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

October 2013


Pastor’s Word                                                

by Rev. Ron

As we prepare to observe World Communion Sunday on October 6th with brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, can there be any doubt but that we are living in a broken world?  We need look no further than our own lives to discover the evidence.  Each of us knows something of the brokenness within.  We know that something is tragically wrong as we find ourselves at war within-beset by anxieties, divided in our loyalties, confused about our direction in life.  We will pay almost anything, go almost anywhere to find diversion.  All signs of a broken humanity.

Each day there are new reports of terror, of conflict, of renewed hostility, and we ask, "where will it all end?"  What is this broken world headed towards?  Where do we turn?  Where is the healing for our brokenness?  Do we simply fill our lives with trivia, and substitute cheap thrills for real meaning?  Do we simply continue in our "ME first, last, and always" attitudes as we square off into warring camps?

Or, is it too much to suggest, to hope, that the answer lies elsewhere; that perhaps the answer lies around the communion table of the Lord and the broken bread offered to us there?

In this broken bread I discover God's love for me in spite of my own brokenness, my running from him and myself.  I can do my worst to God; I can break his body and nail him to a cross, and still he goes on loving.  It is in this love without limits, and only here, that we can find healing.  All else pales into insignificance when we realize that God loves us like that.

And if he loves me like that, he also loves all of his other children in the same way.  When we come to the Lord's table we do not choose our company.  To be reconciled to God means to be reconciled to one another.  You in your small corner and I in mine is not a Christian sentiment.  When we come to the Lord's table we do not come alone.  We come together with all of those others of his children-whether red, yellow, black, or white. 

The deep sea of God's mercy into which I immerse myself, washes the shore of all the world; it floods the universe and it cleanses, heals and reconciles all of its elements.

My dear friends in Christ, here at the Lord's table is bread, not just for me and mine, but for you and yours, for all the world.  Here is healing for the brokenness of the human family!  Praise God!!

If your soul is starved, Christ will feed it!  If your soul is sick, Christ will heal it!  If your heart is black with sin, Christ can wash it clean!  If you are lost in your sin, Christ can save you!  Why?  Because Jesus is God's answer to the cries of hunger in the hearts of all humankind including yours and mine!

Usher Training Class

Usher Training Class is scheduled for Oct., 1st at 6:30pm in the Adult Sunday School Room. Everyone is encouraged to attend.


Mission Moments

The Mission’s Committee is looking for your help to support the Tree of Life Ministry through our Mile of Pennies campaign kicked-off 9/15.  You will notice a decorated jug located in the lobby in which you can donate pennies or any extra cash that you might have, please empty your pockets of change each Sunday and watch the money grow.  In addition, on September 29th the Mission’s Committee will have individual boxes for you take home to fill with pennies and spare change throughout the month of October.  On October 27th, Reverend Ron will bless our gifts to be sent to Tree of Life Ministry.  The Mission’s Committee is committed to matching a mile of pennies which is $850! 


The Missions Committee would also like to remind the congregation that Sunday, September 29th will be a red bucket Sunday offering going to the Women’s Shelter.  Bucket Sundays are held whenever we have 5 Sundays in one month.  This month’s offering will go to the Women’s Shelter.  Drop your loose change (bills accepted also) in the bucket.


Come experience Tree of Life - a conference sanctioned mission project, right here in South Dakota. A trip is being planned for October 25-27th. There is work available, tailored to your abilities. Call Merle Brandt at 661-1764 for more information.


The Contact Center is in need of items to stock their shelves. For the month of October we will have a collection box in the fellowship hall.  Items they can especially use at this time are: tuna, tuna helper, macaroni and cheese, ravioli, canned spaghetti, canned fruits and vegetables, soups and cereals. Thank you for your donations. 


KFC Youth

KFC will be meeting weekly from 7:30-9:00pm under the leadership of Reid Sorensen, Julie Dykstra, Merle Brandt and Heather Hirsch; please plan to watch your weekly bulletins for upcoming events.  We will also plan to send a monthly schedule.  The kids love treats so we are looking for volunteers to provide treats on a weekly basis.  If you feel called to help; please contact Julie at 661-3374.


Sr. High Youth News

By Diane Kisch

For October here are the dates you will want to mark on your calendar

*Wed., Oct. 2ndRegular Youth Group 7:30 – 9:00pm

*Wed., Oct. 9thRegular Youth Group 7:30 – 9:00pm

*Fri., Oct. 11th – Sun., Oct. 13th – Conference Event “Sanctuary” at Storm Mountain Center

*Wed., Oct. 16th – UM Soup Kitchen - Regular Youth Group following clean up until 9:00pm

*Wed., Oct. 23rd – Regular Youth Group 7:30 – 9:00pm (Scavenger Hunt for Food for the Contact Center)

*Wed., Oct. 30thRegular Youth Group 7:30 – 9:00pm

Upcoming conference event – “Sanctuary” we will leave the church at noon on Fri., Oct. 11th and should be home after supper on Sun., Oct. 13th.  Youth going will need money for 4 meals on the way out and back. 

If you have any questions please contact Diane.

Scavenger Hunt for food for the Contact Center We will be doing this on Wed., Oct. 23rd during youth group time, so please be on time for youth group.  We will need parents that are willing to drive if you can help please contact Diane.

Diane's office hours are Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:00pm.  I will not have office hours on Thurs., Oct. 17th instead I will be in the office on Mon., Oct.  21st.

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.


United Methodist Women

All ladies are invited and encouraged to join a very supportive fellowship and be part of this mission oriented group. The October meeting of United Methodist Women will be Monday, Oct 7th at 1:30pm in the lounge. Amy Nelson, City Manager will be presenting the program. All women of the church are invited and encouraged to attend this fellowship of faith.


Volunteer Appreciation

Habitat for Humanity of Yankton County is very thankful for the partnership that we have with the First United Methodist Church.  There are so many members of the congregation that provided volunteer labor during the Habitat Rummage, providing meals to our workers, the Bike and Build and other Habitat events.  On behalf of our affiliate, I would like to invite anyone from FUMC that has volunteered their time to help our Christian housing ministry to attend our Volunteer Appreciation at JoDean’s on October 1st with social hour beginning at 5pm.  To reserve your spot; please call Julie at 260-4224.


The Annual Soup Kitchen and Country Store

By Carole Hurley & Dee Carson, Co-Chairs

        Soup Kitchen, is Wednesday, October 16th, will be an important day for our church. It is an opportunity for our entire congregation to enjoy great fellowship while working together toward a very worthy goal. The event is a project of the United Methodist Women but it needs everyone to successfully raise funds designated for camping scholarships and local missions. How can you be involved? Your donations of food and items for the Country Store are needed as well as your willingness to work during the day. A “white elephant” table will also be part of the Country Store. New, like new, and never used household and personal items may be donated for sale. No clothing, please. The Reminder and Sunday church bulletins include a form to be completed and turned in no later than October 7th. Please complete the form to limit the number of calls needed to contact everyone. We count on your help to make this a very successful event.


Reach Out                             

By Mary Johnson, Evangelism Committee

A warm-from-the-oven casserole taken to the home a sick friend….A bouquet of flowers from your garden given to a neighbour..A than-you note sent to the performers who did such a excellent job during a concert or play you attended…A loaf of freshly baked cinnamon bread brought to the office for coffee break..A box of cookies taken to the police station on Christmas Day to encourage those who are “on duty” during the holiday…A call to ask with genuine care and concern, “How are you doing?”..We may not think of these as acts of Christian witnessing, yet they are. Every act of loving-kindness reflects God’s loving-kindness for His people. We give because Jesus Christ has so freely given His love to us. He is the example we follow. Never dismiss an act of loving-kindness as being too small or inconsequential. God will magnify even our smallest deeds to reveal His love others.

Each loving act says loud and clear, “I love you. God loves you. I care. God cares.”


UMW receives District Recognition

Our local UMW unit was honored as a Five Star Unit and A Three Flame Unit at the Glacial lakes District meeting at Montrose on Sept. 14th. Both awards are the highest level of recognition given. The Five Star Unit award is given for completing all five Channels of Undesignated Giving:

Pledge to Mission, Special Mission Recognition,

Gift to Mission, Gift in Memory, and World Thanks Offering. The Three Flame Unit certificate recognizes completion of program requirements and unit activities.

          At the meeting six members of the unit were also recognized for completion of the requirements in Level One of the Reading Program. They are Judy Bevers, Mary Alice Halverson, Jill Huetig, Jane Miller, Helen Mischke and Naomi Somer. Local unit president Delora Carson and Delores Kafka attended the meeting.


Church History Corner


90 years ago 1923

Pastor was R.C Shearer, living at 609 Captiol. Cradle Rocking ceremony; a Queen Esther Circle formed. Morning worship at 11am, Epworth League at 6:30pm; Evening worship at 7:30pm.


65 years ago 1948

Church budget was $6,735. Pastor’s salary was $3,000.




Thanks so much for making our 50th wedding anniversary so memorable.  We appreciated all of you who attended our breakfast, sent cards, and contributed to Habitat and the Women's/Children's Center.  We especially want to thank Carol Becker and Jane Gilmore for helping our daughter, Mary, with the celebration.  They were amazing.  We are fortunate to belong to such a wonderful church family.

Dave & Marilyn Holzwarth


THANK YOU to all the terrific women who stepped up and helped sew bags for the UMCOR school kits. We are so grateful for your skills!

The Missions Committee


Your recent donation to the Contact Center is greatly appreciated. Your support makes it possible for us to continue to serve the needs of our community.

Contact Center Food Pantry Staff & Board.


On behalf of Kids Against Hunger, I want to thank you for the generous gift of $293.20 from your Vacation Bible School offering. We know that there are many places you can give, so we are humbled you wanted to give to our program. Thanks for continued support of Kids Against Hunger. Your partnership in this ministry continues to make a difference in the lives of children in Haiti and our surrounding area.

Steve Mach, Kids Against Hunger Yankton


October Birthdays

2 - Jane Rodig, Megan McCorkell


3 - Jack Stoddard, Fiona Dahlberg, Paula Keehr


4 - George Lundgren, Jerry Reining, Wilma Rahn


5 - Bob Thue, Kenzie Giziewski


6 - Vanice Johnson, Aubrey Hofer


8 - Don Lepp, Sherry Rabenberg


9 - Garner Brandt, Chuck Ditmar

11 - Eric Baily, Liz Hunhoff


12 - Marilyn Holzwarth, Mary Heubaum,

Heather Hirsch, Carol Gubbels,

Trevan Palecek


13 - KC Hofer


14 - Phyllis Skalberg,


15 - Judy Bevers


17 - Jack Olson, Claudia Maska,

Naomi Somer, Wyatt Adam,

Garrett Adam, Mike Erickson

18 - Joan Neubauer, Boyd Dennis,

Elle Guthmiller


19 - Heather Rabenberg, Amanda Gravholt


20 - Chad Herrmann, Kaitlin Guthmiller,

Ryan Bakke

21 - Kari Johnson, Dave Becker,

Jennifer Crawford, Elaine Martin


22 - Samuel Slowey, Hannah Delvaux,

Loran Moore, Thomas Pietrzak-Schroeder

23 - Marv Withrow


25 - Ken Halverson


26 - Keith Hannemann, Brooks Ugofsky


27 - Evie Sime


28 - Lorraine Meeder


29 - Jill Ristau, Brian Rempfer, Alyssa Herrmann,

       Lorraine Sorensen


31 - Kathy Jacobs, Morgan Bakke


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Jean Droppers


Russell Peirce


Jennifer Rokusek


Chase, who had surgery


Randy, Liza Larson’s brother has had a reoccurrence of prostate cancer and will undergo radiation treatment.


Joyce Karnes, mother of Joel Karnes is in the hospital in Yankton


Katelyn Erickson, daughter of Tony Erickson has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and is undergoing chemo treatment


2 year old nephew of Leah Gratzfeld has been diagnosed with cancer


Joshua Scott Family       


Roland Wesch, classmate of Pastor Bob’s


Karen a friend of Jean Droppers


Kari Beil has breast cancer.  She is the mother of Logan Beil, Kids Hope.


Margaret Bartels' cousin Joan    


Mikael Pietila's cousin Ileah Guiterrez     


Scott Williams, son-in-law of Warren Peterson


Julie Dykstra’s nephew Chase Michael Oja


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


Mindy Reining’s mother, Barb Wohl


Shirley Bogue, Howard Relf, Shirley Nelson


Josh, Mariah




Luke Pomeroy


Pat Keller 


Karen Droppers


Pastor Bob Cappel


Doug Baily


Mark Giziewski


Velma Decker


Dena Heeney


Lee & Phyllis Skalberg


Don Boyd


Violet Waters


Vivian VanEssen's sister Robbi, Peggy Johnson


Church family serving in the military: all men & women serving in the military and their families. Carla Mentele, Blaine, Mona Mulligan's son