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

February 2013

Pastor’s Word
                    by Rev. Ron
        On Wednesday, February 13th, many Christians around the world will begin a pilgrimage to Easter. Ash Wednesday marks the opening of the Lenten season, a time traditionally dedicated to spiritual self-evaluation, confession, and new resolve. Lent is meant to be a period of personal growth resulting in a deepened knowledge of who we are and where we are going.
        Lent is that focused period of time when Christians probe their spiritual identity, endeavoring to discover who they are and where they are going. It really wouldn't hurt for someone to get us started on this pursuit by shouting, "Hey! Do you know who you are?" It is from first knowing who we are that we may proceed, under God, to become what we ought to be.
        For these forty days called Lent, let me propose some things we need to do as we ponder who we are.
        1) Spend some time exploring what you really believe about yourself, about God, and about life. Examine those areas and those issues about which you feel truly hostile, in which you may have some doubts. It is an important time to join a study group.
        2) During this Lenten time, make a special effort to expand your friendships. Are your friends all about the same age group? Or from similar kinds of work? When have you talked to the powerless in our community?
        3) I think it is a good time for each of us to spend some time in personal meditation. A great resource available at our church is the Upper Room devotional. Ask me and I will help you get started.
        4) Decide on a specific act of service for others. Something that you will carry out before Easter. Perhaps some of you might like to visit one or two people in a nursing home. Just take some time to relate to someone who really feels alone. You will receive far more than you give! I guarantee it!
        5) Our final suggestion for this Lenten season: tackle a problem that you know exists in your life. I do not know what that problem is, and perhaps most people do not know. But the real issue is, you know! Make this Lenten season a time for new beginnings! Watch your cynicism recede-watch your compassion grow-watch your hopefulness increase!
        Jesus needed time to get it together, and so do we. We need Lent like we have never needed it before!
Lenten Discussion Series
        As we journey through the season of Lent, you are invited to join us in our Lenten discussion series The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus. The discussion will be held on Wednesday evening’s beginning at 7:15pm on February 20th in the Sanctuary. Join Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas as we explore the life and ministry of Jesus Christ in the Holy Land. Using videos shot on location, Hamilton takes you to the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized and the wilderness where he was tempted. You’ll see the ruins of ancient Capernaum, where Jesus healed the sick, and ascend the mountain where he gave his famous sermon. You’ll travel across the Sea of Galilee, where he calmed the wind and the waves, and you’ll visit the last remaining community of Samaritans in the world. Then you’ll visit Jerusalem, where Jesus spent his final days. The following is a schedule for the study.
Feb. 20th - Baptism and Temptation
Feb. 27th - The Healing Ministry
Mar. 6th - Proclaiming the Kingdom
Mar. 13th - Calming the Storm
Mar. 20th - Sinners, Outcasts, and the Poor
Mar. 27th - The Final week
The study is designed for adults and youth. Plan to be a part of this time of reflection and renewal.
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.
Streaming Sunday Services
        If you are home ill and unable to attend church, and you have internet, you can watch our morning services on the “net.”  Just go to  Also, if you miss a Sunday and want to catch up you have three choices; listen to KYNT 1450 at 8:30am on Sunday mornings, go to the FUMC web page at to find the date you missed, or use the new stream page.  Some date in the near future; the ustream site will be on our webpage.  If you have questions about these media ministry sites, call the church office. 
Souper Bowl of Caring
        Souper Bowl of Caring - More than 20 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group:  “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.”
        Since that day, more than $90 million has been raised for local charities across the country through Souper Bowl of Caring. It has become a powerful movement that is transforming the time around Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving. Through this mission, young people learn what it’s like to make a positive difference in the world – as they collect food, raise money and volunteer to work in
charities that provide shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry and compassion to those in need. Be part of this movement that is sharing God’s love with those in need.  
        On Sunday, Feb. 3rd the Sr. High Youth will be collecting both monetary gifts and non-perishable food items following both church services. Please give generously on Super Bowl Sunday. Every dollar donated will go to purchase Hy-Vee Cash Cards for the Pastors to use at their discretion for the needy and the non-perishable food items collected will be donated to the Contact Center.
United Methodist Women
        The United Methodist Women will meet at 1:30pm on Monday, February 4th. Program Christy Hauew - What our Senior Center has to offer.
The Upper Room Women's Bible Study
        The Women’s Bible study will be starting a new study, He Speaks to Me, by Priscilla Shirer.   Please join us starting Sunday, Feb. 3rd at 10:30 a.m. or Wednesday, Feb. 6th at 6:45pm both in the Upper Room.
Turkey Supper
Laurie Baily & Barry Schroeter, Co-Chairs
        The Annual Turkey Supper will be held Saturday Feb 23rd.  We will serve from 4:30 to 7:00pm.  Tickets will be sold at the door this year adults (13 and older) $7 and children (12 and younger) $4.  Bring your friends and enjoy a wonderful meal.  A sign up sheet is available in Wesley Hall for donations. Please have the donations to the church by Sunday, February 10th. Questions call Barry Schroeter at (605) 760-0647 or Laurie Baily at (605) 660-2465.
Walk and Talk Bible Study
        ” Walk and Talk Bible” Study meets Wednesday, 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 register.
KFC (Kids For Christ) Youth Group
By Julie Dykstra
        On January 13th the KFC and Senior High Youth packed rice for Kid’s Against Hunger.  Their combined efforts packed 6,480 meals to help fight hunger around the world and around the corner.  In addition to packing the meals, KFC donated $500 to support their ministry in Yankton.  This was a great team building service project that helped open their eyes to the needs in our world.  The kids learned that every 6 seconds a child dies because of hunger related causes. 
        On January 20th, the kids participated in the Annual Chili Bowl.  The proceeds from the competition, $450, will help KFC continue their service work on a monthly basis.  The teams worked together to provide a fantastic meal and decorations for our guests.  Congratulations to the Chilling Chili Team who won the competition!  The team members included: Suzanne & Madason Tessier, Julie & Sam Mooney, Kristi & Alex Palacek, Jane, Kylie and Morgan Rodig and Lynn and Ellie Huntunen.  Thank you to all the parents and kids for making this an awesome event!              Thank you KYNT and Curt Dykstra for donating movie passes for the kids of the winning team!!  In February, KFC will be teaming up with the FUMC Missions Committee to gather donations of comfort packs, material for tie blankets for kids (which the 8th graders will make) and money for our local Red Cross Chapter.  Keep an eye out for a sweetheart tree decorated with red hearts for your opportunity to support this joint venture of the Kids for Christ group and the Missions Committee.
Upcoming Calendar: 
2/6/2013              KFC @ 7:30 p.m.
2/13/2013            NO KFC (Ash Wednesday)
2/20/2013            KFC @ 7:30 p.m.
2/27/2013            KFC @ 7:30 p.m.
Sr. High Youth News
(For everyone)
By Diane Kisch & Sarah Crosgrove
Dates to mark on your calendars:
*Sun., Feb. 3rd – Souper Bowl of Caring
*Wed., Feb. 6th – Youth Group 7:30pm
*Sun., Feb. 10th – 2nd Sunday Mission Project – we will eat lunch together following Sunday School and than head to our project
*Wed., Feb. 13th – Youth Group 7:30pm
*Wed., Feb. 20th – Youth Group 7:30pm
*Wed., Feb. 27th – Youth Group 7:30pm
        The Jan. Mission Project was bagging meals at Kids Against Hunger. The 9 Sr. High Youth, 16 Jr. High Youth and 6 adults worked for 1 ½ hours and bagged 6480 meals. The some of the bagged rice helps to feed the hunger in Haiti, but some of it stays in our community. Our next 2nd Sunday Mission project day will be Sunday, Feb. 10th – mark your calendars to join us
        We will be collecting for the Souper Bowl of Caring on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3rd following both services.
        Diane’s office hours are Thursday’s from 3:30 to 5pm. (Diane will not have office hours on Feb 28th)
        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.
February Mission Projects
By the Missions Committee
        Matthew 25:40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
        During the first few weeks in February, be on the lookout for the "Sweetheart Tree". The tree will be decorated with red hearts and will present an opportunity for our church family to support our local Red Cross Chapter. Unfortunately, Yankton County has not been exempt from disaster relief this past year and our local chapter can use our assistance. They are in need of comfort
packs, tie blankets for children and donations of money. Our "Sweetheart Tree" will be decorated with Red Hearts and will work just like our Angel Tree. The tree will be decorated through February 10th and donations should be delivered to the church by the end of February. Look for more information to come in the weekly bulletins.
        For the last few weeks in February, our church will be focusing on the Yankton Women's/Children's Shelter. They are in need of juice boxes and fruit snacks (non-perishable) for the children, and copy/printer paper for the women. A collection point will be located in Wesley Hall for donations and the gifts will be delivered the first part of March. Thanks for your support!
CCYM (Conference Council on Youth Ministry)
By Diane Kisch
        The Conference Council on Youth Ministry is a group of 20 youth and 10 adults who serve Jesus Christ through service to the youth and youth workers of the Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church. 
Our Mission: "To offer Christ to the Youth of the Dakotas Conference."
Our Vision:
1. To serve the youth of the Conference.
2. To show and teach Christian leadership, in hope of forming the churches of tomorrow.
3. To serve as a communication link between youth, the Annual Conference, and the general church.
4.  To advocate for youth world wide. 
5.  To serve as administration guiding policy to serve the youth of the Conference.
        Elections for CCYM were held Saturday, Jan. 26th at Winter Connection.  The 4 youth from our church that ran, were all elected to service for the 2013-2014 term which will start this June.  Those elected from our church were Stephanie Anderson, Layne Droppers, Cole Moderegger and Alleysia Ugofsky.  Congratulations youth, we are very proud of you for being willing to serve the conference in this leadership position.
Reach Out
By Jill Strom, Evangelism Committee
        February is known as the month of LOVE because of the Valentine's Day holiday.  There are many ways to show love to someone but here are:
God's Words of Love
        If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
        If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
        If I have all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
        Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
        Love never fails.
        And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
                  1 Corinthians 13: 1-8; 13 (NIV) 
Night Club Lock-in
        All ladies of the church are invited to a lock-in being held on Feb. 16th sponsored by the Night Club Ladies.  We are inviting those who have come in the past, those who are curious of what we are involved in and those who are just out for a good time.  Please feel free to come and join in on the fun.  We are planning some fun events and are looking forward to enjoying the fellowship of each others company.  We are looking forward to spending the entire night with each other and planning to be locked in at the church starting at 7:30pm.  Please consider coming and joining in on the fun.  There is no cost just bring your own snack. See ya there.  Any questions just call Denise at 665-2869 or Carol at 665- 4694.
Heifer Project / Sunday School Offering
        We are asking all congregation members to take note of the great job the Sunday School Classes have been doing with their offering.  There is a chart in the upstairs Sunday School Wing that shows the progress of the Heifer project that we have taken on.   So far we have earned a swarm of bees, one flock of chickens and a flock of ducks.  We have also earned a pig, a sheep, a goat, a trio of rabbits and almost a whole cow.         WOW we have done great.  Our goal is to finish earning a cow and then work on a lama and a buffalo.  We are in the process of naming all the animals and the list will be posted.  Please stop by and see the progress report and the names the animals have received.  Thanks to everyone involved.  Great job students and teachers!   Thanks for all the efforts. 
Humor: One of Life’s Best Medicines
By Susan Thorson R.N., Parish Nurse
        Mark Twain once said “Humor is a great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.”
        Humor and laughter keeps us healthier. It lowers our serum cortisol which is a hormone that suppresses the immune system. When we laugh we increase our heart rate and respirations which allows more oxygen in to our bodies which includes our brain thus helping our ability to cope.     Laughing makes all of us exercise the small and large muscles in our face, thoracic, abdominal and pelvic muscles.   It allows the fibers and tissues that make up the muscles access oxygenated blood to improve the health of the muscle.
        Tips to improve your humor:
Memorize a few jokes to tell your friends and family. (Sounds like our friend Mary Alice, right?)
Keep a “humor file” by saving great cartoons, articles, and jokes.
Read the funnies in the newspaper every day. Laugh with life’s challenges, and try to find humor in every situation.
Look up verses in the Bible related to humor.
Laugh at your own mistakes.
Understand that you can’t control the world around you but you can control your inner thoughts and perceptions.
Try to talk to yourself positively.
Watch a favorite comedy on television.
Talk to a friend and tell old stories.
        Humor brings us together. It unites people in many ways. Proverbs 17:22 sums up everything: A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Make happiness your goal this coming year. The riddle of the day: What can you hold without ever touching it and without using your hands?
Your breath.
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. 
        Marsha and I would like to express our gratitude to all from our church family who remembered us with Christmas cards, gifts, goodies, and greetings. We are blessed to be among such caring and generous people. Your loving expressions enhanced the joy of the Christmas season for us!
Rev. Ron and Marsha Johnson
February Birthdays
1 - Jeffery Burling, Garrett Brandt, JD Ewing
2 - Jacob Cunningham           
3 - Jill Foss, Frank Lefler, Cheryl Doby
5 - Merle Larson, Madison Styles, Marge Maxon
6 - Jaiden Parish         
8 - Sophia Tramp, Sherry Daugherty,
     Brody Burgeson   
9 - Nicole Baily, Donovan Pigney,
     Sandy Ronfeldt
10 - Ross Den Herder, Travis Hagen            
11 - Margaret Vondracek       
13 - Chloe Cornemann           
14 - Alex Wieseler     
15 - Jeremy Klinkhammer
16 - Marsha Bertsch, Tina Young,
        Susan Schavee   
17 - Diane Kisch, Bob Peterson
18 - Phil Jaquith, Myles Tieszen,
        Melissa Pratt, Erin Olson
19 - Howard Relf, Francis Hunhoff  
20 - Garrett Rempfer 
21 - Wayne Roberts
22 - Barry Schroeter, Gabriel Olson  
24 - Kim Slemp, Albert Gall, Jean Johnson
25 - Rosalinda Regalado, Jay Gravholt,
       Amber Hannemann, Tracy Dutrow
27 - Sophia Dodd
28 - Paxton Bartels, Dick Fox,
       Nancy Hetherington, Jacksen Lawrence
In Our Thoughts & Prayers:
Albert Gall is a resident of the Yankton Care Center, room 211
Jerry Reining & Family. Jerry’s mother Joyce passed away.
Eric Anderson, cousin of Keri Stilwell
Shar Peterson’s cousin Jenna
Ardis Henderson
Bill Sohl
Rodger & Mary Johnson’s son, Rod 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
Jeff Willman, Jerry Willman’s cousin
Velma Decker
Mark Giziewski                                                          
Shirley Nelson (She would enjoy receiving cards or notes from church family members.  She is 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 $314 since January 1, 2013 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.