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.

2023 Officers:

President - Lorraine Osheim

Vice President – Marilyn Abraham

Secretary – MarDee Dahlin

Treasurer – Laurie Johnson

Director of Justice – Arda Oliver

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)

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.


September Highlights for WELCA

September Schedule


Sept. 2; Faithful Greetings at 10 am.

Sept. 11th; Executive Meeting at 11 am.

Sept. 11th; Freezer Ministries at 1 pm.

Sept. 18th; Kitchen Clean-up at 9:30 am.

Sept. 20th & 21st; Circles Meet






















Heritage Festival


Our Heritage Festival will be held on Sunday, Oct.15th!  Please put this on your calendars.  We’ll have our meal, craft sale, and bake sale.  Craft and bake items left from Sunday will be available on Wed., Oct. 18th.


















































Pillow Cleaning


The pillow cleaning day was successful again this year.  He cleaned and restored 71 pillows!  We look forward to sharing this service again next August!









































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