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
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,
Three pastors have influenced my faith and life, and I miss them dearly. These three pastors were in relatively close proximity to me when I started here in 2005. So in the year of 2014, I am hopeful to see any of these three pastors just for a bit on the phone, on facebook, or in person. Buck Malone is a great friend of mine, and I miss his humor and down-to-earth ability to make a joke about people who think too
much or don't think at all. I miss seeing Buck and hearing his drawl and his ability to be wise in what not to do as a pastor when what to do was obvious but not always apparent. Buck had a way with words and humor
and could find a good laugh in any situation whether he was blown off his seat on his porch when lightning struck next to his house or when he was helping me rustproof my truck or his vehicle. We would laugh about the crazy things that would happen in and around Belle Fourche. I miss Buck and his family and will always be thankful for the time we shared together while he was in Belle Fourche. He lives in Texas and continues
to make inroads for those who are willing to allow his friendly touch.
The second pastor was the associate at Our Savior's in Spearfish, and he also showed up from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. From the time we met, I could tell we were brothers with a different mother but brothers none the less. Ken Fouty, Jr. III, came to be and continues to be a wisecrack, all nonsense, very focused, skilled associate pastor, and while he was here he made life fun. He was the gasoline, and I was the match, but wherever we went we had a great time. Of the many good memories we had, we both emceed the Post Easter Conference Pastor's event in Rapid City and created a good time. I played the straight man, and Ken played the funny guy, and the two of us were a great team with lots of laughs. We once got stuck in a snowdrift going up Spearfish Canyon, and it took us about 3 hours to get out of the snowdrift with lots of laughter and "I told ya soes". We could always get into a great conversation where we would argue for argument's sake and laugh loudly while making fun of each other. We still do this on occasion where I can call Ken and just spill my guts and vice versa. While Ken was in seminary, he worked for the prestigious wine store in Whitehall, Ohio, which gave him ample opportunity to learn the craft of a good drink. If this offends anyone, I am sorry, but this is part of our story. I didn't know a thing about beer, scotch, or wine before I met Ken, but after being with Ken for a few years, I now know a good drink from a not-so-good drink. Good drinks I can't afford, and so I don't often drink anything but diet coke and water. Ken influenced my faith by being a good friend, one who could enjoy a good story without interrupting and one who could tell one as well. I have many more stories to tell, but not in this article. I miss Ken, and frankly he is too far away for my taste, but every once in a while we see each other.
The third pastor was also an associate at Our Savior's and has become a great friend as well. Karen
Matuska is the pastor who created all of my special clerical collars of material that I picked for her to make and the shirts that I continue to wear. Karen now lives in Colorado, and she makes a difference with so many people going through very difficult times. She works in a hospital as a hospice worker. I miss Pastor Karen's goofy smile and her amazing intellect. She was compassionate and yet could decipher the BS without much thought. She has an amazing intellect for theology and openness to exploring deep philosophical questions but really couldn't stand local church politics. Karen always found preaching at St. James one of her most cherished experiences while living in the Black Hills area, and one friend pointed out that she saw Jesus in Karen's eyes after a funeral she had done. Not a shock, for this woman of the faith allows her faith to shine. We often rode together for carpooling purposes, and I miss her ability to share her good stories, fun music, and her ability to put up with me while I was sharing my stories. At some point when I figure out what I want, she has promised to make me a new alb, and yet from time to time, we cross paths whether on social media or in prayer. Her name comes to me and/or my name comes to her, and we find a way to share a smile and our laughter in a telephone call. I miss her even though she isn't that far away, and I am always hopeful that you and I will get to see Pastor Karen yet again. When she does make that appearance, she can take measurements and help me pick the fabric of my new alb while reminding me of the fabric of my faith, which is a gift and her gift to me.
God's blessings be with you this new year, and may you find those who influence your faith as you grow, and make sure you allow your faith to influence others as well.
The annual meeting will be Sunday, January 26, 2014, immediately after the church service. Please get your year end reports to the office by Sunday, January 19, 2014. If you would rather email your report, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be resuming our Dinner Belle on Sunday, January 26, from 5-7 PM at our church. At this time, no definite plans have been made as to the menu, so please watch the bulletin to see if there are any special instructions for the Dinner Belle this month.
Mission Trip to Nicaragua
Members of South Canyon Lutheran Church in Rapid City are going on a mission trip to our South Dakota Synod companion synod in Nicaragua during the end of January and early February of 2014. Members of South Canyon went least year and had a great time and would like to open up the opportunity to other individuals in Bear Butte Conference congregations. Please contact Pastor Bruce Thalacker, who will
be accompanying the trip, at 605-343-4887 or email@example.com for more information.