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


Yankton, South Dakota

(605) 665-2991    Fax # (605) 665-9603

E-mail address:



December 15, 2013

Contemporary Worship: 8:45 A.M.

Third Sunday in Advent

Our Mission:

“To grow disciples of Jesus Christ and equip them for ministry in the world.”


A Time of Gathering and Praise


GATHERING MUSIC          Mary Did You Know




REGISTER ATTENDANCE (Please leave complete address)


*SONGS OF PRAISE            Everlasting God

Jesus Messiah














SPECIAL MUSIC           “Song of the Angels”          Jubilee bells


SCRIPTURE           Matthew 11:2-11 (p. 11)


MESSAGE                 “Waiting For an Answer”              Rev Ron








*SENDING FORTH      Emmanuel




Praise Team: Melissa Rempfer; Gena Brandt; Ross & Dena Den Herder; Barb & Heather Hirsch, Bill & Rhonda Sohl, Monte Gulick, Steve King, Nick & Tracy Kisch, Diane Kisch, Julie Mooney, Hali Strom; Kaitlyn Stewart, Sophie McKee, Ryan Ginn



Traditional Worship

10:45 A.M.

December 15, 2013

Third Sunday in Advent

Our Mission:

“To grow disciples of Jesus Christ and equip them for ministry in the world.”


A Time of Gathering and Praise



SPECIAL MUSIC               “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child”

Kingdom Bells & Youth Bells



              The time is coming.

                   We’re waiting.

              The time is now. Do you see it?

                           People are healed. Creation restored. The world turned upside down.

            God-with-us calls us to see and to act.

                        We’re here to listen, to be transformed, to live into God’s

                        Beloved Community.

            Let us join together in the presence of the One who makes this all so. Let us

            worship the God who is with us always.

                        Come, we will worship the Christ of mercy and love.



*ADVENT HYMN #213 (blue hymnal) “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”


SPECIAL MUSIC            “Song of the Angels” Jubilee Bells

A Time of Prayer





PRAYER RESPONSE #217 (stz. 3) (blue hymnal)  “Away in a Manger


A Time of Proclamation



SCRIPTURE Matthew 11:2-11 (p. 11)

MESSAGE             “Waiting For an Answer”        Rev. Ron


A Time of Response and Dedication



*OFFERTORY RESPONSE #95 (blue hymnal)         

          “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”


*HYMN OF DEDICATION #224 (blue hymnal)

“Good Christians Friends, Rejoice”


A Time of Sending Forth




“Emmanuel, Emmanuel”



*Indicates Congregation stand, if you are comfortable doing so. Large print hymnals and bulletins are available, as are hearing devices.  Please ask an usher for assistance.  Nursery care provided for 0-4 year old children 8:45 - 11:45 AM. **Please turn off or mute your cell phones. Thank you


Sr. High Youth News


* Please fill out and turn in the 2013-2014 permission forms.


*Today – We will have a meeting regarding the Conference Mission Trip to Seattle in June 2014.  I would like to get an idea of who is planning to go.  We will meet in the Sr. High youth room after the 10:45 service for youth and parents.


*Tonight – Christmas Program at 6:30 followed by a Birthday Party for Jesus.  Sr. High Youth will be running games for the children and providing cake. 


*Wed., Dec. 18th – Will be the Sr. High Youth Christmas Party from 7:30 to 9:00pm.  Please bring a White Elephant gift for the gift exchange.  We will serve pizza, snacks and pop and play some games.


There will be NO Youth Group on Wed., Dec. 25th or Jan. 1st – enjoy your Christmas Break.


Diane's office hours are Thursdays 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).


In Our Thoughts and Prayers:


People of Thailand and Southeast Asia suffering destruction by a typhoon

UMCOR who has a field office in Thailand.


Church family serving in the military: all men & women serving in the military and their families. Carla Mentele; Terry Triebwasser, brother of Julie Moderegger; Blaine, Mona Mulligan's son;


Above are the most recent prayer concerns. For prayer partners, a complete list is on the Welcome Table.


(If you have prayer requests for publication, please contact the church office.)


In His Service:


Senior Pastor                         Rev. Ron Johnson (

Associate Pastor           Pastor Bob Cappel (

Church Secretary                    Lisa Loecker (

Organist          Jill Wilson

Pianist          Melissa Rempfer

Bell Choir Director                                                                                                      Sue May

Sound Technician          Eric Pratt

Projection Operator Matt Pietz

Greeters                (8:45) (10:45) Esther Lane

Ushers                                        (8:45) Barb & Heather Hirsch          (10:45) Arlo & Carlene Watchorn; Bill & Mary Heubaum

Valet           (8:45) Dave Cornemann (10:45) Jeff May

Coffee Fellowship Andrea Jaquith; Jill Huetig

Acolyte (8:45) Alison Karnes

Nursery Attendant Kathy Lawrence


December 15 - 22


Today: 8:30 AM - “The United Methodist Hour” on KYNT 1450 AM Radio by Naomi Somer in

memory of her brother & wife Keith & Ann Jewell.

9 AM - (S.L.W.S.) Adult Sunday School class meets, Adult Sunday School room

9:45 AM - Sunday School, All ages, Education Wing

- (B.A.S.I.C.) Sunday School Class, Conference Room

                              -  Rev. Ron’s Sunday School Class, Jr. High Room 

- Adult Crusaders Bible Study, Adult Sunday School Room

- Women’s Bible Study, Upper Room

10:30 - 11:45 AM - Christmas Program Practices, in child’s classroom

6:30 PM - Sunday School Christmas Program

- Christmas Party for Jesus

Monday:            9:30 AM            -            Women’s Bible Study, Upper Room

            5:30 - 9:00 PM             -             Habitat for Humanity Christmas Party, Wesley Hall

6:30 PM - Sweet Adelines, Church Lounge

Tuesday:             7 AM            -            Drawing a Circle Around Women, Fryn’ Pan

            8:30 AM            -            Free Wal-Mart baked goods available at the Assembly of God Church

            1:00 PM            -            Piecemakers Quilting

            5:30 PM            -            Staff/Pastor/Parish Relations Committee meet, Conference Room

            6:30 PM            -            Church Council Meeting, Church Lounge

Wednesday: 7 AM            -            Men’s Bible Study, Wesley Hall. All are invited

                        -            REMINDER is mailed

            9:00 AM             -            HSC Party

5:15 - 5:45 PM - Kingdom Bells, (2nd-5th grade) rehearsal, Music Room (room 207)

5:45 - 6:40 PM - Jubilee Bells (Adults) rehearsal in the Music Room (room 207)

6:30 PM - Worship Committee meeting, Conference Room

          6:30 PM          -          Women’s Bible Study in the Upper Room

          6:45 - 7:25 PM          -          Youth Bells (grades 6-12) rehearsal, Music Room (room 207)

          7:15 PM          -          Chancel Choir Rehearsal

          7:30 PM          -          KFC Youth & Senior High Youth Group

7:45 PM - Narcotics Anonymous, Upper Room

Thursday            7 AM            -            Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Fryn’ Pan

Noon - Information for the Bulletin due to church Office

6:30 PM - Yankton Area Ministry Team Christmas Party, Alcester

                7:30 PM - Night Club. All women are invited. Upper Room

Friday: 8:30 AM  - Free Wal-Mart baked goods, meat & produce available at Assembly of God

Saturday: 7:45 PM - Narcotics Anonymous, Upper Room

Next Sunday:   - Fourth Sunday in Advent


- Hy-Vee Cash Cards $25 cards are available now through Christmas!


- Christmas Program The youth ministries version of the Nativity Story is today, Dec. 15th at 6:30pm. Please have your children to the church and in classrooms by 6:10pm. Christmas Birthday Party for Jesus in Wesley Hall at 7:30pm. If you have any questions at all or would like to volunteer your time please contact Denise Willman or Barb Hirsch.


- KYNT Radio Broadcast It’s time to sign up to sponsor a Radio Broadcast during the 2014 year.  The signup folder is located on the table in the Church Lounge. If you want a certain date, get signed up right away.  The cost to sponsor a Sunday broadcast is $45.00.


- Night Club Christmas Tree The Night Club Ladies have once again decorated a Christmas Tree at the mall.  This is a contest to see who receives the most votes by grocery donations to the Contact Center. Please take some time to stop out at the mall and see the tree and drop off a few items.  Last year we won the contest and received a $100 and passed it on to the family that choose our tree.  We hope to bring in some good votes this year as well.  You may also bring grocery items and place them in the box located in Wesley Hall and we will take them to the mall for you.  Thanks in advance for all your support.


- Annual Angel Tree Angel gifts need to be at the church by today, Dec. 15th so they can be delivered in time for Christmas. Thank you for helping!


- Christmas Eve Worship We will have two worship services on Christmas Eve, 4:30 and 7:00pm.  The theme of this year’s services is “The Gifts of Christmas” these services will include special music. If you are interested in being a reader for one of the services, place your name on the sign-up sheet located on the table in the lounge.  A special offering will be received for Yankton Contact Center. Plan now to attend one of these worship services.


- Walk and Talk Bible Study with devotional is specifically designed to be used while you walk with a friend, a member of your congregation, or by yourself.  The primary objective of the Walk and Talk Bible Study is to help communities incorporate healthy habits into their lives of faith through physical movement and spiritual enrichment.  Each month there is a different theme which provides 4 devotionals on that theme for a total of 48 devotionals.  There is a scripture passage, a short reflections and a series of questions and a closing prayer.  If you are interested in purchasing a book for $6.00 please contact Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse at the church office 665-2991.  Talk to your friends and think about doing this Bible Study to replenish your bodies with good exercise and spiritual enrichment.


- Tree of Life Ministry The Rosebud Reservation is the second poorest county in the entire USA.  Over 1,000 people depend on “Tree of Life” for free hot meals each week.  With cutbacks in food stamps, the ministry is more needed than ever.  Without an increase in financial support the ministry may have to curtail their food pantry and hot meal program during the winter months.  With that being said, the Missions Committee has committed to continue the Miles of Pennies into the New Year.


- Thank You We offer a sincere thank you to our church family for helping to support this worthwhile ministry.  First Church was able to give a gift of $1,850!!  The Mission’s Committee supported the first mile of pennies, totaling $844, First United Methodist Women gifted $500 and the congregation raised $505 through the collection of loose change!   The need is great for our brothers and sisters on the Rosebud Reservation and our work is not done.  Please continue to save your loose change to place in the “Miles of Pennies” jug which will return in January.

She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy." Proverbs 31:20


- Church Directory there are a few 2014 Church Directories available on the Welcome Table. If you have a new phone number, address or email please let Lisa in the office know.


- The Salvation Army in Yankton is now ringing bells at local businesses in Yankton.  90% of funds raised locally are used to provide temporary, emergency assistance to residents and transients in Yankton. You can make a difference in the lives of those in need either by donating when you see a Red Kettle or by volunteering 2 hours (or more) to staff a Red Kettle at a local business through Dec. 21st. If you are interested in bell-ringing or have questions about The Salvation Army in Yankton, please call Carol Pooler at 661-5153.


- 2014 Calendars, compliments of Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home, are now available. You can pick them up from the table in the Church Lounge or outside the Church Office. 


- January 2014 Health Message January 2014 is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. The primary objective of this month is to increase awareness of birth defects, the leading cause of infant mortality in the U.S.  More than 120,000 babies born in the U.S. are born with birth defects or 1 in every 33 live births.  See Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse for more information for who are planning to become pregnant or who may be pregnant to take important steps to help prevent birth defects.


- Faith and Home First United Methodist Church will be providing a study group for parents once a month.  We will plan to meet for 45 minutes the first Sunday of the month in the east end of Wesley Hall during the Sunday School hour at 9:45am. Each session will have a gathering time, a prayer, scripture, a scenario with a discussion and a closing on a variety of topics related to parenting. Different members of our church will be speaking on each of the selected topics listed below.  This will be a very informal time. When we learn in a group, we share and support one another.  We learn new ideas and learn from parents with older children.  We receive reassurance hearing from other families that have concerns like we do.  Stories and concerns shared will be confidential.  It will be a time of learning, sharing our faith and enjoying one another.  Free coffee and healthy snacks are an option to those attending the sessions.  Contact Susan Thorson, Parish Nurse by leaving a message at 665-2991 if you are interested in attending.


- Meals for families and friends of 1st United Methodist Church Another Mission of the church is providing a meal or meals for persons or families that have recently come home from the hospital, have illness, tragedy or other misfortune in their lives. Jane Gilmore and Carol Becker are the resource persons to arrange for meals after they have been contacted by the Pastors, Parish Nurse or family member. We then contact the family and find out their needs and food preferences. Sometimes it is only 1 meal, sometimes meals for a longer period of time. However we do not overload the person with too much food, so usually a meal every other day is enough. When you sign up please let it be known if you will do the whole meal or you wish to partner with someone for the meal. We have had a list of interested individuals, but it needs updating with name, current phone number, and best time we can contact you. There will be a sign up sheet on the table in Wesley Hall. Thank you for being generous with your time and talent and helping our neighbors and friends. Jane & Carol.


KFC Youth News


The Kids for Christ group is very grateful for the leadership that Reid Sorenson has provided the first half of the year and we will sincerely miss him!!  May God Bless him in his move to Pella Iowa. 


December Schedule

18 - KFC @ 7:30pm * Please bring a white elephant gifts & goodies to share.


There will be NO Youth Group on Wed., Dec. 25th or Jan. 1st – enjoy your Christmas Break


January Schedule

1-8 KFC @ 7:30pm * Treats - Cooper

1-15 KFC @ 7:30pm * Treats – Alex Palacek

1-22 KFC @ 7:30pm * Treats - Megan

1-29 KFC @ 7:30pm * Treats – Sam

Watch for special events to come!