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

June 2016

Pastor’s Word

            By Rev. Ron

Sometimes it is easier to look elsewhere for our security and approval.  Like the day when Charlie Brown stopped at the psychiatric help stand to talk with Lucy.  He confesses, “My trouble is I never know if I’m doing the right thing.  I need to have someone around who can tell me when I’m doing the right thing.”  Lucy says, “Okay.  You’re doing the right thing.  That’ll be five cents, please.”  Charlie Brown walks away with a smile on his face.

In a few minutes, he returns with a frown “Back already?” asks Lucy.  “What happened?”  Charlie Brown says, “I was wrong.  It didn’t help.  You need more in life than just having someone around to tell you when you’re doing the right thing “Lucy says, “Now you’ve really learned something!  That’ll be another five cents please.”

If only life was that easy.  But we all know it is much more complicated than that.  There is a story about a humble music professor names A. J. Showalter who received some sad news.  Two of his former students had just lost their wives.  Both of these men were in despair, somewhat like Charlie Brown, and looked to their old music professor for comfort.

Showalter had always been deeply devoted to his students.  He had no comforting words of his own, so he turned to scripture where he found this verse in Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”  Out of this verse professor Showalter wrote a chorus with the help of Elisha Hoffman to send to his students. You might recognize it: “Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms; leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.”

We must remember, dear friends, that Jesus did not tell his disciples that they would not have problems.  In fact, their problems would dwarf most of our problems.  What he did promise them was peace of mind.  He would send upon them the gift of the Holy Spirit to give them courage.  They would not be worriers like Charlie brown but warriors.  The good news is that’s the same promise Christ offers us today.

Perhaps you are seeking “the assurance from someone that things are going to be okay; that you are doing the right thing.”

I assure you that God’s Holy Spirit is with you to give both courage and comfort.  Let go and lean on the everlasting arms of God.  It won’t cost you five cents either!


Summer Worship

Schedule Summer Worship Hours will begin Wednesday, June 1st and run through Sunday, September 4th. WOW-Contemporary Worship 7pm, light supper at 6pm (free will offering). Traditional Worship Service Sunday; 9:30am-10:30am Coffee Fellowship; 9:00-9:30:00am Nursery available 9:15am-10:45am Sundays, 6:45-8:15pm Wednesdays.


Special Music Request

Music is an integral part of every church service and among our congregation there are many of you that are blessed with this talent. Sunday service for the summer will be held at 9:30am and the Worship Committee would like to have talented people young, old or in between step forth and offer their special gift of music for the service. If you would like to volunteer for one Sunday please call Lorraine Slade at 260-3133. Thanks You



One of the important ministries here at First UMC is the one performed by our ushers.   The Worship Committee is recruiting people to help fill in some of the open spots on our usher schedule and to develop a list of substitutes to fill in when out permanent ushers are unavailable.   Many of our current ushers have served faithfully for a number of years.  With summer approaching and the service times changing for the summer we are in need of people to help out by filling in some of the open slots.  This summer would be a great time for anyone thinking about stepping up and helping with this ministry to check it out. and see if this is a way you would be able Please prayerfully consider whether this would be a way for you to fulfill your membership covenant to “faithfully participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness”.  Please contact Craig Sherman, Worship Chair if you wish to help out with this ministry. Email: or 665-7182.




KYNT Radio Broadcast Sponsors Needed

              The signup folder is located on the table in the Church Lounge. June 5th & 12th are available.  There are other dates still available. The cost to sponsor a Sunday broadcast is $45.00.


Coffee Fellowship Summer Schedule

We are in need of people to sign-up to provide cookies and serve during coffee fellowship from 9:00-9:30:00am during the summer especially in June.  


United Methodist Women

The May meeting of the United Methodist Women featured speaker Dr. Doug Upton, Chaplain at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp.  He told of the re-education process which is provided to inmates at the camp, designed to equip them to return to private life and succeed where they may have failed in the past. 

He gave specific examples of the Inquiry Process through which each man is guided to explore his own strengths and weaknesses and encouraged to improve.  Barb Hirsch and Dee Carson were our hostesses, serving delicious strawberry shortcake. 

The June 6th meeting will be the “field trip” to the Homeless Shelter in Yankton which has been receiving support from the group for some time.  Anyone interested in taking this short excursion and joining us for lunch afterward is welcome.  Please call Joan Neubauer at 260-9564 to make your reservation.  The group will then be on summer hiatus, meeting again on September 12th.


Even though the Early Bird deadline is past you can still register for camp. The cost would be at full price. The church and UWM will still cover ½ of the early bird cost for one camp per youth (K-12th grade) you are responsible for the balance. The discount code is no longer on the website, to get reimbursed you’ll need to bring a copy of the registration form to the church office. 


History Notes

Do you have a favorite stained glass window? Have the windows always been there? It was 1984 when the Board of Trustees, and Peter Moe, pastor, explored installing them. The board chose Mr. Conrad Pickel to do the work, with each window costing $1,050. Today, we’ll look at windows, and their Bible subjects, on the north side of the Sanctuary.

1st window (nearest the pulpit) Pentecost- we just celebrated this event, with the coming of the Holy Spirit, and the birthday of the church. Sponsored by United Methodist Women.

2nd Resurrection – The Easter event; given by Harry and Audrey Vogt.

3rd Crucifixion – A large central cross of Christ, with 2 smaller crosses of thieves. Given by Ward & Gladys Fishbeck; Ben & Betty Hlavac; Loy, Ruth, Jay & Josh Gravholt.

4th Cana – The marriage feast at Cana, when Jesus turned water into wine. Large jars storing water/wine, and rings showing unity thru marriage. Given by John & Fern Coates.

5th – Sermon on Mount – The heart at the top of the mountain suggests Christ’s physical presence; the cross with 8 points represents the Beatitudes. Given in memory of R.D. Hill, by his wife Hallie, daughters Dorothy (Don) Johnson & Marilyn (Charles) Burke.

6th Baptism – The River Jordan is shown at the bottom of the window; the letters Chi and Rho, are symbols of Christ in Greek. Given by 3 families: in memory of Rev. Leonard Sachse by his family; Dennis & Diane Kisch & family; in honor of Catheryn & Berl Banks by Pete and Pat White and their children Milt, Shar and Patrina.

7th Nativity – The manger and straw at the Bethlehem stable. The Rose of Sharon symbolizes our Lord. The Staffs remind us of the shepherds who came to the stable; and also Jesus as the good shepherd. Given in memory of Dean Finch by his family.

8th – Word of God – in the Narthex. Scrolls, bible, lantern. Given by Wray Kunkle in memory of George and Amelia Kunkle.

Special thanks to Evie Sime, who prepared information on the windows for the 150th Church Anniversary History Book.



We would like to express how much everyone's love and prayers meant to Judy during her illness and final days.  Our deepest appreciation to our FUMC family for all of your prayers, support, visits, food, and kind expressions of sympathy.  Thank you Rev Ron for all of your comforting words and support.  Thank you Rev Watkins for the beautiful service.  Thank you to all of the church staff who gave of their time and talents.  A special note of gratitude to Susan Thorson for her caring support, many visits, and friendship to the entire family.  Your generosity will never be forgotten.  We all feel blessed to have such a loving church family. 

Family of Judy Nielson


A special thanks to all who sent cards, flowers, gifts, phone calls and for your prayers. Also for Pastor Ron and church family who came for a visit. The visits were very uplifting. All was very much appreciated. Thanks again.

Don & Carole Hurley


We at the Yankton Area Banquet wish to thank you for serving our guests on May 3rd. the generosity in sharing of your time and talents was appreciated very much!

Julie Stevens, Correspondence Secretary


June 2016 Greeters

Wednesday - 7 p.m.

June 1:   Amy Nelson             

June 8:   Scott & Beth Parr  

June 15:  Greg & Dawn Popma  

June 22:  Amber & Justin Reaney

June 29:  James & Ashley Reiner

Sunday - 9:30 a.m.

June 5:  Donna Mraz & Marlene Nebola

June 12:  Ken & Mary Olsen  

June 19:  Barb Olsen 

June 26:  Dustin & Sara Olson  


June Ushers


June 1:   Bob & Jane Walser; Rhonda Hofer 

June 8:   Andy & Chelsa Gall  

June 15:  Barb Hirsch; Amber Reaney  

June 22:  Kevin McKee

June 29:  Dave & Alicia Cornemann


June 5: Loy Gravholt; Paula Keehr;

Rick Peterson; Jack Skinner

June 12: Terry & Jenae Norton;

Michael & Denise Erickson

June 19: Jess & Sandy Dennis

June 26: Mark & Syndee Droppers


In Our Thoughts & Prayers


The family of Maxine Clem. Maxine passed away.


The family of Margaret Vondracek. Margaret passed away


Julie Dykstra’s sister Jen


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.             

June Birthdays

1 - Laura Gulick


2 - Anna Gulick, Rev. Ron Johnson


4 - Jared Buchholz, Kristi Peterka


5 - Kayla Styles

6 – Jacko Noecker, Justin Johnson


8 - Helen Zdenek, Keith Dahlberg


10 - Kylee Cardoza


11 - Reid Sawatzke, Tami Nielsen,

      Cassie Moderegger


12 - Al Pigney, Jill Huetig


13 - Mark Nickles, Linda Kyriss, 

       Norma Christensen, Virginia Larson


15 - Julie Giblin


16 - Kami Guthmiller, Brooke Lancaster


17 - Gena Brandt


18 – Patsy James

19 - Stephanie Burgeson, Keith Sayler


20 -Ken Bertsch, Jimmie Cunningham

21 - Sylvia Coulson


22 - Bode Thurman, Erna Huitema, Sandy Skinner


24 - Glen Hill


25 - Heather Viergutz


26 – Lesley Hale, Kristi Palecek


27 - Sarah Odom, Sara McManus, Erica Garvey


28 - Josh Crawford, Calvin Wampol


29 - Val Tieszen


30 - Greg Gusso, Shana Platt, Tom Gilmore