of our society.  Living in the age of the "selfie", there is little around us to suggest that true self-realization always involves self-denial.  The popular prescription is to relieve tension, to conform to avoid conflict.  Yes, there are tensions that are hurtful.  But I've also learned that there is a kind of tension that is creative.  Our Lord's word, as Hal Luccock commented, is not "if any person would come after me, let them relax," but "let them take up their cross."

Finally, emphasis must be placed on self-commitment.  Lent is a time for renewed dedication.  In the light of the completeness of Christ's self-giving, how marginal our devotion seems!  In Shakespeare's Hamlet, when footsteps are heard, the question is asked, "Is Horatio there?"  Horatio replies, "a piece of him".

My friends, isn't it true that a piece of ourselves is what we too often offer to God?  Lent is a reminder, as we contemplate the cross, that "love so amazing, so divine, demands my life, my soul, my all!"

May our Lenten observance this year be a time for putting first things first.  Join me for our Ash Wednesday service on March 5th at 7:00pm.


Lenten Study

Our Lenten DVD study this year will focus on Adam Hamilton's book "24 Hours That Changed the World."  Hamilton guides us through the last day of Jesus' life.  Mark Beeson, Lead Pastor of Granger Community Church in Granger, Indiana writes that "Adam Hamilton's 24 Hours That Changed the World delivers solid scholarship describing how the day of Christ's crucifixion unfolded.  It also suggests that our response to Christ's work-when it appears evil has the upper hand-can be one of courageous hope and great courage".

Hamilton begins with the Last Supper, which took place on Thursday night, and ends with Christ's death on the cross the following afternoon.  There will also be a time of reflection on the Resurrection.

The aim of the study is to help us better understand the events that occurred during the last twenty-four hours of Jesus' life, see more clearly the theological significance of Christ's suffering and death, and reflect upon the meaning of these events for our lives.  In order to do this, we will look at the geographical and historical setting of the events of the fateful day; reflect theologically on Jesus' death; and, ultimately, look to see ourselves in the story, considering how we are like Pilate or Peter, Judas or John.

This study will begin Wednesday, March 12th from 7:15-8:00 pm.  We will plan to meet on the Wednesdays throughout Lent and ending with the Wednesday of Holy Week.  I hope you will plan to join us for this informative and potentially life-changing journey and study!


United Methodist Women

The March meeting of United Methodist Women will be Monday, March 3rd at 1:30pm in the lounge. Program: Dr. Thomas Stanage, Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health. All ladies are invited and encouraged to join a very supportive fellowship and be part of this mission oriented group.

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


One Great Hour of Sharing

This Special Sunday will be coming up on March 30th, and it calls all United Methodists to share the goodness of life with those who hurt. Your donation on One Great Hour of sharing provides administrative support for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) as it responds to disaster survivors and people in need around the world. Keep your eye open once again for the little house banks to make an appearance in our church. The Missions Committee will be sharing a new video before services each Sunday during the month of March, and we would love for each of you to take home a house bank (or two), say a few prayers, and see what amazing things God can do with the gifts our congregation provides through One Great Hour of Sharing!


Habitat Rummage Sale

The Habitat 500 Team is seeking donations for their annual spring rummage to be hosted at FUMC on April 4th & 5th.  Start your spring cleaning. Call Tom or Jane Gilmore at 665-8303 to schedule a time for your donations to be picked up.  All proceeds from this event support our local Habitat for Humanity.


KFC Youth News

The Kids for Christ group would like to thank the congregation for supporting a very successful chili cook-off.  The kids had a lot of fun and were amazed by the amount of money ($550) that they were able to send to their brothers and sisters in need at the Tree of Life Ministry.  Please plan to support the kids on Ash Wednesday as they prepare to serve a soup meal to raise money for their upcoming Kids Against Hunger pack.  The kids will serve from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


March Schedule

3/5 Ash Wednesday – Soup meal to raise money for Kids Against Hunger/We will plan to sit together during the service; KFC will dismiss following the church service

    -Kids should be at Church by 5:00pm to help set up

3/12 KFC @ 7:30pm – 9:00pm/Treats – Alison

3/19 KFC @ 6:45pm We will leave the church by 6:50pm for the Kids Against Hunger Pack, kids will be dismissed at 9:00pm

3/26 KFC @ 7:30pm – 9:00pm/Treats Cole


Sr. High Youth News

By Diane Kisch

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

*Wed., March 5th – Ash Wed Service Youth Group following till 9:00.

*Wed., March 12th – Lent Service youth group following till 9:00

*Sun., March 16th – Youth and Parents meeting for those going on the Seattle Mission Trip. We will meet in the Sr. High Youth room following Sunday School (about 10:30).

*Wed., March 19th – 7:00 till done – Packaging rice at Kids Against Hunger – Sr. High Youth will meet at Kids Against Hunger located at Calvary Baptist Church.

*Wed., March 26th - Lent Service youth group following till 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.

Diane's office hours are Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:30am (if these times do not work call her and she will set up a time that works for you.)

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.


World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer is Friday, March 7th at 2pm at Majestic Bluffs Gathering Place. The prayer service is written by women of Egypt, and shared worldwide. Everyone is welcome.


Summer Camp – Time to start planning!

Camp brochures are here – if you did not get one in the mail you can find them on the bulletin board as you come in to the church or in the Education Office.  Deadline for the Early Bird price is April 30th.  The church & UMW will take care of ½ of the early bird cost of one camp per youth.   If your youth is going to more than one camp you are responsible for the cost of the other camps.  If you register after April 30th – the church & UMW will only pay for ½ of the early bird cost.  You will be responsible for the difference between early bird and full price.

The registration process is a little different this year.   You will need to call Lisa in the office to get the church code that you will enter on the registration form this code will automatically sub

tract the church’s portion from your payment.  Full payment is due when you register this year. To do this you will be able to select one of 2 options:  to pay in full or pay monthly with automatic credit card payments.  If you choice the automatic credit card payments the first payment will be for $75 and balance of the amount you owe will be divided equally by the months remaining through August (ex: if you register in March and the camp you register for is $300, the church code will lower your payment to $150.  $75 will be charged to your credit card at the time of registration, the remaining $75 will be divided by 5months so at the first of each month from April to August $15 will be charged to your credit card.)  You will be able to register more than one person at a time but if you are registering the same person for more than one camp you need to do a separate registration online for the second camp.  If you have questions about this process you can call Lisa in the office or Diane Kisch at 660-1242.

The Conference runs a Cross State Bus to Storm Mountain – if you plan to have your youth ride the bus you must mark it on your registration form.

We encourage you to attend camps that other youth in your grades are going to – hopefully we can carpool whenever possible.  Remember if your child is riding with someone it is common courtesy to help cover the cost of gas.  If you plan to use the church van – it needs to be half full (8 people or more – if you only have 7 and feel you need to use the church van check with the chairperson of the Trustees, Pastor Bob or Rev Ron).  Those riding in the van are responsible for gas.  Lisa in the office needs to know if you would like your youth to ride in the church van or carpool with others.  She will be able to tell you if anyone else is signed up for a camp you are thinking about. It is very helpful if Lisa gets a copy of your registration forms so she knows what camps you youth are going to.

For the 1st – 3rd graders we need to have 1 adult attend camp with every 5 campers.  There is a cost for Shepherds that attend SonShine camp (K & 1st graders) & DaySpring (2nd & 3rd graders). 

  Remember the grade listed for each camp is the grade the camper is currently in.


How Can We Teach Our Children about Faith

                            By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

It is sometimes a struggle to know where and how to begin to teach your children about faith.  We need to give them wisdom, love them, and guide them in their journey in discovering faith.  Our world is changing at a rapid pace but certain truths and values or “our faith” endures over time.  We can begin by teaching about honesty. We model “honesty” every day when we communicate with others by telling the truth.  Try not to “hide” things from others in the family.  Never allow a dishonest moment in your child’s life to slide by unnoticed.  Secondly, we can teach our children to love by being patient with them, trying to understand them, and being respectful toward them in every developmental stage of their life.  As we treat them with dignity, respect, kindness, and courtesy, they will learn to love.  The best way to teach your children how to love is to model it in words and actions.  Thirdly, we teach our children about faith—what we believe in and by the way we live our life.  Faith ties our Christian beliefs together and gives us strength to tackle the ups and downs of our lives.  We can teach our children faith language through God’s promise for all of us, the Bible stories, our commitment to God, our religious symbols and songs.  We need to pray with the children, read the Bible, feast together as family, and include God in our daily conversations with them and others.

Attending church services together and talking about this experience after the service is so important in teaching about faith.  Doing your “mission projects” as a family in your own neighborhoods teaches them faith.  So, today what can you accomplish in teaching your child about faith, honesty and love?


Reach Out



Sherry Daugherty, Evangelism Committee

The Evangelism Committee is going to celebrate March as “Methodist Madness Month.”  We are reaching out to you to choose a designated item(s) that can be used in our church and soley by our church.  Just place your items on the table in Wesley Hall and at the end of the month we will tally up the number of each item collected and total monetary cost of those items.  This will be a savings to our committee’s budgets. An entire list, of designated items, will be placed in the weekly bulletin during the entire month of March.  In the book, Draw The Circle by Mark Batterson (a book that the Tuesday Ladies Prayer Circle used) wrote, “We cannot worry about what we cannot do, we have to simply do what we can.”  What we can do is help ourselves.  Even though the phrase, “God helps those that help themselves” is not scripture, it is believed by most Christians that this phrase has great merit.  With that said, the Evangelism Committee felt this event is a worthy cause in helping ourselves.  We are a very giving and generous church and we reach out to so many organizations and this event is a way we can help ourselves.  So with that said, we celebrate Methodist Madness Month.  LET’S GO MAD and fill the table with our gifts; from ourselves.  Be Blessed.


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,

(Faith and Home continued on page 3)

(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.

§  March 2, 2014---Parenting as Partners

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

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


History Notes


40 years ago

March 10, 1974 Bulletin:

Ushers – Jim Stout, Bob Walser

Candle Lighter – Clark Mickelson, Mike Roach

Monday – Friendship Bible Coffee

Wednesday – Children’s Choir Rehearsal

Thursday – Party for State Hospital patients in church lounge


55 years ago

New Library Book (in Upper Room)

“Pioneer Churches & Cemeteries of Yankton County” by Maxine Schuurmans Kinsley

Notes: “Groundbreaking for today’s church built at an initial cost of $125,000, occurred in 1959” p. 8.



The Confirmation class would like to thank the parents and other volunteers from our congregation who have provided meals before our Wednesday night classes in January and February.  THANK YOU to: Bonnie & Greg Gusso, Jane Rodig, Phil & Andrea Jaquith, Kristi Palecek, Julie Dykstra, The Night Club, The Education Committee, and The Evangelism Committee.  Your meals have been delicious!!  


Thank you for your recent donation, what an unexpected & needed gift! Your continued support of the Yankton Homeless Shelter is very appreciated and allows us to continue to serve our homeless community.

Carol Poaler, HS Director


March Birthdays

1 - John Slemp, Terra Rehurek, Morgyn Jaquith


4 – Delores Kafka, David Schmer,

Syndee Droppers


5 - Don Boyd

6 - Palmer Hagen


7 - Emily Gulick, Carl Johnson

8 - Rob Hale

9 - Ketty Cornemann, Clayton Stoddard,

      Gabe Slowey, Reid Dutrow


11 - Jeffery Mraz


12 - Carol Peterson, Sue May, Craig Karnes

13 - Kyle Hirsch, Pat Alder


15 - Pat Kraft


16 - Lexie McCorkell, Xavier Stilwell

17 - Zander Young, Julie Orton


18 - Jack Slowey, Charles Branaugh


19 - Mark Peterson, Kimberly Iverson

21 - Beth Parr, Conner Nickles,

       Dawn Kabella, Ken Nebola           


22 - Amber Hirsch, Brevin Hansen, Camden Pietz


24 - Katie Rodig, Trevor Pasch


25 - Carla Hummel



26 - Don Hurley, Ken Philippi, Linda Hagen,

  Marsha Johnson


27 - Logan Ristau


28 - Shirley Bogue, Allan Wieseler, Kloe Gall


29 - Lindsey King, Jan Aughenbaugh



In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Kari Gall’s cousin from England, Craig Garden


Dave Cornemann’s great-nephew Gavin Yasat


Bob Stouffer


Art & Bernice Tuttle


Faith Vander Tuig


Wilma Rahn


Scott Parr


Allison Olson


Linda Fox


Darwin Tessier


Rev. Ron Olson Family



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.