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

December 2014

Pastor’s Word

By Rev. Ron

This year, experience Advent and Christmas with Mary (in five sessions):

           1. Beginning with the End

           2. Piercing of Mary’s Soul

           3. Amazed, Astounded, and Astonished 

           4. Mary, Full of Grace

           5. It was not a Silent Night

In each session we will consider the meaning of the birth of Jesus by looking at the significance of his life, death and resurrection.

The study will be offered during the Sunday School hours beginning at 9:45 AM on November 30.  The place will be announced.

I invite you to travel with me and experience the story of a not-so-silent night, of a young mother unexpectedly chosen by God to bring the Christ child into the world.


History notes

The first Articles of Incorporation of our church are from 1882.  Here is part of the initial document.  “First Methodist Episcopal Church of Yankton Articles of Incorporation filed this 30th day of January, 1882 recorded in Vol. 4 of the Book of Corporations.

This corporation is formed for the purpose of maintaining and promoting religious worship, the preaching of the Christian gospel and the instruction of the youth and adult in Christian duty.”


United Methodist Women Meeting

The UMW Christmas party with games, Christmas carols and more will be held Monday, Dec. 8, 1:30 pm in the lounge.  All members who are able to do so are asked to bring goodies to share.  NOTE:  The meeting is not the first Monday in December since that date immediately follows Thanksgiving weekend. Please join us Dec. 8, for fellowship and fun.


Live Nativity

Live nativity will be Saturday, December 20th at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM.

Consecration Sunday – Thank you!

I want to thank all of those that participated in the celebration of Consecration Sunday.  A special thank you to those that assisted in the planning, did the telephoning, made flyer and power points, the speakers, those that provided and served the meal and those that assisted with clean-up and breakdown.  Thank you to the Evangelism Committee for setting up the Prayer Vigil, the Ladies Night Club for pouring coffee/water, the Confirmation Class for cleaning tables and re-setting and the Men’s Breakfast Group that did the dishes.  A special thank you to Delores Kafka who worked endlessly and to Craig Sherman who was always there when something needed to be done.  Thank you to Rev. Ron for providing the spiritual guidance and support which was much needed.  If I forgot to thank anybody that worked on this event, it is simply because I am getting old and simply forgot.  And most of all, Thank you, for none of this would have been possible without you, our church family, and without the grace of God.  It truly was a time to Share our Prosperity in Christ. The First United Methodist Church is very blessed.              Sherry Daugherty              Co-Chair, Consecration Sunday Committee

Missions Corner

Mission opportunities - The Missions Committee will be conducting a yarn drive for the Springfield Correctional Facility.  The inmates knit items like hats & gloves for people in need.  While you are out shopping, consider picking up some yarn.  There is a basket in the lobby of the church for you to place the yarn through the month of December.  Thank you for your support.


SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAMThe Sunday School Christmas Program will be Sunday December 14th at 6:30 PM.  More information will follow.


Kids for Christ

ALL 6th-8th Graders are WELCOME!!

Dec 7 – KFC @ 6:30 p.m.

Dec 14 – KFC @ 6:30 p.m.

Dec 21 – KFC @ 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Christmas Party

Dec 28 – KFC To be determined


Butter Braids – The Sr. High youth and some adults are selling Butter Braids through Dec 3.  We will serve samples during fellowship time on Sunday Nov 30.  The butter braids are $11 each.  Flavors are Cinnamon, Blueberry/Cream Cheese, Strawberry/Cream Cheese, Apple, Bavarian Crème, Cherry and Carmel Rolls.  The youth or adult that sold to you will be delivering them sometime after Dec 9th.  If you have any questions please call Diane Kisch at 660-1242.


Gift Baskets – The Sr. High Youth going on the Youth ’15 trip will be auctioning off gift baskets in Wesley Hall on Sunday Dec 14th.  The baskets will be set out by 9:00 AM and bidding will end at 12:30.  The high bidder on each basket will be contacted to make arrangements for us to deliver it to them.

Sr. High Youth News

By Diane Kisch

First off I want to say it has been a joy and a privilege for me to be your Sr. High Youth Leader over the past 7 years (and a volunteer for not sure how many years before that).  I pray that I have helped you to grow in your faith; I know that you all have helped me in my faith walk.  I still plan to be involved in the youth ministry program at FUMC, just not sure what that will look like after Dec 10.  I will continue to plan and help to organize the fundraising for Youth ’15 and look forward to going on this life-changing trip with the youth and adults that are going.  I will continue to share opportunities that the conference offers to both the Sr. & Jr. High Youth as I continue to serve on the Conference Council on Youth Ministry in the Dakotas Conference.   I am excited for the youth programs of our church and the leadership that Kevin Ryherd will provide.


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

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

*Sunday Nov 30 – Serving samples of Butter Braids during fellowship time.

*Wed Dec 3 – Regular Youth Group 7:30 – 9:00. Lesson 4 on Jesus and Stress.  Butter Braid orders and money are due today.

*Tuesday Dec 9 – Sr. High Youth to pick up the Butter Braids they sold at the church.  Be watching for time.  Please deliver them to the people you sold to as soon as possible.

*Wed Dec 10 – We will be going shopping for Angel Tree gifts.  If you plan to go with us you must have a new permission form turned in.

*Sunday Dec 14 – Fundraiser for Youth ’15 – Gift Baskets.  Church Christmas Program at 6:30 – Birthday Party for Jesus to follow.  Sr. High youth will again be doing games and providing cake for the birthday party.

*Wed Dec 17 – Sr. High Youth Christmas Party 7:30 – 9:00.

*Wed Dec 24 and Dec 31 – NO Youth Group – Have a Merry Christmas.


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


 Youth 15 – Our December fundraisers will be gift baskets on Dec 14 and possibly Christmas Caroling.


Diane's last office hours as Sr. High Youth Leader will be on Thursday Dec 4th 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.


- Angel Tree - Missions Committee is very excited to partner once again with Milk’s Camp, we encourage you to get involved with this worthy mission that will make a difference in the life of a child! The Angel Tree will be set up and ready to go with names on November 30.  It’s easy, pick a name, shop for the child and return your gift to the church by December 15, 2014.  If you would like to participate and do not wish to do the shopping, please choose a name, write a check, place both in an envelope and designate for Angel Tree. 


- Angel Tree Gifts - If you would like the Sr. High Youth to do the shopping for your gift, all you have to do is take an angel off the tree and put it and $25 in an envelope.  You can give it to

Diane Kisch or get it to the office before Wednes- day, Dec 10, we will be doing our shopping during youth group that night.



Gifts of Christmas                  by Susan Thorson,                                                   Parish Nurse           

Our first gift of Christmas wasn’t purchased at the mall or at our favorite store.  It wasn’t even wrapped in beautiful Christmas wrapping paper with a red bow.  The gift from God came wrapped in a blanket in a manger.  God gave us the gift of his son-Jesus!  I am not sure anyone of us can top this wonderful gift to mankind.  This Christmas consider giving a gift from the heart.  Here are just a few suggestions:

 *Visit one of the members of our church in the  nursing home.

*Spend time with your child or grandchild.

*Read the Bible each day during Advent with your family.

*Have a birthday party for Jesus and invite friends and family.

*Join together with your family to make a Christmas ornament.

*Look for volunteer opportunities to help people in need.

*Send someone you know a hand written letter telling them how you appreciate their support.

*Create coupons for free babysitting for a friend who needs a break.

*Make your own recycled Christmas cards and deliver them to your local friends and family.

*Offer to teach someone a skill you have.

*Invite someone over to bake Christmas goodies and send the baked goods home with them.

*Donate to your favorite charity.

*Organize a food drive for those in need.

*Schedule a family night to play board games or watch a movie together.

*Reach out to someone and introduce them to our church family.

Merry Christmas to each of you and may the blessing of new year be upon you!

December Birthdays

1 – Steve Crawford, Dustin Gusso, Jesse Giblin,

      Emma Gobel, Dave Mier, Vicki Tanner

2 – Rose Cap, Rodger Johnson, Dick Maska,

      Sam Willman

3 – Tyan Beste, Loy Gravholt, Terry Mier

4 – Alleysia Ugofsky

5 – Merle Brandt, Jordyn Cunningham,

      Jane Gilmore, Sarah Karnes,

      Connie Van De Walle

6 – Mark Giziewski, Bonnie Gusso,

      Katrina Hackworth, Ardis Henderson,

      John Iverson, Shaylor Platt,

7 – Dixie Foss, Kris Ford, Shanna Helgeland,

      Mary Hladky, Gail Kudrna,

      Madeline Nooney, Carol Schnebel

8 – Haden Adam, Bruce Dutrow

9 – Jane Hornstra, Dawn Popma,

      Samantha Wampol

10 – Robert Lindsay

11 – Kayla Odom, Shawn Rabenberg

12 – Mary Lepp

13 – Mike Miller

14 – Denise Willman

15 – Scott Robbins

16 – Suzanne Dahlberg, Michael Hunhoff

17 – Michael Burgeson, Julie Dystra,

        Steve King, Lorraine Taylor

18 – Brenda Jensen

19 – Melissa Rempfer, Jeff Skonhovd

20 – Mark Droppers, Jim Sawatzke

21 – Carla Mentele

22 – Dan Guthmiller

24 – Darlene Ireland

25 – Kris Carson, Aaron Dodd, Bob Stouffer

26 – Sean Garcia, Dennis Kisch, Jessica

        Landwehr, Jeff May, Brook Thurman,

        Bailey Wieseler, Jerry Willman

27 – Jace Guthmiller, Andrea Jaquith,

        Madisyn Jaquith, Rebecca Pearman

28 – Valeria Hummel, Eric Pratt, Sadia Svedberg

29 – Lance Palecek, Darla Pasch,

       Carolyn, Teichroew

30 – Susan Becker, Linda Fox, Troy True

31 – Donald Parish


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

Blaine, Mona Mullican's son; Sean Cappel nephew of Pastor Bob & Carolyn.