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.

2021 Officers:

Co-Presidents - Dee Gulson & Vi Gast

Vice President – Lorraine Osheim

Secretary – MarDee Dahlin

Treasurer – Laurie Johnson

Director of Justice – Elaine Oolman

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 (Co-Chairpersons are Marlene Kirkeby – 582-6492 & Beryl Bossman - 582-8380)

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.


August Highlights for WELCA

WELCA Gathering


Our next WELCA Gathering will be on Saturday, September 18th at 9:30am in the Martin Luther Room.  Anna & Priscilla circles will be the    hostesses that day. The speaker will be Becky Sluiter from Lifescape. 

She will be talking about projects that our quilting group can help with. 

There are also some donations they can use.  You can bring these into church and drop them off in the office.


¨ Fleece fabric for ponchos for adults or kids,

¨ Underwear drive- men’s underwear, boxer briefs, size small – 2XL, no children or women’s underwear needed

¨ Pumpkins to paint -we’ll take unlimited pumpkins for Halloween







Lutheran World Relief Kits


This year is our year to put together personal health care kits for Lutheran World Relief.  We will have our Sunday school children help us to put the kits together and get them ready to ship the first week of October.  Our goal is to start collecting items in August through September.  This should be a great time to watch for sales on these items!  Flyers will be available at church to use when you make your selections of the items.  Please read the suggestions to the sizes needed. Let’s make this the best year for helping out LWR!































September Schedule


Sept 2,9,16,23,30      Quilting 1:00 pm—Downstairs Fellowship Hall

Sept 7,14,21,28 Tuesday Stitchers—1:00 pm—Downstairs

Sept 11 Faithful Greetings—10:00 am—Downstairs

Sept 13 Executive Board Mtg. 7:00 pm—Martin Luther Room

Sept 15,16 Circles Meet

Sept 18     WELCA Gathering 9:30 am—Martin Luther Room

     Hostess: Anna/Priscilla


























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