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 - 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
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.
June Highlights for WELCA
SD Synodical WELCA Gathering – 2021
June 25, 2021 1:00 – 3:00 pm
All Women are invited to attend in-person at:
Brandon Lutheran Church
Please register by emailing your name/church to: Clundeen@midco.net
The event is FREE and will follow CDC Guidelines.
A social time will be held afterwards at the Picnic Shelter
Watch on YouTube “Live” or “Later” on Brandonlutheran.org website (Click on “Follow Us” Click Here tab)
¨ Associate Bishop Rev. Renee Splichal Larson giving the devotional on the Theme – “We Are Called”
¨ Rev. Rebel Hurd as the Keynote Speaker
¨ Rev. Siri Sorenson highlighting the 50th Anniversary of Women’s Ordination.
Stoles made in honor of the 50th Anniversary will be shown. Clergy are encouraged to attend and wear their stole.
Love Gift will be items for Laundry With Love for Church on the Street
Women active in WELCA from across the state and especially in our Sioux Falls area will be in attendance. Come and be a part of this Synodical WELCA Event.
June 12 - Saturday - WELCA Outing & Tour
Ladies - It’s time to do something fun together. On Saturday June 12th, meet at church about 9:15 am and plan to carpool together to tour two places in Sioux Falls. Both of these non-profits are supported by our benevolence budget.
1st Stop at 10 AM: LSS Center for New Americans (300 East 6th St - on East Bank of Sioux River). A representative from LSS will explain how the capital campaign is funding this building and program with the $75,000 pledge from the SD Women of the ELCA.
2nd Stop at 10:45 AM: Sharing the Dream in Guatemala (321 Jones Building on North Phillips Ave – just 2 blocks from LSS) The Director of Sharing the Dream will talk to us about the programs that Sharing the Dream operates in Guatemala, offer us a 10% discount on purchases and several ladies that traveled to Guatemala will also share their experiences.
One of the projects we support is the “Elder” program. Our gift of $300 helps feed and give medical checkups to one elder for one year.
Sharing the Dream in Guatemala is an organization that promotes fair trade with cooperatives and small businesses in Guatemala. Purchasing these crafts not only provides work for the artisans, but the profits go to support community development projects as well.
A Thrivent Grant will provide a speakers fee and some door prizes.
Be Sure To Come!
June 7 Executive Board Mtg. 7:00 pm—Martin Luther Room
June 1,8,15,22,29 Tuesday Stitchers— 1:00 pm—Downstairs
June 3,10,17,24 Quilting 9:00 am—Downstairs Fellowship Hall
June 12 WELCA Gathering 9:30 am
June 16,17 Circles Meet
June 25 WELCA Synodical Convention
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