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.

2018 Officers:

Co-Presidents - Sheila Aaker and Cheryl Lundeen

Vice President – Mary Entinger

Secretary – Annette Petereson

Treasurer – Laurie Johnson

Mission Growth – Linda McCoy

Mission Community – Deb Klein

Mission Action – Sheryl Kucker and Lorraine Osheim

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 – 582-3272)

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.


June Highlights for WELCA

JUNE 9 - Saturday at 9:30 AM  -  General WELCA Gathering.   Our featured speaker will be Lou Vogt from Family Connections.   This non-profit agency provides families a safe and comfortable place to stay while visiting their loved ones in prison and provides free counseling for families coping with stress associated with imprisonment.  Lou was a “break-out” speaker at the recent Spring WELCA Gathering and did a fantastic job.  Plan to come hear more about this ministry.  

The WELCA Scholarship winners will be presented with their awards and Martha Circle will be our hostess.

JUNE 13 - 1:00 pm in Martin Luther Room kitchen -  FREEZER Ministry.  You are invited to help prepare meals that will be put in the freezer for people in our church or community who have a crisis, illness or any special need of help.  It’s a heart warming project that doesn’t take a lot of time but the folks that receive a helpful meal are so grateful for.  Last year 254 meals were delivered to families and already this year 92 meals have been delivered.   Contact Betty Kielman (582-6782) or Marian Horr (332-7280) if you have questions.



JUNE 28-30 -  Synodical WELCA Gathering will be held at Abbey of the Hills near Marvin SD.  The theme is “Discover God’s Peace”.  Sheila Aaker and Cheryl Lundeen will be attending.  


Every Thursday Morning (9:00 - 12 noon)- Quilters meet to work on projects and quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other local agencies.  Anyone is welcome to help tie, layout blocks, cut or sew!  They have a LOT OF FUN and coffee is always served at 10:30!!  Join in if you can!



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