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.


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)


Featured Speakers:

¨ 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 Schedule

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