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:

Summer Schedule!!!!


5:00 PM Worship Service


9:00 AM Worship Service


Upcoming Events:

September 12-13

Women's Fall Retreat at Outlaw Ranch
The Bear Butte Conference Women's Fall Retreat at Outlaw Ranch will be September 12-13 with the ladies of Faith Lutheran Church in Rapid City hosting the retreat.


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 the people of St. James Lutheran and the friends and family that support our mission in Jesus Christ, Amen.

"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." Ask me where the quote comes from.

I am always in search of meaning, and it is my guess that so are you. Conversations can be a great source of meaning, much in the same way as reading a book can bring great meaning. Viewing a painting or picture can bring great meaning. Seeing a loved one young or old brings great meaning. Often we travel to far away places looking to experience life, and out of that life comes meaning. Every person I know questions the meaning of their own life and existence, why me or why not me? I am always in search of meaning not only in scripture for preaching, but also for life application of following Christ, while also being true to who I am as a person. I find meaning in relationships, events, things that might possibly hold no meaning for you whatsoever and vice versa, yet my call as your pastor is to be involved in your lives and to adapt to those relationships, issues, events, and things you find important.

I have a great fear of drowning, and I get seasick, but I have always had a desire to learn how to sail a boat. I own a sailboat even though my mind says to sell it, because if I am on a lake, I could drown or I might get seasick. I have been on a few lakes on sailboats that I helped guide, but I wasn't the captain. These boats have gone very fast, and in going very fast while sailing with a good friend or two despite my fear of dying, I have found great meaning in the experience. Meaning that starts with relationships and conversations and something born deep within myself and a relationship to God in water, wind, courage, and faith. In the back of my mind despite great meaning, both fears linger, sickness and death, with regard to my learning how to sail and my learning how to live my life.

How often do I not attempt to live based on fears of the unknown? I am not saying the fears are not real or justified, but by attempting to avoid the fear, I miss a great deal of meaning that only could happen when I am committed to learning and living on the lake of life.

How often do you avoid certain realities in your faith journey based on fears of the unknown? How might you during the month of August find courage and faith to allow yourself to push past a fear that is real or justified and share with others the need to face the fears of your life and allow the wind of the spirit to
blow you toward a deeper meaning of life?

May God challenge you as you find your rest and as you find the courage and faith to face your fears. I need help with any of my friends willing to help me set the mast on the Wreckless and then to learn with me how to sail on Orman in August. See you on the water, and see you at church.

Pastor Jeff M. Otterman


Church Notes:

Vacation Bible School

A big thank you goes to everyone who helped with Vacation Bible School this year! We had a successful week with almost 30 children attending. Thanks go to those who housed the counselors and to those who helped bring treats and/or food for the campers and the counselors. Also a big thank you goes to the Board of Education for their hard work in keeping things running smoothly: Audrey Bickerdyke, Sue Otterman, and Nicole Weishaar.


iPraise Teachers and Helpers Needed

The Board of Education is looking for some willing people to teach our youngsters for the coming year. In addition to the teachers, they need a new music leader and would like to have a snack director as well.
Please prayerfully consider teaching or helping. If you are interested, contact Audrey Bickerdyke at 723-7780, Sue Otterman at 645-9194, or Nicole Weishaar at 210-1285.


Quilts for Viewing Online

The annual auction to benefit all of the camps of Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota will take place August 24 at Joy Ranch. Take a look at the quilts and bid online if you will be unable to make it to the auction. More items will be added in the next few weeks. For a schedule of events including the silent auction, craft sale, and quilt viewing visit: www.losd.org and see the "2014 Quilt Auction Information".


Women's Fall Retreat at Outlaw Ranch

Malachi 2:10—Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another? The Bear Butte Conference Women's Fall Retreat at Outlaw Ranch will be September 12-13 with the ladies of Faith Lutheran Church in Rapid City hosting the retreat. A $5 non-refundable registration fee is due by September 1; housing fees may be paid in advance or upon arrival and will include 3 meals. The cost to stay in the lodge is $58, in the barn is $55, and in cabins is $49. If you will not be staying overnight, the cost is $36. Make checks payable to WELCA, Bear Butte Conference. Early registration is encouraged for choice of lodging. Registration forms are available in the church office.



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