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.

2022 Officers:

Co-Presidents - Cheryl Lundeen & Diane Rollag

Vice President – Lorraine Osheim

Secretary – MarDee Dahlin

Treasurer – Laurie Johnson

Director of Justice – Marlene Kirkeby

Director of Discipleship – Deb Klein

Director of Stewardship – Marlys Byre


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 (Co-Chairpersons are Marilyn Abraham – 670-2076 & Annette Peterson - 582-7121)

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 Leslee Duncan- 582-7258)



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.


October Highlights for WELCA

Freezer Ministry


Freezer Ministry will be held on Monday, October 10th from 1:00 till about 3:00.  We make meals to deliver to people in need and deliver them on that day.  All that is left over we put in the freezer for future use.  If you know of someone needing extra help/care, please contact the church office for info on that process. 


















Sunday, October 23, 2022


Bake/Craft Sale 9:30-1:00

 Dinner served 11:00-12:30


Homemade Swedish Meatballs

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Glazed Carrots/Coleslaw

Homemade Lefse

Cherry, Apple & Pumpkin Desserts


The meal is available for a free will offering





Brandon Lutheran WELCA

 (Women of the ELCA)

 provides benevolent funding to the following Brandon Lutheran Church and      community concerns:

Brandon Lutheran Church Benevolences

Brandon Lutheran Sunday School , Vacation Bible School, Youth Campers

Noah’s Ark Preschool & Kinderprep Noah’s Ark Preschool Scholarships

Cradle Roll, High School Senior Scholarships, BLC Debt Retirement


Community Benevolences

Bethany Home in Brandon ,Brandon Valley Student Need Fund

Brandon Valley Food Pantry, Birth to Three, Family Connection


Synodical (State Wide) Benevolences

Church On the Street, Lutheran Social Services

Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota, Shetek Lutheran Ministries

St Dysmas Prison Ministries, LuMin at USD, SDSU and Augustana

Sharing the Dream in Guatemala









































Quilts for Sale


Quilts for Sale - There are some specialty quilts (professionally quilted) for SALE hanging on the balcony in the Martin Luther Room.  Those not sold after the Quilt Blessing in November will then be donated to several local agencies such as         Children’s Inn.  Proceeds from any sold quilts will go towards our Welca benevolence projects.  


































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