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

May 2013

Pastor’s Word
        The events surrounding the bombings at the Boston Marathon last week led me to a portion of scripture in the gospel according to Mark as he writes about a storm that arose while Jesus and his disciples were out on the lake. Wind was blowing and the waves were beating against the boat. Where was Jesus? Sleeping soundly in the back of the boat.
        The disciples fearing for their lives, asked Jesus if he cared that they were about to die. Jesus stood up and commanded the wind and the waves, "Be Still!" We are told there was a great calm. Jesus asked, "why are you frightened? Do you still have no faith?" But they were terribly frightened just as many were whose lives were forever changed by the senseless tragedy in Boston.
        What I want us to remember and take to heart in this fragile and unpredictable world is that the same Jesus who stilled the storm on Galilee is present with us today. He is with us in the stormy times of life and the calm ones; He is present when the going is rough and when it is great-and in the ordinary times as well. The storm may continue to rage, or it may grow calm, but we are not alone.
        William Barclay lost his grown daughter in an accident at sea. Years later he would cite this passage (Mark 4:35-41) and say to his students, "As he stilled the storm on Galilee, so he stills the storm in our hearts."
        I deeply appreciate the insight and advice offered by Francis deSales. I pass it on to you to consider in the living of your life: "Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life in fear; rather look to them full of hope that, as they arise, God, whose you are, will deliver you out of them. He has kept you to this day-do you but hold fast to his dear hand, and he will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand, he will bear you in his arms. Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day.          Either he will shield you from suffering, or he will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations."
        So I pray: Lord, grant to us all the faith that steadies in sunlight or storm because we are confident and assured that you go with us and before us into all that life may bring. Amen.
Confirmation Sunday & Reception
        Confirmation Sunday will be April 28th with a reception immediately following the service. Please note that there will only be one service on Confirmation Sunday, April 28th beginning at 9 AM. The congregation is invited and encouraged to attend the reception in Wesley Hall.
Children Sing
        Children ages Pre-K through 4th grade will be singing at both worship services on May 5th.  You won’t want to miss their beautiful voices and smiling faces as they singing praises.  Bring the extended family!
Sunday School News
Sunday School Picnic     By Denise Willman
        This has been a great year and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers.   We will be holding an “End of the Year Picnic” with the teachers and their families on May 8th.  All teachers, substitutes and their families are invited to attend.  The picnic supper will begin at 6:00pm. There will be fun games and thank you gifts.  Please plan to join us for a fun evening and help us celebrate the end of a great year.
Last Day of Sunday School
        The last day of Sunday School will be held on May 12th.  We have enjoyed the children and thank you for bringing them each Sunday so they can learn from the Bible, grow closer to Christ, and in their faith life.  We will be looking forward to a great new year in the fall of 2013. The first day of Sunday School will be September 8th.
The Banquet
        Mark your calendar to come to The Banquet on Tuesday, May 7th. First United Methodist is responsible to prepare and serve the meal that evening. The Missions Committee would like to invite everyone to become involved. The Mission statement of the Yankton Area Banquet is to provide hospitality to our brothers and sisters through caring and a meal, and simply sharing the spirit of Jesus with others. What a great opportunity! Sign-up sheets are available in Wesley Hall.
Recognition of Graduates
By Rev. Ron
        We will recognize our high school graduates along with college graduates. If you are graduating from college or have a son, daughter, or grandchild graduating from college we will recognize them on Sunday, May 12th, at the 9:00am worship service. A reception will be held (for everyone) in their honor in Wesley Hall at 10am. All graduates should have received a letter from me this week to fill out and return to the church, please do so ASAP and get it back to the church office by May 6th. If you are a graduate and don’t receive a letter or form, please call the church office and request one.
United Methodist Women
        The United Methodist Women will meet at 1:30pm Monday, May 6th at 1:30pm in the Church Lounge. The program will be presented by Sr. Jacquelyn Ernster who will talk about her trip to Africa. All women of the church are invited and encouraged to be part of our mission-oriented group.
National Day of Prayer Breakfast 
        You are invited to the annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, May 2nd at First Assembly of God, 801 W 25th St.  Breakfast will be served at 6:30am and the program begins at 7:00am and will end by 7:45am. There is no cost for the meal, but a free-will offering will be taken.  Free tickets (for determining the number of reservations) for the breakfast are available from the church office.  Youth are encouraged to attend!  At Noon a National Day of Prayer
Ceremony will be held at the Yankton County Government Center (north side), 321 West 3rd Street. The observance will be from 12-12:45pm.  *Come when you can – Leave when you need to* In case of inclement weather, Yankton City Gym, 5th & Walnut Street. 
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, lower level, from now until May 3rd.  The monies earned from this rummage sale 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 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. Thank you.
Church Women United
        Church Women United celebrates “May Friendship Day” on Friday, May 3rd at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 403 Washington at 1:30pm. This gathering of women from various churches is open to all. Preceding the worship, fund raising luncheons will be held in several homes. Reservations and luncheon details are available by calling Sacred heart Monastery at 668-6800.
Heritage Sunday
        May 19th is Heritage Sunday. The bulletin will list names of UMC members for 50 or more years. There will be an insert with special memories of some members of this UMC church. Also, look for displays of photos, and other historical items. If you have been a member of the United Methodist church for 50 years and have not been recognized before, please notify the church office.  
Food Donation
        The Yankton letter carrier food drive will be on Saturday, May 11th. Postal customers in Mission Hill, Gayville, Utica, and Yankton are asked to place their nonperishable food donation in or by their mailbox. The mail carrier or a volunteer will pick it up. All donations are given to the local food pantry.
Servant Heart’s Clinic
        Servant Heart's Clinic provides Health Care with a Heart right here in our own community and First United Methodist church is building a team! Sunday, May 19th, will be a day where we'll hear more about how to become involved. Jim and Shari Frerk, from the Servant Heart's Clinic, will be present in worship that day to share. Please plan to join us.
Sr. High Youth News
By Diane Kisch & Sarah Crosgrove
Dates to mark on your calendars:
*Wed., May 1st – Youth Group 7:30pm
*Wed., May 8th – Youth Group 7:30pm
*Sun., May 12th – Senior Recognition during 9:00am service and reception following at Wesley Hall
(there will not be a 2nd Sunday Mission Project today – do something special for your mom today!)
*Wed., May 15th – YHS Baccalaureate
*Sat., May 19th – YHS Graduation
*Wed., May 22nd – NOlympics Community Event – 5:00-8:30pm – join us at Riverside Park for food, games, mission work and devotional time.
        Diane normal office hours are Thursday’s from 3:30 to 5:00.
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.
Vacation Bible School
        VBS will held August 4th - 8th.  I know it is early to think about the fall, but I am hoping that you will keep this week open so that your children will be able to come and join us for a fun adventure that will take place at Kingdom Rock where kids stand strong for God. 
        We are always in need of volunteers for VBS and Sunday School.  Please prayerfully consider volunteering to help in any way possible.  I promise you that the children will prove to be very rewarding and God will bless you for your efforts.  Any questions at all, please talk to Denise Willman or Barb Hirsch.
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 proceeds from the Rummage Sale in May will 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.
KYNT Radio Broadcast
         The signup folder to sponsor the Sunday worship service on KYNT is located on the table in the Church Lounge.  May 12th & 26th are available.  The cost to sponsor a Sunday broadcast is $45.00
Arthritis Awareness Month
by Susan Thorson, R.N. Parish Nurse
        Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with arthritis? If you have, it is important to learn more about this disease. It is not a disease that happens just when you get older. Two thirds of the people diagnosed with arthritis are under the age of 65. Arthritis is a complex musculoskeletal disorder with more than 100 different disease conditions affecting people of all ages, races and gender. Arthritis is a serious health problem causing hospitalizations and disability and is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
        There are three common diseases that make up arthritis: Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is a progressive degenerative joint disease where the joint cartilage breaks down and is associated with being overweight and obese, a history of joint injury and age. Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by inflammation of the membranes lining the joint, which causes pain, stiffness, swelling, warmth, and sometimes severe joint damage. Juvenile arthritis is a term that describes many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children 16 years and younger.
        Exercise can help as there is strong evidence for both endurance and resistance type exercises that provide disease specific benefits for those affected by osteoarthritis and rheumatic conditions. Research indicates that exercise, weight management and avoidance of joint injuries help in prevention of osteoarthritis. Even if you decrease your weight by even a pound, it can result in 4 pounds of pressure taken off of each knee. See your doctor for clearance for exercise and how to decrease your weight. There are treatments available which include natural and alternative treatments, medications, and joint surgery. For more information contact the Arthritis Foundation and see your primary physician. In some cases your doctor may refer you for physical therapy or onto a rheumatologist or orthopedist for diagnosis and treatment.
        Source: Arthritis Foundation
        On behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Yankton County, I want to thank First United Methodist Church for hosting the Habitat 500 Bike Team annual rummage sale.  In addition, I want to thank
those who spent countless hours helping to price and sell the goods.  A special thank you to Tom and Jane Gilmore for organizing this annual event.   More than $5,600 was raised and helps Habitat continue its’ Christian Housing ministry in Yankton County!! 
         Julie Dykstra
        A Huge THANK YOUfor all the support of our breakfast last Sunday. The free will offering totaled $600.50 and will help defray expenses of Mission Trip 2013. Those youth attending are Stephanie Anderson, Layne Droppers, Kylee Duncan, Amanda & Derek Gravholt, Sam Gusso, Tyler Kaiser, Cole & Julie Moderegger, Alex Wieseler, Scott Giziewski and Diane Kisch
        I would like to thank you all for the prayers, cards, flowers and visits in the hospital and since I returned home. Thank you to Pastor Ron and Bob Cappel .Thank you for the food that was brought in by ladies of FUMC. God Bless you all.
Judy Nielson
        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 March and April.  THANK YOU: Joe & Lisa Karnes, Mary Alice & Ken Halverson, Carla Hummel, Susie McCorkell, Sherry Daugherty, Mary Johnson, Carole Hurley, the Education Committee, Gena Brandt, Jill Sage, and Alicia Cornemann. 
        The warm meal, time of fellowship, and your support are appreciated!!   
May Birthdays
1 - Payton Bartels, Todd Strom, Dorothy Johnson,
2 - Brad Anderson, Mike Lawrence  
3 - Tanner Dykstra, Gerrit Dykstra
4 - Joyce Boeckman, Dillon May, Mary Milroy
5 - Carole Hurley, Janni Guthmiller               
6 - Vi Waters, Gary Lohff, Art Tuttle
7 - Helen Mischke      
8 - Larry Young
9- Cohan Pietz
10 - May Gall, Alexa Davis, Brittney Guthmiller
12 - Samuel Hummel, Todd Rodig    
13 - Jan Boeckman, Amber Delvaux
15 - Doug Bailey
16 - Jace McCorkell, Tina Gobel,
        Lillie Kirschenman, Oakley Gall,
        Dan Dolejsi
18 - Larry Mayer, Chuck Gukeisen
19 - Margie Stengle, Nick Kisch, Madason Tessier
20 - Phyllis Dingman, Vivian Van Essen      
21 - Lillianne   Becker           
22 - Wanda Helgeland, Cale Cornemann
23 - Monty Dahlberg, Janice Powell  
25 - Linda Wek, Carolyn Golden
27 - Tracy Kisch, Paul Foss   
29 - Lyla Gukeisen,    
30 - Mindy Reining, Lee Skalberg, Jorcee Hansen,
       Samuel Johnson 
31 - Donna Mraz, Francis Christensen,
       Peggy Hannemann          
In Our Thoughts & Prayers:
Cal Buchholz & family. Cal’s sister Mavis Buchholz, passed away
Julie Dykstra’s nephew Chase Michael Oja
Sherry Daugherty’s cousin Holly Saunders
Teresa Rentsch’s mother, Rebecca Brewer, passed away
Susan Schavee and Monte, Susan had surgery
Karen Guthmiller is in the hospital
Chris Christenson is in the hospital
Paul and Jan Aughenbaugh’s granddaughter Lacy’s father-in-law
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.
Paul and Jan Aughenbaugh’s daughter-in-law Linda's Dad, Carv Thompson
Shar Peterson’s cousin Jenna
Dorothy Olson’s daughter-in-law, Susan
Mindy Reining’s mother, Barb Wohl
Judy Nielson                         Shirley Bogue
Josh, Mariah, Tara                Shirley Nelson
Luke Pomeroy                      Karen Droppers
Pastor Bob Cappel                Mark Giziewski
Velma Decker                      Dena Heeney
Jon Grann, Jan Aughenbaugh's cousin
Lee & Phyllis Skalberg, Howard Relf                                      
Darin Cunningham’s father, Garry
Vivian VanEssen's sister Robbi
Prayers for all men & women serving in the military and their families.
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