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:

Summer Worship Schedule


5:00 PM Worship Service


9:00 AM Worship

Upcoming Events:

June 13-17
High School Rodeo Finals (volunteers needed)

July 23-27
Vacation Bible School

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.


The Pastor's Paragraphs

Can't you hear the conversations around the supper table as the weekend nears: “Summer is upon us. The rains have come and turned the world green. The sun's warmth has already been higher than our preferred limit. The fish might be biting. The beach looks inviting. Lawn mowing can wait a day (but not two or three at the rate it shoots up). Let's get away for the weekend!”

While you absent yourself from sharing worship with the community, I pray you will at least take the time to give thanks for the gift of that rain, warmth, lake and beach. I pray you will at least take the time and spend the energy to “pause in your pursuit of pleasure” to recognize that your presence at or absence from worship and the worshiping community does not diminish the grace which has saved you and the love which continues to enfold you --- wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Our opportunities to relax on a weekend off or vacation far away are part of living under the grace and merciful love of our Savior. Our daily life, at work or play, continues to be his gift to us. Responding to his gifts of grace while vacationing or spending summer weekends by the lake, in the Hills or at the River is still possible and important.

Take your Bible with you. Read a bit each morning and think about it during those “down time” hours of the day. Continue to find new ways to love your neighbor --- especially the neighbor in the next camp site or at the shared picnic or cafe table. Drop your congregational offering in the mail to cover the costs that continue there. Care for the earth by picking up your trash --- and even a little extra.

When Jesus called his disciples, he gave them his life saving love. He, also, asked them to respond in service. I am simply saying that you can offer your response at home, at play, nearby or far away. You know the Good News. Share it wherever and whenever you can. And God's peace go with you!

Pastor Will Olsen


Church Notes:

Summer Worship Schedule

We began our summer worship hours on Sunday, June 3. The Saturday evening worship service will remain the same at 5 PM, but the Sunday worship service will change to 9 AM.


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.

High School Rodeo Finals

Belle Fourche is once again hosting the South Dakota High School Rodeo Finals from June 13-17. Our church has been asked to clean up trash at the Roundup Grounds, and we need a number of people, both youth and adults, to volunteer. The first day of the rodeo this year is Wednesday, and we only need to do some light cleaning that day after the supper.

Notice from the schedule below that we will not try to clean after the final performance on Saturday evening as that can run late; we will do the final cleaning on Sunday morning after church. The following shows the times crews are needed each day:

Wednesday June 13: 8:30 PM

Thursday June 14: 11:30 AM & 9:00 PM

Friday June 15: 11:30 AM & 9:00 PM

Sunday June 17: AFTER CHURCH In the past we have received $1,000.00 to clean the rodeo grounds, so this is an easy and fun way for our church to make some money during our summer months when attendance is lower.

Outlaw Ranch Activities

K-5 Parent & Grandparent Overnight: June 22-23, 2018 – This is a summer weekend. (Friday 4:30 PM to Saturday 4:30 PM.) Going to camp is a big step. Explore Outlaw Ranch for one big day. We will have worship, singing, crafts, Bible study, games, outdoor adventures, 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. Take that first step at camp together!

Summer Camp Openings: June & July - $50 OFF Coupon – Outlaw Ranch has some openings in youth camp for grades 3- 8 and Adventures. Come, enjoy the best week of your summer at camp! When you register for a week of camp, the discount code for $50 off is: BBYOUTH2108.

Outlaw Ranch 60th Anniversary – Saturday, July 7: Come join us at Outlaw Ranch for a special 60th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 7. Singing, sharing stories, trail rides, canoeing, ice cream social, special campfire worship, and more.

Register at www.losd.org/events-retreats. You can also join us for a Community Worship on Sunday at 10 AM. For more information and to register, go to www.losd.org, email outlaw@losd.org, or phone 605- 673-4040.



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