First United Methodist Church - Yankton
Thursday, April 25, 2019
207 W 11th St Yankton SD 57078 (605) 665-2991

August 2018

Pastor’s Word

            John Drescher tells the story of a Russian czar. Russian czars ruled as absolute monarchs until the Russian Revolution when a parliament was established. This czar came upon a sentry, a soldier stationed to keep guard or to control access to a place. This sentry was standing at attention in a secluded spot of the palace garden.  Seeing no particular purpose for a guard in the place, he asked “Sentry, what are you guarding?” “I don’t know, sir”, the guard replied. “I was ordered to my post by the captain of the guard.”  Calling the captain of the guard, the czar questioned him. The captain likewise could tell no reason, replying that regulations called for a sentry at that spot. In order to find the reason for the apparently useless provision, the czar ordered the archives searched to determine the origin of a regulation which kept such a secluded spot under surveillance day and night, year after year. Finally it was found that Catherine the Great had many years before planted a rosebush there and ordered a sentry placed beside it to keep it from being trampled.  The rosebush had been dead for more than one hundred years, but the regulation providing for the guard remained.

            I share this story because we need to be reminded that like the rosebush, the church can die under the watchful eye of sentries.  Although we always need those whose watchful eyes see changes which confront the church, the church is always in greater need of gardeners than of guards. Roses need cultivation, care, as well as protection. And no matter how attractive and colorful the guards, they do not keep the rosebush alive. The truth of the natter is that some churches are guarded to death by well-intentioned people.

            While it would be foolish to let all the sentries go, it is good to remember that people do not visit a garden because it is guarded well but because it is kept beautiful by gardeners. And people are not attracted to the church because its faith is well guarded so much as by the fact that its faith is fragrant and flourishing in the lives of people.

            Who are the gardeners at First United Methodist Church and are you one of them?  Is faith fragrant and flourishing in the lives of the people who are part of our church family?     

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


Parents Corner

By Susan Thorson, RN-BC, Faith Community Nurse



“Train children in the right way; when old they will not stray.” Proverbs 22:6


John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church had a special blessing which is found in the First United Methodist Hymnal on page 621:


Be present at our table, Lord;

Be here and everywhere adored.

Thy creatures bless and grant that we

May feast in paradise with thee.

With this blessing, we give thanks to God for giving us food we are about to eat.  How often do you say or have a blessing before a meal? Start today to remind the children and yourself the importance of giving thanks.


Another kind of blessing in the Jewish tradition is the blessing of children in preparation for the Sabbath and on special occasions. Parents and other adults present place their hands on the heads of children and then pray this blessing from Numbers 6:24-26:


The Lord bless you and keep you

The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Your physical touch and special intercession for the child, is so reassuring.  This connects the child with God’s grace and for adults it reminds you of your privileged dimension of your parental responsibilities. One parent extends this formal blessing to their children each day before they leave for school. Think of how important this might be for your children each day as they grow into adults.  Blessings to you!


Mission Moments

            Summer is passing quickly. The school supplies are out so it’s time to start collecting for our kits that will go for UMCOR relief. We are only doing 3 types of kits this year, School, Hygiene and Cleaning kits. There have been a few changes in the items for kits we will be putting together to take to The Dakota Marketplace on September 29th. Please review the lists at the end of the REMINDER and donate what you can. Cash donations are great. The missions committee will be happy to shop for you-please indicate if there is a special kit you would like to donate to. Plastic bins will be in the foyer to collect supplies. If you would like to contact Missions with questions--Call Sherry Daugherty 660-9442 or Karen Miller 660-5743. Enjoy what’s left of the summer!!


Military Bible Sticks

            The bible sticks are a small, personal listening device pre-loaded with the Audio New Testament and selected Psalms. Bible Sticks are offered to every branch of our armed forces. Chaplains are currently requesting up to 2,000 each week. Each bible stick costs $25. Everything we collect will be matched by Faith Comes by Hearing.


Coffee fellowship between church services will start up again on Sunday, Sept. 9th. This is the time during which we can get to know our church family better and welcome any visitors. Anyone wanting to provide goodies and serve, please sign up on the date you wish to help. We would like to have 2 people each week to help lighten the work load. If you cannot serve but would like to provide some baked goods, we would welcome that too.


College students name & addresses needed

            If you have a child going off to college or is in college please let the church office know.



Parenting with Hope Class

By Susan Thorson, RN-BC, Faith Community Nurse

            We will be offering the “Parenting with Hope” class starting Sunday, September 16th from 9:45 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in the Church Conference room. This class is for parents of young children who are in preschool and younger elementary years. The class will teach you how to manage challenging behavior with consistency and confidence. It offers strategies with step-by-step guidance to implement at home. There are worksheets to use to learn about behaviors and to use as a visual encouragement for children to progress toward desired behaviors. During the classes you will learn to understand how faith develops in a child even among the times of challenging behavior. It will encourage parents that what they are doing in even small moments matters in the big picture in raising children. If you are interested in being a part of this informal class please contact Susan Thorson, Faith Community Nurse at 661-9302 or register at the church office at 665-2991.   


History Notes

By, Loy Gravholt-Food Booth Coordinator,

 History Committee



Riverboat Food Booth 1990-2007

The food booth was begun to provide funds for special projects, not for day to day expenses. A committee decided how the money would be spent – examples: Handicap van expenses, an up-graded phone system, camp scholarship, youth room needs, up-grade our sound system, plus other requests.

            The booth was 16`x16` with a red canvas roof and artificial green turf for the floor. It annually was erected on the bank of the Missouri River (a great spot).

            Our signature foods were brats with special sour kraut (sugar added) and apple slices topped with caramel and nuts. Ken and Mary Alice Halverson’s orchard provided the apples. Our prices were lower than other vendors: therefore, year after year the same people came to support us. We averaged between $1,500 – 1,800 profit each year. Those who worked in the booth wore red aprons – looked professional. This tradition continues with red aprons during our annual Soup Kitchen.

            The money was important, but the fellowship our church family working together has had a lasting effect. The same people volunteered year after year. We still talk about those days – Great memories; also the food booth has allowed our church to positively connect with the community. That is evident through our Soup Kitchen, The Banquet, Habit for Humanity, Prison Ministry, and other out-reach opportunities.  

            We should feel proud of our community involvement. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers.


Lectionary Readings

August 5

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27

Psalm 130

2 Corinthians 8:7-15

Mark 5:21-43


August 12

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

Psalm 48

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Mark 6:1-13


August 19

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

Psalm 24

Ephesians 1:3-14

Mark 6:14-29


August 26

2 Samuel 7:1-14a

Psalm 89:20-37

Ephesians 2:11-22

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56


August Greeters



August 5: Merle & Virginia Larson

August 12: Delores Kafka; Lydia Giziewski

August 19: Lorraine Slade; Jean Johnson

August 26: Darwin & LaVila Tessier




August 1: Randy & Carolyn Golden

August 8: Jay & Rebecca Gravholt

August 15: Dan & Kami Guthmiller

August 22: Rob & Lesley Hale

August 29: Nancy Hetherington & Sean Garcia


August Ushers



August 5: Rhonda Arens, Paula Keehr,

                 Loy Gravholt, Jack Skinner

August 12: Mark & Syndee Droppers,

                  Rick Petersen

August 19: Terry & Jenae Norton;

                   Arlo & Carlene Watchorn

August 26: Paul & Mary Pietila;

                  Dick & Linda Fox




August 1: Bob & Jane Walser

August 8: Chelsa & Andy Gall

August 15: Karen & Mike Miller

August 22: Cornemann family

August 29: Jim & Connie Sawatzke


August Birthdays

2 - Barb Wohl, Mikael Pietila


3 - Jill Sage


5- Miya Noecker


7 - Ruth Gravholt, Harry Luurs,

      Mary Alice Halverson


9 - Wanda Branson, Collins Den Herder       


10 - Neta Thompson, Mary Johnson


11 - Don Miller, Pat Keller, Dan Johnson,

       Chris Hathaway


12 – Tyler Irwin


14 - Peggy Doering, Gary Johnson, Joel Karnes


16 - Liza Larson, Melania Enfield


17 - Maurice Newman, Misty Davis


18 -  Ron Kraft, Blake Bartels, Hannah Irwin


19 - Treyton Bakke


20 - Laura Slowey, Kayln Peterka, Margret



21 - LaVila Tessier, Carlene Watchorn,

        Derek Moderegger


22 - Scott Parr, Jody Brady


23 - Susan Thorson


24 - Betty Maruska, Andrew Tramp,

       Cole Sawatzke, Rose Nedved

26 - Luann Saunders, Dan Slowey


27 - Sue Frick 


28 - Brett Sime, Autumn Erickson


29 - Rhonda Hofer, Gwynn Stiles, James Micah


Celebrating a Life

Tom & Jane Gilmore and family would like to invite you to the Celebration of Life for their son Daren Lance Gilmore (1969-2018), August 27th at 5:30pm at Lewis & Clark Resort Lodge 43496 Shore Dr., Yankton. Park Passes: After entering the park, tell the attendant you are with Gilmore event at the Lodge, casual attire.


In Our Thoughts & Prayers


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. 


Relief Supply Kits


Dakota Marketplace will be held Saturday, Sept. 29th at First United Methodist in Sioux Falls, SD. The kit contents are listed below. Each church family is asked to put at least one kit together and bring it to the church by Monday, Sept 24th. Please bring your kit or a gift of money to purchase a kit and plan to attend the Dakota Marketplace.


Hygiene Kit ($12 value)

Health kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. Health kits are also used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy, nutrition and cooking classes. When people gain the knowledge and materials to maintain personal hygiene, their overall health improves.

Please be; sure that all items are NEW! Do Not Wash

          1 hand towel (15”x25” up to 17”x27”)

o No kitchen towels, cleaning or microfiber)

          1 washcloth

          1 comb

o             Must be sturdy with at least 6 inches of teeth

o            No pocket combs or picks

o      Rattail and combs without handles are acceptable but must have at least 6 inches of teeth

          1 toenail or fingernail clippers

o                    No emery boards or metal nail files

          1 bath-size bar of soap (3 oz. and up)

o                       No Ivory or Jergen’s soap

o    Do not remove from packaging

                                              1 Adult toothbrush

o     Do not remove from packaging

o             Personal advertising not acceptable

        10 adhesive bandages (¾ by 3 inches)

o    Common household bandages acceptable

                                           One one-gallon size re-sealable bag

                                           $2 for the cost of toothpaste and shipping


SCHOOL KIT ($11 value)

In some countries, children don't have books or school supplies. Many have no schoolrooms; classes are held in inadequate or half-destroyed buildings, tents, or even the open air. Often students must write down everything the teacher says or records on a board. Their teacher's knowledge and their own notes are their only textbooks. School kits may be these children's only educational resources. This UMCOR kit is designed for a variety of ages.


  • 1 blunt scissors

o   Round tips only

o  No plastic scissors

          One box of 24 crayons

o   Only 24-count boxes are accepted

                   3 one subject notebooks

o  No marble composition books

o  No 3 or 5 – subject notebooks

                                  One pack loose-leaf paper

o  100-200 page packets are acceptable 

o   Wide or college rule accepted

                                  One hand-held pencil sharpener

o   1-inch or longer

o   Remove from packaging

                                  One ruler

o   12 inches or 30 centimeters long

o   Sturdy or flexible material accepted

                                  Six unsharpened pencils

                                  One eraser

o   Two inches or larger

                                  One two-gallon re-sealable plastic bag

$1 for the cost of shipping


Cleaning Kit ($75 value)

These supplies enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood or hurricane.

          One five-gallon round bucket with lid (14.35” h x 12.19” w x 12.19” d)

o   No screw lids

o   May be used, but must be free from all residual product

o   No Advertisement on the outside acceptable

          One 32–64 oz. bottle liquid laundry detergent

          One 16–40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner

o    No spray cleaners

          One 16–34 oz. bottle liquid dish soap.

          One 4–8 oz. pump spray air freshener (three solid, or three gel fresheners also acceptable)

          One 6–14 oz. pump spray insect repellant (pack of 10–20 wipes also acceptable)

o   Pump spray bottles must have protective covers

          One scrub brush

o    With or without handle

          18 re-usable cleaning wipes

o    No terrycloth, microfiber or paper towels

o    Remove from packaging

          Five scouring pads

o No stainless steel or pads with soap in them

o Remove from packaging

          36–50 clothespins  

          One 50–100 ft. clothesline (cotton or plastic line)

           24 roll of heavy-duty trash bags (33–45 gallon   


o  Remove from packaging

          Five N95 particulate respirator dust masks (1–3 mm thickness)

o  No surgical masks

           Two pairs kitchen gloves

o  Durable for multiple uses

o  Remove from packaging

          $3 for the cost of sponges and ship-