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.

2019 Officers:

Co-Presidents - Sheila Aaker and Mary Entinger

Vice President – Nancy Pietz

Secretary – Nancy Steers-Beaird

Treasurer – Laurie Johnson

Director of Justice – Linda McCoy

Director of Discipleship – Deb Klein

Director of Stewardship – Lorraine Osheim, Marlys Byre & Diane Rollag


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 – 360-8669)

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.


March Highlights for WELCA

Upcoming Events


March 4: Executive Board Meeting—7:00 pm—Martin Luther Room

March 5: Prayer Shawl Ministry—9:30 am—Nursery

March 6: Ash Wednesday Lenten meal 4:45 pm: Mary Circle

March 11: Freezer Ministry—1:00 pm—Upstairs Kitchen

March 13: Lenten Supper 4:45 pm: Naomi Circle

March 20: Men serve Lenten Meal

March 20, 21:—Circles Meet

March 23: Faithful Greetings—10:00 am—Downstairs Fellowship Hall

March 27: Lenten Supper 4:45 pm: Priscilla Circle & Executive Board

March 7, 14, 21, 28: Quilting—9:00 am—Downstairs Fellowship Hall

March 5, 12, 19, 26:—Tuesday Stitchers—1:00 pm—Downstairs Fellowship Hall       







Lenten Meals Sponsored by WELCA Circles and Men in Mission

Lenten Meals will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 6.  The meals will be very similar to the Wednesday Night meals, but the faces in the kitchen and the people serving will be different!

Each of the 5 WELCA Circles and the Men in Mission will be responsible for one meal each.   Both of these groups support many benevolent causes and help with many activities and projects inside and outside our church walls.  Be generous with your meal donations and try to learn more about what makes these groups so excited and willing to support causes both in our church and beyond.   Any donations that are above and beyond the cost of the meal will be used by WELCA or Men in       Mission to use for their benevolent causes.










Church on the Street – Lenten Project

Laundry with Love!

Laundry With Love provides opportunities to come alongside people who are    struggling financially by assisting them with their laundry.  Twice a month Church on the Street will partner with a church or group to provide 3 loads of laundry at no cost to anyone in need.  This allows people to use their very limited resources for other things like food and rent. COTS is there to offer love, support,                       encouragement and prayer to all. Bring your quarters to Wednesday Night Meals or on Sunday and drop your quarters in the detergent display containers as BLC     members help support the Laundry With Love project in Sioux Falls.






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