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.

2020 Officers:

Co-Presidents - Nancy Pietz & Barb Buck

Vice President – Becky Sonju

Secretary – Jan Woerman

Treasurer – Laurie Johnson

Director of Justice – Linda McCoy

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 (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 – 360-8669)

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.


January Highlights for WELCA

There will  not be a program at the January 9th Gathering.  The business meeting will include installation of officers, 2021 WELCA budget approval and presentation of the SD WELCA Synodical stoles made by Cheryl     Lundeen to the Brandon Lutheran pastors.  Dee Gulson will also talk to us about our 150th Anniversary.





Marlys Byre and Diane Rollag, Directors of Stewardship, reported Brandon Lutheran quilters made 275 quilts in 2020.  Jerry and Steve will deliver all the quilts on December 29th.  The quilts remaining in the sanctuary will be boxed December 22nd at 1 pm.  Lorraine Osheim, Director of Stewardship, reported that 90 school kits were taken to the shipping company by Jerry and Steve to deliver to Lutheran World Relief.  She has 130 bags left to use next year.




























January 7,14 21,28  Quilting - 9:00 am – Downstairs Fellowship Hall

January 16 Faithful Greetings – 10:00 am - Downstairs

January 5  Prayer Shawl Ministry – 9:30 am - Nursery

January 5,12,19,26 Tuesday Stitchers – 1:00 pm - Downstairs

January 4  Executive Board Meeting – 7:00 pm - MLR

January 9  WELCA Gathering – 9:30 am – MLR -  Hostess – Exec. Board

January 11  Freezer Ministry – 1:00 pm – Martin Luther Kitchen

January 20,21  Circles Meet



















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