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

October 2012

Pastor’s Word

            By Rev. Ron

United Methodist Bishop Emerson Colaw, who served in the Minnesota Conference, tells about doing some work with his church’s non-resident membership list. He wrote a letter to one family that had been very active in the church he was serving. A letter came back, “Mr. Colaw, we now live near a university campus and we go every Sunday to the chapel service there. They have unusually fine music and nationally known preachers every Sunday morning.” And she added a note he didn’t think necessary. “We had not heard such preaching as that before. The children are being taught in church school by seminary students.” And then she ended, “but the best of all there is no membership, no pledging, and no women’s society asking me to work. So if you don’t mind, we’ll just leave our membership at Hyde Park and continue to enjoy what we have here.” No involvement, no bother. No crosses.

This true story points to the fact that Jesus is not looking for more persons in the church who simply stand on the sidelines and watch with the desire to be entertained. His command is that we not be spectators but servants. Having washed the disciples’ feet, Jesus said: “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:15-17)

One person put it this way: “This is my church. It is composed of people like me. We make it what it is. It will be friendly if I am friendly. Its pews will be filled if I help fill them. It will do good work if I work. It will make generous gifts to many causes if I am a generous giver. It will bring other people into this worship and fellowship if I bring them. It will be a church of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith, and a church with a noble spirit if I, who make it what it is, am filled with these. Therefore, with the help of God, I shall dedicate myself to the task of being all the things I want my church to be.”


Get Ready - It’s Coming – Save the Date!!! 

By Linda Fox, Consecration Sunday Chairman

Consecration Sunday is October 28th, 2012.

Why Give?  The Bible tells us that we give time, talents, and treasures because of our relationship with Jesus Christ.  We give to further our church’s mission and ministry in response to the spiritual work God has done in our lives.  For the next few weeks, each committee will be showcased to illustrate how their mission and ministry have an effect on our Church, Community and beyond through the sharing of their gifts.  

Our Guest Speaker on October 28th will be Jeff Pospisil, the Dakota Conference Treasurer.  He is entertaining, witty and you will appreciate how God has touched his life.  You don’t want to miss it.  Save the Date.


World Communion Sunday

By Worship Committee

If you have items representing other parts of the world that you would like to display for World Communion Sunday, please drop them off in the office with your name attached to the item. 


The Annual Soup Kitchen and Country Store

By Carole Hurley & Dee Carson, Co-Chairs

Soup Kitchen is Wednesday, October 17th, will be an important day for our church. It is an opportunity for our entire congregation to enjoy great fellowship while working together toward a very worthy goal. The event is a project of the United Methodist Women but it needs everyone to successfully raise funds designated for camping scholarships and local missions. How can you be involved? Your donations of food and items for the Country Store are needed as well as your willingness to work during the day. A “white elephant” table will also be part of the Country Store. New, like new, and never used household and personal items may be donated for sale. No clothing, please. The Reminder and Sunday church bulletins include a form to be completed and turned in no later than October 7th. Please complete the form to limit the number of calls needed to contact everyone. We count on your help to make this a very successful event.


Yankton Area Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast


Tickets are now available for the 5th Annual Yankton Area Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Friday, October 5th, Minerva’s Restaurant.  The speaker will be Bryan Gortmaker, director, SD Department of Criminal Investigation.  Doors open at 6:30am, program begins at 7am.  Cost is $12.50 and tickets can be purchased in the church office.  Contact Pastor Bob if you have questions


Kids For Christ (KFC) Youth Leader Needed ASAP


Please consider your gifts and your ability to serve in this youth leader capacity.  We are looking for an ambitious, Christ-oriented and youth-friendly individual to lead our Junior High Youth Group (KFC).  This individual would be responsible for administration and activity planning of KFC events and funds, as well as holding office hours and being present and visible at worship and staff meetings.  Complete position description and application forms are available at the Church Office.  This is a paid position at $12.10/hour.  Feel free to contact Beth Parr or Chrissie Wieseler, if you have questions.


Kingdom Chimes


All 2nd-5th graders are invited to be a part of the Kingdom Chimes this fall.  We will meet in the Music Room, on Wednesday evenings from 5:15-5:45 beginning Wednesday, August 29th.  We will have a great time learning to read music and play in church once a month.  Please contact Sue May, 664-0582 if you have any questions.


Youth Bell Choir


The Youth Bell Choir, (grades 6-12) will begin on Wednesday, August 29th from 6:45-7:25 in the Music Room.  We have new contemporary music as well as new techniques we will be learning this year.  Please join us for a fun year in music ministry and fellowship.  Please contact Sue May, 664-0582 if you have any questions.


Jubilee Bell Choir


Any adults that are interested in playing bells this year, the Jubilee Bell Choir has a place for you!  Prior music reading skills is helpful, but not required.  We have a great time together ringing and sharing the love of Christ through this musical ministry in our church.  We will begin on Wednesday, August 29th from 5:45-6:45 in the Music Room.  Please contact Sue May, 664-0582 if you have any questions.


Choir, A Worship Opportunity


A church choir provides a way to worship God in song, and adds to the overall spiritual experience for both members and congregation.  The Chancel Choir is recruiting new singers of all ages.  If you enjoy music, good fellowship and serving God through a ministry of music, please give it a try.  We are recruiting sopranos, altos, tenors and basses.  Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:15 –8:30 pm.  For more information call Carolyn Cappel, 660-8312.  “Sing to the Lord a new song!”


Women’s Bible Study


The Upper Room Women's Bible Study will begin a new Bible study.  Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer.  This Bible Study is designed to help know the voice of God, His language, character, and tone of voice.  By growing closer to God through his word, we will be able to discern God's voice from the voice of strangers.  Please join us either on Sunday's starting September 9th at 10:30am or on Wednesday's starting September 12th at 6:45pm.  Both classes are in the Upper Room.


United Methodist Women


All ladies are invited and encouraged to join a very supportive fellowship and be part of this mission oriented group. The October meeting of United Methodist Women will be Monday, Oct 1st at 1:30pm in the lounge. Pam Kettering will be presenting the program on Yankton United Way. All women of the church are invited and encouraged to attend this fellowship of faith.




We are interested in starting a scrapbook with our UMC pictures and articles that anyone may have.  We welcome anyone who would like to be a part of this to join us October 8th at the scrapbook store (315 E. 3rd).  Put it in your calendars the second Monday of every month.  We will meet 1pm-5pm.  You may come at any time during those hours.  We welcome your ideas and input along with the history committee.


Sr. High Youth News

(For everyone)

By Diane Kisch & Sarah Crosgrove

Dates to mark on your calendars:

*Wed September 26th – Youth Group at 7:30pm (Scavenger Hunt for Food for the Contact Center)

*Wed Oct 3rd – Youth Group at 7:30pm

*Sunday Oct7th – 1pm till done, we will be packaging college and military care packages at the church.

*Sunday Oct 7th – 4:00pm Informational meeting for those interested in starting a liturgical dance group.

*Wed Oct 10th – Youth Group at 7:30pm

*Wed Oct 17th – Soup Kitchen - youth group following clean up.

*Wed Oct 24th – Youth Group at 7:30pm

*Wed Oct 31st – Youth Group at 7:30pm

Kickoff event - what a fun night! 25 youth and 4 adults participated racing go-karts or in a round of mini golf, followed by a treat at the Dairy Dock.  What a great group of youth – looking forward to a wonderful year.

“The Journey “was this past weekend at Tree of Life.  Those attending from our church were Alleysia Ugofsky, Garner Brandt, Garrett Adam, Sam Gusso, Casey Johnson, Stephanie Anderson, Gena & Merle Brandt and Diane Kisch.  We did some hands on work and learned about the Native American culture.  Thank you First United Methodist church through your financial support from the Education and Mission Committees that helped cover the cost of this event for the youth.

Wed Sept 29th – we will be going on our annual scavenger hunt for food and the local food pantry – watch next months reminder for a list of items that we collect!

We hope to start a Liturgical Dance group. An informational meeting will be held Sunday Oct

7th at 4:00pm in the Sr. High Youth Room. If you are interested in being a part of this group please come to the meeting.  We will figure out the best time to meet for practices for the youth at are interested.

Fall lock-in; just so you know we have not forgot you want one.  We are still working on a date and will let you know when we figure it out.

We would like to make sure we have the correct contact information for all Sr. High Youth and their parents, if you could send an e-mail to with the e-mail addresses, mailing address and phone numbers you would like us to use so that we can keep you updated on what is going on, we would appreciate it. 

Diane’s office hours Thursday’s from 3:30 to 5pm. Contact info for me is 

665-1500 or 660-1242.

Youth and Parents here are some ways you can stay up to date with what is going on or we have a group on Facebook – First UMC Sr. High Youth Group (Yankton). We also send out e-mails, so youth & parents if we do not have your e-mail address please get it to me.


Youthworker Connection


This is a retreat weekend for those working with youth, a time to relax and join in conversation with other youth workers across the Dakotas.  Resources that other youth leaders use will be on display and ideas shared as to what works and what doesn’t in youth ministry.  Dates are Oct 26/27 at Wesley Acres Camp in ND.  Cost should be around $50 for registration. If you are interested in attending let Diane Kisch know.


Parish Nursing

By Susan Thorson R.N., Parish Nurse

A few weeks ago I heard someone ask “What does the parish nurse do?”  To begin with I will tell you about the philosophy of parish nursing.  As a parish nurse we focus on the whole person emphasizing disease prevention, health promotion, and healthy spirituality.  We encourage people to become active partners in their personal health.  Health is not merely the absence of disease.  The relationship of mind, body, and spirit is the center of the care that is provided by parish nursing. 

We as parish nurses, have many roles.  We are often the “hands and feet of Jesus” serving those who are in need.  We can be an integrator of faith and health clarifying issues between faith and the healthcare communities.  As health educators, parish nurses provide education, health screenings and disease prevention education.  Parish nurses provide individual health education and counseling services in the home, long term care facilities and in the church community.  We often help individuals navigate through the health care system.  Helping others find resources in the community and making referrals to community agencies and organizations is the advocate role of parish nurses.  Parish nurses also develop support groups designed to meet the needs of individuals and families on specific issues.  At times we find volunteers to assist others needing help with a variety of needs including transportation, visitation, delivering a home cooked meal, and spiritual support. 

As parish nurses we collaborate with the pastoral staff and congregation to help transform the faith community into sources of health and healing.  If you have questions or would like a parish nurse visit please contact Susan Thorson, R.N. Parish Nurse at 665-2991 to leave a message.


Reach Out

By Sherry Daugherty, Evangelism Committee

For days I contemplated what I should write about and the words just wouldn’t come to me. I struggled and struggled, and with Gods help, He told me to write what was on my heart.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you so much for all the gifts you’ve bestowed upon me. The gift of love, the gift of life, the gift of all of creation, and mostly the gift of prayer. This is where I can come and spend time with you and You welcome me with open arms. It is a time during which my relationship with you grows. Sometimes during the darkest part of life, I have the most spiritual growth and I can thank all of that to you, Precious One. Your grace is overwhelming. I love you, Lord. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

As my brother, Raymond, left to go back to Tennessee this morning, I am reminded of the many blessings we all have. Raymond was very impressed with our church and its ministry. This is not just a mediocre church! The many talents, time, and treasures that we bring to the Lord’s table is insurmountable. As Consecration Sunday, October 28th approaches, I just ask that you search your heart. It is a time when we are given the opportunity to share our many blessings.

Where have you seen God today?


Trustee’s Report


The Trustees continue to make improvements with our property. Adding electrical outlets to the parsonage deck and providing electricity to the storage shed. Thank you Jeff & Reid Sorensen and Mark Droppers. Also new plantings on the north side3 of the church and considering plans for the prayer/memorial garden. Also considering replacement for the stoop, steps and sidewalk on the NW corner of the church in addition to routine maintenance.



Special thanks to Jane and Bob Walser, Margie Stengle & sons, and Rev. Russell and Mary Peirce for delivering Meals-on-Wheels during the month of September.  Your help is very much appreciated!

Mary Heubaum

Coordinator Meals-on-Wheels


Thank you for the visits, food, cards and prayers while I was in Wakonda and at home.

Ted Mickelson


Thanks to all of you who made our kit preparation and collection a huge success. We were able to send 20 layettes, 21 sewing, 54 school, and 62 health kits plus a cash donation of $310 due to the congregation's generosity and commitment to mission outreach and helping others. 

Special thanks to Neta Thompson and Carol Becker for their handcrafted items. The persons who receive these gifts of love will truly appreciate your effort. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Missions Committee

October Birthdays


2 - Jane Rodig, Megan McCorkell


3 - Jack Stoddard, Fiona Dahlberg, Paula Keehr


4 - George Lundgren, Jerry Reining, Wilma Rahn


5 - Bob Thue, Kenzie Giziewski


6 - Vanice Johnson


8 - Gary Townsend, Irie Hansen, Don Lepp,

      Sherry Rabenberg


9 - Garner Brandt, Chuck Ditmar


11 - Eric Baily, Liz Hunhoff


12 - Marilyn Holzwarth, Mary Heubaum,

Heather Hirsch, Carol Gubbels,

Trevan Palecek


13 - KC Hofer


14 - Phyllis Skalberg,


15 - Judy Bevers


17 - Jack Olson, Claudia Maska,

Naomi Somer, Wyatt Adam,

Garrett Adam, Mike Erickson


18 - Joan Neubauer, Boyd Dennis,

Elle Guthmiller


19 - Heather Rabenberg, Amanda Gravholt


20 - Chad Herrmann, Kaitlin Guthmiller,

Ryan Bakke


21 - Kari Johnson, Dave Becker,

Jennifer Crawford, Elaine Martin


22 - Samuel Slowey, Hannah Delvaux,

Loran Moore, Thomas Pietrzak-Schroeder


25 - Ken Halverson


26 - Keith Hannemann, Brooks Ugofsky


27 - Evie Sime


28 - Lorraine Meeder


29 - Jill Ristau, Brian Rempfer,

Alyssa Herrmann, Lorraine Sorensen


31 - Kathy Jacobs, Morgan Bakke


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Jean Droppers & family, Mel passed away Sept. 21st


Don Boyd’s friend, Shirley Berry passed away


Jill Wilson’s mother, Leora Johnson


Dorothy Olson’s daughter-in-law, Susan


Mindy Reining’s mother, Barb Wohl

Lorraine Meeder’s sister, Arlene


Josh, Mariah, Tara


Luke Pomeroy


Karen Droppers


Ted Mickelson


Karen Guthmiller


Maurice Newman


Pastor Bob Cappel


Kathleen Brannick, Sherry Daugherty’s mother


Troy True's Father (Courtney True's Grandfather) Dave True


Sarah Meerbeek, daughter of Rev. Ron & Marsha Johnson


Jerry Reining’s mother Joyce Reining has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo immediate chemotherapy without any promise of remission.


Jeff Willman, Jerry Willman’s cousin


Ardith Jones


Ardis Henderson


Velma Decker


Mark Giziewski            


Shirley & Darrell Nelson (They would enjoy receiving cards or notes from church family members.  They are in Viborg at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home, 315 North Washington Street, Viborg, SD 57070)


Jon Grann, Jan Aughenbaugh's cousin


Chris Christensen


Dena Heeney


Lee & Phyllis Skalberg


Gerri Aughenbaugh, Paul’s sister-in-law


Howard Relf                                      


Lisa Loecker’s brother John


Darin Cunningham’s father, Garry


Vivian VanEssen's sister Robbi


Our church family serving in the military:  Prayers for all men & women serving in the military and their families.


Hy-Vee Cash Cards


First UMC has raised $4,831 since January 1, 2012 from the Cash Card sales. Support the special projects in our church by purchasing Hy-Vee Cash Cards.  Cards may be purchased on Sundays from 8:45-9:00am & 10:00-10:30am in the church lounge. They are also available during the week in the church office.