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:

December 13 - 5:00pm
iPraise Christmas Program

December 14 - After Service
Advent Potluck

December 24 - 5:00pm
Christmas Eve Service

December 25 - 10:15am
Christmas Service

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

Merry Advent, Restful Christmas, Happy New Year to all of you! Grace and peace.

I say Merry Advent because advent is the time of anticipation for being encountered by Christ. For the coming weeks, we look with anticipation of seeing our children sing to their heart's content at our annual Christmas program. We see their trepidation as a host of adults look for Jesus in their children's smiling faces as they wear angel wings and play Mary and Joseph. We look with excitement for faces touched with glad tidings as our high school youth group and choir sing Christmas carols to those in rest homes who might have been forgotten, and we help them remember the reason for the season. We gather together to worship and proclaim Christ coming to us again as a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger with no crib for his bed. We promise once again to allow the Holy Spirit to invade our lives and cause us to rethink what we do to honor Jesus Christ. We think of those traveling who might not have the money to find shelter or of those with not enough money to buy presents for their own children, and we think of their sadness and despair. We hope that we might be better than Bethlehem and find room and gifts to bear to those with nothing and add Christmas cheer to those who have forgotten the notes to their favorite songs so they might share the love of Christ with others and the miracle of 2014. Merry Advent is our time to share and to remember that the light of Christ is coming.

I say Restful Christmas because the season often takes so much time, and we run here and there and
really take very little time to rest. It is my prayer for you whether in India, California, South Dakota, or
wherever you may be to sit in silence and find rest without television blaring or music pounding and
regard the moment of Christmas with a nap and a contented heart. Be thankful for family, vision, children, laughter, and have Christ in your lives.

Happy New Year, and where did 2014 disappear to? I am thankful for the last year for it was a very
good year despite some very difficult losses. The relationships that we have and continue to foster make
a difference in who we are as followers of Christ. Instead of New Year's resolutions, just allow the Holy
Spirit in Jesus Christ to reform your life and allow for that reformation to become your call for the next
year. Be open to where God is calling you to change and allow God to be the One who changes you
without you even knowing it. The church called St. James Lutheran in Belle Fourche is moving and has
been moving for 98 years into God's kingdom come. It is my prayer that you find the courage and
wherewithal to stand firm in your faith in the coming year as we continue to grow and change. I am
thankful for all of you, and my prayers are for your blessings and peace for each of you as you live your
lives. Amen.

Pastor Jeff M. Otterman


Church Notes:

iPraise Christmas Program

The iPraise Christmas Program will be Saturday, December 13, during the worship service at 5 PM. Refreshments will be served following the service. All are invited to come and see the Christmas story told by the children of our church.


Christmas Cheer Baskets

Christmas Cheer Baskets will be assembled and delivered again this year. We need cookies, candies, &
sweet breads. Fruit, such as apples, oranges, or bananas, is also appreciated. Please have your items at
the church kitchen by Wednesday, December 17. This year it is not necessary to individually bag every item you bring as the church has plenty of small baggies available to do this. If you would like to help deliver these baskets, please contact Genevieve Skogberg or Pat Rische.


Mission Offering Results

As mentioned above, the members of St. James have been generous givers this year. For the 1st Quarter offering in February, we helped the iPraise youth complete their project they began in raising enough money to purchase a water well. In addition to the money that had previously been raised for the well, we raised another $1,561.42. For the 2nd Quarter in March during the 5 weeks of Lent, we brought a grocery cart into the church and filled it with items such as cleaning supplies and personal care products and donated them to the Compassion Cupboard. For the 3rd Quarter in September, we raised enough money for Lutheran World Relief to purchase 4 hens & chicks, 3 pigs, 2 cows, 2 bees, 3 worms, 1 goat, and 2 ducks. Our 4th Quarter project is noted above. In addition to our quarterly mission projects, we also contributed $1,606.00 to Shadrach Peter's mission in India and held a benefit for one of our members. Thank you everyone for all of your generous donations!



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