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.

February Highlights for WELCA

February WELCA News

February 10, 2018 – General Meeting at 9:30 AM in Martin Luther Room

The guest speaker will be from CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). CASA trains and supports every day citizens to speak for abused and neglected children. They become the eyes and ears for the judge, providing information that she has no other way of receiving.

Every year, right here in our area, nearly 400 children become victims of abuse and neglect. Due to the sheer volume of work, the Department of Social Services can become overwhelmed. Adding a CASA to a case is one of the most efficient ways to ensure the best possible outcome for each child.

Children with CASA are more likely to end up in stable and permanent homes, help as likely to re-enter Foster Care, and much less likely to spend time in long-term Foster Care.

WELCA has 5 “Circles” that meet monthly for Bible study and fellowship. The morning and afternoon circles meet on the third Wednesday and the evening circle meets the third Thursday of the month. We welcome guests and new members. If you want to be a part of this fellowship please come – ask any of the officers for more information.

WELCA has several other ongoing fellowship and service groups that meet monthly. Please feel welcome to join in at any time for the following groups:

Prayer Shawl – Knitters and crocheters meet February 6th in the nursery to work on shawls.

Quilters - Meet weekly on Thursday morning at 9:00 am to make Lutheran World Relief quilts.

Freezer Ministry – No meeting in February.

Faithful Greeters – No meeting in February.

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