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

February 2016

Pastor's Word

            By Rev. Ron

With the Christmas season still fresh in our minds it may be hard to believe that the season of Lent is about to begin in a couple of weeks.  February 10th is Ash Wednesday when the Lenten season begins.

Lent is a season of preparation for the celebration of Easter.  The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon Lenten, which means “spring”, the time of the lengthening of days.  At first Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism on Easter Eve.  They were taught the gospel message and the Lord’s Prayer. They prayed, fasted, and did penance. Eventually, Lent became a time of reflection and self-examination for all Christians.

In our busy, secular world, Lent is a time of renewal, a time to remember Jesus-to walk with him in study, prayer, and service to others, to engage in personal and family worship.  However, during Lent Christians as the body of Christ also need to come together to worship and study with others.

For these forty days called Lent, let me propose some things you can do:

1. Spend some time exploring what you really believe-about yourself, about God, and about life.  Examine those areas and those issues about which you feel truly hostile, in which you have many doubts.  As someone has said be sure and doubt your doubts.  It’s an important time to join a study group.

2. Decide on a specific act of service for others, something that you will carry out before Easter.  Perhaps that would mean visiting one or two people in a nursing home.  Take some time to relate to someone who really feels alone.  It will do more for you than it does for them.

3. Tackle a problem that you know exists in your life.  I don’t know what that problem is, and perhaps most people do not know.  But the real issue is, YOU KNOW!  Make this Lenten time a time for new beginnings!  Watch your cynicism recede, watch your compassion grow, watch your hopefulness increase!

Remember, dear friend, Jesus needed time to get it together, and so do we.  I’m convinced we need Lent like we have never needed it before!


International Food Festival

The Mission Committee is sponsoring an International Food Festival on Sunday, January 31st at 5:00pm in Wesley Hall. Bring a dish to share expressing your favorite heritage. The Sr. High Youth will be sharing experiences from their 2015 mission trip. There is a signup sheet in Wesley Hall. For more information contact Tami Nielsen or Mikael Pietila.


United Methodist Women

Diane Kisch, Delores Kafka, Barb Hirsch and Joan Neubauer were installed as officers at the January 2016 meeting of United Methodist Women; committee chairs were recognized as they began another year of service and dedication. Diane Kisch led us in the Charge to Mission Giving and Kenny Tomek, Hy-Vee Dietician, gave a very helpful program about reading ingredient labels in order to promote healthier eating. Hostesses for the afternoon were Anne Withrow and Mary Alice Halverson.  We thank them.

February’s meeting will be on Monday the 1st at 1:30pm. Devotions will be given by Mary Pietila and the program will be given by a representative from the Homeless Shelter, which is one of the local organizations which we support. A light snack will be provided by hostesses Dee Carson and Mary Pietila. All ladies of the church are invited to come and enjoy the activities, discussions and fellowship found monthly with the United Methodist Women.


Missions Corner


Fifth Sunday Bucket, Jan. 31st

            Bucket Sundays are held whenever we have 5 Sundays in one month. This month’s offering will go to Tree of Life. Drop your loose change (bills accepted also) in the bucket.


Turkey Supper

Sue May, Carol Becker, Nancy Hetherington, Kristi Palecek & Diane Kisch Co-Chairs

The Annual Turkey Supper will be held Saturday February 27th.  We will serve from 4:30 to 7:00pm. Proceeds from this year’s supper will go to the Sr. High Youth for their Youth Mission trip to New Mexico in June. We will be asking committees to help this year as has been done in the past along with the youth, we will be selling advanced tickets as well as tickets at the door (we would really like people to purchase their tickets in advance so we have an idea on numbers).  Cost of the tickets will be Adults tickets (13 and older) $10; children (4-12 year olds) $5 and 3 and under will be free. Sign-up sheets will be available in Wesley Hall for donations starting Sunday, January 31st. Please have the donations to the church by Sunday, February 21st. Turkeys can be brought to the church placed in the chest freezer in the Sr. High Youth room anytime – please sign your name to the donation list on the top of the freezer so we know who has brought their turkeys. 

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and plan to join us for some wonderful food and fellowship. Questions call Sue May (664-0582) or Carol Becker (665-4694)


Youth News

By Corey Enfield

Sr. High

Current series “Going Places”

All of us are going someplace when we die, but all of us are also going places while we are alive. Have you ever been tempted? Have you ever been too scared to share the gospel or too fearful to take a step of faith? Have you strayed from God and had a hard time finding your way back home? Have you ever felt alone? Most of us have all been to these places in our lives and many times we don't know what to do or how to please God when we find ourselves without answers. 


Jr. High

Current series “Witness”

In the first week of Witness we look into the story of David and Goliath. David stood up to his giant Goliath — and won! Sometimes we will face “giants,” but God will give us the courage to defeat them and overcome.

Week two dives into the story of Abigail. She confronts King David and stands up for her husband because of what she believes is right. God will give us the strength to stand up for what is right.

The third week focuses on the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They don’t bow down and worship the king when everyone else did. Because of that, they get thrown into the fiery furnace. But God keeps them safe. God will give us the courage to stand up for our faith even when it seems like we are the only ones.

In the fourth week we look at the story of Moses. God calls Moses to do something that he doesn’t want to do because he feels insecure. But God uses Moses to perform miracles. God will give us the courage to do great things even when we doubt ourselves. The fifth and final week of Witness is the story of Jesus. Jesus sacrificed Himself and died on the cross for the good of the world that He loved so much. God will give us the courage to give up things we love for things we love even more


Dates to remember

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

*Wednesday, Feb. 10th– NO Youth Group – Ash Wednesday Service  

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-7:30pm

*Sunday, Feb. 7th – Meeting at 5pm-6pm

*Friday, Feb. 12th—Lock-In 7:30pm-8am

*Sunday, Feb. 14th —No Group

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.


Prayer Chain  

The UM Women sponsor a telephone prayer chain for those in need of special prayers.  If you prefer, you can be included in this wonderful ministry by simply reading your email!  Please email the church office and let them know that you would like to be included.  If you have a prayer request, simply call or email the church office with your request.  It will be included in both the telephone and email prayer chains.  When you receive an email from with "prayer request" in the subject line, we would ask that you spend a moment in silent prayer for that person or family.  Please consider being a part of this simple yet powerful service.


Prison Ministry Team 2016

We will be participating in 4 different worship services at the federal prison camp here in Yankton.  The dates of the services are as followed March 20th, July 24th, October 30th and December 18th.  Anyone wishing to be a part of this valuable ministry is encouraged to join us.  We need people to greet, read scripture, share joys and concerns, preach but the most important job is to attend and share a time of worship and community with the campers.  A simple background form and willingness to serve is all that’s required. We are asking for those that served in 2015 to help with this service since your background checks have already been completed. 


The Women's Bible Study

The Women’s Bible Study that meets on Sunday's from 9:45am to 10:45am (during Sunday School in the Upper Room) will start a new study on Sunday, February 14th.  We will study Malachi: A Love That Never Lets Go - by Lisa Harper.  This Women's Bible study focuses on God's mercy. On our worst day, God doesn't walk away from us. And His love for us is not determined by our performance. No matter how many times we mess up, God loves (and never leaves) broken people.   We will also start this same study on Wednesday's from 6:30pm to 7:30pm staring on February 17th (in the Upper Room).  Please join us for either time!  We would love to have you as we study God's great word.


Preventing Heart Disease-American Hearth Month

  By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

Did you know heart disease can be prevented? If we make healthy choices and manage health conditions, we can decrease the risk of heart disease for ourselves. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for women and men in the United States. Tips to decrease your risk of heart disease and heart attack are:

·      Eat health foods like fruit, vegetables and lean meats and avoid fatty foods.

·      If you smoke or chew tobacco, quit today.

·      Stay away from secondhand smoke.

·      Manage stress.

·      Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes.

·      Have your blood pressure checked to see if it is within normal limits.

·      Manage you cholesterol and have it checked every 5 years.

·      If you are overweight, take action to take off pounds.

·      Take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes.

·      Know the signs of heart attack: Chest pain (pressure, squeezing, fullness in chest); nausea or vomiting; sudden dizziness, lightheadedness, unusually tired feeling; and breaking out in a cold sweat. Not everyone will have all of these signs.  If you have these signs call 911 to get advice as acting fast can save your life. An ambulance is the best and safest way to get to a hospital.

·      See your physician annually or as needed to discuss your health and manage health conditions.

Peek Into the Past from Your History Committee

The date was September 21st – 23rd, 1923 and the Yankton Methodist Episcopal Church took a whole weekend to celebrate its 50th anniversary.  Ralph C. Shearer, present Pastor, led the worship on Friday night at the church, located on W. 4th St. in Yankton, and the Jubilee Address was given by Rev. O. E. Boyce.  On Saturday at 2:30pm a reception was held for all at the home of A. G. Schenk, 503 Linn Street, and a Fellowship Supper at the church was held at 6:30pm. A Pageant, written by Flora Shufelt Rivola (Mrs. Charles), a renowned poetess, followed featuring pictures of the 50 years just past and 3 re-enactments of events in 1823, 1860 and 1873.  The conclusion brought the audience’s attention back to present-day Yankton.  The Sunday morning service unveiled a hymn especially written for this event, a tenor solo, an anthem by the choir and a sermon by Dr. J. P. Jenkins entitled “Fifty Years with the Gospel on the Prairies”. The celebration concluded that evening with more dedicatory music and the reception of members. 

All agreed it was a fitting tribute to a congregation that had become known as “A Friendly Church”.




Marsha & I would like to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude to the members and friends of our church family who remembered us with gifts, cards, and best wishes during the Christmas season. We feel truly blessed to be a part of such a loving and caring family.

Rev. Ron & Marsha


My family would like to extend our thanks and gratitude for all the cards, gifts and blessings we received from our church family this Christmas.  We are very honored and blessed to be serving with such a wonderful and caring church family.  

Corey, Dana, Carson, Julianna and Melania Enfield  


Every act of your generosity helps us further our mission. Your gift will ensure hundreds of youth in our community have a safe and positive place to go.

Tara Mills, Director of Development & Marketing


Thank you so much for your support of the Yankton Homeless Shelter throughout the year. We sincerely appreciate all that FUMC has done for the Yankton Homeless Shelter. We are fortunate to have such strong support.

Yankton Homeless Shelter Board, Staff & Clients


We would like to take a moment to send a sincere thank you for the wonderful donations we have received.



In Our Thoughts & Prayers

The family of Gene Alexander. Gene passed away Jan. 17th.


Judy Nielson


Don Hurley


Kari Bartels


Mark Giziewski


Sue Frick


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.             

February Birthdays

1 - Jeffery Burling, Garrett Brandt,


2 - Jacob Cunningham


3 - Jill Foss, Cheryl Doby


5 - Merle Larson, Madison Styles, Marge Maxon

8 - Sophia Tramp, Sherry Daugherty,

      Brody Burgeson

9 - Nicole Baily, Donovan Pigney,

     Sandy Ronfeldt


10 - Ross Den Herder, Travis Hagen


11 - Margaret Vondracek

13 - Chloe Cornemann, Kevin McKee


14 - Alex Wieseler


15 - Jeremy Klinkhammer


16 - Marsha Bertsch, Susan Schavee

17 - Diane Kisch, Bob Peterson


18 - Phil Jaquith, Myles Tieszen, Erin Olson


19 - Francis Hunhoff

20 - Garrett Rempfer, Lisa Blaalid


22 - Barry Schroeter, Gabriel Olson


24 - Kim Slemp, Jean Johnson


25 - Rosalinda Regalado, Jay Gravholt,

       Amber Hannemann, Tracy Dutrow


28 - Paxton Bartels, Dick Fox,

        Nancy Hetherington, Jacksen Lawrence