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:

Summer Worship Schedule


5:00 PM Worship Service


9:00 AM Worship

Upcoming Events:


Council Meeting Change Due to a conflict with Pastor Will's schedule, the August council meeting will be Tuesday, August 21, with the council picnic beginning at 6 PM.

August 21
6pm Church Council Picnic
7pm Church Council meeting

Our fall worship schedule will begin on September 9. Our Sunday worship service will begin at 10:15 AM; the Saturday service will remain at 5:00 PM. This will be the schedule for the rest of the school year.

September 23
Rite of Affirmation of Baptism at Sunday Service

More information on all of these events and more read our Church Newsletter.

St. James DVD

Church Service on DVD. If you had been listening to the radio service of St. James Lutheran Church for years, you may have noticed that we are no longer on the radio. Instead we have been making DVD's of the church services each Sunday, and copies of the services have been distributed to friends and members who would like one. We are currently only recording the Sunday worship services, but recordings can also be made of special services as well. If you would like to have a copy of the services, please let Ann in the church office know, and it can be provided.


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.


Pastor's Paragraphs

The Bible reminds us (when taken out of context): “And a little child shall lead them.”

Susie (the names are changed to protect privacy) never wanted to shake the pastor's hand after church. She would walk as far away as the door would allow, staring suspiciously at that “man in the long white dress.” Susie's family grew when a baby brother was added one fine day. On his first day at worship, everyone crowded around to see and admire this healthy boy. Susie just looked on.

The day came when John was baptized. Susie didn't want to join the family at the font, so she stuck with her grandmother in the pew. At the end of worship, once again baby John was the center of everyone's attention. Susie just looked lost as the tall people mingled around her. Then that “man in the long white dress” got down on one knee and said to her, “You look so pretty in that dress.”

She flung her arms around my neck and hung on so very tight for a long moment. I hugged her back, held her at arms length and said, “Jesus loves you, too. And we are so happy you are here today.”

That was some 30 to 40 years ago. When Susie sees me, in any situation and any place, I get a hug. I am ever grateful for this girl --- now a woman and mother in her own right.

But there was a bigger lesson for me than just a hug from a sweet little girl. The first lesson is: In order to communicate God's love, you have to get down to your audience's level. I love big words and love to use them in my preaching and teaching. In order to communicate the story of God's grace, I need to leave those big words home and get down on one knee to talk directly to those who would and should hear.

The second lesson is: Too often, the people we want to reach are not seen and so fall through the cracks of non-communication. The old cliché about buggies and wagons was “It's the squeaking wheel that gets the grease.” That may work for wagon wheels, but for people, it is often the quiet ones that are ignored and need to be seen and addressed. Look around you and see who you might be missing. Give them a hug.

Thirdly, and most obviously: We all need to be hugged. We all need to be seen, heard, helped and cared for. AND, we can all see, hear, help, care for and hug those we meet and serve. Learn from Susie. Share the joy.

Pastor Will Olsen


Church Notes:

Church Council Picnic

Before the next church council meeting on August 21, there will be a potluck picnic at 6 PM at the church for all council members and their families. The picnic will be over in time for the council to meet at 7 PM.


Confirmation 2018

Since Pastor Will is leaving our congregation at the end of September, we have decided to confirm the youth who normally would have been confirmed this year before his departure. Letters have been sent to those individuals outlining the necessary meetings and requirements, and the date of September 23 has been approved by the church council. The following is the schedule so far:
• August 22 – Pastor Will will meet with the mentors and confirmands.
• September 11 – Those youth planning on being confirmed will meet with the church council. Pastor Will would like to have the mentors present for this session.
• September 23 – We will celebrate the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism during the Sunday service, followed by a reception

Fall Retreat at Outlaw Ranch

For you should go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into sound and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12.

This year's Fall Retreat at Outlaw Ranch is Friday, September 7, and Saturday, September 8, and will be hosted by Our Saviors Lutheran in Spearfish. Kari Webb, also from Our Saviors, will be the main speaker with the theme of “Grow Joyfully”. Some of you may recognize Kari because she has preached in our church a couple of times recently.

Registration begins Friday at 4 PM. Registration forms are available in the office, and a nonrefundable registration fee of $5.00 is due by September 1. The following are the fees for 3 meals and lodging: the lodge is $64.00, the barn is $61.00, and cabins are $54.50. The commuter rate is $38.50. Come to relax, rejuvenate, and grow joyfully.



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