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

November 2014

Pastor’s Word

            By Rev. Ron

Our Annual stewardship campaign is well underway as I write this article.  Once again we are using the New Consecration Sunday program.  We have scheduled Sunday, November 16 as our Consecration Sunday with this year's theme: "Sharing Our Prosperity In Christ" believing that all that we have is a gift of God's grace.  This year's guest leader is Prairie Hills District Superintendent Rev. Randy Cross who at one time was the district superintendent for our church.  There will be one service at 11 A.M. with a celebration meal to follow in Wesley Hall.  We are encouraging members and friends of First UMC to make their reservations for this catered meal.  A free-will offering will be received to cover the cost of the meal.  There will be a prayer vigil for Consecration Sunday on Friday night, November 14 and Saturday morning, November 15.  The church will be open at these times for members and friends of our church to pray for God's blessing on this year's campaign.


A question often raised is "why do we need to have an annual stewardship campaign?"  The truth of the matter is that people do not drift into good giving habits.  They decide to embrace them.  The reason they decide is because someone asks them to decide.  It has been proven that an effective annual stewardship campaign is the best way to ask.  Airplanes can fly all year, but they must land occasionally to take on fuel.  Annual stewardship campaigns refuel church member's education regarding the spiritual connection between our financial gifts to God.


Two of the most important aspects of the New Consecration Sunday program for me include teaching stewardship on the basis of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual receive to balance its budget.           

Secondly, focusing on the question, "What is God calling me to do?" rather than on the question, "what does the church need in order to pay its bills?"  The annual stewardship emphasis becomes a spiritual-growth experience not a fund-raising effort.


One of the long range goals is to nurture percentage givers who grow in the percentage they feel called to give to God for the work of the church each year.


My dear friends, giving generously translates into feeling gratitude to God, seeing giving as part of your spiritual relationship with God, feeling privileged to serve, feeling that God asks for an appropriate percentage of your income, and liking to help other people.


I invite you to join me as we share our prosperity in Christ for 2015.  Pray for God's guidance as we prepare to answer the spiritual question, "what percentage of my income is God calling me to give?"


Trustees – The floors in Wesley Hall and the kitchen have been professionally cleaned and waxed.

Our new lawn caretakers are the Palecek and Sawatzke families.  Great job! – Loy Gravholt


Veteran’s Recognition

Sunday, November 9th

All veterans will be recognized at both services on Sunday, November 9th.  The Worship Committee would like to have pictures of all veterans who attend church at FUMC. If you are a veteran and have not submitted a photo in the past, please bring one to the church office ASAP. Please label your photo so they can be returned to you.

Missions Corner

Mission opportunities -

We will again be serving The Banquet on Thursday, November 6th. Those that would be willing to help serve would be greatly appreciated. There are also sign-up sheets out for the needed food items. If you have any questions please contact the church office. Thanks!


Missions Committee is very excited to partner once again with Milk’s Camp, so that FUMC can make a difference in the life of a child at Christmas time.  Watch for the Angel Tree to be set up in mid to late November.


UMW Soup Kitchen

October 15th was a sunny fall day, perfect for our church's Soup Kitchen.  To each of you who said "yes" when asked to work, when asked to bring soup or pie, when asked to be a leader, we want to say thank you. If you helped with or provided items for the Country Store, thanks. The profits from the day are used by the United Methodist Women for various mission projects as well as camping fees for our youth.

       Mary Pietila and Julie Mooney


United Methodist Women

The United Methodist Women will be meeting on Monday, November 3, at 1:30 PM in the church lounge.  The program will include both the World Thank Offering and Memorial Service remembering all members lost this past calendar year.  All women of the church are invited to be a part of this mission oriented group.


UMW Special Mission Recognition – The annual UMW Special Mission Recognition certificate and pin were presented to Bob Cappel on Sunday, October 12.  Dee Carson, UMW President, presented the award which is given to a person who supports the mission and purpose of United Methodist Women, is active in supporting its projects and encourages other members to do so.  Congratulations, Bob.


Save the date

         Live nativity will be Saturday, December 20th. More details to follow.



Consecration Sunday Up Date

Consecration Sunday is November 16, 2014.  Please plan on attending the Celebration Luncheon immediately following Consecration Sunday service.

Consecration means:

1) To make or declared sacred

2) To devote or dedicate to some purpose

3) To make something an object of honor

4) All the above.


What has the First United Methodist Church done for you?

(1)  Involves you in the community that re-       members and recognizes Jesus Christ

(2)  Hears you call in times of sickness and trouble

(3)  Stands ready to counsel with you in daily living

(4)  Provides principles to guide you in daily living

(5)  Stands with you in times of sorrow and death

(6)  Stimulates spiritual maturity through worship and study

(7)  All of the above

(8)  More than the above


We are called upon to give as God has given to us” Proven Resources for Stewardship Promotion by Allan J. Weenink


History notes

This year Neta Thompson has been a member of our church for 70 years!  World War II was raging in 1944, when she joined.  She came from a Baptist background, but there was no Baptist Church in Yankton at that time.

Our church’s emphasis on Faith was a deciding reason to join.  “As long as it preaches the gospel, I’m for it” states Thompson.


Women's Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study that meets in the Upper Room during Sunday School is studying James, Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore.  Be inspired to put your faith into action and get to know both the man and the Book of James.  This study will end January 11th.  Come join us - The Member book for this study is $20.  Call Joyce Anderson @605-660-7309 if you have any questions.


Kids for Christ

ALL 6th-8th Graders are WELCOME!!

November 2 – SkyZone Fun Day!  Both FUMC and SkyZone liability waivers need to be signed before participating.  We will meet at the church at 2:45 p.m. and leave for Sioux Falls at 3:00 p.m. sharp.  Youth should be picked up at the church at 8 p.m. that night.

November 8 – KFC 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

November 12, Wednesday – KFC 5:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church for Sack Pack. Parents are

welcome.  This takes about an hour, please pick youth up at 6:30 p.m.

November 16 – KFC 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.

November 21 – Lock-in more information to come

November 23 – NO KFC

November 30 – KFC 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Sr. High Youth News

By Diane Kisch

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


*Sunday Nov 2 - Meeting for parents and youth planning to go to Youth ’15 at 4:30 in the Sr. High Youth Room.  I would like forms and $300 deposit turned in at this time.


*Wed Nov 5 – Regular Youth Group 7:30 – 9:00.

*Sunday Nov 9 – Youth ’15 Bake Sale

*Wed Nov 12 – Regular Youth Group 7:30 – 9:00

*Wed Nov 12/Dec 3 – Butter Braid Sales.

*Wed Nov 19 – Regular Youth Group 7:30 – 9:00

*Wed Nov 26 – NO Youth Group – Have a Happy thanksgiving


Please turn in the 2014-2015 permission slips. If you need one they are in the Sr. High Youth Room


 Youth 15 – If you plan to go to Youth ’15, we will have a meeting for parents and youth to talk about fundraisers and answer any questions you may have.  I would like forms and the $300 deposit turned into me (Diane) by Sunday Nov 2.  Checks should be made out to Dakotas United Methodist Camps.  If you need a registration form please let me know and I will get one to you.

We will have our second fundraiser on Sunday Nov 9th, it will be a bake sale.  Please have your items to the church by 9:00 AM.


Diane's office hours are Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:00. 

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.



Eye Injury Prevention Month

                              By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse


 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.”            Matthew 6:22

Over 2000 eye injuries occur every day at work.  Even a simple scratch from a foreign substance can cause corneal erosion which can cause life-long vision problems and suffering.  Our eyes are among our most important external organs and their surface needs to stay moist. Our eyes are much more sensitive to abrasion and contact with foreign substances than our skin.  Be careful and keep your eyes healthy!

Here are some helpful safety tips to prevent eye injury:

Handle sharp objects including scissors, knives, and pencils with extreme caution keeping these items away from children.

Supervise children activities when they are playing with toys and doing craft projects.

Use a well-lit environment when you read, write, or engage in an activity requiring a lengthy time.

When, working on a computer blink your eyes plenty to keep your eyes moisturized.

Know first aid to use with eye injury.

See your eye doctor on a regular basis and as need for eye problems.

Wear eye protection when working with tools and chemicals.

When playing sports, wear eye protection and helmets as appropriate.

Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet A and B radiation to prevent long term damage to the eyes.

Avoid looking directly into the sun, especially during an eclipse.

Point household chemical sprays away from the eyes and at least an arm’s length away.

Provide a safe, stable, locked area for storage of chemicals away from children.

Wash your hands after using chemicals of any kind so you don’t accidentally rub your eyes.

Always keep protective guards on power tools.

Wear helmets when you go skating or bicycling.

 Wear your seat belt in the car.

When you are at work, follow the safety guidelines for prevention of eye injury.

Sources:  CDC-Saving Lives and Protection People



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


Seeking Listening Waiting Serving (S.L.W.S) Adult Sunday School class

S.L.W.S meets Sundays at 8:30am in Wesley Hall. Discussions include the Upper Room and Our Daily Bread. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir offers opportunities for those who love to raise your voice in thanks and praise to God.  There is a place for you in this music ministry.  If you have been thinking of joining the choir, or if you are new to town or to the church, the Chancel Choir family within our larger church family is an excellent starting point. We are eager for you to join us as we sing a wide variety of music from contemporary to gospel. Choir meets at 7:15pm in the Sanctuary. Call Carolyn Cappel, 660-8312 if you have questions.



Marsha and I would like to express our gratitude to those persons who remembered us with cards and expressions of love and support during Pastor Appreciation Month.  Your affirmations mean more than words can say!

Rev. Ron and Marsha Johnson


November Birthdays

1 – Luke Dohrman




2 – Ryan Ginn, Monte Gulick, Jacob Johnson,

      Troy Thurman

3 – Sara Olson

4 – Tammy Ugofsky

5 – Alix Peterka, Bailey Peterka, Cassi Pietz

7 – Jim Strasburg

8 – Hannah Downing

9 – Mary Olson

10 – Dixie Conner, Suzanne Tessier

11 – Delores Moore

12 – Bonnie Hanson, Kylee Parish

13 – Barb Hirsch, Barb Olson, Donavieve Raad,

        Andrea Tramp

14 – Alice Hofer, Myrna Stouffer

15 – Drew Olson, Warren Peterson, Dyllon Tramp

18 – Layne Droppers, Lily Lawrence,

        Mary Malchow

19 – Lara Cunnigham, Beckett Kisch,

        Natalie Wright

20 – Bentley Klinkhammer

21 – Ann Fields, Russ Peirce, Lawrence Young

22 – Matt Johnson, Craig Sherman, Jane Walser

23 – Kenny Doering, Tina Hagen, Shar Peterson,

        Ethan Rempfer

24 – Jerry Hagen, Karen Miller, Kevin Olson,

        Sue Strasburg

26 – Sharon Heisinger

27 – Lisa Burling

28 – Julie Moderegger, Jerry Wilson

30 – JoAnne Roach





In Our Thoughts & Prayers:

Helen Mischke’s great-grandson

Bill Sohl’s friend Jerry Yelk

Naomi Somer’s nephew Dean Jewell

Beverly Durst, Alicia Cornemann's mom

Karen Miller’s sister, Carol Olson

Helen Mischke

Katie Watt

Theo Thompson, great-great grandson of Jean Droppers

Angelina Pennington

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,

Susan Schavee's Cousin Bob Cokerham

Judy Bevers, niece Stacey Wood

Dave Cornemann’s great-nephew Gavin Yasat

Art & Bernice Tuttle

Faith Vander Tuig, Wilma Rahn, Scott Parr

Margaret Bartels nephew, Craig & cousin, Joan

Vi Waters,

Sarah Anderson, Bob & Jane Walsers’ daughter

Ken Philippi,

Mark Giziewski, Velma Decker, Shirley Bogue

Pastor Bob Cappel, Shirley Nelson, Carl Johnson

Howard Relf, Lee & Phyllis Skalberg

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.  Phil Jacquith and his team that are addressing the issues surrounding the Ebola virus in Africa.

Terry Triebwasser, brother of Julie Moderegger; Blaine, Mona Mullican's son; Sean Cappel nephew of Pastor Bob & Carolyn.  

Hospice Program

“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12.  Avera Hospice Program is in search of volunteers.  We need active volunteers to be a part of our hospice care in proving comfort, care, and compassion for those in Hospice care.  Most times it’s just sitting with someone, listening to their story, or just being there so they don’t have to be alone.  Some of our current volunteers have commented that the “blessings received are more than given”

The Avera Hospice program covers a wide area including Irene, Wakonda, Volin, Springfield, Tabor, Yankton and even into Nebraska. It is a very important part of the process to have a volunteer involved.  Volunteers are truly able to come in to a home and help everyone with their calming presence.

Please consider becoming a Hospice volunteer today!

If interested, contact Carla Hummel at 668-8104 or



Senior High Youth will do 2 fund raisers in November. A bake sale on November 9 and will be selling Butter Braids Nov. 12 thru Dec 3.  Samples of Butter Braids will be served at Coffee Fellowship on Sunday, Nov. 23 and Sunday Nov. 30.