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


8:45 AM Adult Sunday School

10:15 AM Worship

Upcoming Events:

May 2nd
Last day of iPraise

May 6th
Graduation Recognition

May 27th
Dinner Belle 5-6:30pm

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.


Who Am I?

The St. James Church Council and I have agreed that I will serve as the Interim Pastor at St. James Lutheran Church for up to six months. What have we gotten you involved in? Who is this person that will occupy the Pastor's Office and the pulpit for these days? Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Willard Olsen and I am often called Pastor Will or Pastor Olsen.

One of my grand-children introduced herself at a church meeting, not with a biographical list of dates and places but with, “I am a child of God.” That's a very good place to start. I became a child of God through water and the Word at First English Lutheran Church of Canby, Minnesota (after being born some nine years earlier in Wanda, Minnesota.) I confirmed that faith at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown, South Dakota.

After graduating from Watertown High School, I enlisted in the Navy, spending two years of that enlistment in a Naval Ship Yard in Yokosuka, Japan. A couple of years at South Dakota State meant meeting and marrying Helen, then transferring to Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Three years were spent as a Youth Director at Alpine Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois. My seminary years brought us to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

By the time I finished school, Helen and I were the parents of one boy and two girls. Since that time, we have added another daughter and another son, twelve grand-children and nine great-grandchildren. We have lived, and served congregations in Waubay, Mitchell, Madison, Hot Springs and Piedmont --- all in South Dakota. Since retirement, I have done a lot of pulpit supply and served as the Interim Pastor at Grace Lutheran in Sturgis (twice) and Faith Lutheran in Rapid City. We still live in Piedmont.

Working part-time here at St. James means I will not be doing much visitation or attending all the meetings of groups and organizations. If you let the church office know about hospitalizations, I will make every effort to see you there. I will try to be in the office on Monday mornings, all day on Wednesday, and a couple hours before or after worship on both Saturday and Sunday. You don't need an appointment to stop in for conversation or a cup of coffee. You can help me out by introducing yourself --- again and again.

Pastor Will Olsen


Church Notes:

Congratulations Graduates!

St. James Lutheran does not have any members who are graduating from high school this year. However, we do have some who are graduating from college or post-college. Congratulations go to the following individuals: Brian Gallagher is graduating from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Taylor Gubbrud is graduating from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Spanish. Emily Stambaugh is graduating from the University of Minnesota with a double major in Supply Chain & Operations Management and International Business. Claire Stambaugh will receive her Masters of Education in Reading from Black Hills State University. Elise In't Veld, M.D., will complete her glaucoma fellowship from Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit, Michigan in June. She will begin her ophthalmology practice at Ophthalmology Limited in Sioux Falls in August.


Vacation Bible School

Mark your calendars, parents, because Vacation Bible School will be held July 23-27 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 Sara Nehl. Registration forms will be available at the church later.

iPraise & Confirmation News

Both the iPraise and confirmation classes will be ending their school year in May; the last day of iPraise will be May 2, and the last day of confirmation classes will be May 16. Many thanks go to the teachers who made this all possible. The iPraise teachers and helpers were: Cindi Conner, Tara Knapp, Vanesa Kudlock, Sara Nehl, Melissa Nore, Emily Olson, Genevieve Skogberg, & Nicole Weishaar. The 7th & 8th grade confirmation classes were taught by Pastor Jean Helmer until her departure at the end of January when Ronda Mehrer replaced her as teacher. Thanks go to the parents who helped bring snacks for the children each week. And a special thank you goes to the Board of Education for their work in making sure everything ran smoothly: Tara Knapp, Vanesa Kudlock, & Sara Nehl.

Outlaw Ranch Activities

Passionate Quilters: April 27-29, 2018 and May 4-6, 2018 - Gather up those quilting projects and head to Outlaw Ranch for a relaxed weekend of quilting, home cooked food, making new friends, and sharing creative ideas and expertise.

K-5 Parents & Grandparents Overnight: June 22-23, 2018 – (Friday 4:30 PM to Saturday 4:30 PM) - Come, explore camp through worship, singing, crafts, Bible study, games and much more! This program offers a chance for K-5th grade campers and parents/grandparents to pack all of the fun and adventure of camp into 24 hours. It's a blast you don't want to miss.


Sign Up for Bible Camp!

Lutherans Outdoors has a number of camps in South Dakota where your child can have a wonderful experience, but time is running out to get a cheaper rate to go to Bible camp this summer. If you register for camp by April 15, you will pay $525 rather than the regular rate of $575. If your child is interested in going to camp, there are scholarships available through the church to help pay their way. Each child applying for a scholarship through the church must fill out a form and give it to a church council member. At the next church council meeting, a decision will be made as to how much money the council will give each child wishing to attend Bible camp. Contact Ann in the office for more information about the scholarships. For more information about the various camps available, check out www.losd.org.




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