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

December 2016

Pastor’s Word

By Rev. Ron

One of the things I especially like at Christmas is the music. Amidst all the music of the season, there is, to be sure, a very special music.  A music heard by only a few, although it is offered to all. This music comes in the still of the night when the chill heightens the senses & alerts the heart.  It is a music which appeals to all – the elderly or infants, the educated & uneducated, the trained or the untrained ear.  It is a music echoing across the barrier of race & creed, of the national boundaries and long standing hostilities, of deep-seated prejudices; it is a music at times faint, yet distinct and recognizable as from a distance – a distance of space & memory and time; a music near and dear and familiar which heralds again God’s great gift – “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward all persons!”

These words and melody come only to the ears of faith, to an innocence receptive and expectant.  Those of humble mind who have not outgrown angels & visitations & dreams hear the music clearly. Christmas is surely in the air.  We stand on the tiptoes of faith and our ears are listening for the angels approaching.  Our eyes are scanning the heavens & we will not miss the Light.  Our minds are disciplined to read the signs & to seek the revelation.  And, beyond all else, there is a stirring within us with movements which can only be those of the Christ Child.

  “For unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord!”


ATTENTION – There will be one service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 25th!


- Advent Study Ebenezer Scrooge is a man in dire need of a second chance. Is redemption possible for such a greedy, dark and sad character? The Redemption of Scrooge, from Matt Rawle’s The Pop in Culture Series, shows us how the teachings of Jesus can be found in Dickens’ Christmas classic. From the ghosts of Christmas past, to the Life of the present, and the resurrection of Christmas future, this Advent study will “bless us every one” and reinvigorate our spiritual journeys as we look at this familiar story through the lens of faith. The dates for the study are:

             Wednesday, November 30th

            Wednesday, December 7th

            Wednesday, December 14th

            Thursday, December 22nd

 The study will take place in the sanctuary from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.


Prison Ministry Team


There is one opportunity left this year to be part of the church services at the Federal Prison Camp. On 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.


United Methodist Women Meeting


All women of the church are invited to join us on December 5, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. for the last meeting of the calendar year.  Devotions will be given by Mary Johnson, a brief business meeting will be held, new officers will be elected and then we will do our best to celebrate the JOY of Christmas.  Each of us is asked to bring a sample sized treat to share with others; we will sing traditional Yuletide songs, not all of which will be “sacred”, and we will play some games with a Christmas theme.  At the last meeting of the UMW a surprise ceremony was held called “Plastering the Pastor with Love Ribbons”, in an attempt to show our appreciation for the leadership Rev. Ron Johnson has given to our efforts.  The final result is pictured for you!! J




Missions Committee - One of our focuses this month is the Tree of Life Christmas Tree.  The tree is located in Wesley Hall.  We invite you to take an angel, or two, buy an article of clothing and a gift for that child, place the angel tag on it and return it to the church by Sunday, December 11th.  The angel will have the child’s name, age and sex to assist you.  For clothing please purchase a size larger than you would normally buy for that age. If you’re not the shopping type, a check can be written and somebody else will shop for you.  We are hoping to make every child’s life a bit brighter on Christmas morning.


Thank You!! A huge thanks to Laurie Baily, Kami Cornemann, Marsha Johnson, Sophie McKee & friend, Julie Moderegger and Jill Wilson for helping the Worship Committee decorate the sanctuary and the rest of the church for Advent.


Bake Sale


We are having a bake sale on Sunday December 11th between church services for Megan and Susie McCorkell to raise money to go to Haiti at the end of January.


Megan and I are going on this mission trip because we feel God calling us to go help the community and give to others our love and passion for Christ.  We know we take thing for granted and would like to see how the people of Haiti live and interact with one another.  This area has a high poverty level.  We both have never done anything like this and really just want to give back to the Lord.  We want to impact anyone we can and just show the people love.


We are so grateful for our loving church family!!!  If you are not able to bake anything and would just like to donate we would appreciate any help.


Again we are excited to go with this group to serve and experience this life style that is so different from our culture here in South Dakota.  God’s calling is strong and we don’t want to say “maybe next time.”


Thank you for your love and support!

God Bless you all,

Susie and Megan McCorkell

Sunday School Christmas Program - The Sunday School Christmas program will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 11th in the sanctuary followed by a birthday party for Jesus in Wesley Hall.


History Committee


The Streets of BethlehemDecember 16, 1979


Join us on the streets of Bethlehem, get to know the people, hear the gossip and celebrate the glad tidings with us. A lucky chance has brought you, a traveler, into the city of Bethlehem at this special time, so stop a moment and visit the baby in the stable and feel the wonder of this first Christmas.


This was part of the welcome given to each person who visited UMC on that night in December 1979. As Supt. of the SS at that time, the SS teachers and I dreamed up a fore-runner of our present Living Nativity. With a good bit of help, we transformed the basement of the church into, what represented a city street with open shops and shoppers. We made a “money changers table”, “a Pottery Shop” where “fine wares” were being made, “a Bakery” with many kinds of cookies – 2 for 5¢”, the “Pottage Shop with soup left from the soup kitchen – 1 cup for 5¢ “, “cool refreshing water from the well - 5¢ per cup”, a “stained glass shop”, a “shop where you could buy oak wood crosses - 50¢ each”. Several shepherds wandered the streets as well as the kings from a foreign land with excitement and wonder of what this great event would bring. As we continued on the “street” we passed children with chickens, one with a goat from a nearby pen, the shepherds & kings and ordinary people talking of the wondrous night. We were encouraged to continue our walk to the stable where we witnessed the miracle of the night. The One that would forever change the world.


Now, as we approach Christmas 2016, let us thank God what the Star of Bethlehem still shines and He still sends His Love to a very troubled world as He did that special night on an equally troubled world on the Streets of Bethlehem.    

- Neta Thompson


An interesting note of that night – the “baby” a real live baby was Jonathan Russell Bailey. He was held alternately by his mother, Sharon Bailey and Tracy Bevers.



Live NativityThe Live Nativity will be performed at 5:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 17th, south of the west parking lot.  Refreshments will be served in Wesley Hall after each performance.  Reserved parking for those wishing to view from the vehicles will be located on the south end of the west parking lot. Please enter the parking lot from the north entrance and you will be directed where to park.



Our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight services will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 24th.

Please join us.




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. 


In Our Thoughts & Prayers



The family of Robert “Bob” Peterson. Bob passed away Thursday, November 24th.


Chuck & Lyla Gukeisen; Mark Giziewski; Doug Bailey; Pat Alder; Robbi, Vivian VanEssen's sister 



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


Lectionary Readings


Dec. 4 - 2nd Sunday of Advent

            Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7,18-19; 

            Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12


Dec. 11 - 3rd Sunday of Advent

            Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 1:47-55;

            James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11


Dec. 18 - 4th Sunday of Advent

            Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19;

            Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25


Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

            Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98;

            Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12); John 1:1-14


Sunday Morning Worship


8:30 a.m.  Contemporary Worship

9:45 a.m.  Sunday School for all ages

                 Women’s Bible Study

11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship



ATTENTION – There will be one service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 25th.


December Greeters


Sunday – 8:30am


December 4:   Jean Droppers & Julie Moderegger

December 11:  Bruce & Tracy Dutrow

December 18:  Dick & Linda Fox

December 25:  No Service


Sunday –11:00am


December 4:   Ken & Peggy Doering

December 11:  Curt & Julie Dykstra

December 18:  Amy & Paul Eichfeld

December 25:  TBD


December Ushers


Sunday – 8:30am


December 4:   Bob & Jane Walser; Laurie Baily;                        Rhonda Hofer

December 11:  Michael & Denise Erickson


December 18:  Mark & Syndee Droppers;

           Barb Hirsch

December 25:  No Service


Sunday –11:00am


December 4:   Paula Keehr; Rick Peterson; 

            Jack Skinner, Delores Kafka

December 11:  Terry & Jenae Norton;

Andy & Chelsa Gall

December 18:  Jess & Sandy Dennis;

Arlo & Carlene Watchorn

December 25:  Mitch & Alice Hofer

Paul & Mary Pietila


December Birthdays


1 - Dustin Gusso, Dava Mier, Vicki Tanner,

  Emma Gobel, Jesse Giblin


2 - Samuel Willman, Rodger Johnson,       

      Richard Maska


3 - Loy Gravholt, Terry Mier, Tyan Beste


4 - Alleysia Ugofsky


5 - Merle Brandt, Jordyn Cunningham,

     Connie VanDeWalle, Jane Gilmore,

     Sarah Karnes

6 - Mark Giziewski, Shaylor Platt,

     Ardis Henderson, Bonnie Gusso,

     John Iverson


7 - Mary Hladky, Carol Schnebel,

     Shanna Helgeland, Dixie Foss,

     Madeline Nooney

December Birthdays continued


8 - Haden Adam, Bruce Dutrow

9 - Jane Hornstra, Samantha Wampol,

      Dawn Popma


11 - Shawn Rabenberg, Kayla Odom

12 - Mary Lepp

13 - Michael Miller


14 - Denise Willman


16 - Michael Hunhoff, Suzanne Dahlberg

17 - Julie Dykstra, Michael Burgeson, Steve King,

       Lorraine Taylor


19 - Jeff Skonhovd, Melissa Rempfer


20 - Jim Sawatzke, Mark Droppers

21 - Carla Mentele


22 - Dan Guthmiller


24 - Darlene Ireland


25 - Bob Stouffer


26 - Jeff May, Jerry Willman, Brook Thurman,

Jessica Landwehr, Dennis Kisch,

        Bailey Wieseler, Sean Garcia


27 - Jace Guthmiller, Andrea Jaquith,

       Madisyn Jaquith, Rebecca Pearman


28 - Valerie Hummel, Sadia Svedberg


29 - Carolyn Teichroew, Lance Palecek,


30 - Susan Becker, Linda Fox, Troy True