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.


July Highlights for WELCA



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







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