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


10:15 AM Worship Service

Upcoming Events:

Graduation Recognition
Sunday, May 7


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 Ponderings


Spring has sprung, and the time for spring housecleaning is upon us. It is time to discard what has become ragged and worn and to store away the layers we have used to insulate ourselves against chilly breezes and all that nips our noses and bites our toeses. As I turned to the stratified layers of papers which have accumulated on all surfaces near my desk at home, I discovered a clipping entitled, “A Seventeenth Century Nun's Prayer.” As I read it, I realized that my spring cleaning needed to include discarding a few more things that have become ragged and worn – attitudes that are in danger of becoming habitual. The Nun's Prayer:

“Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful, but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of other's pains, but help me to endure them with patience. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint – some of them are so hard to live with – but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the Devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people. And, give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so. Amen.”

Happy Spring. May you sing and celebrate with joyful melody of robins and meadowlarks! See you in church!

Pastor Jean Helmer/SAM


Church Notes:

Graduation Recognition Sunday

Graduation Recognition Sunday will be this Sunday, May 7. If you are graduating from high school, college, technical school, or graduate school, etc., please come and be recognized! There wll be a reception after the service hosted by Hospitality Group 2. If you have not given the office a picture of your graduate, please do so IMMEDIATELY so it can be placed on the graduation display. If you would rather email a picture of your graduate to the church office, please email it to annstjames@rushmore.com. This includes graduates of college or trade school as well. College and trade school graduates also need to include information concerning the school from which they are graduating.


Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to all of the 2017 graduates! If we have forgotten to mention any members of St. James who will be graduating from high school, college, vocational school, or a branch of the military, please call 723-3923. Belle Fourche High School graduates: Theran Anderson, Griffin Conner, Braydin Eastman, Dillon Giacometto, JakeLyn Mehrer, Tate Olson, and Jon Peterson. Post-College graduate: Elise In't Veld, M.D., will graduate June 9 from the Medical Ophthalmology Residency Program at Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit, Michigan. Elise will begin a one-year fellowship focused on glaucoma this summer, also at Kresge Eye Institute.

First Communion Recipients

The following individuals received their official first communion last month, April 8 & 9, during the Palm Sunday celebrations: Kailey Nowowiejski, Trey Fuller, Aubrie Hobbs, Brenna Leitner, Carter McKenna, Ava McLennan, Olivia Nehl, Devin Nowowiejski, Shaine Weishaar, Sloan Young, Cade Bickerdyke, Serena Davis, Bree Eastman, Cash Johnson, McKenzie Lyons, Reese McKenna, and Conrad Schreier.

Vacation Bible School

Mark your calendars, parents, because Vacation Bible School will be held July 24-28 and will again be led by the Outlaw Ranch counselors. Remember there is no cost to the children attending VBS. Anyone interested in housing the counselors or providing snacks and/or meals during the week of VBS, please speak to Tara Knapp, Vanesa Kudlock, or Mavis Ude. Registration forms will be available at the church later.




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