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.


July Highlights for WELCA

“Here’s The Scoop”


Ice Cream Social Makeover

Covid-19 Style!   


July 26 - Sunday Morning -  

9:30 am - Noon 


WELCA will have “Ice Cream” treats available after the 8:30 Service until noon.  

If you are not attending church, you can also receive your treats by “    drive-up” in the parking lot.

Silent Auction and Raffle Ticket items will be available.  These items will be available on July 12 and 19 as well.  

Coffee and Chocolate Fair Trade merchandise will be available.

Although we generally call this a “social” event, it is also a fundraiser to support the many BLC Ministries, local non-profit agencies, and state     level ministries that the WELCA Budget supports.   We hope you will be generous in your free-will offering to help us continue our good efforts to support these many well deserved causes.   


All women of Brandon Lutheran, are welcome to participate in any way that fits their interests and schedules. There are Bible Studies, Circle groups, Quilting, Tuesday Stitchers, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Wednesday Suppers, Freezer Ministry, and various committees to get involved in.

All ladies of BLC are put on work groups A, B, or C. You may be called throughout the year to furnish a cake or work; if there is a funeral or other activity that calls for your help.

The WELCA officers for 2020 are: Co-presidents: Nancy Pietz & Barb Buck, Secretary: Jan Woerman, Treasurer: Laurie Johnson, Director of Justice: Linda McCoy, Director of Discipleship: Deb Klein, Director of Stewardship: Marlys Byre, Diane Rollag & Lorraine Osheim.  Contact any of them, if you have questions or need more information concerning committees, etc.     
























July 2,9,16,23,30 – Quilting – 9 am – Downstairs

July 6 – Executive Board Meeting – 7 pm – MLR

July 7,14,21,28 – Quilting – 9 am – Downstairs – replacing Tuesday      Stitchers for the summer

July 15,16 – Circles
















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