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.
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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.
A Message from Pastor
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity . . ." thus begins Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. Those words summarize the collective mood of any group during a time of transition. Transitions bring with them sorrow, excitement and trepidation. It is a "a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to keep and a time to throw away," (Ecclesiastes 3:4, 6). Knowing what to hang onto and what to release from our grip is not an easy task. We forget that laughter and tears are near kin; that liturgical dance includes both dances of sorrow and joy, and both are appropriate responses to this situation.
Nationally the average tenure of a parish pastor is approximately four years. Pastor Jeff served you for nearly twelve years. Most of St. James Lutheran Church's youth have known no other pastor. This is a time of uncertainty for them as they bid farewell to a trusted leader and confidant. On Jeff's final Sunday, five students were confirmed in faith and welcomed into adulthood in this church. Will they still feel vitally connected to St. James Lutheran Church? Will they simply drift away, viewing confirmation as a graduation from church? They have to be wondering, "Will the next pastor care as much about us as individuals?" And I find myself wondering, "Will these newest members, and the long-term members, be willing to establish a relationship with the next pastor?" What needs to happen to make them, and all of us, feel vitally connected to this church? How can and how will we help one another make that transition?
A large challenge for this congregation will be the process of self-examination and selfassessment as you decide the direction for your second century of ministry, and seek a new permanent pastor to lead you into that century. Your sense of mission will help define the type of pastor you are seeking. How does the ELCA motto, "God's Work. Our Hands," speak to you—in this congregation, in this community, in this conference, in this era? What do you hear God calling you to do?
The epistle reading for August 7th recalls Abraham's transition into new territory. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going," (Hebrews 11:19). Like Abraham, we are called to go forth. We go with the assurance that God has already prepared a destination for us. We have the conviction of things not yet seen. May God make God's way plain to St. James Lutheran Church. And may we make this journey carrying with us the love that Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord taught us.
Jean Helmer, about to be SAM or Synodically Authorized Minister
Many of you are probably wondering what we will be doing for a pastor now that the Otterman's have left. In the immediate future, Jean Helmer has graciously agreed to be our pulpit supply for three of the weeks during August, and Pastor Larry Dahlstrom of Rapid City will preach to us August 13 & 14. Additionally, Jean has also agreed to become our 3/4 time interim minister until the next pastor for St. James Lutheran is installed. Currently details of our contract with Jean are being worked out, then the South Dakota Synod needs to affirm this contract, and finally she will become our interim minister. Because Jean is not a Lutheran, permission from Bishop Zellmer was obtained so that she could become
our SAM, or Synodically Authorized Minister. Under these guidelines, she will be able to care for our church in all necessary ways a pastor does, including giving us communion.
iPraise Teachers and Helpers Needed
The Board of Education is looking for some willing people to teach our youngsters for the coming year. The first day of iPraise for Kindergarten through grade 4 will be Sunday, September 11, and the first day for grades 5 & 6 will be September 14. Please prayerfully consider teaching or helping. If you are interested, contact a member of the Board of Education.