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 Sunday School

10:15 AM Church Worship Service

Upcoming Events:

October 12
Confirmation Sunday

October 18 & 25
Lefse sold at church from 1-3pm

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 great and gracious people of St. James Lutheran Church and friends around the world,

If you haven't been around, then you have missed meeting a great man, Shadrach Peter, from India. We met 9 years ago at a conference, and our connection point was that he knew the same person that I knew in India. Meena Prashantham went to seminary with me, and she was good
friends with Shadrach's wife, Gladys. Do the math because there are 1.2 billion people in India, and the odds of him knowing the one person I knew from India are staggering beyond explanation.

Shadrach wants two things from us here at St. James Lutheran Church: friendship and prayer. If you are inclined to give, let it be because of the friendship that he has brought to the people of Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Over the last two weeks, I have been honored to bring Shadrach to meet many people in the city of Belle Fourche and in the surrounding area. He has always been a great joy, and even as I write knowing that he will be leaving to visit other people in other states, I am already going to miss him.

This coming Sunday, Shadrach is preaching at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche and will share about friendship and prayer. In talking with Bob Duemig and Shadrach, we are now starting a new venture together to share another offering with Shadrach. The day before Thanksgiving, for those who are not traveling, we will alternate a shared worship experience on Thanksgiving. This year St. James will host and Pastor Bob will be preaching, and next year the United Methodist Church will host and I will be preaching. All the while we will bring together funds to send to Shadrach and Gladys Peter in Muranpur, India.

I want you to pray about not only supporting his mission with your friendship and, most importantly, with your prayers but to start saving for a trip to Muranpur, India, next year in January/February. Get your passports. I have a vision for how to help the people in Shradrach's village, and where there is a vision, God will bring provision. Shadrach said that on Sunday with us. Part of my vision is to find a way for solar panels to be bought in India and then installed in Shadrach's village, because the power issue in Karnataka is so very important. I would also like to install gutters attached to barrels on the buildings so that they may be able to reuse the rain water in their fields. Of course we can do so much more, and part of it would be to take people who are skilled to train people in construction, electrical, plumbing, and agricultural development.

You see where I am going; a round-trip ticket to India costs $1600, and we would be able to work along side Shadrach and Gladys while making sure we train individuals how to run solar panels and anything else
we might be able to do.

I have so much more to share with you that Shadrach and I have experienced these past weeks, but for now keep Shadrach and Gladys in your prayers. I hope to see a full church every day of this month so I
can see your smiling faces. God be gracious with you until we meet again.

In God's grace,

Pastor Jeff M. Otterman


Church Notes:

Confirmation Sunday

Confirmation Sunday will be Sunday, October 12, with Hospitality Group 4 hosting the reception. This includes people from James & Marian Schmidt to J.D. & Laura Young. For this special occasion, Bishop David Zellmer will be honoring us with his presence. Please help celebrate the confirmation of the following individuals: Theran Anderson, Griffin Conner, Braydin Eastman, Dillon Giacometto, JakeLyn Mehrer, Tate Olson, & Jon Peterson.


Sunday Fellowship/Coffee Hour

All are WELCOME to join us for fellowship and coffee every Sunday after church services. Any food donations are always appreciated; drop them off at the kitchen on Sunday morning. They DO NOT have
to be homemade. You may bring cookies, rolls, breads, bars, fruit, cheese, or crackers— anything your heart desires. Help with serving and cleaning up is always appreciated as well. A freewill offering is
used to help purchase supplies: coffee, lemonade, cups, napkins, plates, forks, etc. We look forward to seeing you!


Third Quarter Mission Offering

The 3rd quarterly mission offering will be Farmers Helping Farmers. Our money will go to Lutheran
World Relief to help purchase animals for farmers around the world. We will be collecting for this project until the middle of October. Make your checks out to St. James Lutheran with Lutheran World Relief in the memo line. If you want your money to go towards buying a specific animal, you may call the church office at 723-3923 for more details and prices. Remember that no donation is too small.



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