Single Adult Ladies Seeking Adventure

I need to clarify what SALSA is and is not – we are not an organization that you join. Several of us plan an event to attend or a program that sounds like something we as senior single women would all enjoy. Anyone then can reply and signup and attend with all of us. No dues – no meetings – no group or organization – just deciding what you would like to be a part of and joining in. And there will be times that our events welcome anyone.

Be watching for information about a special speaker in March – John Hegg, former school counselor, will be presenting the program: “Epidemic: Loneliness and Living Alone for Seniors”. Open to all.

UMCOR Heath Kits

It is that time of the year again, when we begin to collect items for the UMCOR Health Kits. There have been a few slight changes in the kits, plus we have decided to try to use up some of our supply of items and set a goal for how many kits we would like to complete this year.

Here is what we are going to need this year to complete 250 Kits:

  • Hand Towels 220

  • Washcloths 73

  • Combs (Need to have at least 6 inches of teeth) 201

  • Toenail or Finger nail clippers (No emery boards or metal files) 250

  • Bath Soap (3 oz or larger, No Ivory or Jergens) 86 bars

  • Adult Toothbrushes 66

  • Band-aids ( 3/4 “ x 3”) 250

These items can be dropped off in the church office.

Once we have filled 250 Kits we will set another goal. Thanks for considering this hands-on project that will help people who do not have the basic necessities of life.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Jane Richardson


Finance News from Pastor Bob Ruedebusch

Well through tightening our belts belt expense-wise and through your generosity we are closing the gap on our deficit.  By our calculations it looks like we will need and additional $30,000 to meet all our ministry goals and expenses in 2018.  If you can help by making an extra gift beyond your commitment for 2018 that would be wonderful.  Our church has experienced many rich blessings.  We have been gracious and continue offer ministry in our neighborhood and throughout the city.  We love being in the heart of Sioux Falls, so we can bring Christian hope, love and encouragement each day.  Thank you for helping us reach our goals.

November is Homelessness Awareness Month

Taken from City of Sioux Falls web page

“Every night in Sioux Falls, homeless children, women, and men are in need of shelter and supportive services. They live in shelters, transitional living facilities, vehicles, outdoors, in places not meant for human habitation, with strangers they have just met, or at imminent risk of being displaced from their residence,” says Colleen Moran, Assistant City Attorney, City of Sioux Falls.

Following are some eye-opening statistics:

  • The number of children identified as homeless in Sioux Falls has increased substantially over the last decade, including 438 children identified by the Sioux Falls School District so far this 2017–2018 school year.

  • Nearly 50 percent of students in the Sioux Falls School District are receiving free or reduced meals. Additionally, 3,000 weekend food backpacks are sent home with students each week, provided by the local Food Pantry.

  • In Minnehaha County, approximately 8,400 children rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps).

  • In South Dakota, 29.4 percent of individuals with disabilities live below the poverty line. Nationally, 37 percent of all homeless individuals have a disability.

“Preventing and ending homelessness and hunger is essential to the stability of families, the growth and vitality of businesses, and the Sioux Falls community as a whole. Many organizations and faith-based entities are committed to sheltering and providing supportive services as well as meals and food supplies to those in need, striving to ensure that the steps they are taking to end homelessness and hunger are done efficiently and effectively by working collaboratively to avoid duplication of services,” says Stacey Tieszen, Coordinator, Homeless Advisory Board, Minnehaha County.

Learn More

Mission of the Month - November



Donate new or gently used warm gloves to help the unhoused population of Sioux Falls. The gloves will be given to Church on the Street at the annual Spaghetti Dinner and Tree Lighting on November 28th.

Grab a ‘Laundry with Love’ canister from the info center, fill it with quarters, and bring it back to the church.  Laundry with Love provides free laundry to struggling families so that they can use that money to meet other basic needs.  All the quarters collected will be distributed on November 27th when FUMC sponsors Laundry with Love.

For more information on “Warm Hands, Warm Hearts” or ‘Laundry with Love’ email Bre at

Turkey Dinner Time

Turkey Dinner - Silent Auction & Country Store time is fast approaching. The date is November 4, tickets will go on sale in October, but we need your help now. Our biggest need is donations for the Silent Auction and Country Store. Great Silent Auction items include gift certificates, electronics, games and home goods. The Country Store can use craft items, baked goods, canned goods and garden produce.

And we always need more PIES!

  • Please deliver your pies and Country Store baked goods on Saturday Nov 3 by noon.

  • Please deliver Silent Auction and non-perishable Country Store items items by Wednesday, Oct 24.

Kid's Choir to begin

Kids choir meets on Wednesday nights from 5:55pm-6:25pm, and sings in church on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday nights. In addition, Jeff & Rachael Fode will be leading opening to the 10:15am Kids Connection, where children will be invited to share the music they learn in worship on the 1st Sunday of every month (with a few exceptions). For the full calendar or for more information, attend the first choir rehearsal on Wednesday, Sept 12 or Kids Connection starting today - Sunday, Sept 9th (children will be dismissed to Sunday school during worship that morning). Hope to see you there!


All Welcome


ages 4 - 5th grade

New AMen's 5 week study

This five-session small group Bible study, God Heard Their Cry, by noted teacher and historian, Ray Vander Laan, is volume eight of the 12-part Faith Lessons series. In this volume, Vander Laan illustrates how God answered the cry of the Israelites as they were persecuted in Egypt, and made himself known to both them and their oppressors. Vander Laan illustrates how, in ancient times, nothing was bigger than Egypt - powerful pharaohs, strong armies, and a multitude of gods. God's people were no match against the Egyptians. In this volume of Faith Lessons, discover how God answers the cry of his persecuted people and proclaims himself Lord to them and their oppressors. Filmed on location in Luxor, Egypt; Deir al Medina, Ramesseum, and the Red Sea. The Faith Lessons video series is ideal for use in small groups, personal and family Bible studies, and adult Sunday School. Individual believers and families will gain vital insights from long-ago times and cultures through this innovative approach to Bible study.

Breakthrough Prayer for September 9 - October 14

Lord Jesus, you modeled a life of peace and trust.  Help me to keep learning how to live a life which is focused on your purposes rather than my fears.  Give me an ever-deepening trust in your eternal purposes and power, and your great heart of love. Create in me a faithful heart which helps me overcome my fears and learn to live as your faithful disciple. Amen.

Announcing DakYouth dates

I got poster in the mail advertising DakYouth 2018. This event is held in Aberdeen, South Dakota and all of the youth in both Dakotas are invited. The cost before October 22nd is 70 dollars per person which includes entertainment, food, worship, workshops, and more! the dates for it are November 9-11th and if you are interested in going, please let me know.

Curtis Mittendorf

Halloween Harvest festival opportunity

Who wants to go to a corn maze for free while giving back to our community? *raises hand* We have an opportunity to help out with the Sioux Falls YMCA's Halloween Harvest festival! It is taking place on Saturday, October 6th from 4-9pm. If you volunteer for a mere 2 hours, we will pay your way into one of the local corn mazes THAT NIGHT only. If you are interested in details or volunteering, please let me or Andrea ( know. 

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Kid's Connection begins Sept 9

Ever wonder what is up with the youth today?  NOW is your opportunity to have an impact on the lives of the youth in our community.  Share the love of God by accepting the opportunity to become a volunteer at this year's KidsConnection. There are 3 Connection opportunities that will last approximately 40 minutes, 8:50, 10:05 & 11:20.  Sign up below for an opportunity or just to receive more information..


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Kids and Youth Ministry Details

Kids @ First — 4 Yrs - 5th Grade


Kids’ Connection

Sunday mornings during all 3 worship services (8:30, 9:45 and 11a.m.) right before the sermon, the kids are dismissed to the Kids’ Connection time with leaders. Parents pick up their kids from room 301 following the service.

This is a time to connect with God and other kids and grow in faith. There is singing, prayer, a Bible lesson that follows the same passage as the morning sermon, and fun! Each week, the kids will receive a take home sheet with some questions and activities for the family to explore throughout the week.


Ignite Kids

  • 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.  Supper in the Wesley Dining Hall
  • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Kids Choir in Room 301
  • 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Worship
  • 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.  Games in the Multi Purpose Room

Kid’s Choir

• 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Kids Choir in Room 301

Songs will also be learned on Sunday mornings during Kid’s Connection.

Kids will sing in Wednesday worship twice a month and sing on Sunday mornings during the 9:45 a.m. service about once a month.


Youth @ First — 6th - 12th Grade


Youth Sunday School

  • 9:00 a.m.    Meet in Youth Rooms Downstairs
  • 10:00 a.m.  Meet in Youth Rooms Downstairs         

Youth Connection

  • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Meet in Youth Rooms Downstairs

Youth will gather for a time to connect with God and other friends and grow in their faith. Time will be spent sharing a meal together, studying God’s word and maybe getting a little crazy playing games!


Ignite Youth

  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Youth Room Opens
  • 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Worship
  • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Lesson/Games

Confirmation for the 8th Grade Students (or older that have not yet been confirmed)

  • 5:45 - 6:30 p.m.  Class/Mentor Meeting
  • 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Worship

Other confirmation attendance requirements include serving Nightwatch breakfast one time, Turkey Dinner and two Confirmation Retreats.

Other Activities - Watch for these to be scheduled!

Mission trips and mission opportunities, Thunder Road, Wild Water West, Air Madness, scavenger hunts…lots of fun and good times together!

It Takes A Village!

Ever wonder what is up with the youth today?  NOW is your opportunity to have an impact on the lives of the youth in our community.  Share the love of God by accepting the opportunity to become a volunteer at this year's Vacation Bible School. 

August 7 & 8 | 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

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Thank you from Kidstop!

As First Church’s Signature Mission for 2018, KidStop would like to extend a sincere thank you for the incredible impact you’ve made on our organization so far this year. The clothes, backpack and school supply drives held over the summer months will now outfit our children just in time for the school year; a time many of our families struggle with, especially when there are multiple children in the family to buy for. We will hold a ‘One Stop KidStop Shop’ on August 17, where the kids will receive an outfit, shoes, socks, underwear and a backpack with supplies, all thanks to your generosity.  It is our goal to offer a hand up, versus a hand out for our families.  A small fee of $5 will be charged per family for this shopping spree.

Thanks to your participation in the annual Pancake supper the choir was able to offer funds to make it possible for us to purchase a refrigerator, used for storing snacks and food for our families, as well as new classroom tables that will enhance our daily activities.

Additionally, I am excited to announce, we are using donated funds to bring several classrooms downstairs up to state licensing standards, allowing us to finally begin our long-awaited middle school program during the 2018-2019 school year!  We are truly grateful and look forward to growing our program and touching the lives of more children and families with your continued support.

Kassidi Smith
Director of Kidstop