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

December 2015

Pastor’s Word  

            By Rev. Ron

 We begin the season of Advent this coming Sunday, November 29th.  Advent is the time once again to prepare the heart to receive the Blessed Light of the World, Jesus our Lord and our Savior.  During the season of Advent we hear the voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Matthew 3:3).  Therefore, Advent challenges us to examine our hearts as God’s light reveals our sin and God’s grace brings forgiveness and reveals his love.

The words “Advent” and “Adventure” have common derivation.  Advent should be a season of Christian adventure.  Many of the noble visions of the past have become blessed; but as Christmas approaches, new hope and new faith enter our hearts.  The adventure of life is renewed and reinvigorated.  We are given, as it were, a new spiritual lease on life, for a spirit of expectancy and enthusiasm comes to those who remember the hope that God in Christ brings to humankind.

Cynthia Cowen reminds us that as we begin our preparations for Christmas, many of us will drag out the tree lights to see if bulbs need to be replaced.  A string of lights with bad bulbs needs to be replaced.  A string of lights with bad bulbs will leave our tree in darkness.  Yet a string of lights with good bulbs is of no use if not plugged in.  Advent is that time to plug in once again to the “light” which has been revealed to the world in the birth of the Christ Child.  Our Advent journey enables us to gain spiritual enlightenment as we recall how much God loves us and how he chose to send Jesus to redeem us.

The light which Simeon saw and which we see today in the Holy Infant furnishes each one of us with a source of light that can never go dim or go out.  But Jesus, the source of true light, can never be extinguished!

My dear friends, take time each day in the precious season of Advent to recall the many ways God comes as the light and calls you and me to be “lights” to the world, and then respond in your actions.  As Jesus reflected the light of God’s love, we are called to shine forth with that same love in a world that seems paralyzed with fear as we encounter the thrust of terrorism.  May our lights shine together to the glory of God!  It is my prayer that each of you will have a blessed Advent journey.


Consecration Sunday Thank You

A huge Thank You to everyone who participated in Consecration Sunday.  A lot of planning and preparing happens several weeks prior, and right up to, the celebration luncheon. This time of planning, praying and preparing to give back some of what God has given each of us is a special time for our church.  A special thank you to the individuals who stepped up to speak in the weeks leading up to Consecration Sunday. These heartfelt testimonials remind us all of how much it means to be part of a church family. Our gratitude to the committee members and individuals who helped plan, make telephone calls, wrap silverware, set up for the luncheon, serve the meal, pour beverages and clean up. Thank you also to our ministry leaders for their guidance, support and prayers. Our Consecration celebration is not possible without the help of many many people.  

God Bless, Denise Erickson and Susie McCorkell, Consecration Co-Charipersons  


United Methodist Women

‘Tis the season for the United Methodist Women’s group to come together for their annual holiday celebration of the birth of Christ and the joy that they find in one another. The November meeting was dedicated to the World Thanks Offering and the Memorial Service for those who have passed during this year but perhaps the greatest gift to be celebrated is the joyful spirit that members bring to this month’s gathering.

Monday, December 7th at 1:30pm is the date and time.  Peggy Doering will present the devotions, entitled It’s All About ‘Presence’, assisted by Rose Nedved on the piano. A short business meeting will follow.  The party atmosphere will include some games and the sharing of holiday memories from the past.  For additional camaraderie, those who are able are asked to bring treats to share. Mary Alice Halverson has graciously agreed to supervise offering of the coffee and treats.  There is nothing so fine as spending time with your friends in Christ – we urge you to join us in this annual celebration.


Youth News

By Corey Enfield

Student Ministries:


Here is a quick update on what we have going on in our youth ministry programs. 

Our Sr. High students are wrapping up our second series of the year titled “greater than” During this series, we are in the process of determining if we are a spectator, participant or servant in our faith journey.

Our Jr High students are currently working on a series “In Between” This three part series walks students through all the stages of a new life in Christ. It is designed to help young people examine the level of their own faith, and gives them a way to process the questions and doubts they might have about living a life for Jesus. 

Dates to remember

Sr. High—Meet Wednesday nights 7:15-8:30pm

*Wed., Nov. 25th – NO Youth Group – Have a Happy thanksgiving

*Sun., Dec. 13th Christmas Program/Birthday Party for Jesus

*Sun., Dec. 20th Combined Group Christmas Party

*Wed., Dec. 23rd NO Group-Christmas Break

Navajo Nation Trip – We are starting to make plans for the Navajo Nation Mission trip to Shiprock, New Mexico this summer.  The dates of the trip are June 17th-26th.  More information can be found at

Jr High–Meet Sunday Nights 6:30p-7:30p

*Sun., Nov 29th – NO Youth Group – Have a Happy thanksgiving

*Sun., Dec 13th Christmas Program/ Birthday Party for Jesus

*Sun., Dec 20th Combined Group Christmas Party

*Sun., Dec 27th NO Group-Christmas Break

Please turn in the 2015-2016 permission slips. If you need one, they are in the Youth Room

Youth and Parents here are some ways you can stay up to date with what is going on – or we have groups on Facebook – First UMC Sr. High Youth Group (Yankton) and Yankton Kids For Christ Youth Group. We also send out e-mails, so youth & parents if we do not have your e-mail address please get it to me.


Missions Corner


Fifth Sunday Bucket

            Fifth Sunday Bucket is Sunday, Nov. 29th. Bring your change after Thanksgiving to help patients at SD Human Services Center receive gifts they need.


Giving Tuesday

Looking for a place to give to those in need? How about giving to a UMC approved program and if you're quick enough, your donation could get doubled! Global Ministries will allocate matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on Dec. 1, 2015, between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. CT. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds. Two advances to consider: 1. Tree of Life Advance #123615 2.  Missionaries Erbelres Advance #931027. For other Advances go to Mark your donation GIVING TUESDAY, and we can make the donation for you.



Live Nativity

First United Methodist Church Members and Friends, we cordially invite you to join us for a performance of the Live Nativity to be held Saturday, December 19th, at 5:30 and 6:30 pm. Come and see the Christmas Story presented by members of our own church, along with real live camels, goats, sheep, and Mary's kind conveyance, the donkey. Experience Jesus' birth out under the open sky, with stars shining above, and then refresh yourself with warm drinks and warm fellowship in Wesley Hall after the performances. Parking spaces will be reserved for those who should not be out in the cold, preferring to watch from their cars. Any questions or interest in helping, please call or email Evie Sime (661-6255


Sunday School Christmas Program

The annual Sunday school Christmas program will be held on Sunday December 13th at 6:30pm. The students have begun practicing their songs and parts and are very excited to share with everyone about the birth of baby Jesus.


Christmas Eve Worship

By Rev. Ron

We will have two worship services on Christmas Eve, 4:30 and 7:00pm.  Both will be the traditional Service of Lessons & Carols and will include special music.  Plan now to attend one of these worship services.


History Notes

By Bob Thue

            From the Quarterly Conference Record Book of the Yankton Charge, Yankton District, Dakota Conference from 1886-1890.

 1st Quarter 1886 – Presiding Elder -  L. Hartsough, Secretary – JNO H. Beaver, Pastor – CE Hagen, Trustees – BR. McIntgre, HB Murphy, D Hinman, Isaac Coacher, I Rifewgank, JE Erskine, WM Ennis, Superintendent – J.C Baker.

Reports – State of Sunday School – fair just holding its own average attendance 100, eight people received into full membership. Three probable. Pastor has visited most homes.

3rd Quarter Have the rules respecting the instruction of children been observed? In part, are the church records properly kept? No. Is the church and parsonage property insured? Yes.

4th Quarter Bro. D Hinman was elected as lay delegate to the Annual Conference in Aberdeen.

End of Year Financial summary – Pastor $840, Presiding Elder $62.50, Bishop $8, Conference

claimt’s $3, Sexton and Incidental expenses $230.

Church building and improvements – Old depts. $552.40, miscellaneous $265 total $817.

Average attendance 94, Received into full membership this quarter 22. Pastor’s report – Many families outside the church members and attendance have been visited. Nearly every Methodist home in the church have endeavored to look after the sick and the strangers. The master has richly blessed us in this department of our work.


You’re invited

Come help Ted Mickelson celebrate at his retirement party Saturday, December 5th from 2-5pm at the Elks Lodge. No gifts please, your presence is gift enough.  Food will be provided.





Thanks you so much for your donation to our Yankton Co. Parents as Teachers Program. It is greatly appreciated as we are wanting to purchase board books for our youngest members of our PAT families. Each child receives a book each month. Thank you for being so kind and please keep our families in your prayers.

Deanna Branaugh

In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Don Hurley


Kari Bartels


Mark Giziewski


Ken Bevers


Teri Parlet


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.             

December Birthdays

1 - Dustin Gusso, Dava Mier, Vicki Tanner,

  Emma Gobel, Jesse Giblin


2 - Samuel Willman, Rose Cap, Rodger Johnson,       

      Richard Maska


3 - Loy Gravholt, Terry Mier, Tyan Beste


4 - Alleysia Ugofsky


5 - Merle Brandt, Jordyn Cunningham,

     Connie VanDeWalle, Jane Gilmore,

     Sarah Karnes

6 - Mark Giziewski, Shaylor Platt,

     Ardis Henderson, Bonnie Gusso,

     John Iverson


7 - Mary Hladky, Carol Schnebel,

     Shanna Helgeland, Dixie Foss,

     Madeline Nooney

8 - Haden Adam, Bruce Dutrow

9 - Jane Hornstra, Samantha Wampol,

      Dawn Popma


11 - Shawn Rabenberg, Kayla Odom

12 - Mary Lepp

13 - Michael Miller


14 - Denise Willman


16 - Michael Hunhoff, Suzanne Dahlberg

17 - Julie Dykstra, Michael Burgeson, Steve King,

       Lorraine Taylor


19 - Jeff Skonhovd, Melissa Rempfer


20 - Jim Sawatzke, Mark Droppers

21 - Carla Mentele


22 - Dan Guthmiller


24 - Darlene Ireland


25 - Bob Stouffer


26 - Jeff May, Jerry Willman, Brook Thurman,

Jessica Landwehr, Dennis Kisch,

        Bailey Wieseler, Sean Garcia


27 - Jace Guthmiller, Andrea Jaquith,

       Madisyn Jaquith, Rebecca Pearman


28 - Valerie Hummel, Sadia Svedberg


29 - Carolyn Teichroew, Lance Palecek,


30 - Susan Becker, Linda Fox, Troy True



Poinsettia Order


Advent and Christmas are fast approaching. This means it is time to order poinsettias for the Sanctuary and around the church. This year, the cost of the plants will be $11.00. 


You may mail this form to the church office (First UMC, 207 W. 11th St., Yankton, SD 57078), bring it to the church office, or you may place it in the offering plate on Sunday and mark your envelope “Poinsettia”.  Please designate if your plant is “In Memory” or “In Honor” of someone on this form.  (Please check one so the office knows how to designate it for the bulletin insert.)


            You may pick up your plant following the Christmas Eve Worship Service or you may leave it here for the church family to enjoy.  Please indicate whether or not you plan to take your Poinsettia home with you.  Thank you.


Please turn in your order by November 30th



Your Name: ____________________________


(Please check one)    _____In Memory of    _____In Honor of





(Please check one)   


I will take the poinsettia I ordered:      _______Yes          ______No


Please enclose your payment of ($11.00) with this order form.