First United Methodist Church - Yankton
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
207 W 11th St Yankton SD 57078 (605) 665-2991

June 2013

Pastor’s Word
by Rev. Ron
Over the course of my personal journey of faith I have found guidance, inspiration, and hope from the Psalms. Many times I have found myself relating to the struggles and uncertainties the Psalmist was facing. The Psalmist's hope for God to intervene is not unfamiliar to me. Perhaps that's why I find such comfort in these words of Leona Bays Gaten entitled "Stoney Path."
"The Road is too rough," I said. "Dear Lord there are stones that hurt me so." And he said, "Dear child, I understand. I walked it long ago."
"But there's a cool green path," I said. "Let me walk there for a time."
"No child," he gently assured me, "the green road does not climb."
"My burden", I said, "is far too great. How can I bear it so?"
"My child," said he, "I remember its weight. I carried my cross, you know."
"But," I said, "I wish there were friends with me who would make my way their own."
"Ah, yes," he said, "Gethsemane was hard to face alone."
And so I climbed the stoney path content at last to know that, where my Master had not gone, I would not have to go. And strangely, then I found new friends, the burden grew less sore as I remembered long ago he went that way before.
Jesus said: "Lo, I am with you always!"
My prayer is that you will find great comfort in Christ's promise for the circumstances you are now facing and a hope for the future!
You’re Invited
Please join the Missions, Worship, and Evangelism committees in welcoming the Ugandan Orphans Choir with a pot luck supper on Thursday, May 30th, 5:30pm. This will be a wonderful opportunity for members and friends of the church to get to know these amazing children through fellowship. The choir has requested that we avoid the following food items:
Cold Cut Sandwiches
Cheese that's not melted
Canned Peas
Chocolate Candy Bars
We hope to see many of you there!
You’re invited
Don & Carole Hurley will be celebrating their 50 anniversary on Saturday, June 1st at the Methodist Church. The open house will be from 2-4pm. The couple requests no gifts; your presence is a gift.
Ugandan Orphans Choir
The Ugandan Orphans Choir, a group of ten talented children ranging in age from eight to twelve years old will be performing at our church services on Sunday, June 2nd. All ten children have been given hope through Childcare Worldwide’s sponsorship program and now they devote their energy to helping other children obtain access to sponsorship and education.
These exuberant children delight audiences with their African drumming, dancing and singing as they perform traditional Ugandan songs and dances. Former audience member, Kurt Swanson, raved, “Audiences just can’t seem to get enough of what these children have to share; from their natural musical talents to their raw expression of African culture. People are also amazed by the deep joy these children have despite the circumstances they came from.”
Each of the ten children has a story to tell about how their lives have been changed through the power of education provided through Childcare Worldwide’s sponsorship program. The choir has performed in churches and schools nationwide, as well as reputable venues such as Disneyland, KING 5 Television’s “New Day Northwest,” and at Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks.
The Ugandan Orphans Choir is a ministry of Childcare Worldwide which has been devoted to transforming lives for 30 years. Childcare Worldwide serves children in ten developing countries helping them succeed educationally through their child sponsorship program; they want to make learning and the hope of future employment possible for every child they serve. The ultimate goal of education is to break the cycle of poverty in children's lives.
Be sure to experience this unique and authentic experience of cultural song, dance and storytelling, and please invite your friends and family members to join us on June 2nd.
UMW Retreat
The annual UMW retreat will be Monday, June 3rd. The event will take the group to the local Monastery and Bishop Marty Chapel to view and learn about the stained glass windows. There will also be an opportunity to visit their gift shop before going to Minerva’s for lunch.
Those attending are asked to meet at the church at 9:15am on June 3rd. Please phone your reservation to Dee Carson at 665-8777 by May 31st. All members and friends of the church are invited to join the group.
You are invited to a Tea Party
Join us June 6th at First United Methodist Church 7:00pm in Wesley Hall.
Tealightful vendor is our host with different flavored teas to try. Other vendors that will also be attending include: Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, and Thirty-One.
Please note that a percentage of proceeds from any sales will go towards the Women of Faith Conference Trip, but this is in no way an obligation to purchase.
Please bring your favorite tea cup or use a church mug – but come and enjoy!
There will be some fun and devotion together at this very special tea party as well.
Mission Trip
A group of 10 youth and 3 adults from FUMC will be going on the Conference Mission Trip to the Henderson Settlement in Frakes, KY. We leave June 15th and will return on June 23rd. Some of the projects we will be doing are painting, staining, building fences, installing doors, digging trenches and some roofing. Those going from here are Stephanie Anderson, Layne Droppers, Kylee Duncan, Scott Giziewski, Amanda & Derek Gravholt, Sam Gusso, Tyler Kaiser, Diane Kisch, Cole & Julie Moderegger, Alleysia Ugofsky & Alex Wieseler, please keep us in your prayers.
KFC News
By Julie Dykstra
The Kids for Christ group will be participating in the Relay for Life on June 28th. To raise money for this event they will be hosting a bake sale on Sunday, June 2nd. If you have an interest in providing some goodies for the sale, please call Julie at 661-3374.
June 2nd – Relay for Life Bake, Luminary and Raffle Ticket Sale
June 5th – Lock-in @ 4:15pm we will leave the church at 4:40pm
June 28th – Relay for Life
Sr. High Youth News
By Diane Kisch & Sarah Crosgrove
Summer is here and with it is a change in our youth group schedule. The plan is to get together every other week over the summer from June 12 – August 7th; we will meet at the church from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. Some things that we will be doing are playing games, painting your confirmation blocks, and sharing in food and fellowship. You should all be getting a letter in the mail this week with the summer schedule and information on our first big summer event (Wild Water West/Celebration UMC Compassion Sunday) along with the registration form for this event. If you do not get a letter let me know by calling 660-1242 and I will get one to you.
For the month of June here are the dates you will want to mark on your calendar
*Monday, June 2/Sat June 8 – CCYM Summer Meeting/Annual Conference (Layne Droppers, Stephanie Anderson, Cole Moderegger, Alleysia Ugofsky & Diane Kisch)
*Sunday, June 9th – KY Mission Trip Blessing during the 9:00 AM church service (Stephanie Anderson, Layne Droppers, Kylee Duncan, Scott Giziewski, Amanda & Derek Gravholt, Sam Gusso, Tyler Kaiser, Diane Kisch, Cole & Julie Moderegger, Alleysia Ugofsky & Alex Wieseler)
*Wednesday, June 12th – Youth Group get together at the church 7:30 – 9:00 PM. Registration forms and deposit due for Wild Water West/Celebration UMC Compassion Sunday Event.
*Saturday, June 15/Sun June 23rd – Conference Mission Trip to Henderson Settlement in Frakes, KY.
*Wednesday, June 26th - Youth Group get together at the church 7:30 – 9:00 PM.
*Saturday, June 28/Sun June 29thWild Water West/Celebration UMC Compassion Sunday
Diane normal office hours are Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:00pm. (I will not have office hours on June 6th & June 20th)
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.
Soap/Shampoo Drive
By Syndee Droppers, Mission Committee
If you're like me, you appreciate taking a shower with your favorite shower gel and washing your hair with a good smelling shampoo. Did you know that the Contact Center provides these items? The Missions Committee would like to help collect hygiene items to give to the Contact Center. We will be gathering soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, and other hygiene items on June 9th and June 16th. Their will be a collection box in the fellowship hall to place your donations. As you do your shopping, please grab an extra tube of toothpaste or bar of soap. We appreciate your support of those in need.
School of Mission is now “Mission U”
What we have known as School of Christian Mission is entering a new era. The format is the same, the two locations are the same, and the purpose is the same, only the name has been changed.
“Mission U” 2013 will have the theme “Learning Together for Transformation of the World.” The two sites are Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, July 11 to 14, and Jamestown College, North Dakota, July 18 to 21st. Those attending will select two studies from three offered, Living Sacramentally, Walking Justly: The Roma (gypsies) of Europe and Poverty.
In addition to the adult sessions, a Faithful Servants Youth Camp for 7th -12th grades and missions for Me for 3rd – 6th grades are offered. Informational brochures with registration forms are available on the UMW bulletin board in Wesley Hall. For any first-time participant, a half-tuition scholarship is offered.
Mission U promises to be a life-changing experience, which gives vital learning, enhanced faith and new friendships.
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.
Reach Out
By Steve King, Evangelism Committee
1 Timothy 6:17-19 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
The Evangelism committee would like to send a sincere “Thank You” to the 2013 confirmation class, their leaders, and mentors for donating the proceeds from their bake sale to the Ugandan Children’s Choir.
Great work gang! Your generosity and hard work are greatly appreciated.
Learning Patience
By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse
Proverbs: 19:11 “A person’s wisdom yields patience, it is to one’s glory to overlook offense.” There are days when my quality of patience isn’t very good and then my life feels frustrating. I seem to be irritated when I have to stand in line, wait for traffic, or sometimes feel annoyed when last minute details and demands are placed on me when my day is already planned. By having patience, I am more accepting of what really is instead of what I would like it to be. Without patience my inner peace seems fragmented. So, I decided I needed to practice patience and do it with intention to keep my inner peace intact, strengthen my relationships and to feed more joy into to my life. Here are some ideas I am trying to do and perhaps it may help you also.
Make patience my goal for the day by living in the moment.
Slow down, make a decision to pause and not get worked up in situations. Avoid rushing.
Delay gratification by stopping to think about a decision to do or not to do.
Think about what I want to say before I say it to avoid offending others. Count to ten, take a deep breath, and just be still. Relax and just be me.
As I practice patience, I know it allows me to keep my perspective in as it might just be a minor detour in the road that I must deal with. Knowing deep down it really is not worth the effort and sometimes it takes lots of effort when we lack patience. We pray for patience and understanding in our daily lives.
Walk Where Jesus Walked
By Carolyn Cappel
There is nothing like watching a sunrise on the Sea of Galilee from your hotel. In early March 2014 a tour group from our church will join other Christians on the journey of a lifetime to Israel. The itinerary is exciting and here are the
highlights of day four. We will visit the Mt. of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7), with time for reflection and time for a short devotional study. From here we make our way to Capernaum (Jesus’ base for His early ministry.), then board a replica wooden “Jesus Boat” for our boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We will include a visit to the Jesus Boat Museum, where we will have an opportunity to view a recently excavated boat that dates back to the time of Jesus. After lunch we make our way to view Gadara and then continue to the River Jordan and the opportunity to step into that special river (optional communion services available). Dinner and overnight in Tiberius. More details will be forthcoming. It is not too early to begin plans for this trip of a lifetime.
Women of Faith Event's
A 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. 17 - 1:00 pm Leave from the church
--Friday Oct. 18 - Mall of America - Then the Conference in the evening
--Saturday Oct 19 - Conference till 5:00 pm - then dinner and a tour of downtown St. Paul
--Sunday Oct 20 - return Home
$106.80 - Hotel room for 3 nights, with 4 women per room
$111.00 - Conference Ticket and lunch on Saturday
$217.80 - Total - This does not include meals on your own.
The last day to sign up for this event will be May 31st. Payment will be due June 15th. Make your check out to First United Methodist Church. We have two more fundraiser planned this spring and also one in the fall to help with expenses. Please join us. Sign up will be in Wesley Hall or contact Joyce Anderson (605) 660 7309.
On behalf of Kids Against Hunger, I want to thank you for the generous gift of $389.22. We know that there are many places you can give, so we are humbled you would give to our program.
Your gift will continue to make a difference in the lives of children locally here in South Dakota and in Haiti. We were excited that the container came off the docks April 16th and is now being used by the Helping Hands for Haiti ministry to feed the children in the 5 schools they sponsor. If you have time, check out our website to see pictures from that day.
Steve Mach - Kids Against Hunger Yankton
June Birthdays
1 - Laura Gulick, Phalen Wright
2 - Anna Gulick, Rev. Ron Johnson
3 - Don Kudrna, Amy Lundgren
4 - Jared Buchholz, Kristi Peterka
5 - Kayla Styles
6 - Melvin Patton, Amanda Knode, Justin Johnson
8 - Helen Zdenek, Keith Dahlberg
9 - Gene Alexander
10 - Kylee Cardoza, Becki Stoddard,
11 - Reid Sawatzke, Tami Blum,
Cassie Moderegger
12 - Al Pigney, Garette Hussing, Jill Huetig
13 - Mark Nickles, Linda Kyriss,
Norma Christensen, Virginia Larson
15 - Julie Giblin
16 - Kami Guthmiller, Brooke Brady
17 - Gena Brandt
19 - Adam Stoddard, Stephanie Burgeson
20 - Paul Nadenicek, Ken Bertsch,
Caitlin Blumer, Jimmie Cunningham
21 - Sylvia Coulson
22 - Justin Iverson, Bode Thurman
23 - Maxine Clem
24 - Glen Hill
25 - John Shelburg, Heather Viergutz
26 - Bob Cappel, Lesley Hale, Kristi Palecek
27 - Sarah Odom, Sara McManus
28 - Josh Crawford, Calvin Wampol
29 - Val Tieszen
30 - Greg Gusso, Shana Platt, Tom Gilmore
In Our Thoughts & Prayers:
Mary King
Karen a friend of Jean Droppers
Kari Beil has breast cancer. She is the mother of Logan Beil, Kids Hope.
Francis (Chris) Christensen passed away
Margaret Bartels' cousin Joan
Denise Willman cousin Cheryl
Mikael Pietila's cousin Ileah Guiterrez
Lonnie Kabella’s father, Bruce Kabella passed away
Roger & Phyliss Schwartz, sister and brother-in-law of Wanda (Bill) Branson
Karen Guthmiller passed away
Paul and Jan Aughenbaugh’s granddaughter Lacy’s father-in-law passed away
Scott Williams, son-in-law of Warren Peterson
A friend of Ken Phillipi
Julie Dykstra’s nephew Chase Michael Oja
Sherry Daugherty’s cousin Holly Saunders
Susan & Monte Schavee
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.
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.
A blessing, one way or another :))
The marriage ceremony was over and the pastor raised his hand to pronounce the benediction. The bride, however, must have thought he was offering her a “high five.” She raised her hand and slapped the pastor’s hand. The congregation laughed. Not wanting to leave the groom out, the minister gave him a high five as well. Then the pastor finally offered the benediction.