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

March 2017

Pastor’s Word

by Rev. Ron

The season of Lent is beginning on Wednesday, March 1 with our Ash Wednesday worship service at 7 PM.  Our Lenten Study will begin on Wednesday, March 8th at 7:15pm.  The title of our study book is “He Chose the Nails” by Max Lucado.

Every gift from God reveals his love, but no gift reveals his love more than the gifts of the cross.  These gifts came not wrapped in paper but in passion.  They were not placed around a tree but around a cross.  They were not covered with ribbon but sprinkled with the blood that Christ shed on our behalf.

In this five-session video Bible Study, Max Lucado explores the many gifts that Christ provided to us at his crucifixion.  These include not only the gift of the cross but also the gift of the thorns that pierced his brow.  The nails that tore his flesh. The seamless robe that he removed for us. The empty tomb where he forever defeated sin and death.

The will of the cross is rich with the gifts of God’s grace. These were gifts he didn’t have to give. The only required act for our salvation was the shedding of blood, yet God did so much more. So, as we unwrap these gifts, we need to pause and listen for his voice. As we do, perhaps we will hear him whisper, “I did it for you.”

Session Titles are: 1.) He Chose to Be One of Us. 2.) He Chose to Forgive Us. 3.) He Chose to Invite Us into His presence. 4.) He Chose to Have Us Forever. 5.) He Chose to Give Us Victory.

The study books are available for a cost of $10

I invite you to join us for this time of discussion and reflection as we follow Jesus on his journey to the cross and his glorious resurrection.


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


World Day of Prayer scheduled for Friday, March 3rd, 2 PM at Majestic Bluffs.  Women from this church are invited to attend and join in the prayers and fellowship.



KYNT Radio Broadcast Sponsors Needed

            There are open spots for Feb. 26th, Mar. 5th and 19th. The signup folder is located on the table in the Church Lounge. The cost to sponsor a Sunday broadcast is $45.00.




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 next meeting of UMW meets on Monday, March 5th at 1:30pm in the upstairs lobby outside the sanctuary. Program will be presented by Loretta Sorenson “And When We Pray. Hostess: Jan Aughenbaugh & Mary Johnson.  All women of the church and community are invited to join in an afternoon of worship, education, socialization


The Women's Bible Study that meets in the Upper Room during Sunday school, has started a new study at 9:45am.  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 Notes

By Mary Alice Halverson

When the new Education Wing of the church was completed in 1967, talk began about community use of the classrooms. Rev. Ron Klarup, pastor, and a church committee envisioned the Summer Enrichment program, for preschoolers. This was before Head Start came to Yankton.

Public school teachers and others led a 2 to 3 week session in June for 60 to 80 children. All the leadership was volunteer. Learning to take turns, follow directions, use worksheets and being part of a class were introduced. For many children, this was their first setting in a group situation.

Joyce Wentworth, from the Yankton School District helped provide curriculum materials. Donna Magadanz, School Nurse, helped identify prospective students. Visits from the fire department and police officers were highlights. Also, there were visits to Gilmore’s farm to see the sheep and horses.

A unique feature was transportation. A dozen drivers picked up and returned the student to their homes during the morning hours of the classes.

Bob Walser, then principal at Lincoln School, served as treasurer throughout the 20-year program in the 60’s through the early 80’s.


Mission Corner

The Missions committee would like to thank you for taking the hearts from the Angel Tree and purchasing items that are in need at the Women’s Shelter. I’m sure they will be very grateful, as is the Mission’s Committee, for your generosity. Those items will be delivered to them.

            On March 26th, one of the committee’s focuses is the One Great Hour of Sharing (UMCOR). More will be said, and a short video shown, in an upcoming Sunday.


            Next Committee meeting is Wednesday, March 1st at 6pm.


Lectionary Readings


March 5th – 1st Sunday in Lent

            Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 

            Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11


March 12th – 2nd Sunday in Lent

            Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121;

            Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17


March 19th – 3rd Sunday in Lent

            Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95;

            Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42


March 26th – 4th Sunday in Lent

            1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23;

            Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41


March Greeters


Sunday – 8:30am


March 5: Jill Huetig; Phil & Andrea Jaquith

March 12:  Francis & Kristi Hunhoff

March 19:  Kevin & Holly Iverson

March 26:  Patsy & Micah James


Sunday –11:00am


March 5:   Dan Johnson & Mary Milroy

March 12:  Joel & Lisa Karnes family

March 19:  Paula Keehr; Ted Mickelson

March 26:  Ron & Pat Kraft; Jack & Linda Kyriss




Sunday – 8:30am


March 5:    Laurie Baily; Rhonda Hofer

March 12:  Michael & Denise Erickson

March 19:  Mark & Syndee Droppers; Barb      


March 26:  Dave & Alicia Cornemann;

                     Kevin McKee           


Sunday –11:00am


March 5:  Paula Keehr; Rick Peterson; 

       Jack Skinner, Delores Kafka

March 12:  Andy & Chelsa Gall

         Rick Peterson

March 19:  Jess & Sandy Dennis;

         Arlo & Carlene Watchorn

March 26:  Mitch & Alice Hofer

         Paul & Mary Pietila


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 4th

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



The Baily family would like to give a huge hug to everyone and express a thank you to all who have given their friendship, kind words, smiles, tears, food, written notes, helping hands, cards, memorials, Drew stories, and prayers. 

There are no words to express our weakest moments.  We miss the love, daily phone calls, Drew’isms, and joy he brought to us on a daily basis. 

Jesus fills our hearts with peace and loving memories as we walk in the light of his presence, joyfully depending on him.

We are comforted by your kindness and compassion.  We are so grateful for your friendship and love you gave so unconditionally to Drew.  It’s apparent the lives he touched will forever be blessed.  We are grateful for his presence in our lives. God Bless You!

    Gregg and Laurie Eric Baily and Kendra Neugebauer and Nicole Baily


March Birthdays

1 - Morgyn Jaquith, Molly Nedved, Jada Johnson


4 – Delores Kafka, David Schmer, Syndee Droppers, Herb Hornstra


7 - Emily Gulick

8 - Rob Hale

9 - Ketty Cornemann, Gabe Slowey, Reid Dutrow


11 - Jeffery Mraz


12 - Carol Peterson, Sue May, Craig Karnes

13 - Kyle Hirsch


15 - Pat Kraft


16 - Lexie McCorkell, Pippa Pietila

17 - Julie Orton


18 - Jack Slowey


19 - Mark Peterson

21 - Beth Parr, Conner Nickles,

       Dawn Kabella, Ken Nebola           


22 - Amber Reaney, Camden Pietz


24 - Katie Rodig


25 - Carla Hummel


26 - Don Hurley, Ken Philippi, Linda Hagen,

  Marsha Johnson


28 - Allan Wieseler, Kloe Gall


29 - Lindsey King, Jan Aughenbaugh


In Our Thoughts & Prayers


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


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