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

November 2013


Pastor’s Word

by Rev. Ron

We will be celebrating Consecration Sunday on November 10 with one service at 10:45 am followed by the Celebration meal which will be catered.  Our speaker for the morning service will be Dr. Bruce Forbes, professor at Morningside College.  Dr. Forbes served as our speaker at the 150th Anniversary of our church back in September of 2011.  We are grateful and excited that he will be with us for this significant event in the life of First United Methodist Church.

The theme for Consecration Sunday is "Reaching In, Reaching Up, Reaching Out, By Reaching A Conclusion."  This conclusion invites us to consider how we are giving to God out of gratitude for his unending grace.  I know that for many stewardship can be both challenging and confusing.  I suggest we try this definition of stewardship for our consideration.

Christian stewardship is the practice of systematic and proportionate giving of time, abilities and material possessions based on the conviction that these are a trust from God to be used in his service for the benefit of all humankind in grateful acknowledgment of Christ's redeeming love.  Such a definition enables us to see the obligation to care for the needs of others.  He appealed for their generous response in meeting those needs.  Hear his words in II Corinthians 9:8 "And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause."

My friends, God has given us life.  All of life is involved in stewardship.  Human life is the first and greatest of God's gifts and simply to be alive is to carry great responsibilities.  Life is a sacred trust, an endowment of our heavenly Father.  He calls and holds us accountable to use our lives to help accomplish his purposes.

Secondly, God has given us time.  We cannot say how much time any life will have to use as stewards, but whatever time we have is a gift from God.  And we must use it with wisdom and faithfulness in every activity of every day.   We are called to use our time in doing our share in the fulfillment of God's plan and purpose for his world.

Thirdly, God has given us talents.  We were born with potential talents that are unique.  The question we must ask ourselves is what are we doing with what we have been given in talents and ability.  To use our talent wisely is to develop others.  To fail to use them is to lose them.


Church Women United

Church Women United of Yankton, SD will be celebrating World Community Day, on Friday, November 1st at Trinity Lutheran Church beginning at 1:30pm. The theme this year is entitled, “Walking Through Doors of Opportunity.’ Music, scripture readings and meditations will be led by women representing various Yankton churches and is open to all. Refreshments and free will offering will follow.


All Saints Day

November 3rd. We invite all the members of the congregation to bring a flower to represent someone important in your life who is no longer with us. During each worship service on the 3rd, we will all bring our flowers forward to be combined into one beautiful, diverse bouquet of remembrance.


First UMC Serves the Banquet

Thursday, November 7th; First United Methodist Church will be serving the evening meal at the Yankton Area Banquet. The menu will be pizza casserole, corn, bananas, breadsticks, & cupcakes. Workers, donations of food items & cash are needed. Sign up sheets are available. Find out how you can get involved & come join us for an evening of serving & fellowship. The Missions Committee


It’s Coming!  Consecration Sunday, November 10, 2013

Why Give? The Bible tells us we give time, talents, and treasures because of our relationship with Jesus Christ. We give to further our church’s mission and ministry in response to the spiritual work God has done in our lives. How has our Church’s ministry influenced you? The theme is: Reaching In…to your hearts, treasures, and talents. Reaching Up…to God to present your gifts willingly, and Reaching Out…to those in need. By Nov. 10th, Consecration Sunday. God is asking you to Reach A Conclusion by asking: How will I Share my treasures, time, and talents.


Church Conference, November 22nd

By Rev. Ron

Our annual Charge Conference will be held Tuesday, November 22nd, at 6:30pm.  Our District Superintendent, Rev. Roy Caudill, will be with us to lead the conference.  All church members are encouraged to attend.


Mission Moments


 Flocks of Chicks change Lives

$20 will purchase a flock of chicks through Heifer International. Your gift helps provide a family in need with a starter flock of 10 to 50 chicks, along with the training to empower them. Chickens require little space and can thrive on scraps. This allows families to make money from the birds without spending much.  And since a good hen can lay up to 200 eggs per year, your gift provides a steady source of nutrition and income.
     You may also wish to give this as an alternative gift to family and friends. What an incredible way to focus on the real meaning of Christmas and shine the light of Jesus!

     Our goal is to sell 50 flocks. We will be selling them on 11/10 & 11/17 in the church lobby or you can contact the church office.  Pass on the gift! 

                                   The Missions Committee


Miles of Pennies Update

The Mission’s Committee is committed to donating the first mile of pennies to the Tree of Life Ministry; $850.  To date, the Miles of Pennies has raised about 1/3 of a mile totaling $269!!  Please help us reach the mile mark by making a contribution today!! 


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.  The Missions committee


Butter Braids are coming! 

The Sr. High Youth will be selling butter braids Nov. 13th through Dec. 4th.   We will have samples for you to try between services on Sunday, Nov. 17th.  If you order a butter braid from a youth they will be picking them up on Dec 10th, so you will have them in time for Christmas.  Cost of the Butter Braids is $11.  Flavors available are Cinnamon, Blueberry-Cream Cheese, Strawberry-Cream Cheese, Apple, Bavarian Crème, Raspberry and Caramel Rolls.  


KFC Youth

The KFC service work scheduled for this Sunday (10/27) has been postponed due to the lack of leaves on the ground.  It has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 3rd


Nov. 3rd – Service Project (Meet at the Church at 12:30pm; we will return to the Church by 3:30pm) ***Looking for parent assistance with these projects; please either email Reid if you are able to assist.

Nov. 6th – KFC @ 7:30pm (Treats Alix and Bailey Peterka)

Nov. 13th – KFC @ 7:30pm (Treats Cole S.)

Nov. 20th – KFC @ 7:30pm (Treats Grace and Caleb)

Nov. 27th – No KFC


Sr. High Youth News

By Diane Kisch

Here are the November dates you will want to mark on your calendar

*Wed., Nov. 6thRegular Youth Group 7:30–9:00

*Wed. Nov. 13thRegular Youth Group 7:30–9:00

*Wed., Nov. 13th/Wed Dec 4th – Butter Braid sales!

*Wed., Nov. 20th – Regular Youth Group 7:30–9:00

*Wed., Nov. 27 – NO Youth Group – Have a Happy Thanksgiving


The Sr. & Jr. High Youth Groups went on a Scavenger Hunt for food on Wed., Oct 23rd; we collected 304# of food for the Contact Center.  A huge thank you to Mark Droppers, Jim Sawatzke, Joel Karnes, Merle Brandt, Julie Dykstra, & Reid Sorensen for driving the six groups of youth around town and to Brooks Ugofsky for being willing to drive (just didn’t need a 7th driver – hopefully next year we will need 8 drivers!)

Sr. High Youth will again be selling Butter Braids.  I will hand out order forms on Wed., Nov 13th to those that want to sell.   $3 per Butter Braid sold will go into the youths Personal Account to be used for church related events like Mission Trips, Summer Camps, etc. Order forms and money will need to be turned in Wed., Dec 4th.  The Butter Braids will be delivered to Yankton on Tues., Dec. 10th. 

I have not forgotten about a fall/winter lock in just having a hard time locking down a date that works.  I hope to have it figured out in the next few weeks and when I do it will post the dates in the bulletin, on Facebook and sent out an e-mail.

Diane's office hours are usually on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:00pm.  Nov., 21st my office hours will be 9:00 to 10:30am and I will not have office hours on Thurs., Nov. 28th.

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.


Soup Kitchen and Country Store Very Successful

The Annual UMW Soup Kitchen and Country Store on Oct. 16th was a fantastic day for our

church. Just saying “thank you” does not adequately express our gratitude.  To everyone who volunteered on countless committees, the tireless workers who came on Monday to set up Wesley Hall, the cooks and bakers who donated soups and pies, as well as items for the Country Store, and all the volunteer workers who supported the event. It would be impossible to name everyone who helped make this a huge success, but we sincerely thank you all. Estimated profits of $5,200 will be used for camping scholarships and local mission projects.  

Carole Hurley & Delora Carson, Co-Chair


United Methodist Women

All ladies are invited and encouraged to join a very supportive fellowship and be part of this mission oriented group. The November meeting of United Methodist Women will be Monday, Nov. 4th at 1:30pm in the lounge. Program: World Thanks Offering/Memorial Service. All women of the church are invited and encouraged to attend this fellowship of faith.


Reach Out

By Sherry Daugherty, Evangelism Committee

Last weekend 40+ women from our church, which I viewed as one of the largest ‘Reach Out’ events, attended The Women of Faith Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. There were so many highpoints of this conference but one of the most memorable for me was when many, many women accepted, for the first time, Jesus Christ as their Savior.

The inspirational speaker shared their testimony, the music by Mercy Me to us all fired up, and the fellowship was awesome.

Next years Women of Faith Conference is October 17th & 18th, 2014. It’s such a wonderful spiritual event, that I hope more women will take the opportunity to attend and be revitalized. Start planning now.

I also want to take this opportunity to send my gratitude and thanks to all those that made this trip a reality. I know it was a huge undertaking and the work and planning was truly appreciated. We surely reaped a harvest of God’s blessings.

Be Blessed


Concerned about Memory?

Take a free, confidential memory screening at The Center 900 Whiting Drive, Yankton SD on National Memory Screening Day on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 12:30-3:00pm. Call 665-4685 for appointments. Susan Thorson, R.N. will be performing the screening at The Center.

Who should be screened? Ask yourself these questions:

Am I becoming more forgetful?

Do I have trouble concentrating?

Do I have trouble recalling words or names in conversation?

Do I sometimes forget where I am or where I am going?

Am I misplacing more things more often?

Has family or friends told me that I am repeating questions or saying the same thing over and over?

Have I become lost when walking or driving?

Have my family or friends notice changes in my moon, behavior, personality or desire to do things?

The results of the memory screening are confidential and are not a diagnosis.  If you have questions, contact Susan Thorson, R.N. at the church office 665-2991 to leave a message.


Are You Praying for Strangers?   

By Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse

This past week I’ve been reading the national bestseller book “Praying for Strangers” by River Jordan.  It is a book from the First United Methodist Women’s Reading Program on Spiritual Growth!  The author, River Jordan began praying for strangers since her New Year’s resolution about five years ago.  This resolution became her lifestyle.  Each day a stranger appears in her life, she tells them about her resolution, then listens to their stories, and begins to pray for each stranger.  It is a wonderful book to start a spiritual practice and it is accessible to everyone.  River Jordan prays for the “lost, lonely, the beautiful, aged, the famous, and the forgotten.”  She began to change in ways imperceptible.  We could open our hearts and minds to many people if we just met a stranger every day and prayed for them.  Think of the impact we might have if we practiced this in our daily lives!!  Check out River Jordan’s website  Praying for Strangers:  Twelve Keys in Twelve Weeks.


Church History

Some old pictorial directories are on the welcome table. Help yourself.

Mary Alice Halverson, History Committee


125 Years ago - October 25, 1893

Yankton Building and Loan Association note dated October 25, 1893.  The note was in the amount of $1400.00 with monthly payments set at $7.00 toward the principle, and $9.34 toward interest at 8%.


25 years ago - Friday October 21, 1988

The Yankton United Methodist Church Women received the S.D. Parks & Recreation Association Outstanding Organization Award during their annual conference Oct. 2-4 at the Ramkota Inn at Sioux Falls.

From the History Committee




On behalf of hospital Abert Schweitzer Haiti and our patients in central Haiti’s Artibonite Valley, thank you for the recent gift. This gift will help us continue to provide lifesaving care to the many, many patients who seek help at the hospital on a daily basis. Please know that First United Methodist Church’s generous donation will have a significant, positive impact on our organization’s effort to serve the healthcare needs of the people of Deschapelles.

Lenora Vesio Director of Development


            I want to take just a couple of minutes to thank you for your generosity. The recent donation toward my final year of Master of Divinity work at Asbury Theological Seminary is an incredible blessing! Thank you for the donation and all of the support, both financially and in prayers that have preceded it. I’m so blessed to have had first UMC of Yankton as support during my seminary career. Thank you again for everything and may God continue to bless you all! Blessings from Kentucky

Justin Iverson


Thank you to everyone who supported us during our move to Omaha; to those who shared in our 40th anniversary celebration; and to all who were a part of our wonderful journey of twenty one years at FUMC in Yankton.  We have never taken the warmth and friendship of this church for granted.  Yet, in these past few weeks we felt an even deeper understanding of just how much this church has meant to us.  While we know we are making the right move at this time in our lives, it was very, very difficult to walk away from our church family.  We noted that the last word of the last hymn we sang at FUMC was “love” (Bind us Together in Love).  That is what it is all about. Continue to love one another.  We will be back to visit.  

Don and Gail Kudrna


I would like to say thank you for all the prayers, cards, flowers and food that I received at the time of my surgery and since I have been recuperating at home. A big thank you to Rev. Ron and Pastor Bob for their visits. A church family is a real blessing and I feel very blessed.

Jean Droppers

  Thanks to all who delivered Meals on Wheels in the past months: Chuck & Lyla Gukeisen, Marge Stengle & sons, Darwin & LaVila Tessier, Bob & Jane Walser; Russell & Mary Peirce, Bonnie Hanson & Connie VanderWalle, Judy & Paul Nielsen, Shar & Mark Peterson, Mary & Bill Heubaum.  I so appreciate you saying yes when I call.  God Bless You All.

Delores Kafka


November Birthdays

1 - Luke Dohrman


2 - Jacob Johnson, Troy True, Monte Gulick,

     Ryan Ginn


3 - Sara Olson


4 - Tammy Ugofsky, Mike Pratt

5 - Bailey Peterka, Alix Peterka, Cassie Pietz


7 - Jim Strasburg

8 - Hannah Downing


9 - Mary Olsen

10 - Suzanne Tessier, Dixie Conner


11 - Delores Moore

12 - Bonnie Hanson, Kylee Parish


13 - Donavieve Raad, Barb Hirsch,

       Andrea Tramp, Barb Olson


14 - Alice Hofer, Myrna Stouffer


15 - Dyllon Tramp, Warren Peterson, Drew Olson


18 - Layne Droppers, Mary Malchow,

        Lily Lawrence


19 - Beckett Kisch, Lara Cunningham


20 - Bentley Klinkhammer

21 - Russell Peirce, Ann Fields, Lawrence Young


22 - Matt Johnson, Craig Sherman, Jane Walser


23 - Shar Peterson, Tina Hagen,

       Ethan Rempfer, Kenny Doering


24 - Karen Miller, Sue Strasburg,

        Jerry Hagen, Kevin Olson


26 - Sharon Heisinger


27 - Lisa Burling


28 - Jerry Wilson, Julie Moderegger


30 - JoAnne Roach


In Our Thoughts & Prayers:


Linda Fox


Ken Philippi is in the hospital


Marian Buchholz, Calvin Buchholz mother


Gene Alexander is at Sr. James Nursing Home  


Berven Christensen passed away October 3rd


Doug Baily who is in Avera Heart Hospital, Sioux Falls. 


Kaitlyn Erickson, daughter of Tony and Lisa Erickson


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


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