First United Methodist Church - Yankton
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
207 W 11th St Yankton SD 57078 (605) 665-2991


Yankton, South Dakota

(605) 665-2991    Fax # (605) 665-9603

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November 15, 2015

Consecration Sunday Worship: 10:30 A.M.

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost/Consecration Sunday

 Theme for Consecration Sunday: “Open Hearts, Joyful Lives

Our Mission:

“To grow disciples of Jesus Christ and equip them for ministry in the world.”



A Time of Gathering and Praise


GATHERING MUSIC “King of Heaven”

“Your Grace is Enough”


SPECIAL MUSIC          “The Ash Grove” Kingdom Bells

RITUAL OF FRIENDSHIP (Please leave complete address)


Come, let us worship God. What shall we bring before the God of compassion?

We bring our bodies and spirits--broken and in need of healing.

What shall we bring before the God of eternal vision?

We bring our dreams and our hopes to be fulfilled.

What shall we bring before the God of everlasting love?

We bring our gratitude and possessions.

What shall we bring before the God of all good gifts?

We bring ourselves. May our offerings be holy and acceptable to God.

*OPENING PRAYER                                                             

*SONGS OF PRAISE “Hallelujah”



Because you gave the very breath of life,

We give our thanks to you, O Lord, with every breath.

Because you nurtured life with human love,

We bring you all of our relationships for your blessing.

Because you gave the rich and living earth,

We offer you, our Maker, the first fruits of our fields.

Because you gifted us with time to be,

We bring our moments and our days as gifts again to you.

Because you gave us skills to work and create:

We bring you what we make with our hands and the money we earn with our skills.

Because each one of us has gifts and skills, some recognized, some talents hidden,

We offer you what each of us can see, and make, and do. Enable us to see more clearly what these gifts may be.

Because you freely offered us redeeming love,

We bring the gift of love in gratitude to you.

From gift to gift, from grace to grace, our gifts are only gifts of yours returned. Receive them in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

RESPONSE #2036 (black song book)     “Give Thanks”

A Time of Prayer





PRAYER RESPONSE #2215 (black song book)          “Cares Chorus”


Offertory and Response


SPECIAL MUSIC                 “The Hymn of Promise” Jubilee Bells

*OFFERTORY RESPONSE #99 (blue hymnal) “My Tribute”



A Time of Proclamation




SCRIPTURE                                           Luke 16:1-13

MESSAGE               “Open Hearts, Joyful Lives”          Pastor Eric Van Meter


A Time of Dedication



Bio: Eric Van Meter is the campus pastor at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. In his sixteen years of ordained ministry, Eric has served churches and campus ministries, large and small, in both Arkansas and South Dakota. He and his wife Denise have two boys, a yellow lab, and a few hundred college students they count as family. 




In His Service:


Senior Pastor                         Rev. Ron Johnson (

Christian Ed Director/Youth Pastor Corey Enfield (

Church Secretary          Lisa Loecker (

Facility Manager Craig Sherman

Organist/Choir Director Jill Wilson

Pianist Melissa Rempfer

Projection Operator Liza Larson/Carla Hummel

Sound System Matt Pietz/Steve Pietila

Acolyte Jace Mccorkell

Greeters Laurie & Nicole Baily; Toby Gall

Ushers                              Arlo & Sandy Dennis; Jess & Sandy Dennis

Coffee Fellowship Catered Meal

Nursery Attendant Cassie Pietz/Kathy Lawrence

 Praise Team Gena Brandt; Ross & Dena Den Herder, Melissa Rempfer, Bill Sohl,

Steve King, Diane Kisch, Julie Mooney, Sophie McKee, Amanda Gravholt,

      Craig Sherman; Wyatt Yager, Hannah Buchholz, Tim Herchenroether, Katelyn Stewart


In Our Thoughts and Prayers:

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


Above are the most recent prayer concerns. For prayer partners, a complete list is on the

Welcome Table.


(If you have prayer requests for publication, please contact the church office.)




November 15 – 22

Today: 8:30 AM - “The United Methodist Hour” on KYNT 1450 AM Radio is sponsored Loy &

Ruth Gravholt in memory of Ward & Gladys Fishbeck; Ed & Inez Gravholt; Ben & Betty Hlavac.

9:00 AM - Sunday School, All ages, Education Wing

- Adult Crusader Sunday School Class

- Women’s Bible Study, Upper Room

- Rev. Ron’s Adult Sunday School Class

6:30 – 7:30 PM - KFC Youth Group

Monday: 9:30 AM - Women’s Bible Study, Upper Room

5:30 PM - Finance Committee, Adult Sunday School Room

6:30 PM - Sweet Adelines, Church Lounge

7:45 PM - Narcotics Anonymous, Upper Room

Tuesday: 7 AM - God Winks Circle, Fryn’ Pan

8:30 AM - Free Wal-Mart baked goods, Assembly of God Church

1:00 PM - Piecemakers Quilting

Wednesday: 7 AM - Men’s Bible Study, Majestic Bluffs

- REMINDER information is due

    5:15-5:45 PM - Kingdom Bells, (2nd-5th grade) rehearsal, Music Room (room 207)

5:30 PM - Board of Trustees meets, Conference Room

5:45 PM - Jubilee Bell (Adults) rehearsal in the Music Room (room 207)

6:30 PM - Women’s Bible Study, Upper Room

- Worship Committee meets, Conference Room

      6:45-7:15 PM - Agape Bells Music Room (room 207) (for 6th through adult)

7:00 PM    - Chancel Choir Rehearsal

7:15 PM - Senior High Youth Group

7:45 PM - Narcotics Anonymous, Upper Room

Thursday: 7 AM - Men’s Breakfast at Fry’n Pan

8:30 AM  - Free Wal-Mart baked goods, meat & produce available at Assembly of God

5:00 PM - Music Leaders meet, Conference Room

5:30 PM - All Staff Directory picture taken

7:30 PM - Night Club meets, Upper Room

Saturday: 8:30 AM - Free Wal-Mart baked goods, meat & produce available at Assembly of God

7:45 PM - Narcotics Anonymous, Upper Room

- Laity Sunday


- Consecration Sunday next week November 15th. One Service 10:30 with luncheon to follow.  Thank you for all who are helping with this. Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions."  Luke 16:1


- UMW Meeting the final United Methodist Women meeting of this calendar year will be held on Monday, December 7th at 1:30 p.m.  Peggy Doering will present the devotions, with Rose Nedved assisting on the piano;  although there will be a short business meeting the major part of the time will be spent celebrating one another and the holiday season. Members will enjoy some games and those who are able are asked to bring treats to share. In addition, each will be asked to share a holiday story or memory.  Come and join us for this afternoon of reminiscence and camaraderie.


- Servant Hearts Clinic The Mission focus for November is the Servant Hearts clinic.  It is a Christ centered medical clinic that provides free medical care to the uninsured or underinsured. Their mission statement is "In the name of Jesus, we desire to serve the physical, emotional & spiritual needs of all who come."  The clinic is open the 1st & 3rd Monday each month from 5:30 to 8:00.  The address is 232 Capital Street. They average 10-15 patients a night. Each clinic requires about 10 volunteers, including 2 nurses & 2 physicians.  They are funded by donations. Our church is donating $500 in November to this mission.


- USD Campus Ministry is a program that is centered on bringing a safe space to ask questions of faith, effective pastoral care, meaningful spiritual foundation, and, offers opportunities of Christian service for a diverse student population. It also offers a variety of ways to become involved to strengthen your own spirituality, as well as others by being a leader in the ministry. If you would like to help donate to this good cause and its ministry at the University of South Dakota, mark your donation as “USD Campus Ministry” when filling out your check. Thank you for your support and Prayers about this ministry.


- November Mission Focus: Prison Ministries the mission committee has designated $250 to Prison Ministries.  The funds are used to help fund the prison ministry budget. The ministry allows God’s word to spread throughout the prison and positively impact the lives of incarcerated individuals. One of the special projects supported is the inmate Christmas Sack Program. If you are interested in donating to this ministry, please mark your donation “Prison Ministries”. For more information:


- Operation Christmas Child The Ladies Night Club group at First UMC is seeking your help. We are excited to participate in Operation Christmas Child and want to invite our church family to consider getting involved as well. The Operation Christmas Child project (sponsored by Samaritan's Purse - International Relief), partners with churches worldwide to reach boys and girls with the gospel of Jesus Christ. After receiving shoebox gifts, children are discipled through a Bible Study course: The Greatest Journey, where they learn to become faithful followers of Christ, and share their faith with others. Children that received the boxes fall into the following age groups: 2-4 years old;   5-9 years old; 10-14 years old. What we need: - empty shoe boxes- gifts to fill the boxes, such as school supplies like pencils, markers, pens, colors, color books, paper, solar calculators, picture books, or notebooks that will fit in the shoebox, non-liquid hygiene items, toothbrushes, bar soap, washcloths, combs, small toys that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise, a doll, soccer ball with pump, stuffed animal, accessories such as a t-shirt, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights with extra batteries, etc.  - cash donations to pay for the postage. Cost - $7 each box we send. On Thursday, November 19th, our ladies group will assemble the boxes for the boys and girls. Friday, November, 20, the boxes will be delivered to Calvary Baptist Church in Yankton, which will get them to Minneapolis. There, each box will get a Bible added. There will be a box located in the lobby marked "OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD" so you can drop off your donations. Cash gifts may be made out to the church. Mark OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD in the memo line. The deadline for returning items is Wednesday, November 18th. Prayerfully consider how you could help with this project.


- The Yankton Community Holiday Feast would like to invite you and your family and friends to the 20th Annual Yankton Community Holiday Feast, which will be on Wednesday, November 25th, from 4:30pm to 7pm at Calvary Baptist Church, 2407 Broadway in Yankton.


- The Christmas Store is a non-profit organization which provides the opportunity for children to experience the joy of giving during the holidays. Children in grades Jr-kindergarten through 5th grade may choose a free Christmas gifts for their immediate family! Saturday, December 12 1-5pm. Riverview Reformed Church 1700 Burleigh St. Yankton. Pre-registration is not required, however, children must be accompanied by an adult. The children are required to shop with our personal shoppers, as the accompanying adult is not allowed in the shopping area!


 -The Salvation Army in Yankton will soon be ringing bells at local business in Yankton. 90% of all funds raised locally are used to provide temporary, emergency assistance to local residents and transients in Yankton.  You can make a difference in the lives of those in need either by donating when you see a “red kettle” or by volunteering to staff a kettle at a Wal-mart or Hy-vee. If you are interested in bell ringing or have questions about the Salvation Army in Yankton, call Carol Pooler at 661-5153


- Yankton SHARE will serve a soup kitchen from 11 am to 7 pm on Wednesday, November 18th. Come to Peace Church, 206 E. 31st St., to enjoy the fellowship and good food!


Student Ministries:

Sr. High

Current Series “Greater Than”.  In this series we are finding out if we are a spectator, participant or a servant in our faith.


Current Series “In Between” We are discovering all the stages of what it means to have a new life in Christ.