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.


December Highlights for WELCA


The following Circles will be meeting at these times and places:

Martha Circle - Will meet December 16th at Arda Oliver’s (108 N Pine Lake Dr. Sx Falls) at 6:30  pm  (Potluck supper and devotions)

Mary Circle – Will meet at Jo Conrad’s home (408 N Westview Dr, Brandon) at 9:30 am on Dec. 16th

Naomi Circle – Will meet at Marge Perry’ home (421 Nelson Lane, Brandon) at 10:30 on Wednesday, Dec. 15 for a potluck.

Priscilla Circle – Will meet on Wednesday, December 8 at 12:30 pm at the Brandon Steakhouse.

Anna Circle – Will meet Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 12:00 pm at Tailgators. Bring a Christmas related white elephant gift.










General Meeting


Looking forward to 2022 -  The first General Meeting on January 8, 2022 will        feature a special speaker (TBD) and Installation of the 2022 Executive Board.   We will be looking for new ideas and new ways to reach out in 2022.  Please share your thoughts and ideas with any of the current board members as we plan for 2022.  



































December Schedule


Dec 2,9,16,23,30         Quilting 1:00 pm—Downstairs Fellowship Hall

Dec 6 Executive Board 7:00 pm—Martin Luther Room

Dec 7,14,21,28 Tuesday Stitchers—1:00 pm—Downstairs

Dec 15,16 Circles Meet





























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