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

January 2017

The Pastor’s Word            

by Rev. Ron

The Apostle Paul gives us a powerful passage in Philippians 3:13-14 that offers direction on how to live in the new year before us. There are certain things that we need to forget and there are other things that we need to remember. Let me mention just a few of these things.

     First, we could learn to forget about our privileges. What is life going to do for me? If this is our perspective, we see ourselves as privileged persons, who always want everybody and everything to give us the advantage or exemption. Instead of focusing on what life owes us we need to turn it around and see what you and I can do to care for the needs of other people. The best way is seeking to serve.

     Another thing we can do is not focus our lives only on our difficulties, failures and lost opportunities. Rather, let us focus on the newness of life which lies before us, and what we can be, do, and become.

     Thirdly, we sometimes focus too much on thinking that we have arrived and forget the power, grace, and ministry of God and what we are because of his grace, love, and power. Forget where you are and be open to what God can call you to be.

     I hope that in this new year you and I will remember some of the difficult times we have experienced in the past. If we don’t remember them, then we shall never learn any lessons from them. If you and I have gone through difficult times, then don’t just focus on the difficulty but see what there was in this experience or difficulty that can enable you and me to live more creatively now.

     Remember the available strength that comes to us from God in times of temptation, or when life is filled with burdens and problems. None of us faces them isolated or in our own resources or our own strength.                                     

I hope also that in this New Year you and I will remember to be more tolerant. Paul tells us that he has not yet arrived. “I am still enroute. I am pressing toward the mark.”

     Dear friends, I hope we shall also remember in the new year of 2017 to persevere. Let’s keep on pressing on. None of us has arrived spiritually. We are all children still seeking to become more like Christ.

     And so I pray, that each of us will build for our children and grandchildren a more decent, violence free, united in love and good will world. In the new year, may you know that you have a Savior who will keep you and never leave you!


ATTENTION – There will be one service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 1st!




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 close line.  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.



United Methodist Women Meeting


Begin the New Year with Yankton’s United Methodist Women on January 9, 2017!!  You will find a mixture of worship, friendship, generosity and socialization.  The newly installed Officers include Barb Hirsch as President, Carolyn Cappel as Vice-President, Beth Nyquist as Secretary, and Diane Kisch as Treasurer.  Committee Chairs include Judy Bevers for Reading, Delores Kafka for Meals on Wheels, Naomi Somer for Prayer Chain, Barb Hirsch as representative to Church Women United and Jill Huetig for Cards.  Funeral lunches and arrangements during the coming year will alternate among Dee Carson, Rose Nedved, Mary Alice Halverson, Jenae Norton, Delores Kafka, Judy Bevers, Jane Gilmore and Marilyn Holzwarth.  Mary Alice Halverson is the Chair of the Human Services parties.  We would love to see YOU!


Special Thanks to Laurie Baily and Susan Thorson for helping to prepare the sanctuary, lounge and lobby get ready for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.          Craig Sherman

Thank You We want to thank our Church Family for your kindness and support in so many different ways, during and after the loss of my husband Robert. A special thanks to Rev. Ron and Susan for their support. Also, many thanks to the First United Methodist Women for preparing and serving lunch. God Bless.

                                         Carol Peterson & family


Thank You Thanks to everyone that delivered Meals on Wheels this year.  Paul & Mary Pietila, LaVila & Darwin Tessier, Shar & Mark Peterson,  Jenae & Terry Norton, Loran Moore, Connie VanDeWalle, Marge Stengle, Dave & Marilyn Holzwarth, Dee Carson, Mike & Karen Miller, Dan & Jane Miller, Jane & Bob Walser,  Bill & Mary Heubaum, and Bonne & Verne Hanson.  I so appreciate your willingness when I call.  Thanks again and God Bless you all. 

    Delores Kafka, MOW Coordinator


History Committee


In the late 70’s and early 80’s the Yankton Middle School had Religious Release Time.  This took place every Friday morning from 8:30 AM to 9:15 at the churches in the community.  Each church provided the school with a list of students that would attend their Release time.  At the United Methodist Church this time was used for Confirmation.  Mary Alice Halverson and Wilma Rahn were two of the Confirmation teachers at this time.  Those students that did not attend release time at a church reported to home room at school for a study hall.  Many students found a church to attend so that they did not have to go to study hall.  Each church took attendance at their class and then sent it to the school so students could be accounted for. 

                                    Submitted by Delores Kafka

Health Ministry

                                  by Susan Thorson, Parish nurse


The Health Ministries Association defines health ministry as “The promotion of health and healing as part of the mission and ministry of a faith community to its members and the community it serves.”   As a faith community nurse, I try to promote health in all aspects of a person’s life including physical, spiritual, mental, social, financial and environmental.  In my role as a faith community nurse, I assist members of the congregation navigate through the health care system, provide visitation  in the home, hospital, and extended care facilities, accompany someone to a doctor visit, help a family member deal with the needs of an elderly parent, or provide resources for in home services.  My days vary depending on the needs of the individuals and their families.   We can all be ministers of health to help our church families find wholeness and wellbeing.    So, how can we as members of the church serve in the health ministry?  Listed below are opportunities for all of us:

·      Take a meal to someone recovering after hospitalization

·      Share your story of personal health and healing

·      Listen to a young parent struggling to handle a family, and their job

·      Visit someone in the home, nursing home, or hospital

·      Be an advocate for those with mental illness

·      Send a card fill with hope

·      Promote services  available to seniors in our community

·      Pray for families who are experiencing difficult times

·      Lift up someone by bringing flowers and a smiling face

·      Start a walking group with neighborhood Methodists

·      Discuss with others the healing ministries of Jesus

·      Offer a ride for someone  who is going to the doctor

·      Serve healthy food at our Sunday fellowship hour

·      Visit a member who has lost a spouse

·      Attend a small group study

·      Start a healthy cooking class

·      Be a mentor to a young person

·      Praise your pastors  and support them in their healing ministry


We all can promote a ministry of health and healing.  Each time we do this our congregation becomes healthier.  Our health ministry is for everyone and it is provided by all of us. Take this opportunity to improve your life as well as others by serving our Lord.


Evangelism Committee


On behalf of the Evangelism committee, I would like to say thank you to all of you that have provided baked goods, helped serve, and participated in any way with the Sunday coffee fellowship in 2016.  A special thank you to Carol Becker who sees that the coffee is made and someone is there to help serve.

This fellowship provides us with an opportunity to sit down, visit, and get to know each other, and welcome and thank new faces and visitors for worshiping with us.

I hope that those of you who volunteer to serve will continue and if you are asked, you will consider helping in some way.  There is a signup sheet in the office and on Sunday it is on the serving line.

God’s blessings to all.

Paula Keehr, 2016 Evangelism Co-chair


Missions Committee


The Missions committee wishes to thank everyone who provided a gift for the Angel Tree.  94 gifts were delivered to children and youth at Milk’s Camp. 


The International Dinner will be held January 29 at 5:00 pm in Wesley Hall. Bring your favorite ethnic dish and enjoy an evening of amazing food and fellowship. Watch for more information to come!


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.)



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

*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.


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.


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.

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 "Bugatti" 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.  



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. 


Lectionary Readings

Jan. 1 – Epiphany Sunday

            Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; 

            Ephesians 3:1-12 15; Matthew 2:1-12


Jan. 8 – 1st Sunday after the Epiphany

            Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29;

            Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17


Jan. 15 – 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany

            Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-11;

            1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42


Jan. 22 – 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany

            Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4-9;

            1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23


Jan. 29 – 4th Sunday after the Epiphany

            Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15;

            1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12


In Our Thoughts & Prayers



Chuck & Lyla Gukeisen; Mark Giziewski; Carol Peterson; 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. 


January Greeters


Sunday – 8:30am


January 1:    No Service

January 8:    Scott & Mindy Giziewski;

       Dylan & Tina Gobel

January 15:  Randy & Carolyn Golden family

January 22:  Dan & Kami Guthmiller family

January 29:  Craig & Christy Hagge family


Sunday –11:00am


January 1:    Ken & Mary Alice Halverson

January 8:    Jay & Rebecca Gravholt; Toby Gall

January 15:  Rob & Lesley Hale family

January 22:  Gary & Ginger Guthmiller

        Larry & Janni Guthmiller

January 29:  May Gall; Russell & Mary Peirce


January Ushers


Sunday – 8:30am


January 1:   No Service          

January 8:    Michael & Denise Erickson

January 15: Mark & Syndee Droppers; Barb Hirsch

January 22:  Dave & Alicia Cornemann; Kevin McKee

January 29:  TBD


Sunday –11:00am


January 1:   Paula Keehr; Rick Peterson; 

       Jack Skinner, Delores Kafka

January 8:    Andy & Chelsa Gall

       Rick Peterson; Bob & Jane Walser

January 15:  Jess & Sandy Dennis;

       Arlo & Carlene Watchorn

January 22:  Mitch & Alice Hofer

       Paul & Mary Pietila

January 29:  Chris & Casandra Hathaway



Many thanks to my church family for the kind words, cards and gifts given to me this Christmas season. I hope you all have a wonderful 2017.  God Bless you all!!

          Craig Sherman



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



January Birthdays


1– Holly Iverson,

     Jane Miller


2 – Corinne Ditmar


3 – Lisa Karnes, Russ Rahn


4 – Mitch Hofer, Kaleb Swihart


5 – Steve Pietila, Avery Turner

6 – Zach Crawford, Gary Guthmiller, Tyler Kaiser


8 – Cooper Cornemann, Andy Gall, Ken Bevers

9 – Marlene Konopik


11 – Hudson Burgeson, Bill Heubaum

12 – Mariah Hofer

13 – Mary King, Connie Sawatzke, Laurel Wek

14 – Kendra Bakke


15 – Dean Daniels, Justin Giblin,

Ginger Guthmiller


16 – Scott Giziewski, Dena Heeney,

Susan McCorkell , Paul Pietila


18 – Melissa Ewing, James Reiner,

Hannah Strom, John Wiechmann


19 – Shayna Gusso


20 – Sandy Dennis

21 – Jean Droppers, Kristi Hunhoff, Esther Lane,

Rita Rolston, George Schnebel


22 – Angela Herrmann, Linda Herrmann


23 – Carol Skonhovd


24 – Hannah Buchholz, Claire Mooney


25 – Tate Beste, Randy Hummel, Jaxx Olson,

        Rebecca Parish, Monte Schavee,

        Rachel Turner, Liam Wright


27 – Ricky Daugherty, Duane Grimme,

Carol Wiechmann


28 – Julie Bartunek


29 – Howard Grinager, Chad McCorkell,

Cheryl Rokusek, Arlo Watchorn


30 – Kirsten Tramp


31 – Matt Pietz