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

June 2015

Pastor’s Word     By Rev. Ron

A few weeks ago we declared that one of God’s precious gifts to his children is that of a good mother. Equal time is demanded as we approach Father’s Day, so we state that another of God’s gifts is that of a good father.

Some may ask why are fathers around? Are they really God’s gift to us? I submit we must answer yes. In this, I admit I am prejudiced. I have been blessed with the kind of man who has filled my life. From my own father to my stepfather, father-in-law, and grandfathers, I have been blessed with men who spent a great deal of time with me. They, over the years, gave me a deep sense of goodness and faithfulness.

Over the course of time children have always asked big questions. They are not questions that can be answered by googling on the internet.

How does a father answer his child when that youngster asks, “why is there hate?” or “why do people want to destroy the world?” It never ends. It is one thing, as someone has remarked, when a three year old at the beach comes running to his father with a bucket of ocean water and shouts, “Here’s the ocean, Daddy!” It is another thing when a thirty year old comes to his father crying,” Here is the truth!” How do you handle that? Do you know – can you convey – that his little bucket can never hold the whole of wisdom? One of the Proverbs caught it – “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.”

My friends, a good father is close to God, so his children can catch the light of faith for themselves.

If a father is a gift from God, he becomes a hero to his children. There is always a need for more heroes these days – men who live admirable lives in difficult situations, who serve as models to their children. What makes a hero today?

Listen to this description of a hero by Michael R. Weed: “That person who refuses to “fulfill his professional potential” at the cost of his truly human potential. That person who, though in actual pain, continues to look to the needs of others. That person who, in spite of bitter disappointments, still praises God as the Giver of all good gifts.  That person who, though viciously slandered and misunderstood, refuses to become discouraged or to fight back. All those who stand by promises and commitments made in good faith, who remain loyal to friends, who are trustful in conversations, who are alert to opportunities for helping others, especially the small and the weak.”

Are we providing such fathers here in our church?

One thing more a good father gives to his children today – a sense of Christian hope. Many young people do not see better days ahead. They do not believe they will grow old, the earth will not be around that long. Hope - real, dynamic Christians hope is in such short supply now. This a good father must in still his children.

Hope that God can and does have the power to transform life. Hope that God can bring good out of evil, turn the wrong into right, make the best of the worst. The hope of the Cross and Resurrection!

Blessed is the father who has hope. He will give his children such hope in order to live life well. Yes, a good father is God’s gift to human kind and is truly evidence of God’s eternal love for us!

Summer Worship Times

A contemporary service will be held at 7:00pm on each Wednesday evening beginning May 27th. A traditional service will be held each Sunday morning at 10:00am beginning May 31st. Coffee fellowship on Sunday morning will begin at 9:30am and nursery service will be available from 10:00 – 11:00am.


United Methodist Women     By Joan Neubauer

At the May meeting, the Quilters of the United Methodist Women proudly displayed two beautiful large quilts, recently completed, which will eventually find their way to Marketplace.  Jan Aughenbaugh spoke for the group, mentioning the fellowship and camaraderie which they find as they make their tiny stitches. The smiles on the faces of the participants told the story as well.

Our speaker, Angie O’Connor from the Avera Wellness Center, challenged us to continually work at increasing our strength and agility and taught us several simple isometric and strength exercises, some of which can be done from a sitting position.  Other business included donation of items for the layettes, also scheduled for Marketplace, and making plans to organize all of the items received so far in order to be ready for the fall.  The motion was passed to donate $300 to the Youth 15/Mission Trip in June, in addition to donations made previously to local non-profit organizations.

Delores Kafka thanks all church members who have agreed to help with Meals on Wheels.  She says she is “almost never” turned down when she calls.  Mary Alice Halverson and Jane Miller thanks those who respond favorably when asked to help with lunches provided after funeral services.  Again, they are “almost never” turned down when called.

The meeting on June 8th will be the last until September and will be a field trip/retreat to the Abbott House in Mitchell SD, a facility that serves abused and neglected girls from the ages of 7 to 23.  You do NOT need to be a member of UMW to take part in this excursion.  We will take the church van and cars, if necessary, leaving the church parking lot at 8:00 on Monday, June 8th and returning about 4:00 p.m.  There is no charge; reservations for lunch will be made at a local restaurant and each lady will be responsible for her own lunch.  There is room for YOU – please call Joan at 260-9564 to add your name to the list of ladies who will be going.


Mission U

Reminder to UMW Members – July 9 – 12th mark the dates for the annual Mission U. Theme “Learning Together for the Transformation

of the World” at Dakota Wesleyan University. More information coming soon!!!!


Mission Moment


Building a Ramp

            Volunteers are needed to help build a ramp at a residence in Gayville, SD for a family who has a young wheelchair-bound child. This building opportunity will be in coordination with Habitat for Humanity, S.E. Family Services, and our Mission Committee. This will take place on June 13th and the hours have not yet be determined. A sign-up sheet will be in Wesley Hall.


Bike and Build

            Another opportunity to serve will be during the Bike and Build event from July 10-12th. Volunteers will be needed for; 1. Providing snacks upon the cyclists arrival, 2 providing Friday night dinner for them at our church and breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday and 2. Providing transportation to and from the Summit Center. Sign-up sheets will be placed in Wesley Hall 2-3 weeks prior to the event.

            Please search your heart to determine how you might be able to volunteer your time, talents or treasures for these 2 projects.


National Safety Month  By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages and are the leading cause of deaths for Americans ages 1 to 44. We can do something about preventing injuries. We can work together to identify and report safety hazards.  If you see a safety hazard at church, let a member of the trustees, Rev. Ron, or Craig Sherman our facilities manager know. This article today will focus on prevention of falls. One in three adults over 65 fall each year.  Use these steps to decrease your risk of falling:

1.)   Keep active to improve your balance, and make your legs stronger

2.)   Join an exercise class at a local Wellness Center or at The Center

3.)   Do leg strengthening activities 2x a week by lifting weights or using resistance bands

4.)   Talk to your doctor about safe use of medicines as some meds can make you sleepy or dizzy

5.)   Get your vision checked as poor vision can increase your chances of falling

6.)   Make sure your home is safe as half of falls occur at home

7.)   If you are 65 or older get a bone density test to measure bone strength

8.)   Make sure you eat calcium vitamin D foods to keep your bones healthy

9.)   Get enough sleep as this will help with  making better decisions to avoid injuries

10.)                  If you drink alcohol, do so in moderations as alcohol can increase your risk of falling

11.)               If you know someone who is at risk for falls, start a conversation about fall prevention

You may be more likely to fall if you have:  fallen in the past year, have heart disease or diabetes, have trouble walking, getting up from a chair, or stepping up on a curb, taking medicine to help you relax or sleep, or if you have trouble seeing or have cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration.

Be as strong as you can be, be balanced in body, mind and spirit and don’t take chances.

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services.


Directory Photos

If you did not have a photo taken for the directory, we will be taking submitted photos until June 15th.  Please submit a photo no larger than 5x7, preferably matte finish.  If it is photograph done by a professional photographer you must submit a copyright release form.  All submitted photos must also include a $10 submission fee.  


VBS - Mt Everest   By Denise Willman

Make plans now to join us for fun and games. We are excited to present Mt Everest as our VBS program for the year 2015.  All children ages PreK- fifth grade are welcome to attend.  Friends, family and neighbors are all welcome to come along.

The VBS program will run from 6:00pm to 8:00pm starting Aug 2nd – 6th. There will be a free meal at 5:30pm each night and a small VBS program on Thursday night at 7:45pm.

As in the past, different committees will be responsible for different jobs. These job will most likely be different from the jobs they had last year.  Just trying to mix it up and keep it fair.  Please contact your committee in June to see what job your committee has been appointed to.  We will need volunteers to help make props and shepherd the children to their different activities. If you have any questions at all, please contact me. Thanks in advance for all you do. 


Youth News   By Kevin Ryherd

Summer Schedule for KFC and Sr. High Youth will be Sundays at 6:00pm till 7:30pm

Please check the calendar of events for the month of June

June 7th Water Balloon Fight

June 14th Gideon Cont...

June 21st Disc Golf at the Park

June 28th Youth Mission Trip


Let’s Do This

Attention Youth Volunteers and KFC Kids - Let’s Do This

I wanted to get you the information in regards to Relay for Life, June 26th & 27th, 6pm to 6am at Riverside Park. Teams are encouraged to raise $100 per team member to earn the t-shirts.  (In the past KYNT has sponsored the team)

Teams are encouraged to have someone on the track during all of the hours…throughout the night.  And we have some activities/games throughout the event too.

Some teams even have fundraisers at the event. You can sign up online at


Underdog  By Kevin Ryherd

Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ ~ Galatians 6:2

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. ~ Epicurus


Have you ever really been down and out?

            When Namath returned to the hotel, he called cornerback Johnny Sample, the Jets' defensive captain, into his room.

            "Joe told me, 'I said something tonight that's gonna be all over the news tomorrow,'" Sample says. "I asked him: 'What did you say?' He told me he guaranteed we'd win the game. I said, 'Man, you didn't say that.' He said yeah, he did.
            "The thing was, we all thought we'd win the game. We had studied film on the Colts and we were really confident. But a guarantee? Joe said, 'Well, we're gonna win, aren't we?' I said, 'Yeah, Joe, we're gonna win, but you shouldn't have said it.'

            Jets coach Weeb Ewbank knew nothing of Namath's comments until the next day when he awoke to find the "guarantee" bannered across the front page of the morning paper. He was absolutely furious. He had instructed his players to lavish praise on the Colts and, if possible, make them even more overconfident. Namath's outburst, he feared, jeopardized everything.

            Playing before a capacity crowd at the Orange Bowl, with millions more watching on television, Namath coolly dissected the mighty Colts. He exploited the right side of Baltimore's defense.
            With his quick release, Namath and the Jets offensive line beat the Colts' blitz with quick passes to split end George Sauer (8 receptions, 133 yards). The brash 25-year-old quarterback proved to be every bit as good as advertised -- and much better than the Colts bargained for.

            “We touched a lot of people's lives," Namath says. "I can't tell you how many times I have had people tell me they used our win as a motivating force. Teachers, coaches, everyday people. The moral is the same: If the Jets did it, you can do it.
            Namath went on to say that “We sent a message to all the underdogs out there. If you want something bad enough and you aren't afraid to lay it on the line, you can do it. It's an important message because if people don't have hope, really, what do they have?

            The scripture tells us that our hope is in the Lord. If we can be secure in our hope of Jesus it will inspire other areas of our lives. When we live and work for a hope bigger than our own. It inspires and invigorates those around us to hope and dream.

Remember an Underdog is really an underdog only until the game begins…..

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don't give up. ~ Anne Lamott

I believe what is important is the goal of making the most of your abilities. That goal is within your reach. ~ John Wooden


Trustee News  By Loy Gravholt, Chair

Hopefully, you have noticed how attractive our campus looks. Jane and Tom Gilmore, Lydia Giziewski and Loy Gravholt trimmed the bushes and junipers and planted the flowers.

Dan Swihart and Kevin Ryherd helped Loy and Jane distribute the wood chips. The Paleceks and Sawatzkes do the mowing.

As usual Carol Becker has provided muffins for morning coffee.


You’re Invited

Join us for a special 90th birthday celebration for Gene Alexander Saturday, June 6th 3-5pm at Majestic Bluffs 2109 W 11thst Yankton, SD. If you are unable to attend and wish to send a card, please mail to: Gene Alexander, Majestic Bluffs, Apt 225, 2109 W 11th St. Yankton, SD 57078


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:

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


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. 

June Birthdays

1 - Laura Gulick


2 - Anna Gulick, Rev. Ron Johnson


4 - Jared Buchholz, Kristi Peterka


5 - Kayla Styles

6 - Amanda Knode, Justin Johnson


8 - Helen Zdenek, Keith Dahlberg


9 - Gene Alexander

10 - Kylee Cardoza, Becki Stoddard


11 - Reid Sawatzke, Tami Blum, Cassie Moderegger


12 - Al Pigney, Garette Hussing, Jill Huetig

13 - Mark Nickles, Linda Kyriss, 

       Norma Christensen, Virginia Larson


15 - Julie Giblin


16 - Kami Guthmiller, Brooke Brady


17 - Gena Brandt

19 - Adam Stoddard, Stephanie Burgeson, Keith Sayler


20 -Ken Bertsch, Jimmie Cunningham

21 - Sylvia Coulson


22 - Bode Thurman


23 - Maxine Clem


24 - Glen Hill


25 - John Shelburg, Heather Viergutz


26 – Pastor Bob Cappel, Lesley Hale, Kristi Palecek


27 - Sarah Odom, Sara McManus, Erica Garvey


28 - Josh Crawford, Calvin Wampol


29 - Val Tieszen


30 - Greg Gusso, Shana Platt, Tom Gilmore