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 - Sheila Aaker and Mary Entinger
Vice President – Nancy Pietz
Secretary – Nancy Steers-Beaird
Treasurer – Laurie Johnson
Director of Justice – Linda McCoy
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.
July Highlights for WELCA
WELCA JULY CALENDAR OF EVENTS
July 1: Executive Board Meeting—7:00 pm—Martin Luther Room
July 8: Freezer Ministry—1:00 pm—Upstairs Kitchen
July 17, 18:—Circles Meet
July 11, 18, 25: Quilting—9:00 am—Downstairs Fellowship Hall
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30:—Tuesday Stitchers—1:00 pm—Downstairs Fellowship Hall
July 28: Ice Cream Social—Hostess: All work groups
Pie & Ice Cream
Brandon Lutheran Church
Sunday, July 28
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Martin Luther Room
CHILI DOG OR HOT DOG
PIE OR BARS
LEMONADE OR COFFEE
And of course…ICE CREAM!
Free Will Offering
Proceeds will benefit BLC Youth Campers and Bethany Home in Brandon
The 32nd Annual SD Synodical Women’s Convention was held at Zion Lutheran in Aberdeen. The theme of “Embracing Our Neighbors” was based on Proverbs 31:9. Deacon Laurel Vogl gave a wonderful Bible study on this verse. She certainly impressed all of us!
Other highlights included 3 Awareness Sessions on the situation and ministry at Pine Ridge Retreat Center by Nicholas Breining; A fascinating story of how the Holy Spirit formed “Spirit of Faith” in Woonsocket by Pastor Rhonda Wellsandt-Zell; and the Churchwide Rep inspired us to do spiritual journaling.
Bishop David Zellmer led us in our closing worship service and preached. There was lots of time for visiting with old and new friends, hymn singing and great food.
Next year the Convention will be held at First Lutheran in Sioux Falls and hosted by Crossroads Conference. Hopefully many more of you can attend and be inspired and enriched by the awesome work that our Women of the ELCA is involved in.
Reported and attended by Cheryl Lundeen, Member at Large on the Synodical WELCA Board.
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