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

July 2017

     Pastor’s Word
    As our nation prepares to celebrate the 241st anniversary of our independence, I am re-minded of Maxwell Anderson’s play, Valley Forge. In the final act a moving scene takes place from the Revolutionary War in 1775. On Hay Is-land some hungry and dispirited soldiers had dragged themselves and their wounded comrades into the shelter of an old barn. They knew the tide of the battle was sorely against them; but when George Washington joined them unexpectedly, the real facts were burned into their hearts. He looked at them and said: “I promise those who follow me farther no chance of victory for by my God I see none; no glory or gain, or laurels of returning home, but wounds and death-cold, disease, and hunger, winters to come such as, with our bloody trail in the snow, and no end to it till you shovel each other in with those at Valley Forge.”
    Then with heavy hearts they buried the dead. And when the last ground was turned, Washington faced these few beleaguered men and said, “This liberty will look easy by and by when nobody dies to get it”
    What mingled feelings and tides of emo-tion are apt to rise within us at the mention of the word heritage! What memories, images, and vi-sions come before our eyes! Yet, at the same time, who among us has not felt on occasion a sense of judgment or shame when we recalled how often we have wronged our heritage by refusing to rec-ognize the claims it lays up on us. 
    Someone has written that the three most deadly foes of any heritage are snobbery, igno-rance, and irresponsibility; and the last of these is the worst of all.  Snobbery kills heritage because it takes just one aspect of one’s inheritance and blows it up as if it were everything. 
Ignorance destroys a heritage because it never asks such questions as Who? What? or Why? It simply floats along indifferently with the tide and hence from its own experience it can never tell the rising generation: “This you ought to know.”  This you ought to be”  “This you ought to cherish.”
    Take irresponsibility, the most destructive of all. The late Bishop Kennedy of the United Methodist Church said, “A great past will never compensate for an irresponsible present.” Our forebears’ achievements are ours only by our right to deserve them. And those who so live to deserve them.  And those who so live that what they de-serve comes to its highest expression in themselves are most likely to pass on lessons and benefits to those who come after them.  And this the irresponsible person does not.
    Barry Stricker reminds us what a history America has as a nation!  What freedom and what opportunities we have today because of the costly sacrifice of people who gave and who give every-thing so that we can be free. Stricker said he will always remember his days at Harvard, but around July Fourth he remembers them even more deeply than usual. He gained so much from classes, friendships and school activities at Harvard-but perhaps he gained even more by simply being a part of the world.
    Many times Stricker followed the Freedom Trail through Boston. The patriots met in that building, there’s the Old North Church; that’s where Paul Revere stood; here’s where the battles were fought.  Striker states “I was an American history major in the land of American history. And we are all beneficiaries of that heritage.”
    Let’s thank God for our freedom. And as we thank God for that freedom-as we celebrate Independence Day and enjoy our glorious herit-age-let us at the same time remember that we are citizens of two kingdoms. When our earthly king-dom and the heavenly kingdom are in agreement, let us thank God for that as well.  But sometimes there is conflict. When that is the case, we have no choice but to serve God.
    And so I pray; “O Lord, true freedom, is to have our feet under your table, enjoying the meat and drink which you provide. Remind us daily that freedom is not the right to do as we please but when we are pleased to do what is right. Embrace us in your love that we might be responsible care-takers of the precious heritage we have been given as a part of this great land and your heavenly kingdom.  Amen.

    Our W.O.W. (Worship On Wednesday) Service - a Contemporary Worship service will be held at 7:00pm on each Wednesday evening be-ginning 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 offering will be collected.    A traditional ser-vice 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.

The God Winks Group will be doing the Bible study on the Armor of God.  We will be starting July 18th at 7:00am at the Frying Pan, if interest-ed and need a book please call Laurie Baily 605-660-2465.  We welcome you to join us.

Federal Prison Camp the Evangelism committee will be having the church services at the Federal Prison Camp on Oct. 15th and Dec. 31st. We are looking for individuals to join us in this ministry.  If this is something you would be interested in or have questions, please contact Paula Keehr at 665-5501 or Everyone will need to fill out a background check form even if you have filled one out previously. They are lo-cated on the information desk at the bottom of the stairs and can be returned to the office. We will be sending them in sometime in August
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 Delores Kafka

Our Various Parsonages
    In 1950, a new parsonage located on 4th and Pine was purchased from Robert Cihak for $16,500.  This was accomplished with $8,800 from the sale of the old parsonage, and a sizeable amount raised by parishioners through a “God’s Acre” plan.  Eleven years later, in April of 1961 the trustees were authorized to sell the house and find a replacement.  A local contractor agreed to build a new parsonage on a lot at 1702 Cedar St.  He would take the former parsonage in trade as well as a payment of $8,148.  When the house was finished it was valued at $20,000.  A second par-sonage in the 1800 block of Walnut was obtained.  With the loss of our Associate Pastor position, it was decided to sell the Cedar Street parsonage and put the proceeds towards the purchase of a new parsonage.
    In 2009 began the process of acquiring a new parsonage. A building committee was formed to gather information and provide the congrega-tion with options of building or purchasing a new home.  Handicap accessibility had become a stick-ing point and limited the options for already exist-ing houses.  A home meeting all of the church’s requirements was found at 1203 West St. On March 21, 2010, at a special charge conference a vote to purchase the home passed.

Lectionary Readings
July 9
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm 45:10-17 or Psalm 72
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

July 16
Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112 or Psalm 25

July 23
Genesis 28:10-19a
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

July 30
Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

July Greeters


July 2:  Maxine Rogers & Margie Stengle
July 9:  Dan & Kay Swihart family
July 16: Sherry Rabenberg & JoAnne Roach
July 23:  Harlan & Carolyn Teichroew
July 30:   Todd & Jane Rodig


July 5:  Harlan & Carolyn Teichroew
July 12:  Lorraine Slade & Susan Thorson
July 19:  Jim & Marilyn Lofflin
July 26:  Darwin & LaVila Tessier

July Ushers

July 2:  Paula Keehr, Loy Gravholt,
              Rick Peterson, Jack Skinner
July 9:  Michael & Denise Erickson;
             Rhonda Hofer
July 16: Terry & Jenae Norton;
              Arlo & Carlene Watchorn
July 23: Mark & Syndee Droppers;
              Paul & Mary Pietela
July 30: Loy Gravholt; Craig Sherman     


July 5:  Bob & Jane Walser
July 12:  Andy & Chelsa Gall
July 19: Barb Hirsch        
July 26: Dave & Alicia Cornemann;
               Kevin McKee

July Birthdays
1 - Cole Moderegger, Arica Nickles

2 - Weston Reiner   

3 - Jeff    Sorensen

4 - Jamee Bruegman, Jason Saunders,
     Donna Daniels, Julie Mooney

5 - Ted Mickelson       
8 - Gracie Thurman, Kevin Iverson,
     Sophie McKee, Joyce Anderson   

9 - Julianna Enfield, Bill Bartels, Gavin Brandt,
      Colton James
10 - Keldee Hansen, Kari Bartels, Paige,
       McKenna & Ryan Golden   

11 - Paul Aughenbaugh   

12 - Zach Sage, Tyler    Guthmiller,
    Trevor Giziewski   

13 - Katelyn Pawlitschek, Dan Miller   

14 - Aliza Doby, Pam Skinner

15 - CJ Pigney, Blake Sime

16 - Samuel Gusso

18 -    Darwin Tessier

19 - Velma Decker, Todd Sage

20 - Jared Crawford, Andrew Larson,
    Lynsay Wek, Lane Sawatzke   
22 - Lexy Klinkhammer
23 - Karen Lambert, Trevor Guthmiller,
    Rebecca Gravholt

24 - Brady Hale, Dave Cornemann, Greta Korman

25 - Jill Wilson, Geena Stucky, Andrea Skinner

26 - Marlene Nebola, Mindy Giziewski

29 - Dee Carson, Alexander Palecek,
       Alex Swihart   
30 - Bill Sohl

In Our Thoughts & Prayers

The family of Sherril Christensen. Sherril passed away.

Ted Mickelson, Carolyn Teichroew

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 to those of you who generously took time out of your week to serve the VBS Mighty Fortess ministry. The children of our church and community were blessed by your pres-ence and expression of Christ's love.

    A big thank you to everyone who remembered my 90th birthday. Thank you for the card and well wishes! God bless you all!
Norma Christensen