First United Methodist Church - Yankton
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
207 W 11th St Yankton SD 57078 (605) 665-2991

May 2016

Pastor’s Word                 By Rev. Ron

Fresh from celebrating the confirmation of six young people yesterday in our church, I want to say just one more thing about choosing to follow Jesus.

It is illustrated by a little boy who was told by his doctor that he could save his sister’s life by giving her some blood.  The six year old girl was near death-a victim of a disease from which the boy had made a marvelous recovery two years earlier.  Her only chance for restoration was a blood transfusion from someone who had previously conquered the illness.  Since the two children had the same rare blood type, the boy was the ideal donor.

“Johnny would you like to give your blood for Mary?” the doctor asked.  The boy hesitated, his lower lip started to tremble.  Then he smiled, and said, “Sure, Doc, I’ll give my blood for my sister.”

Soon the two children were wheeled into the room where the procedure would take place-Mary, pale and thin; Johnny, strong and the picture of health.  Neither spoke, but when their eyes met, Johnny grinned.

As his blood was transferred into Mary’s veins, one could almost see new life come into her tired body.  The ordeal was almost complete when Johnny’s brave little voice broke the silence.  “Say Doc, when do I die?”

It was only then that the doctor realized what the moment of hesitation, that trembling of the lip, meant.  Johnny actually thought in giving his blood to his sister he was giving up his life.  And in that brief moment he made his great decision.

In a way, that is the kind of decision we make in following Christ.  It is a commitment unto death.  Of course, the analogy breaks down when describing what Jesus did when he gave his blood for us, but at least it points out the nature of our response to his sacrifice. 

As we know our heart we choose to give all that we are to all that we know of him.

Recall in John 21, Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?  Then feed my sheep.”  And whatever it takes, “Follow me!”


The Banquet

FUMC will once again be serving at the Banquet on Tuesday, May 3rd.  The Missions committee will be purchasing and preparing the meal. We ask for your donation of time only to help prepare, serve, and clean-up as well as greeting and eating with quests at the Banquet.

Missions Committee 


Graduate Recognition

2016 Senior Recognition will be held at the 8:30 service on Sunday, May 15th, with a reception following in Wesley Hall. Seniors you should be getting a letter this week, if you are graduating from High School and did not get a letter call the church office 665-2991). We would also like to list those in our church family that are graduating from college, please call Lisa in the office and let her know who is graduating, from what college and with what degree by Monday, May 9th.


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


United Methodist Women

Members of the United Methodist Women have been especially busy recently, with several projects at once demanding their attention. Requiring the most time from the Quilters is the exquisite work which they have accomplished on their most recent treasure.  Just mention “quilt” to a quilter and wait for the smile to break through.  UMW ladies are also collecting items for Health Kits and layettes, all of which will be assembled in time to be distributed or donated in the early fall, as has been their custom.  A new project is giving assistance to the Yankton Homeless Shelter. After hearing from Eric Miller, Director of the Shelter, the group was moved to purchase 8 sheet and pillowcase sets to equip the newly purchased and built twin beds.  More gifts will be provided as time goes on.  Watch for us in the local newspapers.

Our program for May will be given by Dr. Doug Upton, Chaplain at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp, who has worked closely with our church to develop a plan whereby we can provide worship services on the campus to the prisoners.  His topic focuses on the re-education of prisoners in order to “Mold a Responsible Dad” once they return to private life.  Jean Droppers and Barb Hirsch will be our hostesses and we will be making final plans for our “field trip” to the Homeless Shelter to determine if there are other needs that we can help meet.  All are welcome – 1:30 p.m. on May 2, 2016.


Trustee Update

By Loy Gravholt, Trustee Chair

            The Trustees continue to step up where needed. They gathered to clean up around the church the evening of April 13th and later enjoyed pizza. Our campus is ready for summer.

            The Paleceks and Sawatzkes will again do the mowing and trimming at the church and parsonage.

            Green King (Bill Couklin) will do the fertilizing and weed control.

            The Trustees are contemplating other improvements.


Worship Service Deadline

If needing to make an announcement at a worship service, especially if you are in need of something inserted or played during the service, it needs to be given to Carla Hummel no later than the end of Thursday prior to the service. 

If preparing for special services, please allow at least 2 days’ notice in order to properly prepare for the addition. I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the sound system and PowerPoint presentation so that I am able to provide the best possible service, the deadline allows us all a chance to practice and test so that it becomes a more flawless presentation.  Thanks for your consideration!

Carla Hummel

Youth News

By Corey Enfield

Sr. High 9th–12th grade

We meet on Wednesday nights in the Youth Room. 7:15-8:45pm Lesson and discussion 

Our current lesson series: Un-Religious


Are you religious? What if being religious isn’t the way to go, but instead it’s all about having a relationship with God? When we start to look at things from that perspective, it opens up a whole new world in our lives. Join us as we discover what it looks like to be Un-Religious.


KFC 6th–8th grade

We meet Sunday nights in the Youth Room 6:30pm-7:30pm

Our current lesson series Are We There Yet?


Our famiies are so crucial to developing us into who we will become. They shape how we go through life as well as our perception of who God is. Family is the number one influencer in a teenager’s life–and where they spend the majority of their time. In the four-week series "Are We There Yet," students learn to navigate through their family situations and discover who they need to be to create a healthy family dynamic. 


History Committee

In 1983 the Malmark bells were given to the Yankton First United Methodist Church in memory of Rev. Charles H. Richardson by his wife Myrtle and children, Barbara MacDonald, Dr. Charles H. Richardson, Jr. and Dr. Arthur W. Richardson. This is inscribed inside the handle of each of the thirty-seven bells.

The Malmark Company of New Britton, Pennsylvania, was represented by Mrs. Pat Unkenholz of Jamestown, North Dakota, who gave a demonstration of the bells at the Yankton Church.  The matter was then laid before the Administrative Board where it was voted to accept the gift of the bells.  Along with the bells, the gift included music books, dress while gloves, practice gloves, form rubber pads for the tables and the expenses for sending the Director to the International Workshop at the Peace Gardens in north Dakota.  Mrs. Burnell (Marlys) Johnson was the first director and attended the workshop.  The original bell ringers included eleven women and one man.

The seven Lucite table-top music stands now being used to hold the music were a gift from the Methodist Mens Organization of the Church.  This generous gift from the Charles Richardson family has added greatly to our church services.




The Evangelism committee would like to thank everyone who donated kitchen or bathroom supplies during our March Madness and throughout the year.  We appreciate your generosity.

We also want to thank those who are serving and/or providing cookies, bars, muffins, breads, rolls, ect. for the coffee fellowship on Sunday mornings. 

Paula Keehr, Co-Chair


Thank you to the History Committee for the meaningful and special manner that the 50 and plus members were recognized at the April 10th Sunday service. The committee put a lot of time and thought into the day.

LaVila Tessier


I would like to thank Rev. Ron and Susan Thorson for their visits and calls while I have been recovering from my fall. Also, thank you to everyone who prayed for my recovery and sent me beautiful cards. You all are so very thoughtful and I do appreciate it. This has been quite an ordeal, but I am beginning to do more things and feel the improvement, little by little.

With love, Carlene Watchorn


May 2016 Greeters


May 1 8:30 Patsy & Micah James

11:00 Kim Larsen & Eunice Northey

May 8 8:30 Steve & Jeannie Kasik

11:00 Merle & Virginia Larson

May 15 8:30 Dennis & Diane Kisch                         

             11:00 Ted Mickelson

May 22 8:30 Brian & Joy Korman

  11:00 Paula Keehr

May 29 8:30 Brooke & Eric Lancaster

   11:00 Dan & Jane Miller

 In Our Thoughts & Prayers


Julie Dykstra’s sister Jen


Nicole Baily fell and broke her leg. She is staying at Majestic Bluffs until the end of May while she heals. Her room is 211. She would love visits but not between 3-5pm. You may call her at 760-1232.


The families of Judy Nielson. Judy passed away


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.             

May Birthdays

1 - Payton Bartels, Dorothy Johnson


2 - Brad Anderson, Mike Lawrence


3 - Tanner Dykstra, Gerrit Dykstra


4 - Joyce Boeckman, Dillon May, Mary Milroy


5 - Carole Hurley, Janni Guthmiller

6 - Art Tuttle


9- Cohan Pietz


10 - May Gall, Brittney Guthmiller


12 - Samuel Hummel, Todd Rodig


13 - Jan Boeckman


14 - Kathy Lawrence


15 - Doug Bailey, Philah & Porting Hathaway


16 - Jace McCorkell, Tina Gobel, Oakley Gall,

        Lillie Kirschenman, Dan Dolejsi


18 - Chuck Gukeisen


19 - Margie Stengle, Nick Kisch, Madason Tessier


20 - Phyllis Dingman, Vivian Van Essen,

       Bexxley Garvey


21 – Kevin Doby, Katheryn Hickey

22 - Cale Cornemann


23 - Monty Dahlberg


25 - Linda Wek, Carolyn Golden


27 - Tracy Kisch, Isabellah Daugherty


29 - Lyla Gukeisen


30 - Mindy Reining


31 - Donna Mraz, Peggy Hannemann