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

June 2014

Pastor’s Word

            By Rev. Ron

When you're under the influence of the Spirit, you don't try to run from sorrows or look for a way to pretend they're not there.  Instead, the Spirit helps you to face your sorrows and moves you to rejoice anyway, because you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Apostle Paul said it best:  "we throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us.  We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand-out in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.  We continue to shout our praise even when we're hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next.  In alert expectancy such as this, we're never left feeling short-changed.  Quite the contrary-we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!" (Romans 5:2-5, from the Message)

Ernest Campbell put it this way: "wherever the Holy Spirit has filled the life of a person, ordinary people have become capable of extraordinary achievement.  Every once in a while in the marketplace, in the bank, in the apartment building, in the church, one meets an individual who is living out this quality of life.  What impresses us about them is that their deeds stick, their words carry, their influence counts, and their life convinces."

Is this what others are seeing in you?  If not it is time to ask yourself under what influence you are living!


Summer Worship Schedule

Summer Worship Hours began today Sunday, May 25th and will run through Sunday, August 31st.  8:30–9:30am – Traditional Worship Service; 9:30am-10:00am Coffee Fellowship; 10:00-11:00am – Contemporary Worship Service. Nursery available 8:30am-11:00am.


History Notes

Heritage Sunday was celebrated May 18th. Three newly-recognized 50-year church members were Karen Haffner, Robert Peterson and Warren Peterson. Also honored were 70 year + members: Pat Alder, Shirley Bogue, Velma Decker, Jess Dennis, Dorothy Johnson, Ken Halverson, Pat Keller, Marge Maxon, Ted Mickelson, Naomi Somer, Rev. Russell Pierce and Carlene Watchorn.

United Methodist Women

The annual United Methodist Women Field Trip will be on Thursday, June 12th!  Thanks to Sylvia Coulson for arranging our excursion to the Bon Homme Colony where she taught for more than 20 years.  Ladies, please be at the church by 9:00 a.m.; we’ll take the church van and will leave by 9:15.  We’ll have a snack with the Colony ladies but will plan to be back in Yankton by 1:00 for a mid-day meal at the Fryin’ Pan, which you will order from the menu and pay for individually.  We’ll need to have your “reservation” by Friday, June 6th – please call Dee Carson at 665-8777 or Joan Neubauer at 260-9564 to reserve your place.  All ladies of the church are welcome, but a reservation is necessary.  Remember – NO UMW on Monday, June 9th.


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


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.


Kids for Christ

Kids for Christ is raising money to assist with fundraising for the Relay for Life on June 27, 2014. We ask that you save “Change for Life” and help us make a difference in the life of someone with cancer.  The kids raised $500 through their Maundy Thursday meal and they have set a goal of raising $1000!  Please save your change and support a worthwhile cause! 


Dakotas Conference Mission Trip to Seattle, WA is June 20-29. 

We ask that you keep us in your prayers for safe travel and that we make an impact sharing the Love of Christ with those we are helping in Seattle, WA. Those going on the trip from our church are Stephanie Anderson, Kylee Duncan, Tanner Dykstra, Sean Garcia, Ryan Golden, Amanda Gravholt, Sam Gusso, Kirsten May, Ben Mooney, Alleysia Ugofsky and Diane Kisch


Sr. High Youth News

By Diane Kisch

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

June 20th to 29th - Conference Mission Trip to Seattle, WA


New Conference Event 

July 14-16, 2014 - South Dakota State University

Youth there are some funds available to help cover part of your registration cost, please talk to Diane Kisch. We are looking for at least 2 adults (your registration cost will be covered) that can attend with our youth, if you are able to go please talk to Diane Kisch or Julie Dykstra.  Adults have to be registered by the first week of July because the conference will has to do background checks on all adults that help with youth events.



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 for June will be June 19th 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.


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  


Human Trafficking Meeting

Sioux Falls First United Methodist Women are hosing an evening of food and fellowship on June 19th at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 401 S. Spring Ave. There will be a light supper for $5.00. Points of Light Women’s Ensemble will provide the entertainment.

Dr. Kimberly Kavenly-LaPlante, Director of Be Free Ministries will present the program titled Hidden in Plain Sight. Dr. Kaveny has worked human trafficking survivors for the past 10 years.

Child Care will be provided with pre-registration required. If you need more information, please contact Mary Jane Richardson by phone at 605-940-1414, or by email at Please RSVP to Mary Jane Richardson by June 17th.

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.


In need of toilet paper rolls

We will be doing a craft with toilet paper rolls for VBS this August.  Could you please help us by saving your toilet paper rolls and dropping them off at the office.  We will need around 200. 

Thanks Denise Willman



            Even though the Early Bird deadline is past you can still register for camp. The cost would be at full price.  The church and UWM will still cover ½ of the early bird cost for one camp per youth (K-12th grade) you are responsible for the balance. If you have any questions please talk to Diane Kisch.


Relay for Life Luminaria

            Relay for Life Luminaria Request Forms can be found at the table in the lounge. Deadline for taking orders for Luminaries to be completed by Relay for Life is June 20th.


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.


School of Mission is Now “Mission U”

What we have known as School of Christian Mission has entered a new era. The format is the same, the two locations are the same, the purpose is the same, only the name has been changed.

“Mission U” 2014 will have the theme “Learning Together for Transformation of the World.” The two sites are Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, July 10th to 13th, and Jamestown College, North Dakota, July 17th to 20th. Those attending will all study “How Is It with Your Soul?” and select either “The Roma (gypsies) of Europe” or “The Church and People with Disabilities.”

In addition to the adult sessions, a Faithful Servants Youth Camp for 7-12th grades and Missions for Me for 3rd – 6th grades are offered. Informational brochures with registration forms are available on the UMW bulletin board in Wesley Hall. For any first-time participant, a half-tuition scholarship is offered. Mission U promises to be a life-changing experience, giving a participant vital learning, enhanced faith and new friendships.

Grandma's Apron

            I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

            It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears…

            From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

            When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.

            Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

            From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.

            After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

            In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

            When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

            When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men-folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

            It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.


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 to the Piecemakers Quilters for the beautiful quilt made for Amelia Nichole Herrmann. It will be a beautiful keepsake to help us remember our church family!

God’s Blessings, Chad and Angela Herrmann


I would like to thank everyone who sent cards and words of sympathy and hugs to me and my family in the loss of my brother Duane. I would also like to thank Rev. Ron and Marcia for your thoughts and prayers.

God’s Blessings, Cheryl Rokusek


My sincere thanks to our UMW members for making it possible for me to attend the national UMW Assembly in Louisville, KY, in April. The experience of sharing the bus ride and conference with 34 others from Dakotas Conference was truly life changing. With the theme “Faith, Hope and Love in Action” we were reminded that wen working to help others the first life to change will be our won.

Former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was the keynote speaker Saturday, April 26th. She encouraged church women and girls to lead when facing the challenges of growing inequality, Human trafficking and lack of adequate access to maternal and routine health services. She said if we lead to “make it happen” others will follow.

A special thank you to Mary Alice Halverson for leading the effort which made my trip possible. A heartfelt “Thank You” to all the UMW members.

Delora Carson, UMW President

June Birthdays

1 - Laura Gulick


2 - Anna Gulick, Rev. Ron Johnson


4 - Jared Buchholz, Kristi Peterka


5 - Kayla Styles

6 - Amanda Knode, Justin Johnson


8 - Helen Zdenek, Keith Dahlberg


9 - Gene Alexander

10 - Kylee Cardoza, Becki Stoddard,


11 - Reid Sawatzke, Tami Blum,

        Cassie Moderegger


12 - Al Pigney, Garette Hussing, Jill Huetig

13 - Mark Nickles, Linda Kyriss, 

       Norma Christensen, Virginia Larson


15 - Julie Giblin


16 - Kami Guthmiller, Brooke Brady


17 - Gena Brandt

19 - Adam Stoddard, Stephanie Burgeson,

       Keith Sayler


20 -Ken Bertsch, Jimmie Cunningham

21 - Sylvia Coulson


22 - Justin Iverson, Bode Thurman


23 - Maxine Clem


24 - Glen Hill


25 - John Shelburg, Heather Viergutz


26 – Pastor Bob Cappel, Lesley Hale,

        Kristi Palecek


27 - Sarah Odom, Sara McManus, Erica Stanley


28 - Josh Crawford, Calvin Wampol


29 - Val Tieszen


30 - Greg Gusso, Shana Platt, Tom Gilmore

In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Curt & Julie Dykstra’s nephew in-law, Jason Vande Hoef


Shar Peterson’s mom, Pat White


Craig Sherman’s mom Darlene Sherman


Jean Droppers daughter-in-law Karen


Lowell Teichroew


Susan Schavee's Cousin Bob Cokerham


Friend of Dave and Alicia Cornemann, John VanStedum



Judy Bevers, niece Stacey Wood


Michael Erickson


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


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



Shirley Nelson


Carl Johnson


Howard Relf    


Lee & Phyllis Skalberg


Dena Heeney

Robbi, Vivian VanEssen's sister 


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.



Making the right choice


            The sweet old man always seemed to be in good humor. One day, a curious younger man asked why he was always so happy.

            “Well,” the kindly man replied, “it is because I know when I get up in the morning, I have two choices. I can choose to be happy or I can choose to be unhappy. I try to choose happiness each day. Hopefully that is reflected on my face and in my actions.”

            What did you choose this morning?