When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere.

When we study the Bible and pray, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.

When we serve others and address social issues that affect the common good, we live out our Christian faith.


Church Services:

Beginning this Sunday, June 5, we will be observing our summer worship hours. The Saturday evening worship service will remain the same at 5 PM, but the Sunday worship service will change to 9 AM.


5:00 PM Worship Service


9:00 AM Worship Service

Upcoming Events:

Vacation Bible School
Mark your calendars, parents, because Vacation Bible School will be held July 18-22 and will again be led by the Outlaw Ranch counselors.

More information on all of these events and more read our Church Newsletter.

St. James Radio

St. James Radio Broadcast

Did you realize that on those days that you just can’t make it to church, you could listen to the broadcast on local radio stations? Turn your radio to either KBFS-AM at 1450 or KYDT-FM at 103.1, and you will hear our worship service at 9:00 AM every Sunday. We know we have a number of regular listeners, and we do greatly appreciate your input on how the service is coming over the air. Please call the church at 723-3923 and let us know if there is some way we can improve the broadcast.


St. James Lutheran Church


Whether you are a new member or just visiting, we want to let you know how excited we are in having you here. Our web site contains helpful information about the varied ministries and programs of St. James Lutheran Church.

St. James membership is comprised of individuals of all ages and diverse backgrounds. We faithfully preach and teach the living word of God to help you further develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Then, we nurture Christian lives by meeting spiritual needs and make disciples through our witness. We are, by the grace of God, the St. James Lutheran Church.

Please consider yourself an important part of the St. James Church family. Here you will find a church in which you will be welcomed, greeted, loved, and cared for, in the name of Jesus the Risen Savior. There is a very special place for you at St. James, and if you haven't already, we hope you will consider making St. James your church home.


A Message from Pastor Jeff

Dear St. James Lutheran Family and Friends,

Sue had texted me a week ago Friday, and she was ready to call it quits, but she has said that several times during her hike, and I didn't respond with going out to get her. Truth is, I quit the trail a few days before Sue sent me that text about quitting. Sue would have kept going, but it was I, her husband, who wasn't dealing with the away time very well. I asked Sue to quit on my behalf. Sue would have continued on even though on one particular day she was really tired of the trail. Sue didn't fail or quit; it was your own Pastor who wimped out because I missed my wife. I love Suzanne Otterman, and Sue does love me. She came home with me even though she didn't finish . . . yet.

I did figure out that I would rather spend a month on the trail than be alone while Sue hikes another section of the trail without me. I don't quite know how I will do it? Being on a CPaP for sleep-apnea-related issues makes it a little harder, and yet nothing is quite as hard as not having Sue around. So next year I will take time to go hike with my wife, and I will strive to be the pack mule she didn't have and another pair of eyes and ears on
the trail as we might encounter Roger the rattlesnake together whilst fending off mosquitoes
and flies, hopefully not all at the same time.

Sue and I did venture a longer path home through Idaho, which we both have not been through, and we entered the eastern gate to Yellowstone and got to see, in a few short hours, a female moose, an elk, several bison, a bear chasing deer, and Old Faithful. It was an amazing day of sightseeing.

As I write to you, the South Dakota Synod Assembly is this next weekend, and Jean Helmer will once again fill the pulpit in my stead. Keep all of us in your prayers as we do the business of the church. I look forward to seeing all of you on Father's Day weekend. God bless all of you and see you very soon.

Pastor Jeff M. Otterman


Church Notes:

Highschool Rodeo Finals

Belle Fourche is once again hosting the South Dakota High School Rodeo Finals from June 14-18, which is a week earlier than usual this year. Our church has been asked to clean up trash at the Roundup Grounds, and we need a number of people, youth and adults, to volunteer. Tuesday & Wednesday the action will be taking place in the cutting pens, so that is the only area we will need to clean on those days. The
following shows the times crews are needed each day:
∗ Tuesday, June 14: 6 PM
∗ Wednesday, June 15: 11:30 AM & 8:00PM
∗ Thursday, June 16: 12:30 PM & 8:00PM
∗ Friday, June 17: 12:30 PM & 8:00 PM
∗ Saturday, June 18: 8:00 PM
Please sign the sheet in the back of the church if you will be able to help with cleaning.

Sunday Fellowship Hour

All are WELCOME to join us for fellowship and coffee every Sunday after church services. Any food donations are always appreciated; you may drop them off at the kitchen on Sunday morning. They DO
NOT have to be homemade. Help with serving and cleaning up is always appreciated as well. A freewill offering is used to help purchase supplies: coffee, lemonade, cups, napkins, plates, forks, etc. We look
forward to seeing you!


Vacation Bible School

Mark your calendars, parents, because Vacation Bible School will be held July 18-22 and will again be led by the Outlaw Ranch counselors. There is a nice poster in the hallway across from Pastor Jeff’s office with information about VBS; look closely at the picture on the poster because it was taken in our church with our youth during VBS a couple of years ago! Remember there is no cost to the children attending VBS.
Anyone interested in housing the counselors during the week of VBS, please speak to Vanesa Kudlock or Nicole Weishaar.



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