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

October 2015

Pastor’s Word  

            By Rev. Ron

This coming Sunday. October 4th, is designated as World Communion Sunday. Christians the world over will be participating in the Lord’s Supper.  Many of them will do so with a renewed hope that wholeness and unity can come to a broken and divided world.

Communion is the drama in which we represent God’s love for every person in the world.  Communion is not just for you and me.  It is for everybody everywhere because it says there is no limit to God’s grace.   We do our worst to God and what does God do?  He goes on loving us. When I do my worst to God, God seeks to do his best to me.

Are not all of us broken people living in a broken world?  Who of us is without hurts, pain, blemishes, sins committed against God and each other?

We are a broken people and out of our sense of brokenness we often attempt to break others.  I read a story about a Midwestern merchant who had twin sons who were the best of friends.  At their father’s death, they took over the operation of his store.  All went quite well, until one day, one of the brothers waited on a customer, laid a dollar bill on top of the cash register, and walked the customer to the front of the store.  When he returned, the bill was gone.  He asked his brother if he had seen the bill; the brother said he knew nothing about it.  If the matter had been dropped there, all would have been well.  But it wasn’t dropped there.  Later, and with a hint of suspicion, the brother asked again, “Are you sure you know nothing about this bill?” The other brother sensed the accusation and arose to his own defense.

As time went on, the breach became increasingly wider.   Accusations were hurled.  The animosity became intense.  Eventually, they dissolved their business relations so that the store was divided down the middle.  The personal warfare went on for twenty years.

One day a car with out-of-state license drove up.  A well-dressed man got out and went into one of the stores.  He asked the owner how long he had been in business at the location.  When he was told it was over twenty years, the stranger said, “Twenty years ago, I was out of work and driving from place to place.  I got off a boxcar in your town and had no money or food.  I walked down the alley behind your store and saw on top of the cash register a dollar bill.  I had been taught not steal, but that morning I was so hungry.  Everyone was in the front of the store and I took the dollar bill.  I decided that peace would never come until I faced you and made it right.”  The stranger was amazed to see the elderly gentleman standing in front of him weeping.

“All I want,” the store owner said, “is for you to go next door and repeat the same story you have just told me” The stranger did, only this time there were two elderly gentlemen standing before him weeping.

Just imagine, how sad!  Twenty years of hostility, anger, destruction-all rooted in a spirit of mistrust-a mistrust now shown to have no basis of truth.

If one to one relationships are so shaky and need so much personal and individual attention to heal the brokenness that we feel and experience, how much more does the brokenness in the world need our attention.  That is why Communion is a symbol and sign of hope for the world.  It represents the only means of healing brokenness and is the means of reconciliation.

I don’t know that the world ever needed more than now to see and receive the hope Communion represents.  I pray that our participation in the Lord’s Supper on this World Communion Sunday will help us begin acting more like what the world is supposed to be.  May our sharing in the Lord’s Supper in the midst of a divided world help raise our consciousness to work more eagerly toward a united world as a part of the human family and the family of God.


KYNT Radio Broadcast

The signup folder is located on the table in the Church Lounge. October 4th, 18th, 25th & November 1st, 22nd 29th & December 20th are available.  If you want a certain date, reserve it now.  The cost to sponsor a Sunday broadcast is $45.00.

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-

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.


The Banquet Heating-Cooling Help

The Finance Committee has approved a matching contribution to help defray the repair costs of the basement heating-cooling system at United Church of Christ where The Banquet is held. The matching funds will come from the Hy-Vee cash card profits account. If you would like to donate to this special request and its ministry, please mark your donation as “The Banquet” and the Finance Committee will match your contribution dollar-for-dollar up to a maximum of $500 for a potential contribution of $1,000 from First United Methodist Church.


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 Sundays, (during Sunday School) at 9:45 - 10:45am. This same study will be held on Wednesday evenings, at 6:30pm. 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 5:30pm.  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 resumed regular meetings on September 14th after a little summer recess.  Featured speaker was Marilyn Herrboldt from Sioux Falls, Shepherdess to our group, who suggested projects and emphases for the coming months.  Thanks are extended to hostesses Jean Droppers and Barb Hirsch, along with thanks to Judy Bevers who presented the devotions. 15 complete layettes were assembled by Delores Kafka and other members from items which had been donated.  The gifts will be taken to Sioux Falls’ Marketplace to fill identified needs.

The program for the October 5th meeting will be a presentation from Servant Hearts Clinic, presented by Dr. Jeff Johnson and Pastor Jeremy Mulder. They will tell of this vitally important ministry in our community.  We hope to see new faces at our meeting; there are no dues for this group nor are there any requirements other than to bring a willing spirit and a smiling countenance. Hostesses will be Mary Johnson and Carole Hurley; devotions will be by Jean Droppers.


God Winks Group

The God Winks group is starting a new discussion October 6th on Praying in the Messiness of Life: 7 Ways to Renew Your Relationship with God by Linda Douty. This group meets at the Fryn’ Pan on Tuesday mornings at 7am. To reserve your book contact Laurie Baily (605) 660-2465 or Sherry Daugherty (605) 660-9442.

Youth News

By Corey Enfield

Words can't express how excited I am to be leading our youth and Christian education programs. As a church we have been greatly blessed to have so many talented people that have stepped up this year to teach Sunday school and assist with our Jr. And Sr. High youth. That said if you feel called by God to share their talents and experiences with our youth please get with me, we would love to have you join our team. 

Our Senior High group will be meeting each Wednesday night from 7:30pm-9pm. 

Our Junior High group will be meeting each Sunday night from 6:30pm-8pm

Parents and Students please know that I have an open door policy. If you ever need me, please feel free to contact me. 

A week ago Wednesday as a group of both Jr. and Sr. high we attended a youth rally with our area churches in preparation for the "See you at the Pole" morning prayer event. At that rally we discussed the power of prayer and even how to pray. It also lead me to an answer for a question I have been asked many times over the last few weeks "What do you need from me, and what can I do to help you with your new position?" 

That answer is simple and ask each of you to do it.

Keep our teachers, our leaders, our youth and our church in your prayers daily.  

Blessings to each of you.


The Annual Soup Kitchen and Country Store

        Soup Kitchen, is Wednesday, October 21st, will be an important day for our church. It is an opportunity for our entire congregation to enjoy great fellowship while working together toward a very worthy goal. The event is a project of the United Methodist Women but it needs everyone to successfully raise funds designated for camping scholarships and local missions. How can you be involved? Your donations of food and items for the Country Store are needed as well as your willingness to work during the day. A “white elephant” table will also be part of the Country Store. New, like new, and never used household and personal items may be donated for sale. No clothing, please. The Reminder and Sunday church bulletins include a form to be completed and turned in no later than October 12th. Please complete the form to limit the number of calls needed to contact everyone. We count on your help to make this a very successful event.


Autumn Changes

By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To Everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.

It seems like the season of autumn brings many changes. Our trees start to change color, the day light hours are getting shorter, and the cooler temperatures are upon us. Our children are back in school and we focus on keeping them occupied with their homework and school activities. We re-unite with friends and our church family to begin a new year after a great summer.

We face challengers during the Fall just like when the trees lose their leaves, we also have lost jobs, romances and loved ones. As we go through difficult times, we look forward to appreciating the good times ahead of us. During these changes we know God is there to walk by our side no matter what happens. God’s love is constant and never changing. He is there to love us, to guide us and even carry us when the burdens of life are heavy. We need to pray and be open to His word during these times.

I am reminded of those who gone before us this past year in our church family and remember the lessons they taught us, the wisdom they gave us and the love they shared with each of us. We know we can face the future with God as our guide and live the life they wanted us to live. We are thankful for the journey with each of them and look forward to being reunited in heaven. We pray for each of their families that they may have strength from God and support from each of us to travel on the journey of life.


Parish Nurse Reminders for October

Get your influenza vaccine, available at medical clinics and pharmacies. Schedule a time for a mental health wellness checkup. Women, if you haven’t had a mammogram schedule an appointment today. Schedule your annual medical checkup to review your health and medicines. Take time to enjoy the autumn season and get out to exercise!

History Notes

From the FUMC Reminder dated 1955

            This prayer was written by Mrs. Nellie Reeder Marks (A member of the church at this time), at the beginning of the Stewardship Drive.

A prayer for our Church and Crusade

Heavenly Father, we thank thee for they Redeeming love and all the blessings Thou hast bestowed upon us.

We pray for the sick and lonely, that they may look to thee for courage And comfort, for who wilt never leave them who serve thee in faith and trust. We pray for a spiritual awakening in our church.  May our young people learn that only true happiness can be found by living for Christ and forsaking worldly pleasure.

Guide and direct our minister and teachers to train the children in Christian faith and to be consecrated workers to bring others to Christ.

Guide and direct those in authority in the expansion and building of the church, and all of us in our responsibility in the giving of our resources.

May it all be done for the glory and building of thy kingdom on earth.  Amen.



Keeley Hagge was elected president council of Crofton High School. She’s a member of or church and a high school senior.



            I would like to Thank FUMC Congregation for all the gifts of food, cards, prayers and well wishes on the passing of my Father. 

It’s been a very trying time for the past year with his health but he is with Jesus and talking old cars or maybe even fixing them.

            I feel so Blessed to have such a caring, loving church family.  Thank You just doesn't seem enough.  God Bless You All.  

Linda Fox


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Carolyn Cappel and family. Bob Cappel passed away.


Sue Frick


Mark Giziewski


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.             

October Birthdays

2 - Jane Rodig, Megan McCorkell


3 - Jack Stoddard, Paula Keehr


4 - Jerry Reining


5 - Bob Thue, Kenzie Giziewski


6 - Aubrey Hofer


8 - Don Lepp, Sherry Rabenberg,


9 - Garner Brandt, Chuck Ditmar

11 - Liz Hunhoff


12 - Marilyn Holzwarth, Mary Heubaum,

Heather Hirsch, Carol Gubbels,

Trevan Palecek


13 - KC Hofer


14 - Phyllis Skalberg,


15 - Judy Bevers


17 - Jack Olson, Claudia Maska,

Naomi Somer, Wyatt Adam,

Garrett Adam, Mike Erickson

18 - Joan Neubauer, Boyd Dennis,

Elle Guthmiller


19 - Heather Rabenberg, Amanda Gravholt


20 - Chad Herrmann, Kaitlin Guthmiller,

Ryan Bakke

21 - Dave Becker, Jennifer Crawford,

       Elaine Martin


22 - Samuel Slowey, Loran Moore,

       Thomas Pietrzak-Schroeder


23 - Marv Withrow


25 - Ken Halverson


26 - Keith Hannemann, Brooks Ugofsky


27 - Evie Sime


28 - Lorraine Meeder


29 – Brian Rempfer, Alyssa Herrmann,

       Lorraine Sorensen


31 - Kathy Wibbles, Morgan Bakke