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

April 2016

Pastor’s Word  

            By Rev. Ron

The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 3:10-11: “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

I would dare say that the joy of Christians at Eastertide is like no other joy.  It has a strange, solemn character not at all like the merriment of Christmas.  During Holy Week we use the word “joy”, praying that we might with joy meditate upon the events of Christ’s passion and resurrection.  It would seem that this word takes on this further meaning of deep satisfaction, assurance, hope, and expectation.  It is our response not to an historical event but to a present fact.  It is a conviction that there need be no fear, doubt, discouragement, and hopelessness. The followers of Christ are assured that even death is no barrier to the ever presence of God and the sustaining power of his love.  We face tomorrow unafraid!

But we must understand, the joy of Easter does not come easily.  Do not allow lilies, bunnies, decorative eggs and new Easter clothes camouflage the universal experience of all people.  Spiritual power must be won; it is never aimlessly bestowed. It is not that we welcome evil as a good thing and undergo suffering as a grim necessity.  Jesus faced the evil and tribulation of this world and twisted a crown of thorns into a crown of glory.

This is the power of the resurrection, not to seek suffering but to bear it, to heal it, and to be stronger because of it.  It is the story of Father Damian discovering that he had at last contracted leprosy and was at one with his lepers to whom he ministered.  It is the story of Martin Luther King Jr.  the night before his murder joyfully declaring to the Memphis garbage collectors that he had arrived at the mountaintop. My friends, we are not rallying to a call to face the future with grim determination and a stiff upper lip.  We take joyfully the sufferings of the present with its senseless acts of terrorism and violence in full assurance of the glory that can be revealed in our lives now as well as in the life to come.

And so we say to one another “Christ is risen He is risen indeed!”  This is the greeting that Christians declare to a world grown corrupt, divided, and fearful.  No one is more aware of the world’s pain than a follower of Christ, for there is ever before him or her the cross upon which their Savior died.

But no one is more aware than a follower of Christ that there is healing and strength for those who love, for the tomb is empty, death is conquered and humankind is free.

The power of the resurrection enables us to say with the Apostle Paul.  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:7)

Dear friends, the powers of the resurrection is not some fact we ponder jut once every twelve months.  The power of the resurrection changes everything and on EVERY day!!


Heritage Sunday

Heritage Sunday is April 10th in our church. We’ll celebrate the 155th birthday of our congregation.

We will honor members who have been Methodists for 50 years

The special pastor on this day will be Rev. Deb Larson Mack. She was the associate pastor here from 1992-1999. There will be a reception for Rev. Deb during the coffee hour in Wesley Hall. Also, persons who would like to share lunch after the 11am service make reservation in the church office. The meal will be at Minervas, with Norm and Deb Mack. Church History Committee


United Methodist Women

We had to bring out extra chairs for the March meeting of UMW!  The improved weather was a factor, but the real “draw” was the presentation by Kristi Palacek through which she shared with us her experiences as a woman in what is usually considered a “man’s world”, as well as her experiences balancing a career and a family.  Her presentation inspired a good deal of conversation in the meeting that followed. 

Business included reports from committees, planning for the June retreat, agreeing to purchase bedding for the new smaller beds at the Homeless Shelter, planning for United Methodist Women’s participation in the worship service for March 13th as we lead up to the 150th anniversary of the group, sorting items donated for health kits and layettes and donating $500 toward the repair of the dishwasher in the kitchen of Wesley Hall.  Focus Day will be held at Wagner on April 16th; those interested are asked to reserve a place. 

The next meeting will be April 4th at 1:30 p.m.   Our program will be presented by representatives from the McCrossan Boys Ranch in Sioux Falls.   Jane Miller and Judy Bevers will be our hostesses and Rose Nedved has devotions.  All are welcome.


Camp Scholarship Funds with the Dakotas Foundation

This fund was established to assist youth with camping registrations and/or expenses.  The main sponsor of this scholarship came from Ethel Schenk who originally contributed $3,750.  This amount, along with other memorial gifts from various people who designated the funds to be used towards camp scholarships, made up the balance. This money is invested with the Dakotas Foundation. This money is intended to assist families that have youth (1st grade through graduating seniors) attending camp that express the need for additional financial support to cover their share of the cost.   The way the money will be distributed is any family that would like a little extra financial help is to fill out a Camp Scholarship Card located in the church office and place it in the decorated box by Sunday, April 1st. The Education committee has a formula established to equally split the $500 amongst the designated recipients as an equal percent based on the cost of each camp.

It is the hope of the Finance and Education Committees that people will contribute to this fund and the size of our investment will grow so that the amount of money we are able to distribute grows.


Summer Camp – Time to start planning!

            Camp brochures should be here – if you did not get one in the mail you can find them on the bulletin board as you come in to the church or in the Education Office.  Deadline for the Early Bird price is April 30th.  The church & UMW will take care of ½ of the early bird cost of one camp per youth. If your youth is going to more than one camp you are responsible for the cost of the other camps.  If you register after April 30th – the church & UMW will only pay for ½ of the early bird cost.  You will be responsible for the difference between early bird and full price.

            The registration process is a little different this year.   You will need to call Lisa in the office to get the church code that you will enter on the registration form this code will automatically subtract the church’s portion from your payment. Full payment is due when you register this year. To do this you will be able to select one of 2 options:  to pay in full or pay monthly with automatic credit card payments to be spread over three months. You will be able to register more than one person at a time but if you are registering the same person for more than one camp you need to do a separate registration online for the second camp.  If you have questions about this process you can call Lisa in the office or Diane Kisch at 660-1242.

            The Conference runs a Cross State Bus to Storm Mountain – if you plan to have your youth ride the bus you must mark it on your registration form.

            We encourage you to attend camps that other youth in your grades are going to – hopefully we can carpool whenever possible.  Remember if your child is riding with someone it is common courtesy to help cover the cost of gas.  If you plan to use the church van – it needs to be half full (8 people or more – if you only have 7 and feel you need to use the church van check with the chairperson of the Trustees, or Rev Ron).  Those riding in the van are responsible for gas.  Lisa in the office needs to know if you would like your youth to ride in the church van or carpool with others.  She will be able to tell you if anyone else is signed up for a camp you are thinking about. It is very helpful if Lisa gets a copy of your registration forms so she knows what camps you youth are going to.

            For the 1st – 3rd graders we need to have 1 adult attend camp with every 5 campers.  There is a cost for Shepherds that attend SonShine camp (K & 1st graders) & DaySpring (2nd & 3rd graders). 

                Remember the grade listed for each camp is the grade the camper is currently in.


Worship Service Deadline

If needing to make an announcement at a worship service, especially if you are in need of something inserted or played during the service, it needs to be given to Carla Hummel no later than the end of Thursday prior to the service.  If preparing for special services, please allow at least 2 days’ notice in order to properly prepare for the addition. I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the sound system and PowerPoint presentation so that I am able to provide the best possible service, the deadline allows us all a chance to practice and test so that it becomes a more flawless presentation.  Thanks for your consideration!

Carla Hummel

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”. You can drop off items at the church or at 104 Capitol St.  the week of March 28th  – 31st  from 9-4pm. 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 


KFC 6th–8th grade

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


Serving Others

  By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

In the past month, I attended a presentation at Heart Days at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. The speaker, Mark Lindquist, a nationally recognized motivational speaker, world-touring entertainer and author of the book Passion! 8 Steps to Re-Ignite Yours challenged us to step out of our comfort zone and try something new. He quoted a fortune he had received twice in fortune cookies: “If a true sense of value is to be yours, then it must come through service.” In his presentation, he asked us to make a list of the things we wanted to try before the end of our lives. Many people just started writing down one thing after another and others just sat quietly thinking. He told us if you don’t try something new how do you know if you like or don’t like it. His presentation really emphasized service to others.

As I thought about this message, my mind wandered off thinking about our church family and how many of us have tried new things and have served others. There are many who have gone on mission trips to Haiti and to our Native American Reservations. Older members volunteer to make regular visits to those who are in extended care facilities. Our youth go on mission trips to make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate. Our youth pastor changed careers to serve God by helping our young people. There are hundreds of members who have worked the soup kitchen, volunteered for the local Banquet, delivered meals on wheels, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, and served on our church committees. The list could go on and on.  We as United Methodists are called by God to serve others. We do all of this with passion. I think we all should try to make a list of what we want to try and how this might serve others before we go to heaven. John Wesley, one of our founders once wrote “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. As long as ever you can.” Bless all of you during this spring season and thank you for serving others through Christ with passion. Maybe it is time for you to try something new – it may change your life forever!


History Notes

          By Bob Thue

Some notes from the minutes of the official board of the First United Methodist Church Yankton 1890.

October 21st – motion made and carried that the chair appoint a committee of 3 to attend to repairing the chimney, doors, and other things necessary for the church. Motion made that a subscription of $60 is raised to paper the entire church, both ceiling and sides at a cost of $85 as offered by Jno Lang. A committee was appointed to attend the above mentioned papering with instructions to call a meeting again before action be taken.

November 24th – on motion E.H. Willis and J.H. Beaver were elected tellers in the election of the 27th of November on the question “Shall women of the M.E. Church be permitted to act as delegates to the General Conference?”

December 9th – committee on insurance placed the Ins. to the amount of $750 for 3 years in the Aetna of Heartford Conn. J.H. Beaver on behalf of the St. Croix Lbr. Co. made the following proposition – that he would furnish 6 gallons of floor paint (or less if not needed) to paint the basement floor without charge providing the bill now due is paid before the 25th of December 1980, and that the floor be painted before the above date. On motion the above was accepted. Motion was made and carried that the sum of $50 per annum be paid to Miss Minnie Bachellor for service as organist for the conference year beginning October 20, 1890. She is to play twice each Sabbath and at rehearsals. 




A BIG thank you to everyone who came out to pack Mercy Meals. Approximately 33 members, family and friends of the church packed 5400 meals for the children of Haiti and others around the world. Thank you for sharing your time and making a difference in the world!

 Your Yankton FUMC Missions Committee!

Thank you so much for your donations to the Yankton Homeless Shelter. The Yankton Homeless Shelter is very fortunate to have such a compassionate and giving group in the Yankton Community. The sandwiches will be a happy comfort those being sheltered.

Yankton Homeless Shelter Board, Staff & Clients


In Our Thoughts & Prayers


Kristi Palecek’s brother-in-law, Dean Dendinger


The families of Rose Cap and Howard Relf. They passed away


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. 


April Birthdays

1 - Lorraine Slade, Megan Sage


2 - Sydney Bartunek, Ashley Willman,

     Greg Popma


3 - Teresa Rentsch, Margaret Bartels,

       Levi Davis, Brittney May, Mary Pietila


4 - Terry Hagen, Carol Grimme


5 - Lindsay Bodenstedt

6 - Mary Peirce, Chelsa Gall 


7 - Ben Mooney, Dorothy Walton,

      Megan Berheim

9 - Sara Giblin


10 - Derek Gravholt


11 - Chuck Nelson


12 - Morgan Tessier, Dena Den Herder

13 - Morgan King


14 - Jack Kyriss, Shirley Dangler, Jeannie Kasik,

       Connie Regalado, Kyle Kyriss


15 - Troy Hunhoff


16 - Makayla Palecek, Owen Wieseler

17 - Austin Gobel, Laurie Baily


19 - Kennedy Bartunek


20 - Jenni Saffel, Alicia Cornemann,

        Verne Hanson,


21 - Eunice Northey, Cyver Pietz


22 - Mona Mullican, Alison Olson, Ryan Turner


23 - Shayce Platt, Bill Branson, Marc Mooney


25 - Leslie Johnson, Laura Johnson,

       Darwin Koerner


27 - Carolyn Cappel, Jessica Mathis


29 - Langdon Klinkhammer, Caleb Kisch,

        Paul Rolston

30 - Josh Saffel, Courtney True,

        Darin Cunningham