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.
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
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
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