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:

Thanksgiving Eve Service
Once again we will continue our tradition of having a church service on Thanksgiving Eve in conjunction with the Methodist Church of Belle Fourche. The service this year will be at the Methodist Church on Wednesday, November 25, at 6:30 PM with Pastor Jeff preaching. All offering money collected will be sent to India to help Shadrach Peter with his ministry.

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

Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the champion and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

I believe that the race set before is none other than the existence of St. James Lutheran Congregation, and for that matter, every congregation of any stripe or denomination. The congregation cannot remain static; it has to maintain movement while growing, which is not always easy, and yet it is our call. Also we are called to look to Jesus the champion and perfecter of our faith and to seek the counsel and wisdom of Jesus and to regard the questions and answers we find as sufficient.

If we are to persevere in the race that is set before us, we are going to need to trust Jesus in everything
we do as a congregation. No idea is useless; only those ideas not presented are useless. If you have no
idea and yet are fearful, and that is your idea without a way to persevere, then that is not helpful either. It just causes a congregation to lose faith and believe less.

To lose faith in God causes people to believe less in what God can do, which in turn causes people to
trust their own ideologies and allow the fear of unknowing to control their actions. That in turn creates
a system of belief in themselves, which is the root of all evil. This will undo everything a congregation
believes in, and then the congregation dies a slow, torturous, painful death. We cannot coast in this life.
Before you each and every day is a choice to coast or to persevere. When you don't show up and don't
tithe 10 percent or more, when you give only your change and start to wonder why change is so slow to
happen in your life, then look no further than your own mirror. It is all of us and not just one person.
Don't think your pastor is any better. Even as I write with my own hand, I know this comes as a shock
to your ruminations of what would cause me to exhort and encourage all of you. This congregation
needs a revival.

All the time, as in the times we are in and the times facing the first congregation or the twelve disciples,
we have needed a savior who turns the world upside down and does the opposite of what you would expect, not saving the world by counting coins or betraying Jesus as Judas did — which is the way of the
world — but forsaking all else and allowing the joy set before us in enduring the cross. I believe we are
being asked a series of questions from this Hebrews text. "Will we take the road less traveled and make
way for the cross of Christ or will we take the easy way and avoid the hard decisions set before us?"
How much does this congregation mean to you? How long do you want this congregation to be around,
not only for yourself but for your children and your children's children?

No longer are you able to say our congregation is like all the others; no, ours is at a crossroads, and now
is the time to say where we are going and what we will be doing. Choose to follow Jesus or to follow
fear. If you flee, which is the norm, then I have your answer. If we are to engage, than I also have your
answer, and no matter what, this is the text before us now.

This is the rest of Hebrews 12. Dwell on it and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. Consider him who endured
such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as children — "My child, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, or lose heart when you are punished by him; for the Lord disciplines those whom he loves, and chastises every child whom he accepts." Endure trials for the sake of discipline. God is treating you as children; for what child is there whom a parent does not discipline? If you do not have that discipline in which all children share, then you are illegitimate and not his children. Moreover, we had human parents to discipline us, and we respected them. Should we not be even more willing to be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share his holiness. Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather healed
. Hebrews 12:3-13

Pastor Jeff M. Otterman


Church Notes:

Special Congregational Meeting

This Sunday, November 8, we will be having a special congregational meeting immediately after the church service. During this meeting we will discuss whether we as a congregation are interested in pursuing a Year of Renewal through Healthierchurch.org. After the discussion, there may be a vote of the congregation to decide, so please come and discuss this exciting opportunity


St James Thanksgiving Feast


St. James Lutheran Church will be holding its 10th annual Thanksgiving Feast on Sunday, November 22, from 5-8 PM, or as long as the food lasts. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome to come and eat. Lynn's Dakotamart has again graciously agreed to cook and carve the turkeys needed for this event as
long as we buy the turkeys from them. We will be running the event in much the same way we did before since this has proven to be quite successful. This means we will be cooking the vegetables, potatoes, gravy, and stuffing at the church the day of the event. You may also bake/ buy buns or bake pies and cakes for desserts. Work shifts of 5 people per hour will begin at noon. In order to prepare for this
event, please sign up to help with buying turkeys, cooking or baking items, buying vegetables, or helping prepare, serve, or clean up at the event. If you have any questions, please speak to Dallas Conner.

Turkeys & Other Ingredients for the Feast

If you are purchasing a turkey for the feast, please make sure you buy it by November 17 to give it time to thaw, and then it will be cooked at Lynn's Dakotamart. We have determined that approximately 20 turkeys is our limit. Turkeys will be available at Lynn's beginning the week of November 9. You may notice on the sign-up sheets that we have also included items for making the stuffing and the yam hot dish. If you buy potatoes or other ingredients, please do not buy them too far in advance because we don't want any of them to spoil before we use them. them.



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