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

February 2017

Pastor's Word

by Rev. Ron

            We are a month into this new year and a number of folks have begun their new leadership responsibilities while others continue their work from the previous year.  But the truth is we all share in the work of ministry as a part of the 1st UMC family.


            I have always been intrigued by John Ed Mathison’s approach to helping his church understand that each person has a ministry and from time to time during worship the members of the church share with each other during their greeting time what their ministry is.  Another way to look at this is each person has something significant to contribute to the life and ministry of our church.  Have you discovered what that may be?  I would love to talk with you about it because I’m convinced that each of us are gifted persons with gifts and graces that can help in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. 


            We need to understand that there is a huge difference between a job at church and having a ministry at church.  Let me clarify!  If you are doing it because no one else will, it’s a job.  If you are doing it to serve the Lord, it’s a ministry.  If you’re doing it just well enough to get by, it’s job.  If you’re doing it to the best of your ability, it’s a ministry.  If you’ll do it only so long as it doesn’t interfere with other activities, it’s a job.  If you’re committed to staying with it even when it means letting go of other things, it’s a ministry.


            For many persons, it’s hard to get excited about a job.  It’s almost impossible not to get excited about a ministry.  An average church is filled with people doing jobs.  A great church is filled with people involved in ministry.


            May each of us be committed to helping 1st UMC to be a great church as we hear and answer the call to ministry in 2017.


                 It is with deep gratitude and appreciation that Marsha and I thank the members of our church family who remembered us this past Christmas with gifts, cards, goodies, and greetings.  We continue to believe that we are richly blessed to be serving God with you here at First United Methodist Church.

                                                               Rev. Ron




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


The United Methodist Women will meet on February 6, 2017.  Mary Alice Halverson will present the program on the History of FUMC. Dee Carson will have devotions.  Please join us. 


The Women's Bible Study that meets in the Upper Room during Sunday school, will start a new study on February 12 @ 9:45 am.  We will study "The Armor of God" by Priscilla Shirer.  All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you. A cunning, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you.  Join Priscilla for a Bible Study that will bring to light this war around you and challenge you to suite up, stand firm, and secure victory in your life.   Please

join us!

History Committee


The Yankton Methodist Church on 4th Street

I wonder how many of you remember the First Methodist Church on 4th and Douglas Streets.  Built in 1873, the building proudly beckoned worshippers until its eventual demise in 1959 when it was sold to the First Assembly of God Church.   The congregation had outgrown the structure and members were already laying the cornerstone for the NEW church at 11th and Cedar Streets.  For 86 years, various modes of transportation had brought families to the front doors of the church which allowed entrance through one of two white doors.  Once inside, a right turn would take you to the lower level (or “basement” as it was unashamedly called) which served as a gathering place for the various organizations of the church (Methodist Women, Methodist Youth Fellowship, officers and chairmen, etc.), a pre-church practice area for the church choir and housing for the choir robes, and what seemed like a huge kitchen from which food was served for Potluck Suppers, wedding receptions, Bible School and much more.  Those women could work magic in that kitchen!

If you were headed for the worship center it was just ahead of you as you entered the doors: a few steps up to the sanctuary and a long center corridor to the N took you through the pews to the altar area which was slightly raised; the lectern was at the left if you were facing N, the choir was seated on your right (again, if facing N) and there were some mysterious rooms even further N and beyond the vision of parishioners.   The wonderful organ was in the center of the back wall between the minister and the choir.  How we loved that organ!

From the altar area, if you turned facing south and looked upward there was a loft which was used for Sunday school classes for the older youth (high school age).  It was quite an achievement to be able to “go up” to that loft and have a real sensation of having earned the right to do so by your previous work and achievements.

From the Cradle Roll to the most elderly members of the church, it was a place of pride and devotion.  As children, we knew that we were as much a family in the church as we were in our own homes and we often spent our Saturdays doing tasks to prove our gratitude.

The City of Yankton purchased the church and land eventually; the bell was removed from the tower and the building was carefully torn down.  The property was added to adjacent city lots and has been an asset to City planning over all of these years.   “The old order changeth, yielding place to new.”

                                    Submitted by Joan Neubauer


HOPE                    by Susan Thorson, Parish nurse


“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”  Psalm 31:24


During this past year a close relative of mine was diagnosed with cancer.  As we talked initially not knowing all of the specifics, we were devastated.  It was like a thief who came during the night to steal, kill and destroy.  It wasn’t fair but the fact remained cancer was there and we had to deal with it right now.  For awhile, fear seemed to take over—fear for life, fear of surgery, fear of treatment, fear of not being able to be employed because of the disease, fear of not having the ability to do all of things in life that still needed to be accomplished, fear of the unknown and “fear” in itself.


Then I was reminded of a poem of long ago by Emily Dickinson:


Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops, at all


I remembered the many people I had cared for through the years and out of nowhere “hope”  seemed to show up.  When we have no hope for the future, it seems like everything begins to shut down. But with hope, we knew changes needed to be made and we needed to start immediately.  We tried to concentrate on the future and just how we were going to fight this disease.  We needed to have the right attitude.  We weren’t just going to approach this disease by saying there is nothing we can do. We had learned long ago in our hardiest times, there would be a sunrise the next day and a hope for a better day. We were going to show strength by having a commitment to life and living the life before us. We knew we needed to be surrounded with supportive family and friends and a team of medical professions committed to fight the disease.  We also knew God wanted us to live long, abundant lives and we weren’t about to stop living just because of a dreaded disease called “cancer.” Then, the journey began and slowly fear was replaced with hope for life and living.  One step at a time progress was made by the amazing medical professions seeking out the correct diagnosis and then the treatment best suited for the cancer.  Each step we took we were met by God’s people who were committed to giving the best treatment known to man showing great expertise and compassion.  Friends and family surrounded us providing support, encouragement, prayer and telling us we were not alone.  Sometimes is seemed like it was forever as we waited for the correct diagnosis, then surgery, and then treatment.  As time went along, the treatment was successful.  Family and friends have continued to be there for us. The quote “The first wealth is health” by Ralph Waldo Emerson had a whole new meaning for each of us in our family.  The medical professionals are “watching with an open eye” with each checkup.  The body, mind and spirit began to heal.  Our attitude changed—in our heart of hearts we knew wellness would be in our lives.  We are thankful for God’s care during this time and most of all His “gift of life” for this day and each day.


Evangelism Committee



First United Methodist Church will be leading worship services at the Federal Prison Camp three times in 2017.  Our first service will be February 19th and the other dates are October 15th & December 31st.  If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact Paula Keehr at 665-5501 or Corey Enfield at 665-2991.  You will need to fill out a background check form.  They are located on the welcome/information desk located in the lobby.


God’s blessings to all.

Paula Keehr, 2017 Evangelism chair


Missions Committee



Thank you to all of our church family members who provided gifts for the children on our annual Angel Tree.  Your generosity made a difference in the lives of more than 100 children.

We would also like to thank Tom and Jane Gilmore for obtaining the names of the children and then delivering all the gifts to a location where they are distributed to the families.

May god bless each of you.

Sherry Daugherty and Karen Miller

Missions Committee


January 29th is the International Food Fest.  You are invited to bring your favorite ethnic dish to share with the group.  We will start serving at 5pm. There will be recipe cards for you to mark the country and name of your dish.  Come join in the food, fun and fellowship.  Ecclesiastes 2:24


February is Sweetheart Month.  The Sweetheart Tree will be set up near Wesley Hall by February 1st.  We encourage our church family to take a heart, or 2, from the three and purchase the items on the heart.  Please bring those items back to church by Feb. 12th and place them beneath the tree.  All donated items will be delivered to the Women’s Shelter thereafter.


The next Mission Committee meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 1st, at 6 pm.


Turkey Supper 


The Annual Turkey Supper will be held Saturday, March 4th.  We will serve from 4:30 to 7:00pm. Proceeds from this year’s supper will go to the Sr. High Youth for their Youth Mission trip to Mission, Texas in June. We will be asking committees to help this year as has been done in the past along with the youth, we will be selling advanced tickets as well as tickets at the door (we would really like people to purchase their tickets in advance so we have an idea on numbers).  Cost of the tickets will be Adults tickets (13 and older) $10; children (4-12 year olds) $5 and 3 and under will be free. Sign-up sheets will be available in Wesley Hall for donations starting Sunday, January 29th. Please have the donations to the church by Sunday, February 26th. Turkeys can be brought to the church placed in the chest freezer in the Sr. High Youth room anytime – please sign your name to the donation list on the top of the freezer so we know who has brought their turkeys.  

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and plan to join us for some wonderful food and fellowship. Questions call Nancy Hetherington (661-3983) or Kristi Palecek (760-2171).

Nancy Hetherington, Carol Becker, Kristi Palecek, Chrissie Wieseler & Sue May Co-Chairs


Lectionary Readings


Feb. 5 – 5th Sunday after the Epiphany

            Isaiah 58:1-9a; Psalm 112:1-10; 

            1 Corinthians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:13-20


Feb. 12 – 6th Sunday after the Epiphany

            Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8;

            1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37


Feb. 19 – 7th Sunday after the Epiphany

            Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Psalm 119:33-40;

            1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23;

            Matthew 5:38-48


Feb. 26 – 8th Sunday after the Epiphany

            Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 99;

            2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9



  We want to wish Ken & Mary Alice

   Halverson a very happy belated

    65th Wedding Anniversary!!!!!


February Greeters


Sunday – 8:30am


February 5:    Dena Heeney; Dawn & Lonnie Kabella

February 12:  Nancy Hetherington; Sean Garcia

February 19:  Laurie & Nicole Baily; Mary Holzwarth

February 26:  Dave & Marilyn Holzwarth


Sunday –11:00am


February 5:   Chad & Angela Herrmann family;

         Linda Herrmann

February 12:  Randy & Sharon Heisinger

February 19:  Bill & Mary Heubaum

February 26:  Darlene Ireland; Jean Johnson


February Ushers


Sunday – 8:30am


February 5:    Laurie Baily; Rhonda Hofer

February 12:  Michael & Denise Erickson

February 19:  Mark & Syndee Droppers; Barb Hirsch

February 26:  Dave & Alicia Cornemann;

                     Kevin McKee           


Sunday –11:00am


February 5:  Paula Keehr; Rick Peterson; 

       Jack Skinner, Delores Kafka

February 12:  Andy & Chelsa Gall

         Terry & Jenae Norton

February 19:  Jess & Sandy Dennis;

         Arlo & Carlene Watchorn

February 26:  Mitch & Alice Hofer

         Paul & Mary Pietila

February Birthdays


1 - Garrett Brandt,

     Jeffery Burling, JD Ewing


2 - Jacob Cunningham


3 - Cheryl Doby, Jill Foss


5 - Merle Larson, Marge Maxon, Madison Styles


6 - Jaiden Parish

8 - Brody Burgeson, Sherry Daugherty,

     Sophia Tramp 

9 - Nicole Baily, Donovan Pigney,

     Sandy Ronfeldt


10 - Ross Den Herder, Travis Hagen


11 - Selia Parr

13 - Chloe Cornemann, Kevin McKee


14 - Alex Wieseler


15 - Jeremy Klinkhammer


16 - Marsha Bertsch, Corey Enfield,

       Susan Schavee

17 - Diane Kisch


18 - Phil Jaquith, Erin Olson, Myles Tieszen


19 - Francis Hunhoff

20 - Lisa Blaalid, Garrett Rempfer


22 - Gabriel Olson, Barry Schroeter


24 - Jean Johnson, Kim Slemp


25 - Tracy Dutrow, Jay Gravholt,

       Amber Hannemann, Rosalinda Regalado


28 - Paxton Bartels, Dick Fox,

       Nancy Hetherington, Jackson Lawrence


In Our Thoughts & Prayers


The family of Andrew “Drew” Baily who passed away January 14th.



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. 


Youth Group News

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

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



Upcoming Events       



Turkey Supper

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Serving from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.