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.

2021 Officers:

Co-Presidents - Dee Gulson & Vi Gast

Vice President – Lorraine Osheim

Secretary – MarDee Dahlin

Treasurer – Laurie Johnson

Director of Justice – Elaine Oolman

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 (Co-Chairpersons are Marlene Kirkeby – 582-6492 & Beryl Bossman - 582-8380)

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 Leslee Duncan- 582-7258)



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.


November Highlights for WELCA

WELCA Quilting Blessings -  2021


The Brandon Lutheran quilters have been busy making quilts on both Tuesday and Thursdays this year.  Almost 200 quilts have been prepared and distributed to local charities. 

The remaining quilts will be sent to Lutheran World Relief.  These quilts will be blessed on Sunday, November 14 and Wednesday, November 17.  On those days the quilters will be asking for donations to help with shipping costs to send quilts to Lutheran World Relief.

We thank you for your continued support of the WELCA work missions.  “God’s work, Our hands” has helped to bless many lives, including our own.









Heritage Fest Thank You


The WELCA Heritage Fest committee would like to thank everyone for their support of our craft sale and silent auction!  We appreciate those who brought items to be sold as well as those who came to do some shopping.  Because of your generosity, we raised almost $4,000 for the support of WELCA benevolences.  We thank you for your continued support of the WELCA work missions.

































November Schedule

Nov 1  Executive Board Mtg. 7:00 pm—Martin Luther Room

Nov 2,9,16,23,30 Tuesday Stitchers—1:00 pm—Downstairs

Nov 4,11,18 Quilting 1:00 pm—Downstairs Fellowship Hall

Nov 13 WELCA Gathering/Thankoffering 9:30 am—Martin Luther Room—Hostess:  Naomi Circle

Nov 14,17 Blessing of the Quilts

Nov 17,18 Circles Meet

Nov 17 2022 WELCA Proposed Budget Meeting—7:00 pm




























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