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

July 2015

Pastor’s Word  

            By Rev. Ron

In less than two weeks we will be celebrating another Independence Day which points first of all to how fast time flies during the summer months.  But it also raises the questions of what is the real meaning of freedom especially from a Christian perspective?

A young woman came into her pastor’s office.  She sat on a chair with a baby in her arms and a slightly older child who proceeded to take the office apart and pull at his mother’s dress.  She had only a few moments to talk because she was picking up her third child from the preschool when she left.  She apologized for her hair, which she had not had time to properly fix that morning, and for her dress, which was clean when she left home but now showed traces of milk and juice and two or three shades of baby food.  She and her pastor had already discussed what he came to see her pastor about and she was readjusting one child on her hip, pacifying the other to keep him from whining, and picking up scattered toys and debris from the visit.  “Wow!” she said, “when I think that four or five years ago I was dying to get married and move out of my parent’s house in order to be free, it almost blows my mind!”

Freedom is relative, isn’t it?  The teenager desires the freedom of the adult and the adult remembers the freedom of the teenager.  The poor long for the freedom of the rich and the rich dream of the freedom of the poor.  How we look at freedom depends on where we stand, and it makes freedom very hard to define.

But the New Testament is never confused about the real meaning of freedom.  The biblical view of freedom-genuine personal freedom-consists of knowing that we are the children of God and then living joyfully out of that knowledge without having to be guided by any external restraints.  The law was our guardian until Christ came, says the Apostle Paul, and then we learned what it is like to be the children of eternity, to be free in the Spirit of Almighty God.                     

I encourage you to read the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15 and Paul’s philosophical exposition of it in Galatians 3:23-26 to understand how this freedom is illustrated.

As I see it, real freedom-our freedom in Christ-isn’t freedom to do anything we choose to do.  It isn’t even freedom to remake the world the way we’d like it to be.  It’s the freedom of forgiveness and restoration, the freedom of acceptance and renewal, the freedom to be who we are in joy and peace and love.  It’s the freedom Paul spoke of in Galations, not to be slaves anymore, that only produces lives of anxiety and jealousy and desperation, but to be sons and daughters of God so that we experience the fruits of the Spirit, “love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  (Galatians 5:22-23).

Like the young mother in her pastor’s office.  She wasn’t free by some people’s definition of freedom, as complete unrestraint.  She had three children to keep up with, diapers to changes, meals to prepare, a house to clean.  But because she was free in Christ she could choose to be a good mother and to enjoy her role in life.  She could pray, “God make me the best mother and wife I can be right here in my very own circumstances.”  And you can bet she felt good about it.  When the dishes were done and the children put to bed at night and she sat down on the sofa and kicked her shoes off her swollen feet and looked over at her husband sitting beside her, she could say, “Gee, I’m glad to be who I am and to have the kind of burdens I have.  My life has real meaning and I am grateful to be who I am and to play the hand our gracious and loving God has dealt me.”  In my book, that’s real freedom!  What do you think and do you agree?

My friends, freedom isn’t the freedom to do nothing.  It isn’t the freedom to be anybody or anything we want to be.  Freedom is the ability to own who we are as human beings and to give thanks for our human situations, knowing that God loves us and accepts us and is preparing us for our eternal destinies in Christ Jesus.

Paul invites us to join him in saying: “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”  (2 Corinthians 9:15)


Attention Kids

VBS 2015 is just around the corner.  Now is the time to make sure you get registered.  The theme is Mt Everest and we will be learning some new songs and making some cool crafts.  We will see how God can touch our lives! Be sure to bring a friend or neighbor. We are looking forward to seeing you there. Mark your calendars for August 2nd -6th and come join the fun.  Registration forms will be coming in the mail.  You may also pick up a registration form in the church office. I hope you are as excited as I am!   See ya there


VBS - Mt Everest 2015

By Denise Willman

It's only four weeks away and lots of plans are underway. The 2015 VBS program will be held August 2nd – 6th.  A meal will be served for all children, their family and all volunteers, starting at 5:30pm each night. Committees will once again be in charge of different duties. Please check with your committee to see which duty has been assigned to them. Each night the program will run from 6:00-8:00pm.  

Please invite your family friends and neighbors to bring their children.  The more kids we have the more fun it will be.  

I will once again be looking for volunteers to help with the preparing and setting up the props.  I will have a board with needed food and supplies down in Wesley Hall and will be looking for volunteers to provide those items. Feel free to sign your name by each item you are willing to donate. We will be needing lots of mountain climbing gear and some tents and ropes and such for decorations.  If you are bringing these props, please clearly mark them with your name.  Please contact me if you have any questions at all.  Thank you in advance for all that you do to help this become a success.  God Bless.


United Methodist Women

By Joan Neubauer

United Methodist Women

On Monday, June 8th, a group of United

Methodist Women and guests journeyed to the Abbott House in Mitchell to tour the facility and learn of the services being offered to young women who have suffered abuse and neglect.

Each year a location is chosen for a “field trip”, the purpose of which is to expand knowledge and increase awareness.  The church van was used to assure a comfortable trip and allow the members and guests time to share feelings and reactions to the program just seen. 

The group will be on break, now, until 1:30pm on September 14th (delayed one week because of the Labor Day holiday), when the guest speaker will be Marilyn Herrboldt who, as our Shepherdess, comes from Sioux Falls.  Judy Bevers will have devotions and Jean Droppers and Mary Peirce will be hostesses.

In that interim, however, Mission u, Southern Site will be held from July 9th through 12th at Dakota Wesleyan University, with registration having closed on June 30th and the ladies will be gathering needed articles for the layettes to be taken to Dakota Marketplace during the late summer.


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


Bike and Build

Please help the Missions Committee make a difference in the lives of the Bike and Build Cyclists who will pedal into Yankton the afternoon of July 10th. During their stay they will help Habitat for Humanity with a building project at 415 Green St. They will depart from FUMC on Sunday, July 12th. You can help by making a cash donation to assist with meal costs, providing donations of salads and pies for the evening meal on July 10th or helping with meal preparations on Friday, July 10th, Saturday and Sunday breakfasts on July 11th and 12th. Signup sheets are posted in Wesley Hall. If you have any questions you can contact Julie Dykstra at 605-661-3374 or Sherry Daugherty at 605-660-9442. Please get involved. Be Blessed!


Youth News

By Kevin Ryherd

Leadership training Camp July 26th - August 1st 2015


Mariam G. MacGregor is Guest Teacher and Author Aberdeen Frist UMC

November 13-15 2015 Dak Youth Event: Big Questions

We are looking for volunteers in the Youth Ministry Program - If you have a child or young adult that is in KFC or Sr. High Youth and You would like to be more active with the groups or groups. Please see Kevin


The West Coast O

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit ~ I Corinthians 2:10

Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. ~ William James

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

            The West Coast Offense has become popular over the years with many offensive coordinators. Operated correctly, it is almost impossible to stop. The fast hitting passing attack and a slash and slam running game create a lot of movement and surprise potential.

            Some say the original West Coast Offense was a product of Oakland Raider Al Davis or San Diego Coach Sid Gilman, both of whom were pass oriented. Other claim it was the product of “the Genius” Bill Walsh, who guided the 49ers to several Super Bowl victories. I believe it is the handiwork of all these men and the fingerprints of one Paul Brown.

            The West Coast offense has lots of motion from backs and receivers; repeated short pass routes allow receivers to get YAC (Yards after the catch). There is a great deal of zone blocking and the running backs operate out of single back and “I” formations.

            The key to this offense is deception. One coach said, “It is all about fooling your opponent and keeping him off balance.” The quick hitting offense helps reduce the effectiveness of mobile and agile linebackers who like to blitz. By the time they get to the quarterback, he has already released the ball. In a West Coast Offense, instead of doing five-or-seven step drops by the QB, the QB only utilizes three steps and immediately hits the receiver.

            Many coaches agree there are three components to making the West Coast O effective:

Players must listen carefully to each play called. The average West Coast O has over 150 different wrinkles to the same play. The players must keep track of where their opponents are, remember the snap count, and be able to execute the play.

A team must be patient and disciplined to allow the time necessary for all the motion men to do their thing while not jumping offside or moving to soon. It requires that the coach communicate the new play to the quarterback quickly so that he has enough time after breaking the huddle to set his teammates in motion.

Receivers must be fast and precise in their route running- it is all about timing. With an accurate Quarterback and a receiver who runs great routes, a quick slant is almost impossible to defend.

            Many coaches who have studied under Paul Brown or Bill Walsh have taken initial concepts of his system and have modified their play selection to take advantage of the individual skills and abilities of selected key players. An explosive running attack compliments a short passing game. The big back that lumbers through the line is not as effective as a quicker moving back that can also be a receiver.

            In an era when QB’s have been seriously injured, thereby placing the effectiveness of the offense in jeopardy, it is almost a necessity that coaches develop schemes that allow the ball to be delivered to another player within seconds.

            To make the West Coast O work, you need a wily veteran QB who can see the field of play, who carefully selects the most open receiver, who is alert and accurate in his throws. Today there is less of a requirement for the gunner who can whip the ball seventy yards down the field- he is of less value than the ball control, quick thinking, accurate passer who is able to respond to more situations.

            I once read a book by John Maxwell called Failing Forward. What I remember is that the book deals with how we need to work at being under control. Our nature suggests “If it feels good do it.” However once we receive Christ into our lives we are filled with a Spirit that is not of this earth. To some this will sound mystical, yet God intended it to be very understandable: “I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.”

            I know I need help calling plays in my life. I appreciate knowing that the ultimate Coach and Counselor runs my life’s offense. He can runs yours too. He will help to guide you through the decisions that are quick hitters in life and help you to discern what is His will for your life.

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.  ~ John Kennedy


25 Years Ago this August

By Loy Gravholt

Do you remember assembling the food booth, picking and washing apples, grilling brats, pouring a soft drink, slicing applies and adding caramel, or just having a great time working together?

Do you remember doing any of this, it will have been 25 years ago this August since we did our first River Boat food booth, and because of all the volunteering and cooperation, we did it for 17 consecutive years. Thanks you! Great memories, hope you had the same.





I want to thank everyone who visited me, sent cards, called, provided food, prayed and had good thoughts for me over the past six months following my four hospitalizations. I think I am done with everything now and am feeling pretty good. Bless you all.

Mike Miller


Thoughts & Prayers List

Please take a minute and read through the Thoughts and Prayers list. If you have someone on the list and would like to continue to have them on the list, please let Lisa know. We will start fresh with the next REMINDER.


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:

Annalisa Dehmer


Norma Christensen


Merle & Virginia Larson’s cousins Nancy & Doug Taylor


Jim Slade


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


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,


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. 

July Birthdays

1 - Cole Moderegger, Arica Nickles


2 - Weston Reiner


3 - Jeff Sorensen


4 - Jamee Bruegman, Marie Koranda,

     Jason Saunders, Donna Daniels, Julie Mooney


5 - Ted Mickelson

8 - Gracie Thurman, Kevin Iverson,

 Sophie McKee, Joyce Anderson


9 - Julianna Enfield, Bill Bartels, Gavin Brandt

10 - Keldee Hansen, Kari Gall, Paige, McKenna, Ryan Golden


11 - Alayna Pigney, Paul Aughenbaugh


12 - Zach Sage, Tyler Guthmiller,

Trevor Giziewski


13 - Eddie Wohl, Katelyn Pawlitschek,

       Dan Miller


14 - Aliza Doby, Pam Skinner


15 - CJ Pigney, Blake Sime


16 - Samuel Gusso, Walt Rentsch


17 - Emma Bloch

18 - Darwin Tessier


19 - Velma Decker, Todd Sage


20 - Jared Crawford, Andrew Larson,

Lynsay Wek, Lane Sawatzke

22 - T.J Landwehr, Lexy Klinkhammer


23 - Karen Lambert, Trevor Guthmiller,

Rebecca Gravholt


24 - Grace Roy, Brady Hale, Dave Cornemann


25 - Jill Wilson, Geena Stucky, Braylon Viergutz, Andrea Skinner


26 - Marlene Nebola, Mindy Giziewski


29 - Dee Carson, Alexander Palecek


30 - Bill Sohl, Keri Dodd