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:

Fall Worship Schedule

Sunday, September 4, church worship services will begin at 10:15 AM. Church service on Saturday will still be at 5 PM. This will be the schedule throughout the school year.



5:00 PM Worship Service


10:15 AM Worship Service

Upcoming Events:

Confirmation Classes

The first day of confirmation classes will be Wednesday, September 28, at 4 PM. Before that first day, Pastor Jean will meet with both students and parents to discuss the plans for this year. At this time no date has been officially set for this meeting, but probably a short meeting after worship services on September 18 would be the best time. Watch the bulletin for further information.

Blessing of the Students

On Sunday, September 18 during the worship service, Pastor Jean would like to bless all of the students and their activities for this coming school year.

Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday School will begin Sunday, September 11, at 9 AM. Because next year will be the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we are currently exploring using material available through the South Dakota Synod. They have developed some free studies that can be used for congregations who would like to invest in a year-long study of Martin Luther and the Reformation. Everyone is welcome to join our group on Sundays and learn about our Lutheran roots.


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.


A Message from Pastor


“To name is to call into existence.” Gusdorf

Like many parents, Gary and I thought long and hard about the names we chose for our children. No parent wants to give a child the same first name as the neighborhood bully. What we call people and places often establishes our expectations of those people or places. That is also true of the words we use to name the spaces within our places of worship. What do you call the building and the main seating area of the large brick building located at the corner of Stanley Street and 11th Avenue? St. James Lutheran Church? The new church? The House of Worship? The temple? Or do you refer to it by using some other term?

How about the main gathering inside? Is that the “nave,” the “sanctuary,” or simply “the pews?” The terms we use set our expectations.

The word “church” comes from a Sanskrit root meaning roughly “the house of the hero or warrior.” A “church” is a place where we go to “join the warrior’s troops.”

A “house of worship” is a place where we develop a stronger, closer relationship with the all that is Sacred.

A sanctuary is a place where we are protected and nurtured.

In truth and in practice, St. James Lutheran Church is simultaneously all three: a church; a house of worship; and a sanctuary. We come together seeking a closer relation- ship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We come together seeking a sanctuary from the storms of daily life. And, we come together to “join the warrior’s troops,” becoming, quite literally, the hands of God. God meets us here in this space. God knows that what we need from day to day can vary greatly. The thing that is unchanging is that we are always and all ways, totally, in the presence of God. In the words of Fr. Richard Rohr, “we have nothing to work up to or to learn” to “attain the presence of God.” We only have things to unlearn and to let go of—We have to let go of any thought that we ever have been, ever are, ever can be separate from God. God is with us. HERE. NOW. CON- STANTLY. And that is, indeed the gospel—the good news. I look forward to your physical presence at St. James as we continue our faith journey.

On a personal note: in the past 14 days, while my husband has been hospitalized in critical condition, I have had constant, powerful experiences of the presence of God—and of the presence of God’s hands through the hands of St. James’ members and friends, and through the hands of neighbors. To me, the words “sister/brother-in-Christ,” “friend,” “neighbor,” and “prayer warrior” have taken on ever larger meaning. In the words of Philemon 1:4-5, “When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God because I hear of [am experiencing, personally] your love for all the saints [“saints” simply means “believers.”] and your faith toward the Lord Jesus.” Together, let us continue to serve the Lord. Amen.

Pastor Jean Helmer


Church Notes:

iPraise News

The iPraise schedule this year will be the same as last year with Preschool through 4th grades meeting on Sundays and the 5th and 6th grades meeting on Wednesdays.

  •  The first day of iPraise for grades pre-school through 4th grade will be Sun- day, September 11, at 9:15 AM. This will run until church begins at 10:15 AM.

  •  The first day of iPraise for the 5th and 6th graders will be Wednesday, September 14, from 4-5 PM.

  •  After the worship service on Sunday, September 11, there will be a Taco-in-a-Bag lunch to celebrate the first day of iPraise. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy!

    We still need a volunteer for a music direc- tor for the Sunday iPraise program. In order to help make this a successful year for the students, the Board of Education needs prayers from the congregation. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Tara Knapp, Vanesa Kudlock, or Nicole Weishaar.

Esther Circle & Deborah Circle

Our church currently has two active cir- cles, and all women are invited to join.

  •  Esther Circle meets the second Wednes-

    day of every month at 9 AM. This year they will be using the Bible study lessons from the Lutheran magazine called “The Gather.”

  •  Typically Deborah Circle meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 PM, but due to some scheduling conflicts with Mixed Company practice, we will meet the third Tuesday of each month at 7 PM until January of 2017. For our September meeting we will complete our study of the book “Heaven is for Real”. We will choose our next book of study at that meeting.

    If anyone is interested in joining either of these circles, please feel free to come, or if you need more information, call the church office at 723-3923.




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