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					2011 Storybook
    All Church Annual Meeting

A Faithful Past…
      A Faith Filled Future…
                   It All Belongs to God.




  First United Methodist Church
      401 South Spring Avenue
  Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104
             336-3652
         www.sfumc.org
             Preamble:
             When joining the United Methodist Church, persons are asked to commit their
             “Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness” to God through the church. We
             believe that commitment in all four of these areas is vital to becoming Christ’s
             disciple. As the human heart has several chambers, and each is essential to the health
             of the body, so are these several commitments fundamental to Christ’s body, the
             church. If any one part is not functioning, the body will die. We believe that God
             calls us to be “Whole-Hearted” Christians.


OUR MISSION
                              To make and grow disciples for Jesus Christ.

OUR VISION
                    To be a healthy congregation of the United Methodist Church.
First United Methodist Church is committed to being an inclusive, vital fellowship that helps
people meet their spiritual needs by equipping and empowering them to follow Christ’s call to
become disciples.
I.      Disciples of Jesus Christ are committed to growing spiritually in the following ways:
        ●       Knowledge and Understanding of the Scriptures; 1 Timothy 3:16-17
        ●       Pray Daily; Colossians 4:2
        ●       Worship Weekly; Acts 2:46-47
        ●       Serve in Ministry; Galatians 6:9
        ●       Fellowship with Believers in a Small Group; Romans 12:11
        ●       Encourage Spiritual Growth in Others; Luke 22:32
        ●       Tithe; Leviticus 27:30; 1 Corinthians 16:2
II.     The desire to have Christ formed within us shapes our beliefs and our actions.
                                      OUR METHOD
We make disciples by reaching out with the good news of God’s love; following a four-fold path:
        Believe: (Committed to Christ) Call people to make a life commitment to Jesus Christ.
        He asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; but others Elijah;
        and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I
        am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” Luke 9:18-20

        Belong: (Committed to the Church) Incorporate people into the body of Christ.
        But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may
        proclaim the mighty acts of the one who called you out of darkness into marvelous light. Once you were not
        a people but now you are God’s people .. 1 Peter 2:9-10

        Become: (Committed to Self) Travel a life-long journey toward mature discipleship--
        to one day live as if Christ was in our place. You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach
        me wisdom in my secret heart ...Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within
        me. Psalm 51:6, 10

        Befriend: (Committed to People) Build relationships with unchurched people,
        witnessing God’s love in our words and deeds. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their
        brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love
        God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from God is this; those who love God must love
        their brothers and sisters also. 1 John 4:20-21



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                       FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

                               Sioux Falls, South Dakota




Dakotas Conference Bishop                         Deborah Kiesey

Glacial Lakes District Superintendent             Roy Caudill




FIRST UNITED METHODIST STAFF


Senior Pastor                                     Bill Bates
Associate Pastor                                  Dick Boyd
Visitation Pastor                                 Rodney Gist
Minister of Children’s Christian Education        Mary Jane Richardson
Directors of Youth Ministry                       Mark & Lisa Johnsen

Business/Office Manager                           Rose Rhead
Building and Grounds Manager                      Rod Mader
Congregational Care                               Joyceann Kroger
Parish Nurse                                      Nancy Cutshall
Administrative Asst/Receptionist                  Jeri Floyd
Visual Media Coordinator                          Kyle Lessman
Librarian                                         Nancy Veglahn

Organist                                          Nora Christensen
Music Director                                    Kelby Fode
Contemporary Music Director                       Taylor Johnson

Custodians                                        Darryll Larson
                                                  Don Jones

Nursery Coordinator                               Nicole Lebahn
KIDSTOP Coordinator                               Jean Anderson

Wedding Coordinator                               Lynne Jones




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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 Vision
 Section 1: Leadership Reports
 Senior Pastor – Bill Bates................................................................................................... 7
 Associate Pastor – Dick Boyd ............................................................................................ 9
 Visitation Pastor-Rodney Gist ............................................................................................ 9
 Minister of Children’s Christian Education – Mary Jane Richardson .............................. 10
 Directors of Youth Ministries – Mark and Lisa Johnsen.................................................. 13
 Business/Office Manager – Rose Rhead .......................................................................... 16
 Buildings and Grounds – Rod Mader ............................................................................... 18
 Congregational Care – Joyceann Kroger .......................................................................... 19
 Parish Nurse – Nancy Cutshall......................................................................................... 20
 Wedding Coordinator – Lynne Jones ............................................................................... 21
 Retired Pastor Reporting to Sioux Falls FUMC, Rodney Gist ......................................... 21
 Retired Pastor Reporting to Sioux Falls, FUMC, Wes Halbritter .................................... 21
 Retired Pastor Reporting to Sioux Falls, FUMC, Donald Klarup .................................... 21
 Retired Pastor Reporting to Sioux Falls, FUMC, Russ Tarver ........................................ 21
 Retired Pastor Reporting to Sioux Falls, FUMC, Don Veglahn....................................... 22
 Retired Pastor Reporting to Sioux Falls, FUMC, Dar Berkenpas .................................... 22
 Rev. Randy L. Maddox, PH.D ......................................................................................... 22

 Section 2: Administrative Team Reports
 Administrative Board ....................................................................................................... 24
 Finance (see Business Manager’s Report) ....................................................................... 24
 Foundation ....................................................................................................................... 25
 Natural Church Development ........................................................................................... 25
 Staff-Parish Relations Committee .................................................................................... 26
 Trustees ........................................................................................................................... 27
 Section 3: Program Team Reports
 Adult Education ............................................................................................................... 29
 Children’s Education ........................................................................................................ 29
 Communications .............................................................................................................. 29
 Evangelism ....................................................................................................................... 29
 Faith, Health & Caring ..................................................................................................... 30
 Kidstop ............................................................................................................................. 30
 Marketing ......................................................................................................................... 30
 Mission/Outreach ............................................................................................................. 31
 Stewardship ...................................................................................................................... 31
 United Daycare................................................................................................................. 32
 Worship ............................................................................................................................ 32
 Youth Education............................................................................................................... 32
 Section 3: Ministry Team Reports
 Altar Guild ....................................................................................................................... 33
 AMen’s Bible Study ......................................................................................................... 33
 Archives and History ....................................................................................................... 34
 “Bookies” Book Study Group .......................................................................................... 33
 Bus Ministry .................................................................................................................... 34
 Chancel Choir .................................................................................................................. 34
 Children’s Music Ministry……………………………………………………………….35
 Faithlink ........................................................................................................................... 35


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     Funeral Reception Team .................................................................................................. 35
     Higgins Men’s Bible Study .............................................................................................. 35
     Hosanna Praise Team ....................................................................................................... 36
     Ingathering ...................................................................................................................... 36
     Les Cloches ...................................................................................................................... 37
     Library ........................................................................................................................... 37
     Live Nativity/Streets of Bethlehem .................................................................................. 37
     Memorial/Scholarship ..................................................................................................... 38
     Men’s Breakfast Team ..................................................................................................... 38
     Men’s Ministry ................................................................................................................. 38
     Men’s Season Opener ....................................................................................................... 38
     Multi-Media Team ........................................................................................................... 39
     Outreach Ministry ............................................................................................................ 39
     SAGES ............................................................................................................................. 40
     Sunday Night Canteen ...................................................................................................... 40
     Triple F Fellowship .......................................................................................................... 40
     United Methodist Women ................................................................................................ 40
     UMW Reception Team .................................................................................................... 41
     Wedded Band ................................................................................................................... 41
     Wednesday Night Supper ................................................................................................. 41

Section 4: Membership Reports
     Membership ...................................................................................................................... 43
     Baptisms ........................................................................................................................... 45
     In Memoriam .................................................................................................................... 46
     Weddings.......................................................................................................................... 47

Section 5: Nominating Reports
     Nominating Report ........................................................................................................... 49
     Administrative Leadership Teams
                Church Council .................................................................................................... 49
                Administrative & Support Services ..................................................................... 49
                Lay Members to Annual Conference ................................................................... 49
                Finance ................................................................................................................ 50
                Foundation ........................................................................................................... 50
                Lay Leadership .................................................................................................... 50
                Staff Parish .......................................................................................................... 51
                Trustees................................................................................................................ 51
                Hospitality & Fellowship ..................................................................................... 51
                Music & Worship ................................................................................................ 52
                Children’s Youth & Spiritual Development ........................................................ 52
                Children’s Education ........................................................................................... 52
                Youth Education .................................................................................................. 52
                Adult Personal & Spiritual Growth ..................................................................... 52
                Outreach & Nurture ............................................................................................. 53
                KidStop ................................................................................................................ 53
                United Daycare .................................................................................................... 53

     Ministry Teams
                Archives and History ........................................................................................... 54
                Ingathering ........................................................................................................... 54
                Library ................................................................................................................. 54
                Memorial/Scholarship.......................................................................................... 54
                Multi-Media ......................................................................................................... 54

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Senior Adult ......................................................................................................... 55
Senior Bus Ministry ............................................................................................. 55
Worship .............................................................................................................. 55
Youth .................................................................................................................. 55




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                             Senior Pastor Church Conference Report
                              Sioux Falls First UMC - 2011


“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see,
everything has become new!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

During 2011 there have been days that have felt like everything old has passed away and
everything has become new at First Church. As we have attempted to follow the report
of our 2010 church consultation process with Dr. Paul Nixon, we adjusted our Sunday
morning worship and Sunday School schedule in order to be more accessible and inviting
to younger families. We engaged a Church Organizational Structure Task Force which
began work the first of February and brought a new structure and process for church
governance to the September Administrative Board. The new structure, designed to be
more nimble and responsive to emerging needs and ministries, also seeks to have fewer
people doing committee work and enable more persons to be doing the actual ministries.
Passed by the Administrative Board and confirmed at Charge Conference as we elected
personnel to the new structure, it goes into effect in January of 2012.

There were significant staff changes in 2011 with Pastor Laurie Kidd leaving after
Annual Conference to serve her own church. Kelby Fode came on as Director of Music
and Sanctuary Choir Director. Taylor Johnson assumed the role of leader of the Hosanna
Contemporary Band. Kathy Blomker left as Office Manager and Carolyn Vollan retired
as Business Manager after many years of devoted service to First Church. Rose Rhead
became the Business and Office Manager as the two positions were merged. Lynne
Jones assumed the Wedding Coordinator role that Kathy had fulfilled. Clare Vollan and
Will Archer retired as part-time custodians and Don Jones stepped into that part-time
spot. Tracey Larsen left as our Bulletin and Media Editor, and Kyle Lessman was hired
for the new tech position called the Visual Media Coordinator.

“The old has passed away; see, everything has become new.” It’s not easy to say
goodbye to staff colleagues who have so faithfully served this congregation. We
appreciate their commitment and dedication to ministry at First Church. I give thanks to
the Staff Parish Relations Committee under the leadership of Chair Sheri Meister for their
good work in filling these positions with talented persons who continue the level of
excellence we have enjoyed in our staff. The new staff has come together nicely as a
team, but more changes are in store for next year.

As a congregation we continue to work on “Passionate Spirituality” in the Natural
Church Development process. Wesley Life Groups met during Lent and again in the fall.

As First UMC approached the end of the year, we were looking at a significant
deficit…as much as $88,000. At the end of November the congregation was challenged
to make up this impending deficit by the end of the year so all bills and apportionments
could be paid in full. The congregation’s response was outstanding as we ended 2011
with all obligations fulfilled and a $25,000 surplus to carry over.



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My personal ministry highlights of the year were getting to baptize my second
granddaughter, Elsie Dixon, at Fargo First UMC in January, receiving an honorary
Doctor of Divinity Degree from Dakota Wesleyan University in April, and going on my
third Volunteer in Mission trip to Bolivia with a wonderful group of First Church folks in
August. I continue to serve on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and the South
Dakota Faith in Public Life Board.

This will be my last Church Conference Report. I will be retiring from active ministry
next June at Annual Conference held in Sioux Falls. It has been a privilege to serve
Christ in the Dakotas Conference. I have never been asked to serve in a bad
appointment…challenging on occasion…as it was at the beginning of my ministry in this
appointment. But I will be forever grateful for the opportunity of doing ministry with this
outstanding staff and with such a gifted and committed congregation.

                                       Respectfully submitted,
                                       William L. Bates




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ASSOCIATE PASTOR’S REPORT – Dick Boyd
It is hard to believe that this is the last report like this I will be writing. Thank you for the
privilege of serving with you as one of your Pastors for the past six years. Cheryl and I
have enjoyed this time with you. Unless something completely unforeseen happens, we
will continue to be part of this church, after a few months away. Obviously those two
little boys are a strong draw, but so are the friendships and fellowship of this church
family. My role here is just changing. I am looking forward to only one worship service
on Sundays .

I am pleased to report that the support staff we have here at First UMC is a very
dedicated, hardworking group of people, who are a blessing to work with. I am also very
grateful for all the volunteers who give so generously of themselves for the mission and
ministry of our church.

I also want to thank all those who so faithfully share your time, talent, and financial
resources that make the mission and ministry of this church possible. Your faithfulness is
appreciated by those who are the recipients of the gifts you share.

This past year I officiated 2 weddings, 10 funerals, several baptisms, and helped set up
and serve the home communions we do in the fall and spring. I am the pastoral staff
representative to the Finance, Mission/Outreach, Marketing, Trustee, and
Faith/Healing/Caring committees. I also relate to the Staff-Parish committee and the
Administrative Board. Throughout the year I organize and lead New Member
Orientation events and share leading Monday and Wednesday Bible Study. I also led one
“Grief” class this past year. I help organize and lead the “Blue” Christmas service we
offer in early December each year. I participate in the Amen’s Group, Sages, and the
FFF group. I also serve on the Annual Conference Board of Pensions.

As we move into this coming year, my hope and prayer is that we remember that our God
is not only the God of yesterday, but today and tomorrow as we look to the future.

May the peace of God be with you.


VISITATION PASTOR – Rodney Gist
In the 2010 Story Book, I gave a rather detailed report of the history of the work I do on
staff. Since interested persons can find it on page 20 of the 2010 report, I will simply do
an update on what is changed and changing from last year's report.

Joyceann Kroger fills the position of Congregational Care on the FUMC staff and the
calling that I do is an extension of her work, and I report the number of calls and the
persons upon whom I call each week. There are 21 Retirement/Assisted Living/Nursing
Home residences in Sioux Falls. There are never FUMC members in all of them at any
given time; but at this writing, FUMC has members living in 17 of them. Over the years
I have called on all of them. And we currently have members in 2 of the 6 out-of town
homes (i.e. Garretson, Lennox and Dell Rapids) that are or have been used by FUMC
elderly members.

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The major part of my calling time is given to nursing home situations because these
members are the ones whose health does not allow them to participate in church
activities. Among them are frequently those who were very faithful in FUMC activities
when they were of sound bodies and minds. Joyceann also informs me of members
whose health requires that they leave their homes and find a place in one of our nursing
homes. That frequently follows time spent in one of our hospitals after suffering a stroke
or broken bone or a diagnosis of some form of memory loss. Next to the death of a
spouse, leaving one's home -- often for the last time -- is a traumatic experience. I often
refer those who are at home and know they must choose some form of assisted living to
our parish nurse, Nancy Cutshall, who has the skills to guide them to the best available
solution to meet their needs and their budget.

Once in a nursing home situation, Joyceann will try and find someone with the time and
inclination to visit these members as lay visitors, especially those whose family may live
a long way off or who may not have any family. I noticed the other day that many of
those living in nursing home situations are now over the age of 90 and more and more are
celebrating their 100th birthday before transferring their membership to their final resting
place.


CHILDREN’S CHRISTIAN EDUCATION – Mary Jane Richardson, Minister of
         Children’s Christian Education
It is the time of the year that we take a step back and review the activities and programs
from the previous year. 2011 was another eventful year for the Children’s Christian
Education Program.

Our formal Christian Education begins with the 2 year old class. The 2 year old class
used the curriculum Rock a Bye for Toddlers and Twos again this year. There is a
different main idea and Bible Verse for each month as well as Bible Picture Cards for the
children to take home each week.

The 3 & 4 year olds used LIVE B.I.G. (Belief in God) DVD based curriculum again this
year. The children have a chance to hear, see and live their belief in God each Sunday as
the different Bible Stories are covered. Every Live B.I.G. lesson is based on 3 big truths:
God is a great God, God loves us with a great big love and we are part of God’s great big
world. There is a different B.I.G. idea, theme and Bible verse each month. Mr. Zack and
Bongo, the Bible Bird, introduce the Bible story each week and there are hands-on
activities for the children to do to reinforce the Bible story.

From January until May, Kindergarten through 3rd grade used the Power Xpress High
Voltage Bible Experience Station curriculum. Beginning in January, we used the units:
Calling the Disciples, Good Samaritan, Bible Teachings, Journey to the Cross, and Easter
Go and Tell. Each Sunday, the children spent some time in their homeroom for an
introduction and reinforcement of the story, and then they traveled to one or two stations
for some hands-on activities. We used the Art, Bible Games, Cooking/Science,
Drama/Storytelling and Music Stations to teach the lessons. This fall we unveiled a new

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schedule for our grade school children; Kindergarten through 2nd grade continued to use
Power Xpress units which included: Feasts and Festivals, Building the Tabernacle,
Daniel In the Lion’s Den and Good News. This Fall we also introduced a Praise Time
which is followed by homeroom and station time. This gives the children a chance to
sing some contemporary songs each week.

From September until December, our 3rd graders met in a separate class and used the
LIVE B.I.G. curriculum for their age level. This allowed them more time become
acquainted with their Bibles and how to use them.

Covenant Club, which is our 4th and 5th grade class, used a variety of curriculums this
year, including Rock Solid for Tweens last winter and spring. In the fall we used the new
units called Bible Boot Camp and God Provides which are DVD based curriculums. We
also started What is a United Methodist at the end of the year.

In February, there was a Sunday to recognize our children, youth and adults involved in
the Scouting Program. We have Scouts and their adult leaders participate in the worship
services.

In March, we celebrated Camp Sunday, at which time we encouraged our families and
members to sign up for camps.

On Palm Sunday, we had something special this year as we welcomed a donkey to lead
us on a Hosanna Processional around the block. We had members from 1st Christian
Church join our children and members. Our annual Easter Event was held on Easter
Sunday in the Round Table Dining Room. We have a variety of activities for our
children; one of the highlights is that they make paper flowers and butterflies to hang on a
wooden cross. That cross is then displayed in the Sanctuary on the Sundays following
Easter to remind us of the wonderful message of Christ’s resurrection.

The last Sunday of Sunday School in May was our official kick-off for Galactic Blast
Vacation Bible School. We held it in the Round Table Dining Room, giving all ages a
chance to start learning the music and getting an introduction to the stories and activities
we would cover during VBS. The children helped make some of the decorations we used
during VBS, they were excited to see what they had made and felt a real part of VBS.

Vacation Bible School was held in June with the theme Galactic Blast: A Cosmic
Adventure Praising God. We tried something new year when we issued the decorating
challenge to Ministry Teams and Work Groups to compete in decorating some of the
areas. We had 3 groups take us up on the challenge. The result was some very attractive
decorations for our children. We had more than 85 children from our church, as well as
other churches and our neighborhood, attend our 5 day program. The grade school
children had an extra treat this year, as Lynne Jones offered a music camp in the
afternoon, which also had a great attendance. Both programs culminated on Thursday
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Celebration Sunday in September marks the beginning of the Sunday School year as we
held our open house and registration. We set up carnival games outside for our children
to enjoy which made for a real festive start to the Sunday School year.

Our new schedule was introduced this fall; we have Sunday School for our children at
9:30 am during Hosanna. During the 11:00 am worship service, children have the option
of attending church with their families and then going to Children’s Church after the
Children’s Moments. We have one class for preschoolers and one class for elementary
students. The curriculum used for these sessions is totally different from what the
children are studying in Sunday School.

One of the highlights each fall on Children’s Sabbath is the presentation of the Good
News Bibles to our 3rd grade children. They spend time during Sunday School learning
how to use their new Bibles. I am so grateful for the Foundation fund that people have so
generously contributed to so that we are able to present these Bibles each year.

In the fall during the church’s annual Stewardship Drive, the grade school children had a
2 week Stewardship unit to help them understand what Stewardship means. We also
designed age appropriate Pledge Cards for our children ages 3 to 5th grade again this year.
The children had the opportunity to pledge what spiritual disciplines they could do as
well as their monetary offering. These activities included such things as prayer, reading
their Bibles, attending Sunday School, Bible Zone Live and Vacation Bible School. We
had a large number of pledge cards returned again this year.

Joyful Noise choir continues to meet on Sunday morning during the beginning of the 3 &
4 year old Sunday School classes. This gives more children an opportunity to be a part of
this first choir and will hopefully encourage them to continue in choir.

Our children have participated in some hands-on mission projects such as, collecting soap
for the UMCOR Health Kits during the Good Samaritan unit, making trail mix to be
served at the Sunday evening Canteen in the Bible Zone Live class during Lent, making
cross necklaces for Ron and Michelle Olson’s mission ministry, collecting money and
food for the Back Pack Program during Vacation Bible School, collecting food for the
Food Pantry during the Feasts and Festivals unit and bringing school supplies for the
UMCOR School Kits during their Stewardship Unit. We provided another opportunity
for the children to give by putting nonperishable food in the Bible Bucks Store so they
could choose to buy food for the Food Pantry with their Bible Bucks.

On Wednesday evening, we have Bible Zone Live for our grade school children opposite
Cherub and Joy choirs so our children have another learning experience while they are
here on Wednesday night for choir. Disciples in Training is for our preschoolers who are
too old for the nursery. They do a variety of activities while older siblings and/or parents
attend their Wednesday night activities. During Lent, in Bible Zone Live, we studied the
book 5 Practices for Children, which was the companion to the book the adults were
using for the Wesley Life Groups, 5 Practices of Fruitful Congregations. It was nice to
be able to tie our children’s Lent Program to the adult program.



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In the fall, we started the Tween Ministry program again for our 4th, 5th and 6th graders
with a movie and game night. We had a great attendance and they had a wonderful time
of food and fellowship. I want to thank Kristina Martens, Macy Sengelmann and Nanci
Wescott for their interest in getting this program started again.

We ordered the book On the Way to Bethlehem from Cokesbury to give to our children,
United Day Care children, neighborhood children, and Kidstop children as our Christmas
present.

The annual Children’s Christmas Program was held in the afternoon prior to start of our
Streets of Bethlehem and Live Nativity. The traditional Christmas program was such a
meaningful start to the evening’s activities. I want to thank Paula Dean and Pam Knuth
for organizing and directing this program.

I am lucky to work with the acolytes, including the training and scheduling them for each
service on Sunday mornings and other special services as needed. This is open to
children in 3rd grade and older and is a great way to involve our children in an important
role for worship.

I am fortunate to serve on the Children’s Education Committee and the Vacation Bible
School Planning Team. Both groups have volunteers who are very dedicated to
providing the best Christian Education experiences for the children of our church.

I continue to serve on the board for United Day Care Center. I am so glad our church is
able to provide this ministry to young families.

I am also on the Kidstop board, which is another important ministry our church offers for
children in our neighborhood.

I want to thank the congregation for allowing me to spend time with the children and
families of our church. It is a real privilege for me to get to know our children and the
young families of our church and to work with such a wonderful group of volunteers.

YOUTH EDUCATION – Mark and Lisa Johnsen, Directors of Youth Ministry
Well, this is the final year that Mark and Lisa Johnsen are writing the Storybook for First
UMC. The summer of 2012 will mark the end of 7 years as Directors of Youth Ministry.
At that time Mark will be appointed as pastor of a church in the Dakotas Conference. As
of the writing of this article, the location is still unknown. We are amazingly blessed to
have served First UMC for this moment in time and we’re excited to see where God will
lead us in the future. It has been a joy to see the 7th graders when we started, become the
seniors of this school year. Every student and every grade in between has left a mark on
our hearts, and we just pray that our role in our student’s lives will leave a lasting
impression on their continuing journey of faith.

Spiritual Formation:
Each week students were invited to participate in Sunday School at the 10:30 am hour.
6th and 7th grades participated in a series called “Faith in Motion” where they began to

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make the connection of faith to everyday life. The 8th grade worked through a new series
called “Credo” which instructs students in the basic tenants of faith as a United Methodist
along with an overview of the big themes of the Bible. The high school Faith Alive
group went through two different video series called “Deepening Life Together” where
we looked at individual books of the Bible and studied them in four to five week
sessions.

Wednesday night middle and high school youth groups focused on the core principles of
worship, Bible study, fellowship and service. In the fall, HS began a four week rotation
of a service project outside the church, a book study in the Johnsen’s home, a senior
companion night at Dow Rummel, and a large group meeting at the church.

Worship:
As is tradition, many students came together to conduct the “Sun Rose” service at
7:50 am on Easter morning. Emily Uecker gave a message about social justice in light of
the resurrected Jesus. The Christmas Eve worship at 9:00 pm was also led by the youth.
Austin Johnsen gave the message about the gifts of Life, Love, and Sacrifice that were
Jesus’ gifts to the world, and how we should display those during the Christmas season.

Fundraisers:
A recent tradition has been our participation in the national fundraiser called “The Souper
Bowl”. On Souper Bowl Sunday students gathered outside the Sanctuary with pots in
hand after each service to solicit donations for the purpose of feeding the hungry. The
donations went to The Banquet in Sioux Falls and paid for the meal that our students
served that month.

In November the youth conducted their annual turkey dinner, country store and silent
auction. With the help of the turkey dinner, silent auction and bake sale coordinators, a
record amount of money was raised from the event. Together the three events netted a
total of approximately $12,400. This event raised funds for the 2012 trip to Washington
DC. A special thanks to Rhonda Baltzer, Carolyn Cutler, Amy Cleveringa and Dawn
Degen for their great work this year.

Retreats and Mission Trips:
In February, Lisa led a group of girls to an all girls conference in Kansas City called the
Revolve Tour. They stayed overnight at the Platte Woods UMC and drove to the arena
downtown. It was a great weekend filled with worship, singing, speakers and drama.
The girls are planning another trip to the 2012 Revolve Tour in Omaha in memory of
Julie Byre.

In March the high school youth attended a conference in Des Moines called “Acquire the
Fire”. There we worshiped and listened and learned what it means to be on fire for Jesus
and to spread his teaching and will with those around us.

On May 23rd, a group of 18 students and leaders from our church embarked on a youth
mission trip to Haiti. They worked with a non-profit called Mission-Haiti doing VBS
with children in the schools the organization built and operates. They also led a youth

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group every evening that consisted of high school age to early 20s. Much time was also
spent playing with young children at the orphanage where they ate and slept. Many
facility improvements were also accomplished including painting, constructing a walking
path, planting a garden, and building some desks and tables. A large collection of food
and craft supplies were transported by suitcase to the compound which is in a rural
village called Ti-Riviere, four hours west of Port Au Prince. The group perspired from
dawn to well past dusk serving the Lord in a variety of ways, but everyone on the trip felt
they were called by God to go and were changed by Him while there. Many students
cited a deepening appreciation for the many ways we are blessed in this country, along
with an increased sense of humility. The group returned on May 30th safe and sound,
with many stories to tell and pictures to share. Thanks to all who donated items to
Mission-Haiti and supported the 2010 turkey dinner and silent auction, whose funds
made this trip possible. Thanks also to all those who prayed for us while there. We
could feel your presence and appreciated your support!

A group of 34 people (25 high school/college students and 9 leaders) returned on July
10th from a six day mission trip to Kansas City. While there, the group did work for five
different non-profit organizations. One was the Salvation Army drop in day camp
program. The groups played with inner city at risk kids in the form of games, songs,
dance and swimming. Another was an organization called the Ivanhoe Neighborhood
Association. They work with homeowners to revitalize what was a very drug ridden
neighborhood. We helped them with their gardening program and delivering
informational flyers. The Episcopal church in Kansas City runs a community kitchen
(similar to our Banquet) that feeds lunch to an average of 500 people per day Along with
cooking, we spent some time eating and conversing with the guests. A housing
rehabilitation center called the Fuller Center for Housing hosted our group for a few
different projects including painting, replacing a floor, and pulling off (demolishing) a
front porch. Finally, we also worked with the Kansas City Rescue Mission. We helped
with a number of odd jobs, but spent every afternoon doing a homeless walk where we
sought out people on the streets to hand out socks and water. As with all mission trips,
this trip served as a time to come together as believers on a concerted and intentional
mission of God. Thanks again to all those who volunteered in every way to make this
trip possible.

During the week of July 31st-August 5th, Mark and Lisa were counselors at the Sand, Surf
and Son camp at Lake Poinsett. We had a number of students from our church (and
about 70 from across the conference) who participated in a week of worship, song, study,
speakers, athletic events, and all kinds of wet fun! The camp was deaned by our friends
Jay Moon and Erin Evans.

The second weekend of September, we led a group of high school students on a Dakotas
Conference retreat on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota. On Saturday, we
held a carnival for the native kids including large inflatables and games. This retreat took
the place of the old high school rally. The students enjoyed the emphasis on service and
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Over Veterans Day weekend in November we took a group of confirmation students to
Storm Mountain Center for a confirmation retreat. We stayed at the Gist lodge which
was named in honor of our own Rod and Doris Gist. The students spent a weekend
hiking, viewing the sights, and exploring the connection of their faith to the realities of
life in school.

Confirmation:
In May our confirmation students made a profession of faith and spoke their vows to
become members of our church. These were the second group of students to be
confirmed since the transition to a two year confirmation program. There were 12 young
brothers and sisters in Christ who professed their faith that day!

We have been very fortunate and blessed by all of the adults who have volunteered in
many different ways over this year as Sunday School and youth group teachers, mission
trip and retreat chaperones, drivers, confirmation mentors, committee members and
fundraiser workers. Thanks to all of their efforts we have been able impact the lives of
our youth.

       James 4:13-17
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         Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will
       stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know
       what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little
       while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live
       and do this or that.” 16 Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such
       boasting is evil.
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            Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

At this time, the only plans we have are to follow God’s calling in ministry, wherever that
leads us. Remember to seek God in all you do and follow the call of Jesus in your life,
wherever it leads you!

Blessings, Mark and Lisa Johnsen


BUSINESS/OFFICE MANAGER – Rose Rhead
While I have been attending First Church for the past few years, it was with great
pleasure that I was given the opportunity to serve in an even greater capacity as the
Business/Office Manager. With Carolyn Vollan’s guidance, I have learned how to adapt
my years of financial management experience to the non-profit church setting; and I must
say, it’s been a very rewarding change. However, an even greater blessing for me has
been the opportunity to personally get to know all of you better, and that has been the
best part of this new journey!!
Finance: From the time I started in June, the financial status of the church was in a
struggle mode. By mid-November, it appeared dire in that if we were going to meet our
budget AND pay our apportionment in full, we needed to come up with an additional
$88,000. A special committee was formed by the Administrative Board to review the

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situation; and through a remarkable presentation by Jack Marsh, an appeal for help was
presented to the congregation. The response of this congregation should be applauded!
We ended the year paying all our expenses, the apportionment in full, and a $25,000
carryover for 2012. Being the “new kid on the block,” this showed me how much this
church means to all of you – giving me even more reason to be thankful to work in this
church.
Stewardship: In the Fall of 2011, the Stewardship Committee began their “It All
Belongs to God” campaign. The Committee, under Nancy Olsen’s leadership, worked
hard throughout the campaign, which was followed up with memorable thank you cards
created by the Sunday School children. Through their efforts and hard work, we ended
the year with not only “new” first-time pledges but also an increase in pledges for 2012.
As we grow in numbers and passionate spirituality, the primary financial support of
FUMC ministries will come through increased financial commitments by the church
family. With the change to a Church Council at the beginning of the year, and the mid-
year change in ministry leaders, the future holds exciting opportunities for our
Stewardship Team. Thank you to the team and to Nancy Olsen, our chair, for using their
gifts and talents in leading us through a successful 2012 Stewardship campaign.
Aside from my taking on the position as Business/Office Manager, we also saw some
other staff changes in 2011. Kyle Lessman became the Visual Media Coordinator,
producing the weekly bulletins, announcements and slides, website changes, and the
monthly Media. Kelby Fode became the Choir Director, and Taylor Johnson became the
Contemporary Music Director – these were both very talented additions to our music
department. Although Lynne Jones was already our children’s music director, she also
assumed the role of Wedding Coordinator. Unfortunately, all of these new positions
meant that we had to say good-bye to some wonderful people – Carolyn Vollan (Business
Manager), Tracey Larsen (Media Editor), Laurie Kidd (Worship, Music & Fine Arts
Pastor), and Kathy Blomker (Office Manager/Wedding Coordinator) – we thank you for
all your years of service.

Jeri Floyd continues as our full time receptionist. She has been a wonderful resource in
helping me learn the church operation, and I don’t think I could do it without her help.
Not only does Jeri do a wonderful job welcoming members and visitors in the office and
on the phone, she has picked up additional responsibilities that she already knew so well
and has been a great help! She not only knows what needs to get done, she gets it done.
Thank you Jeri for your guidance, assistance and efficiency in all that you do!

I have served, and will continue to serve, as a staff representative to the following
committees: Finance, Stewardship, and Marketing, I will also be serving as the staff
representative on the Administrative & Support Services Ministry Team in 2012, and as
recording secretary for the new Church Council. Thanks to the folks on these committees
for your dedication and service.

I have quickly learned that there are a number of volunteers who help us out on a regular
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                              My thanks go out to…
Cheryl Finney continues to be a tremendous help in operating our Sunday morning slides;
she often comes in before Sunday to make sure they are working properly. She takes
great pride in making sure things run as smoothly as possible.

Steve Stauffacher helps cover the office during staff meetings every Tuesday and is
always willing to come in and cover the office/phones if either Jeri or I am gone.

Lana White for her willingness to cover the office every Sunday during the summer
months, giving Jeri and me a little break from working Sundays.

Char Martinell, Patty Ridpath, Patti Sahr and Kathy Sorenson, who go through our
attendance registration forms every Monday.

Thelma Moberly, who has graciously agreed to continue assisting with the mailing of our
quarterly statements.

Sue Engeltjes and all of “The MEDIA” volunteers who help every month in preparing
our newsletter mailings.

Marlys Vant Hul for coordinating the slide operators on Sunday mornings.

    You are a faithful group and your help is very much appreciated!
The church is truly blessed by the faithfulness and dedication of all of our volunteers,
both the regular and occasional helpers. Without your support we would not be able to
provide all the services we offer. I also thank the members of our congregation for
supporting our church staff.
First Church has an abundance of activities going on. As you look through this
Storybook, you will see that we are a very active, giving and caring church. I hope that
as we begin the new year, and continue to undergo changes, God will bless us with his
presence and guide us through another exciting year. God’s blessing to each of you!


BUILDINGS & GROUNDS MANAGER – Rod Mader
I am still trying to find out who ordered all the snow for January to March last year. We
did not have a lot of snow at one time, but a continual battle with weekly amounts that
kept us continually moving snow somewhere on the Church grounds. We do consider
ourselves very lucky that during the fall of the year we received minimal amounts of
snow.

This past fall we said thank you to Clare Vollan and Will Archer who both retired as part-
time Church custodians after many dedicated years of service. We welcome Don Jones
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We spent some time during the summer rearranging offices due to changing staff. Not
only were we rearranging furniture but repainting as well. Many of the Church hallways
were also painted this year.

One of our more interesting repairs this year was replacing a motor on one of the
bathroom roof exhaust fan which called for practically tearing down the entire assembly
to get at the motor. Removing the pulley to put on the new motor proved beyond our
capability with the tools we had on hand, so we had professional help changing the
pulley.

We continue to do as many repairs in areas such as light plumbing, electrical and some
building repairs as well.

As always Darryll and I look forward to serving the Church members and guests.


CONGREGATATIONAL CARE – Joyceann Kroger
Another year of challenges and opportunities to make a difference in the lives of God’s
people who have been a part of Sioux Falls First United Methodist Church. It is a
blessing to be able to serve in this setting.

I coordinate the visitation of our people in challenging life moments. I continue to do
some of the hospital/nursing home/home visitations, but am so ably helped by our Rev.
Rod Gist, who faithfully visits many of our longtime church members who are now
unable to come to church regularly. I am grateful to have the Rev. Bill Bates, Rev. Dick
Boyd, Rev. Rick Dee, and Nancy Cutshall, our parish nurse, and a few of our laity
regularly help as well, including some of the UMW members.

Many of our people have had trying and difficult times this past year with health crises,
deaths, changes in family status, and other circumstances. I have tried to provide a
listening ear, referrals when necessary, and a prayerful presence.

Our established prayer concerns of the bulletin and the prayer chain coordination
continues. The blue prayer cards are well utilized, and many items and people of concern
are prayed for and followed up on when contacts are given.

Home communion continues to be offered twice a year on a routine basis. I am grateful
for the many volunteers of laity and clergy, who make communion possible for those
who no longer are able to regularly share the elements of Christ’s Last Supper in the
sanctuary.

The Blessing of Hands occurred on Laity Sunday in October this year, and the
participation of most of those attending in the sanctuary was an affirmation again, of
blessing the hands of ALL those who serve in so many varied and unique ways in the life
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Our annual Service of Remembrance was held the first Sunday in December, and well
attended, as members and constituents of FUMC remembered their past year and
prepared for a Christmas season without a special family member’s physical presence.

Baby quilts have been given on behalf of this church from both individuals and from the
Quilters group. Prayer shawls have been made by volunteers and presented to some of
our church members at appropriate times.

Prayers with healing oil are offered after communion, usually every other month.

It is in a cooperative spirit that our parish nurse and I work with our Faith, Health, and
Caring Board to focus on various health needs and interests of our congregation’s various
ages.

I continue to have a volunteer who offers job seeking help with resumes and interviewing
skills for those are looking for a paid position, especially in this time of economic
challenges.

I am thankful for those who volunteer to help staff the Welcome Center during Sunday
mornings, and for the youth and their leaders who make the soup bags that are given to
visitors as a gift of hospitality.

The Congregational Care position is helped by many volunteers; thank you to all who
share their time and talent and spiritual gifts in many and varied ways.


PARISH NURSE – Nancy Cutshall
It is a blessing to work for and with the members of First Church. In the year 2011, the
following activities took place. There were health forums held on Sunday mornings on
Medications, Over the Counter Meds and Herbals; Senior Living; and on Pre-diabetes.
Pink Sunday was held in October. We had breast cancer awareness and promote it with
materials and health information.

Faith, Health, and Caring also helped sponsor a Bike Rodeo for Kid’s Stop in which free
helmets and bike safety instruction was given to the students; a Sanford mobile
mammogram truck was held here offering mammograms; we had the Community Blood
Bank with the Blood Mobile gathering over 30 donations, we lined up Lewis Drug to
give flu shots; sponsored the Blessing of Hands in which we bless the members hands for
service at all three services; and had the Christmas Service of Remembrance held each
year for those who have lost a loved one the past year. Manna Meals was restarted in
December.

We take blood pressures the 2nd Sunday of each month. This year, including the ones I
do in my office and home visits, we had over 320 blood pressures with some newly
diagnosed and referrals made to their physician. I put in weekly health information
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in my office and with the home visits. The spiritual component along with the medical is
such a good combination of keeping the mind, body and spirit healthy.


WEDDING COORDINATOR – Lynne Jones
Since taking over as Wedding Coordinator in May, I have assisted 3 couples get married
in our Sanctuary. We have quite a few weddings scheduled for 2012. I hope to work
with the Worship and Music Team and the Altar Guild on getting new and updated
wedding items for the Sanctuary.


RETIRED PASTOR REPORTING TO SIOUX FALLS FUMC – Rodney Gist
I officiated at 1 marriage, 1 baptism and 8 funerals this year. I have been on the steering
committee of Sioux Falls Ministerial Association. I have continued to work 8-10 hours
per week as visitation minister here at FUMC in retirement and nursing homes. I teach
Higgins Men’s Bible Study every other Tuesday morning September through May. This
year, Doris and I contributed $140,000 to Storm Mountain UMC Camp as a member of
Dakota’s Camping Committee master plan. Doris is a volunteer guide at the Butterfly
House in Sioux Falls.


RETIRED PASTOR REPORTING TO SIOUX FALLS FUMC – Wes Halbritter
We are grateful for the apartment we now live in and realize that we moved at a very
good time. We have two sons living in Sioux Falls and one in Minnesota and the other
son just retired from the Navy after 29 years of service and will now continue as a staff
member at the Family Clinic at the Marine Base in Camp Pendleton at Oceanside,
California. I am involved in the church with some hospital and nursing home visitation
as Chaplain Services. I also take part in Sages Senior Fellowship, Faithlink Studies,
Disciple III Bible Study, Prayer Study, Retirement Pastors’ Covenant Group, and all
special meetings and studies, health services, and occasionally in other situations as
needed where I can be of any assistance.


RETIRED PASTOR REPORTING TO SIOUX FALLS FUMC – Donald Klarup
For the past 14 months I’ve been coping with a melanoma cancer on my scalp. I’ve had
to drop all church activities as a result. I’ve had four surgeries, 30 radiation treatments
and (since last May) weekly injections of interferon. Phyllis and I celebrated our 55th
wedding anniversary in June. We had a family reunion over Thanksgiving weekend in
observance of the anniversary.


RETIRED PASTOR REPORTING TO SIOUX FALLS FUMC – Russell Tarver
We attend the early (8 am) worship service at FUMC. I am also a member of the Retired
UMC Pastors’ Covenant Group (meet twice a month). I officiated 1 funeral in 2011,
helped at the Welcome Center four times, and help with pulpit supply at Alcester UCC
twice. We have one new great grandchild! I also had a left knee replacement.



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RETIRED PASTOR REPORTING TO SIOUX FALLS FUMC – Don Veglahn
I assisted with 1 marriage and officiated 2 funerals. Served as an Advent Bible study
leader and Wesley Life co-leader. Served Home Communion on 2 occasions. In addition
to being the church librarian, Nancy also sings in the choir and teaches several studies.


RETIRED PASTOR REPORTING TO SIOUX FALLS FUMC – Dar Berkenpas
In this time of transition through a 4-month sabbatical into retirement, I have enjoyed
visiting various UM church worship services and worshiping at First UMC, where I have
experienced much grace and hospitality. I have made a 5-day spiritual retreat in this time
and will continue to consult with my spiritual director as I discern God’s leading in my
life. Thank you to First UMC for your graciousness! I performed one marriage during
2011.


REV. RANDY L. MADDOX, PH.D. – Appointment: Duke Divinity School (teaching).
I continue to serve as the William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist
Studies at Duke Divinity School, though I have completed my term as Director of our
Doctor of Theology Program. Surrendering this second assignment is allowing me to
devote more time to directing the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition, as an
Associate General Editor on the Wesley Works project. My wife Aileen has been
assisting me at the Center in publishing online a critical edition of all of Charles Wesley’s
poetry. That site now includes all the Charles Wesley’s poetry, both what he published
during his life and what he left in manuscript at his death. You may want to check it out:

       http://divinity.duke.edu/initiatives-centers/cswt/wesley-texts

During the 2010-11 school year, I gave special lectures on Wesleyan and Methodist
doctrine at Candler School of Theology (Atlanta) and Northwest Nazarene University, as
well as a series on “Wesleyan Resources for Today” for a pastors’ school in the Nebraska
Annual Conference of the UMC. I had six essays appear in publication this past year, as
well as an online discussion of Wesley and health of the Church Health Reader

       http://www.chreader.org/contentPage.aspx?resource_id=580
       http://chreader.org/contentPage.aspx?resource_id=684

So I have stayed active in the scholarship and lecturing side of my ministry.

In service of the church, I continue as a member of the Committee on Faith and Order of
the United Methodist Church. I also continue as Institute Secretary for the Oxford
Institute of Methodist Theological Studies.

Aileen and I are settled at Duke Chapel. Our daughter Erin and her husband Matt
McPhee are serving United Methodist churches in California and caring for our two
grandsons. Our son Jared completed his M.Div. degree in May 2011 is now working on
a doctorate in American Methodist history at Southern Methodist University; he and his
wife Mallory live in Dallas.

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                   ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM REPORTS

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD – Jo Harris, Chair
The board met monthly except for August and December. There was excellent
attendance and participation by the members. The major focus of our work this year has
been the implementations of recommendations by Paul Nixon, Church Consultant.

Based on intense work by the Task Group on Organizational Structure, a new plan of
organizing for ministry was adopted by the board and confirmed by the church
conference. Effective January 1, the Administrative Board will become the CHURCH
COUNCIL. Membership will be reduced to 20 persons. Functions will align with The
BOOK of DISCIPLINE. Multiple program committees will be replaced with six
Program Ministry Teams. All the functions of prior committees have been assigned to
the appropriate ministry team. Mandated boards have been retained. It is anticipated that
this will be a more efficient and effective way to do ministry since the emphasis will now
be on “doing ministry” vs. attending committee meetings.

Based on the work of the Task Group to Review and Revise the Membership Preparation
Process, a new format for this ministry was adopted.

Based on the results of focus groups and the work of the Task Group on Sunday Morning
Schedule, a new schedule was adopted and put in place September, 2011. This new
schedule includes additional opportunities for children’s worship and Christian Education
and is user friendly for parents of young children.

The Board adopted a policy for fund raising within FUMC requiring approval from the
Church Council (Adm. Board) prior to publicizing the event.

A major challenge facing the board throughout this past year was the adoption of an
unbalanced budget. Members of our church took to heart the stewardship theme “It All
Belongs to God!” and it looks like FUMC will end the year with our financial obligations
paid in full.

During the year we appreciated the ministry and services and bid farewell to Rev. Laurie
Kidd, Kathy Blomker, Carolyn Vollan, Clare Vollan, and Will Archer; and we welcomed
new staff persons Kelby Fode (Director of Music), Taylor Johnson (Contemporary Music
Director), Rose Rhead (Business and Office Manager), Kyle Lessman (Visual Media
Coordinator), and Don Jones (Assistant Custodian).

This has been an exciting year of change and preparation for “changes to come.” Board
members have served faithfully through regular attendance and participation in task
groups. While this ends the “Administrative Board” as such, it is with anticipation we
look forward to the new “Church Council.”


FINANCE – See Business Manager’s Report


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FOUNDATION – Carolyn Vollan
The worth of the Foundation on December 31, 2011, was $1,811,994. Income for 2011
was $125,000 - $80,000 in unrestricted funds and $45,000 in restricted funds. The Bob
and Vi Olsen bequest to unrestricted Foundation Funds this year was $70,000. The
restricted fund that experienced significant growth was the Ordained Ministry
Scholarship Fund, increasing by almost $43,000. In 2011 the Foundation provided over
$47,000 in earned interest to the church - $30,000 from restricted interest and almost
$17,000 from unrestricted interest. Unrestricted interest, approved by the Administrative
Board, was granted the following ministry areas: the new Media/publications position,
United Day Care budget funding, marketing billboards, Lenten study books, Ingathering
trip scholarships, and the final expense for the Nixon consultation.

The Foundation was challenged, following the church leaders' consultation with Paul
Nixon, to raise the Foundation assets to $10,000,000 by the year 2020. The FUMC
Foundation plans to meet this challenge by hiring a Director of Planned Giving who will
serve not only the Foundation, but the entire church. This person will call upon members
of the congregation explaining the variety of ways the church can be gifted. The
Foundation will fund 80% of the cost of the salary, with the remaining 20% funded
through a portion of unrestricted interest turned over to the church on a yearly basis. The
Director of Planned Giving position will be in place early in 2012.

Our thanks to Tom Van Wyhe for his leadership the past several years. Becky Stritecky
was elected Chair and Brad Grossenburg Vice-Chair for 2012 and they are ready to move
the Foundation forward.


NATURAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT – Jennifer Larsen
During 2011, you—members and participants in First Church ministries—stepped
forward to assist in ministries, teams, and committees within our church. You worked
with others from FUMC to show Christ’s love to others in our community through a
variety of activities.

Here’s a summary:

Goal No. 1: Form at least 12 Wesley Life Groups for 6 week sessions in both early Fall
2010 and Lent 2011 for the purpose of supporting and enriching the participants’
spiritual journeys.

Results: You signed up & shared your faith with your fellow group members! Both
       Fall and Lent sessions were held on Wednesday nights and Sunday morning, with
       10 groups of 8-10. Half of the group leaders were new to leading. Twenty-one
       people who participated in the Lent sessions had not participated in Wesley Life
       Groups before.

Goal No. 2: As a means of spiritual growth through service, by Easter 2011, 120 FUMC
members will have had hands-on participation in mission projects in which they have not
previously participated.

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       Results: You easily surpassed the goal! Over 150 of you worked together to
       serve others in FUMC mission projects for the first time.

Goal No. 3: We will establish and improve spiritual connections with visitors and
members of the Church by achieving goals number 1 and number 2 above and by
increasing visitor and member participation in the life of the Church.

       Results: You are more involved in Church committees & teams!
       -Committees & teams brought over 240 new people to their membership.
       -A Volunteer Team has been formed to help shepherd and connect new members
       to the mission and ministry of the Church.
       -The New Member Class has been updated.
       -Hospitality efforts to engage visitors in the mission & ministry of the Church are
       ongoing.

We have been filled with the Holy Spirit in improving our passionate spirituality. We
look forward to continuing the great programs that equip us to develop a closer
relationship with God through study and service.


STAFF PARISH COMMITTEE –Sheri Meister, Chair

     God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to
            change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

The year of change! Thank you to everyone who has been supportive and understanding
as Staff Parish has gone through this challenging time of reorganizing staffing for a better
future of our church. Loyalty and commitment are two words that come to mind when
defining the staff at First Church. Through the past year, we could not be more fortunate
to have a dedicated staff to support us through the changes that were brought before us.
With budget restraints and the advice of consultant Paul Nixon, it was the charge of Staff
Parish to make some difficult decisions which resulted in many staff changes for our
church. Due to these changes we had to say good-bye to Kathy Blomker. Thank you to
Kathy who loved our church and was committed to the work throughout her years of
services.

Retirement announcements for the year 2012 were made by both Pastor Bill Bates and
Pastor Dick Boyd. Thank you to each of them for their deep faith, gospel teachings,
pastoral care, and dedication to First Church over the past 7 and 6 years, respectively.
These retirement announcements prompted Dakota’s Conference appointment of Pastor
Bob Ruedebusch and Sara McManus who will begin their service on July 1, 2012.

Dedication and loyalty are two of many words which describe Carolyn Vollan. Her love
for First Church goes beyond what any congregation or staff could expect. Carolyn
retired in the fall of 2011 after 31 years of service. Thank you, Carolyn, for your
commitment to First Church.

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Laurie Kidd and Mark Johnson completed their Pastoral education requirements and will
be serving churches within the Dakota’s conference. Laurie has been appointed to the
Kimball area. Mark and Lisa Johnson will finish their youth ministry duties at First
Church in June and will receive an appointment to begin July 2012.

We would like to welcome to the staff Rose Rhead – Business and Office Manager,
Kelby Fode – Music Director, Taylor Johnson - Director of Contemporary Music and the
Hosanna Praise Team, and Kyle Lessman – Visual Media Coordinator.

Thank you to the staff and congregation for your love and support. As a committee we
appreciate all of the encouragement and kind words which have been expressed to us
throughout the past year. Your enthusiasm and positive feedback throughout this
process have guided us to work through the changes over the past year. With your
support we look forward to the future opportunities which lie before us.

Blessings, Sheri Meister


TRUSTEES – Rod Mader, Building & Grounds Manager
The Trustees continue their mission of taking care of the building and equipment of the
Church.

Working on the advisement of the church consultant, we installed new projectors in the
Sanctuary. Along with many updates to the sound system, including a new amplifier,
we also built a small room in the back balcony for the sound booth and video booth.
Previously they had been in separate rooms. This allows for better communication
between the volunteers operating each area.

Additional A/V equipment purchased for the Sanctuary included a new CD recorder for
the sound room. Also, two-way radios were purchased to be used between the Hosanna
band and sound room. This allows for discreet communication during services.

The Trustees completed a landscape project surrounding the Christmas tree area on
Minnesota Avenue. This included removal of old concrete steps, retaining wall, and
vegetation. A new retaining wall was installed, helping to create a more open, cleaner
look to the area.

The Church bus had several areas of severe rust and faded paint. These areas were
repaired, along with applying new paint and stencils.

The Trustees would like to thank the Memorial Committee for their assistance with
funding, which helped to install new carpet, paint, and furnishings into the Family/Cry
room and also the Prayer room at the rear of the Sanctuary. The Memorial Committee,
along with the Trustees, purchased 100 new padded chairs for the Fellowship Hall.

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Additionally, there were a number of small plumbing, electrical, heating, roofing and air
conditioning projects that were completed throughout the year.

The Trustees would like to thank Jim and Barb Weixel for their donation for striping our
church parking lots. This was completed after a new seal coat was applied.

 New signs were installed by our Church apartments to help identify where tenants should
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                        PROGRAM TEAM REPORTS

ADULT EDUCATION – Jo Wahle, Chair
The Adult Education committee offered new classes and continued popular favorites in
2011.

Ongoing classes:
    Faithlink, Doris Gist and Harold Christensen, Sundays at 10:00 a.m., changed to
      9:30 a.m. in the Fall with the new Sunday morning schedule
    “Reel” Faith, Pastor Bill Bates, 2nd Sunday of every month, 6:30 p.m.
    Bookies, Nancy Veglahn, 4th Sunday of every month, 6:30 p.m.
    Wednesday Women’s Bible Study, Pastor Bill Bates/Pastor Dick Boyd, 9:30 a.m.
      (Monday group joined the Wednesday group)
    Higgin’s Men’s Bible Study, Rod Gist, every other Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.
    AMEN’s Bible Study, Don Ditmanson, every other Wednesday, 7:00 a.m.
Short-run classes coordinated through Adult Ed:
      Financial Peace University, Mike & Cynthia McConniel, Sunday evenings,
       Spring 2011 & Fall 2011
      Facebook 101 & 102, Late winter 2011, Jo Wahle, Sunday mornings at 11:00
      Disciple 3 began Fall 2011, Pastor Bill Bates, Thursday evenings
      Christians and Islam, early Fall 2011, Jo Wahle, Sunday mornings at 10:30
      Love to Pray, late Fall 2011, Bill and Judy Hoff, Sunday mornings at 10:30

Other committees, including the Natural Church Development committee and Faith,
Health, and Caring committee, also offered classes for adults.

This committee will not exist under the new Church Council structure but the members
sincerely hope that SFUMC will continue to promote educational opportunities for adults.


CHILDREN’S EDUCATION – See Children’s Christian Education Report


COMMUNICATIONS – Carol Flynn, Chair
No report at this time.


EVANGELISM – Rich Greeno, Chair
During 2011, the Evangelism Committee worked on the following projects:
    Continued to present fleece blankets to graduating high school seniors.
    Continued assignments for greeters at all church services.
    Served 3 Wednesday evening meals.
    Posted pictures of new members in the Welcome Center area.

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      Prepared Advent and Lenten Devotional Booklets with the Devotionals written by
       church members.


FAITH, HEALTH AND CARING BOARD – See Parish Nurse Report


KIDSTOP – Jean Anderson, Director
A special thank you to all our Kidstop supporters at First United Methodist Church. The
past two years have been a challenge for this program. Kidstop has had a few struggles
with the down sizing of our program to meet licensing requirements and seeing daily the
effects of the recent economy on the families of those we serve. We want you to know
that the program remains a strong presence in this neighborhood and continues it's
mission to provide a safe, caring environment for children after school. Kidstop offers a
recreation program during long out of school and summer breaks. Kidstop provides
academic tutoring as well as a focus on life skills. Presently we are serving
the elementary children from Lowell and Hawthorne. The children are transported to the
church using the church bus. We are limited to serving 23 children in the current
program.

Recently we have received news that should allow us to open another classroom for our
middle school youth. This program is a drop-in program and will not need to meet all of
the licensing of our younger population. The youth in this program will need to come
and go on their own and meet in an area not used by either United Day Care or Kidstop I.
We are excited to have some of our Kidstop youth who have aged out of our current
program to return. We hope we can get all the arrangements completed soon so we can
begin this spring.

Kidstop is a free program. There are no fees to the families for the services they receive.
Kidstop is funded by United Way and with First Church providing most of our other
budget through in-kind services. We need to thank all those who have contributed either
monetarily through Mission of the Month or through donations from groups within the
church. We had our first Belgian Waffle Brunch on Mother's Day in 2011 which we
considered to be a big success. This will return on April 29 this year. We also need to
thank all of those who bring us all the items we recycle into crafts and gifts. This helps
us to keep our supply costs low and our creative juices flowing. We also have some very
dedicated board members and tutors who help keep us functioning and planning for a
strong future.
Thank you again for letting us do what we do best---allowing kids to be kids for a few
hours a day.


MARKETING – Gary Healy, Chair
The Marketing Committee continued running larger ads in the Argus Leader during
Easter and Christmas. Along with those ads, we also put up four bill boards in the core
area of Sioux Falls promoting the Live Nativity/Streets of Bethlehem and our Christmas
services. The committee also updated and printed new informational folders which are

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distributed to visitors and new members with a large amount of information concerning
all the various ministries of the church. Lastly, we have implemented a postcard project
where postcards concerning our church are mailed to new residents within certain areas
of Sioux Falls. As always, the Marketing Committee is open to assisting any group with
their marketing needs.

OUTREACH COMMITTEE – Mary Kieff, Co-Chair
Committee Members: Pastor Dick Boyd, Harold Christensen, Dawn Degen, Larry
Engeltjes, Mary Kieff, Kira Kimball, Karen Koob, Virginia Stadum, Eric Uecker, and
Barb Weixel

A.       Mission of the Month: Community Outreach, Ingathering, Thiu Rancho,
         Graners, Fresh Produce to The Arch, UMCOR-Japan Relief, Bolivia Mission
         Team, Sunday Canteen, Nomads, Children’s Inn, Laura Knock, Tree of Life,
         Kidstop/Daycare.

B.       Special Financial Gifts: Kids Comfort Kits, help Macy Sengelmann on Sanford
         Heart Hospital mission trip, Union Gospel Mission, Habitat for Humanity,
         Canteen, Solar Ovens for Haiti, Youth Neighborhood program.

C.       Special Projects/Programs:

        Recruiting families and groups within the church to prepare and serve Sunday
         night canteen meals on a monthly basis
        Contributing dollars and food items to the Community Food Bank
        VIM Work Team to Lake Poinsett Camp (flood clean up and camp facility
         improvement
        Community Supported Agriculture (Help out neighborhood The Arch Halfway
         House 2011). Fresh Produce May-November.
        Tool Lending Library (Help out neighborhood 2012)

While the Mission Outreach Committee provides opportunity for FUMC members to be
in mission, the work of the committee is only a part of the many ways this congregation
is involved in responding to the needs of the Sioux Falls community and the greater
outreach ministry of the United Methodist Church.


STEWARDSHIP – Nancy Olsen, Chair
The Stewardship Committee’s main focus for First United Methodist Church is financial.
We develop the stewardship campaign in the fall which begins in October with
commitment Sunday the first weekend in November. The theme for 2012 Stewardship
Campaign is “It all Belongs to God”. Three banners are hung throughout the church with
this message on it. We developed the First UMCopoly Board to give a visual of the
tracking of financial gifts to the church. To involve the preschool and elementary
students with the campaign, First United Methodist Land game is challenging the
different grades on reaching the church through giving of offering, bringing of the Bible,
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making the thank you cards with their handprints – “Thanks for helping me grow!” that
were sent to those who submitted their pledge cards. A second letter from the
stewardship and finance committees was mailed in December to those we had not
received commitments from and encouraging them to do so. We will continue
throughout 2012 to encourage our members in giving financially to First United
Methodist Church.


UNITED DAYCARE CENTER – Judy Jacobs, Director
It is hard to believe 2011 is over and it has been another year blessed by the Lord—
blessed with wonderful children and families, staff, and those who attend First United
Methodist. 2011 found us in our 41st year—an amazing feat. With the help of the Lord
and our Congregations we hope to be celebrating our existence for years to come. We at
UDC are eternally grateful for the support of First United Methodist. We served over
145 children this year, with “serve” being the keyword. Our clientele includes those
families with one parent struggling to make it day-to-day and families who live very
comfortable lives. We have children who come from different cultures and those who
have a history rooted in the South Dakota Plains. Whoever steps through our door, we
want them to feel welcomed and cared for. At First United Methodist we serve children
ages 2-6 and at Asbury United Methodist we serve children ages 2-10.

Our current enrollment at both centers includes 58 pre-school children and 20 before and
after school age children. Currently we have three lead teachers, three head assistants,
five part-time assistants, a full time person who substitutes for us, a cook, driver,
bookkeeper, and Director on staff. It takes all of us to make United Day Care work, and I
am grateful for our committed staff. I am also grateful for a strong UDC Board of
Directors, and the wonderful congregations and staff at both First United and Asbury
United Methodist. We would not or could not exist without your kindness and support.
The FUM ladies make sure we have warm blankets for our children and wonderful
Christmas bags to open after their Christmas programs. The Angel Tree provides gifts at
Christmas for those children who would have none. Wedded Band, UMW, Sages, and
Mission of the Month, all aided us with financial donations, as well as the Congregation
of FUMC. We would not exist without your kind support. If you ever ask yourself if you
have made a difference in someone’s life, look no farther than United Day Care—you
have touched a child’s life.

We are looking forward to 2012—to the challenges that always come—and to the joys.
We know with God’s help, any and all things are possible. Thank you again for all you
do and the support you offer—we would not be here without your help and open hearts.
The children, their families and the staff appreciate all you do SO MUCH.


WORSHIP COMMITTEE – Joyce Vos, Chair
No report at this time.


YOUTH EDUCATION – See Youth Pastor’s Report

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                         MINISTRY TEAM REPORTS

ALTAR GUILD – Linda Baker & June Shields, Co-Chairs
The Altar Guild is responsible for preparing the sanctuary and Welcome Center for each
season, with a special focus on the Lent and Advent season. We change the banners and
paraments according to the church calendar.

Donna Kjonaas and Vicki Kessler created and completed beautiful paraments that were
used during Advent. Their wedding banners will be completed in 2012. This year we
purchased 25 battery operated pillar candles to be used in our pew candleholders.

A sincere thank you to our members and their spouses for all their help decorating during
the Lent and Advent season. Also, a special thanks to Dennis Beck for keeping our Altar
Guild picture book updated.


AMEN’S FELLOWSHIP – Dave Eiesland
This fellowship has been meeting for approximately 10 years from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. bi-
weekly at the church. Meetings consist of hearing what is going on in each others lives,
discussing what is happening in the church, planning for various men’s church activities,
praying for others and having a short Bible study. This last year we have been involved
in a study of the 12 disciple’s lives. At the end of each meeting all contribute to the
closing prayer. Although it is short, hearing each person’s voice talking to God in their
own words sends each of us into the day with a special comfort and compassion for all
mankind.

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17


ARCHIVES & HISTORY – Cheryl Finney, Chair
The Archives and History Committee observed 2011 with exhibits in the display cabinet.
One of the displays included items from Bolivia and other countries in conjunction with
the 2011 mission trip to Bolivia. For Heritage Sunday in May, we featured the original,
marble baptismal font and the 1920s Ladies' Aid quilt. For Advent and Christmas, the
cabinet was home to a beautiful nativity set, hand-painted by Martha Wilson and given to
First UMC by the children of Dr. and Mrs. Breit.

The Committee continues to keep scrapbooks of clippings pertaining to our church
members and events. These scrapbooks were started more than fifty years ago.
Resources in our archives have been used for research projects.


 “BOOKIES” BOOK STUDY GROUP – Nancy Veglahn, Facilitator
BOOKIES, First Church’s book discussion group, meets on the fourth Sunday night at
6:30, October through April (excepting December). Readers are welcome to join us in
the Lewis Friendship Room. This year's list included: January, Anne Tyler, DINNER AT
THE HOMESICK RESTAURANT; February, Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve,

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COMPLETING THE CIRCLE; March, Peter DeVries, BLOOD OF THE LAMB; April,
Mildred Kalish, LITTLE HEATHENS; October, Jamie Ford, THE HOTEL ON THE
CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET; and November, Peter DeVries, BLOOD OF THE
LAMB.

Our group has been in existence since 2006 and currently has 25 members. Books we
have discussed in the past are available in the church library. If you would like to join us,
leave your name in the church office or contact Nancy Veglahn.


BUS MINISTRY – Lil Stauffacher, Volunteer Coordinator
The 2011 Bus Ministry Committee was quite active. We sponsored 3 trips to Pipestone to
see the Calumet Players and the Opland Singers. We enjoyed three different plays at the
Olde Town Dinner Theater in Worthing, as well as a performance of the Prairie Rep
Theater in Brandon. We used Southwest Tour and Travel to take 47 people to the Black
Hills Buffalo Roundup, and we took 46 people to see a Twins game in Minneapolis.
Sadly, Vern and Donna Arends had to resign from our committee but we gained Dick and
Diana Wells and Roger and Lonnie Hansen. The Hansens attend Asbury Methodist so
they act as coordinators of that group. Jeri Floyd and Lil Stauffacher updated our mailing
lists which had not been done for some time. Our committee sent out two postcard
mailings, and one full-page letter to nearly 500 people. We also hosted a pizza party to
generate interest in our winter tours. We received a modest commission from Southwest
Tour and Travel for bookings people made on various tours through their service. We
have made great plans for several major trips for 2012 and hope to do a Canadian
Rockies train trip in August 2013. Lil Stauffacher - Coordinator Ken & Laurie
Iseminger Co-Chairs, Karla Archer, Doug & Shirley Erickson, Dick & Diana Wells,
Carol Flynn, Roger and Lonnie Hansen .


CHANCEL CHOIR – Kelby Fode, Director
Chancel choir rehearses every Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 in the choir room.
The choir consists of volunteers with a vocal music interest. The choir is open to anyone
interested and there is no audition process.

Music of all genres is programmed for Sunday morning worship services.

There have been a few special events thus far in the choral year.
    A service of lessons and carols was presented on Dec. 18 for both the 8:00 and the
       11:00 service.
    On Feb. 5 the choir participated with the Holy Cross Lutheran church choir.
       Three anthems were prepared together and both choirs sang at the 9:30 Holy
       Cross service and the 11:00 First United Methodist service. Response was very
       positive and plans are for this to be an annual collaboration.
    On February 12 First United Methodist Church was host to the Nebraska
       Wesleyan University Choir. The choir from Nebraska performed in concert on
       the evening of Saturday, Feb. 11 and shared their talents on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the
       9:30 and 11:00 services.

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      Annually, our choir joins area United Methodist Churches for the annual Palm
       Sunday Cantata, which in 2012 will be presented at the First United Methodist
       Church Sanctuary on Sunday, April 1 at 4:00 p.m.
      Easter Sunday, April 8 will find the Chancel Choir singing for both the 8:00 and
       the 11:00 service, performing multiple anthems and culminating the choral part of
       the worship service with the traditional singing of the Hallelujah Chorus.


CHILDREN’S MUSIC MINISTRY – Lynne Jones, children’s choir director
Children’s Music Ministries had a busy 2011. In addition to singing in worship each
month, the Joy Choir and Cherub Choir presented the musical “Under God’s Sea in 3D”
in April. In June, Music Camp had over 20 kids who worked for a week to present the
musical “King David and the National Treasure”. This fall, we added Heavenly Ringers,
a hand-chime choir for elementary aged students, who ring in worship once a month. In
addition to worship services, the Joy and Cherub choirs also began singing at area
retirement homes monthly. We also started a Sunday morning choir time, for those who
are unable to come on Wednesday nights. This has helped increase our total number of
participants in all choirs to 35. We ended the year with the Christmas Musical “Christ-
myth Busters”. I am truly blessed to work with such great kids and parents, and am
thankful for the wonderful support our congregation gives our children’s music program.


FAITHLINK – Harold Christensen & Doris Gist, Co-Facilitators
Faithlink, a class for adults, is offered on Sunday mornings in the Fireplace Room.
Harold Christensen and Doris Gist are facilitators for themes that link our faith to current
issues. Some topics presented have been Spiritual Gifts, Food Deserts, Free Speech,
Occupy Wall Street, Domestic Violence, Christian Understanding of Hell, and
Computers, Humans, and God. Materials arrive in the week they will be used, so we
often have current events such as the Disaster in Japan. We have opportunities for
utilizing core Bible passages, United Methodist views, relevant hymns, and prayers.


FUNERAL RECEPTION TEAM – Ginny Stadum & Shirley Miller
Our team is made up of many wonderful volunteers. We are available to provide food
and beverage for the bereaved family and attendees after the funeral service. We would
welcome anyone that may want to share in this meaningful ministry. It is our mission to
be of some comfort to the grieving family. The custodial staff, UMW members and
Methodist Men are all willing and welcome helpers. Shirley & I thank all of you for your
help.


HIGGINS MEN’S BIBLE STUDY – Rodney Gist, Facilitator
A history of the Higgins Men's Bible study can be found on page 33 of the 2010 FUMC
Story book. This year the group has been studying Characters of the Old Testament --
from A to Z, or from Abraham to Zechariah. Rodney Gist continues to lead the class
and makes his own lesson plans from textbooks and resources lying dormant in his
library. Those in attendance still number 15 to 20 men who gather in the Fireplace Room

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at 8:00 AM every other Tuesday morning from September through May. Pastor Bill
Bates and retired pastor Dick Pittenger are regular attendees and offer important additions
to the discussions and insights of the materials being studied. Most important are the
hosting chores performed by George Niimi and Harlan Meyer who arrive early and fix
breakfast for those in attendance.


HOSANNA PRAISE TEAM – Taylor Johnson, Director Contemporary Music
Taylor Johnson took over the direction of the Hosanna Praise Team in July of 2011 when
Laurie Kidd left. Since then, the congregation has had the pleasure of experiencing many
new contemporary songs, and even a new sound – going from a keyboard to an electric
guitar. The Hosanna Praise Team will continue to lead the music at Leif Ericson Camp
during our summer outdoor service at 9:30 am Sunday mornings.


INGATHERING – Joyceann Kroger, Volunteer Ingathering Team Chair
Our Ingathering group is amazing! We had a great year making a Christian difference for
God’s people around the world and in the USA. Once again, we tried to remind and
inform people of a part of the great work that our own United Methodist Committee on
Relief (UMCOR) does in so many places, particularly with the UMCOR disaster kits that
are used in so many parts of the world due to war/conflicts, natural disasters, and other
situations where emergency help is needed. Thanks to many, many people, we were able
to pack many boxes of supplies, including hundreds of health kits, school kits, sewing
kits, birthing kits, and layettes; as well as send silent auction items and a significant
amount of cash to the annual Ingathering held in Mitchell every autumn. Thanks to a
hard-working group of men and others, we also have flood buckets ready to go where
requested, as well.

We are grateful for all of the help and various forms of support of so many people with
our fund-raising activities, such as our annual July Ice Cream Social, and our December
bake sale, as well as other projects. We are appreciative of being selected a Mission of
the Month some years, as well.

This year, Kathy Sorenson and her granddaughter were able to go on the Dakotas
Conference Volunteer-in-Mission bus to the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin,
Louisiana for several days to work on the final checking, and packing for the actual
shipping and distribution of thousands (millions?) of UMCOR kits. It is always good to
have someone from FUMC experience another step in this mission process.

Our group will miss the ideas and multi-faceted support of Carolyn Vollan, who retired
from her staff position this past year, but volunteered many hours of her other time to
enhance the Ingathering purpose.

Thanks to all of you for the big and small ways that you have helped to support the
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LES CLOCHES – Bev Gunderson, Director
The “Singing Bells” rehearse Thursdays at 5:30 pm for approximately an hour. We plan
to play for a church service at least once a month. There are 15 players in the bell choir.
Each player has specific notes (eg. A&B, or E&F) to play in a musical piece. If one
person is absent those notes are missing in the song. At one time there were three adult
bell choirs and a youth bell choir in this church. As we are the only bell choir in our
church, we have difficulty finding substitutes when a player needs to miss either a
rehearsal or a performance.

This bell choir has members who have performed for at least 20 years. Others have
played for one or two years. Each year we look for new members to play with us. We
encourage anyone interested, with or without experience, to contact the director
(bgunder@sio.midco.net), bell choir members, or the church office to indicate their
interest.


LIBRARY – Nancy Veglahn Librarian
The library committee consists of 13 members, with Mary Lu Green serving as chair.
We meet once a month on the second Tuesday at 1:30.

This year our circulation totaled 662, an average of about two books a day. We have also
added more than a book a day to our collection. The library has been open Sunday
mornings, Wednesday mornings, Wednesday evenings, and Thursday afternoons, staffed
by volunteers and the librarian. We hosted an open house in the library on April 10, and
an open house and book sale on October 2.

Other accomplishments in 2011:
       --Volunteers have also contributed by checking books in and out, reshelving,
       updating the card catalog, decorating bulletin boards, covering new books, and
       rearranging displays.
       --Displays were put up to fit themes of Sunday School classes.
       --A laptop computer was purchased using dedicated funds.
       --A book cart was provided for the UMW reading list and taken to UMW
       meetings.
       --"Weeding" of older titles was completed in the children's rooms.
       --A Large Print shelf was added.
       --We collected and shipped donations to Afghanistan.


LIVE NATIVITY/STREETS OF BETHLEHEM – Lynne Jones
Over 500 people attended this year’s event. We were blessed with great weather and
increased marketing efforts, which helped boost our numbers. The outdoor Nativity was
moved to the corner in front of the Sanctuary which increased visibility. (The 6 live
animals, including 2 camels didn’t hurt!) Inside guests had a warm meal and visited the
shops of the Marketplace. We are thankful for this congregation’s support of this
growing event.



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MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Karla Leach
In 2011 we received $12,500 in memorial gifts in honor of many members and friends.
Most memorial gifts are designated by the donor or family of the deceased. The
undesignated funds are distributed by the Memorial Committee for various needs of the
church. These included 2011 projects: renovating the Family (Cry) Room and the Prayer
Room; adding some art work to the hallways on the main floor; purchasing 50 padded
folding chairs; chairs and tables for the children’s ministry; and the scholarship fund.

The Scholarship Committee was happy to award a $600 scholarship to each of these
students: Ryan Coomes, Molly Ervin, Rachel Leonhardt, Doug Fisk, Sara Sorenson, and
Alexa Stritecky. They were presented their award during the Sunday worship service.

Our goal for next year is to quarterly list the memorials received in the Media. We also
will prepare a list of ideas or suggestions for memorials, if that is a need.


MEN’S BREAKFAST – Will Archer
The Sunday mornings Men’s Breakfast groups continue to serve breakfast each Sunday
(September – May) from 8:30 to 10:45 am in the Fellowship Hall. Each participant helps
one or more Sundays per month. They also serve the community Special Olympics
dinner on President’s Day and our church Ice Cream Social in July which is a fundraiser
for Ingathering. If you are interested in helping (a little or a lot) and having a great
fellowship hour or three, please call Will at 310-0174. We would welcome you!!


MEN’S MINISTRY –
Through representation from the different men’s groups listed in the Storybook, a new
men’s ministry was created in February 2012. This new men’s ministry will address six
areas of emphasis. 1) Invite all men to participate in some activity; 2) Mentor men in
order to encourage participation; 3) The need for involvement by more men in activities;
4) Offer more opportunities for men of all ages; 5) Nurture men to encourage a closer
spiritual relationship of all men, to know God, and to find support by other men; and 6)
Encourage men to understand the meaning of being a Christian witness to friends and
family. Watch for bigger things to come in men’s ministry!


MEN’S SEASON OPENER – Don Ditmanson
The First United Methodist Men’s Season Opener was held Wednesday, August 24th, at
Tuthill Park in Sioux Falls. There were seventy five men including men from our church,
their son’s and guest that enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship, food and inspirational
program.

The evening began with Montana golf, bean bag toss competition and getting
reacquainted with old friends and making new friends. After a long summer, it was fun
to relax and enjoy each other before the fall and all its activity takes our time. Our fine
staff of chef’s from the Men’s Breakfast group grilled tasty steaks for everyone’s delight.
The Higgins Bible study group, The AMens Bible study group, and the Men of Integrity

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all chipped in to help provide the rest of the meal and make it not only tasty but very
affordable. Our Speaker, Chad Traver, Ass’t Strength and Conditioning Coach at
Augustana spoke passionately of how his faith in God has sustained him as a boy, a
football player and now as a coach.

It was a great evening for everyone. This year in 2012, our Season Opener will be held
Wednesday evening August 15th. We encourage the men of our church to put that date
on the calendar. If anyone would like to be a part of preparing for the event, please talk to
Dave Eiesland, Bill Hoff, Will Archer or Don Ditmanson and let them know. This event
plays an important roll in our church’s challenge to serve God.

MULTIMEDIA – Marlys Vant Hul, Coordinator
The multimedia team volunteers run the slideshow for the church services. This group is
very small in numbers but very loyal. We believe that the projection of the
announcements, bulletin and songs greatly enhances the service. We would love to have
more volunteers and Cheryl Finney would be happy to provide some short training to
anyone interested in this ministry. Contact Cheryl Finney or Marlys Vant Hul if you are
interested. The current volunteers include: Cheryl Finney, Matt Munce, Sandy Stverak,
Jo Wahle.


OUTREACH MINISTRY – Don Ditmanson

Trail Ridge Worship Ministry Team
First United Methodist Church provides a worship ministry team bringing worship and
communion to residents of the Assisted Living Center at Trail Ridge Retirement Home.
The team consisting of Dianne Wagner, Sandy Nance, Connie Culey, Mark Kuehn, Doris
Gist, Clarice Voigt, and Don Ditmanson conducted this service six times this past year to
the residents living there. The purpose of this service is to bring worship to those unable
to attend their own churches on Sunday mornings.

The service consists of readings from both Old and New Testaments, singing favorite
hymns, a pastoral message and communion. During the distribution of the elements to
the residents, each resident receives individual prayers. Following each service residents
and worship team join in a time of fellowship in the dining room. Since many of the
residents can’t attend worship at their own church, we try to present a service they might
receive if they had attended their own church. Both residents and ministry team have
been blessed by this opportunity to worship together.

The Union Gospel Mission
First United Methodist Church, in cooperation with many other local churches, provides
chapel services to individuals and families coming to the Gospel Mission for an evening
meal and a place to stay. These individuals come to our city from all over the United
States and even a few from other countries. The Mission provides bed space for those
needing a place to stay and no one is turned away. Clarice Voigt and Bruce Feistner and
Don Ditmanson along with a few friends participate in this service.



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 This service is conducted on the first Thursday of the even numbered months each year.
Attendance ranges from 35 to 80 depending on the time of the year and the weather. It is
an awesome experience to witness the attentiveness and participation of those attending.
Those attending are from many religious backgrounds. A number of them are from the
Methodist denomination in other areas. Many have expressed their appreciation for our
participation in this much needed activity by the Mission.


SAGES – Beryl Olson, Chair
Sages stands for: Senior Adults, Growing, Exploring, and Serving.
We offer a varied program of music, devotions, fellowship, humor, food and a variety of
programs covering a wide range of subjects. Our monthly meetings are usually held on
the second Wednesday of each month. The cost of the catered hot meal is only $5.00 per
person. Each month we issue one free meal. Our concern for various needs in our
community and beyond is met with contributions. This past year we gave $100.00 each to
Kid Stop, United Day Care and the Banquet.


SUNDAY NIGHT CANTEEN – Barb Weixel
First United Methodist Church along with six other Sioux Falls area United Methodist
Churches take turns providing a Sunday evening meal for those in our community who
might otherwise not have an opportunity to eat. Every six weeks, individuals, families,
and various groups from our church prepare the meal in our church kitchen. The food is
loaded into the Salvation Army’s RV stored in our west parking lot. The RV is driven
down to the parking lot at 7th & Phillips where people are served meals from 4:45 – 5:15.
The next stop is the west parking lot of 1st United Methodist, where meals are served
from 5:30 – 6:00. Any leftover meals are taken to our neighbors at The Arch. We would
love to see more people getting involved in this wonderful local outreach mission.


TRIPLE F FELLOWSHIP GROUP - Arden and June Shields
Triple F Fellowship group is starting its 4th year of being together. We are mainly a
social group that meets monthly. Some of the things we have done are bonko night,
bowling, newlywed game, sculpture walk, road rally, Worthing Dinner Theater, SDSU
Prairie Rep Theater, First Church Dinner Theater, game night, Thunder Road and pizza,
USF theater. Each month two couples are in charge of what we do for the night. A lot of
times we have had 20-30 or more. From these nights, many friendships have been
formed which is the whole idea of the group. We really have a good time together!
Anyone is welcome to join; just let us know.


UNITED METHODIST WOMEN – Karla Leach, President
The organization we now call United Methodist Women began in 1869 responding to
God’s call to provide education and health care for women and children in India.
Mission work around the world continued through the years under various names such as
The Women’s Foreign Missionary Society and the Women’s Society of Christian
Service. Our purpose is to grow and renew our relationship with God and others; respond


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to human need through study, reflection and action; and sharing our time, talents, and
resources. We have 130 members with 6 circles, a quilters group and members-at-large.

The UMW unit meetings are held the 1st Thursday of the month and the circles meet the
3rd Thursday (am, afternoon, and evening). The mission studies this year have been:
Spiritual Growth: Forgiveness and Reconciliation; Georgraphic: Haiti; and Social Action:
Joy to the World. We continue the Reading Program, The Thank Bank and Prayer and
Self-Denial offerings as well as our pledges to Missions in the amount of $7,500 with our
connectional UMW. Sale of the grocery cards has allowed us to give $13,000 to various
local, state, and world causes. A special recognition pin and gift were given in honor of
Laurie Kidd.

We invite all women to join some or all of our activities as we strive to be a community
of women whose purpose is to know God and Jesus Christ, have fellowship with one
another and expand concepts of mission through participation.


UMW RECEPTION TEAM – Mary Lu Green, June Shields
The United Methodist Women’s reception team serves wedding, birthday, and
anniversary receptions in the Fellowship Hall and Round Table Dining Room. We
supply the serving dishes and tablecloths and provide set up, clean up, and service
throughout the special occasion. One anniversary party was served in 2011. We enjoy
the fellowship of working together and helping the families celebrate their special day.


WEDDED BAND – Norm & Ardeth Rang, Chairs
This is a small group for older adults, either couples or singles who meet for inspiration,
education, socialization, laughter, support of missions and tasty treats, ever praising and
giving God the glory in our lives. Ideas for programs are always welcome.
We’re entering our 58th year of fellowship and we would happily welcome new folks to
come and join us for a one time visit or whenever you can. Members have been, or are
still, active in many other church activities. Our group supports the Wycliff Ministries
and the KidStop program; these have been our missions every month for several years.
Check the Media or bulletin for dates, times and places. We laugh, we care, we sing, we
pray, we love, we learn! Come!


WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER – Mary Jane Richardson, Volunteer Coordinator
We continue to offer Wednesday Night Suppers during the school year when Wednesday
night programming is scheduled. Wednesday Night Suppers provide an excellent
opportunity for our members to have food and fellowship time before going off to their
Wednesday night commitments.

I continue to do the cooking for these meals. While our meals are for everyone, we have
tried to make some of the meals more kid friendly to encourage more of our young
families to take advantage of this meal. The idea has worked as more of our children and
their families have joined us for supper.

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Again this year we prepared some meals where members were able to donate extra
money to various mission projects.

I thoroughly enjoy working as the volunteer coordinator for the Wednesday Night Supper
and am so grateful for all of the volunteers that are willing to help set up, serve and clean
up.

We are always looking for individuals and ministry teams to help with the service of the
meal. It is a great chance for you to spend some time with members of our church family
that you may not see on a regular basis. We look forward to seeing you at a Wednesday
night supper in the near future!




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                       MEMBERSHIP IN 2011
Transferred from                        Transfer from
Another FUMC                            Another Denomination
Jim Clem                                Jo Ann (Gnam) Peterson
Marilyn Clem                            Kathleen Larson
Jody Coburn
Elaine Johnson
Thane Johnson
Michelle Olivier


Confirmands                             Confession or
Meghan Agar                             Reaffirmation
Cooper Baltzer                          Chuck Kellogg
Nick Barthelman                         Sherrey Kellogg
Ellie Benson                            Jessica Nichols
Charlene Cleveringa                     Charles Tordoff
Austin Heins
Kourtney MacArthur
Kathleen Meredith
Alex Moberly
Macy Moir
Carly Ribstein
Kiersten Warkenthien

TOTAL ADDITIONS: 24




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                      MEMBERSHIP OUT 2011
To Other UMC                       To Another Denomination
Jennifer Foire                     Shawn Ray Carpenter
Heide Galer                        Chad Jones
Kathy Larson                       Shirley Skadsen Olson
Justin Lovrien                     Charles Taylor
Michelle Olson

Deaths                             Withdrawn
Boyd Bahnson                       Doug Blomker
Kim Brenden                        Kaitlyn Blomker
Richard Cherry                     Kathy Blomker
Ruth Eakes
Kenneth Early
Edith Evans                        Remove From
Wayne Gors                         Charge Conference
James Healy                        Kelsey Aman
Jane Houck                         Amber Barnes
Roland Jensen                      Shirley Cook
Jeanne Jenter                      Loren Drewes
Janie Kirstein                     Audra Entenman
Dorothy McTigue                    Tonya Entenman
Eldean Nicolet                     Donn Grinager
Robert Olsen                       Kristen Grinager
Darlene Peters                     Dominique Hieb
Lorna Poe                          Kristen Johnson
Inez Reimer                        LeAnn Jorgensen
Sylvis Silkenson                   Matthew Newcomb
Jean Spriggs                       Robert Plato
Dorothy Stoneking                  Josh Popkes
Ed Varns                           Dustin Reiners
Wanda Zakrzewski                   Ryan Sletten


Total Members Removed: 51




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                               2011 Baptisms
04/03/11   Sophie Lynn Colwill, daughter of       Pastor Bill Bates
           Scott & Jodie (Lehmann) Colwill

07/17/11   Layna Elise Duffy, daughter of         Pastor Bill Bates
           Ryan & Elizabeth (Kary) Duffy

02/27/11   Grant Oliver Geppert, son of           Pastor Bill Bates
           Ryan & Gina (Caudle) Geppert

01/23/11   Charlotte Jane Hyde, daughter of       Pastor Dick Boyd
           David & Stephanie (Hoesing) Hyde

04/24/11   Micah Louis Minxu Jensen, son of       Pastor Bick Boyd
           David & Amy (Geiken) Jensen

08/21/11   Andrew Philip Lewis, son of            Pastor Dick Boyd
           Adam & Heidi (Neuroth) Lewis

06/19/11   Caitlyn Elizabeth Marsh, daughter of   Pastor Dick Boyd
           Tom Marsh and Dawn Hieb

01/30/11   Ainsley Elizabeth Olson, daughter of   Pastor Bill Bates
           Drake & Colleen (Marsh) Olson

02/13/11   Mina Corine Salmen, daughter of        Pastor Bill Bates
           Brandon & Latanda (Rus) Salmen

09/11/11   Kathleen Marie Schuldt, daughter of    Pastor Bill Bates
           Brian & Michele (Lewis) Schuldt

08/21/11   Corrine Elise Tinker, daughter of      Pastor Bill Bates
           Brandon Tinker & Heather Gunderson




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                           2011 Funerals
06/01/11   Boyd Bahnson                    Pastor Dick Boyd
                                           Pastor Rod Gist

11/05/11   Kim Brenden                     Pastor Bill Bates

06/20/11   Ruth Eakes                      Pastor Rod Gist

01/13/11   Kenneth Early                   Pastor Bill Bates
                                           Pastor Rod Gist
                                           Pastor Wally Olson

05/03/11   Edith Evans                     Pastor Bill Bates

03/07/11   Wayne Gors                      Pastor Dick Boyd

05/17/11   James Healy                     Pastor Bill Bates

04/14/11   Jane Houck                      Pastor Rod Gist

03/05/11   Roland Jensen                   Pastor Rod Gist

07/01/11   Jeanne Jenter                   Pastor Rod Gist

08/15/11   Eldean Nicolet                  Pastor Rod Gist
           (committal service only)

03/02/11   Robert Olsen                    Pastor Bill Bates

08/31/11   Lorna Poe                       Pastor Dick Boyd

07/13/11   Sylvis Silkenson                Pastor Bill Bates

04/12/11   Dorothy Stoneking               Pastor Laurie Kidd

12/16/11   Ed Varns                        Pastor Dick Boyd

08/24/11   Wanda Zakrzewski                Pastor Dick Boyd




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                      2011 Weddings
01/08/11   Rebecca Bennett & Brett Kollars    Pastor Dean Trapp

05/21/11   Alysia Harvey & Mark Livermont     Pastor Janet Colby

10/28/11   Michelle Kuntz & Josiah Nordmark   Pastor Tom Bousher

08/20/11   Elizabeth Linder & Brian Johnson   Pastor Dick Boyd

08/05/11   Gladys Stubben & John Bahnson      Pastor Carolyn Huff

12/31/11   Allison Koenig & Ryan Quincey      Pastor Dick Boyd




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 2011 CHURCH CONFERENCE




         SUNDAY
      DECEMBER 4, 2011




FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
   SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA




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              2012 CHURCH COUNCIL & MINISTRY TEAMS

CHURCH COUNCIL
The Church Council will engage in visioning, initiate planning, receive reports, set goals,
authorize action, determine policy, evaluate the church ministries, and review the state of the
church.

MEMBERS OF CHURCH COUNCIL BY VIRTUE OF OFFICE
Lay Leader                             Bill Hoff
Chair of Trustees                      Sean Ervin
Chair of Staff Parish Relations        Sheri Meister
Chair of Finance                       Dixie Hieb
Church Treasurer                       Mark Wahlstrom
Representatives of :
Administration & Support Services      Anita Brenneman
Hospitality & Fellowship               Lynne Jones
Music & Worship                        Lora Barthelman
Children & Youth Spiritual Development Russ Moir
Adult Personal & Spiritual Growth      Jo Wahle
Outreach & Nurture                     Mary Kieff
Lay Member to Annual Conference and
       Vice Chair of Church Council    Doug Erickson
Young Adult Representative             Carrie Jaeger
Youth Representative                   Charlene Cleveringa
Men’s Ministry
President of United Methodist Women    Karla Archer
Church Council Member at Large         Sandy Scholten
Chair of Church Council                                   Jo Harris
Senior Pastor (without vote)                              Bill Bates
Church Chancellor (without vote)                          Terry Prendergast


ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT SERVICES
Class of 2012      Class of 2013                                  Class of 2014
Gary Healy         Anita Brenneman                                Allen Svennes
Dave Mickelson     Cheryl Finney                                  Chris Prendergast


LAY MEMBERS TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE:
Class of 2012      Class of 2013                                  Class of 2014
Nancy Hallenbeck   Bill Hoff                                      Doug Erickson
Jo Harris          Mary Lynn Myers


ALTERNATE LAY MEMBER TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Sondra Kimball


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FINANCE COMMITTEE
It is the function of the Finance Committee to administer all the financial affairs of the
church.

Class of 2012                    Class of 2013                    Class of 2014
Paul Boerboom                    Randy Meister                    Dixie Hieb
Liz Rezek                        Joe Olsen                        Orin Ellwein
Arden Shields                    Tom Stritecky                    Rich Brenneman

Ex-Officio Members:
Church Council Chair:            Jo Harris
Lay Leader:                      Bill Hoff
Staff Parish Relations:          Sheri Meister
Treasurer:                       Mark Wahlstrom
Assistant Treasurers:            Larry Engeltjes
                                 Rick Gourley
                                 Arden Shields
Trustees:                        Sean Ervin
Staff Representatives:           Dick Boyd, Rose Rhead


FIRST UNITED METHODIST FOUNDATION
The Foundation Board oversees the investments of permanent endowment gifts to the
church. The principal of the gifts is invested and the interest provides funds for ministries
beyond the annual budget of the church.

Class of 2012                    Class of 2013                    Class of 2014
Don Bradley                      Elton Byre                       Ryan Dean
Rick Gourley                     Don Jensen                       Garry Scott
Pam Zoellner                     Becky Stritecky                  Tom Van Wyhe
Dale Harris                      Brad Grossenberg                 Nancy Wahlstrom

Ex-Officio Members:
Church Council Chair:            Jo Harris
Finance Chair:                   Dixie Hieb
Trustees Chair:                  Sean Ervin
Lay Leader:                      Bill Hoff
Treasurer:                       Mark Wahlstrom
Staff Representative:            Rose Rhead


LAY LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE (Oct/Nov. when needed to fill positions during the year.)
Lay Leadership serves to guide the Church Council on matters regarding lay leadership of the
congregation to focus ministry on the mission of the church; to recruit, nurture and support
spiritual leaders in the church and to assist the Church Council in assessing the changing
leadership needs.

Class of 2012                    Class of 2013                    Class of 2014
Judy Hoff                        Linda Baker                      Taylor Johnson

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Dianne Wagner                    Sandy Entenman                   John Bahnson
                                 Nyle Heesch                      Renee Munce
                                 Sharon Lovrien

Ex-Officio Members:
Church Council Chair:            Jo Harris
Staff Parish Liaison:            Sheri Meister
Lay Leader:                      Bill Hoff
Staff Representative:            Bill Bates


STAFF-PARISH RELATIONS TEAM
The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is responsible for recommending appointments of
ordained staff and act as liaison between the staff and the congregation.

Class of 2012                    Class of 2013                    Class of 2014
JoAnn Eichinger                  Joelle Benson                    Dave Eiesland
Sheri Meister                    Alan Peterson                    Sonja Gourley
Brian Moberly                    Jane Leonhardt                   Ron Kimball

Ex-Officio Members:
Church Council Chair:            Jo Harris
Church Council Vice Chair:       Doug Erickson
Lay Leader:                      Bill Hoff
Staff Representatives:           Bill Bates, Dick Boyd


TRUSTEES
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the general oversight of all matters pertaining to
property.

Class of 2012                    Class of 2013                    Class of 2014
Sean Ervin                       Doug Erickson                    David Stverak
Phil Vos                         Brian Jans                       Dennis Green
Dick Wells                       Dick Olson                       Sue Halbritter

Ex-Officio Member:
Lay Leader:                      Bill Hoff
Staff Representative:            Dick Boyd, Rod Mader


HOSPITALITY AND FELLOWSHIP
Class of 2012                    Class of 2013                    Class of 2014
Steve Quincey                    Rich Greeno                      Nyle Heesch
Jan Eiesland                     Lynne Jones                      Kathy Mah

Staff Representative:            Bill Bates and Joyceann Kroger




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MUSIC AND WORSHIP
Class of 2012                   Class of 2013                   Class of 2014
Lora Barthelman                 Don Jones                       Stacey Nelson
Don Dittmanson                  Carli Steffes                   Crystal Van Wyhe

Staff Representatives:          Bill Bates and Kelby Fode


CHILDREN & YOUTH SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
Class of 2012                   Class of 2013                   Class of 2014
Kim Schetnan                    Dwight Seigenthaler             Val Mickelson
Carmen Graber                   Charlene Cleveringa             Russ Moir

Staff Representatives:          Mark and Lisa Johnsen, Mary Jane Richardson


CHILDREN’S EDUCATION
Plan and advocate for the children of our congregation.

Class of 2012                   Class of 2013                   Class of 2014
Pam Knuth                       Stephanie Wood                  Shirley Erickson
Sandy Stverak                   Amy Hinrichs                    April Lovrien
Nanci Wescott                   Terry Reisner                   Megan Straatmeyer
                                Susan Schuldt

Staff Representative: Mary Jane Richardson , Nicole Lebahn


YOUTH EDUCATION
Plan and advocate for the needs of our youth and young adults of our congregation.

Class of 2012                   Class of 2013                   Class of 2014
Amy Brecht                      Amy Cleveringa                  Cynthia McConniel
Jackie Kulbel                   Russ Moir                       Fred Richards
Elaine DeGroot                  Sheri Swedlund                  Dwight Seigenthaler

Staff Representative: Mark & Lisa Johnsen


ADULT PERSONAL & SPIRITUAL GROWTH
Class of 2012                   Class of 2013                   Class of 2014
Jane Healy                      Jo Wahle                        Jen Larsen
Lisa Graue                      Mark Kuehn                      Megan Straatmeyer

Staff representative:           Bill Bates




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OUTREACH AND NURTURE
Class of 2012     Class of 2013                             Class of 2014
Linda Ellwein     David Hallbritter                         Mary Kieff
Karen Koob        Dawn Degan                                Marilyn Moorlach

Staff Representative:         Dick Boyd


KIDSTOP BOARD
This ministry group is responsible for the general oversight of the KIDSTOP after school
program.
Class of 2012                 Class of 2013                  Class of 2014
Carol Leiferman               Betty Marsh                    Cheri Rudd
Amanda Reisner                Marie Elkin                    Myron Fuerst
Barb Saxton                   Rob Leonhardt                  Julie Hanssen

Staff Representative: Jean Anderson, Mary Jane Richardson


UNITED DAYCARE
The Day Care Board is responsible for the administration of the centers under its control.
Representatives are from First United Methodist Church, Asbury United Methodist
Church, and the community. Those from First Church are:
Class of 2012                 Class of 2013                Class of 2014
Beckie Kaufmann               Deb Finnegan                  June Shields
Nancy Neeser                  Brett Lovrien                Diane Jans
Lois Bass                                                  Susan Smith
Kelly Coburn

Staff Representative: Mary Jane Richardson




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                                 MINISTRY TEAMS
ARCHIVES AND HISTORY MINISTRY TEAM
This ministry team is responsible for preparing a history of the local church, adding facts
concerning important achievements and activities of the church and its organizations.

Ruth Christensen                 Kathy Sorenson                    Carolyn Vollan
Cheryl Finney                    Lil Stauffacher                   Mary Walton
Carrie Schilling                 Clarice Voigt


INGATHERING
Cheryl Boyd                      Kay Kranzler                      Beryl Olson
Ruth Christensen                 Joyceann Kroger - Chair           Carolyn Post
Betty Donovan                    Shirley Miller                    Mary Jane Richardson
Betty Erwin                      Thelma Moberly                    Kathy Sorenson
Darlene Harris                   Marilyn Moorlach                  Marlys Vant Hul
Sherry Kellogg                   Char Nedved                       Carolyn Vollan

Staff representative:            Joyceann Kroger


LIBRARY MINISTRY TEAM
This ministry team is responsible for the general oversight of the church library.

Ruth Christensen                 Lisa Graue                        Stacey Nelson
Constance Culey                  Mary Lu Green                     Louise Smith
Jan Eiesland                     Bev Halbritter                    Kathy Sorenson
Shirley Erickson                 Jill Heesch
Edith Forsch                     Cynthia McConniel

Staff Representative: Nancy Veglahn


MEMORIAL/SCHOLARSHIP MINISTRY TEAM
The memorial ministry team determines distribution of memorial gifts and assists people in
selecting memorials that will be of greatest service to the church. The scholarship ministry team
determines distribution of scholarship funds through the Scholarship Memorial Fund in the
Foundation.

Karla Archer                     Darlene Harris                    Thelma Moberly
Linda Baker                      Sharon Lovrien                    Carolyn Vollan

MULTIMEDIA TEAM
The multimedia team sometimes prepares the slide show for worship services and a volunteer
runs the slideshow for the services.

Cheryl Finney                    Sandy Stverak                     Jo Wahle
Jeri Floyd                       Marlys Vant Hul

Staff Representative: Kyle Lessman

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SENIOR ADULT MINISTRY TEAM
The primary program for this ministry team this year has been the SAGES program.

Eleanora Austin          Ken Iseminger            Dick Olson              Harold Warner
JoAnn Eichinger          Laurie Iseminger         Carole Priest           Toddy Zaayer
Doris Gist               George Niimi             Mary Thurman
Bev Halbritter           Beryl Olson (Chair)      Mary Walton             Lonnie Hansen (Asbury)


SENIOR BUS MINISTRY
This group coordinates bus trips throughout the year for our congregation members and others
outside our church. Trips include a variety of schedules from 1-day trips to cruises.

Karla Archer             Ken Iseminger                   Dick Wells
Doug Erickson            Laurie Iseminger
Shirley Erickson         Lil Stauffacher (Coodinator)    Lonnie Hansen (Asbury)
Carol Flynn              Diana Wells                     Roger Hansen (Asbury)


WORSHIP MINISTRY TEAMS
The responsibility of these teams is to aid the congregation in becoming increasingly aware of the
meaning, purpose and practice of worship.

Altar Guild
Linda Baker (co-chair)           Carleen Hovendick                Arden Shields
Nancy Beck                       Helen Jensen                     June Shields (co-chair)
Doug Erickson                    Don Jones                        Jody Stewart
Shirley Erickson                 Lynne Jones                      Beth Weber
Dennis Green                     Beckie Kaufmann                  Vince Weber
Mary Lu Green                    Dan Kaufmann                     Clarice Voigt

Attendance Committee
Char Martenell                   Patti Sahr
Patty Ridpath                    Kathy Sorenson

Communion Stewards
Lillian Hahn                     Bev Getzin & Jim Murray          Lee Knowlton
David & Sandy Stverak

Head Ushers
Harold Christensen (8:00)                Don Jones (9:30)                 Rich Greeno (11:00)

Staff Representative: Pastors


YOUTH MINISTRY TEAMS
The work of leaders and volunteers is to disciple youth through building relationships,
programming, service and study.



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Middle School Ministry
Kyna Englehardt
Dillion Englehardt
Parent Drivers

Senior High School Ministry
Dwight Seigenthaler
Parent Drivers


Confirmation Mentors
Class of 2012
Roger Barthelman     Stacie Burch             Jill Heesch      Rose Rhead
JoElle Benson        Elton Byre               Glenys Hull      Lois Sayer/Ryan
Chuck Berry          Carolyn Cutler           Sharon Lovrien         Coomes
Amy Brecht           Lisa Graue               Renee Munce      David Stverak
Rich Brenneman       Alicia Hanisch           Stacey Nagel     Sheri Swedlund

Class of 2013
Craig Arends           Sonja Gourley          Alan Peterson    Stephanie Wood
Paul Boerboom          Randy/Sheri Meister    Sam Shelton      Dan Woods
Kyna Englehardt        Sandy Nance            Diane Wagner


Staff Representative: Mark & Lisa Johnsen




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