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

July 2014

Pastor’s Word

            By Rev. Ron

What a difficult and challenging time it has been this past week for our neighbors and friends in the surrounding area to Yankton.  The weather has been the main culprit in turning life upside down for so many people.  Flooding and tornadoes have done their worst in bringing chaos and turmoil.  But it is wonderful to see that the very worst the weather can bring has brought out the very best in so many people of all ages.  Just when you think you have lost it all, neighbors, family, friends, even people who were once strangers, show up to remind you that you're not alone.  We will find our way through this together.

God never promised that we would avoid the storms of life.  But he did say that he would be with us as we go through them and it will work for good in our lives.

For many of us the injustice of this world, combined with the love of the Father, is the best assurance we have of a world beyond this one.  Someday, somehow, somewhere accounts must be settles.  In Marjorie Rawlings' beautiful novel, The Yearling, set in rural Florida, there is a scene in which friends and family gather around the grave of a little physically challenged boy named Fodderwing.  There was no minister present so one of the men of the community offered up this simple but moving prayer: "Almighty God, it ain't right for us say what is right.  But if we had been making this boy we would never have made him with his back bent and his legs crooked.  We would have made him straight and tall like his brothers.  But somehow you made it up to him.  You gave him a way with critters.  It comforts us to know that he is in a place where his being bent doesn't matter no no more.  We would like to think that you have taken that bent back and those crooked legs and straightened them.  And Almighty God, if it ain't asking too much, we pray that you will give him some critters to play with, maybe a few redbirds and a squirrel or two.  Thy will be done.  Amen."

We are given a limited amount of insight into what heaven will be like.  But we can know what God is like.  He is like a Father who notices a little sparrow fall from the sky and cares for us much, much more than he cares for sparrows.  That means even though we still must face obstacles and crisis, we do not face them alone, and someday, somehow all that which is hurtful will be turned into that which is helpful, and we shall live with joy in the Father's house forever.

Will you join me in passing along this good news to those who are struggling today?


Church Worship Survey

Surveys were sent to all members and constituents and to youth who have been confirmed.  Please complete the surveys and return to the church by June 30th.  Surveys may be mailed to the church office or returned to the church and placed in the sealed survey box which will be located in the lounge on Sundays and in the church office other days.  Thank You!  Worship Time Task Force

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


Bike & Build

Help the Missions Committee make a difference in the lives of the Bike and Build Cyclists who will pedal into Yankton on July 13th.  This year during their stay, the young adults will help Habitat for Humanity raise the walls on their 38th home to be built at 903 Pearl Street.  They will depart from FUMC early morning on July 15th. You can help by making a cash donations to assist with meal costs, providing donations of salads and desserts (pies) for the evening meal on July 13th or helping with meal preparation.  A signup sheet will be posted in Wesley Hall for sign up beginning June 30th or you can call Julie Dykstra at 661-3374 to get involved!

Conference mission trip

We ask for your prayers as 9 of our youth arrive in Seattle, WA today.  We pray that the work we will be doing touches the lives of those we are there to serve and that the Love of Christ is evident in everything we do.  Those going from our church are Stephanie Anderson, Kylee Duncan, Tanner Dykstra, Sean Garcia, Ryan Golden, Sam Gusso, Kirsten May, Ben Mooney, Alleysia Ugofsky, and Diane Kisch


Sr. High Youth News

By Diane Kisch

June 29th – Returning home from the Mission Trip – estimated arrival time is 9:30pm.

            The early bird deadline extended to July 7th.  Cost is $185 till July 7th after the 7th it is $215.  If you have any questions about this event talk to Diane Kisch, Stephanie Anderson or Alleysia Ugofsky.


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 Deadline extended to July 7 - $185

Registration Price: After July 7 - $215

You can find info and register at

If you want more info talk Alleysia Ugofsky, Stephanie Anderson, or Diane Kisch.


Diane's office hours for July will be July 3rd, 10th and 24th 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.


Vacation Bible School


Weird Animals VBS - Aug 3rd-7th

The FUMC will be hosting the program Weird Animals for VBS this year.  This program is only successful due to the church family becoming involved.  Committees have received their assignments and work has begun.  There will be sign up posters in Wesley Hall for all positions available.  Age doesn't matter, there will be an area for everyone to work in.  

We will need shepherds, craft help, story tellers, game helpers, donations of food, craft supplies and props.  Please consider taking part in this fun adventure. VBS is from Aug 3rd-7th and begins at 5:30pm for the meal which all children, volunteers and families are invited to attend.  The program runs from 6:00-8:00pm and there will be a finale program for all to attend on the 7th at 8:00pm.  Mark your calendars and come join in on the fun.  We need you and you will be blessed.  If there are any questions, please call Denise Willman at 665-2869 or 857-0435.


VBS Meeting

We will be hosting a 2014 VBS meeting on Sunday, July 6th at 7:00pm. This will give us the opportunity to hand out supplies needed to each committee.  We will also go over details of appointed tasks.  It would be great to have at least one member of each appointed committee show up so they can pass the information to the others.  All volunteers are invited to join us and gain knowledge of what will be happening the week of VBS.  We will also be working on props each Wednesday evening from 6:30-9:00pm, Thursdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00pm.  We can use any extra workers willing to help.  We have to make a jungle and the more helpers we have then the bigger the jungle and more exciting it will be.  If you have any questions, call Denise Willman at 665-2869 or 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.


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.


Our Church Well Being

By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

In my reading this past week, I came across some of the writings of Howard Clinebell who is an internationally known pastor, counselor and teacher. He has written several books on well being and one of the exercises he asks congregations to do is a congregational/organization well being check up with nearly sixty questions.  You respond to the questions with an excellent; ok but room for improvement; or needs strengthening in a particular area.  Several of his statements from his book “Anchoring Your Well Being” received my attention which included the following:

1.)   The emotional climate of the organization is characteristically grace-full, accepting and warm, with a strong sense of mutual care, respect, affirmation, integrity, belonging, enjoyment, and shared spirituality.

2.)   As a result of participating in the organization, people generally feel increased trust, esteem, hope, improvement, and zest for living.  These feelings result from the quality of relationships, the democratic leadership style, and the life affirming and people affirming way the group functions.

3.)    People experiencing crisis, losses, and painful transitions usually receive caring support from leaders and members of the organization.  It has a care giving spirit as well as a group to coordinate reaching out to people in stressful situations.  Interpersonal conflicts are handled quickly, fairly, and constructively.  When major conflicting viewpoints and agendas are present between sub-groups, creative compromises are negotiated.

Could we answer each of these statements with an excellent?  We all know growth is experienced in difficult as well as good times.  So, could we all try to answer these questions by looking deep into our own well-being and checking on how our well-being can affect the church as a whole and how we each can live up to our mission  “To grow disciples of Jesus Christ and equip  them for ministry in the world”?

How healthy are we to accomplish our goals and objectives of “serving the Lord” without excessive conflict?

How are we doing with what Jesus asked “to seek and save the lost”?

Is our communication clear, concise, open, honest, caring and effective?

When we feel alienated or alienate others are we taking the initiative in reaching out to seek reconciliation?

To the health of our faith community we say Shalom!




The Night Club Ladies would like to say a big THANK YOU to all those who helped out in so many different ways.  We were able to make

$1350 and will be using the money toward the purchase of a water well through World Vision. 

The Sunday School classes started this project and we are adding to it.  A well cost $3,000, with the Sunday School offering and the Random Act of Kindness Rummage Sale were are at about $2,550.  Not bad for just starting in January. Again, thanks to every for all your efforts.  As Mary Pierce always tells me, "Many hands make light work".  It always works out and it’s because of so many of you willing to help out. 

Thank You, Denise Willman


July Birthdays

1 - Cole Moderegger, Arica Nickles


2 - Weston Reiner


3 - Jeff Sorensen


4 - Jamee Bruegman, Marie Koranda,

     Jason Saunders, Donna Daniels, Julie Mooney


5 - Ted Mickelson

8 - Gracie Thurman, Kevin Iverson,

Sophie McKee, Joyce Anderson


9 - Julianna Enfield, Bill Bartels, Gavin Brandt

10 - Keldee Hansen, Kari Gall, Paige, McKenna, Ryan Golden


11 - Alayna Pigney, Paul Aughenbaugh


12 - Zach Sage, Tyler Guthmiller,

Trevor Giziewski


13 - Eddie Wohl, Katelyn Pawlitschek,

       Dan Miller


14 - Aliza Doby


15 - CJ Pigney, Blake Sime


16 - Samuel Gusso, Walt Rentsch


17 - Emma Bloch

18 - Darwin Tessier


19 - Velma Decker, Todd Sage


20 - Jared Crawford, Andrew Larson,

Lynsay Wek, Lane Sawatzke

22 - T.J Landwehr, Lexy Klinkhammer


23 - Jeremy Block, Karen Lambert,

       Trevor Guthmiller, Rebecca Gravholt


24 - Grace Roy, Brady Hale, Dave Cornemann


25 - Jill Wilson, Geena Knode, Braylon Viergutz


26 - Marlene Nebola, Mindy Giziewski


29 - Dee Carson, Alexander Palecek


30 - Bill Sohl, Keri Dodd


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Craig Sherman’s mom Darlene Sherman, passed away.


Chase Michael Oja, Julie Dykstra’s nephew


Ruby Schroeder, Clara Ulmer, Casey Remmers


Sherry Daugherty’s mom Cathleen Brannick


Randy Tschetter, Jan Aughenbaugh's nephew


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


Shar Peterson’s mom, Pat White


Jean Droppers daughter-in-law Karen


Lowell Teichroew, Russ Rahn


Susan Schavee's Cousin Bob Cokerham


Friend of Dave and Alicia Cornemann, John VanStedum


Judy Bevers, niece Stacey Wood


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


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.