First United Methodist Church - Yankton
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
207 W 11th St Yankton SD 57078 (605) 665-2991

July 2018

Pastor’s Word

            As we prepare to celebrate the 242nd anniversary of our nation’s independence, let us remember that as we observe and celebrate on the 4th of July, 2018, we memorialize that day, July 4, 1776, when our forefathers felt strong enough to declare collective independence from the government of George III, King of England.  That independence of political sovereignty was fully realized after a long and trying war and was established through representative consultation and formation of a constitution that has guided our nation from 1789 to this day.

            My concern is that many of us may not even know what true freedom is. May I suggest that real freedom is the freedom of forgiveness and restitution, the freedom of acceptance and renewal, the freedom to be who we are, in joy and peace and love. Real freedom is the freedom to be sons and daughters of God, so that we can experience the fruits of the Spirit-love, joy, peace, and patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

            Freedom is not the freedom to do nothing. It is not the freedom to be anybody or anything we want. Freedom is the ability to be happy with who we are as human beings and to give thanks for our human situations-knowing that God loves us and accepts us and is preparing us for our eternal destinies in Jesus Christ.

            Certainly Roger Sherman, Oliver Wolcott, William Williams, and Samuel Huntington of Connecticut, al signers of the Declaration of Independence, for their colony, must have given thought to these published words of Reverend Judan Champion of Hartford, when he said, “For heaven’s sake and our own, let us arouse, my countrymen, and act up to the dignity of character as free-born Americans.  Let us be steady, prudent, firm and united, trusting in the Lord. 

          Now, by the Love of God to perishing sinners-By all that Christ has done and suffered to purchase our privileges and eternal salvation-By all that is dear and sacred-By all your regard to the sacred Trinity, to yourselves, to posterity, and to your country, we beseech you and earnestly implore you to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.  Amen.”

            We would do well to give thought to these words in our day and age as we walk together into the future that awaits us all.


Summer Worship Hours

            Sunday service is at 10:00am and Wednesday service is at 6:30pm. A simple meal will be offered before the Wednesday evening service, starting at 5:45pm and a free will donation will be collected. Nothing says summer quite like a grilled hot dog! 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


Taking Control

By Susan Thorson, RN-BC, Faith Community Nurse

            It seems like no matter what age we are, anyone of us can be diagnosed with cancer.  If you have had cancer or are experiencing cancer now, you know attitude is everything for survival. This diagnosis sends a clear message--this is your life and there is no time to put things off. There have been changes you needed to make but never seemed to get around to it. Now is the time in your life to get it right! Take control of your cancer, don’t let it control you. Yes, you go through anger and despair asking “Why me?” The treatment wears you down like you never believed--no energy, no appetite, nausea, weakness, and not being able to do what you had previous done prior to the diagnosis. 

            You want to live, fight to live and try to understand what you have to live for. Cancer or any other disease is not what we wanted but it does give us an opportunity to look over our life, our family, and our work in a much different way.  Don’t let the disease rob you of the life that God wants you to experience. Choose a road of hope and remember:

            The God we pray to is a God of life and healing. God wants us to live life abundantly with joy and closeness to Him. God wants all of us to heal and be whole again. God’s forgiveness is offered through Jesus Christ. God wants us to use our talents, gifts, time and our resources to serve Him. Trust is God that His “will” is good.

            Prayer:  Dear God as we fight this battle against cancer, surround us with your love and hopeful people in our lives. Calm the raging storm and give us peace. Help us to trust in You and be hopeful for the future so we may serve you.  Amen.


Mission Moments

            The Banquet was held on May 31st and it was a pleasure to partner with the Evangelism Committees, ‘Feet’s and Seats.’ We served a tasty meal to more than 260 people. Over 241 pairs of socks and 276 pairs of underwear were handed out by the Evangelism Committee. Thank you to all that volunteered their time, talents and treasures. The Mission Committee will not meet until September; however,  if you have a mission request, you’d like us to consider before then, please notify Karen Miller at 660-5743 or Sherry Daugherty at 660-9442 with your request.  Our next Mission Committee event will be the Dakota Marketplace in September. We will keep you posted as time nears. Have a fun and safe summer.


Seats and Feets Project was a success.

By the Evangelism Committee

            On Thursday, May 31st, 276 pairs of underwear and 241 pairs of socks were given away to those persons who came for a meal at The Banquet.

            Thank you to everyone who donated so generously, helped organize, and distribute the items. 


Parent’s Corner

By Susan Thorson, RN-BC, Faith Community Nurse


Protect Your Child from Injury

  • Please use a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt that’s right for your child’s size and age on every trip.
  • Get your child’s safety seat inspected by a certified child passenger safety technician.
  • Kids under 12 always ride in the back seat.
  • As a parent, set a good example by always buckling up your seat belt when you are in a car.
  • Never drive after drinking alcohol or using drugs.
  • Do not read or send text messages while driving. If you get a phone call, pull over to a safe area and then answer your phone!
  • Follow the speed limit and keep a safe distance between your car and the car ahead of you


Roof Fund Update

            Currently we have $43,890 which has been invested with the Dakota’s United Methodist Foundation. The fixed account earned 5.5% in 2017.

            Some time ago an anonymous donor gave $10,000 toward the roof fund, and a couple weeks ago we received a $500 donation.

            Brenda Janssen (Lee & Phyllis Skalberg’s daughter) continues to show her support with a $5,000 contribution.

            We also have received shares of stock which were turned into cash (something to be considered).

            We continue to receive small amounts as memorials and contributions.

            Mitchell Roofing has given an estimate of $130,000.

            If you have any questions or comments please give me a call. 665-9649 Loy Gravholt


History Notes

By, History Committee

            In the 1980’s & 90’s, two big puppets were used in SD Methodist Churches, including ours, to promote healthy living among children. Here is a script used in church by these puppets.

Shad – Hi Bookum

Book – Hi Shadrika. Did you hear what the shortest word beginning with E is?

Shad   Shortest word beginning with E – what is it Bookum?

Book – Envelope. It only has one letter in it!

Shad – O bookum, that’s a silly joke. The 4th of July is coming up, bet you don’t know the most patriotic name an American can have?

Book – Is it George Washington? Or Abe or Abraham Lincoln?

Shad – No. It’s José.

Book – José? 

Shad – Yes. It’s in our national anthem – “José can you see by the dawn’s –

Book – That’s a good one, Shadrika. Say kids, did you know my friend Shadrika is a monkey? And she can swing her tail?

Shad – And Bookum, you are a great reader. Us friends don’t have to be exactly alike.

Book – That’s right, Shadrika. But one thing, both of us want to be is healthy. How about you kids – do you want to grow up healthy or unhealthy? --- That’s what I thought.

Shad – And Bookum, there are some things we can do to be healthy – like getting enough sleep, and exercise (even if not everyone can swing by their tails!) and eating good foods.

Book – Yeah, that’s right Shadrika. And some unhealthy things are alcohol, and tobacco and drugs.

Shad – Yes, I know that Bookum, and did you know that too much candy and too much coke, and too much TV can be unhealthy too, Bookum?

Book – Well, maybe. I know my mom says I get all jumpy and have trouble sleeping if I’ve had a few Pepsis in the evening. And I don’t want to be called a couch potato, watching TV all the times.

Shad – Here, Bookum, I’ve got some samples of good foods – fruits, milk, meat, cereals (show the various items)

Book – And a little candy, and a little pop, and not too many nachos, right Shadrika?

Shad – Right Bookum.

Together – Song to the tune “Are you sleeping”

Let’s grow healthy, let’s grow strong, don’t do drugs, sing a song. Exercise and good food, Friends and keep a good mood. Life is swell, when you’re well.


Lectionary Readings

July 1

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27

Psalm 130

2 Corinthians 8:7-15

Mark 5:21-43


July 8

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

Psalm 48

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Mark 6:1-13


July 15

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19

Psalm 24

Ephesians 1:3-14

Mark 6:14-29

July 22

2 Samuel 7:1-14a

Psalm 89:20-37

Ephesians 2:11-22

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56


July 29

2 Samuel 11:1-15

Psalm 14

Ephesians 3:14-21

John 6:1-21


July Greeters




July 1: Barb Olson & Jenae Norton        

July 8: Dick and Linda Fox

July 15: Sherry Rabenberg & Joan Neubauer

July 22: Lorraine Slade & Jean Johnson

July 29: Darwin & LaVila Tessier




July 4:  No Service

July 11: Darin & Lara Cunningham

July 18: Sherry Daugherty & Lily Lawrence

July 25: Dylan & Tina Gobel


July Ushers



July 1: Rhonda Hofer-Arens, Delores Kafka,

             Loy Gravholt, Jack Skinner

July 8: Mark & Syndee Droppers, Rick Peterson

July 15: Terry & Janae Norton; Arlo & Carlene  


July 22: Paul & Mary Pietila; Dick & Linda Fox

July 29: Chris & Cassandra Hathaway;

              Chuck & Corrine Ditmar




July 4:  No Service

July 11: Bob & Jane Walser  

July 18: Kevin McKee 

July 25:  Ken & Marsha Bertsch


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July Birthdays


1 - Cole Moderegger, Arica Nickles



3 - Jeff Sorensen


4 - Jamee Bruegman, Jason  

     Saunders, Donna Daniels, Julie Mooney


5 - Ted Mickelson                  


8 - Gracie Thurman, Kevin Iverson,

      Sophie McKee, Joyce Anderson  


9 - Julianna Enfield, Bill Bartels, Gavin Brandt,

      Colton James


10 - Kari Bartels, Paige, McKenna &

       Ryan Golden       


11 - Paul Aughenbaugh         



12 - Zach Sage, Tyler  Guthmiller,

                                Trevor Giziewski


13 - Katelyn Pawlitschek, Dan Miller


14 - Aliza Doby, Pam Skinner


15 - Blake Sime


16 - Samuel Gusso, Walt Rentsch


18 -  Darwin Tessier


19 - Todd Sage


20 - Andrew Larson, Lynsay Wek,

       Lane Sawatzke, Sarah Brandt


23 - Karen Lambert, Trevor Guthmiller,

        Rebecca Gravholt


24 - Brady Hale, Dave Cornemann, Sarah Nedved


25 - Jill Wilson, Geena Stucky, Andrea Skinner



26 - Marlene Nebola, Mindy Giziewski


29 - Dee Carson, Alexander Palecek,

       Alex Swihart       


30 - Bill Sohl


In Our Thoughts & Prayers


The family of Julie Orton. Julie 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 at the Yankton Area Banquet wish to thank you for serving our guests on May 31st. The generosity in sharing of your time and talents was appreciated very much!

Julie Stevens, Correspondence Secretary