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.


June Highlights for WELCA



WELCA gives two $500.00 Senior scholarships out each year. This years’   recipients are Elizabeth Boomsma & Zach Hentschel.    Congratulations & Best Wishes! Thanks to Becky, Cheryl & Vi for choosing this years’ winners.

Ice Cream Social is still on for Sunday, July 26. The committee may change it up a bit this year. Stay tuned for more details.

 August General Meeting (changed from June 13), will hopefully meet   Saturday August 1, 2020 in MLR. Cheryl Lundeen will give us her        presentation on her “Sharing the Dream” trip to Guatemala. We are    hoping ladies from Sharing the Dream Store will also be able to come for a visit. Mary Circle will host & give devotions.

Paint & Sip is rescheduled for Saturday, September 26 @ 2 pm at        Heartland Funeral Home. Heather from Creative Spirits will lead us through our creation.

During this unprecedented time, we have had many ladies from our church, who have stepped up & gone above & beyond, to help in        whatever way they could. Hundreds of masks were made, along with gowns, caps & mask extenders. Calls were made to make sure everyone was ok; and food was dropped off. Mother’s Day flowers were given out in drive-by fashion at the church, and others were delivered. “The Quilt      Lady” distributed various sewing projects, to keep us all busy. Thanks to you all! It definitely takes a village, doesn’t it?

We still have WELCA handbooks available in the church office. Limited   office hours will be Monday & Wednesday from 8 am to 12 pm. Right now, we are going week to week, as we follow church guidelines, and proceed through the months ahead.  Stay well everyone, and we pray we can all be together very soon.









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.     























June 1: Executive Board Meeting—7:00 pm—Martin Luther Room

June 11, 18, 25: Quilting—9:00 am—Fellowship Hall

June 16, 23, 30:—Tuesday Stitchers—1:00 pm—Fellowship Hall

June 17, 18:—Circles Meet


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

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

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

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

July 15, 16:—Circles Meet

July 26:—Ice Cream Social

Please be aware that if worship services are canceled,

these events are canceled 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