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.

2020 Officers:

Co-Presidents - Nancy Pietz & Barb Buck

Vice President – Becky Sonju

Secretary – Jan Woerman

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.


January Highlights for WELCA


January 4: Faithful Greetings—10:00 am—Downstairs

January 7: Prayer Shawl Ministry—9:30 am—Nursery

January 9: Executive Board Meeting—7:00 pm—Martin Luther Room

January 11: WELCA Gathering—9:30 am—Martin Luther Room

January 13: Freezer Ministry—1:00 pm—Upstairs Kitchen

January 15, 16:—Circles Meet

January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Quilting—9:00 am—Fellowship Hall

January 7, 14, 21, 28:—Tuesday Stitchers—1:00 pm—Fellowship Hall






Faithful Greetings


Faithful Greetings will meet January 4 downstairs in the fellowship hall from 10:00 am—12:00 pm. Come join our fun group of gals and welcome in 2020 with creativity!  Holiday goodies will be provided to munch.  Please bring your favorite beverage!  See you Saturday!





















January 11, 2020

Mark your calendar for the next WELCA General Meeting. (9:30 AM)   New officers will be installed and our program will be presented by Shetek Lutheran                  Ministries.  Come hear the latest news from this camping ministry that we help      support.  The new 2020 WELCA Handbook will be available too.













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