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


Yankton, South Dakota

       (605) 665-2991    Fax # (605) 665-9603

E-mail address:        



December 25, 2016


Traditional Worship:  11:00 A.M


Christmas Sunday


Our Mission:  “To grow disciples of Jesus Christ and equip them for ministry in the world.”



A Time of Gathering and Praise




RITUAL OF FRIENDSHIP (Please leave complete address)

*CHRISTMAS HYMN #238 (UM hymnal) Angels We Have Heard on High


   On this holiest of mornings,

      We come, joining the shepherds who are stunned by workers.

   After that most silent of nights,

      We come, our hopes and dreams.

   On this morning of carols and celebration,

      We come, our glad songs joining with the choirs of angels over us.


*CHRISTMAS HYMN #224 (UM hymnal) Good Christian Friends, Rejoice


*CHRISTMAS LITANY “All That Is Due God’s Name”


L:  Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations, the honor due God’s name—

P:  The honor of a scandalous love, a love that kept Joseph by Mary’s side

      when she became great with child!

L:  Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations, the majesty due God’s name—

P:  The majesty of a lowly manger, a manger that cradled a tiny savior when

      no room was found in the inn!

L:  Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations, the power due God’s name—

P:  The power of a simple shepherd, a shepherd who first beheld the One

      whose name was announced by a heavenly choir!

L:  Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations, the beauty due God’s name—

P:  The beauty of two ordinary parents, the parents who watched the magi

      kneel and pondered these things in their wondering hearts!

ALL:  Honor! Majesty! Power! Beauty! Ascribe to the Lord, O families

            of nations, the glory due God’s Name!


A Time of Prayer




PRAYER RESPONSE #230 (UM hymnal) (stz. 4) O Little Town of Bethlehem


A Time of Proclamation



SPECIAL MUSIC Brynn Holzwarth


SCRIPTURE                    Isaiah 52:7-10; Luke 2:1-20 (p. 642; p. 54)

MESSAGE         “Interruptions & Opportunities!”    Rev. Ron 


A Time of Response and Dedication




OFFERTORY MUSIC                 “Life is a Song” Ryan Golden

*OFFERTORY RESPONSE #234 (refrain only) (UM hymnal)

O Come, All Ye Faithful


*CHRISTMAS HYMN #251 (UM hymnal) Go, Tell It on the Mountain


A Time of Sending Forth



*CHRISTMAS HYMN #240 (stz 2 & refrain only) (UM hymnal)

                    Hark! The Herald Angels Sing


*Indicates Congregation stand, if you are comfortable doing so. Large print hymnals and bulletins are available, as are hearing devices.  Please ask an usher for assistance.  Nursery care provided for 0-4 year old children 7:45 AM - 12:15 PM.

In His Service:


Senior Pastor                         Rev. Ron Johnson (

Christian Ed Director/Youth Pastor Corey Enfield (

Office Manager          Lisa Loecker (

Sub-Office Manager Craig Sherman (

Facility Manager Craig Sherman

Organist/Choir Director Jill Wilson

Pianist Melissa Rempfer

Bell Choir Director Sue May

Projection Operator Liza Larson/Carla Hummel

Sound System Matt Pietz/Steve Pietila

Greeters                                                     Ken & Mary Alice Halverson

Ushers                   Delores Kafka & Craig Sherman

Coffee Fellowship No Coffee Fellowship Today

Nursery Attendant Cassie Pietz/Kathy Lawrence

Acolytes Carson Enfield & Melania Enfield

Hy-Vee Card Seller Barb Olson


In Our Thoughts and Prayers:



Mark Giziewski


Pat Alder


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


(If you have prayer requests for publication, please contact the church office.)





Junior High and Senior High Update 


 Starting in January our middle and high school students will be part of the test group on our new Sunday School, Nursery and Youth check in system.  The Education committee and Safe Sanctuary committee have purchased a new check-in/check-out system that we will be using as part of our growing commitment to the overall safety here in the church. This software will also serve as a more effective way to track attendance, allow parents to receive texts when their child has checked in and out as well as send out communication for events and or emergencies.  The Middle and High School students will have badges here at the church that they will scan when they come to group and scan again when they leave. When we implement this with the Sunday School program the parents of those children will have to go and check their children in and out.  Please sign up at     Please have this done before we meet again in January so we can get the name badges made and it will save you from having to come inside and sign up at that time.  


Winter Connection January 27-28 in Brookings.  Please talk to your child about attending this great event.  We will leave the church on Friday, Jan 27th at 5 pm and will return on Sat around 5:30 pm.  The cost of this event is $40 but because we received a generous donation and feel like this is an event everyone should attend, there will be no cost to the students.   Please print out the registration form and return it by January 8th.


Community-wide outreach concert.  Our team is helping put on a community-wide outreach event at the YHS auditorium on Wednesday night January 11th.   I will need some more adult volunteers to be at the event that night to help hand out items and chaperone since we will have a good size group from our church going. 


"New Year, New You" featuring Bobby "Bugattii" Jones 

Bobby Jones is a young man who grew up in Yankton and was a tremendous football player but his football dreams were cut short by alcohol addiction.  During his time in recovery, he came to have a relationship with Christ and found his purpose in writing music and sharing his story with youth.   He has been a part of the Reach Program in Minnesota speaking to at-risk youth, has spoken and performed at numerous schools and churches in South Dakota and Minnesota and has also done work with Lifelight out of Sioux Falls.   


We have worked with Yankton Middle School and Yankton High School to have Bobby speak to the students during the day on the 11th and thanks to a generous donor have secured the auditorium that night for him to share his music and to get deeper with the students about his faith.  


Bobby has true passion for youth and a heart for fulfilling The Great Commission.   If you have students and adults that enjoy artist like Lecrae and Tadashi they will love Bobby's music!  I hope you will be willing and able to share this with your students and encourage them to bring friends along with them to this event.   


I must add this event is for all ages, not just youth.  


 December 25 – January 1


Today: - “The United Methodist Hour” on KYNT 1450 AM Radio is sponsored by Craig Sherman in memory of Orville & Darlene Sherman.

9:30 AM - NO Coffee Fellowship today

9:45 AM - NO Sunday School today

- NO Adult Crusader Sunday School Class

- NO Women’s Bible Study, Upper Room

- NO Rev. Ron’s Adult Sunday School Class

Monday: Office Closed

7:45 PM - Narcotics Anonymous, Upper Room

Tuesday: 7 AM - God Winks Circle, Fryn’ Pan

8:30 AM - Free Wal-Mart baked goods, Assembly of God Church

1:00 PM - NO Piecemakers Quilting

Wednesday:     - Reminder Mailed

   7 AM   - NO Men’s Bible Study

    5:15-5:45 PM - NO Kingdom Bells, (2nd-5th grade) rehearsal

5:45-6:40 PM - NO Jubilee Bells (Adults) rehearsal

  6:45 -7:25 PM - NO Agape Bells (for 6th through adult) rehearsal

7:00 PM - NO Chancel Choir rehearsal

7:15 PM - NO Senior High Youth Group

7:45 PM - Narcotics Anonymous, Upper Room

Thursday: 7 AM - NO Men’s Breakfast at Fry’n Pan

8:30 AM - Free Wal-Mart baked goods, meat & produce available today


Saturday: 8:30 AM - Free Wal-Mart baked goods, meat & produce available at Assembly of God

7:45 PM - Narcotics Anonymous, Upper Room

Next Sunday: - New Year’s Day – One service at 11 AM



For First UMC Sunday Services and Wednesday Activities:


For cancellations for Sunday morning worship services or Sunday school be sure to listen to KYNT 1450, WNAX 570 or KVHT 106.3 radio stations or go to and check the closeline.  For Wednesday activities remember if there is no school or an early dismissal, there will be no Wednesday night activities.

Always remember to use your own best judgment before heading out.


PLEASE NOTE! The 2017 Offering Envelopes will be available for pick up today, December 25th, and during the week following. They will be located on a table in the lobby. Members of the Finance Committee will be at the table today to help you find yours. If you do not want your envelopes please let Craig in the office know. The counters would appreciate you not using them until Sunday, January 1st.

A total of $153.75 was collected in the Change for Haiti jar that was sitting on the coffee bar on Sunday mornings.  These funds will go toward their school supply fund.  Thank you for your generosity.


- God Winks Circle will be starting a new study “Believing Jesus” on January 3rd and invite all women to join them 7 a.m. on Tuesday mornings at the Fryn’ Pan.


- KYNT Radio Broadcast Sponsors needed the signup folder is located on the table in the Church Lounge. Signup sheets for 2017 dates are in the folder now. The cost to sponsor a Sunday broadcast is $45.00.


- BUY A BOOK - GIVE A BOOK to a child in Haiti!

Title: "Even A Little Raindrop", author - Bruce Blumer


This is a story that was told by Bruce's father, which he passed to his children, and now his grandchildren. It's an inspiring story. Books are available in Wesley Hall, or from Gena Brandt for a gift of $10 to LaGanove Alive. The books will be delivered to the Haitian children, by a mission team from our church, heading to Haiti the end of January, 2017.


- Membership Class we will be leading a Membership class in January, it will consist of 2 sessions from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm with child care available if needed.  The class is for those who are transferring their membership from another UMC or from another denomination as well as those who have no membership in any church at the present time.  Persons interested in attending this class should RSVP to church office (665-2991 or, Corey (665-2991 or or Rev. Ron (665-2991 or by Monday, December 26th, so we can make the necessary arrangements.  If you have questions, please contact Rev. Ron or Corey.  If you are interested in joining but can’t attend the class that day, let us know that, too.


United Methodist Women - The First United Methodist Women will open the year of 2017 at 1:30 p.m. on January 9th.  New officers have been installed, and projects (quilting and others) are being considered under the leadership of Barb Hirsch.  Diane Kisch will moderate the annual Pledge Service and the hostesses will be Peggy Doering and Beth Nyquist.  Start the New Year with us!


- Calendars Available 2017 calendars, compliments of Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home, are now available. You can pick them up from the table at the top of the stairs or outside the Church Office.


HELPING IN HAITI: A team from our church, working in Haiti this January, is seeking your help with donations of the following:


*pain medications, (aspirin, tylenol, ibuprofen, etc) *multi-vitamins

*First Aid materials (bandages, gauze, etc.) *Tums

*Baby clothes *Soccer balls

*Back packs *old suitcases to leave there


Donations can be left in the office or in the box designated for Haiti donations in Wesley Hall.

Thank you from the team - Merle & Gena Brandt, Garrett & Garner Brandt, Sarah Santos, Nicole Muilenburg, Susie & Megan McCorkell, Steve Kasik, Bruce & Sharon Blumer



Youth Group News


Sr. High - Meets Wednesday nights 7:15 pm- 8:30 pm

     December 28th No Youth Group   Christmas Break


Jr. High - Meets Sunday nights 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

     December 25th- No Youth Group    Christmas Break


2017 High School Mission Trip to Mission, TX

June 24 to July 2, 2017               Serving those in the heart of southern Texas 


Join Youth from all over the Dakotas United Methodist Conference as we travel to the southern tip of Texas to serve our brothers and sisters in need in the “Colonial” — a small strip of land just north of the USA — Mexican border.  We will depart on Saturday, June 24, and return on Sunday, July 2.  We will spend Saturday night on the road on the way to Mission, TX.  We will work Monday through Thursday at a variety of sites, mostly doing light construction work.  During this time we will stay in dorms and cabins at a local camp that is a beautiful and well-equipped facility.  Each of our work days will begin with breakfast in camp followed by working in teams at various sites.  While at the work site, we will have a sack lunch and noon devotional time.  Each evening we will return to camp for clean-up, dinner, worship, and some free time.  We will travel to San Antonio on Thursday evening and spend Friday there at the Six Flags Amusement Park.  We will travel a few hours Friday night and then most of Saturday to get to Topeka, Kansas.  There we will have our closing worship and return home on Sunday.

Registration will be opening soon!


Cost of the Trip $ 750

Deposit $150 due at registration

February 1st - First Payment - $300

May 15th - Final Payment - $300


Mission Trip-- On January 8th at 4 pm we will be having a meeting for the parents of students who would like to go on the Mission Trip to Texas this summer.   This trip is open for students that are currently in 8th-12th grade.  We will discuss the trip cost as well as upcoming fundraisers that will help defray some of the costs.


January Schedule 


High School 

Wednesday January 4th-Regular Group Time 7:15-8:30

Wednesday January 11th-Community outreach concert  YHS 6:30pm-8:30pm

Wednesday January 18th-Regular Group Time 7:15-8:30

Wednesday January 25th-Regular Group Time 7:15-8:30


Wednesday January 31st-Regular Group Time 7:15-8:30


Middle School

Sunday January 1st-NO GROUP

Sunday January 8th-Regular Group time 6:30pm-7:30pm

Sunday January 15th- MEETING AT 1:30 PM-3:00 PM at ICE ARENA 

Sunday January 22nd-Regular Group time 6:30pm-7:30pm