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

January 2013

 Pastor’s Word
                    by Rev. Ron
        An old year is about to complete its course and a new year is smiling at us, full to the brim with twelve months of the unknown. On thing many persons resolve to do at the beginning of a new year is go on a diet, exercise, and lose weight. But I’m wondering what your spiritual game plan is for 2013? Charles Swindoll suggests that we look at Psalm 119:1-16 as a good guide. These verses suggest the following spiritual diet:
        1. Seek the Lord on a regular basis: Pursue Him daily. Keep Him involved in everyday stuff of life. Include Him in your decisions, plans, your fun times, your struggles. The key is consistency.
        2. Treasure His truth in your heart: Commit verses of scripture to memory.
        3. Openly tell others of Him: something wonderful happens when we open our own lips and speak to others about how our God has changed our lives.
        4. Rejoice and delight in God’s workings: Smile more. Let your delight shine.
        5. Spend more of your free moments meditating on His principles: Think about them. Weave them into your driving time, your workouts, while waiting for an appointment, before going to sleep.
        6. Give God your full respect:  Don’t hold back. Trust completely. Make this the year you dare to live by faith.
        Let’s all make a commitment to follow this diet in 2013 and see if we can develop some spiritual muscles that can and will make a difference.
        See you in church school, worship, and other places.
Offering Envelopes
By Rev. Ron
        You can pick up your offering envelopes on Sunday or during the week. All members are issued envelopes as are friends (constituents) who contribute regularly. If you did not receive envelopes but would like them, please contact Lisa in the church office.
        We ask that you use the envelopes as much as possible. We have a small group of folks who volunteer their time each Monday morning to count the Sunday offering, record and deposit it. It makes their job much easier when the offering envelopes are used because of the numbering system.
        The first envelope in the packet is marked “initial offering,” and is used to offset the cost of the envelopes. The suggested donation for this cost is around two dollars.
Cancellations and Postponements
By Rev. Ron
        If we need to cancel or postpone something we will try to send out an email from the church office (do we have your current email address at the church? If not, please send it to listed on their cancellations page.). We will also try to put it on our church website ( where it will be crawling across the top of the page. We will call the local radio stations, KYNT 1450 AM, WNAX 570 AM and KVHT 106.3 FM. They each have a website where they list cancellations and postponements. You may find it listed there before you hear it on the radio. Go to, or and click on their cancellations and postponements page. We also call the TV stations, KELO, KSFY and KDLT. will have it
        If you are not able to find or hear the information at one of those places, you may also call the church office.
United Methodist Women
        The first meeting of United Methodist Women for 2013 will be Jan 7th at 1:30pm in the lounge. The meeting will include the pledge service. All women of the church are encouraged to be part of our mission-oriented group.
Exploration 2013  
By Don Kudrna, Church Council Chair
        In a special Church Conference meeting held in October, several of our members accepted a leadership role of taking part in a study group (Exploration 2013) that will look toward the future of our ministry here at First United Methodist Church. I applaud these people for readily accepting this responsibility. This group plans to begin their journey in January.
        There has been some misinformation circulating, citing this as a “building committee.” It is not. The confusion starts with the Methodist guidance we must follow were we to start a building project. We recently had an anonymous offer of “seed money” toward the building of a family life facility at our church. Our Church Council was faced with two choices. We could either outright refuse this offer; or we could follow Methodist doctrine that requires the formation of a study committee to determine whether we need such a building. The obvious choice was to do the study. This doctrine requires that the study group analyze the needs of the church and community; project potential membership and attendance; and write up the church’s program of ministry. With this, the Council decided to expand the role of this study group to focus not just on a building, but on our entire ministry. This turns out to be a good decision as our District is about to request all churches to conduct a visioning process, and we are ahead of the game.
        With your help, the study group will identify areas where we can grow, and set a course for our future. At some point, the group will present their findings, and we will again have the opportunity to voice our approval before any action is taken.   As I worked with the History Committee on our 150th anniversary, I learned to greatly appreciate the visioning that has taken place over the years to provide the church and ministry that I enjoy today. Shouldn’t we be doing the same for those who follow us? Please support this effort.
Walk and Talk Bible Study
        We will begin the” Walk and Talk Bible”
Study Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 4:00pm at
the Yankton Mall. This is for church members of all ages. You can walk at your own pace and walk as far as you want. More than 6-10 people walk for relaxation, transportation, or exercise or for activities such as walking the dog. The people who report walking at least once for ten minutes or more in the previous week rose from 56% (2005) to 67% (2007). By walking, you can become more physically active and reduce chronic disease. Prior to our walk we will have a short devotional with scripture to provide for our spiritual development. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Check with your doctor first if you aren’t on a regular exercise program. Leave a message for Susan Thorson, R. N. Parish Nurse at 665-2991 to pre-register.
KYNT Radio Broadcast
        It’s time to sign up to sponsor KYNT’s Sunday morning radio broadcast during the 2013 year.        The signup folder is located on the table in the church lounge. If you would like a certain date to honor a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion or in memory of a loved one, please sign up soon. The cost to sponsor a Sunday broadcast is $45.00.
Financial Peace 
        Please come and join the class that can help you get your New Year off to a great financial start.  This class is being offered on Sunday evenings at 5:30pm, starting Jan. 6th and will be held in the Upper Room.  We welcome new members and past members that just want a refresher course.  The cost is $89 and can be made in payments.  You can also ask about a scholarship program.  We are offering this class to the congregation and the public.  Invite friends and family.  This course is written by Dave Ramsey and helps you gain control of your finances and learn how to save. We look forward to seeing you there.  If you have any questions you may contact Denise Willman 665-2869 or Laurie Bailey. 
Calendars Available
        2013 Calendars, compliments of Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home, are now available. You can pick them up from the table in the Church Lounge or outside the Church Office. 
KFC (Kids For Christ) Youth Group
By Julie Dykstra
        The KFC group was very active in 2012.  They collected food for the Contact Center, collected change for Hurricane Sandy victims, presented gifts to our Veterans for their service to our country, assisted with yard clean-up projects and decorated Christmas cookies to be sold to benefit Valerie Hummel’s mission trip.  It is through these acts of kindness that the kids have been able to witness the face of God and that they have become the face of God to others.  Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
        As we look forward to 2013, the KFC group will continue to find opportunities to serve others and to share in fellowship through fun activities to include following for the month of January:
Jan. 2nd – No KFC
Jan. 9th – Chili cook-off discussions to start
Jan. 13th – Service project
Jan. 16th – Parents meeting for chili cook-off @ 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20th – Chili cook-off
Jan. 23rd – No KFC
Jan. 25th – Lock-in (time to be determined)
Jan. 30th – KFC
        As another new year approaches, may it bring you new hope, new dreams, new aspirations, new opportunities and new joys!
Sr. High Youth News
(For everyone)
By Diane Kisch & Sarah Crosgrove
Dates to mark on your calendars:
*Wed., Jan. 2nd – No Youth Group
* Thurs., Jan. 10th – Application, picture and Letter of Recommendation deadline for CCYM (Conference Council of Youth Ministry). 
Everything you need to complete your application can be found at under the CCYM link.
*Sun., Jan. 13th – 2nd Sunday Mission we will start with lunch together right after Sunday School at 11:30am.
*Wed., Jan. 16th – Youth Group at 7:30 - Registration forms and $15 for Winter Connection in Sioux Falls are due. (If you are running for
CCYM you must attend Winter Connection).
*Wed., Jan. 23rd – Youth Group at 7:30pm
*Wed., Jan. 30th – We will be attending the Mount Marty College Girls Basketball game – start time is 7:00pm.  We will meet at the Laddie E Cimpl Arena at 6:45pm. (Cost of admission will be covered)
        The Dec. Mission Project was shopping for gifts for the Angel Tree and wrapping them. We purchased 5 gifts from the youth group and did the shopping for 6 gifts for members of the congregation. Thanks youth for helping to make Christmas a little brighter for someone else.
        Our Jan Mission project is still in the works but we will plan to have lunch together following Sunday school on Jan. 13th before our project. Mark your calendars and plan to attend.
        CCYM (Conference Council of Youth Ministry) applications are due by Thursday, Jan. 10th. The application and letter of recommendation forms can be found at www.dakyouth,com.
Here are the qualifications for CCYM
     1. Current freshman, sophomore, or junior when applying to serve on the Dakotas CCYM.
     2. Commitment to serve CCYM according to the Requirements and Expectations for service on CCYM.
     3. A letter of recommendation by the Pastor or adult youth worker of your local church must be submitted along with election application.
     4. Demonstration of commitment to Jesus Christ
     5. Must be a baptized or professing member of The United Methodist Church or a charge of which The United Methodist Church is a part.
     6. Demonstration of active involvement in
their local church.
     7. Commitment not to serve on another denominational state level youth board.
Elections for CCYM will be held at Winter Connection on Jan. 25/26. We will attend the Sioux Falls site. Cost is $25 ($10 of this will be paid by the Education Committee so your cost is $15). Registration starts at 7pm on Friday night, with elections being held Saturday morning. The group will then go to Pizza Ranch for lunch followed by tubing at Great Bear. The event is over at 5pm. Registration forms and your $15 will be due to Diane by Wed., Jan. 16th. If you have any questions about CCYM or Winter Connection please call Diane.
Diane’s office hours are 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.
January is National Mentoring Month
By Julie Moderegger – Kids Hope USA Director
        A quote from a newspaper article describing a Kids Hope USA ministry says that “When caring people from local churches become involved in the lives of children, they make a difference.”   The motto for Kids Hope USA is simple – One Church, One School, One Child, One Hour. 
        There are a number of members of our congregation who have made a difference through our Kids Hope USA ministry.  The students who they see every week at Beadle Elementary count on them and their faithfulness to the students shows God’s love without even mentioning Him. 
        In January we CELEBRATE our relationship with Beadle Elementary and HONOR our mentors and all that they do for the children.  Please thank our 2012-2013 mentors if you have the opportunity: Barb Hirsch, Linda Fox, Bill Sohl, Bob Thue and Julie Moderegger.
        We can make a difference in the lives of many more by matching a mentor with a student.  Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about Kids Hope. ~Julie Moderegger 660-9733
Mission Corner
By the Missions Committee
International Food Fest
        The Missions Committee will once again be hosting the International Food Fest on January 27th at 5pm in Wesley Hall. There will be a time of sharing from members who have had mission experiences. A sign up sheet will be available in Wesley Hall January 6th to bring an ethnic dish. Please mark your name and what country it’s from. We look forward to sharing warm food and great fellowship with you.
Angel Tree
        The Missions committee wishes to thank everyone who provided a gift for the Angel Tree. 89 gifts were delivered to children and youth at Milk’s Camp. Special thanks to Mission’s committee for preparing the 'paper angels with names' and to Tom and Jane Gilmore, for delivering the gifts. Thank you to the congregation for your continued support!
Reach Out
By Barb Hirsh, Evangelism Committee
It is hard to believe another year has passed. God’s blessings to you all in 2013. Here is a New Years poem I ran across.
Another Year is Dawning
        Another year is dawning, Dear Master, let it be, in working, or in waiting another year with thee.
        Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace; another year of gladness in the shining of thy face.
        Another year of progress, another year of praise, another year of proving thy presence all the days.
        Another year of service, of witness of thy love, another year of training for holier work above.
        Another year is dawning, Dear Master, let it be on earth, or else in heaven, another years for thee.    
Francis Ridley Havergal (1874)
Congratulations to Night Club Ladies
        The Night Club ladies placed a tree at the Yankton Mall for the needy.  There was a contest to vote for your favorite tree by placing canned goods under the tree for the Contact Center.  The Night Club Tree won!   Great job ladies.  We brought in around 200 food items and won the $100 prize.  The Yankton Mall gift certificate will be given to the family that chose our tree.  How exciting to see how a small project can turn into a true blessing.  A Hugh thanks goes to the First United Methodist Congregation for all their support of canned goods and for being there.  Thanks Night Club Ladies for doing another great job. 
Christmas Program Thank You
        A Huge thanks goes to all the teachers for all your help with practices and the program.  We had a lot of children and it took all of us as a team to pull it off.  It was a success and I just wanted to say thank you to the Adult Sunday School Class, the Women’s Bible Study and the Education Committee for providing the food, serving and cleaning up after the children.  It was nice not to have to worry about that part of the day.  Thank You to Carol Becker and Phyllis Nielsen for helping with the costumes.  Greg and Dawn Popma did a wonderful job with the props and Craig Sherman was there to pick up after everything, every time.  We all know how big of a job that can be.  Thanks to Rebecca Parish, Craig Sherman and Julie Mooney for the music.  Special Thanks goes to Alison Karnes for the wonderful solo, Silent Night.  It added a lot to the program.  Thank you to the children for making it to the practices and for doing such a wonderful job.  It was your gift to Jesus and I know he was watching and smiling the whole time.  Thanks to the Confirmation class for the glow in the dark Nativity and to the Sr. High for the Birthday Party for Jesus.  Thank you to the congregation for the wonderful support and having a standing room only.  That meant a lot.  God’s blessings and Happy New Year.  Denise Willman and Barb Hirsch.
Servant Hearts Christ-centered free medical clinic
        The Missions Committee and Servant Hearts Clinic are forming a partnership to allow First United Methodist Church the opportunity to serve their Christ-centered mission medical clinic.  This is a two or three tiered process.  They would like to be able to put FUMC on a schedule to serve just like we do for the banquet, but this is going to require training our members.  The first training orientation will be held on Monday, January 21st from 5:30pm to 8pm for members of the medical profession.
        Services provided by the clinic will be limited to care for urgent acute conditions. Pastoral care, mental health care, behavioral health care and social services will be part of the offerings.
        Urgent care is a more constricted model than what is done with the convenient-care clinic at the Yankton Medical Clinic.  The clinic does not offer
X-ray’s and won’t be treating anything emergent (such as chest pains or lacerations).”
        Services will be provided to all people who come to the clinic.  This is a walk-in clinic that does not offer appointments to its clients.  Prescriptions can be written, but medication is not available at the clinic.
        To become involved with Servant Hearts Christ-centered free medical clinic, call Julie Dykstra at 605-661-3374.
Ronald McDonald House
        Help Avera Sacred Heart Hospital collect 1 million beverage tabs in support of the Ronald McDonald House. To date, over 700,000 tabs have been donated to the effort. Place tabs in clear tube located just outside of the church office. The deadline for reaching the 1 million tabs is April 24, 2013. Laurie Holman, surgical nurse at ASHH is the chair for the project. It has taken 2.5 years to attain the number they have collected. So they are expanding the appeal to include churches and other outlets for beverage tabs. 
Laura Johnson’s address: (Dan Johnson & Mary Milroy’s daughter)
Laura M. Johnson PVC
US Peace Corps
Box 554
Maseru, 100
        I want to thank Marilyn and Dave Holzwarth, Steve Kasik, Margie Stengle & son, and Bill Heubaum for delivering Meals-on-Wheels for December. I must express a special thank you to Margie and her sons for their commitment to this program. They have delivered meals for three Thursdays EVERY month for several years.
        I have now scheduled Meals-on-Wheels for the last two years. I am very grateful to everyone who has said "yes" to my phone calls.
        It is important to me to explain how necessary I think this program is. Our church delivers three routes of meals every Thursday. We meet at 11 a.m. at the Center. A driver and a runner leave with an insulated box filled with hot meals and a basket of paper sacks. Each sack contains milk, a roll and other food items. On the outside of each sack is a name, an address and any special delivery instructions. The driver has a delivery list, hopefully a street map of Yankton, and the ability to admit turning in the wrong direction on any given street. The runner watches house numbers and delivers the meals to each home or apartment. I have personally received in return candy, cookies, produce from the garden and gratitude--lots and lots of gratitude. 
        The recipients of Meals-on-Wheels are primarily the elderly and people with disabilities. Without this program some of these people would not be able to stay in their homes. We feed body and soul.
        Our church is known as a Mission Church. We support projects across our state, our nation and the world. Meals-on-Wheels is a program that supports people across the street. It matters. Please seriously consider helping.
                                    Mary Heubaum
Meals-on-Wheels Coordinator
        I greatly appreciate all the support you have given me over the years, through all that I do. You are all a wonderfully supportive Church family and I’m proud to call you my home. The funds that were raised at the bake sale were mind blowing - all of which was because of you! Thanks again for everything.
Valerie Hummel
January Birthdays
1 - Holly Iverson, Jane Miller
2 - Corinne Ditmar     
3 - Russ Rahn, Lisa Karnes
4 - Mitch Hofer, Rochelle Olson
5 - Steve Pietila, Avery Turner
6 - Gary Guthmiller, Zach Crawford,
        Tyler Kaiser
7 - Taylar Pasch          
8 - Cooper Cornemann, Andy Gall,
      Ken Bevers          
9 - Rachel Miller        
11 - Hudson Burgeson, William Heubaum    
12 - Mariah Hofer
13 - Connie Sawatzke, Laurel Wek,
       Cyrus Harner, Mary King           
14 - Kendra Bakke     
15 - Ginger Guthmiller, Brandon Novak,
       Justin Giblin, Dean Daniels
16 - Susie McCorkell, Elaine Gereaux,
        Berven Christensen, Dena Heeney,
        Scott Giziewski
17 - Vina Hill
18 - James Reiner, Hannah Strom,
        Melissa Pokorney, John Wiechmann
19 - Shayna Gusso     
20 - Sandy Dennis     
21 - Jean Droppers, George Schnebel,
       Kristi Hunhoff    
22 - Angela Herrmann, Linda Herrmann       
23 - Carol Skonhovd,
24 - Joyce Suga, Hannah Buchholz,
       Claire Mooney, Danielle Davis
25 - Rebecca Parish, Liam Wright,
        Rachel Turner, Randy Hummel,
        Monte Schavee  
27 - Carol Wiechmann
28 - Julie Bartunek
29 - Chad McCorkell, Arlo Watchorn,
        Cheryl Rokusek
30 - Kirsten Tramp
31- Matt Pietz
In Our Thoughts & Prayers:
Ardis Henderson
Bill Sohl
Rodger & Mary Johnson’s son, Rod Johnson
Jill Wilson’s mother, Leora Johnson
Dorothy Olson’s daughter-in-law, Susan
Mindy Reining’s mother, Barb Wohl
Josh, Mariah, Tara
Luke Pomeroy
Karen Droppers
Ted Mickelson
Karen Guthmiller
Maurice Newman
Pastor Bob Cappel
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
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                                      
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 $6,855 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.
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