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

August 2016

Pastor’s Word

            By Rev. Ron

A confession I have to make is that when I became a minister I was afraid of disappointing the people to whom I preached. In some sense I’m still afraid of that. If I stop to think about it, my mind struggles and I can’t get on with my sermon.

In some ways I am even afraid of retirement.  What if I don’t like being retired? What if I get out there and I’m bored or don’t have enough money to live on or my wife doesn’t like having me at home all the time?  Is it like going on a cruise?  If I get out there and don’t like it, is it too late to return?

Do you see what I mean?  Life is full of fears, isn’t it?  Most of us go through our years afraid of more things than we can count-afraid we won’t be liked, afraid we won’t be successful, afraid we’ll be poor parents, afraid we’ll get to the end of the way and look back and realize we’ve taken the wrong road.

What gives me hope and comfort is when I realize I am not in this all by myself.  God is there with me and is there for me.  Do you trust that this is true for you?

In John 6 we read the wonderful story of Jesus feeding the 5000 with only a few fish and loaves of bread. Is it a coincidence that this story is followed by the sudden appearance of Jesus when the disciples are facing a storm.  How many times in the course of our lives has God’s presence sustained us, God’s grace forgives, healed, and strengthened us when we thought we were out there alone?

The trust lesson is a difficult one, for the disciples and for us, but in looking back over our lives we see clearly that God is involved in all the events of our lives and uses these events to bless us and others around us.  The vision of God “at work in all things for good” does not mean that all events are directly and solely attributable to God.

But we can say that nothing ever happens or touches one’s life that does not first pass under his tender and compassionate eye.  I recommend that you read Leslie D. Weatherhood’s book “The Will of God” to guide you in your understanding of this.

Our love, compassion, and will to serve others in Jesus name becomes a force to be reckoned with when we respond and serve others with trust and confidence, in the knowledge that we are not alone “God is our refuge and strength.  A very present help in time of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear” (Psalm 46:1) We can trust God to be there for us and, in turn, to use our meager resources to bless the lives of others.

Prayers, reflection, and growing trust and self-confidence that we are not alone, are crucial requirements for becoming agents of God’s love and grace.  My friends remember that not only are we ambassadors for Christ, but we are also partners with Christ.

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus found time to pray and to meditate.  Prayer was a vital part of his public ministry.  How necessary then will it be for us!  It is the act of cleaning out some space and sitting in it!


Coffee Fellowship

Our Sunday morning coffee fellowship for the months of August and September is in need of volunteers to supply and serve baked goods and also clean up.  If you can only do part of the things, make a notation by your name when you sign up. Thank you to those who have provided for this fellowship so far this year.

 Evangelism Committee, Paula Keehr


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-10:45 am Sundays, 6:45-8:15pm Wednesdays.


Dakota Marketplace

Collection Boxes will be located in the entry for items needed for the Dakota Marketplace. Lists will be available of items needed for each kit or can be viewed online at If you have any questions, contact Tami Nielsen or Mikel Pietila.


The Yankton Area Banquet

Banquet Coordinator needed which has served the community for 19 years is seeking a Coordinator for two Tuesday nights a month. Duties include working with the volunteer groups who prepare and serve the food: to be present for the Tuesday meals, assign jobs for the meals, greet guests, and coordinate clean up at the end of the evening. He/she will work under the direction of the Yankton Area Banquet Board of Directors. Interested persons should all JoAnne Dickinson, Board Member, at 665-9914 for information or to apply. Training and support will be provided. This position will be vacant the middle of august so prompt response is needed. Are you the person who can assist with this ministry.


August 2016 Greeters

Wednesday - 7 p.m.

August 3: Lorraine Slade & Susan Thorson 

August 10: Jim & Marilyn Lofflin  

August 17: Autumn Erickson & Bob Thue

August 24: Vivian VanEssen & Connie VanDeWalle      

August 31:  Chrissie & Allen Wieseler  

Sunday - 9:30 a.m.

August 7:  Joleen Pietrzak

August 14:  Sherry Rabenberg & JoAnne Roach  

August 21:  Maxine Rogers  

August 28:  Todd & Jane Rodig  

September 4:   Paul & Rita Rolston  


August Ushers


Aug 3: Rhonda Hofer

Aug 10: Andy & Chelsa Gall

Aug 17: Barb Hirsch, Amber Reaney

Aug 24: Kevin McKee

Aug 31: Dave & Alicia Cornemann


Aug. 7:  Loy Gravholt; Paula Keehr;

              Rick Peterson; Jack Skinner

Aug 14: Terry & Jenae Norton;

              Michael & Denise Erickson

Aug 21: Jess & Sandy Dennis

              Arlo & Carlene Watchorn

Aug 28: Mark & Syndee Droppers

Sept. 4:  Loy Gravholt, Rick Peterson.

              Jack Skinner, Paula Keehr

History Committee Notes

The Ladies of the Methodist Church served a Harvest meal in Dec. 1870 with the proceeds going to the church budget.  This seems to have continued throughout history.  The United Methodist Women continue to serve funeral luncheons and the annual soup kitchen and country store.  The records from 1916 indicate that the group was called Ladies Aid.

  In Oct 1940 the ladies of the church held a Charter meeting and became the Women’s Society of Christian Service.  At this meeting it was voted on to have a yearly pledge and this has continued through the years and a certain amount is sent to the Conference for Global missions. The group also voted to donate $260 towards the church operating budget.  At this time there were 4 circles that meant monthly.

In 1972 the General Conference of the United Methodist Church updated the program and changed the name to United Methodist Women.  But the mission of the group still remains the same.  The Purpose of the group is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ: to develop a creative, supportive fellowship and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.  The UMW supports church camps, the local Contact (pantry), the homeless shelter, L & C Behavior Health (children), Women’s Shelter, Special Olympics and other causes related to women and children.


In Our Thoughts & Prayers


Chuck & Lyla Gukeisen


Marcus Bachman, Anne Hofer’s cousin


Sarah Anderson, Bob & Jane Walser’s daughter. She can be located on CaringBridge under sarahanderson2


Mark Giziewski


Kari Bartels


Doug Bailey


Robbi, Vivian VanEssen's sister 


Church family serving in the military: all men & women serving in the military and their families.             

August Birthdays


2 - Barb Wohl, Mikael Pietila


3 - Jill Sage


5- Miya Noecker


7 - John Pigney, Ruth Gravholt, Harry Luurs

     Maary Alice Halverson

9 - Joe Saffel, Wanda Branson,

     Collins Den Herder

10 - Neta Thompson, Brittany Fields,

Mary Johnson, Sherril Christensen


11 - Don Miller, Pat Keller, Dan Johnson,

       Chris Hathaway

14 - Peggy Doering, Gary Johnson,

Joel Karnes


16 - Liza Larson, Melania Enfield,

Bob Stengle, Bernice Tuttle


17 - Maurice Newman

18 - Ron Kraft, Blake Bartels


19 - Treyton Bakke, Alan Dingman


20 - Laura Slowey, Kayln Peterka, Margret



21 - LaVila Tessier, Carlene Watchorn,

Derek Moderegger


22 - Scott Parr, Jody Brady


23 - Susan Thorson


24 - Betty Maruska, Andrew Tramp, Carl Mathis,

Will Korman, Cole Sawatzke, Rose Nedved,

26 - Luann Saunders, Dan Slowey


27 - Sue Frick


28 - Brett Sime, Autumn Erickson


29 - Rhonda Hofer, Gwynn Stiles, James Micah