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

May 2014

Pastor’s Word

     By Rev. Ron

Peter Gomes tells the story of attending an Easter vigil in the vast spaces of Winchester Cathedral.  3000 people sat huddled in darkness.  And there, just as one thought one could not bear the cold, the darkness, or the silence any longer, the greeting was heard from the Bishop: "Christ is the light of the world."  And he lit a candle, and from its thin light were the candles of the clergy and choir lit.  And then they processed in silence midway down the long aisle, lighting the candles of the peoples they passed and repeating the greeting, "Christ is the light of the world," and slowly, but surely, the light spread and the cathedral began to glow, and move, and come alive with light.  Then, with the first sound of the organ, they sang the hymn, "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today."  Gomes said never before has he sensed in his bones the powerful transformation from death to life; he shall never forget that Easter, for his was reminded by the passing of light into darkness that Jesus lives, not lived, but lives, and that indeed he goes before us, even as he said,.

The event of Easter belongs to history and to God but the experience of Easter is ours, here and now and forever.  In the words of St. Clement of Alexandria; "Christ has turned all our sunsets into dawns."

But, dear friends, we are hard headed people, and not easily moved, even on Easter.  Most of us are like the apostles and the women; we live life as it is dished out to us.  We don't plan our Easters, and we are unprepared for joy.  We hope for the best, fear the worst, and are content with the least.  And then someone, sometimes a stranger, says to us: "This is not life, this in not living; it is out there before you, and you must go for it."  How frightened we become; how much easier it is to celebrate someone's life, to commemorate somebody else's Easter, rather than seek our own and embrace the new day that dawns as our own.  The worst certainty seems better than the best hope; and yet, the angel says, "He is not here; he is risen; he goes before you, even as he said."

What courage it takes to take those words seriously.  The loss of a loved one is not an easy thing, and it is easier to weep at the tomb than to embrace life.  One feels diminished, deprived, abandoned; one knows deep loneliness of spirit, and in one's almost selfish grief, one remembers but does not anticipate.  Memory is both pain and blessing, but most of all memory is safety amidst the anxiety of our wounded loss.

I know how those mourning women and grieving disciples felt, and no easy soothing sympathy will do.  And yet the message of Easter to them, to me, and to us all, is that we are united with those whom we love not by the Lenten memory of what was, but rather by a certain hope of what is to be; and that hope is not an idle speculation, an educated or even a blessed assurance, because Jesus who lived and died, lives again, tells us that we must participate in that new life with him, now, and it is good.  "O grave where is your victory?"  O death where is your sting?"

Easter then is not so much about the defeat of death as it is about the conquest of life which but makes of death the dawn of God's new future and ours.  Jesus has proceeded into the future and he tells us to follow along!  So smile, rejoice and be glad.  Hallelujah!!


Church Women United’s Annual May Friendship Day

May Friendship Day will be celebrated on Saturday, May 3rd with a luncheon held at Church of Christ Episcopal at noon in Undercroft (downstairs) and the Friendship Day program at 1:30pm in the Sanctuary. Make reservations to Sacred Heart Monastery by calling 668-6000.Any questions call Veronica Trezona at 605-660-5612.


You’re Invited

You are invited to a come and go open house to celebrate Maxine Rogers' 80th birthday on Saturday, May 3rd from 1:00-4:00 pm at Howler's, 912 N Dakota St.  Vermillion SD.


United Methodist Women

The Yankton United Methodist Women extend a special invitation to ALL women of the church to join us on Monday, May 5th at 1:30pm when our special guest and speaker will be Jackie Quinn, whose topic is ”My Spiritual Journey”.  Jackie is the Executive Director of Yankton Area Arts but that is only the beginning of her life’s work.  She passionately seeks to magnify God and His transforming work in her life whether speaking to a local church or on the national ministry platform. Jackie is a seasoned and gifted communicator, an inspirational vocal performer and a partner with her husband in presenting spiritual consortiums.  She will bring a refreshing message of grace and hope and point the way to a greater faith in and a more intimate partnership with God.  The program begins at 1:30, followed by a brief meeting and refreshments.  Please join us!


Recognition of Graduates

2014 Senior Recognition will be held at the 8:45 service on Sunday, May 11th, with a reception following in Wesley Hall. Seniors you should have gotten a letter last week, if you are graduating from High School and did not get a letter call the church office or Diane Kisch (660-1242). 

We would also like to list those in our church family that are graduating from college, please call Lisa in the office and let her know who is graduating, from what college and with what degree by Monday, May 6th.


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.



Mission Moments


The Banquet

FUMC will once again be serving at the Banquet on Tuesday, May 6th. There are sign-up sheets in Wesley Hall for volunteers as well as food and money donations that would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please contact Nick Kisch at (605) 660-3873.


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.


Sunday School News

By Denise Willman

Sunday School Teachers end of Year Picnic

This has been a great year and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers. We will be holding an “End of the Year Picnic” with the teachers and their families on May 7th. All teachers, substitutes, and their families are invited to attend. The picnic supper will begin at 6:00pm. There will be fun games and thank you gifts. Please plan to join us for a fun evening and help us celebrate the end of a great year


Last Day of Sunday School

The last day of Sunday School will be held on May 11th.  We have enjoyed the children and thank you for bringing them each Sunday so they can learn from the Bible, grow closer to Christ, and in their faith life.  We will be looking forward to a great new year in the fall of 2015. 


Glacial Lakes 7th Annual Mission Encounter Friday, May 9th

Any and all United Methodist Church men and women are being invited to join a one day mission encounter at Lake Poinsett Camp to assist the camp staff in preparing for the 2014 camping season. Starting time is 8:30am with coffee time and spiritual enrichment before working. Lunch and cleaning supplies will be furnished. Ending time is estimated to be 4pm. Further details can be seen on the poster in the Church Foyer. Organizers are asking that workers RSVP to Sara Hock at 605-427-0209 by May 5th as a count is needed for lunch plans.


50 Year Members

            Heritage Sunday is May 18th.  We will recognize church members who have been Methodists for 50 or more years.  If you have been a member that long, and have not been recognized, please notify Lisa in the church office. Church History Committee


Sr. High Youth News

By Diane Kisch

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

*Wed., May 7th – We will meet at the church at 6:20pm leaving at 6:30pm to go to Greg & Laurie Baily’s to do yard work.  Please bring rakes and gloves.

*Sun., May 11th – Senior Recognition at the 8:45am service, reception following in Wesley Hall.

*Wed., May 14th – YHS Baccalaureate at 7:00pm – we will meet at the High School at 6:45pm and sit together as a group Missions Corner


New Conference Event


FEATURING...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.


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.

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


Music Ministry

Lessons For Youth Group if you are gifted with musical talent and would consider teaching lessons, we have members in the youth group who want to learn! It is very exciting to see members of the youth group wanting to learn to play the guitar, bass guitar, piano/keyboard and drums to be able to play with the praise team in the future. If this is something you would be willing to try we would appreciate it. Please contact Jeannie Kasik (605) 760-0043.


Night Club

Night Club will continue to hold Night Cub through the summer months. We are starting a new book called The Girls Still Got It by Lizz Higgs. It is the study of the book of Ruth.  We start at 7:30pm and everyone is invited. We meet in the Upper Room and use the North door. If you have any questions just ask Denise Willman or call at 857-0435.


Random Act of Kindness Rummage and Bake Sale

It's that time of year again when we need your help.  Are you spring cleaning? Do you have stuff left over to donate to our rummage? Let us help. The Night Club ladies will be hosting their annual rummage on May 31st. We will be accepting donations and they can be stored in the confirmation room on the lower level, south room with door marked. We will be setting up on the May 30th and can use any volunteers willing to help. If you have any questions, please contact Denise Willman at 664-2869 or 857-0435.  Thanks  


The Yankton letter carrier food drive

The Yankton letter carrier food drive will be on Saturday, May 10th. Postal customers in Mission Hill, Gayville, Utica, and Yankton are asked to place their nonperishable food donation in or by their mailbox. The mail carrier or a volunteer will pick it up. All donations are given to the local food pantry. Letter carriers along with many volunteers will stage a blitz on Saturday, May 10th to combat hunger in America.


Reach Out

As summer approaches and all of our lives will seem to get busier with vacations, time at the lake, the pool or just outside enjoying the warmth of the sun and for some folks, lots of days and nights at baseball and softball fields.  We need to also make sure we are taking time this season to continue on the task that Jesus calls us to "go and make disciples..."

The gospel that Christ passed on to His disciples was the good news of a grace to be passed on, not just received. Jesus left His disciples equipped to make other disciples, to bear fruit. We can tell it worked because the people that they made disciples of were making disciples too. And so it has been passed on for two thousand years. But probably in every generation, certainly in ours, we get so consumed with ourselves and our plans that we don’t take the time to spread the good news of grace. 

As we move toward the summer and think of how much we will be enjoying all the great gifts and opportunities we have received by God’s grace, let us pray to be more challenged than ever to pass on that grace and to live out the Great Commission every day.


Spring Time Allergies

By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

Are you one of the millions of people with seasonal allergies?  These seasonal allergies are called “hay fever” or allergic rhinitis.  There are trees, grasses, blooming trees and flowers that cause those allergy symptoms to raise havoc with you on any given day.  You sneeze, have a runny nose, nasal congestion and sometimes feel like you are developing a cold.  So if you have these symptoms, talk with your doctor.  But in the meantime, try these strategies to lessen the signs and symptoms:

~ Keep your air conditioning on in the car and in your home

~ Stay indoors on the dry and windy days

~ Delegate the garden work, weed pulling, and mowing your lawn to someone else

~ After being outside, remove your clothes and shower to remove pollen from your skin

~ Wear a dust mask when you are outside doing something

~ Avoid hanging out laundry as the pollen can attach to the clothes, linen, and towels

~ Watch local media for the pollen forecast counts and minimize your time outdoors

~ Keep your windows and doors closed at night when pollen counts are the highest

~ Use a high efficiency particulate (HEPA) air filters in your home

~ Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier

~ Keep your floors clean by vacuuming with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter

~ Contact your doctor for advice about taking over the counter medications like decongestants, antihistamines, nasal sprays and over the counter combination medications.

~ If you have bad seasonal allergies your doctor may give you skin tests and or do blood work to see what triggers your allergens.

Source:  CDC, Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology


Board of Trustees

The Trustees had a work day on April 26th to install a new sink, a new counter top, and new faucets in each of the women’s restrooms in the Education Wing.

Greg Gusso will again be doing all the yard work at the church and the parsonage.

Scott Giziewski, Loy Gravholt, Carla & Randy Hummel, and Jane Gilmore.


Donate your old computer!

Laptop, desktop, broken, working, computer parts, cords, all welcome. All computers will have data destroyed before being given away. If it can't be fixed, it will be recycled at a proper electronics recycling station. Please bring computers and computer parts and place them in the closet under the main stairs. If you cannot bring them in, we can pick them up. Contact Garrett, Gena, or Merle Brandt



Share is a cooperative group that saves people money on their monthly food purchases. Food can be ordered on distribution day and for almost two weeks after that. Distribution day is on a Saturday (late in the month) at Peace Presbyterian Church 206 E 31st St Yankton 9:30 – 10:30am. For ordering and payment information is located on the bulletin board in the lobby.


Volunteer Tutors

Yankton Area Literacy Council needs tutors to help students with reading and math as well as tutor English as a Second Langue. The need is real and immediate! We have more students and need more volunteer tutors. Contact Bev Calvert, Yankton Area Literacy Council 613 W 23rd St. Suite 11 Yankton or call 665-3048 or email






Thank you from the group going on the Seattle, WA Mission Trip June 20-29, 2014 – we cleared $393.13 for our trip. (Those going on the mission trip are Stephanie Anderson, Kylee Duncan, Tanner Dykstra, Ryan Golden, Amanda Gravholt, Sam Gusso, Kirsten May, Ben Mooney, Alleysia Ugofsky, Alex Wieseler, and Diane Kisch)


On behalf of the evangelism committee we would like to thank the congregation for their generous donations during "Methodist Madness". Over $325 worth of supplies were graciously donated for use within the church.  Special Thanks to Anderson Realty and Captain Norms for the donations of the prizes that were given away to the youth. 


Many parents and other members of the congregation have prepared wonderful meals for the Confirmation students and mentors this year before our Wednesday evening classes.  In addition to making sure that the confirmands are fed before a long night of church activities, it’s an awesome time of fellowship, and usually one of the best meals of the week!  Many thanks to the following members of our church family who provided delicious meals in March and April: Kendra Bakke, Laurie Baily, Chad & Susie McCorkell, Corey & Dana Enfield, Nancy Hetherington, Jane Gilmore, Merle & Gena Brandt, and Lance & Kristi Palecek. 

Julie Moderegger


Thank you so much for the prayers, cards, meals, visits while Bernice has been in the hospital and I’ve been ill. We are grateful for both Pastors for their visits.

Art & Bernice Tuttle


May Birthdays

1 - Payton Bartels, Todd Strom, Dorothy Johnson


2 - Brad Anderson, Mike Lawrence


3 - Tanner Dykstra, Gerrit Dykstra


4 - Joyce Boeckman, Dillon May, Mary Milroy


5 - Carole Hurley, Janni Guthmiller

6 - Vi Waters, Gary Lohff, Art Tuttle


7 - Helen Mischke


8 - Larry Young


9- Cohan Pietz


10 - May Gall, Brittney Guthmiller


12 - Samuel Hummel, Todd Rodig


13 - Jan Boeckman, Amber Delvaux


14 - Kathy Lawrence


15 - Doug Bailey


16 - Jace McCorkell, Tina Gobel,

        Lillie Kirschenman, Oakley Gall,

Dan Dolejsi


18 - Larry Mayer, Chuck Gukeisen


19 - Margie Stengle, Nick Kisch, Madason Tessier


20 - Phyllis Dingman, Vivian Van Essen


21 – Kevin Doyb, Katheryn Hickey

22 - Wanda Helgeland, Cale Cornemann


23 - Monty Dahlberg, Janice Powell


24 - Kylee Duncan


25 - Linda Wek, Carolyn Golden


27 - Tracy Kisch, Paul Foss


29 - Lyla Gukeisen,


30 - Mindy Reining, Lee Skalberg, Jorcee Hansen,

       Samuel Johnson 


31 - Donna Mraz, Peggy Hannemann

In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Judy Bevers, niece Stacey Wood


Lowell Teichroew


Autumn Erickson


Autumn Erickson’s daughter Maja


Michael Erickson

(Thoughts & Prayers continued on page 6)


Michael Burgeson & family. Mike’s father Donald Burgeson passed away.


Russ Rahn


Kari Gall’s cousin from England, Craig Garden

Paul Aughenbaugh's niece Lianne Fritzsche Calhoun


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.