Welcome

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

Saturday

5:00 PM Worship Service

Sunday

10:15 AM Worship

Upcoming Events:

November 3rd 8:00am - 3:00pm
Nothing but Christmas Sale

November 10th 5:00pm Service
Pickers will play

November 10th 4:30-6:30pm
Hunter's Supper

Novem ber 17-18
Annual QuiltSale

November18th 5-7pm
Thanksgiving Feast

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.

 

November Notes

The beauty of the Black Hills is unparalleled at any time of year. Yet, I've heard more than one person tell me that Fall is their favorite season. Maybe it is the slant of the sun which illuminates the rocky walls of the canyon to highlight every nook and crevice. Perhaps we feel the particular beauty of this season in the call of the birds as they circle in the sky intermingling with the sounds of the river traveling over rocks. Even the night sky in Autumn seems brighter with the closeness of the harvest moon rising over the starkly outlined peaks in the distance. The branches of the trees are bare, in anticipation of the impending harsh winds. The whole world waits for the ice and snow that are sure to come.

In the church calendar year, we usher in November with a remembrance of All Saint's Day. For me, this tradition of remembering is well placed in Autumn, a season that anticipates the coming winter while holding on to the lingering warmth of summer for as long as it can. The single word that captures the essence of All Saint's Day for me is hope. As Christians, we live in this “in between” time, holding in our hearts both the reality of death and the certainty of resurrection. The apostle Paul writes about this tension like this, “...we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us.” (Romans 5:3-5, emphasis added).

Hope does not disappoint us. I have seen that hope shining in the lives of the church community of St. James Lutheran during this past month! There is hope in the teachers who invest time on Wednesday afternoons with iPraise and confirmation. There is hope in the men and women who work tirelessly on the renovation of the sanctuary. There is hope in the women of WELCA who bake and quilt and visit and care. There is hope in the musicians who lead us in worship through song and melody. There is hope in the hearts of the people who come to worship on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. There is hope in the one who comes alone to the sanctuary to pray.

And this hope does not disappoint us – for it is built on the solid foundation of the certain promises of God. I am so thankful to be included in the hopefulness of St. James Lutheran Church! During the months of October, November, and December I will be serving as a S.A.M. (Synodically Authorized Minister) and worshiping together with you several times each month. During this “in between time”, I treasure the spirit of hopefulness that permeates the place and the people.

Kari Webb, S.A.M., Synodically Authorized Minister

 

 

Church Notes:


Thanksgiving Feast

St. James Lutheran Church will be holding its 13th annual Thanksgiving Feast on Sunday, November 18, from 5-7 PM, or as long as the food lasts. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome to come and eat. Every year we try to finetune this event to make things run a little more smoothly. Last year much of the food was purchased through a Thrivent Action Team, which meant the congregation did not need to supply as much of the menu. This year we plan to purchase much of the food the same way. One change from previous years you will notice when you sign up to bring some food is that we would rather you did not bring any cake. Cake tends to dry out more quickly, so we would appreciate bars or pies only. Please sign up at the back of the church for any items you would like to bring.

 

Construction in the Sanctuary Begins

If you have not seen the construction in the sanctuary, you need to stop in and see the changes. The front of the church has been transformed, and new carpet will be laid next week. With the changes, there has been much conversation about a new altar, pulit, and lectern. That then may lead to new kneeling rails, baptismal font, plant/candelabra stands, chair – the list goes on and on. Several of those existing elements, particularly the pulpit, lectern, and kneeling rails must be screwed down. Conversations have suggested a moveable pulpt and an optional lectern. A committee has been formed to research options and make decisions before any holes are drilled in the new carpet. There will be a period of temporary setup, so please be patient.


Volunteers Needed

A big thank you goes to Mike Keolker who volunteered immediately last month to learn the video recording system! We now have three people who will be able to run this system; however, since Bruce Ude has retired, he plans on being away from the area for months at a time. If we could have one or two more people volunteer to learn how to operate the system, then there could be a schedule made, and this wonderful ministry can continue even when someone is away. Through this ministry, approximately ten DVD's are distributed each week to various shut-ins, nursing homes, and members who have moved out of our area. With the remodeling in the sanctuary, some upgrades are also being made to the sound and video system. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, contact Bruce Ude or Ann in the office.

 

“Nothing But Christmas” Rummage & Baked Goods Sale

Don't forget that our 3rd Annual “Nothing But Christmas” Rummage and Baked Goods Sale will be this Saturday, November 3, from 8 AM to 3 PM. You may bring your items to the Fellowship Hall all day on Friday, November 2; please price your items to help out our volunteers. All proceeds benefit the Compassion Cupboard.

 

 

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