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

April 2013

Pastor’s Word
      By Rev. Ron
        Many people misunderstand Easter. The holiday for them is about colored eggs, bunnies, new clothes, a break from school, and possible church attendance for the first time that year. These things have their place but isn't Easter more than that? Isn't Easter about Jesus who died, rose from the dead, and is alive today? Some may say yes, but so what? What difference does it make to me that Christ is alive?
        One could say that the meaning of Easter is a theological matter. The fact of Easter is a historical matter. The benefits of Easter are a personal matter.
        Let me lift up a couple of benefits among many. The question is: what difference does the resurrection make in your life?
        First, it gives significance to your personal life. Have you ever felt you are only a number, a cog in the corporate machinery? Have you ever felt that you didn't matter?
        But the resurrection of Jesus shatters those negative thoughts with a powerful benefit: you matter to God. That is the good news of Jesus Christ.
        The Apostle Paul writes: "I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day, according to the scriptures." (I Corinthians 15:1, 3-4)
        Jesus died and rose again for you. In other words, if you had been the only person on earth, Jesus would have died and risen again for you. Why? Because you matter so much to him!
        The second benefit of the resurrection is that it gives victory to a defeated life. The cross appeared to defeat Jesus. Did evil conquer righteousness? Had wrong demolished right? Had hate smothered love?
        People only see the cross at times. However, the cross isn't the last part of God's plan. The fog of life's experience sometimes causes us to see only OUR crosses. We are bombarded by defeat. We feel crushed and destroyed. We think the walls are caving in on us. We want so desperately to win. The good news is we can win through Jesus Christ!
        Do you want victory in your life, whether it be conquering a bad habit or rebounding from a loss? You can know you have that victory because of Jesus' resurrection.
        My dear friends, Christ by his death and resurrection broke the power of evil forever. At Easter we meet together to celebrate a triumph or we ought to! It is said that the early Christians used to greet one another not with a cordial "good morning" or "good day" but with the words, "the Lord is risen!" To which the reply was immediately forthcoming, “He is risen indeed!"
        May God empower us so to live in this mystery that our lives may be a pure and perfect offering to God and bring us at the end to see Jesus, our risen Savior.
United Methodist Women
        The United Methodist Women will meet at 1:30pm Monday, April 1st. Program: Susan Barnes - Healthy eating and exercise/pre diabetes. All women of the church are invited and encouraged to be part of our mission-oriented group.
Mission Corner
        Imagine No Malaria is an effort of The United Methodist Church to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. Malaria still kills an estimated 660,000 people wordwide, mainly children under five years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is entirely treatable, if you have timely access to malaria drugs and health care. But that's a big if. Most people in Africa don't get the treatment they need... that's where we come in. For 160 years, the United Methodist Church has been operating hospitals and clinics across the African Continent. Your gifts help UMCOR provide the following:        Prevention - insecticide-treated mosquito netting, draining standing water where they breed, Education - myths abound so it's imperative that the facts are delivered through the community-based health workers,
        Communication - broadcast via radio life-saving information to inform communities about preventing malaria, Treatment - provide clinics and hospitals with rapid diagnosis kits, & life-saving medicines
        The theme for 2013 and the coming years is: Invest in the future. Defeat Malaria. Checks can be made payable to UMCOR - with "Malaria Campaign" in the memo. The Missions Committee will be recognizing National Imagine No Malaria Day, on Sunday, April 7th.
Sr. High Breakfast
        Sunday, April 7th – the group going on the Dakotas Conference 2013 Mission Trip to the Henderson Settlement in Frakes, KY will be serving breakfast from 8:30 to noon. On the menu will be biscuits & gravy, bacon, fruit, coffee and juice. A freewill offering will be taken that will help cover the cost of the trip. Please join us for fellowship and food. (Those going on the mission trip are Stephanie Anderson, Layne Droppers, Kylee Duncan, Amanda & Derek Gravholt, Sam Gusso, Tyler Kaiser, Cole & Julie Moderegger, Alex Wieseler, Scott Giziewski and Diane Kisch)
Summer Camp - Are You Registered Yet?
By Diane Kisch
        Camp brochures are here – if you did not get one in the mail you can find them on the bulletin board as you come in to the church or in the Education Office. Deadline for the Early Bird price is April 22nd. Lisa, church secretary, needs a copy of your registration. The church & UMW will take care of ½ of the early bird cost of one camp per youth (K-12th grade).   If your youth is going to more than one camp, you are responsible for the cost of the other camps.
        If you register after April 22nd – the church & UMW will only pay for ½ of the early bird cost.  You will be responsible for the difference between early bird and full price.
        The camping office prefers that registrations be done online at - make sure you complete all the forms.  Also the price listed on line is the full price - if you register before the early bird deadline you will need to figure your 1/2 of the early bird price, this can be found online or in a camp brochure, put this in the other line.
        The Conference runs a Cross State Bus to Storm Mountain – if you plan to have your youth ride the bus you must mark it on your registration form and full payment for the bus is due at time of registration.
        We encourage you to attend camps that other youth in your grades are going to – hopefully we can carpool when ever possible.  Remember if your child is riding with some one it is common courtesy to help cover the cost of gas.  If you plan to use the church van – it needs to be half full (8 people or more – if you only have 7 check with the Pastor).  Those riding in the van are responsible for gas.  Lisa, church secretary, needs to know if you would like your youth to ride in the church van or carpool with others.  She will be able to tell you if anyone else is signed up for a camp you are thinking about.
For the 1st – 4th graders we need to have 1 adult attend camp with every 5 campers. There is a cost for Shepherds that attend SonShine camp (K & 1st graders), DaySpring (2nd & 3rd graders), and Sonseekers (K-3rd graders). 
          Remember the grade listed for each camp is the grade the camper is currently in.
If you have any questions or want help in getting registered please give me a call at 660-1242 or send an e-mail to
Camp Scholarship Funds with the Dakotas Foundation
            By Diane Kisch
        This fund was established to assist youth with camping registrations and/or expenses.  The main sponsor of this scholarship came from Ethel Schenk who originally contributed $3,750.  This amount, along with other memorial gifts from various people who designated the funds to be used towards camp scholarships, made up the balance. This money is invested with the Dakotas Foundation.
        This money is intended to assist families that have youth (1st grade through graduating seniors) attending camp that express the need for additional financial support to cover their share of the cost.   The way the money will be distributed is any family that would like a little extra financial help is to fill out a Camp Scholarship Card located in the church office and place it in the decorated box by Sunday April 14th. Families will be informed of the amount that will be applied to their youth’s camp cost on Monday April 15th. The Education committee has a formula established to equally split the $500 amongst the designated recipients as an equal percent based on the cost of each camp.  
        If you have questions please call Diane Kisch.
            It is the hope of the finance and education committees that people will contribute to this fund and the size of our investment will grow so that the amount of money we are able to distribute grows.
Camp Sunday April 21st
April 21st is the day before registrations and payments are due to receive the early bird cost for camp. Retired Pastor Rodney Gist will be our guest preacher for camp Sunday. I had the privilege to serve on the camping board with Pastor Rod for many years and I’m so excited for him to come and share his passion for camping with our church. So dig out your shorts and come and join us for fun day learning about our Conferences camping ministry. The Confirmation class will serve lunch following the 10:30 service.
Sr. High Youth News
By Diane Kisch & Sarah Crosgrove
Dates to mark on your calendars:
*Wed., April 3rd – Youth Group 7:30pm
*Sun., April 7th – Mission Trip 2013 group serving breakfast from 8:30 to noon.
*Wed., April 10th – Youth Group 7:30pm
*Sun., April 14th – 2nd Sunday Mission – lunch together following Sunday School then off to our project.
*Wed., April 17th – Youth Group 7:30pm
*Sat., April 20th – Decoration Sanctuary for Camp Sunday – 1:30pm
*Sun., April 21st – Camp Sunday - both services – lunch served by Confirmation class following the 10:30 service – we will take down decorations after the 10:30 service.
*Wed., April 24th – Youth Group 7:30pm
        Sr. High Youth will be decorating the sanctuary for camp Sunday on Sat., April 20th at 1:30pm. Items we will need are a free standing tent, life jackets etc – if you have any items that we can use please let Diane know. We will take down the decorations following the 10:30 service.
        Diane’s office hours are Thursday’s from 3:30 to 5:00pm. Diane will not have office hours on April 11th. Instead, I will be in the office Monday, April 15th from 3:30 to 5:00pm.
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.
Women of Faith Event's
        One-of-a-kind weekend is coming to St. Paul, MN in October. We're making plans now to go as a group! The Women of Faith has been bringing women together in events for almost two decades. Women come from all walks of life, some have had a relationship with God for years, and others have just met Jesus for the first time. We will hear compelling stories, dynamic music, inspirational speakers, Bible-based teaching and best of all inspiring worship to our God. Please make plans to join us!! Here are the details:
§Thursday, Oct. 17th - 1:00pm Leave from the church
§Friday, Oct. 18th - Mall of America - Then the Conference in the evening
§Saturday, Oct. 19th - Conference till 5:00pm - then dinner and a tour of downtown St. Paul
§Sunday, Oct. 20th - return Home
§$106.80 - Hotel room for 3 nights, with 4 women per room
§$110.00 - Conference Ticket and lunch on Saturday
§$110.20 - Charter Bus
§$328.00 - Total - This does not include 5 meals on your own.
        There have been some fundraisers discussed and the Rummage Sale in May will go to help with costs for this event. Please put this on your calendar and plan to come. You won't want to miss this! There is a sign up display in Wesley Hall and if you have any questions please contact Joyce Anderson.
Count Your Blessings
        By Susan Thorson, RN, Parish Nurse
        My inner peace begins and ends each day by counting my blessings. Some blessings can be so amazing that I know Christ has shown his presence in my life. Other blessings are small but significant in my daily activities as a parish nurse.   Important blessings may include good health, a faithful life, lasting relationships, emotional wellbeing, strong family ties, and financial stability to meet basic needs. My church family is a blessing to me and many times is at the top of my list!           Here are some examples of blessings I have seen in our church family over the past month:
Parents sharing their love to their children
A loving spouse taking care of his/her spouse
A friend providing transportation to church
An older person sharing wisdom with a young person
Our pastors listening to someone in need
A member inviting someone new to church
A person overcoming depression
Our youth growing in their faith
A person providing and sharing a warm meal
A grandparent giving unconditional love to a grandchild
A doctor praying with his patient before a procedure
Our music ministry reaching out to people of all ages
Our membership working together for a common goal
Our church school children excited about Sunday school
Our church staff showing pride in their work
Focus today on parts of your life that hold meaning and joy for you and remind yourself of this old hymn, listening carefully to the words: “Count your blessings, name them one by one, see what God hath done! Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done!”
        His name is Jim. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant. Kinda esoteric and very, very bright. He became a Christian while attending college. Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church. They want to develop a ministry to the students, but are not sure how to go about it. One day, Joe decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-Shirt, and wild hair. The service as already started and so Joe starts down the aisle looking for a seat. The church is completely packed and he can’t find a seat.
        By now people are looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Joe gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit and when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet. (Although perfectly acceptable behavior as a college fellowship, trust me, this had never happened in this church before!)
     By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick. About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Joe. Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, a three-piece suit, and a pocket watch. A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane and as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves, you can’t blame him for what he’s going to do. How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor?
     It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy. The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man’s cane. All eyes are focused on him. You can’t even hear anyone breathing. The people are thinking, the minister can’t even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do. And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficultly he lowers himself and sits down next to Joe and worships with him so he won’t be alone. Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the minister gains control he says, “What I’m about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget.”
Author, anonymous
Cabin Dedication
        Lake Poinsett Camp warmly welcomes you to help us celebrate the legacy of giving hearts who have supported the Christ-centered mission of our Camp and have made possible the newest cabin: the Grinager. Please come for the dedication and blessing of the cabin and to honor the Grinager family and all those who sow in faith. Saturday, April 13th, program begins at 10am with lunch at noon. Please RSVP: or call (605) 983-5547 for more information!
Host Homes
        Yankton FUMC has a wonderful experience coming up this summer! We will be hosting the Ugandan Orphan's Choir, sponsored by Childcare Worldwide, who will perform at our church service on June 2nd. We are in need of some church members to serve as hosts for the children and their chaperones. Below are the dates and specific needs of the host homes. As a church family, we ask you to pray and consider being a host to some of these wonderful kids! Contact Evie Sime (605-661-6255 or Gena Brandt (605-661-1321 if you would like to be a host.
        We will need four host homes:
1.       4 children and 1 chaperone
2.       3 children and 1 chaperone
3.       3 children and 1 chaperone
4.       1 chaperone (can be hotel room)
        Hosts will pick up the children at the church on Thursday, May 30th (time TBD). The children will require three meals a day and transportation to and from the church on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Each host family will have to fill out a short questionnaire and provide information for a background check for everyone over the age of 18 who lives in the home.
        Sleeping arrangements: the chaperone should have their sleeping area separate (in a different room) from the children. More than one child of the same sex can share a queen or king bed. Sofas, beds, air mattresses, and trundles are all acceptable. The choir asks that no tobacco or alcohol be consumed in the home or around the children while they are here.
        We are so excited to welcome these gifted, inspiring children! Please help us to provide a welcoming temporary home for them. Additional information may be found at
Reach Out
By Carole Hurley, Evangelism Committee
Easter Season
        When Jesus went to his disciples on the evening of his resurrection, the first thing he said to them was, “Peace be with you.”
        That has not changed.  When you are in the presence of God, you are in a place of peace, Peace comes from the presence of someone who made you in love and keeps you in grace, someone you can count on to be with you in all things.  When you are in God’s presence, you are with one who knows you better than anyone does and who wants you to have the best life has to offer. In such a presence you have an inner calm that exceeds human understanding and measurement.
The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace. Psalm 29:11
Random Act of Kindness Rummage/Bake Sale
        The Night Club ladies will be holding the annual Random Act of Kindness rummage sale on May 4th.  Any and all donated items can be placed in the south Sunday School room from now until May 3rd.  The monies earned from this rummage have been designated to help defer the cost for women from our church to go to the Women of Faith Conference in October.  This is a great conference for women and an exciting time to share the love of Christ with all women in our church family.  Please consider donating any items to help this cause.  If you are interested in helping set up on May 3rd please contact Denise Willman or Carol Becker.  We appreciate all your help and thank you.
Experience the Holy Land
By Carolyn Cappel
        As we have traveled the Holy Land with Pastor Adam Hamilton during the Lenten studies, it sparked an interest in me to return to Israel and experience it again. I have contacted the tour company that planned my life changing tour, to begin plans for a repeat tour and I would like for you to have the opportunity to come along!
        A journey to the Holy Land is an experience of a lifetime. To walk where Jesus walked, to hear, see, and smell this beautiful land of our Lord is something that will change your life forever. Barely 21,000 square kilometers (Equivalent to the size of New Jersey) - Israel, the land of Milk and Honey, is a travel destination like no other. Visiting Israel is more than a vacation; it is a life changing experience, a spiritual and emotional journey you will never forget. Planning is underway for a 10 day trip to Israel in early 2014. More information and details will be forthcoming.
        Barry and I (Laurie) want to thank everyone who made our Turkey Supper a huge success.  It really takes a community to pull together to have a great event and we had that happen!   Thank you for donating, eating, volunteering, laughing, dancing, and praying to make the energy in the church flow with gratitude. We so enjoyed putting the event together but more so we enjoyed all of you being a part of it and having faith and trust to stay positive to allow the joy flow thru.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  God Bless you,
Barry and Laurie
        Thank you so much for your hospitality in allowing us to use your facilities for our Cub Scout Meetings
Cub Scouts Pack 102 leaders, parents & Scouts
        I would like to thank everyone who visited me in the hospital, for all the get well cards, plants and rides when I was in the hospital and after.  
Bill Sohl
April Birthdays
1 - Lorraine Slade, Megan Sage
2 - Sydney Bartunek, Ashley Willman,
     Greg Popma
3 - Teresa Rentsch, Margaret Bartels,
       Levi Davis, Brittney May
4 - Amy Johnson, Terry Hagen,
5 - Lindsay Bodenstedt
6 - Mary Peirce, Chelsa Gall  
7 - Megan Jacobs, Ben Mooney, Dorothy Walton
8 - Perry Ford
9 - Sara Giblin, Christopher Eldred
10 - Derek Gravholt   
11 - Vicki Martin, Chuck Nelson
12 - Morgan Tessier, Dena Den Herder         
13 - Morgan King
14 - Jack Kyriss, Shirley Dangler, Jeannie Kasik,
       Connie Regalado, Kyle Kyriss
15 - Troy Hunhoff     
16 - Makayla Palecek, Owen Wieseler
17 - Austin Gobel, Laurie Baily
19 - Kennedy Bartunek
20 - Alexander Helgeland, Jenni Saffel,
        Alicia Cornemann, Verne Hanson
21 - Eunice Northey   
22 - Mona Mullican, Alison Olson, Ryan Turner
23 - Shayce Platt, Bill Branson, Marc Mooney
24 - Elijah Strom, Mason Helgeland  
25 - Leslie Johnson, Laura Johnson,
       Darwin Koerner
26 - Shelley Novak
27 - Carolyn Cappel, Jessica Mathis
29 - Langdon Klinkhammer, Caleb Kisch
30 - Josh Saffel, Courtney True,
        Darin Cunningham, Parker James          
In Our Thoughts & Prayers:
Paul and Jan Aughenbaugh’s granddaughter Lacy’s father-in-law
Don Boyd                                     
Judy Nielson
Shaun Miller, son of Dan & Jane Miller
Dan Slowey’s father Dick and his mother Ellen
Erin Olson, Daughter of Tami Blum/Kevin Olson.
Tony and Shawna Fiechuck’s 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                Shirley Nelson
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
Prayers for all men & women serving in the military and their families.
Hy-Vee Cash Cards
        First UMC has raised $1,277 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.
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