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.
5:00 PM Worship Service
9:00 AM Adult Sunday School
10:15 AM Worship Service
December 7 - 7pm
Mixed Company Concert
Advent Potluck after church
December 15 - 5pm
iPraise Christmas Program
December 24 - 5pm
Christmas Eve Service
December 25 - 10:15am
Christmas Day 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 Members and Friends of St. James Lutheran Church,
Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany: three seasons that bring us Jesus Christ in different forms and spirit. It is also the end of the warmer days and the beginning of colder days and snow flurries. For those of you who ski or snowmobile, this is a great time of year, but for the sun lovers it is usually not so pleasant. Yet the months go by, and we learn to live in the seasons of Jesus Christ.
My Aunt Bonnie died from cancer so many years ago, but I will never forget who she was and what she meant to me. Aunt Bonnie, for all of her faults, was one of the people in my life that allowed me to ask hard questions about my faith, and she was always so willing to listen and not judge me for what I was feeling, even if I was a bit off in my thinking. I
can remember how she would curl up in a ball on the couch with a blanket on her lap and say, "Luv, tell me what is going on in your life and how Jesus is present." She loved to tell stories, and the twinkle in her eye was one of love and concern, and I miss her every Christmas season. She was often over the top with her decorating and saw Christmas as something larger than life. That is probably where I get some of the grandiosity of the Christmas season. She was and always has been a source of joy in my memory of her and for the Christmas season. My Uncle Phil who served in the military would take his son and me to the air force base where he worked, and we would pull all nighters just a few times, but these are important in my memory of him. While he serviced the base where he was in charge of heating and
cooling, he would set the furnaces. You could climb into the giant furnace and then climb out of it just before the entire brick space was lit with some serious fire that would create electricity and heat for those serving our country. My aunt and uncle were devout Christians who loved family and friends. My Uncle Phil, my father's brother, is fighting cancer, and I watch from afar as he deals with the issues his wife had before him, but he is resolute in his faith and his belief in Jesus Christ. Both my aunt and uncle served me by sharing the fruit of the spirit and by following Jesus Christ. I loved my aunt and still love my uncle and pray for him daily.
Cancer affects so many people that I love and has robbed them of their life and/or their quality of life. I feel so helpless when dealing with those who are fighting this disease. Don't get me wrong, everyone is fighting some kind of illness and has been robbed of some quality of life and has found ways to navigate through their illness. With that said, cancer seems to rob people more quickly, and it seems more harsh. I can't tell you how often we as Christians need to hold on to each other and say, "I love you." Tracey Gallagher is much like my aunt because she cares and has cared for so many kids and students and is always willing to lend an ear and always willing to fight for their cause. Tracey is one of my best friends, and I am also honored to be her pastor. I have dreaded the fact of dealing with her cancer and my
worry of her death and my inability do anything to help her. I don't want her to die. Don't misunderstand me, she has grabbed me by my ear to give me a talking to, but it is because she cares for me. She is also a friend who has listened to me and not judged me. She is always a person who has held onto me, prayed for me, and given me great counsel. She often would play the heavy in church making sure kids, students, and some adults didn't run in church, but she also found ways to be at the church, in her home, or at her studio and listen to me and you in our time of need. To say that Tracey is a bit opinionated is probably an understatement, but her opinions count, and she has made me a better pastor and friend. She is an amazing, caring, and loving person with a great right cross. Tracey Gallagher cares and has cared and will continue to care beyond this life. My memory of her is amazingly nuanced, and without her, I wouldn't have so many great memories in my life. I have memories of bagging telephone books in her garage begrudgingly, teaching confirmation together, taking care of Danny Deardorff, and her amazing hands washing and cutting my hair; she made a great difference in my life. I would also say that her husband, Brendan, and her children that I have spent the most time with, Brian and MacKenzie, have shared her. In them I know and experience the love of God by the way she lives her life. As I write, Tracey is still alive and will probably be a little put out that I am even writing this. But if
you are good friends with Tracey and want to say goodbye, you have a short window of opportunity in which to do so. Her faith in Jesus Christ has created in me a stronger faith and an honest faith that doesn't shy away from saying how I feel. I am angry with God, for she is far too young, and she is unique, and I love Tracey and will miss her dearly.
I also trust God to know what to do in this difficult time and will continue to seek God's counsel on finding peace.
In the season of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, may you experience the light of Christ even amidst the difficult days we all must face. May Christ be ever in your life. Amen.
St James Thanksgiving Feast
A big thank you goes to everyone who helped make our Thanksgiving Feast such a success! Thanks for your help cooking and serving at the church as well as for your donations of food and/ or money. In all we fed around 500 people this year and collected around $800 for the Compassion Cupboard. A special thank you goes to Dallas Conner & Dean Haxton for organizing this event.
Mixed Company Concert
The group Mixed Company will be performing two concerts this year. Saturday, December 7 at 7 PM, the performance will be at the United Methodist Church in Spearfish, and Sunday, December 8 at 2:30 PM, the performance will be at St. James Lutheran Church. Directed by Sean Sutton, this local group of singers from Belle Fourche, Nisland, and Spearfish has been performing Christmas concerts for a number of years. A dessert reception will follow the concert.
Our Advent Potluck will be Sunday, December 15, immediately after the church service. Hospitality
Group 3 (from Steve & Leslie Mahoney to Rick & Linda Rothermel) is in charge of the potluck. Everyone is asked to bring a hot dish, salad, or dessert to share. All other essentials will be provided.