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.


November Highlights for WELCA

Upcoming Events


November 1, 8, 15, 29: Quilting, 9:00 am, Fellowship Hall (downstairs)

November 5: Executive Board Meeting, 7:00 pm, Martin Luther Room

November 5: Freezer Ministry, 1:00 pm, Upstairs Kitchen

November 6, 13, 20, 27: Tuesday Stitchers, 1:00 pm, Fellowship Hall (downstairs)

November 6: Prayer Shawl Ministry, 9:30 am, Nursery

November 10: WELCA Gathering, 9:30 am—Martin Luther Room

November 11/14: Blessing of the Quilts

November 14/15: Circles Meet




November 10 -  GENERAL MEETING AND THANKOFFERING -  9:30 AM -      Martin Luther Room


Our speaker will be Diane Nesselhuf from “Sharing the Dream”.  She is the founder of this ministry that helps Guatemalan women sell their handcrafts to support their families.   Come to hear her story and be inspired. 

A time will be set aside for us to also be aware of our own blessings as we have our Thankoffering service time.  Bring all that loose change you have been saving (as well as a checkbook) to express your thanks as we share our blessings with the greater and larger WELCA organization and its important ministry and work.  

Mary Circle will serve.  There will be a brief business meeting. 

November 14 -  2019 Budget Preparation meeting.  The WELCA Executive Board will meet at 7:00 pm in the Shalom Room.  Anyone interested in this process or      having suggestions for where we donate our funds is welcome to attend.






Quilt Blessing – November 7 & 11  

On the average we have 15-20 women coming to quilt on Thursday mornings.  Many of these quilts are displayed throughout the year in the Martin Luther Room.   Once we have our “Quilt Blessing” they will all be dispersed to Lutheran World Relief and various local ministries in the Sioux Falls area.   We thank many of you for your          donations throughout the year of fabric and slightly used sheets used to make these quilts.  The quilters also use Thrivent funds to help purchase batting.  Other quilts are sometimes offered in a raffle or silent auction and these funds also help support the quilter’s work. 


When the quilts are shipped to Lutheran World Relief in Minneapolis, they also need funds to pay for the cost of shipping the quilts in huge shipping containers to various parts of the world.  It could cost up to $20,000 to ship one container of quilts.  It probably averages about $2.25 per quilt.   This is where many of our congregational members can help out -  a free-will offering basket will be available to help contribute to the shipping cost for LWR at all the services during the “Quilt Blessing”.  Please consider being a part of this small endeavor.



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