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

May 2015

Pastor’s Word  

            By Rev. Ron

Russ Whetstone tells the story of when he was eight years old and living with his grandparents on their farm, he wanted more than anything to drive a team and wagon.  His grandfather told him to wait, promising to give Ross a wagon made to fit him so he might haul stone for a community road-building project.

His grandfather kept his promise.  Suddenly, because of his gift, a small boy was given new freedom, a new sense of worth, and power far beyond himself in order to be of service to others.

We must remember God kept a promise to us at Pentecost which we celebrate in just a few weeks.  The word had been given by the prophet Joel:  “I will pour out my spirit on everyone.”  Jesus called it “the promise of the Father.”  As he helped his disciples understand the scriptures, he said, “this is what is written:  the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later, and in his name the message of repentance e and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.  And I myself will send upon you what my Father has promised.  But you must wait in the city until the power from above comes down upon you.”

We give thanks at Pentecost for an event; the birth of the church.  But we must remember the pouring of God’s Spirit upon us can be a glorious and continuing reality.  Such was my experience yesterday as we celebrated the confirmation of nine young people from our church.

Praise God, the gift he gives and the power he bestows upon us are for everyone in all ages of time, even in 2015!  My friends, God calls us for service and promises us “power from above” for this joyous task!

And so I pray: Spirit of God descend upon my heart.  Come alive in me. Illumine me, for I am in darkness.  Cleanse me, for I am corrupt.  Encourage me, for I am insecure.

Empower me, for I am week.  Guide me, for I do not know the way.  Spirit of love, possess my heart. Spirit of wisdom, infuse my mind.  Spirit of power, occupy my body.  Spirit of joy, express yourself through me.  Renew me, fill me, use me, today, tomorrow, always, forever!  Amen and Amen


United Methodist Women Meeting

By Joan Neubauer

The April meeting of the United Methodist Women brought together ladies eager for Spring and to communicate with one another on the month just past. Dee Carson led devotions and Rose Nedved provided accompaniment for the hymn. Layette items were gathered, plans were made for attending a District meeting on April 18th and for a Retreat/Field Trip to the Abbott House in Mitchell in June, among the many items of business. The program was brought by Karen Schoenfelder who shared her experiences as a caregiver for a loved one, which led her to establish the Caregivers Group now meeting monthly.  

The May meeting will be held on May 4th at 1:30pm. Devotions will be led by Diane Kisch and the program will be given by Angie O’Connor from the Avera Wellness Center who will give hints on how to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Members are reminded to bring sleepers for the Marketplace layette kits to the May meeting. Hostesses for the afternoon are Dee Carson and Rose Nedved.


Graduate Recognition

2015 Senior Recognition will be held at the 8:30am service on Sunday, May 10th, with a reception following in Wesley Hall. Seniors you should be getting a letter this week, if you are graduating from High School and did not get a letter call the church office 665-2991). We would also like to list those in our church family that are graduating from college, please call Lisa in the office and let her know who is graduating, from what college and with what degree by Monday, May 4th.

Mission Moment


The Banquet

            FUMC will once again be serving at the Banquet on Tuesday, May 5th. There are sign-up sheets in Wesley Hall for volunteers as well as food and money donations that would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please contact Tami Blum at (605) 660-3144.


National Stroke Awareness Month

  By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

The National Stroke Association says if a person experiencing a stroke can be treated if people acted FAST.  80% of strokes can also be prevented.  By knowing the signs of a stroke, you may be able to “save a life” of a person experiencing a stroke.  We want you to be aware about “Acting FAST.”  FAST is the acronym for things to check in a suspected stroke victim:

F-Face-Does the face droop on one side when the person smiles?

A-Arm-After raising both arms, does one of the arms drift downwards?

S-Speech-After repeating a simple phrase, does the person’s speech sound slurred or strange

T-Time-If any or all of the above are observed call 911 and ask for medical assistance.

Stroke risk factors include:  high blood pressure, smoking tobacco, diabetes, coronary artery disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, cardiomyopathy, brain aneurysms, older age, personal or family history of stroke or transient ischemic attack.  Men are more likely to have strokes at a younger age than women but women are more likely to die of strokes.   Strokes occur more often in African Americans, Alaska Natives, and American Indians but can occur in any ethnic group.   Other risk factors for stroke, many of which can be controlled, are:  unhealthy cholesterol level, lack of physical activity, unhealthy diet, obesity, stress and depression, certain medical conditions such as sickle cell anemia, vasculitis, and bleeding disorders.

Symptoms of stroke include sudden weakness, paralysis,(inability to move or numbness of the face, arms, legs especially on one side), confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech, trouble seeing, problems breathing, dizziness, loss of balance, trouble walking, unexplained falls, loss of consciousness, and sudden severe headache.   

Remember to act FAST and call 911 to receive treatment as soon as possible after the signs to reduce damage to your brain and help avoid lasting disabilities. During a stroke every minute counts!

Source:  American Stroke Association


50 Year Members

Have you been a Methodist for 50 years or more, and haven’t been listed in the church record? Heritage Sunday, May 31st, will recognize 50 years members. If you joined a Methodist or EUB church in 1965 or earlier, please tell the church office.

FUMC at the FPC

The Evangelism Committee is organizing two worship services at the Federal Prison Camp on Sunday, June 28th and Sunday, August 30th.  Anyone interested in participating should contact Amy Nelson at 760.9068 or Bob Thue at 660.6051 and attend a planning meeting on

Wednesday, May 13th at FUMC at 6:00-7:00pm in the Upper Room to discuss details and break into worship teams.  


The Strongest Muscle

By Kevin Ryherd

Try not.  Do or do not.  There is no try.  ~

Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back

  Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.  ~ Doug Larson

Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be James 3:5-10

            I call him Coach Feely. But at every CORES luncheon that I have ever prayed at there is Coach Feely. Coach Feely is the founder of the Minnesota CORES. Coach Feely is not as famous as his grandson Jay who kicks for the Giants but the little place kicker has gleaned a few attitudes from his 90 year old grandfather. Recently Jay has not been kicking very well. One evening after a game in which he missed 3 important field goals and his team lost due in part to his misses he arrived home to find a note from his daughter. Dear Daddy, I missed your game because I fell asleep, I Love You.”

Jay mentioned this letter from his daughter after another tough loss in which he missed another important kick. These words of encouragement from his young daughter had their influence on this young kicker. Jay realized the impact that timely comforting words can have on a person’s perspective and on his perspective.

Articulating an encouraging attitude can motivate people in a special way. Our tongues are a little muscle, yet they have enormous power for both good and evil. In the book of Proverbs we find many references dealing with the positive use of our tongue. For instance, “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18. “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself form calamity”. Proverbs 21:23.

Webster’s gives this definition of encouragement: “to inspire with courage…to help or foster.” However, encouraging others is counter to what our society projects. Critics and scoffers abound. When we are not at the top of our game or our business, there are many who will doubt and be cynical. We must remember that Jesus came to encourage us.-the Lord came to “set free the downtrodden (Stepped On).”Luke 4:18.

The following is adapted from the writings of Oz Hillman. Let’s think about how our tongues can be used for encouragement and motivation.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21.

Words have the power to motivate or destroy. Energize or deflate. Inspire or create despair. Many a successful executive can remember the time his father failed to give him attention as a child. The result was either overachievement to prove his worth or underachievement to prove his

(Dad) was right.

Many a wife has lost her ability to love because of a critical husband. Many a husband has left a marriage because of words of disrespect and ungratefulness. Many an athlete has not lived up to his or her talents because a coach could not evaluate without attacking the person’s character or self-image. Stories abound to the power of words. There are just as many stories of those that have been encouraged, challenged, and comforted with words that made a difference in their life.

Jesus knew the power of words. He used parables to convey the principles of God’s kingdom. He used words of forgiveness and mercy. He used words to challenge. He used words to inspire His disciples to miraculous faith.

I believe it is especially significant that during Christ’s ministry, God chose two critical times to express His encouragement and love for His Son: In Matthew 3:16 when Jesus was baptized and in Matthew 17:3-5 when Jesus was transfigured. Both times God said to Jesus “I Love You; I am proud of You.

Do your words give Life? Do they inspire and challenge others to greatness? Who does God want you to encourage through your words today? Choose to affirm those who are nearest.

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal. ~ Jerome P. Fleishman

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.  ~Author Unknown

God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow in them.  ~Author Unknown


You’re Invited

Please join us for a Bridal Tea Party in honor of Valerie Hummel, bride elect of Seth LaBounty. Sunday, May 31st at G.A.R Hall Art Gallery, 508 Douglas St. Yankton, SD from 2:00-4:00pm open house. Gifts will be opened at 3:30pm. Bride is registered at Macy’s and Target. Bring your favorite recipe to be added to the bride’s recipe box at the shower.





On behalf of Habitat for Humanity Bike Team, I want to thank First United Methodist Church and the congregation for hosting our annual rummage sale this past weekend.  We are truly blessed to have the support of First Church and the members who allow us to overtake the church for 3 days, contribute items and help staff our rummage sale.  The total amount raised during the event was $10,387! 

The Bike Team donates this entire amount and much more to assist Habitat’s Christian housing ministry of offering a “hand-up” to families needing a decent, affordable home.  Your generous support helps lay a foundation of “Hope” for families to build upon so that they have the opportunity to live and grow into all that God intended.  

Blessings, the Habitat 500 Bike Team


Thanks to all who furnish salads and bars for funerals. This service to our church and families and friends is much appreciated.


As a class, we’d like to thank all of you who have been involved with our journey through confirmation. We’d like to begin thanking all of you who provided meals for us on Wednesday nights:  Jane Gilmore, Education Committee, Calvin & Debra Buchholz, Jim & Connie Sawatzke, Todd & Jane Rodig, Susie & Chad McCorkell, Julie Mooney, Amy & Paul Eichfeld, Jill Strom, Jeannie Kasik, and Merle & Gena Brandt. You have taken your time to serve us great meals, as well as provide us a good time of fellowship. We appreciate it!

We would also like to thank our mentors. You have all given up your free time to spend time to help us learn about God and the Church over these past months, plus you have helped with our service projects. You have guided us and provided us great Christian role models. Thank you for caring so much for us that you would walk with us on this journey!

Thank you to our Sunday School Teachers, Julie and Chrissie. You have helped keep us on track to get our work done through this journey. As much as we may not have liked it at the time, thank you for pushing us and showing us how to serve God.

Thank you Rev. Ron! You have helped us learn and understand more about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. You have done a good job sharing scripture with us to show us examples of how we should live.  You have been a great teacher; teaching us about the seasons of the Christian Calendar and about forgiveness. You have also helped us understand our gifts and how we can use them. 

Finally, we want to thank our parents and the rest of our Church Family. You have been supportive of us through our journey and have been there for us whenever we needed you. We have appreciated your positive feedback and affirmation after we helped with the Maundy Thursday Service. You have also provided us opportunities to serve.

             Thank you for all that you have done for us and we appreciate you coming to celebrate our Confirmation with us.

Megan, Morgan, Reagan, Tom, Elijah, Jared, Sam, and Cole

On behalf of the Finance Committee, thank you to everyone who purchases Hy-Vee cash cards through First United Methodist Church. The Committee recently approved a request to remodel the Jr. High Youth Room at an estimated cost of $5,538 using some of the proceeds from past Hy-Vee card sales. Last year alone, FUMC raised $6,206 through this very simple and valuable ministry that everyone can participate in. Hy-Vee cards are available for sale each Sunday before and between worship services. A special thanks to all past and present church members and office staff involved in this ministry.


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Denise Erickson's great nephew Zachary and great niece Jackie


The family of Helen Mischke. Helen passed away.


The family of Wilma Rahn. Wilma passed away.


Don & Carole Hurley’s daughter, Valinda


Barb Hirsch, Dorothy Johnson


Naomi Somer’s nephew Dean Jewell


Beverly Durst, Alicia Cornemann's mom


Karen Miller’s sister, Carol Olson


Theo Thompson, great-great grandson of Jean Droppers


Lowell Teichroew, Katie Watt,


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,


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. 


May Birthdays

1 - Payton Bartels, Todd Strom, Dorothy Johnson


2 - Brad Anderson, Mike Lawrence


3 - Tanner Dykstra, Gerrit Dykstra


4 - Joyce Boeckman, Dillon May, Mary Milroy


5 - Carole Hurley, Janni Guthmiller

6 - Gary Lohff, Art Tuttle


9- Cohan Pietz


10 - May Gall, Brittney Guthmiller


12 - Samuel Hummel, Todd Rodig


13 - Jan Boeckman


14 - Kathy Lawrence


15 - Doug Bailey, Philah Hathaway


16 - Jace McCorkell, Tina Gobel, Lillie Kirschenman,      

       Oakley Gall, Dan Dolejsi


18 - Larry Mayer, Chuck Gukeisen


19 - Margie Stengle, Nick Kisch, Madason Tessier


20 - Phyllis Dingman, Vivian Van Essen


21 – Kevin Doyb, Katheryn Hickey

22 - Cale Cornemann


23 - Monty Dahlberg


25 - Linda Wek, Carolyn Golden


27 - Tracy Kisch, Paul Foss


29 - Lyla Gukeisen,


30 - Mindy Reining, Lee Skalberg, Samuel Johnson

31 - Donna Mraz, Peggy Hannemann