Women of the ELCA

If you are a woman and a member of Brandon Lutheran church you are a member of WELCA too! Contact the office to get a WELCA Handbook for more specific information on our many ministry activities.

2018 Officers:

Co-Presidents - Sheila Aaker and Cheryl Lundeen

Vice President – Mary Entinger

Secretary – Annette Petereson

Treasurer – Laurie Johnson

Mission Growth – Linda McCoy

Mission Community – Deb Klein

Mission Action – Sheryl Kucker and Lorraine Osheim

Circle Groups:

Small groups that do Bible Study and fellowship. These five “Circles” would welcome your attendance. They meet once a month. Contact the chairman of any circle for more information.

Mary Circle – Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 (Chairman is Becky Sonju – 582-6810)

Naomi Circle - Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 (Chairman is Marge Perry – 582-5680)

Priscilla Circle - Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00
(Chairman is Alica Thiele – 582-2506)

Anna Circle - Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00
(Chairman is Diane Rollag – 582-3272)

Martha Circle - Meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm
(Chairman is Anita Gaspar - 376-7064)



Work Groups

All the women of the church are divided up into 3 Work Units. These units are called upon occasionally to help provide food and workers for funerals or other special occasions. You may only get called once or twice a year – depending on the need. This way all women have a chance to serve and the more active circle members don’t get overloaded with the work load.


December Highlights for WELCA

Upcoming Events


December 6, 13, 20: Quilting, 9:00 am, Fellowship Hall (downstairs)

December 3: Executive Board Meeting, 7:00 pm, Martin Luther Room

December 4, 11, 18: Tuesday Stitchers, 1:00 pm, Fellowship Hall (downstairs)

December 4: Prayer Shawl Ministry, 9:30 am, Nursery

December 12/13/20: Circles Meet




Brandon Lutheran WELCA Quilting Report  -  2018

The WELCA ladies meet on Thursday mornings to work on preparing the mission quilts.  Various teams cut quilt blocks, design the quilts, and tie the quilts.  In 2018 we were blessed with donations of several sewing machines.  This made it possible for us to sew the blocks together and sew the edging to finish the quilts all in the church basement.  It is so wonderful to see a quilt project from start to completion in God’s house.  “God’s work, Our hands!”

The quilts prepared were blessed on November 7 and 11.  Thank you to the BLC congregation!  Because of your generosity, we raised $588 to help with shipping costs for Lutheran World Relief to send the quilts abroad.

After the quilt blessings, the quilts were boxed and delivered to various missions.  The total number of quilts given to missions in 2018 was 233. 


Lutheran World Relief: 148

Local Missions:   85

Abbott House:   10 Ronald McDonald House, E 24th    9 Ronald McDonald House, Lake 9 Children’s Inn   12 Furniture Mission 8 Veteran’s Outreach   10 Glory House 9 McCrossan Boys Ranch   10 St. Francis House 8


The WELCA Tuesday Stitchers met Tuesday afternoons to work on various projects.  One of their projects was the creation of baby blankets from flannel to donate to  various local missions.  In 2018 they made 14 baby blankets that were given to the Abbott House (4), Ronald McDonald House (2), Children’s Inn (3), and Teddy Bear Den (5). 

Making quilts and baby blankets will continue to be ongoing missions of WELCA.  The following are some ways in which you can help support these missions:

-Attend a working session, coffee and treats are typically provided and the         fellowship is uplifting

-Donate used sheets

-Donate fabric or sewing thread


We thank you for your continued support of the WELCA work missions.  “God’s work, Our hands” has helped to bless many lives, including our own.









It’s time to update our WELCA Handbook for 2019.  Have you noticed a wrong spelling or phone number or would like to change your number to a cell phone number?  Would you like to join a committee or circle?   We have committees that work with the various fundraisers such as Heritage Festival or Ice Cream Social that would love to have you participate.  Or maybe you’d be interested in helping plan the Advent Brunch or serve on the Funeral committee.  If so, please contact either Cheryl Lundeen       (605-201-3102) or Sheila Aaker ( 605-645-0291) and let us know by           December 17th.  




At the November General Meeting and Thankoffering I received a lovely gift of a succulent terrarium for my past few years serving as President of WELCA.  I was so surprised and certainly do appreciate the thoughtfulness.  I’ve also certainly enjoyed the privilege of serving in this capacity with so many willing ladies to make our events happen!  You are all such a blessing! Thank you!


Cheryl Lundeen, Outgoing WELCA President




Fundraisers help support our Benevolent Budget. Some of the Groups/ Ministres WELCA support are:

Local- within our congregation

                  • Bible campers
                  • BLC Sunday School
                  • Vacation Bible School
                  • Noah’s Ark Preschool
                  • BLC Debt Retirement Fund

Community Giving - (Outside our congregation)

                  • Lutheran Social Services
                  • Church on the Street, SIoux Falls
                  • Bethany Meadows
                  • Noah's Ark Preschool Scholarships
                  • Lutheran World Relief
                  • Lutherans Outdoors in SD and Shetek Lutheran Ministry
                  • Student Ministry Programs at SDSU, USD, Augustana
                  • Family Connection
                  • St Dysmas Prison Ministry
                  • Brandon Valley Food Pantry