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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:

Saturday

5:00 PM Worship Service

Sunday

9:00 AM Sunday School

10:15 AM Church Worship Service

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, September 7, church worship services will begin at 10:15 AM with Adult Sunday School beginning at 9 AM. Church service on Saturday will still be at 5 PM. This will be the schedule throughout the school year.

September 7 - 9am
Adult Sunday School Starts

September 10 - 3:35pm
iPraise Kickoff

September 10 - 7:15pm
Adult Choir

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 greatest members and friends of St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche and around the world, peace be with you.


As I look out my window, the leaves are fluttering and haven't yet started to change, and yet I know that autumn is coming when the leaves will be dying in color and finality. The beginning of school has
happened before Labor Day once again, and all of you who have summered in other places are now back home with children in school. I can't wait to see you and hear how your summer has gone. Hopefully
well, and if not, you know you have a pastor who will listen and hold you tightly.


St. James Lutheran, like every other church in the United States, moves like it is the beginning of spring with a host of activity in the midst of seasonal changes. We ramp back up in September, on September 10 to be exact, as if it were a new year, for in the church it is a new year, and we start our seasonal rituals all over. As we say goodbye to summer, to sunlight, and to fun, we beckon our spirit to take hold of the new year and find good cheer even when it grows dark and dreary.


Blessings to our children with laughter and learning in iPraise on Wednesdays with grace and good use
of time and food and fun. Blessings to our students in confirmation classes and youth group bonanzas;
may they find peace and good tidings amidst learning and laughter. Blessings to choir, bell choir, circles,
quilters, WELCA, our men's group, and everyone else called to worship and prepare our lives to the steady march of time as the nights get longer and the days get shorter. Blessings to each other as a
way of thankfulness to God for the faith that God has given us, and may we share this goodness with
cheer and laughter and serious conversation always until we come to a time of refreshment next summer.

I spend a good deal of time thinking about how to engage all of you who attend worship at St. James
Lutheran Church, not only with the sermon, but with every holy thing we do as a church, from the confession and forgiveness, to the peace, to being sent to be in peace, and to serve the Lord. I often wonder when we are participating in the liturgical rites of a worship service if any of you have questions as to why we do such and such while we worship. If you have thoughts about what something means, and then worship ends and you forget to ask, I am calling on you to remember your questions and ask. I
want you to ask me questions about anything we do in worship, and I get a sense that during this year
of 2014/2015, we as a church need to recommit ourselves to Christ.

Every year this church participates in Confirmation Sunday with our young students of the faith, and
this year will be no different. Confirmation will be on October 12 with our Bishop David Zellmer here
to help celebrate. I am hoping and praying that each of you from December 1, 2014, until April 5, 2015, will dedicate your prayer and commitment to allow Christ a greater place in your life. I am asking for your participation in prayer, service, tithing and special offerings, volunteering, and attending worship every week. I want you to be here every week regardless, but for a dedicated time I want you to be ready to participate in your own spiritual growth in a way that will be different from other years. From the beginning of Advent through Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and unto Easter Day may you find your heart and the one who has called you by name, the one who knows you and your doings. May God find you blessed and whole.

Peace in Christ,


Pastor Jeff M. Otterman

 

Church Notes:


iPraise Kickoff


 iPraise will begin September 10, right after school at 3:35 PM and will run until 5 PM. Parents please be considerate of our volunteers and pick up your children promptly.
 Parents need to sign up to help bring snacks as the children will receive a snack as they arrive. Approximately 40 children attend each week, so please keep that in mind. You will find a sign-up sheet for bringing snacks on the iPraise bulletin board in the hallway next to the library. Please be aware that some students do have allergies, so all snacks need to be peanut free.
 Because the number of students in iPraise has continued to increase, the Board of Education has worked hard to find enough teachers for every school grade. This is a welcome situation as it is great to see the number of children attending continue to rise.
 The Board of Education still needs more volunteers to help with various aspects of the program including some substitute teachers and an additional music director. We currently have a person who will help with the music for a couple of months, so another person will be needed later in the fall.
In order to help make this a successful year for the students, the Board of Education needs prayers from the congregation. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Audrey Bickerdyke (723-7780), Sue Otterman (645-9194), or Nicole Weishaar (210-1285).

 

Confirmation Meeting


There will be an informational meeting for confirmation students and their parents on Wednesday, September 10, at 5 PM. This includes those youth in grades 7 through 9. Confirmation requirements
and curriculum will be discussed at this meeting. The first day of confirmation classes will be September
24 at 5 PM.

 

Esther Circle & Deborah Circle


Our church currently has two active circles, and all women are invited to join. Esther Circle meets the second Wednesday of every month at 9 AM, and Deborah Circle meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 PM. Both groups will be taking their lessons from the Lutheran magazine called "The Gather" this year. If anyone is interested in joining either of these circles, please feel free to come, or if you need more information, call the church office at 723-3923.

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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