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 (Beginning Sept 9th)


5:00 PM Worship Service


10:15 AM Worship

Upcoming Events:

Our fall worship schedule will begin on September 9. Our Sunday worship service will begin at 10:15 AM; the Saturday service will remain at 5:00 PM. This will be the schedule for the rest of the school year.

September 23
Rite of Affirmation of Baptism at Sunday Service

Fall Schedule

The following is a list of programs that will begin shortly:

• August 29 was the first day of confirmation classes for those in the 7th and 8th grades. Classes will be every Wednesday after school, about 4 PM.

• Quilting begins September 10 & 11 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. • Esther Circle will begin September 12 at 9:00 AM.

• September 12 will be the first day of Bell Choir at 6:15 PM, and Adult Choir will begin that day at 7:15 PM.

• The first day of iPraise will be Wednesday, September 19 at 3:30 PM. Classes will be held the first and third Wednesday of every month unless notified.

• Adult Sunday School will begin September 16 at 9:00

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 Paragraphs

Is this nonsense? Why do we name the ninth month of the year with a word that means “seven?” Why do we begin all manner of events and schedules in the ninth month instead of making “this month” the first month? Why does the “first month” come in the middle of winter? Our community, personal and church calendars seem to have almost no relationship to each other as to beginnings and endings, starts and stops.

What is certain in Anno Domini 2018, September is a month of both beginnings and endings for the people of God at St. James Lutheran Church of Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

The beginnings include the start of iPraise, Confirmation classes, WELCA monthly meetings, choir rehearsals (both vocal and bell), quilting, and a return to worship at 10:15 AM on Sunday mornings. Where things have slowed down a bit during the summer months, the activity level of the whole congregation picks up and fills up your calendar. We pray these will be exciting days for you!

While it cannot be called an ending --- more a “Milestone on the Journey” --- we will celebrate the Affirmation of Baptism with the young people that have studied for three years, leading to this day. September 23 at the 10:15 AM service we will recognize them as they respond to God's baptismal grace with the confirmation of their faith. Family, friends, sponsors and all people of faith are encouraged to be part of that important day.

Finally, there is an ending. September 29 and 30 will be the last worship services I will conduct at St. James Lutheran Church. It has been my privilege to be with you these seven months. Prayerfully, you are seven months closer to having a full-time pastor in your midst. I certainly hope you will be as receptive and caring about that person as you have been to me. Be assured, the process is long and slow, but you have not been forgotten or abandoned. Continue “getting ready” and preparing your hearts for the “personification of Good News” who will be coming into this place, and into your lives. Thank you for giving me the chance to touch your minds, hearts and lives.

Pastor Will Olsen


Church Notes:

Fall Worship Schedule

Our fall worship schedule will begin September 9 with church services beginning at 10:15 AM. Church service on Saturday will still be at 5:00 PM. This will be the schedule throughout the school year. .


Confirmation Sunday

Confirmation will be Sunday, September 23, during the worship service. Confirmands and their mentors will meet with the church council at the next council meeting on September 11. They will be asked a few questions about their faith and will also be given the opportunity to ask some questions of their own. In addition, there will be a short rehearsal for the confirmands the Saturday before confirmation, September 22, immediately after the evening worship service, or around 6 PM. A reception will follow the worship service on September 23 and will be hosted by Hospitality Group 4 (Schmidt to Young).


Adult Sunday School

The Adult Sunday School will begin on September 16 at 9 AM and will meet in the church library. This year's study will be a book by Max Lucado called “Ten Men of the Bible: How God Used Imperfect People to Change the World”. Join the class as we study the lives of men such as Noah, Job, Moses, Paul, and Matthew.

Fall Retreat at Outlaw Ranch

For you should go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into sound and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12.

This year's Fall Retreat at Outlaw Ranch is Friday, September 7, and Saturday, September 8, and will be hosted by Our Saviors Lutheran in Spearfish. Kari Webb, also from Our Saviors, will be the main speaker with the theme of “Grow Joyfully”. Some of you may recognize Kari because she has preached in our church a couple of times recently.

Registration begins Friday at 4 PM. Registration forms are available in the office, and a nonrefundable registration fee of $5.00 is due by September 1. The following are the fees for 3 meals and lodging: the lodge is $64.00, the barn is $61.00, and cabins are $54.50. The commuter rate is $38.50. Come to relax, rejuvenate, and grow joyfully.



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