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

November 2017

Pastor’s Word


As we continue our focus on “upholding the church by loving God and neighbor”, I want to lift up two verses from Psalm 73 - “But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold, till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny”.  (vss.2, 17)

In a discussion on worship a few years ago a rather perceptive student made this remark: “Long ago when you came from church, people asked ‘who was there?’ or ‘what was the sermon about?’  Today they say ‘well, you were in church this morning. What happened?”  But in our day when being part of the church or going to worship are not options for so many people I have to wonder where people are turning for hope, guidance, and strength.

Let us be reminded that our spiritual worship embraces to only what we are but what we do. Things happen in church that have a far-reaching effect and influence upon character and conduct now and later. What effect will our being in worship today have on our life tomorrow? Do we sit in worship merely as spectators and watch the ministries, choir, and praise team perform?  Or are we involved in a renewing, transforming experience that will give color zest, and meaning to the affairs of life tomorrow and the next day and the next?

The words of Psalm 73 were spoken several thousand years ago, yet they are up-to-date in describing our world today.  The psalmist had taken a long look at the world and what he saw “shook his soul” wicked persons, prospering and successful, striding arrogantly across the stage of life as if the world were theirs alone; spineless do gooders trying by flattery and being persons who say yes to everything to cash in upon gains they never earned; on every hand, goodness persecuted, inequality flaunted, and fairness disregarded.

In this critical period he was about to lose faith; he felt his grip upon God was breaking; and in a sour huffy fit of temper he was ready to abandon his faith.  But in a seeming spur of the moment decision, when he felt his feet were almost gone, when his steps had slipped, he went into the sanctuary of God and then he understood, He made a transfer of perspective.  And now he saw the world and life in God’s context, to his own.  In the sanctuary he put himself where God could get at him and have some and have some chance with him. Then he could face Monday as a different person because he had been straightened out spiritually, and the good life was no longer a jumble of senseless things going it blind but God-centered and God-led. 

The psalmist discovered as he left the sanctuary to enter the workaday world that God was holding him by the right hand.  William Temple said, “The world can be saved from political chaos and collapse by one thing only, and that is worship. For to worship is to devote the will to the purpose of God.”

You and I came to worship to receive and then to give, and the climax of it all is when we give ourselves.  And if we give ourselves to God’s purpose in Worship, there is no telling how far this action will go after church if our life out in the world goes hand in hand with his will.  From a small congregation in Ida Grove Iowa, I have been led to serve churches in Seymour and Promise City Iowa, Rock Valley Iowa, Canton South Dakota and now here in Yankton. Think of those who have been raised up from our congregation who are now serving churches in the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Illinois. And it’s not just those who are serving churches.  There are many others raised up in our church who are doing God’s work in their various professions.

My friends, things happen and are still happening in church.  When they become our way of life, the world will know that our witness is true. 

We have had a great turnout of PreK-High School Sunday School students, and therefore are in need of more help on Sunday mornings.  We would love to have you join us to help teach lessons, read to the students, create fun crafts or simply just be an extra set of helping hands.  Please contact Tiffany Beste if you would be willing to help out with Sunday School. There will also be a meeting on Wednesday, November 8th at 6pm for all parents of Sunday School students. We look forward to seeing you all there.  THANK YOU!!


Mission Moments

Thank you to all that participated in the Fall in the Park. We had a profit of $369.21 from free will donations that went to UMCOR for hurricane relief.

We also served the meal at Habitat for Humanity that day. Those efforts were coordinated by Karen Miller and Carol Becker and those that assisted them. Twenty-three people were served. We are still taking donations for the house being built in memory of Ken Halverson. There are many envelopes just waiting for your generous donation.


We will be packing Mercy Meals in Wesley Hall on October 29th between the 2 services. We’ll make sure that those volunteering, will be out of there in time to attend the second service. Proceeds from bucket Sunday will be donated to Mercy Meals.


We are also serving the Banquet on Thursday, November 2nd. Many volunteers are needed. Please check the sign-up sheets in Wesley Hall to determine how you might be able to help.


And last but not least, a “Thank You” to all of our church family. Our mission projects would not be possible without your donations of time, talents, and treasures.


Federal Prison Camp the Evangelism committee will be having the church services at the Federal Prison Camp on 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.



The United Methodist Women will meet on Monday, November 6th at 1:30pm. for the Annual World Thanks Offering and Memorial Service. This meaningful event is held worldwide on this date.  Devotions will be led by Judy Bevers and hostesses are Delores Kafka and Addie Lowe.  We invite all interested ladies to join us.


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.

A huge thank you to those who have volunteered to help usher for our worship services. We are still in need of assistant ushers for the 8:30 am and the 11:00 am service the 2nd Sunday of each month.  Beginning in November we will need four ushers for the 11:00 service the second Sunday. We would also like to increase our pool of substitutes to help out when needed. Please prayerfully consider helping out with this important ministry of our church.  Please contact Craig Sherman, if you wish to help out with this ministry. Email: or 665-7182.

Live Nativity Looking for Animals Hello friends! We are looking for some live animals for this year’s Live Nativity. Do you know someone with a cow, a donkey and some sheep? Maybe even a camel? Or you might know someone that knows someone with animals. Please let the Worship Committee know by contacting Wyatt Yager at Thank you!


Veterans Recognition

              First United Methodist church will be honoring our veterans on Sunday, November 12th at both services. The Worship Committee will be putting up the Wall of Honor outside the sanctuary. If you are a veteran and have not provided the committee with a picture for the wall, please bring a picture to the church office by November 5th. The picture will be photocopied and returned to you. Please put you name on the back of the picture to ensure that it is returned to the correct person. The photo does not need to be of you in your uniform.


Flowers for the Saints

              On All Saints Sunday which is November 5th, we will be remembering those who are no longer with us. During communion congregation members will bring flowers to be placed in the vases by the altar. You may bring your own cut flowers or there will be some available in the lounge before services from the Worship Committee.


History Notes

Bob Thue, History Committee

Captain JBS Todd and the Dakota/Methodist Connection

John Blair Smith Todd was born on April 4, 1814 in Lexington, Kentucky. He attended West Point for five years (1832-1837). He was a cousin of President Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd Lincoln. He participated in a retaliatory expedition against the Lakota in 1855 (Blue Water Creek – Ash Hollow Incident). In 1856 he resigned from the military and became the sutler at Ft. Randall. Thus he began a new chapter in his life that included businessman, land speculator, Indian agent and politician.

John and his wife Kate’s eighth child, Matilda Carlin Todd, was the first child to be baptized at Ft. Randall by Methodist Reverend Septimus Ingham in 1861. Reverend Ingham had conducted worship services in Yankton as early as April 21, 1860 in JBS Todd’s office. Todd had told him he could use his office whenever he needed.

Todd died January 5, 1872 and is buried in the city cemetery. His funeral was described as the largest witnessed in Dakota up to that time.

He has been described as a slender man of pleasant appearance and somewhat florid style of speech and of “noble countenance”, straight-backed and dignified with an impressive beard. He carried a sliver-headed cane, wore elegant pale gloves. He combined many of the qualities of a Kentucky gentleman with those of a professional West Pointer. He was the first Territorial Delegate to Congress in 1861. Many thought he was well qualified to be the Territorial Governor, but since he was a Democrat Lincoln could ill afford to appoint him to the governorship, and because he was a cousin of Mrs. Lincoln it might open up the charges of nepotism.

Also, of note, in 1857 The Department of the Interior asked Todd to take over the discussion for the Treaty of Land Cession with the Yankton Sioux led by Struck by the Ree. He was able to successfully negotiate a treaty largely due to the help of Charles Picotte whose father was French and his mother Yankton.


Lectionary Readings

Nov. 5

Joshua 3:7-17

Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

Matthew 23:1-12


Nov. 12

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25

Psalm 78:1-7

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Matthew 25:1-13


Nov. 19

Judges 4:1-7

Psalm 123

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Matthew 25:14-30


Nov. 26

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

Psalm 100

Ephesians 1:15-23

Matthew 25:31-46


November Greeters


Sunday – 8:30am


Nov. 5: Dylan & Tina Gobel

Nov. 12: Dick & Linda Fox

Nov. 19: Scott & Mindy Giziewski

Nov. 26: Dan & Kami Guthmiller


Sunday –11:00am

Nov. 5: Vern & Bonnie Hanson

Nov. 12: Ken & Peggy Doering

Nov. 19: Amy & Paul Eichfeld

Nov. 26: Jay & Rebecca Gravholt


November Ushers

Sunday – 8:30am


Nov. 5: Bob & Jane Walser; Laurie Baily;

 Rhonda Hofer

Nov. 12: Michael & Denise Erickson

Nov. 19: Mark & Syndee Droppers; Barb Hirsch

Nov. 26: Dave & Alicia Cornemann; Kevin McKee


Sunday –11:00am

Nov. 5: Loy Gravholt; Paula Keehr;

Rick Petersen; Jack Skinner

Nov. 12: 

Nov. 19: Terry & Janae Norton;

Arlo & Carlene Watchron

Nov. 26: Mitch Hofer family; Paul & Mary Pietela


November Birthdays

1 - Luke Dohrman


2 - Troy True, Ryan Ginn


3 - Sara Olson


4 - Tammy Ugofsky

5 - Bailey Peterka, Alix Peterka, Cassie Pietz


9 - Mary Olsen

10 - Suzanne Tessier, Dixie Conner


11 - Delores Moore


12 - Bonnie Hanson


13 - Donavieve Raad, Barb Hirsch,

       Andrea Tramp, Barb Olson, Alexis Craft


14 - Alice Hofer


15 - Dyllon Tramp, Warren Peterson, Drew Olson


16 - Jack Skinner


18 - Layne Droppers, Mary Malchow,

        Lily Lawrence


19 - Beckett Kisch, Lara Cunningham


21 - Russell Peirce


22 - Matt Johnson, Craig Sherman, Jane Walser


23 - Shar Peterson, Ethan Rempfer, Kenny Doering


24 - Karen Miller, Jerry Hagen, Britney Davis


26 - Sharon Heisinger


28 - Jerry Wilson, Julie Moderegger


30 - JoAnne Roach


95th Birthday Celebration for Naomi Sommer Sunday, October 29th from 2-4pm. At Majestic Bluffs 2nd floor private dining. Everyone is Welcome.


Around the Community

The Yankton Area Literacy Council is providing a program entitled “Math is Fun” to elementary students in the Yankton School District. Volunteers work with children for 1 hour, from 3:30-4:30, each week to help them improve their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills. A lot of our work is done with flash cards. When needed, we also provide assistance with time-telling and money counting skills. We presently have tutors in each of the 4 elementary schools. Administrators have more children they would like to include, but we need volunteers before they can be added. If you think you could help a child improve his/her math skills, or if you have questions about the program, please call the Yankton Area Literacy Council (605) 760-4803 or Patty Stuelpnagel, 605-660-1088.


Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rural Irene, SD will hold their Annual Soup Kitchen and Bazaar on Sunday, November 12th serving from 11am to 3pm. Chili, Chicken Noodle, Vegetable beef soups, hotdogs, taverns and pies/deserts will be available. WELCA Bazaar will be offering quilts, baked goods, crafts, etc. We are located on Hwy 81 just 2 3/4 miles north of Hwy 81-46 junction or ¼ mile south of Midway. Everyone is Welcome!!


Sacred Heart Parish in Yankton will be hosting our annual Bazaar and Dinner, which will be held in the Sacred Heart Parish Community Center, 509 Capital, on Sunday, November 5th. We will be serving a delicious traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, salad, dinner roll, dessert and beverage. Serving time is 10:30am – 5pm. There will be a variety of games, including BINGO, a raffle, and a bake sale. Everyone is welcome!!


In Our Thoughts & Prayers


The family of Velma Decker. Velma passed away.


The family of Paul and Jan Aughenbaugh, Jan's Sister Della Hofer passed away.


The family of Peg Stratman. Peg’s mom Virginia passed away.


The family of Velma Decker, Velma passed away Sept. 26th


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. 






Paul and Jan want to Thank You All Very Much for Your Phone Calls, Texts, Emails, Cards and Comforting Words of Encouragement and Sympathy in the loss of my Sister Della Hofer from Peoria, AZ.  Della's Services have been set for Saturday, Dec. 2nd at the Hope Alliance Church, 18th and Frank SE, Huron, SD  57350. A Private Family Burial Service at Bethel Cemetery will be held prior to the Service at the Church with a meal and fellowship following. Blessings to All of You!! In Christ's Love and Service, Paul and Jan Aughenbaugh