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.
5:00 PM Worship Service
9:00 am Adult Sunday School
9:15 am iPraise - preschool - 4th grade
10:15 AM Worship Service
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
Greetings to the greatest members and family of St. James Lutheran Congregation, both near and far. Peace be with you.
My best friend and wife of 22 years, also known as Sue Otterman, is about to begin an adventure which you can follow along with on her blog otterhikes.wordpress.com, and you can learn where she will be going and what she has been doing to prepare for this monumental hike. Sue has been working at this task of leaving this year since last year when I returned from India. The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,660 mile trail which starts at Campo, California, a mile north of the Mexican border and ends 30 miles north of the Canadian border. Her (almost) official date to leave from Campo will be April 24, 2016. This means she will be leaving on April 22 to fly to San Diego and start her amazing adventure.
Any journey has its share of risks, and hers is no different. I have a challenge for all of you who know Sue who would like to participate from afar in two different ways. First, without even leaving the area you could get a head start on Sue and commit to walking for the rest of the year 2,660 miles for your own health. Sue has 6 months to accomplish that many miles, so you will have a head start with a few months after October when she is finished. Second, while you walk even now, pray for my wife and her safety. Pray she makes trail friends and always puts one foot in front of the other. Pray she finds the good even when things are very difficult. Pray for your pastor that he learns
how to do the wash again. Pray that I keep focused on the walk I have in front of me day by day while I am with you most of the year. Pray that words and works of encouragement are not far from my lips, hands, and feet or from yours. Pray I do all the other things I need to relearn to do. Pray for our children, Anna aka Seymour as she finishes high school and Isaac as he finishes his first year of college. Pray and give thanks. It is obvious to me that most of my vacation time will be in locating and connecting with Sue as she travels up the PCT, some of the time in southern California, some in Oregon, and some in Washington. Pray for the Otterman family as we travel.
Ash Wednesday comes quickly, and then our Lenten journey begins. The theme for this Lenten season is “Walking with Jesus Step by Step”. Lenten Wednesday’s soup suppers start at 5:30 PM, and then our Holden Evening Prayer service starts at 6:30 PM. Lenten devotionals are centered around walking with Jesus. Come and join us for this great time together.
The Otterman family has a new family member much to the chagrin of my wife and our cat: a new 10-week old dog named Padfoot. If you see us gallivanting along, stop by and say hello.
Pastor Jeff M. Otterman
Lenten Services & Soup Suppers
The Lenten soup suppers will begin February 17 at 5:30 PM with the officers bringing the soup that night. The church service will begin about 6:30 PM. Please come and join us Wednesdays for the soup suppers and stay for the Lenten services using the Holden Evening Prayer.
Fat Tuesday Spaghetti Supper To Support Shadrach Peter
In order to raise some more money for Shadrach Peter’s ministry in India, we are changing the way we celebrate Fat Tuesday this year. In the past we have been serving pancakes all day, but this year we will start our Lent season with a spaghetti supper instead. On Fat Tuesday, February 9, beginning at 5 PM the LYO will be serving spaghetti. A free will offering will be taken, and all of the money will go to Shadrach’s ministry in India. We have been approved by the Thrivent Team to receive funds of $250 for this event.
World Day of Prayer Service
This year’s World Day of Prayer Service will be held on Friday, March 4, at 1:30 PM in our church. The service this year is in memory of Jean Claire Dahlinger who had been responsible for the production for many, many years until her death last summer. This will be the 15th consecutive year for this service which was begun again in 2001 at the request and help of Lydia Stumpf. This year’s service was prepared by the women of Cuba, and the theme is “Receive Children, Receive Me”. We will remember the story of Jesus and the little children, and we will be challenged to examine the ways in which we welcome others. Come and join us as we pray, sing hymns, read scripture, have some refreshments, and learn from the women of Cuba. Anyone interested in being a part of this service, please contact Genevieve Skogberg.