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


9:00 AM Adult Sunday School

10:15 AM Worship

Upcoming Events:

Ash Wednesday

February 14th 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.


With Faith, Hope, and Prayer the Lord Provides

As our faith and prayers stand on the firm ground of God's word and promises, the Lord is providing wonderful opportunities for St. James. Recent personal conversations with our area congregations, retired pastors, and lay ministers (now called Deacons under the ELCA revised classifications) have revealed that they are holding St. James in prayer and willing to assist us in any way possible. We are currently working on securing our next Interim pastor and will be announcing details soon. As we move into February and Lent, we look forward to several local ELCA lay leaders and retired ordained ELCA pastors preaching from our pulpit:

February 3-4 Rachel Nelson who currently serves as the campus minister at BHSU and SDSM&T. We were blessed to have her here several months ago and look forward to her message.

February 10-11 Deacon Pat Eidsness, a designated ELCA Deacon who formerly worked in the SD Bishop's office, and most recently served as the Interim minister in Custer. She provided an excellent Outlaw retreat session on Angels last spring.

February 17-18 Retired ELCA Pastor Will Olsen who has been a pastor in this area for many years at Piedmont and most recently as the Interim Pastor in Sturgis.

February 25-26 Retired ELCA Pastor Duane Neugebauer from the Southern Hills who most recently served as Interim Pastor in Kadoka.

March 3-4 Mark Leverington local funeral director and friend of St. James will lead worship.

We are entering an exciting time of transition and growth here at St. James. For the health of our congregation and Jean it is important for us to completely release her as our Interim minister so that she may rest and transition into the new ministry work that God has for her in another environment. This includes a total separation that does not involve her in any of our congregational or pastoral business. For Jean's health and renewal, she moves in a new direction, and so do we. Some people may be concerned about the future of our congregation without an Interim pastor; however, continuing our typical spirit of collaboration and strong work ethic, we have many wonderful people willing to step in and make our church activities function smoothly and grow. Not only do we have the exceptional worship leaders listed above, but we also have many congregation members stepping in to ensure that all programs continue.

Our Lenten season brings forth our usual delicious soup suppers at 5:30 followed by worship service at 6:30 with Holden Evening Prayer, led by our talented choir as a new treat this year. Powerful worship emerges when our St. James voices fill the sanctuary with this beautiful service.

Parish Nurses, WELCA, Deacons, and the Evangelism committee will assist with health needs and visitation of homebound members as well as conduct services at local assisted living facilities. Deacons and Worship Committee are collaborating on the details of the worship services. I have the privilege of working with the confirmation students, and the ninth grade confirmation mentoring program is off to a great start. As prayers continue for our new permanent pastor, prayerfully consider what God may be calling you to do.

God has many names in the Bible, we most recently focused on Emmanuel, “God With Us”, in the Christmas season. Currently Jehovah Jireh, “the Lord will provide”, springs forth. How much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:11). With each need we have encountered, God has provided just the right encouragement and just the right person. When we stay focused on the Lord and “God's Work, Our Hands”, beautiful opportunities emerge and God provides.

Respectfully, Ronda K. Mehrer, Sister in Christ and Head Deacon


Church Notes:

Meet Your 2018 Church Council

The following people were installed as your church council members the weekend of January 27 & 28: President – Larry Shoemaker; Vice President – Linda Stambaugh Treasurer – Carolyn Kindsfater; Council Secretary – Paul Turbiville; Trustees – Steve Jakober, Sandra Kane, Mike Keolker, Jeri Olson, Mary Shoemaker, Brian Stambaugh; Deacons – Rhonda Johnson, Betty Kozur-Baker, Karen McLennan, Ronda Mehrer, Mark Stiller, Ann Turbiville; Board of Education – Tara Knapp, Vanesa Kudlock, Sara Nehl. Please keep these individuals in your prayers.


Lenten Services and Soup Suppers

The Lenten services and soup suppers will be similar to how we have done them in the past with the supper beginning at 5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall and the service at 6:30 PM in the sanctuary. Each week a different group from the church council will bring the soup except for the last week which will be open to volunteers. In an effort to make clean up very easy, we will be using disposable dishes for the soup supper. The groups bringing the soup that week will be in charge of cleaning up, whether they enlist some helpers or do the cleaning themselves.


Outlaw Ranch Activities

Scrapbooking and UFO (Unfinished Projects) Retreat: March 16-18, 2018 (Friday at 10 AM to Sunday at 2 PM) - Whether you scrapbook, knit, stamp, embroider, draw, make jewelry, or enjoy other crafts and projects, it can be hard to find the time to actually finish something. Bring your own projects and tools and honor your gifts by spending time on them, sharing ideas and techniques, going for a walk in the woods, and meeting new friends. You can stay at Outlaw for the weekend or commute.

Women's Retreat: April 6-8, 2018 (Friday at 7 PM to Sunday at 11 AM) - “Nourishing Body & Soul” Come to Outlaw Ranch for a time to breathe, unwind from the stress and demands of daily life, and renew your faith. Experience faith practices that will help us nourish our souls, such as devotional Bible reading, hospitality, prayers around the cross, praying while walking, and end-of-day reflection. Take time in God's beautiful creation to deepen friendships and focus on things that are important in our lives. Come. Find kindred spirits. Give yourself the gift of time and renewal. Led by Laura Campbell and Penny Steinken.

Elementary Adventure Day (Grade K-6): Sunday, April 22, 2018 (1:30 PM – 6 PM) - Bring yourself and a friend to an afternoon of fun at camp. Games, worship, singing, crafts, hiking hayrides, campfire, s'mores, and supper will provide you a fun introduction to camp. Parents are welcome, too.

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.




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