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.

2023 Officers:

President - Lorraine Osheim

Vice President – Marilyn Abraham

Secretary – MarDee Dahlin

Treasurer – Laurie Johnson

Director of Justice – Arda Oliver

Director of Discipleship – Deb Klein

Director of Stewardship – Marlys Byre


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)

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.


June Highlights for WELCA

BLC Family Fest & BBQ,  June 7th, 4-8 PM


Looking forward to a great turnout for our first ever Family Fest Fundraiser! We still need workers to help us make this night a success.  Use the Sign-Up Genius, or call or text Lorraine at 605-376-3551 or osheim@alliancecom.net. Our Silent Auction also begins this evening.  Great food and activities for all ages! 



















WELCA Gathering


Our next WELCA Gathering will be held Sat., June 10th at 9:30 in the ML Room at church.  Our speaker will be our own Youth Director, Angel.  Come for fellowship, food, and information.  All are welcome!















































Christmas in July WELCA Craft Sale


This event will be held Wednesday, July 12th.  The Food Trucks will be at our church that evening.  Food and shopping…what fun!  See what talents our BLC members will share with their creations!  This will be the end of our Silent Auction, also!  If you have items that you have created and wish to donate them for the sale, please contact Marlys Byre. 






































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