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

April 2015

Pastor’s Word

            By Rev. Ron

One of the most powerful things about our human experience is the gift of memory.  Our memories shape us and almost dictate the way we approach the future.  The happy memories of her childhood Easters motivate a mother to recreate those joys for her children.  The memories of happier times together motivate a young couple to work through their problems to save a marriage.  The memories of friendship and acceptance in Sunday School lead a man back to church after many years away.  The great tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease is the way it robs its victims of memory Without memories, we lose touch with who we are we have nothing on which to build our relationships with those we love.

That being said, we know that not all memories lead us to life.  Not all memories are healing.  It’s a certain kind of memory that the Bible recalls to our minds-the memory that allows us to overcome everything that holds us down or harms us.  The memory that gives life is the memory the angels recalled for the women at the tomb following Jesus’ crucifixion.

“Remember how he told you,” they said.  Remember the promise Jesus has given.  It’s a promise that gives us hope.  And hope is what leads us into the future. 

You see, remembering what Jesus told us makes the difference between optimism and hope.  Optimism is the belief that a positive trend will continue.  But it may not.  Jesus’ friends were optimistic on Palm Sunday.  But things changed drastically during the week.

Hope isn’t based on what is going on at the moment or in the direction in which things are headed.  Hope is based on something from outside ourselves.  Hope is based on a promise that something is going to break in from the outside and change the course of events.

Hope is remembering the promises of God, remembering how he has broken into human events in the past, and the promise that he will do it again.  God knew how easy it is, in the press of life’s agendas, to forget who God is and what God has done.  God knew that unless we remember who God is and all he has done, we start to take at face value all the messages we hear bombarding us.

That’s why we keep telling the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection over and over again-so we won’t forget.  We bring our children to Sunday School to hear the same stories we heard as children.  We bring them even if they protest and squirm, because even if those stories don’t strike a chord when they’re first heard, there will come a time when they’ll remember, and remembering those stories will mean life.

There will hopefully come a time, as it did for the women at the tomb, when the word they had heard but hadn’t understood finally made sense.  Standing at the door of death, when everything seemed lost and they couldn’t figure out which way to go next, they remembered.  And when they remembered, they believed, and believing, they were filled with joy and ran to tell others.

On Easter Sunday, we will gather to remember the glorious victory Christ has won for us.  We will gather to remember that Christ is alive, that he gives us hope to carry us through every hardship life can sling at us.  We will gather to remember how Christ kept his promise that he would be raised, and to remember that he will keep his promise that we share his victory.  “Remember how he told you!”  Christ is risen.  He is risen indeed!

You are invited to be a part of all the worship services planned for Holy Week in our church.  Maundy Thursday service will begin at 7:00 pm on April 2nd.  Good Friday Tenebrae service will be at 8:00 pm on April 3rd.  Easter Sunrise Service with breakfast to follow will begin at 7:00am.  Easter Sunday worship will be at the regular times of 8:30am and 11:00am.  There will be no Sunday School on Easter Sunday.

We thank in advance all those persons who are helping to plan and participate in the Holy Week services and activities.


United Methodist Women Meeting

By Joan Neubauer

The March 6th meeting of the United Methodist Women was one of thanksgiving and sharing.  Devotions were led by Mary Alice Halverson and she accompanied the hymn singing as well.  The featured speaker for the day was Mr. Mike Foss, who is with the SD Job Service and extends a “helping hand” to many individuals who have run out of options.  His topic “My Life’s Journey” illustrated the outreach which he performs and which, he insists, benefits him as much as it does the recipients.

Committee reports were heard and instructions were provided for the assembling of the layette project presently “in the works”.  Those who care to are asked to bring receiving blankets to the next meeting on April 6th at 1:30 p.m.

The program for that date will be provided by The Caregivers with a presentation by Karen Schoenfelder and a question and answer period.  Devotions will be led by Delora Carson and hostesses for the afternoon are Mary Alice Halverson and Ann Withrow.  All women are invited to come and spend 90 minutes in conversation, education, worship and refreshment.


Summer Camp – Time to start planning!

Camp brochures should be here – if you did not get one in the mail you can find them on the bulletin board as you come in to the church or in the Education Office.  Deadline for the Early Bird price is April 30th.  The church & UMW will take care of ½ of the early bird cost of one camp per youth. If your youth is going to more than one camp you are responsible for the cost of the other camps.  If you register after April 30th – the church & UMW will only pay for ½ of the early bird cost.  You will be responsible for the difference between early bird and full price.

The registration process is a little different this year.   You will need to call Lisa in the office to get the church code that you will enter on the registration form this code will automatically subtract the church’s portion from your payment. Full payment is due when you register this year. To do this you will be able to select one of 2 options:  to pay in full or pay monthly with automatic credit card payments to be spread over three months.

You will be able to register more than one person at a time but if you are registering the same person for more than one camp you need to do a separate registration online for the second camp.  If you have questions about this process you can call Lisa in the office or Diane Kisch at 660-1242.

The Conference runs a Cross State Bus to Storm Mountain – if you plan to have your youth ride the bus you must mark it on your registration form.

We encourage you to attend camps that other youth in your grades are going to – hopefully we can carpool whenever possible.  Remember if your child is riding with someone it is common courtesy to help cover the cost of gas.  If you plan to use the church van – it needs to be half full (8 people or more – if you only have 7 and feel you need to use the church van check with the chairperson of the Trustees, or Rev Ron).  Those riding in the van are responsible for gas.  Lisa in the office needs to know if you would like your youth to ride in the church van or carpool with others.  She will be able to tell you if anyone else is signed up for a camp you are thinking about. It is very helpful if Lisa gets a copy of your registration forms so she knows what camps you youth are going to.

For the 1st – 3rd graders we need to have 1 adult attend camp with every 5 campers.  There is a cost for Shepherds that attend SonShine camp (K & 1st graders) & DaySpring (2nd & 3rd graders). 

  Remember the grade listed for each camp is the grade the camper is currently in.


Camp Scholarship Funds with the Dakotas Foundation

This fund was established to assist youth with camping registrations and/or expenses.  The main sponsor of this scholarship came from Ethel Schenk who originally contributed $3,750.  This amount, along with other memorial gifts from various people who designated the funds to be used towards camp scholarships, made up the balance. This money is invested with the Dakotas Foundation. This money is intended to assist families that have youth (1st grade through graduating seniors) attending camp that express the need for additional financial support to cover their share of the cost. The way the money will be distributed is any family that would like a little extra financial help is to fill out a Camp Scholarship Card located in the church office and place it in the decorated box by Sunday, April 12th. Families will be informed of the amount that will be applied to their youths camp cost on Monday, April 13th. The Education committee has a formula established to equally split the $500 amongst the designated recipients as an equal percent based on the cost of each camp.  It is the hope of the Finance and Education Committees that people will contribute to this fund and the size of our investment will grow so that the amount of money we are able to distribute grows.


Youth ’15 Fundraisers

The Sr. High Youth will be having a bake sale on Sunday, April 12th – come check out all the baked goods between services or following the 11am service.  We will also be hosting a Crop till you Drop Scrapbook event on Friday, May 1st /Saturday, May 2nd, if you are interested in attending this event contact Kristi Palecek for more details.


Night Club Updates

March 26th - Movie Night

April 2nd - Maundy Thursday - No Night Club

April 9th - Updates and preparing for lock-in

April 11th – Lock-in starts at 7:30pm

April 16th - Begin a new book -The 7 Experiment

Night Club Ladies have completed the book "When a Woman Trusts God".  We will begin The 7 Experiment on April 16th.  This is study about getting rid of excess items in our life and spending more time with God.  We would like to invite all women of the church and their friends to join us on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm.  Meetings are held in the Upper Room and we welcome you.  Please consider coming to the lock-in. It’s nothing but a fun evening with ladies and a great opportunity to meet other women.  Night Club is a study group that provides the opportunity to come when you can and you will be welcome at any time.   Any questions - contact Denise Willman 857-0435.

Habitat Rummage Sale

The Habitat 500 Team annual spring rummage to be hosted at FUMC on March 27th & 28th.  All proceeds from this event support our local Habitat for Humanity.


Just Move—Enjoy Physical Activity

  By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

“You should love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might.”  Deuteronomy 6:5

We know if we exercise routinely every day, our hearts will be healthier!  Spring is here so it’s time to get outside and do our favorite activity.  Start out slow and gradually increase the time and frequency of your exercise.  If you haven’t exercised for a long time be sure to have a physical by your doctor and find out what type of exercise is suitable for you. Exercising with another person increases our chances to stay with the exercise program encouraging one another in the goals we set for ourselves. Exercise strengthens our hearts but also helps strengthen our spirits. Many of us are caring for others, working and volunteering so we don’t seem to have much time for exercise.  But if we manage our time and exercise, we will be healthier and have more energy to do the things we enjoy. Here are some ideas for exercise:

Play with your children outside—run races or play hide and seek.

Ride your bicycle (wear a helmet for safety).

Work in your garden and clean up your yard.

Go out dancing with a friend.

Get a walking buddy and walk the Auld-Brokaw Trail or the Meridian Bridge.

Go jogging in the early morning and watch the sunrise. 

Learn to swim and enjoy the Summit Center indoor pool.

Plan a TV Turn-Off Week to explore the outdoors and life’s abundant possibilities.

Go to The Center (senior citizens center) and use the Nu-step machine.

Park your car further away from your work place.

Join an activity through the summer recreation program.

Use the stairs instead of the elevator if you are able.

Ask the parish nurse for the “Walk and Talk” Bible study.

Push a stroller around the park with your new baby.

Dear Lord, as we move each day, keep us mindful of the gift of our bodies and spirit.  Encourage us to celebrate our bodies with movement and become healthier in body, mind and spirit. Amen.


Mission Moment


Mercy Meals

Almost 18,000 children die every day from malnutrition, starvation and hunger related diseases. Please join the Mission’s Committee as we will be doing a pack with Mercy Meals (formerly Kids Against Hunger). It will be on Saturday, March 28th at 9am, located at the Calvary Baptist Church on Broadway. Packs last about 11/2 to 2 hours, and are a GREAT way to meet and visit with your church family while helping a good cause. Each bag packed provides six nutritionally complete servings to feed starving children around the world as well as the hungry here at home. Please sign up on the sheet in Wesley Hall or let someone one the Missions Committee know you’re interested. We’d love to see you there!

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


Failing Forward

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

Colin Powell


Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal.

Mike Ditka


The guy who takes a chance, who walks the line between the known and unknown, who is unafraid of failure, will succeed.

Gordon Parks

             It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13

Coaches work hard to develop in them the skills needed to protect the ball at all cost. Most NFL teams conduct a regular drill in which the runner scampers past a group of heavy handed teammates who attempt to knock the ball away.

Fumbles, failures, goofs-whatever you call them-do strange things to a team’s confidence. They can be momentum breakers and can produce lost games-both in sports and in life. On the flip side, however, when too much attention is placed upon these occasional failures, it can cost a good player his confidence and his composure.

            Wendell Tyler was a gifted 49er running back obtained from the Los Angeles Rams in the early 1980’s. He was quick and agile, providing Joe Montana with a solid receiver option out of the backfield. In 1983 and 1984 he led the team in rushing yards and considering Roger Craig was the other running back, Tyler did very well to gain as many yards as he did.

            Despite two great postseason performances in 1983 against the Detroit Lions and 1984 against the Miami Dolphins (which the 49ers won Super Bowl 19), Tyler was not invited back for a fifth season in part because he fumbled several times.

            How often have you dropped the ball? Maybe you have missed a critical appointment at work. Or perhaps you forgot your child’s or even your spouse’s birthday. If we place too much attention on our missed opportunities, we can become ineffective and depressed.

            Despite shortcomings, God can use each of us to build His Kingdom. I think too many people feel unworthy because they place too much focus upon their failures instead of on the graciousness of a loving God.

            Too often we glorify Bible characters and believe that our ability to serve God is less than those “saintly” prophets and apostles of yesteryear. It is encouraging to remember that our Heavenly Father has equipped each one of us with special talents. He wants us to utilize these gifts rather than be overly critical of failures. Think how God used biblical characters despite their imperfections:

Moses Stuttered

King was too small

John Mark was rejected by Paul

Hosea’s wife was a prostitute

Solomon was too rich

Abraham was too old

Timothy had ulcers

Peter was afraid to die

Lazarus was dead

John was self-righteous

Naomi was a widow

Paul was a murderer (so was Moses and David)

Jonah ran

Miriam was a gossiper

John the Baptist was a loudmouth

Solomon struggled with lust

             Aren’t we glad God does not keep a list of rights and wrongs? He is quick to forgive and forget; despite a bad year He still has us in His lineup for tomorrow or next week or next year. He doesn’t hire and fire like human bosses, because he is more than our boss. He is not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging, or brassy, not deaf to our cry or blind to our need.


Beat the Lions


             Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.            

Theodore Roosevelt


Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Sir Winston Churchill


Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

 Thomas A. Edison


Kids for Christ

By Julie Dykstra

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!



History notes 90 years ago

March 8, 1925 from Pastor’s Report, Rev. Ralph C. Shearer Thursday School, There are 166 children enrolled in the grades in our Thursday School, and 20 in the High School class. This work requires at least one day a week of the pastor’s time, and gives a big opportunity of service. (names of 8 teachers listed) who have served with great devotion”

“Some system of calling among the coomen of the church would be of great value to the kingdom. No work pays more for the amount of effort invested them does a friendly Christians call. Folks come to the church and to Christ through the friendly offices of warm hearted Christians.”



Thank you thank you thank you how do I say “thank you” for such an over-whelming out powering of love I have known over the past month?  I do thank each of you for the prayers, cards, calls, visits, help, errands run, yummy food when I was too tired to cook. God sends us countless blessings every day that we don’t appreciate enough until we meet one face to face. A caring church family comes as one of those blessings and I was very aware that you were one of those blessings. I certainly knew I was not alone – many of you were on the end of my telephone cord. For all you did and still do, I love and thank you. I hope to be back soon. May god richly bless your days?

Neta Thompson


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Vi Waters family, Vi 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


Lowell Teichroew,


Chase Michael Oja, Julie Dykstra’s nephew


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. 

April Birthdays

1 - Lorraine Slade, Megan Sage


2 - Sydney Bartunek, Ashley Willman,

     Greg Popma


3 - Teresa Rentsch, Margaret Bartels,

       Levi Davis, Brittney May, Mary Pietila


4 - Terry Hagen


5 - Lindsay Bodenstedt

6 - Mary Peirce, Chelsa Gall 


7 - Megan Berheim, Ben Mooney, Dorothy Wal


9 - Sara Giblin


10 - Derek Gravholt


11 - Chuck Nelson


12 - Morgan Tessier, Dena Den Herder

13 - Morgan King


14 - Jack Kyriss, Shirley Dangler, Jeannie Kasik,

       Connie Regalado, Kyle Kyriss

(April Birthdays continued on page 6)

(April Birthdays, continued)


15 - Troy Hunhoff


16 - Makayla Palecek, Owen Wieseler

17 - Austin Gobel, Laurie Baily


19 - Kennedy Bartunek


20 - Alexander Helgeland, Jenni Saffel,

        Alicia Cornemann, Verne Hanson,


21 - Eunice Northey, Cyver Pietz


22 - Mona Mullican, Alison Olson, Ryan Turner


23 - Shayce Platt, Bill Branson, Marc Mooney


24 - Elijah Strom, Mason Helgeland


25 - Leslie Johnson, Laura Johnson,

       Darwin Koerner


27 - Carolyn Cappel, Jessica Mathis


29 - Langdon Klinkhammer, Caleb Kisch

30 - Josh Saffel, Courtney True,

        Darin Cunningham



God isn't deaf

Little Sonia was praying loudly to God and asking for a new doll for her birthday. Her mother interrupted her and said, "There's no need to shout. God isn't deaf."

Sonia responded, "No, but Grandpa is and he's in the family room watching TV."