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

September 2016

Pastor’s Word


By Rev. Ron

As we prepare for another Labor Day observance, I want to pass along these thoughts as you consider the work in which you are presently engaged whether you are compensated financially or simply volunteer.

Over every composition Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the words “To the Glory of God”.

My friends, whatever we do, regardless of our occupation, vocation, calling, we must learn to glorify God in our work.  Life becomes significant when we do our work in terms of God.  Our purpose in life is not just to make a living, for life is far too precious to waste in just making as someone called it “our bread and butter.”  We must glorify God in the way we make our bread and the way we use the energy which bread offers.

A certain nurse won the admiration of her little Appalachian mountain community with her patience, her cheerfulness, and her genuine concern for others.  Her salary was inadequate by any standard.  One day a physician said to her, “Jean, why don’t you get out of this backward little community and go where they will pay you a decent salary.  God know you are worth it.”  With a smile she answered, “If God knows I am worth it, that’s all that matters to me.”

I appreciate these words of Richard Cabot: “work is doing what you don’t now enjoy for the sake of a future which you clearly see and desire.  Drudgery is doing under strain what you don’t now enjoy and for no end that you can now appreciate.”

May we all embrace the truth expressed by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Colossians: “Whatever you do, work it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for your bosses.” (Colossians 3:23)  Your ultimate boss is never another person.  You work for yourself and your God.  If you can wax a floor well, the shine on the floor declares the glory of God and puts in a good word for you, too. 

How good it is if we can lay down for our nightly rest, saying prayerfully, “Lord, with your help, I gave a pretty good account of myself today; I did my work with a touch of class.”

Think about it; when people watch you do your job, do they have reason to think more highly of your God?


Sunday School 2016-2017

 Sunday School Registration for the 2017 Sunday School year is now open. We are doing electronic registration this year using Survey Monkey software.  The web link is to register to today. 

We also are in need of teachers and substitutes for the school year. For more information on teaching or being a substitute please contact Corey.


Fall Kick Off

Fall Kick Off will be Sunday, September 18th at Riverside Park amphitheater from 4-7pm. Serving hotdogs, chips lemonade and make your sundaes. Troy Kooima and Happy the Dog Ministry Praise Team will be the entertainment


Annual Soup Kitchen & Country Store

First United Methodist Church will invite the community to the annual Soup Kitchen on Wednesday, October 19th.  The hours are from 11:00am until 7:00pm.  This annual event ALWAYS includes a "Country Store", which is located in the entry area.  Featured are hand-made items, artistic pieces, and a wonderful assortment of baked and preserved items. Dee Carson, Chairman of the Country Store, urges all church members to "step up" their preparations of items to donate to this annual project.  Traditionally, our guests purchase and carry away nearly everything we offer.  Let's keep that tradition alive!  Thank you, everyone.


Missions Café

Collection Boxes are located in Wesley Hall for kit items needed for the Mission Café. Lists are available of items needed for each kit or can be viewed online at Please have items returned to the box by Sunday, September 18th. If you have questions, contact Tami Nielsen or Mikael Pietila.


Join us for lunch at Southern Hills UMC in Sioux Falls (3400 E 49th Street) on Saturday, September 24th from 11:00a.m.-1:30pm.  We’ll have a variety of food stations, a bakery, live entertainment, silent auction, craft fair and activities for children! We are grateful for your past support of the Ingathering and Dakota Marketplace and invite your congregation to join us in this new fundraising effort.  A truck will be parked at Southern Hills UMC on Tuesday through Saturday, September 20-24, 9:00am-1:00pm for churches to drop off their UMCOR kits and forms.


Mission Committee Focus

By Karen Miller

“Parents as Teachers” will be one of the mission committee focuses during the month of September. The mission statement for parents as teachers is: To provide information, support and encouragement to families through home visits and classes in order to promote child development through the 1st 3 years of life. The vision statement of this group is that all families will have the ability to provide a strong developmental foundation for their children.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” Ben Franklin

During 2015 Yankton county Parents as Teachers involved 23 families and 196 visits. 141 family members were involved in these visits, 30 developmental screenings were conducted, 71 family members, attended monthly groups connections and 14 participated in parenting classes.

Parents as Teachers has been a part of the Yankton Community since 1995.

With a part-time educator/coordinator, families have been provided home visits on a weekly or bi-monthly basis depending on the need.

Literacy is an important component of the program and each child receives a free book every month. At the visit, the parent or educator reads a story to the child and each session ends with a song and movement activity such as Itsy Bitsy spider. In 2015, 161 books were given to children in the program.

Each child receives an annual development screening which provides the opportunity for any significant delays to be monitored and a referral made to programs such as birth to 3 for speech, physical and occupational therapy. There is no income related criteria.  Deanna Branaugh educator/coordinator provided the information for this program.


September 2016 Greeters

Sunday – 8:30am

September 11:  Jerry & Denise Willman

September 18:  Marv & Ann Withrow

September 25:  Wyatt & Lisa Yager

Sunday –11:00am

September 11:  Joyce Anderson & Jody Brady

September 18:  Paul & Jan Aughenbaugh

September 25:  Bill & Margaret Bartels


September Ushers

Sunday – 8:30am

September 11:  Michael & Denise Erickson

September 18:  Mark & Syndee Droppers,

Barb Hirsch

September 25:  Dave & Alicia Cornemann,

Kevin McKee

Sunday –11:00am

September 11:  Terry & Jenae Norton,

Andy & Chelsa Gall

September 18:  Jess & Sandy Dennis,

Arlo & Carlene Watchorn

September 25:  Mitch Hofer family


Kingdom Chimes

All 2nd-5th graders are invited to be a part of the Kingdom Chimes this fall.  We will meet in the Music Room, on Wednesday evenings from 5:15-5:45 beginning Wednesday, September 14th.  We will have a great time learning to read music and play in church once a month.  Please contact Sue May, 664-0582 if you have any questions.


Agape Bell Choir

The Agape Bell Choir, (grades 6-adult) will begin on Wednesday, September 14th from 6:45-7:25 in the Music Room.  If you enjoy listening to bells, and would like to learn to play them, we have a place for you!  This group plays contemporary music arranged especially for handbells.  Please join us for a fun year in music ministry and fellowship.  Please contact Sue May, 664-0582 if you have any questions.


Jubilee Bell Choir

The Jubilee Bell Choir has an exciting year ahead.  We have some fun and challenging music selected this year.  We look forward to performing music from the Area Handbell Festival last June and many new beautiful arrangements. Please consider joining our music ministry.  Music reading skills is helpful, but not required.  We have a great time together ringing and sharing the love of Christ through this musical ministry in our church.  We will begin on Wednesday, September 7th from 5:45-6:40 in the Music Room.  Please contact Sue May, 664-0582 if you have any questions.


United Methodist Women Meeting

Members of the United Methodist Women have not taken the summer “off”, but have kept busy with weekly Piecemakers meetings, during which lovely quilts are made and designated for specific purposes.  Just mention “quilt” to a quilter and wait for the smile to break through.  UMW ladies continue to collect items for Health Kits and layettes, which will be assembled in time to be distributed or donated in the early fall, as has been their custom.  A new project area has been giving assistance to the Yankton Homeless Shelter. In cooperation with Eric Miller, Director of the Shelter, 9 sheet and pillowcase sets now are used on the new twin beds.  In June nearly 20 UMW members and friends toured the Shelter, after which a unanimous vote validated a monetary gift to the Shelter in memory of Margaret Vondracek.

Our program for September will feature our Shepherdess, Marilyn Herrboldt, who comes to us from Sioux Falls and provides leadership and inspiration. 

Join us on September 12th at 1:30 p.m. for worship through devotions shared by Jane Miller, planning, reporting and a light lunch hostessed by Mary Peirce and Diane Kisch.


Women's Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study will start a new class on September 11th @ 9:45am (during Sunday School).  We will study "Lord, Change My Attitude", by James MacDonald.  James will show us how God cares deeply about our attitudes.  Based on the Israelites journey out of Egypt with other contemporary examples, James will show us that we can change our wilderness attitude, it's our choice.  Please join us for this video driven study on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am to 10:45am, starting September 11th in the Upper Room.


Chancel Choir

            The Chancel Choir offers opportunities for those who love to raise your voice in thanks and praise to God.  There is a place for you in this music ministry.  If you have been thinking of joining the choir, or if you are new to town or to the church, the Chancel Choir family within our larger church family is an excellent starting point. We are eager for you to join us as we sing a wide variety of music from contemporary to gospel. Choir will begin Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.


Glacial Lakes District Annual UMW Meeting

UMW members and friends are invited to the Glacial Lakes District Annual UMW Meeting, to be held on Saturday, September 10th in Harrisburg.  Flyers are in the office with all needed information; reservations are needed by September 2nd.  Pick one up, form a group and enjoy the day.


Prison Ministry Team

Anyone that would like to be a part of this ministry in 2016, please pick up a background form.  Our next service we will be on Sunday, October 30th at 12:30pm.  If you have any questions please contact Corey, Paula Keehr Bob Thue.


History Committee Notes

The church choir has its origins in the Old Testament.  King David appointed the first such group some 3000 years ago.  During that era the singers in the choir lived in the chambers of the temple where they practiced their art day and night.  They “ministered” to those in need or to those who came to the temple through the use of music.  Music was everywhere and the Lord’s attention was sought LOUDLY.  As he neared his time of death, David appointed his son, Solomon, as king over Israel; by that time there were more than 4000 ministers of music who praised the Lord with their voices and their instruments.  God appeared to be pleased, so the practice of the use of the voice and of instruments in the church continues to this day.

At First United Methodist Church of Yankton, there has always been a strong tradition of music which has, within the last decades, included the human voice and instrumentation which expresses the joy of worship in a more modern mode, known in our sanctuary as The Praise Team.  With our two-service tradition, it is possible to attend a service which features YOUR choice of music, and we are grateful that there doesn’t appear to be a favorite between the two.

No records have been found which delineate those who participated in the service of joyful music over the years, but Lisa, our church secretary, asked some long-time choir members to delineate some former directors and singers.  The list is not complete – it never can be – but perhaps some of the names will bring to mind a particular worship service where you came in need of beauty and joy and found it here.

Some of our choir directors include Jill Wilson, Carolyn Cappel, Dave Kuhn, Susan Jones, Bud Carson, Merle Larson, Dorothy Grinager, Duane Grimme, Ted Powell and Jane Bobzin.  Choir members have included Martha Pitts, John and Marilynn Prince, Addie Lowe, Barb and Bill Ross, Don and Gail Kuderna, Paul Nadenicek, Carol (Tisher) Flynn, Jim and Cara Waltrip, Helen Vessey, Dick Thornton, Carlene Watchorn, Nadine Mickelson, Clyde Prouty, Art Tuttle, Warren Peterson, Lucille Cran, Tom Petersen, Lin and Ann Thompson, May Gall, Virginia and Julie Larson, Mike Miller, Tom Gilmore, Gena Brandt, Diane Kisch, Margie Stengel, Bob and Tammy Wies, Rev. Dean Trapp, Bob and Shirley Bogue, Vivian VanEssen, Gordon and Doris Held and many many more.

Music is serious business to God.  It is a ministry and we thank Him for giving us so many talented and giving singers and leaders throughout our existence as a church body.



Thank You is not enough to say to all of you that have made my recovery from my fall resulting in cracked ribs, be as fast and successful as it has been. I appreciate so very much all the prayers, personal visits, phone calls, emails, texts, food brought in, cards and thoughts. It is such a Warm Rich Feeling to have and be in the Caring Hands of our Christian Friends of Yankton's First United Methodist Church. May God's Richest Blessings be with you all.

Jan and Paul Aughenbaugh


My sincere thank-you for all the cards, calls, kind words and other remembrances you sent for my 96th birthday. I enjoyed each one as it added to quite a wonderful day and reminded me again that you are each part of a remarkable church family and a great blessing in my life.

Love, Neta Thompson


On behalf of Habitats housing mission and our partner families, I want to thank you for your continued support of our Christian housing ministry.

Your gift will help a low-income family have the opportunity to improve their living conditions either through home ownership or home repair.

In 2016, Habitat will serve 3 families through home ownership and additional families through our home repair program.

Habitat and supporters like FUMC are addressing affordable housing issues facing our community…one home at a time.

God Bless, Julie Dykstra


In Our Thoughts & Prayers


Sarah Anderson, Bob & Jane Walser’s daughter, passed away.


Shelia Remmers in-laws. Shelia is the daughter of Loran & Delores Moore.


Dylan and Anne Keszler’s son, Cooper passed away unexpectedly. They’re friends with Dave Cornemann


Kenny & Peggy Doering’s son Doug


Chuck & Lyla Gukeisen


Mark Giziewski


Doug Bailey


Robbi, Vivian VanEssen's sister 


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


September Birthdays


1 - Carson Enfield, Jess Dennis, Gage Guthmiller


2 - Morgan Rodig


3 - Ashley Reiner, Allison Reiner


4 - Sam Mooney, Ken Olsen, Kylie Rodig,

     Larry Guthmiller


5 - Steve Kasik


6 - Denise Erickson, Matt Miller, Eileen Mullican,

     Jodie Bender


7 - Harlan Teichroew

8 - Ryan Olson, Carol Becker, Brady Jaquith


9 - Debbie Landwehr, Heidi Olson

10 - Kim Larsen, Lydia Giziewski, Sandi Mathis,

       Stephanie Anderson, Randy Heisinger,

Alison Karnes, Nicholas Doby


11 - Parker Kisch, Rick Petersen, Anna Nickles


13 - Jill Saffel, Anne Withrow


14 - Michael Parish, Lindsey Hale


15 - Harper Den Herder


17 - Darian Tramp


18 - Bob Walser


20 - Chris Peterka, Chrissie Wieseler

21 - Greg Anderson, Kirsten May


22 - Austin Reining


23 - Shirley Nelson, Sean Turner


24 - Darian Miller


25 - Toby Gall, Deklan Olson, Will Dangler


26 - Paul Nielson, Kody Kyriss, Joyce Kollars


27 - Elton Wek


28 - Maggie Downing, Josey Kaiser


29 - Kami Cornemann, Dave Holzwarth,

Bev Larsen


30 - Curt Dykstra, Oliver Yager