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

August 2015

Pastor’s Word        By Rev. Ron

How many of you are fans of the Peanuts comic strip?  Coming in November there will be a movie about the gang of characters who are part of the comic strip.  I look forward to seeing that movie!

Where else but in the comic strip could we meet such a lovable loser?  And make no mistake about it.  Charlie Brown is the original loser born to stay that way.

With a big, round head and little short legs he is our hero who understands humiliation.  Charlie Brown is rejected on a regular basis by Lucy, Linus, and every other kid on the block.  Even his own dog, Snoopy, outshines and outsmarts him.

Ever wonder where creator Charles Schulz got his inspiration for this eager personality whose main talent is failure?  Well, it appears he didn’t go far to find a real loser.

The famous cartoonish offers a frank confession.  The public Charlie Brown emerged years ago in the youthful failures of a private Charles Schulz. It appears this comic strip is autobiographic.

In the classroom Schulz was a troubled student always behind in his studies.  His physically uncoordinated body humiliated him in the competition of sports.  Socially, he was so shy that not once in high school did he ever have the courage to ask a girl for a date.

Schulz was not a rapid rise to the top but a slow climb of hard work, daily drudgery and frequent failures.  Yet Schulz never gave up.

Somehow in growing up the young man realized that God loved him and still had a good plan for his life.  Family and church accepted him as he was.

Schulz wanted to serve God as a minister, but his youthful voice lacked the sound of authority.  No matter.  He found his pulpit in the comic strip.

How many of us are thankful that he did?  God blessed him with success.

But one has to wonder what if Charlie Brown had been little Mr. Perfect and the most popular kid on  the block, would we have really loved him as much?

I believe one of the reasons we love Charlie Brown is because he is so human.  He reminds us that failure is never final.

And so I encourage you to go ahead and aim high in life.  When you fail, start over, try again!  Even though we are all losers at one time or another in life, we are capable of learning from our mistakes.  Success can be just around the corner from failure.

For all of you who can relate to Charlie a.k.a. Charles Schulz, I encourage you to embrace the words of this prayer offered by Cedric Gowler: “Lord, I stand in need of your mighty power.  Despite my big talk and bravado I am really only a helpless child, lost in a “department store” world that seems so confusing and frightening.

I waver between hope and uncertainty, often wondering if I can cope with whatever calamity may lie ahead.

The world and its problems seem so big while my ability to do anything significant seems so very small.

The times I have set out on my own strength only to have fallen flat on my face have shown me the folly of trusting in myself.

And so now, I turn to you, the true source of strength and ask that you might take the tattered shreds of my life and make of them something that will bring honor and glory and praise to Your name.”  Amen


Worship Schedule Update

            Our summer schedule will run through Sunday, September 6th and we will return to our fall worship schedule on Sunday, September 13th.  Sunday School will begin on September 13th.


Fall Schedule:

8:30 a.m. – Contemporary Worship Service

9:45 a.m. – Sunday School

11:00 a.m. – Traditional Worship Service


3rd Grade Bibles

With school just around the corner it is time to start thinking Sunday School as well. If you have a child who is going to be in third grade they will receive a bible this year in Sunday school. I will be sending out letters soon with more information and how you want your child's name to appear on the bible. If you do not receive a letter and your child will be in third grade please contact, Dana Enfield at 760-5134 text/call or email me at


Acolyte Training

Acolyte training will be August 30th at 11 am after church. Acolyte training will be for up coming fourth graders and any fifth graders who did not receive training. A letter will be going out shortly to remind participants.


S.O.S Meeting

If your child will be in Sunday School this year, you are invited to attend this informational meeting to learn about the opportunities in Sunday School. There will be a meal following the meeting Sunday, August 9th in the Sanctuary-meal in the Fellowship Hall at 11:15am.

The kids will have a fun activity in the Pre-K Sunday School Room during the parent meeting. If you have any questions please contact Lisa Karnes at 402-254-6582 or


Behind Closed Doors John 16:33

By Kevin Ryherd

            The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. ~ Mahatma Gandhi


            "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."

Bobby Bowden started off his coaching career by taking a great deal of criticism from his players, college alumni, sports fans and the ever judgmental media. Some passionate fans even demonstrated their frustration with the new coach

by burning him in effigy. Coach Bowden struggled during those first few years and learned the importance of character building seasons.

            Today Bobby Bowden is one of the most successful coaches in college football. His 1999 Florida State Seminole team became the first team in college football to begin the year ranked #1 in the AP poll and maintain that ranking throughout the entire season.

            Bowden’s faith plays a big part in his coaching philosophy and is always being tested. Such was the case with when Heisman Trophy candidate Peter Warrick was arrested with another teammate for theft from a Tallahassee department store.

            Many folks wondered how the great Bowden would handle this difficult situation and if he would dismiss his star player from the team. Bowden struggled with the decision as to the appropriate reaction and prayed for guidance.

            Warrick was suspended for a few games and given time to think about his behavior. While many encouraged the coach to be more severe, he decided to show the young man what grace was all about. 

            Coach Bowden is also aware that each person has a choice of whether he will accept or reject the modeling and mentoring he receives. Despite his best efforts and the encouragement players can receive form Bible study, there are some that just have to learn life the hard way.

            An old Puritan pastor once said, “Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.”

            For Christians our struggles can at times be consuming. But we are called to root our spirits in God’s word so that we can ultimately push toward Jesus who will fill us with the strength to press on.

            One things we can take away from this story is to know that there are people like Coach Bowden, who will offer grace if we ask for forgiveness and help.

            To extend grace to someone is to give one of the most precious gifts you can offer. Do not be afraid to forgive-it might even produce and MVP in your family life, your work life or even behind closed doors.


Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. ~ Cherie Carter-Scott


History Notes

25 years ago August 12, 1990 from Trustee minutes: Present: Loy Gravholt, Wilma Rahn, Velma Decker, Marge Maxon, Varilek, New Church signs will be used at the food booth at Riverboat days. Paper work has been done on joining Builders Club Fund. Velma reported a leak under the sink in the furnace room.




Thank you to one and all for your support and payers for Jim and our family these past weeks. What an outstanding community of faith and warmth we have in our First United Methodist church here in Yankton. We moved to Yankton 28 years ago and we were welcomed with open arms to this congregation and have met some wonderful people within these walls. Jim so enjoyed his visits with Reverend Ron, Pastor Bob and Parish Nurse Susan Thorson. Their presence at his bed side were a comfort to him and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their caring. Thank you to the ladies that helped with the meal following the Memorial service. Thank you to the various persons that visited Jim with kind words, flowers and beautiful cards that brought sunshine into his final days.

 In Christs Love Lorraine Slade and family


Many thanks to those that assisted in making the Bike & Build event a huge success, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for donating food, salads, desserts, and beverages. Your cash donations were much appreciated. For those that helped set-up, cleaned up, and those that served food and extended FUMC hospitality, I am very grateful. For those that supplied moral support and prayers, and you know who you are, none of this would have been possible. Listening to the cyclists experiences and watching their presentation was interesting and enlightening. The youngest was 18 years old with the oldest being 26. They left Providence, Rhode Island on June 2nd and should reach Seattle, Washington by August 15th. I am very proud of each of them; their passion, determination, friendliness and gratefulness. As they left early Sunday morning, I’d be amiss if I didn’t say they left a void in my heart. So with all that said, thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to be a major part of this event. Thank you for giving of you time, treasures and talents. Your generosity was greatly appreciated and it has not gone unnoticed. I am truly blessed to be part of this congregation.

Sherry Daugherty


A heartfelt THANK YOU for your prayers, visits and phone calls during my recent illness and hospitalization. A special thank you to Mary Alice for your visits and the lovely flowers; and thank you Dee, for your encouraging words. I appreciate your kindness! May God bless you all

Your former Financial Secretary,

Anneliese Dehmer


Thoughts & Prayers List

We have started fresh with the thoughts and prayers. If you would like someone on it please contact Lisa in the church office. 


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Ken Philippi


Jim Slade passed away.


Doug Bailey, Sarah Anderson


Kristi Palecek’s great niece, Addy Jaragoske


Robbi, Vivian VanEssen's sister 


Church family serving in the military: all men & women serving in the military and their families. 

August Birthdays


1 - Jill Strom


2 - Barb Wohl, Mikael Pietila


3 - Jill Sage


7 - John Pigney, Ruth Gravholt, Harry Luurs

     Mary Alice Halverson

8 - Casey Mier


9 - Joe Saffel, Wanda Branson,

     Collins Den Herder

10 - Neta Thompson, Brittany Fields,

Mary Johnson, Sherril Christensen


11 - Don Miller, Pat Keller, Dan Johnson,

       Chris Hathaway

14 - Peggy Doering, Gary Johnson,

Joel Karnes


16 - Liza Larson, Melania Enfield,

Bob Stengle, Bernice Tuttle


17 - Maurice Newman

18 - Mallory Jansen, Ron Kraft, Blake Bartels


19 - Treyton Bakke, Alan Dingman


20 - Laura Slowey, Kayln Peterka, Margret



21 - LaVila Tessier, Carlene Watchorn,

Derek Moderegger


22 - Scott Parr, Jody Brady, Lea Guthmiller


23 - Susan Thorson


24 - Betty Maruska, Andrew Tramp, Carl Mathis,

Will Korman, Cole Sawatzke, Rose Nedved,


26 - Luann Saunders, Dan Slowey,

Reid Sorensen


27 - Sue Frick


28 - Brett Sime, Autumn Erickson


29 - Rhonda Hofer, Gwynn Stiles