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.

2018 Officers:

Co-Presidents - Sheila Aaker and Cheryl Lundeen

Vice President – Mary Entinger

Secretary – Annette Petereson

Treasurer – Laurie Johnson

Mission Growth – Linda McCoy

Mission Community – Deb Klein

Mission Action – Sheryl Kucker and Lorraine Osheim

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 – 582-3272)

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


April 2:  Executive Board Mtg. 7:00 pm

Martin Luther Room

April 3:  Prayer Shawl Ministry 1:00 pm—Nursery

April 5, 12, 19, 26:  Quilting 9:00 am

Downstairs Fellowship Hall

April 7:  Faithful Greetings Ministry 10:00 am

Downstairs Fellowship Hall

April 11:  Freezer Ministry 1:00 pm

Martin Luther Kitchen

April 13:  Paint & Sip Event 7:00 pm

Shindigs New Location

April 18/19:  Circles Meet

April 21:  Crossroads Conference Spring Gathering 8:30 am

Our Saviors Lutheran in Sioux Falls:

Registration begins at 8:30 am. 

See the displays and have coffee.

9:00: First Session begins

10:30: Break out sessions (Quilting, Shetek, Family Connections, Parish Nurses,

Campus Ministries)

11:30: Lunch and visit displays (your $10 registration fee includes lunch)

1:00: Second Session begins

1:30: Guest Speaker – Augustana President – Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

2:30: Love Gift offering: (Laundry of Love – Tide Laundry Pods and rolls of quarters for Church on the Street


2:45: Closing and Coffee





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