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

February 2015


Pastor's Word               Rev. Ron

              February 18 is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  Many of you have heard of and read books by evangelical pastor Rick Warren who has had great success inviting individuals and congregations into forty days of purpose. During those forty days people are invited to reflect upon God’s story and God’s call to them and the meaning of their lives.  Lent, however, is the original forty days of purpose.  For most of its history, the church has understood Lent to be the time when people are called to do just that, reflect on the purpose of their lives in Christ, where they had gone astray, and how they might rejoin Jesus on the journey toward unholiness and fulfillment in God.

              Lucy Lind Hogan reminds us that in each community of the faithful we will find people at every stage of the Christian journey.  Some are, to use Paul’s image, milk Christians (I Corinthians 3:2).  New to the faith, they have yet to hear all the gospel stories or to shape their lives in this way of the cross.  Others, although they have been a part of the community for a long time, have left the path of Christ for a variety of reasons.

              Wandering away, they are the lost sheep Jesus was sent to recover.  And others, to return to Paul, are solid meat Christians.  They are ready to explore and wrestle with the difficult questions.  They want to know what it means to pick up their cross.  They want to know who their neighbor is and how they might meet the needs of those neighbors.  They want to deepen their life in the one who gave his life for them.

              As a part of its preparations for the glorious celebration of Easter, the church called for a period of reflection, renewal, penitence, and preparation.  The forty days of Lent that begin with Ash Wednesday and culminate in Holy Week, the week of the Passion, are a time not only for those who are already Christians but also for those seeking to become the adopted children of God through baptism, to enter into this journey with Christ.

In other words, there is a place for everyone!  Our goal is to help you set off on the journey during these forty days of Lent so that, as you arrive at Easter, you might fully lift your voice with the witnesses in every generation who have joyously proclaimed that “Christ is risen,” and that they “have seen the Lord!”

I invite you to join me for our Ash Wednesday worship service on February 18 at 7:00 pm.

Lenten Study

Our Lenten DVD study this year will focus on Adam Hamilton’s book “Final Words from the Cross.”  Despite the serious and increased pain required for Jesus to speak as he hung on the cross, Jesus spoke seven “final words”-statements that have much to teach us about Jesus, his Father, and ourselves. Adam Hamilton explores these final words as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of those who stood near the cross, exploring the meaning of Jesus’ dying words for our lives today.

This study will begin Wednesday, February 26th from 7:15-8:00pm.  We will plan to meet on the Wednesdays throughout Lent and ending with the Wednesdays of Holy Week.  I look forward to sharing this informative and inspiring journey and study with you!

The Beginning 

By Jim Grassi and Kevin Ryherd

Coming Together is a Beginning

Keeping Together is Progress

Working Together is Success

John Maxwell


 Don’t let yesterday take up too much of Today John Wooden


Long before there were red zone charts, instant replay and Sid Hartman’s column there were born men like John Heisman, Glen “Pop” Warner and Amos Alonzo Stagg. Stagg died in 1965 at the age of 102 having won 314 games. He is included in the short list of coaches like John Gagliardi, Eddie Robinson, Joe Paterno and “The Bear”Bryant.

It was in the 1920’s when the National Football League was formed to take highly skilled college athletes and give them the opportunity to compete in the professional arena. Coaches like Halas and Grange inspired franchises to begin in the cities of Chicago, Green Bay, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit and Buffalo. Most of these games were played on dirt fields without much protection and padding for the players.

There were no championship games and no good stadium deals the unmatched teams of the NFL did not draw or gain very many fans in these days. Baseball was still the “Pastime”. As the Game began to host a Championship game and as players began to “get paid”, so did viewership. With more rule changes, better equipment and training programs, faster and more specialized athletes, the beginning of television, people were able to see and support their team.

Players like Bart Starr, Sammy Baugh, Y.A. Tittle, Johnny Unitas and Paul Hornung, Defenses like the Steel Curtain, The Fearsome Foursome, Doomsday and the Purple People Eaters became men of renown for more than a couple generations of Americans who went to Sunday games to watch, admire and respect.

When the American Football League and the National Football League merged to make the existing National Football League a game was scheduled to pit the contenders of each Conference. AFC verses NFC. A super game was to evolve into a Super Sunday. Today hundreds of millions of people tune in each February to watch the Super Bowl.

As I sit writing this I gaze at the stars and begin to consider the splendor and majesty of God in designing the planets, moons, black holes, rings and rocks still not registered in our geology books. I realize that new galaxies are still talking shape and it makes me realize that God gives us endless opportunities for new beginnings. Our God is a God of endless new beginnings and we can take joy that no matter how hard we fail our God

continues to serve lessons in our times of joy and despair. New beginnings are boundless and everywhere we chose to notice, for example

The earth being a sphere, spins on its axis. The sun, being round, provides an orbit for the earth. The result? Every 60 seconds…a new minute. Every 60 minutes….a new hour. Every 24 hours….a new day. Every 365 days… a new year-A New Beginning!

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” Genesis 1:1. God made everything. Through his power he designed it all. I not that through all of the newest discoveries of science that many who formerly believed in large scale evolution as an explanation for creation of life now trust and believe that there had to be a divine creator who brought about the creation of humankind.

It takes more faith to believe that though impossible circumstances life just evolved. People who believe this also have faith that I could put the parts of a watch in my pocket, walk five miles and then discover that the watch was not only put back together but also running efficiently and set to perfect time.

The Apostle John begins his Gospel with this prepositional phrase, in the beginning (1:1). The verse goes on to say that the preexistence of the Word (Jesus) existed before the universe began. John tells us that the Word was made flesh-Jesus Christ.

Unlike the evolution of Football, God’s plan and purpose for humankind does not change. Our God is a God of Order and Reason. His desire is to have fellowship with His creation. God takes delight in knowing that those He made can freely love and worship him.

Let’s join together for a wonderful 2015.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:20


United Methodist Women Meeting

By Joan Neubauer

The February meeting of United Methodist Women will be held on Monday, February 2nd at 1:30pm in the upstairs lobby of the church. The programs for the month will include a presentation from Abbott House in Mitchell SD, which provides residential treatment and (limited) foster home services to girls between the ages of 7 and 18, as well as some vital information on “Heart Health” presented by Parish Nurse Susan Thorson.

At the January meeting Dee Carson, who had served 5 years as President, installed officers for the coming year: Delores Kafka as Secretary, Diane Kisch as Treasurer, Marsha Johnson as Vice-President and Joan Neubauer as President.  Dee was gifted with a rose and thanked for her devotion to this important organization within our church.

Missions Corner

Pillow Case dresses are being sewn for a March trip to Haiti. Donations of ribbon or bias tape are needed for this project. There will be a basket located in Wesley Hall for these items. 

Turkey Supper

Sue May, Carol Becker, Nancy Hetherington, Kristi Palecek & Diane Kisch Co-Chairs

The Annual Turkey Supper will be held Saturday, March 7th.  We will serve from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Proceeds from this year’s supper will go to the Sr. High Youth for their Youth 15/Mission trip to Orlando, FL in June.  We will be asking committees to help this year as has been done in the past along with the youth going on the trip and their parents, one of the co-chairs will be in contact with the committees soon. We will be selling advanced tickets as well as tickets at the door (we would really like people to purchase their tickets in advance so we have an idea on numbers).  Cost of the tickets will be Adults tickets (13 and older) $10; children (4-12 year olds) $5 and 3 and under will be free. Sign-up sheets will be available in Wesley Hall for donations starting Sunday, Feb 1st. Please have the donations to the church by Sunday, March 1st. Turkeys can be brought to the church placed in the chest freezer in the Sr. High Youth room anytime – please sign your name to the donation list on the top of the freezer so we know who has brought their turkeys.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars and plan to join us for some wonderful food and fellowship.

Questions call Sue May (664-0582) or Carol Becker (665-4694)

Financial Peace

Financial Peace classes Sundays at 1pm in the Upper Room, please use the north entrance, east door. The class will last about 11/2 hours and is a 9 week course.  Classes are open to anyone new and costs $99. Anyone who has taken the class before may attend for free as a refresher course. Any questions please contact Denise Willman or Laurie Baily.


KYNT Radio Broadcast

It’s time to sign up to sponsor a Radio Broadcast during the 2015 year.  The signup folder is located on the table in the Church Lounge. If you want a certain date, get signed up right away.  The cost to sponsor a Sunday broadcast is $45.00.


Youth News

by Kevin Ryherd

Wednesday, February 25th at 7:00pm.We will be Eating and Listening that night to Phil Hamman who will be speaking to the Youth about his book Under the Influence. He will be here speaking to the Teens and their Parents ALL ARE Invited for this night of eating and listening


Kids for Christ

KFC (Kids for Christ) is open to all youth in grades 6-8.  The group meets weekly for fellowship and fun.  Please plan to join us!


1/30-1/31 – Winter Connection 

Sr. High Youth News

1/30-1/31 – Winter Connection 


Please make sure you grab a survey from Kevin as we are amping up for a Great 2015 Here at First. We want your feedback and need your ideas!


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.


New Photo directory

We are excited to be doing a new church photo directory this year. 

Picture dates will be March 17-21 and March 24-25.

Scheduling is done online by following the Lifetouch link on the Church website and during the upcoming online signup times at the church. 

There is no cost to have your pictures taken and put in the directory. 

If you have any questions or need help getting signed up please contact Corey Enfield or Bob Thue.




Thank you to all those who have delivered Meals On Wheels for the last 6 months: Arlo & Carlene Watchorn, Marge Stengle & sons, Bonnie Hansen, Bill Sohl, Connie Vander Walle, Dave & Marilyn Holzwarth, Bob Cappel, Darwin & LaVilla Tessier, Bob & Jane Walser, Warren Peterson, Jan Lyso, Shar & Mark Peterson, Ken and Mary Alice Halverson, Bill & Mary Heubaum. I truly appreciate your doing this.

God Bless You.

Delores Kafka, Meals On Wheels, Coordinator


Thanks to all those who remembered me at Christmas with gifts and cards.  Also Thank you to all the church family for your encouragement and kind words while I worked in the office.  God had a plan and put me where I needed to be at the time. It was rewarding to serve God and my church family. It was enjoyable to work with Rev. Ron, Craig and all the other staff members. Thank you all so much.  

Delores Kafka, former Sub. Secretary


Marsha and I would like to say thank you to each and every one of you who remembered us this past Christmas with cards, gifts, and goodies!  We are so thankful that we share this time in our lives with you serving God together here in the wonderful Yankton community and beyond!  We are truly blessed to be sharing the journey of faith with such caring and giving people.

Rev. Ron and Marsha Johnson


I want to start off by expressing gratitude for your recognition of my scholarly advancements. Yankton First United Methodist Church has supported me throughout my years and I am

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very thankful for that backing. There are so many opportunities that I have been able to experience because of the support that the church has given me. My current endeavor has me at Seminary in Chicago of all places. Being here at school has be another wonderful and priceless experience, and I am only in my first semester! I have been learning so much from my classes, friends, and Chicagoland. Because of your constant support, I know that I am able to achieve all that God has set before me. It has been such a blessing to be a part of such a wonderfully supportive church home. Thank you all again for your love.

Valerie Hummel


Your financial and prayerful support, along with the time and talents of volunteers, are critical to the success of this ministry. We pray that God will be glorified through this effort, that we will continue to seek his guidance and that those who come seeking help will be received with love and compassion.

Servant Hearts Clinic, Inc.


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:

Don Boyd’s family. He passed away Jan. 24th.


Hali Strom family. Hali passed away Jan. 7th.


Linda Fox’s dad Red Nelson


Don & Carole Hurley’s daughter, Valinda


Barb Hirsch, Dorothy Johnson


Helen Mischke’s great-grandson


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, Lowell Teichroew,


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


Susan Schavee's Cousin Bob Cokerham


Judy Bevers, niece Stacey Wood


Dave Cornemann’s great-nephew Gavin Yasat


Art & Bernice Tuttle, Vi Waters,


Faith Vander Tuig, Wilma Rahn,


Margaret Bartels nephew, Craig & cousin, Joan


Sarah Anderson, Bob & Jane Walsers’ daughter


Ken Philippi, Mark Giziewski, Velma Decker


Shirley Bogue, Bob Cappel, Shirley Nelson,


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. 

February Birthdays

1 - Jeffery Burling, Garrett Brandt, JD Ewing

2 - Jacob Cunningham

3 - Jill Foss, Cheryl Doby

5 - Merle Larson, Madison Styles, Marge Maxon

6 - Jaiden Parish

8 - Sophia Tramp, Sherry Daugherty,

      Brody Burgeson

9 - Nicole Baily, Donovan Pigney,

     Sandy Ronfeldt

10 - Ross Den Herder, Travis Hagen

11 - Margaret Vondracek

13 - Chloe Cornemann, Kevin McKee

14 - Alex Wieseler

15 - Jeremy Klinkhammer

16 - Marsha Bertsch, Susan Schavee

17 - Diane Kisch, Bob Peterson

18 - Phil Jaquith, Myles Tieszen, Erin Olson

19 - Francis Hunhoff

20 - Garrett Rempfer

22 - Barry Schroeter, Gabriel Olson

24 - Kim Slemp, Jean Johnson

25 - Rosalinda Regalado, Jay Gravholt,

       Amber Hannemann, Tracy Dutrow

28 - Paxton Bartels, Dick Fox,

       Nancy Hetherington, Jacksen Lawrence