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

April 2018


Pastor’s Word

As we prepare to celebrate the good news of Easter, the holiday and holy day that gives meaning to Christmas, I’m wondering have you ever had an experience that you thought was the end of the world for you? Perhaps the better question would be, who hasn’t? We all encounter crises in which it would seem easier to die than to go on living. There are living deaths from which we need to be raised. To know the resurrection of the spirit is to pass from death to life. There is the person going through divorce and doesn’t know how they can survive such an ordeal. There is the spouse who loses a mate after many years of marriage who is saying “I don’t have anything to live for now”. There is the person who has received the diagnosis of cancer and is now going through chemo and radiation treatments. This person dreads the treatments because they get deathly sick after each treatment. They’re wondering will I ever enjoy health again? “Believe me, it is the end of my world!”

Although the circumstances of these persons are different, there is the same need “to live again”. To live again begins by accepting the strange new circumstances as the facts of one’s life. No matter how much you may wish that they were different, you must bring yourself to accept the fact that this is the way things are- “This is my reality!” Only in doing this, does one make real contact twitch the healing of God’s grace.

The circumstances of one’s life are not changed, but they are strangely transformed. Problems become opportunities. What one thought was the end is a new beginning. What one assumed was death-the end of one’s world-is the door to a new life. Easter is no longer a fairy tale from some distant land, but is happening to you. The stone of fear is rolled from the tomb of your life and you walk out into the sunshine of an eternal day. You find yourself saying with the apostle Paul, “If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. Old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.” Not for some things, but for all things become new.

I want to close with the experience of Easter that Elizabeth O-Connor expresses so aptly in her lines: “Prophets and righteous men have longed to see what I have seen and did not see it. Longed to hear what I have heard and did not hear it.

There is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new?”

I thought of the face of my friend, and it was new because I had never looked at him before. I thought of wind and trees shifting skies, the changing seasons, the cycle of life and death, the miracle of growth-and behold! It was all new!

I thought of the moment in which I lived, receiving for the first time the broken, sundered past and the unknown future. And it was new!

I thought of the familiar routine of my day, the commonplace events, holding now the address of God. And they were new!

Across my waking and my sleeping hours were the voices of a people singing a new song!

Dear friends may CHRIST IS RISEN not be a cliché that we parade out one Sunday in the year but the everyday experience of our life and our life together, for as the Apostle Paul proclaims: If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new. Thanks be to God for victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!


Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) is on March 29th.  Our time together will end with Holy Communion. This will all take place in the Sanctuary beginning at 7:00pm.


Good Friday is March 30th. The Tenebrae Service will begin at 8:00pm in the sanctuary. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Mission Moments

By Julie Dykstra

Since 1988, we have been celebrating Native American individuals and congregations in the United Methodist community. On this day, we honor the unique and beautiful contributions of Native Americans by giving generously to a special fund set aside for seminary students and for congregations that are finding authentic ways to minister to their communities.

United Methodist Native American seminary students and congregations are empowered to develop new ways of doing church that honor the creative expression of the culture. Your gift helps to enable our friends to form new ministry partnerships and coalitions, allowing the process of reconciliation, restoration and release between communities.

Will you join First United Methodist Church and support Native American Ministries? Together, we will make a lasting impact today. Your offering will reach across the country because. . . TOGETHER, WE DO MORE.


Through the generous gifts of our church family, the Missions team blessed 40 residents at Prairie Home Assisting Living with gift bags to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Prairie Homes Assisted Living provides assisted living services for each of its residents and if needed, assists them with bathing, grooming, meal preparation, dressing and much more.


Each year the mission’s team supports the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) during their One Great Hour of Sharing campaign. This year’s designation is $1,500, in addition to, the generous gifts given by our congregation. 100 percent of the gifts received for One Great Hour of Sharing is put to work providing major support for immediate assistance in the wake of natural and human-caused disasters and helps support ongoing ministries of food, shelter, health and peace.


The Meals on Wheels program in Yankton serves more than 18,500 meals in a year to seniors and those who are disabled and/or homebound.

Each March, Meals on Wheels raises awareness of senior hunger in communities around the United States. The Mission’s team has approved gifting $600 to help support this worthwhile mission.


In closing, please plan to mark your calendar to load your purse and pockets with change to support Bucket Sunday on April 29th!


You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11


United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women are invited and encouraged to attend


BroomTree Retreat United Methodist Women’s group will meet on Monday, April 9th at 10:30 am in the church parking lot to carpool to BroomTree. At BroomTree our group will take a guided tour of the retreat center and gift shop. We will have a catered lunch at a cost of $8.00 per person Dutch treat (this includes the tip). Lunch will be followed with a time of quiet meditation, devotions and a brief meeting. We will return back to the church by or before 3pm. Please respond with your RSVP as soon as possible to Carolyn Cappel at or 605–6 60–8312 cell. This is our April meeting and we are hoping for a good attendance.


"Focus Day 2018" Saturday, April 14th at Sunnycrest United Methodist Church, Sioux Falls, SD. 9:00-9:30 am registration, includes lunch $8.00


Sisters with a Purpose

Bring your Bible & a smile! Join other United Methodist women for a morning of worship, learning, fun and fellowship. A great lunch will be served. RSVP to Carolyn Cappel at or phone 660-8312 by April 8th. We plan to carpool, leaving the church at 7:15 am. Focus day ends at 1 pm. If there is interest for at least one carload to stop/shop the new Lake Lorraine area (new Hobby Lobby and many other fine new shops), we could plan for 1 to 1 1/2 hours of shopping. Be sure to let Carolyn know when you make your reservation.  We hope for a good participation of women from Fist UMC!



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.


Health and Wellness

Susan Thorson, Faith Community Nurse

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism believed God cares about the whole person. There wasn’t a separation of spiritual and physical health. During Wesley’s time, the clergy, being the most educated, were responsible for not only the spiritual health but the physical health of the congregations they served. Wesley wrote several books on spiritual and physical health, encouraging everyone including the ministers to get enough exercise, eat a good diet and get proper sleep. He was adamant about resting on the Sabbath but on other days he said “get a good night’s sleep and when you get up--get to work and work all day.” By practicing proper diet, sleep, and exercise, we cultivate health which God expects of us. If we don’t take care of ourselves, then we won’t be able to carry our ministries and take care of our families.

When I read this information on John Wesley, I began to think about how we live our lives and how we model this to our children. At times we are running low on sleep, eating fast food, and becoming sedentary. When our health suffers both spiritually and physically we don’t have much energy to do the work of the Lord. Adjustments in our daily habits need to change and change is difficult.

In our program “Get My People Going,” I see the participants making goals, getting people to support them during the change process, praying, eating healthier, and drinking more water to name a few successes.

I ask each of you to think about your journey to wellness. By being as healthy as you can be, will allow you to do the things you most want to do in your life. If we mess up along the way by taking on unhealthy behaviors, then start again the next day with healthy behaviors. Each day we try to be healthier is a step toward wellness. Be healthy my friends!!! 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: (19 ) “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? (20) You are not your own. You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”


History Notes

Bob Thue, History Committee


Mother Church of the Dakota's

Because the Yankton Church was not the first Methodist Church in Dakota Territory it might be a bit confusing to use the term Mother Church of Methodism in the Dakotas. Actually during early territorial days Elk Point, and the

Colfax Chapel in Vermillion preceded the Yankton Church.   

The early history Methodism in the Dakotas centered around the Yankton Church.  In pioneer days Yankton was the Capital of Dakota Territory and therefore became the center of Methodist activities.  When the Territory became a state the Presiding Elder of the Mission Conference and later the Annual Conference made their home here.  For these reasons Yankton became known as The Mother Church.

In June of 1974 at the Annual Conference in Rapid City authorization was granted to apply for a "Historic Site" designation for the Yankton Church. In September of that year a marker in the form of a small round plaque was received which reads:  METHODIST HISTORIC SITE no. 26



This plaque is now hanging on the wall to the right of the stairway leading to the sanctuary.



Lectionary Readings

April 1

Acts 10:34-43

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8


April 8

Acts 4:32-35

Psalm 133

1 John 1:1-2:2

John 20:19-31


April 15

Acts 3:12-19

Psalm 4

1 John 3:1-7

Luke 24:36b-48


April 22

Acts 4:5-12

Psalm 23

1 John 3:16-24

John 10:11-18


April 29

Acts 8:26-40

Psalm 22:25-31

1 John 4:7-21

John 15:1-8


April Greeters


Sunday – 8:30am


April 1: Jeff & Carol Skonhovd

April 8: Dan & Laura Slowey

April 15: Todd & Jill Sage

April 22: Darwin & LaVila Tessier  

April 29: Suzanne Tessier & Susan Thorson  


Sunday –11:00am

April 1: Sandy Skinner & Pam Skinner

April 8: Lorraine Slade & Jean Johnson

April 15: Evie & Brett Sime

April 22: Kay & Daniel Swihart

April 29: Brook & Troy Thurman


April Ushers


Sunday – 8:30am


April 1: Bob & Jane Walser; Rhonda Hofer,

Laurie Baily

April 8: Michael & Denise Erickson

April 15: Mark & Syndee Droppers; Barb Hirsch

April 22: Dave & Alicia Cornemann;

Kevin McKee

April 29:


Sunday –11:00am

April 1: Delores Kafka; Loy Gravholt;

Rick Petersen; Jack Skinner

April 8: Andy & Chelsa Gall; Rick Petersen

April 15: Arlo & Carlene Watchorn;

Terry & Jenae Norton

April 22: Mitch & Alice Hofer;

Paul & Mary Pietila

April 29:



April Birthdays

1 - Lorraine Slade, Megan Sage


2 - Greg Popma


3 - Teresa Rentsch, Margaret Bartels, Levi Davis, Mary Pietila


4 – Tim Irwin, Carol Grimme


5 - Lindsay Bodenstedt


6 - Mary Peirce, Chelsa Gall


7 - Ben Mooney, Dorothy Walton


10 - Derek Gravholt


11 - Chuck Nelson


12 - Morgan Tessier, Dena Den Herder


13 - Morgan King


14 - Jack Kyriss, Shirley Dangler, Jeannie Kasik,

Kyle Kyriss


15 - Troy Hunhoff


16 - Makayla Palecek, Owen Wieseler

17 - Austin Gobel, Laurie Baily


19 - Kennedy Bartunek


20 - Alicia Cornemann, Verne Hanson


21 - Eunice Northey, Cyver Pietz


22 - Mona Mullican, Alison Olson


23 - Shayce Platt, Bill Branson, Marc Mooney


25 - Leslie Johnson, Laura Johnson,

Darwin Koerner


27 - Carolyn Cappel


29 - Caleb Kisch, Paul Rolston

30 - Courtney True, Darin Cunningham




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


Chuck Gukeisen’s family. Chuck passed away Mar. 2nd.

Dawn Kabella, Angela Herrmann, 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!


Just a short note to say thank you for the United Methodist ministry at our chapel yesterday.  The men always appreciate your work on behalf of the Lord Jesus.  Volunteering at a prison isn't the most glamorous of activities but it is one of the most needful and one of the most important eternally relevant activities we can become engaged in humble service.  Thank you for your sacrifice. 

Doug Upton, Chaplain FPC Yankton