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 Adult Sunday School

9:15 am iPraise - preschool - 4th grade

10:15 AM Worship Service

Upcoming Events:

A Party!
Before we take a break for the summer, all members of the bell choir and the adult choir will have a party this Wednesday, May 4, at 6:30 PM. Pizza and ice cream will be served, so come hungry!

Vacation Bible School
Mark your calendars, parents, because Vacation Bible School will be held July 18-22 and will again be led by the Outlaw Ranch counselors.

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 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

To the greatest partners in ministry in the whole wide world. Grace and peace from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I write to you on the most gloomy of days of April as it is raining and sleeting outside. It is a time when my communication skills with my children seem to be lacking and my ability to communicate with Sue is hindered by poor telephone reception. Yet the sun and its heat and the green grass growing ever greener outside is a reminder that all things that are shadowed in clouds don’t tell the whole story; a new day is coming. A time is coming when all of us will reap what has been sowed, when the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ will spill into our Pentecost season, and the Holy Spirit will guide us and lead us to better days.

May is the month of transitions, and it is in these transitions that we order our lives together. We transition from Sunday School to preparing for Vacation Bible School in the
summer. We end our regular school year at the end of May and begin our time of rest during the summer months. So it’s a time to reflect and give thanks for the previous school and church year that started way back in August and ends now in May. We don’t stop as a church though, even as all of us will find time to rest and play. The Christian life doesn’t stop for a heartbeat. It is a strange transition for me in that Sue is currently winding her way through the Pacific Crest Trail. My days will be more ordered around my children’s time as well as spending a lion’s share of time here, and yet even I don’t know the future as well as I would like to know. So in all things, I trust that God has my back and my front and below me and above me and all around me and inside me as well.

What does this May hold for you? What transitions are you willing to acknowledge and give thanks for? Personally, I would love to thank all the teachers in our Sunday and Wednesday school year. I give thanks for our mentors who lead and guide our students with a great love and compassion for discipleship. They have made it a great year for all of our students. I also want to give thanks to every wonderful student who met and sang and shared every week the joy they have in Jesus Christ. I also want to acknowledge all of you who work behind the scenes and enjoy the smiles produced by your quiet working demeanor.
It is your church that is growing and your church that is called to express praise and support for the next hundred years.

Next year is the hundredth year of this church’s life, and it is our call to be mission oriented and to acknowledge the previous hundred years with a declaration of intent to be a community of faith for the next hundred years. I propose a simple mission statement for the year 2017 and a one year name change to honor the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation—St. James Reformation Lutheran Church—as a potential tip of the cap to our Lutheran identity, but not an official change. Then we should abide in this simple mission statement which reads: “Always reforming, following Jesus, serving our neighbor”. It is a talking point of interest for the coming year with seven words to remember and to suggest what this church is about and whose needs we are called to meet.

Blessings on your transitions in May.

Pastor Jeff M. Otterman


Church Notes:

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to all of the 2016 graduates! If we have forgotten to mention any members of St. James who will be graduating from high school, college, vocational school, or a branch of the military, please call 723-3923. Belle Fourche High School graduates are: Kelli Clem, Chance Olson, & Breck Young. College and Post- College graduates are: Audrey Turbiville Duwe received a B.S. in Interdisciplinary
Studies from Texas Woman’s University in December 2015 and will teach in Decatur, Texas. Adam Turbiville received a Master of Science in Bioinformatics from Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs.

iPraise News

A big thank you goes to the following teachers for their dedication and hard work this past year: Meg Manke, Sara Nehl, Emily Olson, Traci Nowowiejski, Kelli Leitner, Laura Young, Cindi Conner, Pastor Jeff, and Mark Stiller (music). A big thank you also goes to the Board of Education: Vanesa Kudlock, Sue Otterman, and Nicole Weishaar


Vacation Bible School

Mark your calendars, parents, because Vacation Bible School will be held July 18-22 and will again be led by the Outlaw Ranch counselors. There is a nice poster in the hallway across from Pastor Jeff’s office with information about VBS; look closely at the picture on the poster because it was taken in our church with our youth during VBS a couple of years ago! Remember there is no cost to the children attending VBS.
Anyone interested in housing the counselors during the week of VBS, please speak to Vanesa Kudlock or Nicole Weishaar.



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