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:

Maunday Thursday Service
March 29th 6:30pm

Good Friday Service
March 30th 6:30pm

NO worship service
March 31st

Easter Sunday Services
April 1st 8:00am and 10:15am
Potluck Brunch 9:00am

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.


New Interim Minister

Thanks to the diligence and hard work of congregation council members, especially Ronda Mehrer & Larry Shoemaker, we have people for pulpit supply and an interim pastor. We have a contractual agreement with Pastor Will Olsen of Piedmont to serve for six months. Some of you know him since he has been a pastor in the Bear Butte Conference for some time; some of you have met him at a recent Sunday service or Lenten service. He is a retired ELCA pastor, but we'll leave his introduction up to him at services and next month's newsletter. He will be conducting services three Sundays a month and will be available for pastoral duties. He plans to be with us for 3-4 hours on Sunday, 3-4 hours on Monday (or Tuesday, depending on his or the congregation's schedules), 8 hours on Wednesday, and 3-4 hours on Saturday, including worship. Already he has met with the Worship Committee and shared some ideas about worship that are exciting; you will see some of his ideas later this month during Holy Week. It is important to remember that during our congregation's transitional period without a fulltime pastor that we still need to see you in church worshiping with us. Please come and be a part of St. James Lutheran! Paul & Ann Turbiville


Church Notes:

Soup Suppers Schedule

Each week a different group from the church council will bring the soup except for the last week which will be open to volunteers. Please try to have your soup to the church by about 5 PM. 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 setting up and cleaning up, whether they enlist some helpers or do the work themselves.
Here is the schedule for those who bring the soup:
March 7 – Deacons bring soup
March 14 – Education & Youth bring soup
March 21 – Volunteers bring soup


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. The Lenten service will include the Holden Evening Prayer led by the choir.

Holy Week Schedule

Here is a look at the activities for Holy Week which begins the last week of March:

  • The Maundy Thursday service will be March 29 at 6:30 PM. We will have communion, but it will be in a different format this year. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall and sit at tables where a simple meal will be served. After our meal, we will have communion, also at the tables. There will be no footwashing this year during the service.
  • Our Good Friday service will be March 30 at 6:30 PM.
  • There will be no Saturday worship service the day before Easter. Those who usually come on Saturday, please come to one of the services on Easter morning and share the potluck brunch.

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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