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

March 2016

Pastor’s Word  

            By Rev. Ron

As we move deeper into the Lenten season, I often find myself wondering about the grim part of the Christian story, the way in which Jesus was treated during the final weeks of his earthly life.  What bothers me, at times is the conflict between the clear record that almost everyone turned against him and the modern assumption that nearly everyone admires Jesus and has nothing but good to say about him.  If we say that no one is against Jesus now, could it be that we haven’t really understood what it was the brought him to the cross?

One of those reasons people were against Jesus is because they misinterpreted his message and the meaning of his Kingdom.  As Jesus makes his way to Jerusalem, he reveals himself more and more to those who are closest to him.  Time and again he takes the disciples apart, and at least three times he tells them of his coming trial and death.  At the same time as he speaks of his rejection, there are increasing revelations of the mystery of his being the Son of God.  It is as though Jesus were telling those who had eyes to see and ears to hear: “Look!  Listen” This is the kind of Christ I am-not the political leader that some want, not the miracle worker who satisfies the crowd, not the avenging Messiah who burns up the wicked, but the Son of God who is willing to suffer in order to liberate the world.”  And where Peter would have none of it, Jesus does not hesitate to call him an enemy, “Get away from me Satan, Your thoughts are men’s thoughts, not God’s” (Matt. 16:23)

Those who were against Jesus included not only the fanatically and rigidly religious but also those who cared nothing about the kingdom of God, laughed at the moral demands of the Sermon on the Mount, and carved out for themselves a kingdom that satisfies their selfish pleasures, seeks the extravagant things of this world, and pursues a path nothing short of wickedness.

So, dear friend, how is it with your soul? Where are you in your relationship with Jesus? 

We can follow him on the last journey to Jerusalem and see him on the cross only if we realize the subtle forces around us, and in us, that really oppose him.

The crucifixion of Jesus is the judgement.  Still made by every human being who consciously insists he or she is wiser than the one who is the way, the truth, and the life.

In submitting to that judgment, as one of the hazards of humanity, Jesus expressed his primary understanding, that a maximum love is the minimum service a whole human being can give, even though that love involves violent death at the hands of those drunk with their own arrogance.

And so I pray that we experience this Lent the cleansing and healing power of his sacrificial love in our own hearts and accept the challenge to always follow Jesus faithfully and lovingly.


United Methodist Women

The February meeting of United Methodist Women was held on the first day of the month and included devotions by Mary Pietila and a short business meeting.   The program was presented by Eric Miller, director of the newly repositioned Homeless Shelter which provides enlarged opportunities to serve those who live in or come to our community without resources and/or hope.  Those in attendance were touched by the new ways in which needs are being met and are preparing to visit the Homeless Shelter in June, for the Annual Retreat and to find ways in which to aid this endeavor. Plans were briefly discussed for participation in a March worship service, designed to give a “snapshot” of the mission and purpose of UMW.  Sights were set on collecting items for Health Kits for future distribution; the quilters continue to be kept busy making wraps for our new babies; funeral lunches are served whenever needed under the leadership of Dee Carson and Rose Nedved; parties continue monthly at HSC under the guidance of Mary Alice Halverson and those wanting or needing prayer are asked to contact the church directly for email notification and to call Naomi Somer,  whose assistants will get in touch with those who do not have email.  Marge Stengle was recognized, along with her family, for participating in Meals on Wheels since the program was begun.

The next meeting will be March 7th at 1:30pm. All are welcome.


We will pray with and for YOU! 

You are not alone.  Your United Methodist women friends are right beside you to help share your joys and sorrows.  If you have access to email and wish to ask for prayers, please call the church at 665-2991 or email your request to  If you do not have email, please call Naomi Somer at 665-2295 and she will activate the Prayer Chain.  Let us add our prayers to yours.


Missions Corner

The Missions Committee focus for March will be Mercy Meals. We will be hosting a Mercy Meal pack on Saturday March 19th at 10am. It will be held at Calvary Baptist Church (2407 Broadway Avenue). There will be a signup sheet in Wesley Hall. Mercy Meals packages and ships highly nutritious, lifesaving meals to starving and malnourished children in developing countries and the United States. Packs typically last about an hour-and-a-half. Bring your family - there's a spot for everyone!


World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer, an ecumenical celebration of informed prayer and prayerful action is set for Friday, March 4th. Written by the women of Cuba, the program calls us to receive the kingdom of God as little children. The service is sponsored by Church Women United in the Gathering Place at Avera Sacred Heart Majestic Bluffs at 2:00pm. Anyone wishing to sing in the chorus come at 1:00 PM for practice.


Habitat Rummage Sale

Habitat 500 Bike Team will hold their annual rummage sale April 1st & 2nd. Because more space is needed the sale will be at The Mill 104 Capitol St. As you do spring cleaning let us recycle your “extras”. Call Tom & Jane at 665-8303 if you need things picked up.


Youth News

By Corey Enfield

Sr. High 9th–12th grade


We meet on Wednesday nights in the Youth Room. 7:15-8:45pm Lesson and discussion 


Current Message Series: Renegade Gospel

 Who was Jesus, really? Wasn’t the central figure to the Christian faith a man who denied all preconceived notions about what God should look like? Wouldn’t associating with him have meant joining a rebel movement? Doesn’t it still? Renegade Gospel is a church study that challenges believers to come to terms with the real Jesus—the rebel Jesus.


KFC 6th–8th grade

We meet Sunday nights in the Youth Room 6:30pm-7:30pm


Current Message Series: John


John: The Gospel of Light and Life. You’ll follow the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus through the Gospel of John and understand the context of some of the best-known verses in the New Testament.


National Nutrition Month

  By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

March is National Nutrition Month. We have an abundance of different foods available to us and sometimes we just eat more than we need at any given meal or snack. Then there are times we see some food in the break room at work and help ourselves or sit down in front of the television with a bag of chips and before we know it, the chips have disappeared. When this happens we are not eating because we are hunger – we are just eating and not paying attention to what we are doing. This is called “mindless eating.” When we pay attention to what you are eating and what your body’s reaction to the food is, it is called “mindful eating.” Jean Kristler, PhD the founder of the Center for Mindful Eating says you need to ask yourself these question:

·      Why do I want to eat now? Am I really hungry or is it a craving or is it emotional?

·      What do I want to eat or am I just grabbing what is available? Think about the choices and opt for more nutritious foods in appropriate portions.

·      How much am I enjoying this food now? Think about the flavors of the food, ow it smells, what it looks like, and notice the texture. It takes 15-20 minutes for the brain to send the message to the stomach that you are full.

·      How full am I? When you eat mindlessly you eat way too much. Use a scale of 1-10 to rate how full you are. 1=famished 10=feeling stuffed. When you finish a meal, a good range to meet is between 5-7. Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly.

·      Why did I eat that or that much? Sometimes we “beat” ourselves up just because we over ate. In the future, just notice it, take time to think about why you did this, and learn from your mistakes.

Eating is an experience but don’t overdo it and add unwanted weight to your body. Just slow down and take in the pleasure of good healthy food.

Corinthians 10:31 “So when new eat and drink or whatever we do, do all for the glory of God”

Source: Harvard Medical School, Center for Mindful Eating


Heritage Sunday

Heritage Sunday is April 10th.  We will recognize church members who have been Methodists for 50 or more years.  If you have been a member that long, and have not been recognized, please notify Lisa in the church office. Church History Committee

History Notes

          By Neta Thompson

For this month’s note in history I have chosen to recall a few events from the 4th Street Church.  If you are a 50 year member, you may recall these events with me.  The Bell that now hangs in the church yard once hung in the belfry and was rung with a rope – it called us to church on Sunday and was a great temptation for kids to pull the rope-just one quick pull--just for fun.----.

Mother’s Day was always celebrated with

the Cradle Rocking Service.  The babies born in that year were rocked in an antique cradle by 4 of the kindergarten class.  The older children sang a special song and the baby became a member of the Cradle Roll.

Another fond memory is the Easter Sunrise service.  It was done at sunrise – usually 6am on a chosen location. A special one I remember was done on the banks of the river. As we collected in the cool, early morning, someone played a trumpet solo of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.”

“This is the church, and this is the steeple.  Open the door and see the people whose lives have been forever blessed by events that become history.” It was March of 1959 when we stood out on the hill and broke ground for the present Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.




Thanks you for giving of your time, talents and treasures in assisting me and the team of Helping Hands for Haiti in making this upcoming mission trip a success. Thank you for the many donations of cash, book bags, towels, bakery items and your prayers. Our church is so giving and I am blessed to be part of your church family. Forgive me if I have not thanked you personally. Know that you are all going with me to Haiti in spirit. I will pray for my sisters and brothers-in faith while I’m gone. Your generosity is beyond, beyond.

Be Blessed, Sherry Daugherty


I would like to take this opportunity to thank the UMC women as well as the entire church group for all the thoughts and prayers, food, rides provided to both of us and flowers which brightened my stay at Majestic Bluff in physical therapy. To Susan Thorson for her many visits, prayers and encouragement to continue my journey to getting well. To Rev. Ron for his visits and many prayers for healing. Thank you and May the Lord bless you all. Oh, and watch your step—don’t fall!

Carolyn Teichroew


Thank you so much for your gift to the club and for investing in the kids! We are grateful to partner with you to ensure all youth in Yankton have a safe, positive place to go & grow! Thanks you for all you do for the kids!

Tara Mills, Boys and Girls Club


In Our Thoughts & Prayers


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.             

March Birthdays

1 - Morgyn Jaquith


4 – Delores Kafka, David Schmer,

Syndee Droppers, Herb Hornstra


7 - Emily Gulick

8 - Rob Hale

9 - Ketty Cornemann, Gabe Slowey, Reid Dutrow


11 - Jeffery Mraz


12 - Carol Peterson, Sue May, Craig Karnes

13 - Kyle Hirsch, Pat Alder


15 - Pat Kraft


16 - Lexie McCorkell, Pippa Pietila

17 - Julie Orton


18 - Jack Slowey


19 - Mark Peterson

21 - Beth Parr, Conner Nickles,

       Dawn Kabella, Ken Nebola           


22 - Amber Reaney, Camden Pietz


24 - Katie Rodig


25 - Carla Hummel


26 - Don Hurley, Ken Philippi, Linda Hagen,

  Marsha Johnson


28 - Allan Wieseler, Kloe Gall


29 - Lindsey King, Jan Aughenbaugh








EASTER SUNDAY is March 27th, and it is time to order flowers for the sanctuary. The Worship Committee is offering Lily, Tulip & Mum plants for sale. 


The cost for the lily is $10.00 including tax. The cost for the tulip & mum is $12 including tax. If you wish to purchase a flower or flowers for the altar, please fill out the form below and place your order form, along with your money in a pew envelope and mark it “EASTER FLOWERS.”  Place the envelope in the offering plate or drop it off in the church office no later than noon on March 16th


PLEASE DESIGNATE if the plant is "In Memory" or "In Honor" of a loved one by filling out the form below.  Then indicate the number and type of flower(s) you would like to order.  The plants will be in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday.  You may take them home following the second worship service.




YOUR NAME: ___________________


In honor of: ________________________ 

In memory of: ______________________

(# of each): ____Lily($10)  _____Tulip($12)  _____Mum($12)    



Total Amount Due__________