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.


May Highlights for WELCA



May 6: Executive Board Meeting—7:00 pm—Martin Luther Room

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

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

May 15, 16:—Circles Meet

May 18: Faithful Greetings—10:00 am—Downstairs Fellowship Hall

May 2, 9, 16, 23: Quilting—9:00 am—Downstairs Fellowship Hall

May 7, 14, 21:—Tuesday Stitchers—1:00 pm—Downstairs Fellowship Hall










Next General Meeting and Outing is June 8th

Our “Outing” will be a trip to Oakridge Nursery in Brandon for some of the latest tips on making our flowers grow!  The WELCA Scholarship     winners will be awarded to the recipients when we return to the church for refreshments.  Watch upcoming bulletins and newsletter for more details.












The WELCA Synodical Convention

 This is  June 20-22 at Zion Lutheran Church in Aberdeen.  Please note the correction of dates from our WELCA Handbook.  Registration information for this is available from Sheila or Mary.  Pre-registration of $50 is due by June 6th.  Please consider going -  great way to meet new women and gain new ideas.








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