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

August 2014

Pastor’s Word

            By Rev. Ron

The Apostle Paul writes these words in Philemon 1:7 "For I have great joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of God's people have been refreshed through, my brother."

The message translations of this verse reads as follows: "Friend, you have no idea how good your love makes me feel, doubly so when I see your hospitality to fellow believers."

There are some people in whose company we always are at our best.  They draw out of us qualities and characteristics which create good feelings on every hand.  In these relationships there is great reward.  Philemon was one in whose company other people were inspired to be at their best.  This happens to be the compliment Paul paid to Philemon.  Philemon was a good and gracious man.  To be one who inspires the best in others, at least three things are involved.

First, the capacity to bless and refresh other lives begins not with oneself, but with the source of all refreshment, Jesus.  The allegedly self-made person might impress us, but it's difficult to believe that he or she might refresh us.  Not self-made individuals but Christ-centered individuals who constitute the truly inspirational lives around us.

Secondly, one also has a loving concern for people, following upon that initial love for Christ.  When Paul wrote to Philemon asking him to forgive a runaway slave who had stolen something, he was counting upon Philemon's understanding and his love.  Onesimus, the wrong-doing slave, could be received as a friend and brother by Philemon because Philemon cared for others.  We must remember that where people are loved and given the benefit of the doubt, amazing things occur.

Finally, our lives in Christ and our love for others may require us to do the unexpected thing.  For Philemon the unexpected thing was embracing a former slave as a fellow servant of Christ.

We never know what opportunity God will provide to enable us to do something which may bless and refresh lives other than our own.  If we perceive Christians to be those who impart refreshment to the world, then we always will be ready to do the unexpected thing.

Greg Nelson tells about Buck Williams, one of basketball's most relentless and enduring rebounders.  He was a top power forward for over a dozen NBA seasons.  But most importantly, Buck Williams was a devoted Christian.  So he was asked once what his plans were when he faced what every NBA player ultimately faces: the difficult transition from player to spectator.

Here's what Buck said:  "Whatever I do, in terms of a second career, I want it to be meaningful, I want to touch someone's life-whether it's through business or whatever.  If I touch one person's life, then my own life will not be in vain.  That's what's really important."

Pretty impressive perspective on life, isn't it?  See, Buck Williams is expressing the need all of us feel-the need to make a meaningful difference in life, the need for significance.  And the older I get, the more aware I become of this ultimate value.  We begin reflecting on our lives, wondering about its significance, concerned about ending life without having made a difference in the world.  The fear of insignificance is strong.

And so I pray: "Lord, guide and shape our lives that we might bring refreshment to others we encounter in our journey.  May we know and understand the significance of making a difference in others through the love of Christ as we learn from the witness of Philemon and Buck Williams.  Amen"


Positions Available

The Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee wishes to announce two paid positions available at FUMC. (1) Sound Technician. Duties include running the soundboard for weekly services, managing sound requirements of the praise team, and helping with the sound system for weddings and funerals. Training is available.

(2)Temporary Church Secretary position for three months beginning in October while Lisa is on maternity leave. Orientation will be provided.

Anyone who is interested may contact Daniel Johnson at 660-7115, Chad Herrmann 660-3179 or Rev. Ron Johnson at 665-2991.


Vision for the future

The Visioning Task Force is asking for the congregation’s input on our Vision for the future. Attached to the newsletter is our questionnaire…if you’ve not already had the opportunity to fill one out we ask that you take the time to do so and return it to the Church office by August 15th . There is a special Questionnaire spot back by the mailboxes. The Visioning Task Force will be evaluating the returned questionnaires and then sharing the findings with the congregation.


Sunday School Teachers Needed

We are once again in need of volunteers to teach Sunday School.  Here is the perfect time to get involved with the youth of our church.  We have lots of available positions and if you are interested please call Denise Willman at 665-2869 or the church office. I promise you that you will be rewarded by your experiences of working with these youth.


Mission Moments

During the month of August, the Missions Committee will be holding a soap/shampoo drive, with items being donated to the Contact Center. We will be collecting donations of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, baby oil, baby wash, wet wipes, baby powder, kids’ bubble bath, kids shampoo, kids body wash, deodorant, lotion, hand soap, hand sanitizer, dish soap and laundry detergent. We will also accept monetary donations to purchase items. Watch for our table between services on Sundays in August. Please have your donations turned in by August 31st.  


Sr. High Youth News

By Diane Kisch

Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”

The time that is right around the corner is the start of school and with that comes all the activities that will be starting, one of which is Wed night Youth Group. Here are some dates for August that you will want to place on your calendars.

*Wed., August 20th – Sr. High Youth Kick-Off Event.  (I will be mailing out a postcard the first part of August with more details)

*Wed., August 27th – NO Olympics at Riverside Park, community wide youth group event.  It starts at 5:30pm with food and then we will have some fun playing games.  The evening will end at 8:00 PM.

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

Just a few days away and so exciting.  Be sure to come and join in on the fun.  Meal is served to volunteers, children and their families at 5:30pm, program to follow 6:00 - 8:00pm. The children will present a program on Thurs. Aug. 7th at 8:00 pm for all to come and enjoy.  We appreciate all the volunteers who offer time, talents, props and food.  It is nice to count on the church family to help pull this huge event off.  Thanks Again.
We need children and adults to make this a fun and exciting week.  Please consider being involved and touching the life of a child.  Any questions just call Denise 665-2869. 


Baby Shower for Lisa

There will be a baby shower being held at Wesley Hall on Sunday, August 17th at 4:00pm.   This shower will be in honor of our church secretary Lisa Loecker.  Lisa and her family are expecting a baby girl in October.  We would like to join in her excitement by hosting a shower and inviting the First United Methodist Church women to join in on the fun. Please come and join us for this fun opportunity. Any questions, please contact Julie Moderegger, Denise Willman or Gena Brandt.  


Teachers Meeting

There will be a teachers meeting on August 24th at 11:30am in Wesley Hall.  This will be an opportunity to get your curriculum and order any supplies you may need. Rooms will be assigned and the safe sanctuary policy passed out.  Please join is us and get to know who will be teaching what classroom.  This meeting will be for substitutes also. Any questions at all, please call Denise Willman at 665-2769. 


Kingdom Chimes

All 2nd-5th graders are invited to be a part of the Kingdom Chimes this fall.  We will meet in the Music Room, on Wednesday evenings from 5:15-5:45pm beginning Wednesday, September 3rd.  We will have a great time learning to read music and play in church once a month.  Please contact Sue May, 664-0582 if you have any questions.


Youth Bell Choir

The Youth Bell Choir, (grades 6-12) will begin on Wednesday, September 3rd from 6:45-7:25pm in the Music Room.  We have new contemporary music as well as new techniques we will be learning this year.  Please join us for a fun year in music ministry and fellowship.  Please contact Sue May, 664-0582 if you have any questions.


Jubilee Bell Choir

Any adults that are interested in playing bells this year, the Jubilee Bell Choir has a place for you!  Prior music reading skills is helpful, but not required.  We have a great time together ringing and sharing the love of Christ through this musical ministry in our church.  We will begin on

Wednesday, September 3rd from 5:45-6:40pm in the Music Room.  Please contact Sue May, 664-0582 if you have any questions.


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.


Reach Out

Sherry Daugherty, Evangelism Committee

I started writing this “Reach Out” article and crumbled it up only to have the idea surface over and over again. God has bestowed an array of gifts upon me and my family and in an effort to give back, I have a vision to reach out and witness to young people through a fishing experience. I’d like to offer kids the opportunity to experience fishing and to hear a brief testimony about how wonderful our Savior is, before giving them a time to actually fish. However, I need your help in accomplishing this endeavor. I kept putting this idea aside knowing that it would take much planning and resources to get this off the ground. I have a definite vision and would like you to be a part of it. I’d like to start a group of Christian anglers named C.A.S.T.; Children Anglers Seeking Testimony. I know this endeavor is huge and time-consuming and I asked myself, “Am I really up for this?” Then I read in Max Lucado’s God’s Inspirational Promises Isaiah 41:10, 13 “..I tell you, don’t be afraid, I will help you.” And let’s not forget that the Word says, Matthew 4:1 Jesus said, “Come follow me I will make you fishers of men.” If you are moved to help me, please contact me at or call 665-8503 or 660-9442 and I will share the plans and ideas I have thus far. Some of my best memories are those that involved fishing. And, I like to believe that if we take kids fishing when they’re young, we may not have to go fishing for them later. ~Be Blessed~


The Gift of Presence

By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

John 14:8-17 Philip said to him, ‘Lord, Show us the Father and we will be satisfied,” Jesus said to him ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.’  How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?  The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.  Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.  I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father maybe glorified in the Son.  If in my name you ask me anything, I will do it.

Being “present” is an important part of parish nursing, a ministry of healing.  By being “present” with others provides a time of healing even though there might not be a cure for a specific disease process. By being there with an individual during acute illness, in chronic illness, emotional pain, crisis or whatever the situation may be, the person is receiving the love of God through us.  It is a time I can put aside all of the details of the day and just focus on one person.  I may just listen or help with problem solving, or help set up “in home” services.  There may be laughter, crying or just silence, but I know there is a connection. Through this connection, I truly see the person and the image of God.

We often ask how can we be “present” for each other?  Just look into the eyes of a person who is in need and really understand the need.  Perhaps it’s running an errand or delivering meals to someone who has difficulty leaving their home. Even though you are busy you may feel the “call”

to reach out to someone by calling them on the phone to provide support. Perhaps it’s a short prayer with another person or just a few minutes of listening.  It could be giving up “your” own time to meet the needs of another person or a group. 


When Jesus sat with his disciples before the crucifixion he promised the presence of God.  Jesus did not promise we would be free of pain, or that we would never feel the hurt, or remember the scars of our pain.  If we can connect with another person through joy or pain, through hopes or fears, we are seeing God work in our lives.  So we must risk being compassionate, trust each other, help heal one another when our toughest life moments appear.  By doing so we are giving the “Gift of Presence.”


History Notes:

Request: Do you have copies of Annual Conference Reports? We need any prior to 2010. Also, if you have any Historical information about our church you could share, it would be gratefully appreciated.


40 Years Ago:

Thursday, 1:15 – Party for State Hospital patients in Lounge

Monday – Missionary Rally with the Matzigkeits, missionaries to Rhodesia, Africa

Organist – Virginia Burgher

Choir Director – Dorothy Grinager



I wish to say thank-you to members of our church family who remembered my birthday in June with cards and expressions of well wishes.  I truly feel blessed to be honored in this way.

 Rev. Ron


Thank You to our church family and friends for the cards, gifts, love, and support shown to Carolyn and me as I retired from parish ministry!   I will always be grateful to the Lord for directing me to this family of faith!  I appreciate all of you for making my separation from this level of ministry special! God Bless You All!  

Pastor Bob  


A huge thank you for your support and prayers for our Mission Trip to Seattle, WA.  We had many challenges along the way (starting with me (Diane) leaving my purse on a chair at the church – luckily I realized it before we got to Gayville and Rev Ron was gracious and brought it to us).  We were divided into 11 work teams, that served at different locations each day, some of the things we did were paint bunk beds, package bulk items in to small bags for distribution, sort clothing, gardening, cook and serve a meal, play with kids and help around Camp Indianola.  We also got to do a little sight-seeing, the view from the Space Needle is amazing! Please take the time to ask us about our trip. Thank you again for making these trips possible with your financial support. (Stephanie Anderson, Kylee Duncan, Tanner Dykstra, Sean Garcia, Ryan Golden, Sam Gusso, Kirsten May, Ben Mooney, Alleysia Ugofsky and Diane Kisch)


Thank you to all those who have done Meals On Wheels in the past months.  I really appreciate all of you.  Shar & Mark Peterson, Arlo & Carlene Watchorn, Jane & Bob Walser, Ken & Mary Alice Halverson, Jan Lyso, Bonnie Hanson, Rhonda Sohl, Connie Vander Walle, Bob Cappel, Darwin & LaVilla Tessier, Mike & Karen Miller, Judy & Paul Nielson, Marge Stengle & sons.  Thanks so much for saying yes when I call.  Anyone that would like to volunteer to do Meals On Wheels give me a call. God Bless you

Delores Kafka, Coordinator


Friends, we would just like to say thank you for the years of love and support throughout our membership at First UMC of Yankton. We are so blessed to have been a part of First UMC for many years, and are thankful for the numerous friendships we have gained. Justin has taking his first appointment in July at Webster and Bristol-Butler UMCs. Kimberly will be the Senior Secretary for the School of Education at Northern State University in Aberdeen. As we look forward to starting ministry in another location, we look back with thanksgiving for the spiritual foundation that was laid for us in Yankton. May God’s greatest blessings continue to be upon you!

Justin and Kimberly Iverson


On behalf of FUMC Missions and Habitat for Humanity of Yankton County, I want to thank all who volunteered time, contributed money, provided salads, desserts and pies to the Bike and Build Team.  The team sincerely enjoyed their stay in Yankton.  Please read the following note of thanks:  Thank you so much for hosting us in Yankton and allowing us the extra time so that we could build with Habitat.  The food was delicious, obviously prepared with so much care, and we especially loved the refreshing smoothies when we rolled in.  The days when we actually build with Habitat are the best, and we loved learning to paint and floor a house.  Thanks so much for your wonderful hospitality!  Bike and Build 2014 Providence to Seattle.  It took many hands and feet within our congregation to make the Bike and Build experience one that the young adults will never forget.  I have said this many times, but I am very blessed to be a member of the FUMC family. 

Julie Dykstra

August Birthdays


1 - Jill Strom


2 - Barb Wohl, Mikael Pietila


3 - Jill Sage


7 - John Pigney, Ruth Gravholt, Harry Luurs

     Mary Alice Halverson

8 - Casey Mier


9 - Joe Saffel, Wanda Branson,

     Collins Den Herder

10 - Neta Thompson, Brittany Fields,

Mary Johnson, Sherril Christensen


11 - Don Miller, Pat Keller, Dan Johnson

14 - Hali Strom, Peggy Doering

Gary Johnson, Joel Karnes


16 - Liza Larson, Melania Enfield,

Bob Stengle, Bernice Tuttle


17 - Maurice Newman

18 - Mallory Jansen, Ron Kraft, Blake Bartels


19 - Treyton Bakke, Alan Dingman


20 - Laura Slowey, Kayln Peterka,


21 - LaVila Tessier, Carlene Watchorn,

Derek Moderegger, Jim Slade


22 - Scott Parr, Jody Brady, Lea Guthmiller


23 - Susan Thorson


24 - Betty Maruska, Andrew Tramp, Carl Mathis,

Will Korman, Cole Sawatzke, Rose Nedved,


26 - Luann Saunders, Dan Slowey,

Reid Sorensen


27 - Sue Frick


28 - Dale Knode, Brett Sime, Autumn Erickson


29 - Rhonda Hofer, Gwynn Stiles


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Calvin & Debra Buchholz & family. Calvin’s mom Marian Buchholz passed away


Brooks & Tammy Ugofsky & family. Brooks’ father Dale passed away.


Angelina Pennington


Harold Huetig


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


Jean Droppers daughter-in-law Karen


Lowell Teichroew, Russ Rahn


Susan Schavee's Cousin Bob Cokerham


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,


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.