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

April 2014


Pastor’s Word

     By Rev. Ron

These forty days of Lent preceding Easter have garnered a reputation for being dismal days when we give up something, focus on our sinfulness, and practice a gloomy piety that somewhat is to prepare us for the miracle of Easter.

Indeed, Lent traditionally has been a time of preparation.  In the early church it was the season of the church year in which new converts were prepared for the mystery of death and resurrection celebrated in an Easter Sunday baptism.  But somehow, our understanding of this season has become skewed.

We miss the point of Lent if it becomes a game of "ain't I awful" or "my sin can top your sin".  Lent is about true participation in the mystery of God-with-us.  It is about risking an intimacy with the One who has called us into being.  It is about engagement with God.

Our engagement with God during this Lenten season now brings to one of the most vital times of the Christian year, Holy Week.  During Holy Week, Christians re-live the events of Jesus' last week on earth: his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, cleansing of the Temple, teaching, dealing with the challenges of Pharisees and Saducees, his Last Supper with the disciples, prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, betrayal, trial, crucifixion, death, and burial.

In the earliest centuries the events of Holy Week were celebrated in a single service, a vigil that began on Saturday night and continued until Easter dawn.

It is celebrated with joy the history of Christ's saving work and was a time to baptize converts and to greet the first moments of Easter Day.

It is in honor of this wonderful and amazing traditions that we will gather during Holy Week this year.  We will wave the palm branches on Palm Sunday, April 13th.  Maundy Thursday, April 17, brings us together at 7:00 pm to gather as Christ's disciples did in the upper room to partake of the holy meal.  Good Friday invites to the Tenebrae service at 8:00 pm.  Finally, the celebration of new life and victory over death and the grave with the Easter Sunrise service led by our senior high youth at 7:00 am.  A sunrise breakfast will follow served by the ladies of the Night Club.  The day will conclude with our two morning worship services.

I invite you and encourage you to faithfully engage with God during Holy Week doing so in reverence, in thanksgiving for this amazing gift of our Creator to us-the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ-that by the power of the Holy Spirit we might walk in the ways of God with the companionship of Jesus Christ and through all the heights and depths of our lives.

As you consider my invitation, please remember these words entitled Mark My Words by Musa W Dube:  "Nail me to the cross, pierce my sides, break my feet, yes crown me with thorns, and pawn my clothes, mock, laugh, spit and slap my face.  You may bury me, in a tomb sealed, with seven seals, you may guard the tomb, with a squad of soldiers, but on the third day, I will rise.  Mark my words, I will rise, Rise"


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 is Wednesdays, 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

Everyone is invited to attend the April 7th meeting of United Methodist Women at 1:30pm in the Lounge when Rev. Ron will be speaking on “United Methodist Identity”. Mark your calendars and join us Monday, April 7th.


United Methodist Women’s Project

            In an effort to make it more affordable to put together Layette Kits for the Marketplace UMW is asking all members of the church to make note of what it takes to put these kits together and collect individual items which will later be assembled into complete kits. At each UMW meeting baskets will be out to collect items. Church members may give items to UMW members or leave the items at the church office to be added to the collection. Items needed must be new. They are:

·      6 cloth diapers

·      2 shirts or one-piece body suits

·      2 baby wash cloths

·      2 gowns or sleepers

·      2 diaper pins

·      1 sweater or open front jacket

·      2 receiving blankets (not crib blankets)

You are encouraged to watch for sales and help with this project.


Church Council

The Church Council will hold its next quarterly meeting on Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30pm the Church Lounge. All members of the Church Council are encouraged to make every effort to attend.

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.


Priscilla Shirer Live Simulcast

Priscilla Shirer Live Simulcast Saturday, April 5th at 8:15am - 4:35pm.  Tickets $30.00 Includes Breakfast and Lunch.  Our schedules are so packed that we forget that every single day we need to be in the Word of God. The Priscilla Live Simulcast provides a unique opportunity to position yourself to hear from Him.  Please join us for this special event.  Contact 665-2991 for Schedule and Tickets.  Please use 11th Street - North Entrance.


Serving Breakfast Sunday April 6th

The group going on the Seattle, WA Mission Trip June 20-29, 2014 will be serving breakfast from 9:30 to 11:00am.  On the menu will be biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, coffee and juice. A freewill offering will be taken that will go to help cover the cost of the trip.  Please join us for fellowship and food. (Those going on the mission trip are Stephanie Anderson, Kylee & Donna Duncan, Tanner Dykstra, Ryan Golden, Amanda Gravholt, Sam Gusso, Kirsten May, Ben Mooney, Alleysia Ugofsky, Alex Wieseler, and Diane Kisch)


KFC Youth News

The Kids for Christ youth have been very active since the first of the year with fun and service work!  Merle, Heather and I are very proud of this group of youth and have witnessed them grow in their faith journey.  On behalf of the leaders and the kids, we would like to thank Carla Hummel for organizing a Fun Day in January.  The kids had a lot of fun and were encouraged to share their faith with complete strangers throughout race. We would also like to thank Greg Gusso for chaperoning the Winter Connections in which 6 youth participated. 

In February, the kids held their annual chili competition and raised $550 to support the Tree of Life Ministry. The FUMC homebound family were treated to Valentines specially design for them by the youth. The month concluded with a lock-in that highlighted the Lenten season. 

March started off with Madness as we hosted a soup meal for the members of our congregation and raised $350 to be donated to Kids Against Hunger. 

The KFC group and the Senior High Youth group have joined forces pack rice for the KAH organization.

Thank you members of FUMC for your continued support of the youth programs and the service work that they do within our community!


Upcoming Happenings: 

April 2nd - KFC @ 7:30pm – Sam Treats

April 9th - KFC @ 7:30pm – Megan Treats

April 16th – KFC @ 7:30pm – Alix and Bailey Treats

April 17th – MEAL FUNDRAISER before the Maundy Thursday Service (Meal Served from 5:30 pm – 6:30pm) Proceeds to benefit Relay for Life

April 23rd – KFC @ 6:30pm – Matthew West (Cost $6)

April 26th – KFC @ 7:30pm – Alison Treats


Watch for an upcoming lock-in to happen in April or early May!


Sr. High Youth News

By Diane Kisch

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

*Wed., April 2nd – Lent Service, youth group following till 9:00pm

*Sun., April 6th – The group going on the Seattle, WA Mission Trip will be serving breakfast from 9:30 to 11:00am in Wesley Hall.

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

*Sat., April 12th/Sun., April 13th – tentative date for Spring lock-in. (See note below)

*Wed., April 16th – Lent Service, youth group following till 9:00am

*Thurs., April 17th – Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00pm

*Fri., April 18th – Good Friday Service at 8:00pm

*Sun., April 20th – Easter – Sonrise Service at 7:00am - Regular worship at 8:45 or 10:45am.  There is no Sunday School.

*Wed., April 23rd – Matthew West Concert at MMC–doors open at 6–concert starts at 7pm.

*Wed., April 30th – Youth group 7:30pm.

Tentative date for the spring lock-in is Sat., April 12/Sun., April 13th.  We would go to the play at the high school together for our activity.  For this lock in to take place I need some parents (both male and female to volunteer to be chaperones and spend the night with us at the church).  Parents please let Diane know as soon as possible if you can help. More details to come when we have adults lined up to help.


New Conference Event



the musical talents of Sanctus Real comedian: Bob Stromberg "The Magic of Faith"-show by Mike the Magician Worship led by: REZ Life Band out of the UM Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS Teaching by: Olu Brown

Who: Youth Grades 6-13 (grade fall of 2014)

What: A gathering of Dakotas youth for worship, small groups & workshops (age specific groups), teaching, Bible study and fun!

Theme:  Transform

When: July 14-16, 2014

July 14 - Registration between 3-5:30pm

July 16 - Concludes with lunch to go

Where: South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD; we will be staying in the residence halls linens provided.

Why: To offer Christ to the youth of the Dakotas Conference, to give youth a place to deepen their faith, to encourage youth to live their faith and transform the world, and to have a blast together praising God!

How Much: Early Bird Price: before June 15 - $185

Registration Price: June 16-July 8 (final deadline) - $215. You can find info and register at If you want more info talk to a CCYM member (Alleysia Ugofsky, Layne Droppers, Stephanie Anderson, Cole Moderegger or Diane Kisch)


Diane's office hours are Thursday from 9:00 to 10:30am

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.


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 subtract 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.


Camp Scholarship Funds with the Dakotas Foundation

By Diane Kisch

This fund was established to assist youth with camping registrations and/or expenses.  The main sponsor of this scholarship came from Ethel Schenk who originally contributed $3,750.  This amount, along with other memorial gifts from various people who designated the funds to be used towards camp scholarships, made up the balance. This money is invested with the Dakotas Foundation.

  This money is intended to assist families that have youth (1st grade through graduating seniors) attending camp that express the need for additional financial support to cover their share of the cost.   The way the money will be distributed is any family that would like a little extra financial help is to fill out a Camp Scholarship Card located in the church office and place it in the decorated box by Sunday April 13th. Families will be informed of the amount that will be applied to their youth’s camp cost on Monday April 14th. The Education committee has a formula established to equally split the $500 amongst the designated recipients as an equal percent based on the cost of each camp.  If you have questions please call Diane Kisch 660-1242.

It is the hope of the finance and education committees that people will contribute to this fund and the size of our investment will grow so that the amount of money we are able to distribute grows.


Missions Corner

The Mission’s Committee feels blessed to have the support of congregation on all the special projects we partake in each year.   Proverbs 14:31 states:  “If you oppress poor people, you insult the God who makes them; but kindness shown to the poor is an act of worship.” Our mission statement is to “Grow disciples of Jesus Christ and equip them for ministry in the world.”  The worship and ministry of the members of First United Methodist Church reaches far beyond the walls of our Church and the Mission’s Committee THANKS YOU!  Please read the words of thanks sent:

Angel Tree:  “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.”  Ephesians 1:16 “We thank you very much for the gifts for our children.”  Pastor Alfred and Shirley Old Lodge and the Milks Camp Community.  78 children in need of a little Christmas cheer received gifts from FUMC!

Tree of Life:  “Thank you so much for your donations to Tree of Life Ministry.  We were honored to receive the proceeds from the Kids for Christ chili supper and your “Miles of Pennies” campaign.  As you know, we serve the Lakota people on the Rosebud Reservation.  We’ve needed more food for the food pantry and for our hot meal program.  We serve food to over 200 people each day.  So your donations have helped to feed many.  Just remember to pray for Tree of Life Ministry. Thank you and Blessings” Donna, Tree of Life Ministry.  The total given from the Missions Committee and Church Support exceeded $2,700!

Sweetheart Tree update:  The Kids for Christ youth delivered 5+ totes of needed, but not funded supplies to the Women’s and Children’s Shelter.  A thank-you will be shared in the next issue of the reminder.

Mark your calendars – The Bike and Build riders will be in Yankton on July 13-15th!  I am looking for people to assist with meal preparation and transportation of the riders to showers.  Call Julie at 605-661-3374 if you would like to share in this amazing experience.


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.

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

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


History Notes


75 years ago

“Tidings” newsletter from March reports a choir Vespers Service; Ladies Aid Society; gathering of Baraca and Philathea Sunday School Classes.


50 Year Members

Have you been a Methodist for 50 years or more, and haven’t been listed in the church record? Heritage Sunday, May 18th, will recognize 50 years members. If you joined a Methodist or EUB church in 1964 or earlier, please tell the church office.




I would like to thank Rev. Ron, Pastor Bob, Parish Nurse Susan and my entire church family for all the prayers, cards, phone calls, visits and the delicious food brought to our home following my fall. It was all very much appreciated. You’re the Greatest!! Sincere thanks to each of you

Mary Johnson


April Birthdays

1 - Lorraine Slade, Megan Sage


2 - Sydney Bartunek, Ashley Willman,

     Greg Popma


3 - Teresa Rentsch, Margaret Bartels,

       Levi Davis, Brittney May, Mary Pietila


4 - Amy Johnson, Terry Hagen,


5 - Lindsay Bodenstedt

6 - Mary Peirce, Chelsa Gall 


7 - Megan Jacobs, Ben Mooney, Dorothy Walton

9 - Sara Giblin, Christopher Eldred


10 - Derek Gravholt


11 - Chuck Nelson


12 - Morgan Tessier, Dena Den Herder

13 - Morgan King


14 - Jack Kyriss, Shirley Dangler, Jeannie Kasik,

       Connie Regalado, Kyle Kyriss


15 - Troy Hunhoff


16 - Makayla Palecek, Owen Wieseler

17 - Austin Gobel, Laurie Baily


19 - Kennedy Bartunek


20 - Alexander Helgeland, Jenni Saffel,

        Alicia Cornemann, Verne Hanson,


21 - Eunice Northey


22 - Mona Mullican, Alison Olson, Ryan Turner


23 - Shayce Platt, Bill Branson, Marc Mooney


24 - Elijah Strom, Mason Helgeland


25 - Leslie Johnson, Laura Johnson,

       Darwin Koerner


26 - Shelley Novak


27 - Carolyn Cappel, Jessica Mathis


29 - Langdon Klinkhammer, Caleb Kisch

30 - Josh Saffel, Courtney True,

        Darin Cunningham, Parker James


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Kari Gall’s cousin from England, Craig Garden


Paul Aughenbaugh's niece Lianne Fritzsche Calhoun


Dorothy Olson


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


Pat Keller


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.