updated information

August 10, 2018

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle has posted an editorial regarding the Anderson Family tragedy that is worth the quick read.  We hope you will take a few moments to read and consider the content:


August 8, 2018 2:00pm

Christ the King Lutheran Church would like to issue a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who donated food and time for the Anderson Memorial Reception.  To the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office and the Bozeman Police Department, we are grateful for the love and support extended to the Anderson family.  Your assistance with the logistics of the day by the law enforcement team including the spouses was amazing!  In addition, we would like to thank the following businesses and groups for their donations of goods and services:  Lehrkinds Coca-Cola, Montana Party Rentals, Montana Linen Supply, Gallatin Event Rental, Montana State University (Terry and Carol Leist), Heritage Christian School, Meadowlark Elementary School, Central Valley Fire Volunteer Assn (Dustin Pitman), Republic Services, Springhill Presbyterian Church and Reid Loessberg (technical support).

We are blessed and grateful to be a part of such a caring and supportive community.

How can I help?

CtK is committed to providing love and support to the Anderson and Nielsen families.  This section of our website will serve as the central location for information regarding ways that each of us can provide love and support to the families over the coming weeks.  Please check back often as new opportunities to give and serve continue to be added as they are identified.

  • meal train

    UPDATE!  August 10, 2018

    The need for prepared and delivered meals for the Anderson and Nielsen families has now changed to a request for gift cards to their favorite restaurants.  If you would like to help support the Anderson family with meals, we ask that you deliver or send your gift cards for the Anderson Family to:  Christ the King Lutheran Church, 4383 Durston Rd, Bozeman, MT  59718.  Requested Gift Cards include:

    • Wasabi
    • McDonalds
    • Olive Garden
    • Ale Works
    • Rosa's Pizza
    • Panda Express
    • Starbucks
    • Outback
  • dorm room shopping

    Nicole Anderson will be starting her Freshman year at MSU in just a few short weeks!  In order to help Nicole with this transition, Christ the King is partnering with the Gallatin Valley Sheriff's Office to solicit donations of gift cards to Target, Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond.  If you would like to donate a giftcard, it can be sent or delivered to Christ the King Lutheran Church at 4383 Durston Road, Bozeman, MT  59718.  We hope to get them by August 10th but will accept them at anytime.  Please be sure to indicate they are for Nicole.  Let's help Nicole have the coolest dorm room at MSU!

  • Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Assn (MSpoa) Donation site

    Those wanting to make donations to the Anderson family can do so through the MSPOA.  MSPOA is a nonprofit corporation so your donation is tax deductible.  Every cent will go directly to the Anderson family.  Checks can be accepted and can be made payable to MSPOA with a designation added in the memo field for the Anderson Family.  Checks can be mailed to MSPOA, 34 West Sixth Avenue, Suite 2E, Helena, MT  59601.  If you prefer to use a credit card, please call 406-443-5669 to make that happen.  We thank you in advance for your kindness to the family.

  • Go Fund Me Page

    A Go Fund Me page has been established as a way to contribute financially to the Anderson family.  For information and donation instructions, please click on the following link:


previous information updates

August 5, 2018

The memorial service for Angie and James will be streamed on the CtK Facebook page, beginning at approximately 10:45am. You do not need a Facebook account to watch, but may need to scroll down to find it: www.facebook.com/ctkbozeman

August 3, 2018 2:15pm

The memorial service for Angie and James Anderson is Monday, August 6th at 11:00am with a reception immediately following at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bozeman.  In anticipation of a large crowd of attendees, a secondary site, where the service will be streamed, has been established at Springhill Presbyterian Church, 4769 West Babcock, Bozeman, MT  59718.

The obituaries for Angie and James Anderson can be found at the following link:


August 3, 2018 2:00pm

On Thursday, August 2nd, MSU President Cruzado provided Jim Anderson's daughter, Nicole, with a full four-year tuition to attend MSU, including room and board.  Nicole starts at MSU as a freshman this fall.  We give thanks for this great gift.

August 1, 2018 2:00pm

A memorial service for Angie and James Anderson will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 4383 Durston Road, Bozeman, MT  59718 on Monday, August 6th at 11:00am with a reception immediately following in the church social hall.  

August 1, 2018 10:20am

Sunday evening the search for James Anderson shifted from one of rescue to recovery.  Searchers from Gallatin, Cascade, Missoula, and Roosevelt counties continue to be involved in the search.  As stated on the Park County Sheriff's Facebook page, it demonstrates how Montanans take care of each other.  We continue to pray for all those involved in the search for James as well as the Anderson and Nielsen families.  Funeral arrangements are currently being finalized.

July 30, 2018 12:20pm

With great sadness we ask for your continued prayers for the Anderson and Nielsen extended families.  On Friday afternoon and evening Jim and Angie Anderson were boating on the Yellowstone River, with Nicole, James, and Caleb Harmon (who went to the ELCA Youth Gathering with the CtK youth).

There was a tragic accident, and Angie was killed.  James is still missing.  A search which began Friday evening is still in process.  Jim, Nicole, and Caleb survived the accident.

The CtK pastoral staff are directly supporting the family.  Additional ways to support the Andersons and Nielsens will be coming, and funeral arrangements are pending.