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.
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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,
I want to share with you some of my best friends and how they have influenced my faith and life. I could write a book, but I want to share with you my memory of these good friends. This is a way for me to honor who they are and how amazing they have been to me as guides on my journey of faith. The people of St. James have been a great help to my faith, but I won't be speaking about any of you. I have many months ahead where I will share my debt of gratitude, so enjoy the friends I present today for the month of May 2013.
One of my favorite people that I would love for you to meet, hear him preach, and have the opportunity to know, isnknown as the Bishop of Hastings. You would know him if you met him as the retired Reverend Michael Anton. Michael is the greatest encourager that I know, and his ability to jot down a note of thanks or insight continues to blow me away. He lives in Michigan, too far away, but when I first had the opportunity to sit and listen, this man was one of the most enjoyable people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He is and always will be a great friend. His laughter is infectious, and his compassion and ability to minister in the most difficult ways is almost unfathomable. Don't get me wrong; he is a human being with human faults, although I never did see him angry and never saw the dark side. He remains a true friend even to this day. I miss his voice and the light of his eyes while we eat meals and laugh. He continues to help my faith mature in the soft and kind accents of his writings of encouragement which I always look forward to.
One pastor is much closer in distance, and he has preached at St. James, and many of you know him. Pastor Jon Mapa is a great friend, and I know that "grumpy" and I will always be friends. Did I just call him grumpy? He isn't really grumpy, and I trust him with my life and my ministry. He is a sacred friend in whom I have been able to confide and know all these years in Belle Fourche. Without him, I would be less grounded in my faith and would probably have made many more mistakes without his wise guiding. He is a pastor and a friend, and it is a great honor to be his colleague. We have had serious theological discussions and also have had amazing, rollingon-the-floor laughter since the day I first met him.
The third friend isn't a pastor, but he was my youth pastor when I was but a child. His name is Russ Ingold. He has been a news editor for the Herald News in Fontana, California almost 30 years now, and he is a great friend. He doesn't know much about Lutherans, but no matter; he always has been a support to my family and me while I serve God. We often will see a movie together when I go home, and if he needs a story, often he will use me or my family for a feature he is doing. When I was in high school, Russ and I traveled 25,000 miles to watch Christian concerts during the summers. We would go everywhere and would have the most amazing time of our lives. We traveled here and there having experiences, and yet what was important was the relationship that developed. Words without actions didn't mean much to us, so we strove to allow our words and actions become as one. My faith in Jesus Christ was established with my oldest friend, Russ Ingold, and he was my first mentor and is still one of my best friends.
In the 49th year of my life, I am taking the opportunity to thank the people responsible for the
person I am and for the person that I will become. Most are still alive, yet some have passed on to
their heavenly home. So it is my intent to share the people who influenced my faith with all of you
at St. James. Amen.
May 15—LAST DAY OF IPRAISE SCHOOL!
May 19—iPraise Recognition Sunday.
The children will be singing during the church service and will be receiving their awards that day. A big thank you goes to all of the teachers for the awesome job they do in teaching our children! And a big thank you goes to the Board of Education for the success in the new program they created for the children. Thank you Audrey Bickerdyke, Sue Otterman, and Nicole Weishaar!
FREE Tickets Available
Thanks to Bruce & Mavis Ude, there are 8 tickets available worth $10 each to go to a Benefit Auction on Saturday, May 11, from 6-10 PM at the Journey Museum in Rapid City. The tickets are good for $10 in merchandise at the IDEA WILD auction. Find out what is happening on the frontlines of conservation and bid on unique items from around the world. All proceeds will benefit wildlife and rainforest conservation efforts. For more information, go to www.ideawild.org. The tickets are available in the church office if you are interested.
Outlaw Ranch Spring 2013 Retreats
Passionate Quilters: Gather up your quilting projects and head to Outlaw Ranch for one or more of our relaxed weekends of quilting, home-cooked food, making new friends, and sharing creative ideas and expertise. Dates are: May 10-12.
Camp Hope: A Retreat for Grieving Families: May 17-19, Friday 6 PM to Sunday 1 PM. Camp Hope provides programs, services, and activities for families seeking emotional support, hope, and healing as they transcend the overwhelming loss of their loved one. Free time on Saturday will include opportunities for
canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, arts and crafts. For information about Camp Hope contact Delain Johnson 605-347-0422 .
Celebration of Atlantic Mountain Ranch: Join us at the 50th Anniversary of Atlantic Mountain Ranch (and the 55th Anniversary of Outlaw Ranch) over the weekend of July 5-7. All alumni staff, campers, and their
families are invited to a celebration of the ministries of these important places in our lives.
You may register for any of these retreats online at http://www.losd.org/retreats/index.html or call 605-673-4030 or email email@example.com.