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
10:15 AM Worship Service
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.
I am your SAM – Synodically Authorized Minister. It is the ELCA equivalent of an Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist tradition, or a Licensed Laity pastor in the United Church of Christ tradition. As such, I am required to have a formal background in theological studies and pastoral care. In addition to Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, I have a Diploma of Completion from the Yankton School of Theology. It was a four-year program of courses, each condensing an area of study required by mainline seminaries. Additionally, I am required to do continuing education annually. To those who have asked why I don’t become ordained: that requires a Master’s of Divinity Degree – roughly 3 years away from home plus nearly $100,000 of expenses. That is offered as a gentle reminder that the pastor you are seeking likely has a hefty student debt. It is also a not-so-subtle reminder that your donations to the Synod help furnish financial aid to seminarians. It is good to water the crop you hope to harvest!
My extended family includes three traditionally ordained pastors. Each has a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4 year accredited university and a Masters of Divinity Degree from a mainline seminary. Representing three denominations: the United Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church USA, and American Baptist Church, they each sought to enter the parish ministry. Thus began their search for a congregation that would be a good match for their sense of calling and mission. Before they could answer Jesus’ call to “feed my lambs, shepherd my flock, feed my sheep,” (John 21:15-17, paraphrased), they needed to know about the specific flocks (parishes) they were considering. When considering the profiles (self-descriptions) of congregations seeking pastors, they paid close attention to two areas: the congregation’s demographics, and the church’s sense of mission. There are questions all congregations should consider on a regular basis.
First, what are the demographics of those who regularly attend and support our church?
Pastor Jean Helmer
The iPraise Christmas Program will be Saturday, December 10, during the worship service at 5 PM. All are invited to come and see the Christmas story as told by the children of our church. After the Christmas Program, there will be no iPraise until January 4 & 8.
100th Anniversary of St. James
In preparation for the 100th Anniversary of St. James Lutheran Church, please jot down your earliest memories of your time as a member of the congregation. Please also share photographs, older and current, of the church and your family. The pictures will be scanned and returned. Identify your photos with names and dates, and be sure your name is on your written memories. Leave them in the envelope in the office. They will be returned as promptly as possible. The plan is to have 4 programs throughout the year, highlighting different decades of the last one hundred years. The programs will culminate in a December celebration next year with a slide show of history and memories. Talk to Genevieve if you are interested in being on the Anniversary Committee.