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 News
The last day of class for the 6th graders will be April 13, the last day of class for preschool through 4th graders will be April 24, and the last day of class for the 5th graders will be April 27.

Fine Arts Fundraiser
The Belle Fourche High School Fine Arts will be having a fundraiser in our Fellowship Hall on Sunday, April 17, at 5:30 PM. It will be an evening of “Soups, Salads, & Sundaes” with entertainment from the high
school music and theater groups. Tickets will be $10 per person and will be available to purchase from the students.

Mortgage Burning Party
After nearly 20 years, we have finally paid off the mortgage for the Fellowship Hall. Hooray! To celebrate, we will be having a Mortgage Burning Party on Sunday, April 24, immediately after the church service. This will be a potluck celebration, but the meat will be furnished and prepared by the now famous Vern Fritz! Please bring a side dish, salad, or a dessert to share.

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 great people and friends of St. James Lutheran in Belle Fourche and around the world. Grace and peace from our Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Thank you all who read this and find hope.

I commend my dear sisters and brothers in Christ who continue to make my joy complete. One such sister is Jean Helmer, for we work so well together it is amazing. She isn’t a Lutheran pastor, and yet she fills in for me and more than often becomes a great sounding board for me when I have difficult things to write and say. Without Jean Helmer and her wisdom, I don’t think I would be a very good anything. She always asks the right questions and always strives to do her very best. She will be here in my stead for one of the weeks that I am away. Another sister in Christ is Eileen Miller, an amazing playwright. She operates as secretary at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche, and she and Pastor Bob Deumig graciously allowed us to use their fun clothing for our
Last Supper Seder. Please send them a note of thanks for their generous offering. Finally, a great brother in the Lord, one who is most amazing and is a good friend and fellow colleague, is the Reverend Del Neumeister from our sister church, the United Congregational Church in Belle Fourche. His kindness and brotherly love cannot be overlooked or overstated. He has made and continues to make a difference for the community of Belle Fourche. He has more consistently been to the Dinner Belle community feed at St. James Lutheran than I have been, and his willingness to participate in the Good Friday Cross Walk was amazing. Without him we would have been walking much longer. His spirit of unity is a beacon, and he is a delight.

No church is about one person, and yet it will be my attempt to share different people every month in this church who make a difference. Never fear, I will find space for all of you at some point. Those who walked or drove the other day during the cross walk in the blinding snow were Mark Stiller, Kendal Schreier, Kenny Coyle, Del Neumeister, and myself with Sue Otterman. Driving and praying for us were Bruce Ude and George & Alice Evans. I know there were more praying and watching from the UCC church in town, but I only have one word to describe my thanks, and that is “WOW”!

Susan Peterson came up with the great idea of having the Last Supper Seder. She put together a team of amazing people in our church to help for this event. Susan prepared and bought much of what we ate as the ritual parts of the Seder. She had amazing help from Amy Gubbrud, Genevieve Skogberg, Rhonda Johnson, Karin Haxton, Sara Nehl, Bitsy Stiller, Reva Potter, Terry Hoscheid, and so many others. Vern Fritz missed most of the Last Supper Seder because he was barbecuing the meal of chicken and, most importantly, the lamb. His skills are amazing on the grill, and he had help from Clyde Rische. The players
in the dinner theater who read their lines so well were Betty Baker, Tim Speidel, Scott Peterson, Dwight Gubbrud, Jeff Otterman, Ann Turbiville, Kenny Coyle, Brian Stambaugh, Bitsy Stiller, Mark Stiller, Reva Potter, and Terry Hoscheid. Without these awesome people, no learning could have happened.

With all of that, the music at any of our events and for any service cannot be overlooked. I am so blessed as I think of all of you who are the most talented group of voices that I have ever seen. The great leader we have in Paula Speidel under her direction and leadership continues to bless our church and guide those voices to perfection. We have amazing and talented pianists in this church: Mark Stiller, Linda Rothermel, Ellie Lawton, and Paula Speidel, who also plays the organ. Not to mention our favorite guitarist, Pete Buer, who will be playing for us again soon. We are blessed with the Pickers once a month and with our children’s voices once in awhile as well. Thanks to all for the variety of services that you provide for edification and worship of Jesus Christ our Lord.

In all I just wanted to say thank you for all that you do and for all that you have done. I have so many other names floating through my head as worthy of praise, but soon enough, for all of you are worthy of God’s blessings. It is my hope that you allow the Easter season to envelope you well into the summer. God’s peace and blessings be with you all. Amen.

Pastor Jeff M. Otterman


Church Notes:

Treasurer’s Note to Congregation

Analysis of the cash flow for St. James Lutheran Church continues to exhibit an ongoing shortfall between cash coming into the General Fund and the expenses that need to be paid each month. As a result, we “carry over” unpaid bills from one month to the next.
In the short term, it would be beneficial if members could increase their weekly or monthly giving by a small percentage if possible. In addition, participating in the “Simply Giving” program would enhance the consistency and timing of the cash flow. If interested in this program, please contact Ann Turbiville, church secretary, for details.
Given how difficult it is for a family to generate the extra money for church giving, it is understandable
if individuals feel that they cannot do more. Regardless of your decision, I would like to express my appreciation and that of the church council for all the past and present financial help you have given to St. James Lutheran Church.
Over the long term, we must work towards increasing the number of individuals and families participating
in the ministry of St. James Lutheran Church. Planning is ongoing concerning programs to achieve that goal. We will keep you posted on the progress. Again, thank you for your support, and please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.
Don Nelson, Treasurer

iPraise News

The iPraise school year of 2015-2016 will be ending in April. Here are the three official ending dates: The last day of class for the 6th graders will be April 13, the last day of class for preschool through 4th graders will be April 24, and the last day of class for the 5th graders will be April 27. A big thank you goes to all of the teachers and the members of the Board of Education for all of their hard work this past year!


Spring Events at Outlaw Ranch

Women’s Retreat: (April 8-10) What does prayer mean to you? How do you pray? Come spend a beautiful weekend at Outlaw Ranch and discover new ways to incorporate prayer into your life. Author Amy Kirk will help us explore different ways to commune with God. The weekend also includes worship, singing,
laughter, free time, making friends, outdoor activities, and that great Outlaw food!

 Elementary Adventure Day: (April 24) For grades K-6. Bring yourself and a friend to an afternoon of fun at camp. Games, worship, singing, crafts, hiking, hayrides, campfire, s’mores, and supper will provide you a fun introduction tocamp. Parents are welcome, too.

Passionate Quilters: (April 29-May 1 or May 6-8) 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. Beginning and advanced quilters are welcome!

For more information on any of these retreats, go to www.LOSD.org or call 1-800-888-1464.



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