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

September 2015

Pastor’s Word  

By Rev. Ron

            John Killinger tells a wonderful story about a lovely afternoon in late February.  Killinger was out for a run.  The remains of a seventeen-inch snowfall still lay on the ground, glittering in the warm sunshine.  As Killinger was running along, he could withstand the temptation no longer; he stopped, made a snowball and hurled it at a tree.  It was a very public place.  Killinger thought, what if one of his parishioners comes along and sees the minister throwing snowballs!  Yet it felt so good he kept doing it.  For five minutes, his adult worries and cares were thrown away in a continuous barrage of snowballs.  Suppose someone does see me, he said; the statement I am making may be more significant than I can make in the pulpit.  It is important to be children, even after we have become adults.

Jesus apparently saw children as the automatic heirs of the kingdom of God.  As the evil grew stronger around him, Jesus thoughts turned increasingly to the innocence of children.

Sometimes I remember my own innocence-days when I knew nothing about divorce and crime and violence and hate and deceit and contempt-and I realize why Jesus said we must become like children in order to enter the kingdom of heaven.  Remember when the disciples were arguing about which of them would occupy first place in the kingdom?  The jealousies and competitiveness of the adult world.  People trying to get ahead of one another.

On another occasion, the crowd was putting Jesus to the text on the question of divorce.  “Is it lawful?” They asked.  “What did Moses say?”  Jesus replied, “Moses gave a way out,” they said.  And Jesus scolded them.  People are always looking for a way out.  Loopholes, fine print, escape clauses.  The world of intrigue and deception.  “You have to be like the children,” he said, “-innocent, that’s what the kingdom is like.”

This, my dear friends, is the secret of the gospel.  We don’t enter the kingdom simply by keeping laws.  Laws can be manipulated. Laws become complicated, and reflect the deviousness of adult societies.  We enter the kingdom by being innocent, by being like the children.

A child can understand this, for a child is alive to mystery, to the miracle of grace.  Children are naturally curious, and want answers to many things, but they are often satisfied with the simplest of explanations.  “What makes the leaves turn red and gold in the autumn?” they want to know.  “A little fellow names Jack Frost paints them,” we say.  “When does he paint them?” they ask.  “Before you get up in the morning,” we reply.  And they are delighted.  It isn’t that they fully accept the answer.  But they like it.  The see the universe as music and poetry.  Jack Frost or photosynthesis, it is the same.  A world of wonder.

Innocence, a sense of mystery, a trusting nature.  You can see, can’t you, why Jesus said we must become as little children to enter the Kingdom of heaven?  Our problem is that these qualities become repressed as we grow older.  They bury deeper and deeper inside us, covered by the debris of life and experience we need to get in touch with them again, to exhume them, to give them new life in our adult existence.

That’s what the experience of Christ is all about.  “IF any person is in Christ,” said the Apostle Paul, he or she is a new creation, a new person.”  Innocence, mystery, trust are renewed.  As tired and guilty as we are, we get in touch with innocence again.  It is like emerging from sleep after a very long time, or crawling out of a cave where we had been lost for years.  As Killinger learned, it is like throwing snowballs where your parishioners can see you and thereby declaring the gospel: the kingdom of God is for children!”

`And so I pray as we begin the fall activities and ministries of our church: Forgive us, O God, for our adulthood; for the wrong kind of maturity; and give us the hearts and spirits of children, that we may enter your kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


Positions available

If you have a heart for working with young children and would like to have a larger role in furthering the Christian education of some of the youngest members of our congregation, the church has an opening for a Director of Christian Education. This position oversees Sunday school, VBS, the Christmas program, as well as other young youth related programs and helps coordinate the volunteers needed for these activities.  This is a paid position.  If you are interested or would like further information on this position please contact Rev. Ron, Chad Herrmann, or Bob Walser.    


Choir Director

If you have an aptitude and love for music and singing and would like to help develop those skills in others, the church has an opening for a Choir Director. This position would work with the Senior Pastor to help pick out and perform choir music for Sunday worship and other requested times and would also coordinate practice of this music prior to worship performances. This is a paid position.  If you are interested or would like further information on this position please contact Rev. Ron, Chad Herrmann, or Bob Walser.     


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


Kingdom Chimes

All 2nd-5th graders are invited to be a part of the Kingdom Chimes this fall.  We will meet in the Music Room, on Wednesday evenings from 5:15-5:45 beginning Wednesday, September 9.  We will have a great time learning to read music and play in church once a month.  Please contact Sue May, 664-0582 if you have any questions.


Agape Bell Choir

The Agape Bell Choir, (grades 6-adult) will begin on Wednesday, September 9 from 6:45-

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7:25 in the Music Room.  If you enjoy listening to

bells, and would like to learn to play them, we have a place for you!  This group plays contemporary music arranged especially for handbells.  Please join us for a fun year in music ministry and fellowship.  Please contact Sue May, 664-0582 if you have any questions.


Jubilee Bell Choir

The Jubilee Bell Choir has an exciting year ahead.  We have some fun and challenging music selected this year.  We look forward to preparing music and attending the Area Handbell Festival next June.  Please consider joining our music ministry.  Music reading skills is helpful, but not required.  We have a great time together ringing and sharing the love of Christ through this musical ministry in our church.  We will begin on Wednesday, September 9 from 5:45-6:40 in the Music Room.  Please contact Sue May, 664-0582 if you have any questions.


Women's Bible Study

We are starting a new Women's Bible Study this fall.  We will study Children of the Day by Beth Moore. This class is video driven and will have a work book.  Beth will walk us through each verse of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. She will teach us that our circumstances are not coincidental and that God's timing is impeccable. Please join us in the Upper Room starting on Sunday, September 13th (during Sunday School) at 9:45 - 10:45 am. This same study will be held on Wednesday evenings, starting September 16th at 6:30 pm. The study will be held in the Upper Room. We will also be eating our evening meal together before the study on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 pm.  We will either eat a meal at the church or at a local restaurant. Please plan to join us for either the Sunday morning study or the Wednesday evening study. There will be a signup sheet in Wesley Hall or you can text 605-660-7309 to reserve your book or if you have questions please call.


United Methodist Women

The United Methodist Women’s group will resume regular meetings on September 14th at 1:30pm.  This meeting is delayed one week because of the Labor Day holiday; featured speaker will be Marilyn Herrboldt from Sioux Falls, who is our Shepherdess.  She will share suggested projects and emphases for the coming months.  Hostesses will be Jean Droppers and Barb Hirsch.  Judy Bevers will present the devotions.

The group was pleased to be asked to prepare and serve one of the light meals for the Vacation Bible School program.  In addition, several funeral lunches were served, the quilters met throughout the summer and collection of items for the layettes continued.

We hope to see new faces at our September meeting; there are no dues for this group nor are there any requirements other than to bring a willing spirit and a smiling countenance.


Fruits and Veggies-More Matters Month

by Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

Fruits and Veggies—More Matters Month is a health initiative to help American families eat more fruits and vegetables.  By making half of your plate fruit and vegetables at each meal or eating occasion will help you meet the recommended amount each day. The recommended amount varies by gender and age. Why should we eat more fruits and vegetables?  Fruits and vegetables are nutrient filled with vitamin A, C, and K, potassium, fiber and magnesium, lower in calories, to help prevent weight gain, and are associated with a reduced risk of many chronic diseases. Tips on eating more fruits and vegetables include:

  • Add dried fruit to your salads and cereal
  • Look for juices that say 100% fruit juices
  • Have canned and frozen vegetables available for easy additions to meals
  • Fill up a fruit bowl with fresh fruit for easy snacking
  • Try new fruits and vegetables and save money by buying the specials
  • Eat fruit for dessert instead of high calorie, high sugar and fat desserts
  • Use fruit in your favorite rollup tortillas
  • Create your own vegetable plate for a meal
  • Use vegetables in your favorite stir fry
  • Add color and nutrients to your plate by adding colorful fruit and vegetables

Be healthy this month by eating more fruits and vegetables.  Your quality and longevity of life depends on what healthy foods you eat each day!  Sources:  Fruits and Vegetables—More Matters and


History Notes

25 years ago - 1990 Our church team won 1st place in their division of SD U Methodist mixed volleyball tourney. Players were: Gena Brandt, Alicia Cornemann, Claudia Maska and Suzanne Tessier.




            Ken & Judy Bevers have donated to the church a perfectly looking Frigidaire refrigerator for the upstairs kitchen. We appreciate your love thoughtfulness.


Thank you everyone who took part in helping with the VBS program this year. What an awesome time we had. There were around 77 children registered and about 65 each night in attendance.  They were a great group of kids and we had a fun, safe week.  We would never be able to pull off such a big project without all the help from our church family. Thanks again to everyone for the part you played in these children's lives.

Ed Director

Denise Willman


My sincere “thank you” to everyone who remembered my 95th birthday. It may have been one of the 50+ cards and received, a telephone call, a gift, flowers or the bag of home-grown tomatoes on my door knob, all were enjoyed and made this birthday a pleasant memory. God bless you all!

Sincerely Neta Thompson


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Bob Cappel


Mark Giziewski


Linda Fox’s dad Red Nelson passed away


Doug Bailey, Sarah Anderson


Robbi, Vivian VanEssen's sister 


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


September Birthdays

1 - Carson Enfield, Jess Dennis, Gage Guthmiller


2 - Morgan Rodig


3 - Ashley Reiner, Allison Reiner


4 - Sam Mooney, Ken Olsen, Kylie Rodig,

     Larry Guthmiller


5 - Steve Kasik


6 - Denise Erickson, Matt Miller, Eileen Mullican,

     Jodie Bender


7 - Harlan Teichroew

8 - Ryan Olson, Judy Nielson, Carol Becker, 

      Brady Jaquith


9 - Debbie Landwehr, Heidi Olson

10 - Kim Larsen, Lydia Giziewski,

       Stephanie Anderson, Sandi Mathis,

       Randy Heisinger, Alison Karnes,

       Nicholas Doby


11 - Parker Kisch, Rick Petersen, Anna Nickles


13 - Jill Saffel, Anne Withrow


14 - Michael Parish, Lindsey Hale


15 - Harper Den Herder


17 - Darian Tramp


18 - Bob Walser


20 - Chris Peterka, Chrissie Wieseler

21 - Greg Anderson, Kirsten May


22 - Austin Reining


23 - Shirley Nelson, Sean Turner


24 - Darian Miller


25 - Toby Gall, Deklan Olson, Will Dangler


26 - Paul Nielson, Kody Kyriss, Joyce Kollars


27 - Travis Hansen, Elton Wek


28 - Maggie Downing, Josey Kaiser


29 - Kami Cornemann, Dave Holzwarth,

Bev Larsen, Marge Berke


30 - Curt Dykstra