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:

November 23, 5 - 8pm
Thanksgiving Feast

November 26, 6:30pm
Thanksgiving Eve 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

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

Shadrach Peter and I were in the office with Pastor Bob Duemig and Eileen Miller at First United Methodist Church of Belle Fourche sharing about how we might help Shadrach and Gladys Peter's project in India. Pastor Bob suggested we do a joint Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday, November 26, at St. James Lutheran Church at 6:30 PM for those who are here. This year Pastor Bob will be preaching at our church, and all the donations will go to the Nereekshe Fund in India to support Shadrach and Gladys and their mission. We will be worshipping using Holden Evening Prayer plus serving Holy Communion at the Thanksgiving Service and having a time of fellowship following the service. Next year the service will be at the Methodist Church. If you are not traveling to see family, please join us for worship.

If you haven't heard, I will be going to India to visit Shadrach and Gladys at the end of January and the
first few weeks of February to see how we as a community can facilitate growth among the churches in
Belle Fourche and help in the mission field in India with Shadrach and Gladys. When I purchased my ticket, I put out a call to friends around the United States who on short notice might be willing to travel
with me. Lo and behold, a friend of mine in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is also going with me to India. She
hasn't even met Shadrach, but the Lord put a call in her life, and she is going to India as well. Dawn
Brachman is a lawyer in Grand Rapids, and she has a great heart for the Lord. She prayed and sought after God, and she is now going with me to the state of Karnataka, the city of Bangalore, and the village of
Muranpur. The two of us will be traveling to India, and then I found out that another friend from Michigan will also be in the same state and cities close to where Dawn and I will be traveling. The group continues to grow all at a moment's notice.

There are many things that I need you to pray for, and here is the list. First, we need to get our visas from India which we hope won't take too long to get. Second pray that we don't react to the inoculations or other medications we have to take to prevent us from getting malaria or other diseases. Ebola isn't an issue in India, but many other diseases are, so I am asking you to pray for us to be safe and sickness free. The third thing I would have you pray is that we will be able to document what we can do in service to our sisters and brothers in India, whether it is taking a group of missionaries to aid Shadrach and Gladys Peter, or whether we create an appeal to raise a significantly larger portion of money for the mission in India.

There is much to pray for and also much to be thankful for. I have seen the amazing growth in this church's ability to step up in times of giving. St. James raised $2,000.00 for Shadrach in one week's time,
and then our church received two anonymous gifts. One gift to pay for the basement tiles was for $1,000.00, and another gift to finish the basement was for $10,000.00, and these gifts came all on the same day. What a blessing all of you are to this church! To those two anonymous givers, thank you for your generosity. And to those who worked on the parsonage putting in the new windows, another WOW! Amazing service to God's Kingdom. In this time of Stewardship, may you know that your prayers and service are making a difference in Belle Fourche and around the world. Amen.

In God's grace,

Pastor Jeff M. Otterman


Church Notes:

Prayer Ministry

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this
is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. One of the things this church does well is prayer. Join us for a
new ministry to Pray Without Ceasing. Each Thursday morning at 11:03 anyone who would like to participate will be praying in the sanctuary. We will offer prayers to guide our church and its mission, to thank God for His blessings, and for anyone or anything in need of prayer. These Thursday morning prayers will be in addition to the intercessory prayers of the Saturday and Sunday worship prayer list, so please use the pew prayer request cards for the worship prayer list. However, if you have a prayer request for Pray Without Ceasing, please fill out a card at the back of the church and
place it in the box provided there. These prayer requests may be made anonymously and, if necessary,
a simple "Unspoken" may be used. Let's glorify God and help each other in prayer.


St. James Thanksgiving

St. James Lutheran Church will be holding its 9th annual Thanksgiving Feast on Sunday, November 23,
from 5-8 PM, or as long as the food lasts. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome to come and eat.
Lynn's Dakotamart has again graciously agreed to cook and carve the turkeys needed for this event as
long as we buy the turkeys from them. See our newsletter for more information.


Annual Quilt Sale

The St. James Quilters will be holding their Annual Quilt Sale on November 22 and 23. The quilts will be on display in the Fellowship Hall. The quilts are 60 by 80 inches and will sell for $40.00. Members of the quilting group will be available after services on those days to sell the quilts. They will also be sold at the Thanksgiving Feast on November 23. We thank the congregation for the support that they give us each year. The money from the sale of the quilts is used to buy batting and other supplies.



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