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 Worship Service

Upcoming Events:

August 30th - 5:00pm
Dinner Belle

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

Great and glad tidings to all of you, friends and family of St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

Today is July 31, 2015, and I am currently spending good quality time resting at the De-Mumbrum household in Whitehall, Michigan. They visited us almost 8 years ago and keep all of you in their prayers. Today is a day not safe to be in the waters of Lake Michigan because of strong riptides. Tonight is a blue moon, and the next blue moon won’t happen until 2018. Also on July 31, today is a worldwide recognition day for those who are still found to be slaves to someone who owns them. With the Sturgis Rally happening currently in our backyard, look for the signs of those who might be slaves to someone who owns them. Report what you see if your sixth sense is disturbed. Go online and find the signs and pay attention to the people around you. Slavery is real, and there could be a child or an adult being held against their will.

I love the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch because it’s all about a call from God for us to care for others around us. If you are willing to step out in faith, that is, to get up off your rear ends and be open to what God can do in your life, then you are ready to respond. The scripture says that Philip was taking a walk on the road, and he discovered a man reading aloud from the book of Isaiah, but the man didn’t understand what he was reading. Yet Philip does understand from a new perspective, from a Christian perspective. Philip didn’t judge the man in the chariot but engaged with him, and this man happened to be a eunuch and a man of great responsibility. Philip did what we as Christians are all called to do: engage, share Jesus Christ, baptize, and be led by God’s spirit. It is an amazing account of God’s leading and our doing and then God’s emerging presence in our lives. Then Philip was whisked away in a cloud to Azotus, and the baptized man came out of the water. His message back at Ethiopia would eventually reach the ears of some man named Augustine, which is another story of God’s grace years later.

Dawn Brachmann sends her best to you as well. We both shared the story of our mission journey to India with Lebanon Lutheran Church just a few days ago. The vacation has been very restful, and I am looking forward to my return to all of you. Pray for safe travels for all of the Otterman’s wandering here and there, to and fro, as I will keep you in prayer as you journey to rest or to work. God’s grace be with you, and I will see you soon.

Pastor Jeff M. Otterman


Church Notes:

iPraise Teachers Needed

The Board of Education is looking for some willing people to teach our youngsters for the coming year. Please prayerfully consider teaching or helping. If you are interested, contact Audrey Bickerdyke at 723-7780, Sue Otterman at 645-9194, or Nicole Weishaar at 210-1285.


Annual Quilt Auction

Lutherans Outdoors is holding its 26th annual Quilt Auction at Joy Ranch on August 30 at 1 PM. Joy Ranch is located near Florence, South Dakota. This is Lutherans Outdoors’ largest fundraiser with all proceeds going to the camping ministry of Lutherans Outdoors. The quilts and Silent Auction items will be on display on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Handmade crafts will be sold to support camperships also. For a schedule of events including the silent auction, craft sale, and quilt viewing visit:
www.losd.org. Retreat rooms are available for either Saturday or Sunday night (August 29 or 30) at Joy Ranch. Please call the camp directly to reserve a room at 886-4622.

Women’s Fall Retreat at Outlaw Ranch


2 Corinthians 5:17—Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. The Bear Butte Conference Women’s Fall Retreat at Outlaw Ranch will be September 11 & 12 with the ladies of First Lutheran Church of Newell hosting the retreat. A $5 non-refundable registration fee and housing fees may be paid now or upon arrival. Housing fees will include 3 meals. The cost to stay in the lodge is $59, in the barn is $56, and in cabins is $50. Commuter rates are $36. Make checks payable to WELCA, Bear Butte Conference. Early registration is encouraged for choice of lodging. Registration forms are available in the church office.




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