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:



5:00 PM Worship Service


9:00 AM Adult Sunday School

10:15 AM Worship

Upcoming Events:

Aprl 14th
Pickers will play at service and for Special Olympics Pancake Fundraiser.

May 2nd
Last day of iPraise

May 6th
Graduation Recognition

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

St. James DVD

Church Service on DVD. If you had been listening to the radio service of St. James Lutheran Church for years, you may have noticed that we are no longer on the radio. Instead we have been making DVD's of the church services each Sunday, and copies of the services have been distributed to friends and members who would like one. We are currently only recording the Sunday worship services, but recordings can also be made of special services as well. If you would like to have a copy of the services, please let Ann in the church office know, and it can be provided.


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.


Who Am I?

The St. James Church Council and I have agreed that I will serve as the Interim Pastor at St. James Lutheran Church for up to six months. What have we gotten you involved in? Who is this person that will occupy the Pastor's Office and the pulpit for these days? Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Willard Olsen and I am often called Pastor Will or Pastor Olsen.

One of my grand-children introduced herself at a church meeting, not with a biographical list of dates and places but with, “I am a child of God.” That's a very good place to start. I became a child of God through water and the Word at First English Lutheran Church of Canby, Minnesota (after being born some nine years earlier in Wanda, Minnesota.) I confirmed that faith at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown, South Dakota.

After graduating from Watertown High School, I enlisted in the Navy, spending two years of that enlistment in a Naval Ship Yard in Yokosuka, Japan. A couple of years at South Dakota State meant meeting and marrying Helen, then transferring to Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Three years were spent as a Youth Director at Alpine Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois. My seminary years brought us to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

By the time I finished school, Helen and I were the parents of one boy and two girls. Since that time, we have added another daughter and another son, twelve grand-children and nine great-grandchildren. We have lived, and served congregations in Waubay, Mitchell, Madison, Hot Springs and Piedmont --- all in South Dakota. Since retirement, I have done a lot of pulpit supply and served as the Interim Pastor at Grace Lutheran in Sturgis (twice) and Faith Lutheran in Rapid City. We still live in Piedmont.

Working part-time here at St. James means I will not be doing much visitation or attending all the meetings of groups and organizations. If you let the church office know about hospitalizations, I will make every effort to see you there. I will try to be in the office on Monday mornings, all day on Wednesday, and a couple hours before or after worship on both Saturday and Sunday. You don't need an appointment to stop in for conversation or a cup of coffee. You can help me out by introducing yourself --- again and again.

Pastor Will Olsen


Church Notes:

Special Olympics Pancake Fundraiser

St. James will be holding a Pancake Fundraiser for some local Special Olympics athletes on Saturday, April 14, immediately after the 5 PM worship service. The Special Olympics will take place in Seattle, Washington this July 4, and Garet Alickson will be playing on the basketball team. Garet belongs to the Spearfish Peaks group with four other youth who will also be going to Seattle. All of the money raised will help pay for the group to attend the event. Thrivent Action Team Funds are being used to purchase items for the pancake feed. Come and support some of our local athletes!


Bear Butte Conference Women's Spring Gathering

The Bear Butte Conference WELCA Spring Gathering will be held Saturday, April 21, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spearfish. The theme is “God's Promises to a Woman's Heart” based on Hebrews 13:15. Registration will begin at 9:00 AM, and the registration fee is $6.00 Lutheran Social Services Banquet You are invited to attend a dinner event on Sunday, April 22, to celebrate and support the mission of Lutheran Social Services. The dinner and silent auction will take place at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City with the silent auction beginning at 5:00 PM. The dinner and program will begin at 5:30 PM. There is no charge for this event; a gift or pledge will be requested. Reservations are necessary. Call (800) 568-2401 ext. 7507 or email Tonya.Jackson@LssSD.org. and includes lunch. The speaker will be Patti Aurand, Hospice Chaplain and daughter of Pastor Jean Helmer. There will be a Silent Auction, so bring an item to auction. A love offering will be taken, so bring personal items such as toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, etc., which will go to the Spearfish Food Pantry. The afternoon offering and silent auction funds will go to the Spearfish Hospice.


Outlaw Ranch Activities

Women's Retreat: April 6-8, 2018 (Friday at 7 PM to Sunday at 11 AM) - “Nourishing Body & Soul” Come to Outlaw Ranch for a time to breathe, unwind from the stress and demands of daily life, and renew your faith. Experience faith practices that will help us nourish our souls, such as devotional Bible reading, hospitality, prayers around the cross, praying while walking, and end-of-day reflection. Take time in God's beautiful creation to deepen friendships and focus on things that are important in our lives. Come. Find kindred spirits. Give yourself the gift of time and renewal. Led by Laura Campbell and Penny Steinken.

Elementary Adventure Day (Grade K-6): Sunday, April 22, 2018 (1:30 PM – 6 PM) - Bring yourself and a friend to an afternoon of fun at camp. Games, worship, singing, crafts, hiking hayrides, campfire, s'mores, and supper will provide you a fun introduction to camp. Parents are welcome, too.

Passionate Quilters: April 27-29, 2018 and May 4-6, 2018 - Gather up those quilting projects and head to Outlaw Ranch for a relaxed weekend of quilting, home cooked food, making new friends, and sharing creative ideas and expertise.

K-5 Parents & Grandparents Overnight: June 22-23, 2018 – (Friday 4:30 PM to Saturday 4:30 PM) - Come, explore camp through worship, singing, crafts, Bible study, games and much more! This program offers a chance for K-5th grade campers and parents/grandparents to pack all of the fun and adventure of camp into 24 hours. It's a blast you don't want to miss.


Sign Up for Bible Camp!

Lutherans Outdoors has a number of camps in South Dakota where your child can have a wonderful experience, but time is running out to get a cheaper rate to go to Bible camp this summer. If you register for camp by April 15, you will pay $525 rather than the regular rate of $575. If your child is interested in going to camp, there are scholarships available through the church to help pay their way. Each child applying for a scholarship through the church must fill out a form and give it to a church council member. At the next church council meeting, a decision will be made as to how much money the council will give each child wishing to attend Bible camp. Contact Ann in the office for more information about the scholarships. For more information about the various camps available, check out www.losd.org.




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