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

March 2018

Pastor’s Word Rev. Ron

In a piece entitled “Do I Follow?” Frederick Stamm writes that no person has a right to be anything but afraid who follows Jesus. Where will it lead them? What about their family? What about their career? We compromise, we make bargains with evil, we are not sure that what Jesus died for will work. We start out right, but when the shadow of the cross falls across our path, we find ways of framing a theology to suit our unregenerated natures. In a world of reality the cross will not work. Love is only for a perfectionist world. It all comes out of fear. We do not know to what foolish ends the cross will lead us. But the world is saved, not by the wisdom of persons, but by the foolishness of the Gospel of Love. Whether the world will be saved by the cross depends upon what we decide. It is not “Do I understand?” but “Do I follow, whether I understand or not?” “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son.” If love is generated in us we will be glad to choose the cross, and we will not hedge when we are discovered to be “one of them.”

A third century martyr by the home of Cyprian seems to echo Stamm’s thoughts as he writes to his friend Donates. He tells his friend “this is a cheerful world as I see it from my garden under the shadows of my vines. But if were to ascend some high mountain and look over the wide lands, you know very well what I would see: bandits on the highways, armies fighting, cities burning; in the amphitheaters men murdered to please the applauding crowds; selfishness and cruelty and misery and despair under all roofs. It is a bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world these people, Donatus, are the Christians and I am one of them.”

The question is do you and I claim to be “one of them?” If so, what evidence is offered by the way we live our lives that we are willing to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus?

My friends, our name, Christian, is a sign of our part in God’s covenant story and the covenant is about relationship. God is not interested in a checklist of rules but in a relationship that evolves and grows and deepens through time, a relationship built on trust. Our name “Christian” is a symbol of walking with the One who says, “take up your cross and follow me.” This name “Christian” is a symbol of our new life-may we bear it well.


Mission Moments

Thank you to all who brought donations for the Sweetheart Tree. On Valentine’s Day we took 40 gift bags of personal care items and snacks to Prairie Home. Each of the residents received a gift bag at their Valentine’s Day party. The delight and gratitude of the residents made my day.

Sherry Daugherty and Darwin Koerner will be taking towels and money that will be spent in the Haiti Marketplace for food and personal items with them when they go on the March mission trip to Haiti. Please continue to support them with prayers for safe travel and good health as they carry out their mission duties.

On March 11th we will be taking a special offering for UMCOR. This group is often the 1st on the scene during a disaster and 100% of money given goes for disaster relief.

In closing: Do not forget to do good and share with others. Hebrews 13:16

Thank you for your generosity that allows “good Works” to be done in our community and around the world.


United Methodist Women

Ladies of First United Methodist Church are invited and encouraged to attend other United Methodist Women (UMW) on Monday, March 5th. We will meet in the upper lounge at 1:30 PM for devotions, activities, and a wonderful and timely program presented by Dr. Tom Stanage. A delicious lunch will be served by hostesses Mary Johnson and Jan Aughenbaugh. As we continue to work towards completing our layette and sewing kits you are asked to bring one package of needles & 5-8 matching buttons on a card/tied together. If you would rather contribute to the layette we ask that you bring six cloth diapers and two diaper pins. Your donations go far and wide in this country and around the world to help make life easier and healthier for the less fortunate as we work to increase God's kingdom and share His love. Please flip your calendar to March and mark the date.



Coffee Fellowship

Fellowship Coffee Time, Sundays 9:30 to 10:30am. Coffee fellowship between services is a time to relax, welcome guests, and get to know our church family while enjoying something to drink and have a treat. Would you furnish treats for Sunday? We are looking for persons to sign up for a Sunday in March, April, or May. You will need approx. 6 doz. cookies, bars, muffins or donuts or etc. Carol makes the coffee and does the set up. You will serve, do the dishes and clean up. There are extra treats in the freezer that are donated by folks that are not able to serve, so do not worry if there are more people than treats that you brought! There is a sign-up sheet in Wesley Hall or you can call/email the church office or Carol Becker 665 4694/

Thank you to those who have volunteered to provide treats and/or serve in the past.


Prison Ministry

FUMC will be leading worship services at the Federal Prison Camp on Sunday, March 18th at 12:30pm. Anyone who would like to participate in the service, please contact Paula Keehr at 665-5501 or Pastor Corey at 665-2991.  In order to attend, you have to have filled out a background check form within the last year. 



Get My People Going!!

Susan Thorson, Faith Community Nurse

A Pyramid for Everyone

The children of Israel were glad to leave the land of pyramids for the land of milk and honey. On the way, God blessed them with manna and quail. For us, pyramids represent health rather than enslavement. Did you know that several food group pyramids can help you eat a more healthy balance of nutrients? Choose from the vegetarian diet, the Mediterranean diet, the Asian diet, the Latin American diet, and the Mayo Clinic healthy weight pyramid. You can find all of these online at Just type “food pyramid” in the search box for more information on healthy eating.

You can also find the revised food pyramid developed by the United States Department of Agriculture at Both the Mayo Clinic and MyPyramid will let you enter your height, weight, age, and gender into a simple program that will give you a recommended daily caloric input for weight management or weight loss. For more information, contact Susan Thorson, Faith Community Nurse 661-9302. Blessings on the journey.


Nutrition Tips on Healthy Fats

By Susan Thorson, Faith Community Nurse

Did you know fats are important for balanced nutrition? We need fats for a healthy diet. The type of fat eaten is more important than the amount. Fat delivers fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K), cushions our vital organs, helps us to feel full, provides energy and polyunsaturated fats provide omega-3 and omega-6, the essential fatty acids that our bodies can’t make on its own.

Good fats to choose for a healthy diet include: avocados, olive, canola, and peanut oil, nuts like almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, pistachios, and macadamia nuts. These fats are monounsaturated sources which help decrease bad cholesterol, decrease the risk of heart disease, and stroke and also help provide nutrients to help develop and maintain body cells.

Some good polyunsaturated choices are sunflower, soybean and corn oil. Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, trout, and herring are rich in omega-3s and are a good source of protein. Polyunsaturated fats or lipids help lower cholesterol. Check with your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or want to become pregnant or if you have small children to avoid fish with high levels of mercury. Check this website for more information

We should limit our saturated fat choices which include butter, regular cheeses, and fatty meats like bacon, sausage, and poultry skin. Drink skin milk rather than whole or 2% milk. Coconut, palm, and palm kernel oils are high are high in saturated fats. Avoid unhealthy trans fats like stick margarine and shortenings or foods made with partially-hydrogenated oils. Saturated fats and trans fats raise your blood cholesterol.

In order to eat more healthy fats: read the food labels, replace unhealthy fats with healthy fats and try eating fatty fish more often. Check out the website

Sources: American Heart Association


History Notes

Mary Alice Halverson, History Committee


101 Years Ago:

Quoted from Yankton Press and Dakotan, Friday, January 12, 1917

“About seventy five men responded to the invitation sent out by the Methodist brethren to attend a banquet at the Methodist Church parlors last evening and discuss the questions of “What is Wrong with the Church” and “Why I Do Not Attend Church”


50 Years Ago:

In the mid 1960’s, there was a Methodist Ladies Bowling League. Bill Branson, proprietor of the Bowling Alley encouraged the group. Phyllis Klarup, wife of Pastor Don Klarup, provided child care at the alley for bowlers.


30 Years Ago:

Quoted from Yankton Press and Dakotan

Friday, October 21, 1988

“The Yankton United Methodist Church Women received the S.D. Parks and Recreation Association Outstanding Organization Award during their annual conference October 2-4 at the Ramkota Inn at Sioux Falls.”


25 Years Ago:

Members of the Yankton United Methodist Church placed 3rd in the mixed volleyball tourney,

X Division, of the SD united Methodist tourney. You can see this trophy in the display case near the church entrance. Earlier, the team received 1st place trophies in 1990, ’91 and ’92. Members of the 1990 team were Gena Brandt, Alicia Cornemann, Claudia Maska and Suzanne Tessier.


Bake Sale

The Youth are having a bake sale Sunday, March 25th. Proceeds are going towards the Summer Mission Trip.


Spring Cleaning? 

The Habitat Bike team is accepting donations for their annual rummage sale on March 23rd & 24th.  Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity Clay and Yankton Counties affordable housing mission. Donate your lightly used furniture, working appliances, household items and nicer clothing. Donations may be dropped off at the Habitat warehouse located at 218 Capital Street on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 2pm.  Donations will be accepted at the Old Mill beginning March 21st & 22nd. If you need assistance with moving your items, please contact Tom or Jane Gilmore at 665-8303 to schedule a time for pick up. The Habitat Rummage sale will be at the Old Mill, 106 Capital Street on March 23rd & 24th


Lectionary Readings

Mar. 4 

Exodus 20:1-17

Psalm 19

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

John 2:13-22


Mar. 11

Numbers 21:4-9

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

Ephesians 2:1-10

John 3:14-21


Mar. 18 

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Psalm 51:1-12

Hebrews 5:5-10

John 12:20-33


Mar. 25

Mark 11:1-11

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Isaiah 50:4-9a

Psalm 31:9-16

Philippians 2:5-11

Mark 14:1-15:47


March Greeters


Sunday – 8:30am


Mar. 4: Chris & Kristi Peterka

Mar. 11: Dawn & Greg Popma

Mar.18: Sherry & Kent Rabenberg

Mar. 25: Todd & Jane Rodig


Sunday –11:00am

Mar.4: Shar & Mark Peterson

Mar. 11: JoAnne Roach

Mar. 18: Maxine Rogers

Mar. 25: Connie & Jim Sawatzke


February Ushers

Sunday – 8:30am


Mar.4: Barry & Mona Schroeter; Rhonda Hofer,

Laurie Baily

Mar. 11: Michael & Denise Erickson

Mar.18: Mark & Syndee Droppers; Barb Hirsch

Mar. 25: Dave & Alicia Cornemann;

Kevin McKee


Sunday –11:00am

Mar. 4: Delores Kafka; Rick Petersen;

Jack Skinner

Mar. 11: Andy & Chelsa Gall; Rick Petersen

Mar. 18: Arlo & Carlene Watchorn;

Terry & Jenae Norton

Mar. 25: Mitch & Alice Hofer;

Paul & Mary Pietila


March Birthdays

1 - Morgyn Jaquith, Molly Nedved, Maya Nedved


4 - Delores Kafka, Syndee Droppers,

Herb Hornstra


7 - Emily Gulick


8 - Rob Hale


9 - Ketty Cornemann, Gabe Slowey, Reid Dutrow


11 - Jeffery Mraz


12 - Carol Peterson, Sue May, Craig Karnes


13 - Kyle Hirsch


15 - Pat Kraft


16 - Lexie McCorkell, Pippa Pietila

17 - Julie Orton


18 - Jack Slowey


19 - Mark Peterson

21 - Beth Parr, Conner Nickles,

Dawn Kabella, Ken Nebola


22 - Amber Reaney, Camden Pietz


24 - Katie Rodig


25 - Carla Hummel, Daylie Pietila


26 - Don Hurley, Ken Philippi, Linda Hagen,

Marsha Johnson


28 - Allan Wieseler, Kloe Gall


29 - Lindsey King, Jan Aughenbaugh




For First UMC Sunday Services

and Wednesday Activities:


For cancellations for Sunday morning worship services or Sunday school be sure to listen to KYNT 1450, WNAX 570 or KVHT 106.3 radio stations or go to and check the close line. For Wednesday activities remember if there is no school or an early dismissal, there will be no Wednesday night activities. Always remember to use your own best judgment before heading out.


In Our Thoughts & Prayers


Dustin Olson’s father Glen Olson passed away.


Chuck Gukeisen, Dawn Kabella, Ardis Henderson, 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

If you have not received a personal thank you from us, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your generous donations of towels and cash which will be used to purchase items of need by the Haitian people. The money will be used in there marketplace in hopes that it will help their local community. The entire team of Helping Hands for Haiti ask for prayers for a safe and successful trip.

Blessings, Sherry Daugherty & Darwin Koerner


On behalf of Habitat for Humanity’s Christian housing ministry, I want to thank you for committing to sponsor a Habitat home in in loving memory of Dr. Kenneth Halverson.  Dr. Halverson leaves behind a legacy of helping others through his profession, his church, our housing program, the Yankton community and beyond.  His vision to start a local Habitat affiliate is directly responsible for serving 46 low-income families through decent affordable housing homeownership.   

Likewise, FUMC continues to impact Habitat’s housing program, the Yankton community and beyond through its financial gifts and the talents of its members.  Friends, I feel sincerely blessed to have the opportunity be part of the FUMC church family.  Through your financial gifts, $14,358.37 was given to sponsor the Dr. Kenneth Halverson Home!  Thank you!!

It takes approximately $80,000 to build a Habitat home.  The funds come from grants, fundraising, Habitat’s revolving building fund and gifts from the community.  In 2017, Habitat completed two homes, recycled a home and completed two home repair projects, which ultimately drained our checking accounts.  By God’s grace and your generous financial support, our affiliate did not have to put this construction project on hold.   In just a few months, the Halverson Home will become a safe, affordable place to call home for a single-mother and her three young children.  Your generous support has laid a foundation of strength, stability, and self-reliance for a family to build upon.  

Blessings, Julie Dykstra, Executive Director


Thank you so much for your generous monetary donation of $190.69 to Pathways Shelter for the Homeless. Your contributions help us assist those in need in the Yankton area. Your support is instrumental in the fight against homelessness. Your donation will enable Pathways to continue providing shelter and support to the hundreds of individuals, families and children we will serve in 2018.


We greatly appreciate your support and if you would like to visit the shelter, do not hesitate to contact us.

Pathways Shelter for the Homeless Board, Staff & Clients


Thank you for supporting Habitats 42nd home. Kansa’s dream of providing a safe affordable home for her family will come true thanks to your continued sponsorship. Construction of Kansa’s home has come together nicely with the late arriving winter. The home was up and enclosed before there was too much snow. Work inside the home has continues even through the cold temperatures and winter storms, sub-contractors have begun working to install lights, plumbing & HVAC. Look for a home dedication in the late sprint!

God Bless, Rebecca Meier – HFHCYC




Easter Lillies

EASTER SUNDAY is April 1st, and it is time to order flowers for the sanctuary. The Worship Committee is offering Lilies for sale.


The cost for the lily is $10.00 including tax. If you wish to purchase a flower or flowers for the altar, please fill out the form below and place your order form, along with your money in a pew envelope and mark it “EASTER FLOWERS.” Please use one order form for each flower order. There are more order forms available in the office. Place the envelope in the offering plate or drop it off in the church office no later than NOON on March 21st!


PLEASE DESIGNATE if the plant is "In Memory" or "In Honor" of a loved one by filling out the form below. The plants will be in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday. You may take them home following the second worship service.




YOUR NAME: __________________


In honor of: ________________________

In memory of: ______________________


Total Amount Due__________________