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

October 2017

Pastor’s Word


This Sunday, October 1, is designated as World Communion Sunday.  Christians the world over will be participating in The Lord’s Supper.  Many of these are doing so with renewed hope that wholeness and unity can come to a broken and divided world.

Can there be any doubt but that we are living in a broken world?  We need look no further than our own lives to discover the evidence.  Each of us knows something of the brokenness within. 

We know that something is tragically wrong as we find ourselves at war within-beset by anxieties, divided in our loyalty, confused about our direction in life.

And can there be any doubt but that this brokenness extends also to our relations as individuals to individuals, races to races, nations to nations.

Where do we turn?  Where is the healing for our brokenness?  Do we simply fill our lives with trivia, and substitute cheap thrills for real meaning?  And in our broken relationships, do we simply continue in our “me first, last, and always” attitudes as we square off into warring camps?

Here around the Lord’s table, as we come face to face with the Christ, we must also face squarely the fact of our brokenness.  It was because of us, because of our willful pridefulness, our refusals to love and be loved, our lust for power, our greed for things-it was because of all of this that Jesus offered himself to be broken.  Looking upon his broken body, there can be no denying that it was our brokenness that put him there.

And if there is no denying it neither can we deny that here I find healing.  Here I find reconciliation.  It is our deepest fear in our lives that we do not count, that we are nothing.

 That we are not accepted.  But what need do we have of false security and counterfeit acceptance when we discover that God accepts us.  That’s what is to be found at the Lord’s table.

In this broken bread, I discover God’s love for me in spite of my own brokenness, my running from him and myself.  I can do my worst to God’ I can break his body and nail him to a cross, and still he goes on loving.  It is in this love without limits, and only here, that we can find healing.  All else pales into insignificance when we realize that God loves us like that.

And if he loves me like that, he also loves all of his other children in the same way.  When we come to the Lord ’s Table we do not choose our company. To be reconciled to God means to be reconciled to one another.  When we come to the Lord’s table we do not come alone.  We come together with all of those others of his children-whether red, yellow, black, or white.

Here is bread, not just for me and mine but for all the world.  Here is healing for the brokenness of the human family.  Here walls are broken down, walls that have been carefully erected, and dividing lives erased.  Here God’s Kingdom is come on earth!

The Annual Soup Kitchen and Country Store

        Soup Kitchen, is Wednesday, October 18th, from 11:00am until 7:00pm will be an important day for our church. It is an opportunity for our entire congregation to enjoy great fellowship while working together toward a very worthy goal. The event is a project of the United Methodist Women but it needs everyone to successfully raise funds designated for camping scholarships and local missions. How can you be involved? Your donations of food and items for the Country Store are needed as well as your willingness to work during the day. This annual event ALWAYS includes a "Country Store", which is located in the entry area.  Featured are hand-made items, artistic pieces, and a wonderful assortment of baked and preserved items. Dee Carson, Chairman of the Country Store, urges all church members to "step up" their preparations of items to donate to this annual project.  Traditionally, our guests purchase and carry away nearly everything we offer.  Let's keep that tradition alive!  Thank you, everyone.

The Reminder and Sunday church bulletins include a form to be completed and turned in no later than October 9th. Please complete the form to limit the number of calls needed to contact everyone. We count on your help to make this a very successful event.


Mission Moments

Thank you to everyone who provided food or time for Habitat meal & Fall in the Park on September 16th.  Thank you to our congregation for their generous donations. We donated 18 Layettes, $630; 29 Health kids $348; 30 School kits, $330 and 1 Sewing kit $18. Total donation was $1,326 to Dakota Market. We appreciate your commitment to helping others.

Sherry Daugherty & Karen Miller, Co-Chairs Missions Committee


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 located 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.


Your local UMW group would like to invite all women who are on the path "to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ" to their next meeting, scheduled for Monday, October 2nd at 1:30 p.m.  There will be devotions by Mary Johnson, Mary Peirce and Diane Kisch will prepare a little "lunch" and the speaker, Abby Kokesh, will tell us about New Life in Christ.  You will learn of all the important things that the UMW ladies do worldwide and here, in our own community.  We'll be glad to see you!


Key Facts about Influenza

Susan Thorson, Faith Community Nurse

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs.  It can be mild or severe and at times can cause death.  The best way to prevent influenza is to get vaccinated with the flu vaccine every year. Other ways to help prevent flu are to wash your hands often with soap and water/or use hand gel when soap and water are not available, if you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth, don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth, and if you are sick stay home.

Signs and symptoms  of influenza are fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle and body aches, headaches, fatigue, and some people have vomiting and diarrhea which is more common in children than adults.  Remember not everyone with influenza will have a fever.  If you have symptoms contact your doctor as there are prescription antiviral medications available that can help treat influenza. Complications of influenza include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration or worsening of chronic medical conditions.

Influenza is spread by droplets and these droplets can land on surfaces, and in the mouths or noses of other people. If you have influenza, just by coughing or sneezing near someone you can infect others. You can infect others up to one day before your symptoms and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.  If you are exposed to influenza you could have symptoms in 1-4 days.

The peak of the influenza season in the United States is between November and March but it can come earlier and last longer. Get your flu vaccine now as it takes a couple of weeks for the vaccine to provide protection against the flu.  Everyone is at risk of getting the flu but those more at risk are young children, pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease, and diabetes and anyone 65 years or older.  Remember, stopping the flu starts with you.  Sources:  CDC and the SD Department of Health.  


Website Coordinator needed we are looking for someone to build a new website for the church. If you would like more information please contact Jenae Norton.


History Notes

Mary Alice Halverson, History Committee

An earlier article told of the subjects and donors of the church windows on the north side of the sanctuary. All the windows were installed in 1985, when Pete Moe was pastor. Mr. Conrad Pickel was the designer and installer. Each window cost $1,050.

          To the west of the first window on the South, a perpetual flame was placed in memory of Lois Nichols. Lois’ grandson is Rick Petersen, a current church member.

          The first window on the south represents Noah. It features Noah’s Ark, the dove, and the rainbow. Genesis 6-9 tells the Noah story. The building of the Ark, the flood, and the covenant with the rainbow are told. The dove, returning to the Ark with an olive branch, is the sign the flood waters have gone down. The rainbow is God’s promise no flood will again completely cover the earth. This window was given by Gene and Marlys Alexander. Marlys was a long time church secretary in the 1970’s and 80’s. The window also is the memory of David Luth.

          The second window celebrates Abraham. It was the gift of Dr. and Mrs. T.D. Bowman. He was a long-time dentist in town.

          Abraham received the promise his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. The stars in the upper portion of the window are symbol of that promise. Abraham and Sarah, however, had no children. Genesis 22 tells of God’s request to offer this only son as a sacrifice - but provides a ram at the last minute, sparing Isaac. The window shows Abraham’s obedience and faith in God with the Altar and a knife.

          The third window represents Moses, who led the Hebrews out of Egypt to the “Promise Land”. The window was given in memory of Arly “Chet” Chapman. The Moses story is in Exodus 3. Moses sees a bush burning, but not burning up. He draws near, and God speaks to him from the Bush, telling him to go to the King of Egypt and ask for the Hebrews to leave the country. The window pictures the Bush.  Later, God gives the 10 Commandments, a central event of the Old Testament, and shown in the window. “If you follow my commandments, I will be your God and you will be my People.”

The fourth and last window on the south wall represents David, the greatest Old Testament King. It was given by Harold and Arletta Tisher. The Prayer garden, located on the north side of the church, was given in honor of the Tishers, long time church members.

          The books of 1st and 2nd Samuel relate stories of David. Many of the Psalms are attributed to David also. The Star of David is featured in the window, as is a Crown, and the horn and oil used to anoint him King.

By Mary Alice Halverson, with credit to Evie Sime in the church 150 year book


Lectionary Readings

Oct. 1

Exodus 17:1-7

Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16

Philippians 2:1-13

Matthew 21:23-32


Oct. 8

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

Psalm 19

Philippians 3:4b-14

Matthew 21:33-46


Oct. 15

Exodus 32:1-14

Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23

Philippians 4:1-9

Matthew 22:1-14


Oct. 22

Exodus 33:12-23

Psalm 99

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Matthew 22:15-22


Oct.  29

Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

Matthew 22:34-46


October Greeters


Sunday – 8:30am

Oct. 1: Dave & Susan Becker

Oct. 8: Jan Boeckman & Joyce Kollars

Oct. 15: Mike & Steph Burgeson

Oct. 22: Darin & Lara Cunningham

Oct. 29: Jean Droppers & Julie Moderegger

Sunday –11:00am

Oct. 1: Joyce Anderson & Jody Brady

Oct. 8: Carolyn Cappel & Dee Carson

Oct. 15: Norma Christensen & May Gall

Oct. 22: Chuck & Lyla Gukeisen

Oct. 29: Chad & Angela Herrmann;

               Linda Herrmann


October Ushers

Sunday – 8:30am

Oct. 1: Bob & Jane Walser; Laurie Baily;

 Rhonda Hofer

Oct. 8: Michael & Denise Erickson

Oct. 15: Mark & Syndee Droppers; Barb Hirsch

Oct. 22: Dave & Alicia Cornemann

Oct. 29: TBD

Sunday –11:00am

Oct. 1: Loy Gravholt; Delores Kafka;

Rick Petersen; Jack Skinner

Oct. 8:  Andy & Chelsa Gall

Oct. 15: Terry & Janae Norton;

Arlo & Carlene Watchron

Oct. 22: Mitch Hofer family

Oct. 29: Chris & Casandra Hathaway


October Birthdays

2 - Jane Rodig, Lawrence Sweet,

      Megan McCorkell


3 - Paula Keehr


4 - Jerry Reining


5 - Bob Thue, Kenzie Giziewski


6 - Aubrey Hofer


8 - Don Lepp, Sherry Rabenberg


9 - Garner Brandt, Chuck Ditmar

11 - Liz Hunhoff


12 - Marilyn Holzwarth, Mary Heubaum,

Heather Hirsch, Carol Gubbels,

Trevan Palecek


15 - Judy Bevers, Bill Fargo


17 - Jack Olson, Claudia Maska,

Naomi Somer, Mike Erickson

18 - Joan Neubauer, Elle Guthmiller


19 - Heather Rabenberg, Amanda Gravholt


20 - Chad Herrmann, Kaitlin Guthmiller,

Ryan Bakke

21 - Dave Becker, Elaine Martin


22 - Samuel Slowey, Loran Moore,


23 - Marv Withrow


26 - Brooks Ugofsky


27 - Evie Sime


28 - Lorraine Meeder


29 – Brian Rempfer, Alyssa Herrmann,

       Lorraine Sorensen


31 - Kathy Wibbles, Morgan Bakke

In Our Thoughts & Prayers


Jan Aughenbaugh's sister Della Hofer had 2 heart attacks, several strokes plus has developed pneumonia


Russ Rahn family. Russ passed away.


The family of Mark Giziewski. Mark passed away.


Velma Decker


Doug Bailey; Robbi, Vivian VanEssen's sister.


New address: Maxon, Marge Akron Care Center 991 Hwy 3, Akron, IA 51001


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





            We want to thank our Church family that remembered us with cards, phone calls, and hugs on the recent losses of Kenny's sister, Arlys, and Peggy's uncle Merl. We appreciate it.

Kenny and Peggy Doering