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

October 2016

Pastor’s Word

                 By Rev. Ron

If ever there was a need for the world to come together, it is now and World Communion Sunday summons us all to the tale of the Lord.  Recall the words from John 3:16: “God so loved the world that he gave his only son.”

Although on this World Communion Sunday 2016 we do not have the view from the International Space Station, through the window of imagination we can see a table stretching round the world where Christians will gather to celebrate a World Communion in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

On World Communion Sunday, we celebrate the Father’s world-embracing love. We are called and recalled to the world dimension of God’s purpose.  The love we claim for ourselves we must not deny to any other human being, for we are all children of the one Father.

Who has expressed this solidarity as appropriately as has the Apostle Paul in writing to the church at Ephesus in the first century and in turn to the church in every time and place when he pens” “There is one Lord, one path, one baptism, one God and Father of us all who is above all and through all and in all.” In the unity of this spirit, dear friends, and in the bonds of peace, let us keep the feast.

And so I pray:  Dear Father of us all with renewed faith in the power of your love, may we go forth into all the world and all the worlds of persons proclaiming in word and deed the gospel, the good news, that you are at work in Christ reconciling the world to yourself.  May your grace who Christ is, your love as Father of us all and the communion of your perennial Spirit be with us today and tomorrow and in all life’s tomorrows.  Amen and Amen.


World Communion Sunday

October 2nd is World Communion Sunday. The World Communion Sunday offering funds graduate racial ethnic World Communion Scholarships, with at least one-half of the annual amount reserved for ministries beyond the United States. Donations also provide for undergraduate U.S. Ethnic Scholarships and Ethnic In-Service Training programs. For more information, go to Thank you from the Missions Committee.


Annual Soup Kitchen & Country Store

The Annual Soup Kitchen and Country Store, is Wednesday, October 19th, will be an important day for our church. It is an opportunity for our entire congregation to enjoy great fellowship while working together toward a very worthy goal. The event is a project of the United Methodist Women but it needs everyone to successfully raise funds designated for camping scholarships and local missions. How can you be involved? Your donations of food and items for the Country Store are needed as well as your willingness to work during the day. A “white elephant” table will also be part of the Country Store. New, like new, and never used household and personal items may be donated for sale. No clothing, please. The Reminder and Sunday church bulletins include a form to be completed and turned in no later than October 10th. Please complete the form to limit the number of calls needed to contact everyone. We count on your help to make this a very successful event.


Kitchen Towels & dish cloths missing.

            If you have taken them home to laundry them, please see bring them back soon.


October 2016 Greeters

Sunday – 8:30am

October 2:  Dave & Susan Becker

October 9:  Ken & Marsha Bertsch

October 16:  Ken & Judy Bevers

October 23: Jan Boeckman & Joyce Kollars

October 30: Mike & Stephanie Burgeson

Sunday –11:00am

October 2:  Mike & Stephanie Burgeson

October 9:  Carolyn Cappel & Dee Carson

October 16:  Tami Nielsen

October 23: Norma Christensen & Sherril Christensen

October 30: Verne & Bonnie Hanson


September Ushers

Sunday – 8:30am

October 2:  Bob & Jane Walser; Laurie Baily; Rhonda Hofer

October 9:  Michael & Denise Erickson

October 16:  Mark & Syndee Droppers;

Barb Hirsch      

October 23: Dave & Alicia Cornemann;

Kevin McKee

October 30: Kevin McKee; Craig Sherman

Sunday –11:00am

October 2:  Loy Gravholt; Rick Peterson; Delores Kafka; Jack Skinner

October 9:  Terry & Jenae Norton; Andy & Chelsa Gall

October 16:  Jess & Sandy Dennis; Arlo & Carlene Watchorn

October 23: Mitch Hofer family

October 30: Chris & Casandra Hathaway


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. 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) meets on Wednesdays, 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 meet on Wednesday from 5:45-6:40 in the Music Room.  Please contact Sue May, 664-0582 if you have any questions.


United Methodist Women Meeting

The program for United Methodist Women is right at the beginning of October – on Monday the 3rd – and  will feature Mr. David Hosmer, lawyer and investment counselor, who will speak to us on paying homage to our Veterans.  Dave has been on a personal odyssey for years, interviewing and photographing WWII veterans so that their stories will live long after their personal lives have ended.  You will be amazed at the poignancy of these stories of heroism. 

Join us on October 3rd at 1:30 p.m. our program, a short business meeting and a light lunch hostessed by Rose Nedved and Mary Johnson.


Health Care Professionals Group

Our next monthly group discussion will be held on Sunday, October 9th at 9:45-10:45am in the conference room in the main office. We will reflect on the work of health care, the stress, joy and compassion of your work. There will be discussions, prayers, meditation, and reflections which will offer advice and spiritual guidance. The discussions are based on the book: “Restoring the Healer: Spiritual Self-Care for Health Professions” by William Dorman, DMin. The book can be ordered on-line at or if you have an e-reader you can purchase it for a minimal fee. Come join us to find peace and balance in your work. If you have questions, please contact Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse at 661-9302 or call the church at 665-2991 to leave a message.


Women's Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study started 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, 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 meets Wednesdays, at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.


Prison Ministry Team

            There are two opportunities left this year to be part of the church services at the Federal Prison Camp. On October 30th and December 18th, FUMC will be leading the service and anyone interested can participate. A recent background information sheet will need to be filled out and given to Corey. There are some located on the information desk or in the church office.

If you have any questions, contact Corey, Bob Thue, or Paula Keehr.


History Bits and Pieces 

Our church celebrated its 90th birthday in 1955. A special meal featured “a large Anniversary cake made in the shape of a cross, by Mrs. Andy Thompson” – this is our Neta! “Mrs. Lois Nichols read greetings from former members” – (she was Rick Petersen’s grandmother). “Olive Learned was a 48-year church member” – There’s a small gold plaque near the upstairs kitchen noting the Education Wing was named in her honor.  (She gave generously to the church from her income as a secretary). Another plaque by the Memorial Library honors W. Dean Finch. He was employed as a postman, and served many years as church custodian.  His step-daughter is Pat Keller, current church member.

The big pictures of Jesus near the elevator on the upper level honor Harry Kunkle 1865-1948, and Lottie C. Bigler 1887-1935. A beautiful tapestry of Mary with the child Jesus, is currently in the church nursery. This was a gift, made by Linda Cook, former church member, in 2006.

1965 was the year the first Methodist Church building (which then belonged to the Assembly of God) was demolished. The crushed bricks were taken near Westside Park, and served as a track surface for the Yankton Schools.

40 years ago, our church was 1st place winner in a parade in the Heritage Division. The float featured a miniature replica of our first church. Children riding the float were Heather and Shari Cwach (grandchildren of Rev. Leonard Sachse), Merit Newman (great-nephew of Maurice) Todd Gaines, Tim Lathrop and Doug Lowe (song of Addie Lowe).

The lounge room upstairs is named in honor of Nellie Reeder Marks, another generous donor.



"The annual Dakota Conference Quilt Auction has a different "look" this year!  We're going live!  All quilts submitted to the Dakota Conference Office in Mitchell will be photographed and placed on the website of Girard Auction Service and are scheduled to be auctioned from October 21st through 24th. Viewing begins on October 15th at
 Yankton's "Alysa" Quilt is presently displayed in the FUMC entry on the North wall as you walk up the stairs to the Sanctuary.  Anyone who wishes to bid may do so NOW by filling out a form, they are available in the church office, the Welcome Table or on the Hy-Vee table or calling Jan Aughenbaugh at 660-4313 or Joan Neubauer at 260-9564 for more information.  Beginning bid will be $500 and the highest local bid will be the starting bid for the online auction.  Local bidders have the option of making a higher bid during the auction process.  Join the fun and support our quilting Piecemakers.



Just a quick thank you to Rev. Ron, Marsha, and to all of the wonderful members of First United Methodist. During my short stay here I have felt so welcomed and loved.  A special thank you to Joyce Anderson and the gals at the 9:30 Women's Bible Study group.  I will miss you all so much as I venture down to Arizona to be closer to three of my five grandchildren.  God's love and blessings to you all.


Erna Huitema


Our beautiful and much loved daughter, Sarah, died August 15th. We want to thank our church family for the many cards, comments on caring bridge, memorials, prayers, phone calls, kind words and hugs during and following her long struggle with brain cancer. You’ll never know how many times we felt your love and prayers surround us and give us strength. Special thanks to Rev. Ron and Susan for their support and our Sunday School class for their therapy sessions. God Bless.

Bob & Jane Walser


In Our Thoughts & Prayers


Erin Olson


Lance Palecek’s mother Lorraine passed away


Marty and Jan Sachs, friends of Susan and Monte Schavee


Sherry Daugherty’s mom Kathleen Brannick


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. 


October Birthdays

2 - Jane Rodig, Megan McCorkell


3 - Paula Keehr


4 - Jerry Reining


5 - Bob Thue, Kenzie Giziewski


6 - Aubrey Hofer


8 - Don Lepp, Sherry Rabenberg

9 - Garner Brandt, Chuck Ditmar

11 - Liz Hunhoff


12 - Marilyn Holzwarth, Mary Heubaum,

Heather Hirsch, Carol Gubbels,

Trevan Palecek


13 - KC Hofer


15 - Judy Bevers


17 - Jack Olson, Claudia Maska,

Naomi Somer, Mike Erickson

18 - Joan Neubauer, Boyd Dennis,

Elle Guthmiller


19 - Heather Rabenberg, Amanda Gravholt


20 - Chad Herrmann, Kaitlin Guthmiller,

Ryan Bakke

21 - Dave Becker, Jennifer Crawford,

       Elaine Martin


22 - Samuel Slowey, Loran Moore,

       Thomas Pietrzak-Schroeder


23 - Marv Withrow


25 - Ken Halverson


26 - Keith Hannemann, Brooks Ugofsky


27 - Evie Sime


28 - Lorraine Meeder


29 – Brian Rempfer, Alyssa Herrmann,

       Lorraine Sorensen


31 - Kathy Wibbles, Morgan Bakke