Welcome

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:

Saturday

5:00 PM Worship Service

Sunday

9:00 AM Sunday School

10:15 AM Church Worship Service

Upcoming Events:

World Day of Prayer Service

This year's World Day of Prayer Service will be held on Friday, March 13, at 1:30 PM in the Emanuel Baptist Church at the corner of Lawrence and 9th Avenue.

Holy Week is the last week of March and the first week of April.

• The labyrinth will be set up in the Fellowship Hall on Palm Sunday, March 29. Please feel free to come in at any time during Holy Week to use the labyrinth as a special way to meditate and pray.
• Wednesday, April 1, there will be a Labyrinth Service using Holden Evening Prayer at 7 PM.
• The Maundy Thursday service will be April 2 at 7 PM with communion and hands & feet washing.
• Our Good Friday service will be April 3 at 7 PM.
• The worship service on Saturday, April 4, will not be an Easter service. If you want to come to the Easter service, please join us on Sunday and come for the potluck brunch as well.

Easter Services

There will be 2 services for Easter (April 5) with a potluck brunch between the services.
The early service will be at 8 AM with the potluck beginning about 9 AM. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck.
The second Easter service will be at 10:15 AM. Come celebrate the resurrection of our Lord!

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 10:15 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

To St. James Lutheran Church and the many friends and family who pray for us and for whom we pray, grace and peace be with you all during this Lenten journey of 2015. Also greetings to Shadrach and Gladys and all the little ones in the orphanage and school and some of you who aren't that little, for you did lift me up, by the way. To the teachers at Nereekshe and to my new friends, Rajashree and her son, grace and peace on your journey during this Lenten season. All of you live in my heart, and I will never forget you; my time with you was too short, and I am already pining to be back with you for a longer stay in the future. But the work here in Belle Fourche needs to keep on moving forward.

As you can tell, the impact of the people I have met on my trip to India has caused me to be thankful for the relationship built here, for without all of you, I couldn't have made the trip, and the sharing of the trip would not be so beautiful. I couldn't have done this trip without your prayers, support, and help while I was away, and yet Muranpur and Belle Fourche are not that dissimilar for the people, mostly the children, all share similar traits. We all reflect smiles, laughter, joy, and an ability to allow God's grace to shine. But then you already know that, and I am just preaching to the choir. I made another friend on this journey, someone I could trust with my life, and her name is Dawn Brackmann. She is a transformational visionary, and her gifts are many, but in essence, she was a "light." No matter where we went or who we talked to, the light of Christ shown forth. She is gracious and works hard on relationships and took time to shine bright to everyone we met on our journey. I will share with you about Dawn and our Journey in the coming months. Thank you again for all of your prayers.


So Easter is quickly coming, and we are ever in the midst of a long slow walk to the cross of Christ. I
want you all to sit and think on your own personal spiritual renewal and then think on the renewal that
St. James also needs. Often times I do believe that we get stuck in cycles where the comfortable we seek often blinds us from the growth we need, and it then permeates all of our lives, and we don't know it. Don't get me wrong, I am not suggesting we need conflict. That happens anyway when you have people in a church. What I am suggesting is that we need to be challenged in our worship and faith practice. Otherwise we become too easily complacent with things that should cause us to ask questions, and we also become very self centered, always working to appease our own status quo.

At our last annual meeting, I was too preoccupied with my trip to India to take notice of the fact that we as a church okayed our synod benevolence to shrink to $3,000 for the year. This is not ok, but I, like all of you, didn't notice the cut. It is, though, a symptom of complacency and not understanding what our money does in helping those outside of our view. Did you know that the Black Hills Campus Ministry in Spearfish, because of our cut and also cuts from other churches, won't receive from the synod the
money they typically receive, and it is sizeable? Other cuts to the South Dakota Synod Mission Partners
will be facing similar difficulties, and it is because of complacency. I am not saying it is any one person's
fault; it is just that we are kind of in a malaise, and it has to do with just existing to exist. Our call as the body of Christ isn't to just exist. It is to thrive and be open to God's spirit for personal and congregational renewal.


I have great confidence that as a church we will revisit this oversight and that we as a group will find a way to allow for God's spirit to grow us into something that is beyond just existing into something that is thriving and alive. As you walk during the rest of March and as we come to the crossroads of our faith during Holy Week in April, may God put in your heart the means by which to help shape the renewal that
we all need in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Peace be with you.
Pastor Jeff M. Otterman

 

Church Notes:


Holy Week Schedule


Holy Week is the last week of March and the first week of April. The following is the schedule we will follow:
• The labyrinth will be set up in the Fellowship Hall on Palm Sunday, March 29. We would appreciate some help moving tables after the church service on Palm Sunday to make room for the labyrinth. Please feel free to come in at any time during Holy Week to use the labyrinth as a special way to meditate and pray.
• Wednesday, April 1, there will be a Labyrinth Service using Holden Evening Prayer at 7 PM.
• The Maundy Thursday service will be April 2 at 7 PM with communion and hands & feet washing.
• Our Good Friday service will be April 3 at 7 PM.
• The worship service on Saturday, April 4, will not be an Easter service. If you want to come to the
Easter service, please join us on Sunday and come for the potluck brunch as well

 

Easter Sunday Services and Potluck Brunch


There will be 2 services for Easter (April 5) with a potluck brunch between the services. The early service will be at 8 AM with the potluck beginning about 9 AM. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck. The
second Easter service will be at 10:15 AM. Come celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.

 

Outlaw Ranch

Please see the newsletter for a complete listing of the upcoming ranch retreats.

 

 

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