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

June 2017

     Pastor’s Word
    Acts chapter 2 is a stumbling-block to some, and foolishness to others, but to Christian believers it reveals the power of God and the wis-dom of God. It is the story of Pentecost, both an historical happening and an integral part of God’s eternal purpose. Its importance in history has given Pentecost the name “Birthday of the Christian Church.” Its importance in God’s purpose lies in the dramatic coming of the Holy Spirit into a needy world, entering the living experience of humankind.
    We may describe the Holy Spirit as the God who is infinitely near as well as transcendent-ly far. The Holy Spirit is a power working within us, a companion who will not fail us, a guide into needed truth for daily living, a comforter who not only consoles but also brings new strength.
    What the Holy Spirit is, can best be seen in what the Holy Spirit does. The Holy Spirit gives life-transforming power. When Pentecost came, it brought the gift of power from on high to the dis-ciples – not before it was needed, for the disciples were a shattered band. To them the cross was a disaster, and the resurrection a mystery. There’s was a lost leader and a cause that had collapsed. The risen Christ had understood their need, and had counseled them to stay in Jerusalem until they received power from on high. Then it happened, and we see Peter standing before a vast assembly from many lands, speaking with confidence and power, bringing conviction to his leaders, resulting in the conversion of 3,000 persons. What changed Peter from a discouraged disciple to a dynamic apostle? It was the coming into his life of the Holy Spirit, bringing into this life the power only God can give.
    From this time, the disciples were trans-formed from persons of uncertainty and ineffec-tiveness to persons of assurance. They witnessed to Christ with courage, and were able to endure suffering, persecution, even martyrdom, with faith unshaken.  More than conquerors, they rejoiced to be counted worthy to suffer for Christ. A fact of history so extraordinary can only be accounted for by some extraordinary cause, and this, my friends, was Pentecost, one of the truly memorable days in the historical records of human kind.
    Pentecost has been aptly described as the dynamite of God. It was Pentecost that created the Christian Church, bringing the power of God from on high into the lives of persons, transforming the disciples into persons of power, giving them the glory of the lighted mind so that they understood as for the first time the mighty mission of the cross, the permanence and the glory of Easer, and the joyous assurance of the ongoing life and redemptive ministry of the Son of God. A new glory had come into human life, for God has given his people not only the will to struggle, but the power to win. Trials became triumphs to persons who rejoiced in their calling to be colleagues of the living God in doing his will and works in the world.    
    You and I are challenged to “walk by the Spirit,” that the glory given of God may be a light for our lives and a hope for all the world. What a way to live!! Pentecost reveals that this wonderful life may be ours, for the power that     we need and do not have is given from above, and we are given the assurance that we need never walk alone!!

Hear ye! Hear ye!
Welcome to Mighty Fortress, where kids learn that God is their refuge and strength. Friends may fail them. They may not ace their test or make the team, but God promises to be their rock and their salvation—their fortress and sure defense. So raise your banner! In Jesus, the victory is won!

Vacation Bible School Registration is now open!  Please register at  VBS will be June 4th-8th from 6:15pm-8pm each evening. 

If you would like to volunteer to help, have ques-tions, or need help registering please contact us at

Special Music Request Music is an integral part of every church service and among our congrega-tion there are many of you that are blessed with this talent. Sunday service for the summer will be held at 9:30am and the Worship Committee would like to have talented people young, old or in be-tween step forth and offer their special gift of mu-sic for the service. If you would like to volunteer for one Sunday please call Lorraine Slade at 260-3133. Thank You.

Our W.O.W. (Worship On Wednesday) Service - a Contemporary Worship service will be held at 7:00pm on each Wednesday evening beginning May 31st (Except on Wednesday, June 7th because of Vacation Bible School). Starting at 6:00pm a light meal will be provided and a free will offer-ing will be collected.    A traditional service will be held each Sunday morning at 9:30am beginning June 4th.  No coffee fellowship this summer.  Nursery available 9:15am-10:45 am Sundays, 6:45-8:15pm Wednesdays.

Monday, June 5th UMW will meet at 11:45am at Fryn` Pan for lunch. Sherri Conti – CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children) will speak to us. Please remember to bring diapers for the Layettes.

Roof Replacement Fund
    We have begun a replacement roof fund because there are approximately four years of warranty remaining on the present roof.
          Currently, there is only one estimate to tear off all the existing material and replace it with a metal (shake) 25 year warranty roof for $130,000. I certainly will continue seeking addition esti-mates.
          Thus far we have $27,000 in the fund. Carol Flynn, daughter of Harold and Arletta Tisher hon-ored her parents with $2,000, Brenda Janssen, daughter of Lee and Phyllis Skalberg responded with two $5,000 donations to honor her parents, the Finance Committee contributed $5,000, and just recently an anonymous individual(s) provided an additional $10,000.
          Hopefully we will not need to replace the current roof soon; however the cost will be signif-icant, and we need to remain proactive and plan ahead, because this estimate and future estimates will be based on current prices.
          I will keep the congregation informed.
Loy Gravholt
Church Scheduling If you would like to schedule an activity/meeting in the church, please check with Lisa to get it added to the calendar. The calendar in the office is for reference only, please do not add activities to it, Lisa will add it.

Summer Camp!
    Even though the Early Bird deadline is past you can still register for camp. The cost would be at full price. The church and UMW will still cover ½ of the early bird cost for one camp per youth (K-12th grade) you are responsible for the balance.

History Notes
By Neta Thompson
    It was the evening of the 25th of September 1989 as Andy and I sat viewing the TV and the devastation caused by Hurricane Huge along the eastern seacoast.  As we watched, a gentleman appeared on the screen as he walked along in a food line.  He remarked, to no one in particular, “I can’t believe I am in a food line.  Yesterday, I owned a house and a thriving business, today, I have nothing.”  Andy’s reply to his remark was, “I feel sorry for him - no, I don’t - that won’t help.  I need to do more than that.” 
    The next morning he came to the church and asked Rev. Wilson for the name of a United Methodist church in South Carolina that was in the need of all kinds of help.  The following Sun-day morning, Andy and I appeared at church, armed with Matthew 25 (you know it well) and presented his idea to the church, to provide life sustaining provisions that would brighten their lives, lift their spirits, and assure them, once again, “God’s in His Heaven, all is right with the world.”  And we would come and bring things to them. 
    Typically, this church grabbed the idea and, within a few days, the whole town heard the call and responded with approximately 9000 lbs. of food and supplies and some over $500 in mon-ey.  Three couples from this church agreed to make the trip (as quickly as possible, spending as little as possible).  We rented 3 U-Haul trailers – loaded them and attached banners to the sides.  Jerry & Donna Davis, a second couple, and Andy & I headed for Goose Creek, South Carolina. 
    In a couple of days, viewing great loss, we came to the United Methodist Church to which Rev. Wilson had directed us.  The minister wel-comed us.  She was cooking meals, along with some of her church family to feed the construction workers in the area.  We had brought 4 or 5 hun-dred bags of potatoes that the Tyndall United Methodist youth had gathered after the fields were harvested.  The South Carolina people prefer rice.  The minister quickly assured us that she knew all about potatoes and would gladly cook them for the construction men. 
    We unloaded the rest to the congregations of three small churches.  As we unloaded at one of those churches, a sweet, little, old lady made the remark, “I can’t believe you drove all those miles, just to help us.”  The 6 of us drove briefly around town and visited with a few of the town people. 
    We also visited a United Methodist Church Camp there where the Director had survived the storm and the rising water by crawling up on a high shelf and, in turn, saving the camp cat who was in great trouble in the deep water.
    In the need to get the trailers home, stretch gas, food and strength of our own, it was time to head West – grateful many people, hopefully, lift-ing the weight at least a little and the thought:  The Hand of a Friend is God’s Hand on Lend.

Lectionary Readings
June 11th 
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20

June 18th
Genesis 18:1-15
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
Romans 5:1-8
Matthew 9:35-10:8 (9-23)

June 25th
Genesis 21:8-21
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 or Psalm 17
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39

June Greeters


June 4th: Monte & Susan Schavee
June 11th: Brett & Evie Sime family        
June 18th: Sandy & Pam Skinner
June 25th: Dan & Laura Slowey family


May 31st:  Greg & Dawn Popma
June 7th:   VBS - No church
June 14th:  Justin & Amber Reaney
June 21st:  Jim & Connie Sawatzke family         
June 28th:  Jill & Todd Sage

June Ushers

June 4th: Paula Keehr, Delores Kafka, Rick Peter-son, Jack Skinner
June 11th: Michael & Denise Erickson; Andy & Chelsa Gall        
June 18th: Jess & Sandy Dennis; Arlo & Carlene Watchorn
June 25th: Paul & Mary Pietela


May 31st:  Rhonda Hofer
June 7th:   VBS - No church
June 14th:  Open
June 21st:  Mark & Syndee Droppers; Barb Hirsch        
June 28th:  Dave & Alicia Cornemann; Kevin McKee

June Birthdays
1 - Laura Gulick

2 - Anna Gulick,
     Rev. Ron Johnson   

4 - Jared Buchholz, Kristi Peterka

5 - Kayla Styles       
6 – Jacko Noecker, Justin Johnson
8 - Helen Zdenek, Keith Dahlberg

10 - Kylee Cardoza

11 - Reid Sawatzke, Tami Nielsen,
      Cassie Moderegger

12 - Al    Pigney, Jill Huetig
13 - Mark Nickles, Linda Kyriss, 
       Norma Christensen, Virginia Larson

15 - Julie Giblin

16 - Kami Guthmiller, Brooke Lancaster

17 - Gena Brandt

18 – Patsy James    
19 - Stephanie Burgeson, Keith Sayler

20 - Ken Bertsch, Jimmie Cunningham   
21 - Sylvia Coulson   

22 - Bode Thurman, Sandy Skinner

26 – Lesley Hale, Kristi Palecek

27 - Erica Garvey

28 – Lonnie Root, Josh Crawford, Calvin Wampol

29 - Val Tieszen    
30 - Greg Gusso, Shana Platt, Tom Gilmore

The flowers outside the main doors were giv-en as a memorial in memory of Drew Baily.

In Our Thoughts & Prayers

Norma Christensen’s son-in-law Darwin List passed away
Naomi Somer; Chuck & Lyla Gukeisen; Mark Giziewski; Doug Bailey; Robbi, Vivian VanEs-sen's sister. 

Church family serving in the military: all men & women serving in the military and their families. 
   Thank you, each and all for the greetings for my 95th birthday. Pat was home from Wyo-ming and saw Terry in Sioux Falls. So it was a great week. Thanks and so appreciated.
 May Gall

    Thank you for all the help with moving Nicole Baily. She is now living at 210 Locust. She would love a visit or cards