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:

iPraise for grades preschool through 4th grade will be on Sundays, at 9:15 AM. This will run until church begins at 10:15

iPraise for the 5th and 6th graders will be Wednesdays, from 4-5 PM.

For more information on iPraise

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 congregation that I personally know and love, St. James and all of its friends and family. Grace and peace to you all.

I hope that you find this letter helpful and that you are able to lay aside time to pray for your family, your congregational family, and your family of neighbors and friends. Lay aside a few minutes to pray and ask God to open your mind and heart. Find a scripture to dwell on this week, and find one every single week for the year. I will give you one to start with, and I want it to dwell in your thoughts. Then allow the scripture to bathe your existence in this life as a follower of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 12:1-2: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the champion and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” Dwell on this scripture and tell me what God brings to your mind and heart as you think on this text. I really want to know, and I look forward to your sharing. Email me, text me, call me, grab my arm after church and tell me what you think the scripture is saying.

I am so grateful for all of you and for the gift that each of you is becoming. I am thankful for your time and talents. I am more than blessed to be called to serve all of you. With that I have a word of warning
and a word of blessing. The word of warning comes as a way in which any of us, as disciples of Christ,
see ourselves as bigger than life, as more important than others, so sure of our own conviction that we
are willing to sacrifice people for our own gain. The word that describes the sin sick soul is the word
hubris. This is not a word we bandy about very often, and yet the word hubris is a word I want you to
look up in the dictionary. All of us as followers of Christ need to watch out for the hubris in our lives
and to allow Christ to root it out. Greater are the words of blessing found in many forms such as song,
laughter, and conversation where you just enjoy the other person for who they are: peace, kindness,
grace, and forgiveness. All of these words of blessing show up in a well-lived life, and it is my call as
your pastor to nudge, pull, or guide you toward this blessing of words and actions.

The future of this congregation is great, and as great as it is, allow your sister or brother opportunity for
growth. Be patient when words of fear and fight are bantered about, and listen to acknowledge the
pain. Pray for God’s grace to always intervene in the relationships we all have. The season is changing,
and a new season of spiritual growth is now taking shape. Be kind to yourself, your family, and your
friends where you live and where you work. God’s peace be with you always. Amen.

Pastor Jeff M. Otterman


Church Notes:

Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday School will begin Sunday, September 13, at 9 AM. Anyone is welcome to join the group as we meet every Sunday before church. For the parents who are bringing their children to iPraise on Sunday, this would be a great opportunity for you to dig deeper into the Word of God.

Outlaw Ranch

 Mothers & Daughters Outdoors Retreat: October 9-11: Mothers, daughters, aunts, and sisters of all ages spend quality time together enjoying home cooked meals while meeting new friends. Participate in activities such as trail rides, hikes, canoeing, crafts, worship, and singing. If you do not have a relative in the area, invite someone to be your mother, daughter, or sister for the weekend!

 Scrapbooking & Unfinished Projects Retreat: November 6-8: Have an unfinished project that you have been trying to complete but just can’t find the time? This is the retreat for you! Spend a weekend working on your projects while letting someone else cook delicious meals for you. This retreat is for crafters of any kind, whether you scrapbook, knit, stamp, embroider, make jewelry, or have other crafts you enjoy doing. Bring your own projects and tools. Spend time on projects, sharing ideas and techniques, going for a walk in the woods, and meeting new friends.

Passionate Quilters: October 29 through November 2; November 12-16; or November 19-22: Gather up those quilting projects and head to Outlaw Ranch for a relaxed weekend of quilting, home cooked food, making new friends, and sharing creative ideas and expertise.



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