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.

2019 Officers:

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


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.


October Highlights for WELCA


October 1: Prayer Shawl Ministry—9:30 am—Nursery

October 7: Executive Board Meeting—7:00 pm—Martin Luther Room

October 13: Fall Heritage Festival—Everyone Helps

October 14: Freezer Ministry—1:00 pm—Upstairs Kitchen

October 16, 17:—Circles Meet

October 19: Faithful Greetings—10:00 am—Fellowship Hall

October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Quilting—9:00 am—Fellowship Hall

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29:—Tuesday Stitchers—1:00 pm—Downstairs





Sunday, October 13, 2019


Menu:  Roast Turkey, Homemade Swedish Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Candied Carrots, Cranberries, Homemade Lefse, Pumpkin & Apple Desserts


Serving 11:00 – 1:00


Bake Sale 9:30-1:00

Featuring cookies, breads, pies, lots of homemade lefse and crafts!

We urge everyone in our congregation to contribute to the bake sale by making your favorite cookies, cakes pies, rolls and/or breads. Donations of crafts are also welcome!


New for 2019-- We will also have a room of household treasures for sale! Please consider donating your gently used household items.  The items will be available to browse and purchase. 

(No Clothes or Shoes, please)

















Freezer Ministry -  October 14


If you like to cook or prepare food, come and join the Freezer Ministry on October 14 at 1:00 to help prep meals that can be    frozen and then delivered to congregational members that need a little extra attention due to health issues, bereavement or other difficult issues.  The ladies really do have a good time together and get a lot done in a few hours.  


Faithful Greetings - October 19


Please join our Faithful Greetings group October 19! We will be working on confirmation cards and welcome anyone who wants to learn a new craft!!  We meet downstairs in the fellowship hall from 10-noon.  Come enjoy some good fun and fellowship!  No         experience necessary!  We'll teach you as we go!  See you then! Thanks!

(Questions:  call  Terri Grothe 582-3016)











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