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

April 2017

Pastor’s Word

Rev. Ron

George Buttrock had it right when he said that “our world is dark and frantic, and it would appear that if history continues, it will be in spite of our human leaders, not because of them. There are few gleams of political hope. But, as someone else pointed out, hope never was political its only ground is God, who raised Christ from the dead, ‘the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep’. We would never have learned the vastness of the universe if night had not come.”

My friends, perhaps our present darkness in places like London, Paris, Syria, Florida, California, to name a few, will reveal the guidance, car, and powers of God which otherwise we could not have known. Terrorists may do their work, bombs may fall and explode, but I assure you that God does not fall. History may end, but God never ends. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

So we choose now a faith for the time in which we live. We choose Jesus and the Resurrection, and thus we shall know that “everything matters, nothing matters.” “Everything matters,” in glad obedience to our Lord and Savior, “Nothing matters,” because nothing, no matter how painful and devastating, can defeat the love and power of God. Not even a cross on a hill called Calvary.

As one comes to Easter, one can stand back in shock and surprise and say, “How can it be that the tomb is empty?” Even Easter can become dull and commonplace. Christians arrive to worship expecting just another worship service. Suddenly one is overwhelmed by the surprise-the tomb is still empty! Why, I knew that all the time! In the moments of surprise, however, one receives the revelation of God-he is alive and his Kingdom has come!

And so we pray-Father, we know well our situation, and you know it even better. We approach you with thanksgiving for the freedom we have to look away from ourselves and the condition of our world and look to you who has brought to pass this mighty work of the cross and the Resurrection for the world and for us also. Help us to grasp your promise of resurrection and life! Amen and Amen!

Sr. High Youth are having a bake sale Sunday April 9th.

Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) is on April 13th. Our time together will end with Holy Communion. This will all take place in the Sanctuary beginning at 7:00pm.

Good Friday is April 14th. The Tenebrae Service will begin at 8:00pm in the sanctuary. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Men's Bible Study at Lunch Time

The Brown Bag Bible Study meets every Tuesday in Wesley Hall.  In order to accommodate people’s lunch hour and travel time to and from the church, the actual study time is scheduled from 12:07 to 12:53pm. Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to dig a little deeper into the Scripture text for the week. Several men in the group take turns sharing leadership for this lunch- providing background on the text and inviting participants to think about the text in the context of the real world. Discussion is expected to be lively and insightful. No sign up necessary! Join the Brown Bag study any week that you are available over the noon hour.


Heritage Sunday in April

Fifty-year Methodists will be recognized. We will honor 90-year old and up persons in our congregation as a special feature



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, April 3rd at 1:30pm in the upstairs lobby outside the sanctuary.

Pre-School-3rd Grade:

We have completed our first 9 weeks of our new rotational Sunday School for this age group.  We feel that the program is off to a great start, the students are enjoying the movement and multiple learning styles in this system.  The biggest blessing has been the addition of the Praise Team leading music!  Having parents comment on how great it is to have their children singing the Sunday school songs at home is an affirmation that the Spirt is moving in the Children's Ministry.  


Sr. High Sunday School

We are currently in need of someone with a heart for students to lead our Sr. High Sunday school class for the remainder of the school year. If you feel this may be you, please visit Corey and we can work on the details to get our Sr. High Sunday Class up and running again.


The World Day of Prayer is back on!

All of the neighborhoods at Avera Sacred Heart Majestic Bluffs have been cleared to have visitors again and the residents can also attend the service.


World Day of Prayer is rescheduled for Friday, March 31st. The service is sponsored by Church Women United in the Gathering Place at Majestic Bluffs, 2111 W. 11th St., at 2:00pm. This is an ecumenical celebration of informed prayer and prayerful action. People who want to sing in the choir are urged to come at 1:00pm to practice.


Dr. Nick Saoi, originally from the Philippines, and Mrs. Saoi, will display many items from the islands. Written by the women of the Philippines, the program calls us to worship considering the words: “Am I being unfair to you?” from Matthew 20: 1-16. With these words as backdrop, we are invited to learn about the Philippines’ history and rich cultural diversity. 


The Habitat Bike Team is accepting donations of lightly used furniture, appliances less than 8- years’ old, household items and nicer clothing.  Donations may be dropped off at the new Habitat Warehouse located at 218 Capital Street on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings until noon.  If you need assistance with moving your items, please contact Tom or Jane Gilmore at 665-8303 to schedule a time for pickup.  The rummage sale will be held at the Old Mill located at 102 Capitol Street and overflow items, along with building materials will be sold at the Habitat Warehouse.  Mark your calendar for the first and biggest rummage sale of the year, April 7th and 8th!


History Notes

By Bob Thue

I've been trying to find information on FUMC of Yankton's United Methodist Men, but have come up with very little.  One of my first memories of this church is the UMM pancake feeds sometimes with Chris' cakes.  They were always full of good fellowship and a happy, joyful time.  At one time an annual spaghetti feed was also a big event. The UMM is no longer active in this church.  We do have a men's Bible Study every Tuesday at noon.  Previously we had been meeting at 7am on Wednesday's, but attendance had dwindled to a handful.  Lately a few more have started to attend at the new time.  About six years ago, a Thursday morning (7am) Breakfast Devotional Time was started which has grown from 5-6 in attendance to around 15-20 today. We have supported an annual dinner for the Mount Marty men's basketball team during the college Christmas break which has been well received and rewarding event.  In addition we have been able to support many other causes from time to time.


This year we will be having VBS the week of June 4th-8th.  

VBS 2017 is a victory celebration! In Mighty Fortress VBS, your children learn that in Jesus, the victory is won! They’ll look into the Bible, God’s Holy Word, and explore five Bible accounts about God, our Mighty Fortress, and the victory Jesus has won for us.

On-Line Registration will be open soon.   So plan to come along with us as we sing fun songs, do crazy crafts, eat yummy snacks, play awesome games, and more. Plus, you’ll learn in Jesus, the victory is won!


VBS is a great opportunity to serve and have an impact on children from our church and the community.  We have ways to serve for everybody, so please prayerfully consider in what area(s) you can use your talents during VBS.   


Mission Corner

“Thank you so very much for your support over the years. I am so thankful for your recent financial gift that will be going towards buying my first clergy robes. Thanks for everything.”

Valerie Hummel-LaBounty


The next Mission Committee meeting is Wednesday, April 5th at 6pm.

Just a reminder—Aluminum can disposal container is at the south endo of the hallway in the Education Wing. Money collected from recycled cans goes to help fund the Mission Committee. We thank you.


Camp Scholarship Funds with the Dakotas Foundation

This fund was established to assist youth with camping registrations and/or expenses.  The main sponsor of this scholarship came from Ethel Schenk who originally contributed $3,750. This amount, along with other memorial gifts from various people who designated the funds to be used towards camp scholarships, made up the balance. This money is invested with the Dakotas Foundation. This money is intended to assist families that have youth (1st grade through graduating seniors) attending camp that express the need for additional financial support to cover their share of the cost. The way the money will be distributed is any family that would like a little extra financial help is to fill out a Camp Scholarship Card located in the church office and place it in the decorated box by Sunday, April 24th. The Education committee has a formula established to equally split the $500 amongst the designated recipients as an equal percent based on the cost of each camp. It is the hope of the Finance and Education Committees that people will contribute to this fund and the size of our investment will grow so that the amount of money we are able to distribute grows.


Summer Camp – Time to start planning!

            Camp brochures should be here – if you did not get one in the mail you can find them on the bulletin board as you come in to the church or in the Education Office.  Deadline for the Early Bird price is May 1st.  The church & UMW will take care of ½ of the early bird cost of one camp per youth. If your youth is going to more than one camp you are responsible for the cost of the other camps.  If you register after May 1st – the church & UMW will only pay for ½ of the early bird cost.  You will be responsible for the difference between early bird and full price.

            The registration process is a little different this year.  You will need to call Lisa in the office to get the church code that you will enter on the registration form this code will automatically subtract the church’s portion from your payment. Full payment is due when you register this year. To do this you will be able to select one of 2 options:  to pay in full or pay monthly with automatic credit card payments to be spread over three months. You will be able to register more than one person at a time but if you are registering the same person for more than one camp you need to do a separate registration online for the second camp.  If you have questions about this process you can call Lisa in the office or Diane Kisch at 660-1242.

            The Conference runs a Cross State Bus to Storm Mountain – if you plan to have your youth ride the bus you must mark it on your registration form.

            We encourage you to attend camps that other youth in your grades are going to – hopefully we can carpool whenever possible.  Remember if your child is riding with someone it is common courtesy to help cover the cost of gas.  If you plan to use the church van – it needs to be half full (8 people or more – if you only have 7 and feel you need to use the church van check with the chairperson of the Trustees, or Rev Ron).  Those riding in the van are responsible for gas.  Lisa in the office needs to know if you would like your youth to ride in the church van or carpool with others.  She will be able to tell you if anyone else is signed up for a camp you are thinking about. It is very helpful if Lisa gets a copy of your registration forms so she knows what camps you youth are going to.

            For the 1st – 3rd graders we need to have 1 adult attend camp with every 5 campers.  There is a cost for Shepherds that attend SonShine camp (K & 1st graders) & DaySpring (2nd & 3rd graders). 

                Remember the grade listed for each camp is the grade the camper is currently in.


Lectionary Readings


April 2 – 5th Sunday in Lent

Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130

Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45

April 9 – Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:916

Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66


April 16 – Easter Sunday

Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24;

Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-18


April 23 – 2nd Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16;

1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31



April 30 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19

1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35


April Greeters


Sunday – 8:30am


April 2: Rodger & Mary Johnson

April 9: Steve & Jeannie Kasik

April 16: Dennis & Diane Kisch; Kim Larsen;

Eunice Northey

April 23: Chad & Susie McCorkell family

April 30: Mike & Karen Miller;

Loran & Delores Moore


Sunday –11:00am


April 2: Merle & Virginia Larson; Jill Larson

April 9: Joan Neubauer & Rose Nedved

April 16: Alice Melgaard; Carla Mentele

April 23: Donna Mraz; Marlene Nebola

April 30: One service - Confirmation


April Ushers

Sunday – 8:30am


April 2: Bob & Jane Walser; Laurie Baily;

Rhonda Hofer

April 9: Michael & Denise Erickson

April 16: Mark & Syndee Droppers; Barb


April 23: Dave & Alicia Cornemann;

Kevin McKee

April 30: TBD


Sunday –11:00am


April 2: Paula Keehr; Rick Peterson;

Jack Skinner; Delores Kafka

April 9: Andy & Chelsa Gall;

Rick Peterson

April 16: Jess & Sandy Dennis;

Arlo & Carlene Watchorn

April 23: Mitch & Alice Hofer;

Paul & Mary Pietila

April 30: No Service; Confirmation Sunday


Youth Group News

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

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


Tribute to Ken Halverson

How do you say good-bye to a great friend? It isn’t easy by it has to be done.

Ken Halverson is one of my best friends. We shared many things, since we both grew up on the farm. We could share many activities.

For example we both raked hay a dump rake. He used a team of horses to rake hay. I did that just once and then after that we used a tractor.

Because I suffer from depression, I can relate to his interest in mental illness.

He gave me rides to many places, including bible study, choir practice and other activities. All in all, he was there when I needed him.

There are so many things that Ken & Mary Alice did for us that we could not name them all. May God Bless all memories of him.

Ken Philippi


I am so grateful for all the love and support from my church family following Ken’s death. Rev Ron and Corey have given on going help. Special thanks to all the church staff, You who have given prayers, cards, food, visits, memorials, and concern are much appreciated. Thank you, one and all.

Gratitude to all who provided the funeral meal. My sister was amazed how great that all was.

Mary Alice Halverson


Thank you so much for your recent gift to the Boys & Girls Club. We are so grateful that we are people like you in our community who believe in our mission of helping all youth reach their full potential. We grateful for all you do!

Erinn & the Club


April Birthdays

1 - Lorraine Slade,

Megan Sage


2 - Sydney Bartunek, Ashley

Willman, Greg Popma


3 - Teresa Rentsch, Margaret Bartels,

Levi Davis, Brittney May, Mary Pietila


4 - Terry Hagen, Carol Grimme


5 - Lindsay Bodenstedt

6 - Mary Peirce, Chelsa Gall

7 - Ben Mooney, Dorothy Walton

10 - Derek Gravholt


11 - Chuck Nelson


12 - Morgan Tessier, Dena Den Herder

13 - Morgan King


14 - Jack Kyriss, Shirley Dangler, Jeannie Kasik,

Kyle Kyriss


15 - Troy Hunhoff


16 - Makayla Palecek, Owen Wieseler

17 - Austin Gobel, Laurie Baily


19 - Kennedy Bartunek


20 - Jenni Saffel, Alicia Cornemann,

Verne Hanson


21 - Eunice Northey, Cyver Pietz


22 - Mona Mullican, Alison Olson, Ryan Turner

23 - Shayce Platt, Bill Branson, Marc Mooney


25 - Leslie Johnson, Laura Johnson,

Darwin Koerner


27 - Carolyn Cappel


29 - Langdon Klinkhammer, Caleb Kisch,

Paul Rolston

30 - Josh Saffel, Courtney True,

Darin Cunningham

In Our Thoughts & Prayers


The family of Mary Alice Halverson, Ken passed away.

Sherry Daugherty’s mom Kathleen Brannick passed away.


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.




EASTER SUNDAY is April 16th, and it is time to order flowers for the sanctuary. The Worship Committee is offering Lilies for sale.


The cost for the lily is $10.00 including tax. If you wish to purchase a flower or flowers for the altar, please fill out the form below and place your order form, along with your money in a pew envelope and mark it “EASTER FLOWERS.” Please use one order form for each flower order. There are more order forms available in the office. Place the envelope in the offering plate or drop it off in the church office no later than NOON on April 5th!


PLEASE DESIGNATE if the plant is "In Memory" or "In Honor" of a loved one by filling out the form below. Then indicate the number and type of flower(s) you would like to order. The plants will be in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday. You may take them home following the second worship service.




YOUR NAME: __________________


In honor of: ________________________

In memory of: ______________________

(# of each): _____Lily($10)


Total Amount Due__________________