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


Yankton, South Dakota

(605) 665-2991    Fax # (605) 665-9603

E-mail address:



March 26, 2017


Fourth Sunday in Lent/One Great Hour of Sharing


Contemporary Worship: 8:30 A.M.


Our Mission: “To grow disciples of Jesus Christ and equip them for ministry in the world.”


A Time of Gathering and Praise


GATHERING At the Cross




REGISTERING OUR ATTENDANCE (Please leave complete address)






*SONGS OF PRAISE   Wonderful, Merciful Savior

Here I Am to Worship









SCRIPTURE  John 9:1-41 (p. 96)


MESSAGE                “Seeing Clearly and Choosing Wisely”  Rev. Ron


SONG OF PRAISE                                                                   Above All






*SENDING FORTH      Agnus Dei



Praise Team:  Gena Brandt; Hannah Buchholz; Ross, Dena & Harper Den Herder; Tim Herchenroether;

Randy Heisinger; Barb Hirsch; Brady Jaquith; Steve King; Diane Kisch; Joy Korman; Sophie McKee;

Julie Mooney; Melissa Rempfer; Craig Sherman; Bill Sohl; Katelyn Stewart; Wyatt Yager







Traditional Worship

11:00 A.M.

March 26, 2017

Fourth Sunday in Lent/One Great Hour of Sharing

Our Mission:

“To grow disciples of Jesus Christ and equip them for ministry in the world.”


A Time of Gathering and Praise




REGISTERING OUR ATTENDANCE (Please leave complete address)


ANTHEM                    “Purify My Heart” Chancel Choir


Come to this house to be changed.

But we come to be comforted.

Be careful, the living Christ is here.

The living Christ comforts.

Yes, Christ will comfort, but for those who will see, he will challenge.

May we be comforted by Christ, but may we also have the eyes to see

his challenge to change.



*HYMN OF PRAISE #57 (UM hymnal) “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”


We praise you, O God, redeemer and deliverer. Ignite within us a spirit of love and generosity today as we celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing and the ministry of the United Methodist Committee on Relief.  

We give thanks, O God, for your provision in our lives. We confess those moments that we hold too tightly to our blessings, and we recognize that all we have is a gift from you.

Grant us courage to hear the cries of those who struggle to put food on the table. Grant us confidence in your provision that we may hear your voice calling us to feed the hungry and to shelter the homeless.

Almighty God, we have faith that there is enough when we trust in you to provide.  We hear the voices of the hungry and the displaced. We commit today to put our faith into action.

Grant us compassion, O God, when we learn of those in the midst of crisis – with little access to clean water, whose path forward seems unsettled, unfamiliar and insecure. Clothe us with compassion, that we may give drink to the thirsty and offer hope of the living water in the midst of seemingly hopeless situations.

Grant us kindness, O God, when we learn of those who are displaced, persecuted and abandoned. Grant us love when we cross paths with those who are wandering, alone and homeless.

Fill us with love. Clothe us in kindness. Show us how to welcome the strangers in our hearts, our faith community, our neighborhood and our world.

Ignite within us a passion to be vehicles of love, compassion and kindness that we may shine your light into the darkest moments of crisis and disaster.  

Remind us, O God, of who we are. Remind us to share our light with the world. 

All: Today we stand united in love, generosity, compassion and kindness. As the body of Christ, may we put our faith into action as we offer hope and light to a broken, dark world. Amen.


A Time of Prayer





PRAYER RESPONSE #2086 (black song book) “Open Our Eyes, Lord


A Time of Proclamation



SCRIPTURE John 9:1-41 (p. 96)

MESSAGE            “Seeing Clearly and Choosing Wisely”    Rev. Ron


A Time of Response and Dedication





“Praise God, from Whom All Blessing Flow”


*HYMN OF DEDICATION #454 (UM hymnal) “Open My Eyes, That I May See”

A Time of Sending Forth



*SONG OF PARTING #349 (UM hymnal) “Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus”


*Indicates Congregation stand, if you are comfortable doing so. Large print hymnals and bulletins are available, as are hearing devices.  Please ask an usher for assistance.  Nursery care provided for 0-4 year old children 7:45 AM - 12:15 PM.

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.


March 26 – April 2

Today:  8:30 AM - “The United Methodist Hour” on KYNT 1450 AM Radio is sponsored by Terry & Jenae Norton in honor their son Joshua Norton

9:00 AM - Sunday School, All ages, Education Wing

- Adult Crusader Sunday school Class

- Women’s Bible Study, Upper Room

- Rev. Ron’s Adult Sunday School Class

6:30 – 7:30 PM - KFC Youth Group

Monday: 9:30 AM - Women’s Bible Study, Upper Room

6:30 PM - Sweet Adelines, Wesley Hall

6:30 PM - Education Committee, Conference Room

7:45 PM - Narcotics Anonymous, Upper Room

Tuesday: 7 AM - God Winks Circle, Fryn’ Pan

8:30 AM - Free Wal-Mart baked goods, Assembly of God Church

12:07 - 12:53 PM  - Men's Bible Study, Room 103

1:00 PM - Piecemakers Quilting

1:30 PM - HSC Worship Service

5:30 PM - Welcome Committee meeting, Conference Room 

7:00 – 8:30 PM - NAMI, Upper Room

Wednesday: 5:15 PM - Kingdom Bells, (2nd-5th grade) rehearsal, Music Room (room 207)

- REMINDER is mailed

5:15 PM - Confirmand dinner, Wesley Hall

5:45 PM - Confirmand Class, Confirmation Room

5:45 PM - Jubilee Bell (Adults) rehearsal in the Music Room (room 207)

7:15 – 8 PM - Lenten Study, Sanctuary

7:45 PM - Narcotics Anonymous, Upper Room

Thursday: 7 AM - Men’s Breakfast at Fry’n Pan

8:30 AM  - Free Wal-Mart baked goods, meat & produce available at Assembly of God

6:00 PM - NAMI Family program, Upper Room

7:00 PM   - Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

Friday: 2 PM - World Day of Prayer

Saturday: 8:30 AM - Free Wal-Mart baked goods, meat & produce available at Assembly of God

7:45 PM - Narcotics Anonymous, Upper Room

Next Sunday: - Communion


One Great Hour of Sharing

Today, March 26th is a Special Giving Sunday in the Methodist Church recognizing the efforts of UMCOR-United Methodist Committee on Relief. One Great hour of Sharing envelopes are in your weekly bulletin. Please consider giving generously.


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



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!



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. 


For more information about the local service, contact Mary Alice Halverson at (605)665-5040 or Veronica Trezona at (605)660-5612. You can contact the national office of World Day of Prayer USA by going online to www, 



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.   


Calvary Baptist Church will host a Priscilla Shirer live simulcast on Saturday, April 8th 9am – 4:30pm. The event will feature Shirer’s dynamic storytelling and passionate Bible teaching, worship music led by Anthony Evans, and unique prayer times. Women will be challenged and encouraged to know God’s Word and grow deeper in their faith. Women will be challenged and encouraged to know God’s Word and grow deeper in their faith. Priscilla Shirer has authored a number of published Bible studies, books, and devotionals specifically for women including Armor of God and Discerning the Voice of God. She also starred in the Christian film War Room, which has prompted many to deepen their relationship with God through prayer. Tickets are $20 (includes) and are sold weekdays in the church office through April 2. Contact the church (605) 665-5594 for more information


Building 429 is bringing their Worship in the Round Tour to Mount Marty College!

Featuring Josh Wilson and Chris August, to campus for a special night of music and worship in Cimpl Arena on Thursday, April 27th, at 7:00pm. The Worship in the Round Tour is celebrating a special tradition in Nashville of artists coming together and worshiping on stage together instead of their individual sets. The artists will also share a number of stories behind their songs, and the ministry impact as God is using these songs to minister to many across the world. Tickets are on sale now at  Tickets are $20 or $18 for groups of 10 +, plus appropriate fees. For more information contact or visit .



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



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


In His Service


Senior Pastor                         Rev. Ron Johnson (

Christian Ed Director/Youth Pastor Corey Enfield (

Office Manager          Lisa Loecker (

Facility Manager Craig Sherman

Organist/Choir Director Jill Wilson

Pianist Melissa Rempfer

Projection Operator Liza Larson/Carla Hummel

Sound System Matt Pietz/Steve Pietila

Acolyte Kenzie Giziewski

Greeters                                                                         (8:30) Patsy & Micah James

(11:00) Jack & Linda Kyriss

Ushers       (8:30) Dave & Alicia Cornemann; Kevin McKee

  (11:00) Mitch & Alice Hofer; Paul & Mary Pietela

Coffee Fellowship Heather, Ashley & Alexis Craft; Lawrence Sweet;

 Mark & Syndee Droppers

Nursery Attendant Cassie Pietz/Kathy Lawrence

Hy-Vee card seller


In Our Thoughts and Prayers:



Mark Giziewski


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


Above are the most recent prayer concerns.


(If you have prayer requests for publication, please contact the church office.)