First United Methodist Church - Yankton
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
207 W 11th St Yankton SD 57078 (605) 665-2991

March 2013

Pastor’s Word
      by Rev. Ron
        One of my favorite scripture texts tells of Jesus stepping into one of the small fishing boats docked at Capernaum. His disciples got on board as well, and they began sailing on the quiet waters of the Sea of Galilee.
        But the winds arose quickly and with devastating force. Though Jesus and the Twelve began their voyage on calm waters, they were struck by the fierceness of the wind a few moments later.
        Fear swept all on board. It was a small boat. There were no life vests. The waves were swamping the boat. The water was coming in faster than the twelve men could bail it out. Jesus slept untroubled. He had no fear. The disciples awakened Jesus with a plea: "Lord, save us! We are perishing!."
        Here we see two vital signs the depth of fear and a quest for assurance. They knew where to turn in their stormy crisis. Although the Lord asked them a striking question, “why are you afraid, you of little faith?" It is evident that he recognized that faith, small as it was, did exist. Small as it was, it was enough.
        For Christ to quiet the raging storms that often assault us, it is only necessary to trust him to command the winds and the rain to cease. Until calm returns, hang on to faith. Hang on to the assurance that Jesus rides with you, awake or asleep, and that you can trust him to respond to your needs.
        Your storm may be a nagging illness, or job security, or a course in school in which you fear failure. Your troublesome winds may be stirring fear due to marital problems, or financial matters, or death itself. Have faith, even a little, in the Christ who saves.
        Here is the assurance every Christian carries with him or her: Christ does not abandon ship. He knows how to ride out the storm; but more that that, he knows how to quiet its surge and defuse its power, taming its waves by silencing its winds.
        Dear friends, there's no need for a fear that will drown you when you can have a faith that will save you.
 
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 in the Sanctuary.
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.
 
Apportionments Paid
By Bruce Ough
        I write to congratulate and thank you for 100% payment of your 2012 apportionments. This is a significant and noteworthy accomplishment. Through your connectional stewardship, the United Methodist Church is able to bring hope and healing to people in 136 countries around the world and throughout the Dakotas. What we are able to accomplish together is truly miraculous. Because of your faithful stewardship, children and youth are committing their lives to Christ and Christ’s mission through our Dakotas camping ministry. Because of your sacrificial giving, we are starting new congregations and strengthening existing churches all across the Dakotas. You are changing lives and contributing to our shared mission of making disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world.
 
United Methodist Women
        Please join us at the March 4th UMW meeting when Carolyn Cappel will speak on her recent trip to Haiti. The meeting is in the lounge at 1:30pm. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
 
Habitat Rummage Sale
        Spring is right around the corner, let Habitat for Humanity of Yankton County assist you with cleaning out those items that you no longer need.  We are accepting donations for our Annual Habitat 500 Rummage Sale hosted right here at FUMC on March 22nd and 23rd!  Contact Tom and Jane Gilmore at 665-8303 or Julie Dykstra 260-4224 if you need assistance with picking up your donations.
 
KFC (Kids For Christ) Youth Group
By Julie Dykstra
        We would like to thank the congregation for your generous support of our Chili Bowl hosted on January 20.  A “souper” good time was had by all and a total of $450 was raised to assist the kids with the monthly service projects.  In February, the kids collected items for the local Red Cross from our congregation, but also through a scavenger hunt.  On March 6, the confirmation kids will make the tie blankets from the donated material for the Red Cross; while the 6th and 7th graders will pack for the Yankton Sack Pack Program.
        On February 17, the kids shared in fellowship and fun at their 2nd lock-in for the year, 17 kids were in attendance.  Thank you Dave Cornemann, Curt Dykstra and Jane Gilmore for helping to chaperone and Nancy Hetherington and Kristi Palacek for providing goodies for the night.
        As we journey through the season of lent, the KFC group will watching the Passion of the Christ in 4 part segments.  They will reflect upon and discuss Christ’s journey to the cross and how it relates to their own journey.
 
Calendar
March 6th – KFC
6th & 7th Grade meet at Church at 5:40 pm – Service Project Sack Pack.  Pick kids up at 7:30pm
8th Grade and Confirmation Class – 7:30pm – 9 p.m. – Red Cross tie blankets and comfort kit assembly
March 13th – KFC @ 7:30pmPassion of the Christ part 3
March 20th – KFC @ 7:30pm Passion of the Christ part 4
March 27th – NO KFC Happy Easter!
 
Sr. High Youth News
(For everyone)
By Diane Kisch & Sarah Crosgrove
        Dates to mark on your calendars:
*Sunday, March 3rd – Meeting following 10:30am Worship for youth (& parents) going on the 2013 Mission Trip to Kentucky in the Sr. High Youth Room.
*Wed., March 6th – Youth Group 7:15pm
*Sun., March 10th – 2nd Sunday Mission Project – we will eat lunch together following Sunday School and than do our project.
*Wed., March 13th – Youth Group 7:15pm
*Sat., March 16th/Sunday March 17th – Tentative dates for the Spring Lock-in - see below
*Wed., March 20th – Youth Group 7:15pm
*Wed., March 27th – Youth Group 7:15pm
*Thurs., March 28th – Maundy Thursday Service 7pm
*Fri., March 29th – Good Friday Service 8pm)
*Sun., March 31st – Easter Sunday – Sunrise Service 7am) – Worship services at 9 and 10:30am.
        For the Feb. Mission Project we purchased items for 3 comfort packs for our local Red Cross Chapter. Our next 2nd Sunday Mission project day will be Sunday, March 10th – mark your calendars to join us we will have lunch together following Sunday School and do our project following lunch.
        Through the month of March we will be doing a study that goes along with the Lent Video Series based off the book “The Way –Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus”. It is very important that you all attend the 7:15pm lent service as our discussion is based off the video.
        The Spring Lock-in is tentatively scheduled for Sat March 16/Sunday, March 17th. The plan would be to start at 7pm. Please watch the bulletins, e-mails and facebook for more details to come.
        Diane’s normal office hours are Thursday’s from 3:30 to 5pm. Diane will not have office hours on Feb. 28th or March 7th instead I will be in the office on Monday, March 4th from 3:30 to 5:00pm.
Contact info for me is dlkisch@gmail.com 
665-1500 or 660-1242
        Youth and Parents here are some ways you can stay up to date with what is going on www.firstumcyankton.org 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.
 
Mission Projects
By the Missions Committee
        A Lenten Project for One Great Hour of Sharing
        SACRIFICE - One Great Hour of Sharing provides UMCOR with money to cover their operating expenses (less than 10% of their total budget), allowing 100% of other contributions to go directly to those in need. Join the Missions Committee and Sunday School classes in collecting loose change, placing it in one of the provided bank boxes, and bringing the collections to church on March 10th. Members of the missions committee will be available during and after church services to hand out the banks, or you may pick one up at the church office.
 
Kids Against Hunger
 
        Mark your calendars to come to the 2nd Annual KIDS AGAINST HUNGER food pack, set for Saturday, March 16th, from 9-11 AM. Sign up sheets are available in Wesley Hall. Let's build a great team from First UMC and help feed the hungry! You may contact Merle Brandt at 661-1764 for more information.
 
Help Needed
 
        The Dacotah Tipis.Org, a Habitat for Humanity affiliate on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in central South Dakota is seeking our assistance to help alleviate the critical housing shortage within their community.  One of the biggest barriers for the affiliate is finding adequate facilities to house their volunteers. 
        The missions committee is organizing a volunteer weekend to assist the affiliate with finishing a 48 bed volunteer center located in Crow Creek on March 9th and 10th.  The work crew will help build the floor and walls, lodging will be provided.  To get involved with this worthwhile mission, please contact Julie Dykstra at 661-3374 or 260-4224.  For more information on the project visit  http://www.dacotahtipis.org.
 
Upper Room Bible Study
 
        The Upper Room Bible Study meets Monday mornings, 9:30-10:30am in the Upper Room. The Upper Room Devotional booklet and bible are resources. Each week is a complete study. If you’re considering a Lenten challenge, welcome.
 
Church Women United
 
        Church Women United of Yankton, SD will be celebrating World Day of Prayer, on Friday,
March 1st at 2pm in the Gathering Place at Avera Sister James Center (Majestic Bluffs) 2111 W 11th St. The theme this year was created by a group of women in France, “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me.” Music, scripture readings and meditations will be led by women representing 8 Yankton churches. Please join us. Refreshments will be served and there will be a free will offering. Choir singers needed, practice at 1:15pm that Friday.
 
Reach Out
By Sherry Daugherty, Evangelism Committee 

With a random act of kindness

        A group of my coworkers were discussing random acts of kindness and I asked one of the guys if he had ever performed a random act of kindness. When he stated, “No,” I informed him that he should try it. It would make him feel really good about himself. He said he was up for the challenge. A few days had passed and he approached me and stated that he had performed a random act of kindness. With a big smile on my face, I asked if he felt good about himself? He stated, “Oh, yes!” When I then asked what he had done, he sated, “There was a car in front of me at the drive-up restaurant and they had a flat tire.” He then went on to state that he had gotten out of his car and informed the person ahead of him that their car had a flat tire. I waited patiently for him to continue with the rest of his story. But, the story ended almost as quickly as my smile. I inquired has to what he did then. He stated, “I got back in my car.” I told him that really wasn’t a random act of kindness but had he changed the tire for them, that then would have been. He smiled and stated, “I know.”
        We don’t have to shout scripture or wear t-shirts proclaiming that “Jesus is Coming’ to let others know that we are Christians but rather a simple random act of kindness speaks volumes. As Reverend Ron had stated in one of his messages, we don’t have to give anything up for lent but rather “add” something. My challenge to you: Per form at least one random act of kindness every week; until it becomes habit.
        “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this All men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
 
Thanks
 
        Souper Bowl of Caring - Thank you from the Sr. High Youthfor your generous donations to Souper Bowl of Caring. We collected $426.80 and some items for the contact center.
 
        The 8th grade Confirmation class would like to thank all of the wonderful members of our church family who prepared meals before Wednesday night Confirmation class in January and February.  THANK YOU: Night Club Group, Beth Parr, Suzanne Tessier, Rhonda Sohl, Carla Hummel, Carol Becker, Alicia Cornemann, Lesley Hale, Marsha Bertsch, Teresa Crisman, Lorri Nooney & Don & Gail Kudrna
        The warm meal, time of fellowship, and your support are appreciated!!
 
        Carolyn and I would like to thank our church family and friends for the prayers, words of encouragement and support during our recent journey dealing with cancer! We are so grateful for God providing his strength and love each and every day. When you give God your burdens, you can be confident that He will carry you through it, much like the promises in the “Footprints in the Sand.” We are so blessed to have such a wonderful God, always taking care of us!  
        We would also like to say a very sincere thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity shown to us during the holidays. Each card, good wish and gift was greatly appreciated. We are blessed by your love and kindness.
Pastor Bob and Carolyn
 
        Jeff and I want to thank everyone from our church family for all the sympathy cards and phone calls that were given to us during our sorrowful time. We especially want to thank Reverend Ron and Marsha for attending the funeral in Viborg.  Knowing that you were in attendance at Jeff’s dad’s funeral, made our hearts fill even more with God’s bountiful love.  We shall never forget everyone’s acts of kindness.  God Bless all of you. 
Jeff and Carol Skonhovd
 
Thanks to those who delivered Meals on Wheels in January and February: Dan & Jane Miller, Harry Luurs, Joan Neubauer, Connie VanDeWalle, Margie Stengle & sons.
 
March Birthdays
1 - John Slemp, Terra Rehurek, Morgyn Jaquith
 
4 - Hannah Johnson, Delores Kafka,            
     Herb Hornstra, Syndee Droppers
 
5 - Don Boyd
       
6 - Nancy Brockmoller, Palmer Hagen          
 
7 - Emily Gulick, Carl Johnson         
       
8 - Rob Hale   
       
9 - Ketty Cornemann, Clayton Stoddard,
      Gabe Slowey, Reid Dutrow        
 
11 - Jeffery Mraz
 
12 - Carol Peterson, Sue May, Craig Karnes
       
13 - Kyle Hirsch, Pat Alder   
 
15 - Pat Kraft 
 
16 - Lexie McCorkell, Xavier Stilwell           
               
17 - Zander Young, Jeff Johnson, Julie Orton
 
18 -Jack Slowey, Charles Branaugh
 
19 - Mark Peterson, Kimberly Iverson
               
21 - Beth Parr, Conner Nickles, Dawn Kabella,
        Ken Nebola           
 
22 - Amber Hirsch, Brevin Hansen, Camden Pietz
 
24 - Katie Rodig, Trevor Pasch         
 
25 - Carla Hummel
 
26 - Don Hurley, Ken Philippi, Linda Hagen,
        Marsha Johnson
   
27 - Logan Ristau
 
28 - Shirley Bogue, Allan Wieseler, Kloe Gall
 
29 - Lindsey King, Jan Aughenbaugh           
 
In Our Thoughts & Prayers:
 
Erin Olson, Daughter of Tami Blum and Kevin Olson.
 
Toby and Andy Galls grandpa Richard Gall, passed away.
 
Tony and Shawna Fiechuck granddaughter Alexis Haggan.
 
Craig Bartels, brother of Bill Bartels & Jill Huetig.
 
Mavis Buchholz, Calvin Buchholz sister and Marian Buchholz daughter & families
 
Paul and Jan Aughenbaugh’s daughter-in-law Linda's Dad, Carv Thompson
 
Eric Anderson, cousin of Keri Stilwell
 
Shar Peterson’s cousin Jenna
 
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
 
Velma Decker, Mark Giziewski
 
Jeff Willman, Jerry Willman’s cousin
Jon Grann, Jan Aughenbaugh's cousin
 
Chris Christensen, Dena Heeney,
Lee & Phyllis Skalberg, Howard Relf                                       
 
Gerri Aughenbaugh, Paul’s sister-in-law
 
Darin Cunningham’s father, Garry
  
Vivian VanEssen's sister Robbi
 
Albert Gall is a resident of the Yankton Care Center, room 211
                                                           
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)
 
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 $858 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.
 
 
Send your comments or questions to:
Rev. Ron email: revron24@gmail.com
Church Office: firstumc@iw.net