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:

Worship Schedule


5:00 PM Worship Service


10:15 AM Worship

Upcoming Events:

Pickers will play October 13th @ 5:00pm

Dinner Belle October 28th 5:00-6:30pm

November 3rd
Nothing but Christmas Sale

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.


Thank You --- All of You!

Helen and I are deeply appreciative of all the support and care the people of St. James have shown to us throughout these few months. Then you cap it off with a most generous farewell gift. (The Amtrak website has already been consulted though solid plans are not in place as yet.)

It has been a delight to serve you this year. Your response to my ministry has been positive and encouraging. It certainly made the weekly trips inviting. We will continue to think of you, pray for your on-going ministry to the people of Belle Fourche, and encourage you to dare to dream of the next phase of your journey of faith. God bless you.

Pastor Will and Helen Olsen


Church Notes:

Call Committee Report

With Pastor Will's help, the deacons, Call Committee, and Personnel Committee have been working to keep our congregation supplied with pastoral support. The Synod has asked Pastor Sandness, from Our Savior's Lutheran in Spearfish, to be our “Vice Pastor”. His first priority will be his congregation, but he will advise our council and Call Committee, be our liaison with the Synod, and be our first call for member crisis situations. Kari Webb will continue with shut-in and hospice visitations and also be pulpit supply at least two Sundays per month until January. The Synod has decided to make her a SAM, or a Synodically Authorized Minister, so that she will be able to give us communion. Her role with our congregation may develop further after that, and discussions continue with her. We are very thankful for the guidance, effort, and prayers from Pastor Will, Synod staff, and others as our congregation's leadership continues in this process.


Construction in the Sanctuary Begins

At the September 16 congregational meeting, we voted to begin construction to remodel the front of the sanctuary. The congregation voted to allow $10,000 to be spent for this project. Demolition has already begun to remove the old three-level Pickers will play October 13 at the 5:00 PM Worship Service Second Quarterly Mission Offering For our 2nd quarterly mission offering, we have been collecting items for New Alternatives in Rapid City, a residential care facility for disadvantaged youth between 18 and 21 years old. The following is a list of items needed: toiletries, slightly used small appliances, dishes, outdoor recreational items, or fast food gift cards. You may also donate money for this project; make any checks out to St. James Lutheran Church and write “New Alternatives” in the memo line. stage, make a new two-level stage, remove the choir loft, move the organ and the grand piano to the place where the choir loft was, and add a wheelchair ramp at the East door. In addition, upgrades will be made to the video and sound system. Please have patience while all of the construction is in progress because the space will look a little different when we have our worship services.

Volunteers Needed

As you probably know, St. James Lutheran has been video recording our services for over two years now. This has evolved into quite a ministry for us since we distribute approximately ten DVD's each week to various shut-ins, nursing homes, and members who have moved out of our area. Bruce Ude has kept this ministry going, but he recently retired and needs more volunteers to help when he is away. If you have read the information concerning the remodeling in the sanctuary, you see that some changes will be made to the video and sound system. One change being considered would require two people to operate the system every week. Currently we have only a couple people trained to use the system, so if you are interested, contact Bruce Ude or Ann in the office.


“Nothing But Christmas” Rummage & Baked Goods Sale

Start cleaning your Christmas storage now to donate to the 3rd Annual “Nothing But Christmas” Rummage and Baked Goods Sale Saturday, November 3, from 8 AM to 3 PM. Items will be set up in the Fellowship Hall. Donations will be accepted all day on Friday, November 2; please price your items to help out our volunteers. All proceeds will benefit the Compassion Cupboard.


Outlaw Ranch Retreats The following are retreats available at Outlaw Ranch this fall:


• Passionate Quilters – October 24-29, November 8-12, or November 15-19. 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. Many quilters report that these are the best weekends of their entire year.

• Scrapbooking and Unfinished Projects Retreat – November 2-4. Whether you scrapbook, knit, stamp, embroider, draw, make jewelry, or enjoy other crafts and projects, it can be hard to find the time to actually finish something. This retreat offers you the time, space, and fellowship to work on your passions. Bring your own projects and tools and honor your gifts by spending time on them, sharing ideas and techniques, going for a walk in the woods, and meeting new friends. You can stay at Outlaw for the weekend or commute.

For more information on these or other retreats at Outlaw Ranch, Contact Outlaw Ranch at 605-673-4040 or email outlaw@losd.org.



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