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.


2017 Officers:

President – Cheryl Lundeen

Vice President – Marlys Pearson (1 year only)

Secretary – Annette Peterson

Treasurer – Nancy Pietz

Mission Growth – VACANT (arranges for our programs/speakers)

Mission Community – Jan Woerman (manages the Prayer Chain)

Mission Action – Sheryl Kucker & Lorraine Osheim (organizes the quilting group and Lutheran World Relief School Kits and Health Kits)

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 Doreen Allen – 582-3422)


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.


November and December Highlights for WELCA

November 11, 2017

General Meeting and Thank-offering Service

9:30 am in the Martin Luther Room

Mary Circle will host this get together as we thank God for our many blessings and hear from Kathy McHenry, the Director of Lutheran Planned Giving. She has been a presenter at women's groups across Nebraska and South Dakota for the last 15 years. Kathy will share some thoughts about a line from a poem by Linda Ellis and how to make the most of your dash through joyful gratitude and enduring generosity. "But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years."

November 19, 2017

Quilt Blessing of the many, many quilts

made by the Quilters of BLC

Quilts are then shipped to Lutheran World Relief

And local agencies and charities

December 2, 2017

“The Greatest Gift”

Advent Brunch – 9:30 am in the Martin Luther Room

A Seasonal Favorite to begin our Christmas Journey

during Advent - Program Entertainment by Castle and Conner

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

Local- within our congregation

Bible campers
BLC Sunday School, Adult Education, VBS and Noah’s Ark Preschool
BLC Media Ministry
BLC Debt Retirement Fund

Community Giving - (Outside our congregation)

Lutheran Social Services and Refugee Program
Lutheran World Relief
Lutherans Outdoors in SD and Shetek Lutheran Ministry
Student Ministry Programs at SDSU, USD, Augustana
The Banquet
Family Connection, Union Gospel Mission, St Francis House
St Dysmas Prison Ministry
Brandon Valley Food Pantry