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

August 2017

Pastor’s Word
    As Marsha and I prepare to take some vacation time in August, I want to pass on some thoughts about vacations inspired by William Willimon. Vacations are wonderful opportunities to, as we say “Get away from it all”. A period of time, set aside from life’s daily difficulties, when we unburden. Where there are usually alarm clocks, there is sleeping in until ten. Where there are bran flakes at breakfast, now jelly-filled doughnuts. The daily office grind is replaced with the difficult task of unfolding the canvas chair on the deck for the afternoon nap.  God bless vaca-tions-marvelous, annual unburdening.
    Willimon reminds us that vacations can be difficult.  Willimon’s first job was as a chaplain at a family campground in Myrtle Beach. He says don’t laugh because campgrounds need chaplains. Willimon ministered to nearly ten thousand family campers who were attempting to “get any from it all.” Yet many of these families were jumping out of the stress of the daily work frying pan into the vacation fire.
     Dismal gloomy teenagers who wanted to be anywhere except at the beach with their dull parents, sunburn, chiggers, the peculiar stress  of having nothing to do but “have a good time.” Some of the biggest challenges as campground chaplains were family fights among the “happy vacationing campers. Have you ever tried to have a marital argument in a tent? Sometimes vacations relieve us of one burden only to place upon us an-other.
    In Matthew 11 are some of the most be-loved of all of Jesus’ words, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me.!
Do you find it surprising that Jesus offers tired, burdened people what they seem least to need? What labored, heavy-laden folk need is a vacation, not a yoke. A yoke is a work-instrument used to help oxen pull together. Just when we expect Jesus to offer us a vacation, he offers us a different yoke from the one around our necks, a new burden from the one we are currently bearing.
    Instead of escape, Jesus offers tired people new equipment.  A burden, a yoke, what’s going on here?  Well, Jesus’ idea of a good vacation is not “getting away from it all” but taking us some-place where we are given something significant to do, namely, participation with him in his ministry to the world.
    “Make me a captive, Lord, and then I shall be free.” Isn’t that how the hymn puts it  During these “dog days” of summer, I pray for you, not that Jesus will deliver you of all burdens and free you from all yokes, but that he will give you a burden worth bearing and a yoke worth wearing!

 Rodger and Mary Johnson will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary at an open house from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5th, at the First United Methodist Church, 207 West 11th Street, in Yankton, South Dakota. The open house is hosted by their children and grandchildren. They have four children: Rodger Jr. (Sarah) John-son, Falls City NE; Barbara (Sam) Colvin, Has-tings, NE; Bill (Jennifer) Johnson, Edgar, NE; and Rod (Tamme) Johnson, Almena, KS. They have 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Rodger E. Johnson and Mary Marie McShannon were married on August 3, 1952 at the Methodist Church in Bloomfield, NE.  The couple requests the honor of your presences as your only gift. If you are unable to attend, please send card to them at: 1000 West 12th Street, Yankton, SD 57078.

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.

Mission Moments
Mission U
    60 women from the Dakotas spent 4 days at Dakota Wesleyan University in July. Sponsored by United Methodist Women, this Educational program featured 3 classes. Climate Justice, Living as a Covenant Community and Mission Con-ference of the U.M. Church. Each had text books and classes. In addition, presentations on the Bakken Oil Rush Ministry and Solar Ovens were shared by leaders in those activities. Also, music, good food and fellowship were enjoyed by 2 women from our church, Vivian Van Essen and Mary Alice Halverson. On a campus hike, we saw a tree in memory of Hali Strom, from our church and DWU.

Bucket Sunday
    Donations from Bucket Sunday (Wed. 7-26) and (Sun. 7-29) will be going to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for children. Our church received a “Thank You” for hosting the CASA Piggy Bank earlier this spring.

Fall in the Park, September 16th from 1-5pm will be held out at Lewis and Clark Campground Park, a South Dakota State Parks event. We will be serving a snack of hotdogs, rice krispie bars and water. The Missions Committee will be asking for a free will donation from the visitors at the park. We will be seeking volunteers to help serve, make rice krispie bars and/or make a cash donation to purchase hot dots/buns/water. Last year approximately 1,000 visitors attended this event. As the time nears, we will keep you posted.
Feeding South Dakota food packing opportunity will be done at our church, October 29th. Volun-teers to help pack will be needed and sign-up sheets will be placed in Wesley Hall October 1st.

The Missions Committee would like to thank you for all that you’ve done in helping to fulfill our churches missions. Enjoy your summer and remain safe.

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
History Notes
By History Committee

Susanna (Annesley) Wesley, the “Mother of Methodism”
    It was during a Confirmation class several years ago, that I first heard Rev. Ron refer to the wife of Samuel Wesley and mother of John and Charles Wesley as the “Mother of Methodism”.  I was intrigued by that title of honor but my admira-tion for her increased as I learned more. 
    Susanna was born on January 20, 1669, but not into Methodism.  She was, however, born into a family in which she was the 25th of 25 children!  She did not agree with her father’s religious beliefs so at the age of 13 she stopped attending the “family church” and joined the official Church of England.  A brave move, you say?  Indeed, yes! 
    Within the Church of England she met and married Samuel Wesley in 1688.  He was 26 and Susanna was 19!  Nineteen - the same number as the total of the children to whom she gave birth.  Samuel Wesley professed to being a minister.
    Misfortune was never far away.  Nine of Susanna’s children died as infants.  Four of those who did not live were twins.  One child was acci-dentally smothered by a maid.  At her death at age 73, only 8 of her children were still alive. The family lived in perpetual poverty and twice their home was destroyed by fire. In one of those fires son John nearly died and had to be rescued from the second story window.  One hardship after an-other seemed to come; her husband left her and the children for over a year because of a minor dispute.  She resolved to undertake the managing of the children and their education; they were not required to have any lessons until they had reached their fifth year but the very next day of year 6, their education began with classes being held for 6 hours.  They all learned Latin and Greek and were tutored in classical studies.
    Samuel, in the meantime, spent time in jail twice due to his poor financial abilities, which added to Susanna’s struggles.  When the second home burned she was forced to place her children into different homes for nearly two years; during this time they lived under the rules of the homes where they stayed and Susanna was mortified that her children began to use improper speech and to play more than they studied. Samuel went to Lon-don to defend a friend against charges of heresy, leaving another man to bring the message to the church for which he was responsible and which he served poorly.   Susanna assembled her own chil-dren on Sunday afternoons for family services which consisted of singing a psalm and then Su-sanna would read a sermon from either her hus-band’s or father’s sermon file, followed by another psalm.  The local people began to ask if they could attend; at one point there were over 200 people at the Sunday afternoon service while the Sunday morning service dwindled to nearly nothing.
    Samuel Wesley died in 1735 and Susanna lived with her children, especially, in her last year with John, who had said at the age of six or seven that he would never marry “because I could never find such a woman as my father had.”  She died on July 23, 1742 and was buried in London’s Bunhill Fields where John Bunyan and Isaac Watts are also buried.  “Her sons won tens of thousands of souls to Christ.  She would not have wished for more.”

Lectionary Readings
August 6
Genesis 32:22-31
Psalm 17:1-7, 15
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:13-21

August 13
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33

August 20
Genesis 45:1-15
Psalm 133
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28

August 27
Exodus 1:8-2:10
Psalm 124
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20

August Greeters


August 6:  Paul & Rita Rolston
August 13:  Bob Thue/Neta Thompson
August 20:   Brook & Troy Thurman
August 27:  Jon & Kathy Wibbels
September 3:   John & Carol Wiechmann


August 2: Jeff & Sue May  
August 9: Vivian Van Essen/Connie VanDeWalle
August 16:  Chrissie & Allen Wieseler
August 23:  Jerry & Denise Willman
August 30:   Marv & Ann Withrow

August Ushers

August 6:  Paula Keehr, Loy Gravholt,
              Rick Peterson, Jack Skinner
August 13 Michael & Denise Erickson;
             Rhonda Hofer
August 20: Terry & Jenae Norton;
              Arlo & Carlene Watchorn
August 27: Mark & Syndee Droppers;
              Paul & Mary Pietela


August 2:  Bob & Jane Walser
August 9:  Andy & Chelsa Gall
August 16: Barb Hirsch        
August 23: Dave & Alicia Cornemann;
                   Kevin McKee
August 30: Chris & Casandra Hathaway

August Birthdays
2 - Barb Wohl, Mikael Pietila

3 - Jill Sage

5- Miya Noecker

7 - Ruth Gravholt, Harry Luurs,
      Mary Alice Halverson
9 - Wanda Branson, Collins Den Herder   
10 - Neta Thompson, Brittany Fields,
    Mary Johnson

11 - Don Miller, Pat Keller, Dan Johnson,
       Chris Hathaway

12 – Tyler Irwin
14 - Peggy Doering, Gary Johnson, Joel Karnes

16 - Liza Larson, Melania Enfield, Bob Stengle

17 - Maurice Newman, Misty Davis
18 -    Ron Kraft, Blake Bartels

19 - Treyton Bakke

20 - Laura Slowey, Kayln Peterka, Margret
21 - LaVila Tessier, Carlene Watchorn,
    Derek Moderegger

22 - Scott Parr, Jody Brady
23 - Susan Thorson

24 - Betty Maruska, Andrew Tramp,
        Will Korman, Cole Sawatzke, Rose Nedved
26 - Luann Saunders, Dan Slowey

27 - Sue Frick   

28 - Brett Sime, Autumn Erickson

29 - Rhonda Hofer, Gwynn Stiles, James Micah
In Our Thoughts & Prayers

Naomi Somer’s grandson Bryce Somer, his wife Sarah and family. Their newborn baby, Landon David passed away.

Nate Rotert, Chloe Cornemann fiancé was in a moped accident.

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.