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

March 2015

Pastor’s Word   By Rev. Ron

The journey of Lent has begun and we follow Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem during these forty days.  Jesus calls each of us to pick up our cross and follow him.  But the questions are these: How might we, who are the followers of Christ, enter into Lent today?  How can we use these forty days to deepen our lives in and with Christ, with our neighbor?  How might we, who have been called to be disciples, use these days of preparation and penitence as an opportunity to walk the way of the cross, to join Jesus in the journey to the cross?

When Holman Hunt told his artist friends that he was going to paint Christ, they pointed out the absurdity of the undertaking.  “You can paint only what you can see,” they insisted, as the principle of their school of painting.  “You will only waste your time trying to do the impossible.”  But I am going to see him,” Hunt replied.  “I will work by his side in the carpenter shop.  I will walk with him over the hills of Galilee.  I will go with him among the poor, the blind, the lame, the leprous.  I will go to Gethsemane with him.  I will travel with him to Calvary and climb the cross with him, until I see him, and then I will paint him.”

Those of us who have stood with moved hearts as we looked at Holman Hunt’s “Light of the World,” knocking at the closed door, feel convinced that the great painter did live with Christ until he saw him with eyes of joy and wonder.  But it was not a dead Christ that he saw, but the living Christ trying to find entrance into the human heart.

My friends, dare we do less than live with Christ until we see him with eyes of joy and wonder?  It is my prayer that Lent will be for each of us a period of self-reflection and examination. 

How have we failed to live the life that God would have us live?  How do we neglect and ignore our neighbor?  It is time to uncover our broken and the ways that we live incomplete, imperfect lives we must not deny or avoid the reality of sin in our lives and the world around us.  Only by confronting the principalities and powers that seek to overwhelm us will we come to the end of our journey understanding that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:38)


Lenten Study

Our Lenten Study this year focuses on Adam Hamilton’s book “Final Words from the Cross”.  In 24 Hours That Changed the World, Hamilton took us on a Lenten journey through the last day of Jesus’ life. Now in this inspiring follow-up book, Hamilton explores Jesus’ final words as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of those who stood near the cross. Each chapter begins with the biblical account followed by a first-person story as might have been told from the viewpoint of one of the characters at the cross. Then the chapter explores the meaning of Jesus’ dying words for our lives today. Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kanas. This DVD study will begin Wednesday, February 25th from 7:15-8pm. We will plan to meet on the following Wednesday evenings during the Lenten season. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Ron. Everyone is welcome to attend.


United Methodist Women Meeting

By Joan Neubauer

The next meeting of UMW meets on Monday, March 2nd at 1:30pm in the upstairs lobby outside the sanctuary. The meeting will begin with prayer and the Mission Statement and will feature a presentation by Mr. Mike Foss of the State of SD Job Service, whose topic will be “My Life’s Journey”.  A business meeting and refreshments will follow.  All women of the church and community are invited to join in an afternoon of worship, education, socialization and sociability.


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)


Worship Corner


Valet Parking Service

Craig Sherman, chairperson

The Worship Committee is in the process of reevaluating our Valet Parking service.  This was started a number of years ago before the new addition and elevator were constructed.  The mission at that time was to allow members and visitors to enter the church through the northeast entrance and avoid the stairs up to the second level of our building.  Assistance was given to those needing it and their cars were parked for them and retrieved after the worship service.  This service continued after our new addition was completed in 2006. 

Our vision is to expand the service to be more than parking cars, but to provide assistance to all members and visitors when needed.  This assistance may include helping unload the wheelchair van and opening the doors, assisting parents by watching their children while they can park their cars, and providing information to first time visitors.  Our valets are the first person visitors encounter as they enter our church and it is vital that they have a positive first impression of our church. 

We are grateful to those who have and are currently serving as valets, but we would like to expand our group of volunteers.  If this is an area where you can be of service to God and your church, please let Rev Ron or myself know.  Please prayerfully consider becoming a part of this vital service.


Girl Scout Sunday

Girl Scout Sunday is Sunday, March 8th. If any Girl Scouts would like to present the flags please contact Heather Hirsch at 660-3392.


One Great Hour of Sharing

With March just around the corner, our church will participate in the One Great Hour of Sharing on March 15th. This gives us an opportunity to help with the missions of UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). More will be said about their missions at a later date. Banks are available to assist with your donation. Envelopes will be placed in an upcoming Sunday’s bulletin if you choose to write a check.


Spring Cleaning? Habitat Bike Team Seeks Donations

The Habitat for Humanity Bike Team is seeking donations for their annual rummage sale.   This two-day sales event will be held on March 27th and 28th at First United Methodist Church located at 207 W. 11th Street.  Donations will be accepted at the Church beginning March 23, 2015.  Habitat will pick up donations if needed; please call Tom and Jane Gilmore at (605) 665-8303 to schedule a time.

The Habitat Rummage is a very popular 2-day sales event with all proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Yankton County.  The bike team hosts this annual event to help fulfill their requirement of raising at least $1000 per rider to be donated to the affiliate of their choice.  The current bike team members are Glen and Barb Mechtenberg, Tom and Jane Gilmore, Barb and Heidi Olson, Liza and Guy Larson and Julie Dykstra.  Last year, the bike team raised just under $25,000 for Habitat of Yankton County!!


Giving Up--Taking On     

  By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

The season of Lent has arrived.  It is a time of preparation, reflection into our own lives, and repentance.  We need to re-evaluate and realign ourselves focusing toward God.  My question is what do we give up for Lent but also what can we take on that will be life-giving to others?

What are you giving up?  Perhaps it’s eating desserts, social media time, or watching television. By doing this, it is a form of fasting so we can get away from all the distractions and really focus on God. We can “take on” daily devotional practices and more time devoted to prayer.  Perhaps we can look at how we serve others in a new way.  We could join a Bible study, volunteer in the community, visit a homebound person, or serve in the music ministry of the church.

We also need to observe the Sabbath weekly to help us to develop a spiritual discipline.    Perhaps each day at the beginning of your work day you can meditate for a few minutes to get yourself centered on the important things of the day, read a devotional, read a prayer, or a poem to feed your spirit.  In the days of Lent when we are sacrificing we will learn what is important and find a deeper meaning to this season.  By “taking on” we will see the face of Jesus, who gave so much for each of us, in the people we serve.


Mission Moment

Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in."

The Center is a club in Yankton for adults of all ages-formerly known at The Senior Citizen Center.  Their mission is to respond to the ever changing needs of all adults & their families, provide opportunities & resources in the area of physical & mental health, nutrition, recreation, education and to positively affect their quality of life and assist in maintaining their independence." Our

church supports The Center. We have many in our congregation that deliver Meals on Wheels to area

residents.  An average of 71 meals per day are delivered in Yankton.  In February, our Mission focus is The Center Meals on Wheels program. They will be receiving $500 from 1st United Methodist Church. Thank you to all who serve them.


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


All Things Possible

Matthew 19:26

Believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail. William Faulkner

Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it. Josephus Daniels


With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible


Many fans have no idea the level of personal muscle fatigue and mental exhaustion professional athletes and specifically professional football players endure. Many players in the NFL begin to better understand the grind of the season and the toll it takes on a player physically and mentally.

            One player was quoted as saying “I had my life and I had my faith, and they were two separate things. But as I began to grow in my relationship with God, I began to understand how they fit together.”

            This player began to understand how they fit together. He later stated that struggles were into a thing to dread but a time to grow in character and integrity while his behavior was being shaped by God.

            Let me ask you a question? How many times have you been disappointed or frightened or personally attacked? The Apostle Paul knew what it felt like to be rejected, forgotten, hated, lonely, isolated and misconstrued. He refused to equate defeat with failure, or disappointment with lack of commitment. He finished his work and he finished strong.

            Paul saw his struggles not as impossibilities but as opportunities to testify to his faith in God. He regularly reminded his colleagues and persecutors, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

            A person’s belief system operates much like a thermostat. How and what we about God, His Word, and ourselves will affect our determination to be successful and to have victory over our problems.

            There are many points of focus we could consider when it comes to dealing with challenges life brings our way. I have for you 5 thoughts from scripture on how to deal with testing times.

#1 God loves us and has a plan for Our Lives

#2 Never Give Up!

#3 Study God’s word

#4 Utilize the gifts God has given you

#5 You are Not Alone!

            Whatever your tests, wherever the challenge, whoever the enemy, remember that God is the Victor! If we trust him who is able, we can finish strong in whatever we set out to do. Go Ahead give it a Try.

By perseverance the snail reached the ark. Charles Haddon Spurgeon


Kids for Christ

By Julie Dykstra

March 1st @ 6:30pm – 8pm

March 8th @ 6:30pm – 8pm

March 13th – Lock-in more details to come

March 15th – NO KFC

March 22nd @ 6:30pm – 8pm

March 29th @ 6:30pm – 8pm


Sr. High Youth News

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)


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.


World Day of Prayer

Church Women United will present World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 6th, 2pm, at Avera's The Bluffs Gathering Place, 2111 W. 11th St., Yankton. Refreshments will follow the service.


History notes:


155 years ago

Dakota Methodism really began when Bishop Baker, presiding at the upper Iowa a Conference held at Dubuque, Iowa, on August 29, 1860, appointed Rev. S.W. Ingham to the “land of the Dakotas” connecting this circuit with the Sioux City District. On October 21, 1860, he preached the first Methodist sermon in Yankton, a “city” of three log cabins and two frame houses. His congregation consisted of two women and five men. We read that the sermon was nearly broken up by the arrival of a steam ship.

From writings of Mrs. R.D Hill

(mother of Dorothy Johnson)




KFC wishes to thank our church family for supporting our efforts to raise money so that we can be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community and beyond.  The Chili Cook off raised about $500 which will be donated to charities, a huge component of our youth group.  We know that it is God’s will for us to help those less fortunate and we feel blessed to have served the following throughout the past 3 years: 

The Contact Center, Kids Against Hunger (now Mercy Meals),  Sack Pack, Tree of Life Ministry, Relay for Life, The Women and Children Center (now River City Domestic Violence Center), Red Cross and our own congregation by cleaning up yards for the elderly.  We ask for your continued prayer support as we continue our journey of becoming disciples of God.


Thank you so much for your amazing contribution for our trip to Peru. Also, thank you for giving us the opportunity to worship with you! You are an amazing loving and supportive church family. God Bless!

DWU Peru Team


 A Gift of $614.25 was collected and donated to the Haiti trip coming in March. Gena, Garrett, & Garner Brandt will be going with a group to the island of LaGanove to build benches, do concrete work, conduct Bible School, and visit an orphanage. Thank you to the Sunday School Leaders, Sunday School children and their families for remembering this project with your donation.

The trip is scheduled for March 22-30 and these monies will be used to help the Haitian people. Thanks again and God Bless!


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:

John Shelburg family, John passed away.


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 cousins Linda Dempsey and Cynthia Thomeer


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, 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. 

March Birthdays

1 - Terra Rehurek, Morgyn Jaquith


4 – Delores Kafka, David Schmer,

Syndee Droppers, Herb Hornstra


6 - Palmer Hagen


7 - Emily Gulick

8 - Rob Hale

9 - Ketty Cornemann, Clayton Stoddard,

      Gabe Slowey, Reid Dutrow


11 - Jeffery Mraz


12 - Carol Peterson, Sue May, Craig Karnes

13 - Kyle Hirsch, Pat Alder


15 - Pat Kraft


16 - Lexie McCorkell, Xavier Stilwell

17 - Zander Young, Julie Orton


18 - Jack Slowey


19 - Mark Peterson

21 - Beth Parr, Conner Nickles,

       Dawn Kabella, Ken Nebola           


22 - Amber Reaney, Brevin Hansen,

       Camden Pietz


24 - Katie Rodig, Trevor Pasch


25 - Carla Hummel


26 - Don Hurley, Ken Philippi, Linda Hagen,

  Marsha Johnson


28 - Shirley Bogue, Allan Wieseler, Kloe Gall


29 - Lindsey King, Jan Aughenbaugh




            A minister on the Internet, who calls himself simply Pastor Tim, loves to tell jokes. One joke is about a little girl sitting on her grandfather’s lap, while he reads a bedtime story to her.

            As the child listened, she kept reaching up to her grandfather’s face to trace his many wrinkles with her finger. When the story was finished, she looked at him quizzically and said, “Granddaddy, did God make you?”

            “Yes, sweetheart,” he answered, “God made me a long time ago.”

            “God made me too, didn’t he?’

            “Yes,” he affirmed. “God made you not too many years ago.”

            She then placed one of her hands on her own face, noticed how smooth it was and said, “God’s getting better at it now, isn’t he?”