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

June 2018

Pastor’s Word

            One afternoon a man came home from work to find total mayhem in his house. His three children were outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn around the front yard.

            The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house. Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess.  A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall. In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, dog food was spilled on the floor; a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

            He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over the toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife, He was worried she may be ill, or that something serious had happened.

            He found her lounging in the bedroom still curled in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She look up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, “What happened here today?” She again smiled and answered, “You know every day when you come home from work and ask me what in the world did I do today?” “Yes” was incredulous reply. She answered “Well, today, I didn’t do it.”

            Sometimes we learn the truth the hard way. And sometimes we hear the truth when we least expect it.

            I was made aware of the truth in my reading this week as I came across this story about the Japanese developing a method of growing dwarfed trees. They take a small seedling that God meant to grow to be eighty or ninety feet tall and sever the taproot with scissors. Now the tree is forced to live off the shallow surface roots, and living from these, grows only to sixteen or eighteen inches in height. Without the taproot to go deep into the earth, the tree, even though fifty years of age, remains a dwarf.

So a life that draws its sustenance from a shallow surface remains a dwarf spiritually.  Only as the primary root of life goes deep into the life of God is there real growth.  No matter how great intellectual, technological, or scientific abilities may be, they’re not the roots need to give security, self-worth or the spiritual depth to make life meaningful.  Without the taproot to God, life never reaches the heights of joy, peace, ad love that God intends for each of his creation.

            It’s time to face the truth and determine where you are drawing sustenance for your life.  If it is not from God, you will never be all that you were created to be.


Summer Worship Hours

            Sunday service will be at 10:00 a.m. starting on June 3rd. Wednesday service will be at 6:30 p.m. starting Wednesday, May 30th. A simple meal will be offered before the Wednesday evening service, starting at 5:45 p.m. and a free will donation will be collected. Nothing says summer quite like a grilled hot dog! The Wednesday night service will be taking a week off for VBS and resuming on Wednesday, June 13th. Also, note there will be no service offered on Wednesday night July 4th. Whether you plan on attending Sunday or Wednesday night, for a midweek pick-up, we look forward to worshiping with you this summer. Peace and blessings from the Worship Committee


Summer Coffee Fellowship

            During the summer will be on Sunday morning before the worship service from 9:15-9:45am. A pot of coffee will be available. There will not be a sign-up sheet for treats or to serve, but if someone wants to bring something to share, they sure can. Disposable serving products will be used for fast and easy cleanup.


Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God!

            Come along and join us for the Ride of a Lifetime during Vacation Bible School at the Rolling River Rampage.  Students will learn how to serve God and God's mission for their lives.  Their lives may be bumpy and take crazy turns, but our stories, songs, activities and crafts will teach them how to handle the waves and keep God in their sites.

            Vacation Bible School Registration is now open!  Please register at by Friday, June 1st.  VBS will be June 3rd-7th from 6:15pm-8pm each evening with supper and Children's program Thursday evening.

            If you would like to volunteer to help, have questions, or need help registering please contact Tiffany at or 605-695-0178


Parents’ Corner

By Susan Thorson, RN BC Faith Community Nurse

            How often to you thank God for healthy food with your children? The food we eat is a gift from God. Mealtime blessings are the perfect place to encourage our children to pray and to make the blessing a family time. Try using this prayer from the book “Mealtime Blessings.”  Use the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and teach your child this prayer:


Now we eat our healthy food.

Thank you, God, for you are good.

Help my mind to learn and know.

Now we eat our healthy food.

Thank you, God for you are good!



United Methodist Women

            A wonderful group of spirited women met May 7th. A heartfelt devotion was shared by Sherry Daugherty. Carolyn Cappel shared a humorous reading and also a devotion and litany for Mother's Day. Our main speaker, Dr. Tom Stanage shared a very interesting, sad and yet informative talk on the subject of suicide. You never know when your smile, your kind words, your thoughtful gesture could help save a life. Once again we had a display table as a reminder of sacred spaces. Where is your sacred space? At the table with your morning coffee or over a cup of tea? Perhaps it's in nature now that it's warmer out – in the garden or on the porch or sitting by your sun-filled window watching the birds build their nest? 

            Where is your sacred space? I'm not looking for an answer. You know where your sacred spaces are. I remember when I had young children my sacred space was in the bathroom with the door locked..The only place I seemed to have privacy. Our sacred spaces change from age to age, from season to season, from year to year. And for many,..and the way I think Christ meant it to be, is that our sacred space goes with us wherever we are. After a short business meeting, a lovely dessert luncheon was served by Susan Becker and Corinne Ditmar. There will not be a June UMW meeting, but a social "lunch out" date will be planned later in June for all United Methodist Women.


Add Steps to Your Day

By Susan Thorson, RN BC Faith Community Nurse

            Its spring and just around the corner summer will be here.  Take time when the weather is nice to add steps to your day.  Being healthy in body, mind, and spirit will help you live a better overall life.  Here are a few hints to increase your daily exercise:

       Walk around the house when you talk on the phone.

       Meet a friend for lunch at a cafe you can both walk to.

       Play a round of golf but leave the golf cart behind.

       Go for a walk during your lunch break.

       Take the stairs instead of the elevator if you can.

       Take a parking space at the back of the parking lot to increase your steps.

       Hide the remote, so those watching TV have to get up to change the channels.

       Get up early, meet a friend and go for a walk or a run.

       Walk around the block to meet your neighbors and check out their gardens.

            Be sure to set goals, create a plan, and execute your plan to live healthier. Make this exercise a whole hearted endeavor and don’t be afraid to pray for help!  John 1:2  “My dear friend, I pray that everything may go well with you and that you may be in good health -- as I know you are well in spirit.”


Mission U

            Women of the United Methodist Church! Make plans now to attend Mission U. July 12-15 at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota. If you've never experienced 'Mission U’ make this the year! You can even bring your kids or grandkids to attend the Youth Camp (grades 7–12), or Faithful Servant Children's Camp (grades 3-6). There are brochures in the office with all the details and registration form. Register by June 30th to avoid a late fee.


History Notes

By Kathy Wibbels, History Committee


The Banquet

            In 1997, the Yankton Area Committee conceived of the idea of being in service to others by offering food and fellowship to any and all who would come to their table. From this idea, the Banquet was born and still continues today.

            Each month, an evening meal is prepared every Thursday, as well as the first and third Tuesdays. The meals are served free to all guests who attend. Over the years, this ministry has not only provided food and fellowship for thousands of guests, but has also given thousands of volunteers the opportunity to serve others.

            I am proud to say that First United Methodist Church has been involved in this ministry from its inception. When a call went out for a location for the Banquet, our church volunteered.  However, because our building was not accessible to those with disabilities, our site was not chosen.  That didn’t dampen our spirits as we volunteered to serve immediately and did so in November of 1997, within the first ten weeks of the Banquet opening its doors.

            The Banquet has been housed at the United Church of Christ from the very beginning.  What a gift this ministry has given to both those who have been guests of the Banquet and those who have prepared and served meals. Matthew 25:40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

            Special thanks to Dagmar Hoxsie and Laura Heimes-Brown for providing historical information.


Lectionary Readings

June 3

1 Samuel 3:1-20

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

2 Corinthians 4:5-12

Mark 2:23-3:6


June 10

1 Samuel 8:4-20 (11:14-15)

Psalm 138

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

Mark 3:20-35

June 17

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Psalm 20 or Psalm 72

2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17

Mark 4:26-34


June 24

1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49

Psalm 9:9-20

2 Corinthians 6:1-13

Mark 4:35-41


June Greeters


June 3:

June 10: Dick and Linda Fox

June 17:

June 24: Delores Kafka & Lydia Giziewski



May 30:  Ken & Marcia Bertsch

June 6:   VBS - No church

June 13: Erica & Cody Garvey

June 20:  Bill & Margaret Bartles

June 27:  Curt & Julie Dykstra


June Ushers


June 3: Rhonda Hofer, Paula Keehr,

Loy Gravholt, Jack Skinner

June 10: Mark & Syndee Droppers, Rick Peterson

June 17: Terry & Janae Norton; Arlo & Carlene Watchorn

June 24: Paul & Mary Pietila



May 30:  Bob & Jane Walser

June 6:   VBS - No church

June 13: Andy & Chelsa Gall 

June 20:  Vivian Van Essen, Kevin McKee

June 27:  Dave & Alicia Cornemann


KYNT Radio Broadcast, The sign-up folder is located on the Hy-Vee table in the Church Lounge. The cost to sponsor a Sunday broadcast is $45.


June Birthdays

1 - Laura Gulick


2 - Anna Gulick,

     Rev. Ron Johnson 


4 - Jared Buchholz, Kristi Peterka


5 - Kayla Styles          


6 – Jacko Noecker, Justin Johnson


8 - Helen Zdenek, Keith Dahlberg


10 - Kylee Cardoza


11 - Reid Sawatzke, Tami Nielsen,


12 - Al Pigney, Jill Huetig


13 - Mark Nickles, Linda Kyriss, 

       Norma Christensen, Virginia Larson


15 - Julie Giblin


16 - Kami Guthmiller, Brooke Lancaster


17 - Gena Brandt


18 – Patsy James        


19 - Stephanie Burgeson, Keith Sayler


20 - Ken Bertsch, Jimmie Cunningham         


21 - Sylvia Coulson    


22 - Bode Thurman, Sandy Skinner


26 – Lesley Hale, Kristi Palecek


27 - Erica Garvey


28 – Lonnie Root, Josh Crawford, Calvin Wampol


29 - Val Tieszen         


30 - Greg Gusso, Shana Platt, Tom Gilmore


In Our Thoughts & Prayers


Russell & Mary Peirce’s grandson Jordan Peirce


Jill Huetig & Bill Bartels sister-in-law Rita Bartels passed away.


Mabel Yager, Dawn Kabella, Angela Herrmann, Barb Hirsch, Ken Doering


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


Thank you!


            We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone for the kind words, hugs, food, gifts, cards, help packing, sorting, addressing, and writing cards, and taking care of our family. Thank you for the love that we received during the loss of Nicole. She loved her church family.

Thank you so much Gregg, Laurie Eric, and

Kendra Baily


            I would like to extend many thanks to my church family for all the prayers, warm wishes and cards sent during this time of illness. I would like to especially thank my church bell choir group and Lydia Giziewski for all the delicious meals provided on a weekly basis to my home for me and my family. God bless you all!

Angela Herrmann