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

December 2017

Pastor’s Word


There are many things that have been said or written about the season of Advent which begins this Sunday, December 3rd. I look upon Advent as the season in the Christian year that lights our life with hope! In this unsettled world filled with too many tragic events, hope is what so many people seek.

In Advent, the spirit of expectancy excites our minds. We look forward to the coming of Christmas with eager hearts. Something Good Is Going To Happen! As hope takes command, we lay aside our fears and revive our faith. The fact of Christmas possesses the power to dispel our fears. We stop worrying about what the world is coming to, and focus on and rejoice in what has come to the world!

The reason for hope? The word from heaven that proclaimed to the world the coming of the first Christmas, the good news that dispels our fears. “And the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’”

The angelical announcement is the good news that a Savior is born, Here is the hinge of history, the fulfillment of centuries of anxious waiting and a timid desire for hope, when the ages of longing become the ages of belonging.

From fear to faith! This is the life-transforming therapy of Christmas.  For the first thing to rear its head in the Christmas story is fear. When the angel appeared in glory bearing the good news, “they were filled with fear.” The fear that filled the shepherds, numbs the soul; it must be removed. The first words of the ages speaks to their fears.  “Do not be afraid.” Glory all around, yet they were filled with fear! God leads us out of the world of fear into the world of faith.

HE lights the horizons of our hopes with good news of great joy for all people including you and me-“to you is born this day—a Savior.”

This is the good news for which the ages had yearned. We need not fear that it is too good to be true; when we trust God, we know it is too good not to be true. The shepherds ventured in faith, and they found God’s promise true. They found the baby, lying in a manger, and faith took command. The shepherd were filled with joy, and returned from the manager of Bethlehem “glorifying and praising God.”

God’s good news has the power to transform our lives, driving out our fears in the midst of mass shootings, hurricanes, wild fires, racial unrest, and the threat of war.  But there is something we must do. We must trust God’s promises. God has come to us; now we must come to God. The gift of salvation is given, with hope for time and eternity. But there is something for us to do-we must take it! Paraphrasing the words of an old hymn: Tho’ Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born/And not within ourselves, our souls will be nearly hopeless!

God coming to us in the person of Jesus is the mighty deed of the God who so loves the world that he cannot leave it to perish, but must bring it the gift of salvation so that those who have eyes to see and hearts to understand and faith to believe can take the hand of Christ and follow his leading into life. May we all experience in this Advent season the hope Christ brings to our troubled world and our unsettled lives!


Mission Moments

 We still have envelopes available for you to make a donation to Habitat for humanity; the house honoring Dr. Halverson.


‘Donuts for Diapers’ is in need of more diapers. Help our kids with treats of donuts by out-giving our competition.


The Angel Tree is up and ready. Kindly take an angel, or two, purchase an age-appropriate gift, place the tag on the gift and have it back to church by Dec. 10th. If that date changes, we will keep you posted. The Christmas gifts will be going to Tree of Life.


Advent Study For our Advent study this year we will be using Adam Hamilton's book "Faithful, Christmas through the eyes of Joseph" We will be meeting the following Wednesday evenings at 7:15pm in the Church Lounge, Nov. 29th, Dec. 6th, Dec. 13th and Dec. 20th.  Cost of the book is $15. In this study, you will understand how Joseph's place in the nativity story is much like our own. In life, we encounter circumstances that we would have never chosen for ourselves. At times it can be tempting just to walk away. Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don't understand and faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides. Exchange your doubt for courage this Advent and Christmas season.


Christmas Celebration Sunday


Christmas time is a busy season with all of us, we are all going in different directions to spend time with loved ones and families. But many times we miss the chance to celebrate the joy of Christmas with our Church Family, so this year we are having a Church Christmas Celebration Sunday on Sunday, December 10th.   It will be a day of worship, fellowship, fun, and celebration.  

We will start our celebration with the band “One Way Up” joining us for worship at both services that morning. 

At 3pm we will have our Sunday School Christmas program. Following the program, we will have a Potluck Supper in Wesley Hall. Following the supper our Jr. and Sr. High Youth Groups will have games and activities for the kids. So break out your most festive Christmas sweater and join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!  Sign-up sheets for the potluck will be in Wesley Hall starting Sunday, November 26th.  


Christmas Eve Services

Our annual Christmas Eve services will be held at 4:30pm and 7:00pm on Sunday, December 24th.

*Special note* - this year the Traditional Candlelight service will be at 7:00pm. 


We are excited to announce that the Christmas Eve 4:30 pm service is called "The ABC's of Christmas". The Christmas story will be told in a creative way with congregation participation and the ABCs.  This is a fun, interactive service with lots of singing for families with young children and adults with young hearts! It is a great service to invite your friends with children as well. The 7:00 p.m. service will be the Traditional Candlelight service. Please come, invite a friend, and let's do Christmas together.  


Offering Envelopes If you would like to continue using the offering envelopes for your weekly giving please contact Lisa in the church office. Because so many envelopes go unused we are doing things differently this coming year.


Giving Thanks for Dry Bottoms a diaper shower for the Contact Center. Yankton Lions Club is partnering with 1st United Methodist Church Sunday School classes for a Diaper Shower for the Contact Center. November 12th to December 10th.  Donations can be dropped off at the Church Lobby 9am to 4pm weekly or on Sunday Morning. There are totes marked for the different classes and The Lions, place your donation in the tote you wish to help. Or you may give donation to any Lions Member. Last year over 2000 diapers were collected for the little people in our community. The goal is to double that number. Larger size diapers are needed most.  



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.


History Notes

Neta Thompson, History Committee

Not so long ago we observed a special service done in honor of the new babies in our church. It was called the Cradle Rocking Service.

The church owned a beautiful, wooden cradle that had been brought from England by the Odland family for their own children and given to the church when they outgrew it.

Cradle Rocking was done on Mother’s Day and included all babies born in the current year. The service was done in the Sanctuary at the regular service time. The cradle was tied with pink and blue ribbons on the corners and each corner was in the hands of a member of the kindergarten class. Each mother brought her baby and placed him/her in the cradle. The four children on the corners would say, in unison “this baby’s name is, ---. Then, joined with the rest of the SS as they rocked the baby and sang-

There are blessings from God all around us, we should thank Him for gifts large and small but the gift of a dear little baby needs the very best “thank you” of all. By-lo, by-lo, by-lo, by.

Than mother and baby returned to their pews and another mother and baby came to be rocked. Each baby became a member of the Cradle Roll and, in time the Sunday School.


Chancel Choir will now be held on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in December through the Advent season



Lectionary Readings

Dec. 3

   Isaiah 64:1-9

   Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

   1 Corinthians 1:3-9

   Mark 13:24-37


Dec. 10

     Isaiah 40:1-11

      Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

      2 Peter 3:8-15a

      Mark 1:1-8


Dec. 17

     Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

     Psalm 126

     1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

     John 1:6-8, 19-28


Dec. 24

     2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

     Luke 1:47-55

     Romans 16:25-27

     Luke 1:26-38


Dec. 31

     Isaiah 61:10-62:3

     Psalm 148

     Galatians 4:4-7

     Luke 2:22-40


December Greeters


Sunday – 8:30am


Dec. 3: Cody & Erica Garvey

Dec. 10: Randy & Carolyn Golden

Dec. 17: Craig & Christy Hagge 

Dec. 24: No service

Dec. 31 No service


Sunday –11:00am

Dec. 3: Bill & Mary Heubaum

Dec. 10: Joel & Lisa Karnes

Dec. 17: Randy & Sharon Heisinger

Dec. 24: Rob & Leslie Hale

Dec. 31: Jill Huetig  


December Ushers

Sunday – 8:30am


Dec. 3: Bob & Jane Walser; Laurie Baily;

 Rhonda Hofer

Dec. 10: Michael & Denise Erickson

Dec. 17: Mark & Syndee Droppers; Barb Hirsch

Dec. 24: No Church Service

Dec. 31: No Church Service


Sunday –11:00am

Dec. 3: Delores Kafka; Paula Keehr;

Rick Petersen; Jack Skinner

Dec. 10:  Andy & Chelsa Gall

Dec. 17: Terry & Janae Norton;

Arlo & Carlene Watchron

Dec. 24: Mitch Hofer family; Paul & Mary Pietela

Dec. 31 Chris & Casandra Hathaway



December Birthdays


1 - Dustin Gusso, Vicki Tanner, Emma Gobel,


2 - Samuel Willman, Rodger Johnson,       

      Richard Maska


3 - Loy Gravholt, Tyan Beste


4 - Alleysia Ugofsky


5 - Merle Brandt, Jordyn Cunningham,

     Connie VanDeWalle, Jane Gilmore,

     Sarah Karnes

6 - Shaylor Platt, Ardis Henderson, Bonnie Gusso,

     John Iverson


7 - Mary Hladky, Carol Schnebel, Heather Craft,

     Madeline Nooney


8 - Bruce Dutrow

9 - Samantha Wampol, Dawn Popma


11 - Shawn Rabenberg

12 - Mary Lepp

13 - Michael Miller


14 - Denise Willman


16 - Michael Hunhoff, Suzanne Dahlberg

17 - Julie Dykstra, Michael Burgeson, Steve King,

       Lorraine Taylor


19 - Jeff Skonhovd, Melissa Rempfer


20 - Jim Sawatzke, Mark Droppers

21 - Carla Mentele, Scott Nedved


22 - Dan Guthmiller


24 - Darlene Ireland


26 - Jeff May, Jerry Willman, Brook Thurman,

Dennis Kisch, Bailey Wieseler, Sean Garcia


27 - Jace Guthmiller, Andrea Jaquith, Elly Gall

       Madisyn Jaquith   


29 - Carolyn Teichroew, Lance Palecek,


30 - Susan Becker, Linda Fox, Troy True, Bentley Fertig


In Our Thoughts & Prayers


Robert Baily of Parker passed away, he is Nicole's grandfather.  


Doug Bailey; Robbi, Vivian Van Essen's sister.


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




Thank You



On behalf of Habitats incoming partner family, I want to thank you for sponsoring her home which is dedicated in memory of Dr. Ken Halverson. Karisa is a single mother with three young children. She works full-time plus at HSC and is very excited to have the opportunity to own a safe home of her own.

Karisa hopes that with a home of her own her children will grow up feeling safe and secure. She hopes that her children will see through hard work and discipline you can accomplish your dreams.

Thank you for your generous gift to celebrate Ken’s life on earth and for helping to build a strong, stable, self-reliant family.

God Bless

Julie Dykstra


Thank you all for making my 95th birthday such a memorable occasion. Thank you for the prayers, cards, gifts and flowers and thank you for coming to my open house.

God Bless, Naomi Somer