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

10:15 AM Worship Service


Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, April 16, there will be a Labyrinth Service using Holden Evening Prayer at 7 PM.

The Maundy Thursday service will be April 17 at 7 PM with communion and hands & feet washing.

Our Good Friday service will be April 18 at 7 PM.

The worship service on Saturday, April 19, will not be an Easter service. If you want to come to the Easter service, please join us on Sunday and come for the potluck brunch as well!

Easter Sunday Services & Potluck Brunch
There will be 2 services for Easter (April 20) with a potluck brunch between the services. The early service will be at 8 AM with the potluck beginning about 9 AM. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck.

The second Easter service will be at 10:15 AM. Come celebrate the resurrection of our Lord!

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 Members and Friends of St. James Lutheran Church,

To the great friends and family of St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche and throughout the world, grace and peace be with you all during this Lenten journey up to Holy Week and Easter.

For the last 11 months I have been sharing with you dear friends that have shaped my ministry and my faith in Jesus Christ, and this April I will turn 50 on the 12th. Every person, including myself, is taken care of by a community of family and friends. Without the community, I am not the person that I am today. My mother, Diane, and my father, William, whom you all know, bring snow with them at the strangest times when they come to visit. My mother is a retired kindergarten teacher, and she is a devoted wife to my father, a mother to myself and my siblings, and has been a grandmother, not only to my children but to my brother's children and my sister's children. My mother is an avid reader, she plays golf, she has a deep faith in Jesus Christ, and it's her faith that I walked with when I was young for she would take me to church every week. My mother doesn't swear; she might in a fit of anger say something like "sugarfoot", but the other words are beneath her. My mom and I often could find disagreement over the silliest issues, but then I was a stubborn sort of son and didn't quite understand how to honor my mother as the commandment says. My mother gave me strong resolve when I couldn't see an end to an argument, and she taught me to agree to disagree. She gave perspective and grace in how to cherish the relationships that are so easily dismissed for one disturbance or sin. She also gave me an ability to stand up to bullies and to those who thought they were better than someone else because of the their skin color, sex, or financial power. She taught me how to use my mind and my heart, and in the end the faith that I have to share with all of you came from her love and prayers. I love my mom. Did I ever tell you she is the reason why I love two kinds of pie, hot and cold? Love you, Mom.

My father, William to some, Bill to most, Coach Otterman to a few, initially never went to church, and for the longest time I was afraid of my father for he was a loud German and wasn't afraid to use his voice. He was a coach and didn't mind using his voice or other tactics to get you to perform. Of course, he mellowed over the years and learned that relationships are something that you work hard at and always strive to find the positive. He has been a constant source of joy and kindness to Sue and me and the kids. The way my kids give me gray hair, I am sure I gave my dad the same amount of gray hair. I am not
afraid of my father anymore, nor of his loud voice; he just makes me laugh now. But I am afraid of the time I have left to honor my father. I love my dad, and he is the world to me. I strive to honor my father and his great big heart and his way of being. He is an amazing man, accomplished and gracious, unless of course he hits a bad golf shot. Then watch out because a club might be flying further than the ball. My dad taught junior high, high school, coached every sport, and retired as an elementary principal. My dad is very creative and came up with games that my brother and I would play with him for hours in the
backyard. My dad is a man of faith, goes to church every Sunday, and his common-sense approach to life and how a person treats others is the backbone to my ability to reach out to everyone I touch. My dad is the man. I love you, Dad.

Julie is the second child, Susan is the third, and Billy is the fourth. Julie has been to St. James one time for a week about 7 years ago. It was the first time any of my siblings had come to see me. It is a long trip to get to South Dakota, but at some point all of them might get here to visit. They are all awesome people. Julie is a physical education teacher in California. Susan is a first grade or kindergarten teacher in California. My brother, Billy, is a fire chief for California Fire and teaches women inmates how to fight fires. All three of my siblings have shaped who I am, and it's their constant reminder to me how
tightly knit we were as a family and continue to be as a family even though we are separated by 12 hundred miles.

Sue and I have been married for 20 years this last October. It doesn't seem that long, although Sue might think it's felt longer. Sue and I complement each other in just about every facet of life, for she is strong in some areas, and I am strong in other areas, and we make it, and God has been good to us. She is my best friend and is the rock that keeps me focused on the matters at hand with the life I am called to lead. I don't know what I would do without her in my life; she has been a constant source of encouragement, and she sustains me when I get low. Her faith is strong and quiet, and she can detect BS a mile away. She is far more disciplined in her faith than I am, but her faith has and continues to inform my faith, and that is what gets me excited about this life with my wife and friend, Sue. I love you, Sue. Thanks for being my wife and friend.

I won't talk about kids and embarrass them; I probably will when they graduate, but I will spare them my words for the moment. I turn fifty on April 12, and I am now over the hill, an old fart. I might say it's just a number, and yet my hope, despite the signs of getting older, is that the next how many years will be as memorable and exciting as the first fifty, and I hope to spend many of the next few years with all of you here in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

Jesus is Risen, Jesus is Risen Indeed, Hallelujah, YES!

Pastor Jeff M. Otterman


Church Notes:

Lenten Services & Soup Suppers

The last Lenten soup supper will be next week, April 9, at 5:30 PM, and the church service will begin about 6:30 PM. Next week we will need volunteers to bring the soup, and usually we need at least 5 or 6
people to bring soup. If you are willing to make soup, please sign up on the sheet at the back of the church, or call Ann at the church office at 723-3923. Come and join us for some soup and fellowship before the Lenten service.


Holy Week Schedule

The labyrinth will be set up in the Fellowship Hall on Palm Sunday, April 13. We would appreciate some help moving tables after the church service on Palm Sunday to make room for the labyrinth. Please feel free to come in at any time during Holy Week to use the labyrinth as a special way to meditate and pray.
• Wednesday, April 16, there will be a Labyrinth Service using Holden Evening Prayer at 7 PM.
• The Maundy Thursday service will be April 17 at 7 PM with communion and hands & feet washing.
• Our Good Friday service will be April 18 at 7 PM.
• The worship service on Saturday, April 19, will not be an Easter service. If you want to come to the
Easter service, please join us on Sunday and come for the potluck brunch as well!


The iPraise children will sing for the last time this year on Palm Sunday, April 13.
• There will be no iPraise on April 16. This is Holy Week, and the labyrinth will be set up in the Fellowship Hall.
• The last day of iPraise will be Wednesday, April 23.
• Vacation Bible School is scheduled for the end of July and the beginning of August. Watch for more information as it becomes available.
A big thank you goes to all of the teachers and the members of the Board of Education for their hard work!



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