Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELCA)

SD Women of the ELCA 31st Synodical Women's Convention

June 29 & 30

SD Women of the ELCA 31st Synodical Women's Convention will be held at the Abbey of the Hills near Marvin, SD on June 29 & 30. The theme is "Discover God's Peace," and what a perfect place to make this a reality, the former Blue Cloud Abbey built by the Benedictine monks, a serene and beautiful setting in northeast South Dakota. Registration fee is $95 which includes meals, lodging and registration, or $45 if not staying at the Abbey of the Hills. There will also be pre-convention activity on June 28 in Milbank, SD and motel information is available.

Many activities are planned: worship and singing, break-out sessions, nature walks and campfires (with s'mores of course), quiet time and time to meet and enjoy the company of fellow Christian women from our great state. Come watch as a beautiful "Quilt of Valor" is assembled over the weekend. Registration forms are available at the Welcome Desk and all forms must be postmarked by June 1, 2018 and mailed to the synodical treasurer in Wilmot, SD.

For more information please contact Arlene Bich at 275-6891 or 491-0635; Kathy Stelzer at 595-8442; or Marcia Huffman at 360-4168.

Monthly Programs

WELCA looks forward to variety of topics in 2018
Are you looking for a new group to join at First Lutheran in 2018 that offers you interesting monthly programs, inspired Bible Studies led by fellow members, and a chance to serve others in our church, our community and around the world?  Then we might be just what you are looking for.  WELCA, Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, meets the first Thursday of the month, times vary from morning, noon or evening, and our meetings are generally held in the Gathering Room. We gather to enjoy breakfast, treats or a full meal, fellowship, singing and inspirational speakers and programs. 

Please prayerfully consider joining us this year as we reach beyond our FLC family and welcome new guests and topics into our midst. Please call Marcia Huffman at 360-4168 or Kathy Stelzer at 332-1820 if you have questions. We would be very honored to have you with us in 2018. 

June 7 at 10 a.m. You are invited to our Bible Study and a chance to share your collections. Do you collect something special? This is your opportunity to share it with others. No meeting is held in July.  

August 2 at 10 a.m. We will enjoy an outing to the Good Earth State Park at Blood Run. They house an interesting display of Native American Culture, and we will welcome a Native American speaker who will share her traditions and how we are all one in the faith. 

Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. We plan to gather at the country church in the Heritage Park on the Augustana Campus for an old-fashioned church picnic and will hold our meeting in the church. The topic will be the “good old days” when communities revolved around their churches.  You will also have time to browse through the other buildings at the Park.

October 4 at noon. Our own talented Arlene Bich will give a program about the Seasons of Life.  We will no doubt be able to identify with much of what Arlene will have to say.

November 8 at 10 a.m. We offer a Salute to our Veterans, welcoming and honoring veterans who are members of FLC and others in the area and listen while they tell us what America means to them as veterans. 

December 1, Saturday, our 2018 season ends as we gather at 10:00 in Fellowship Hall to celebrate Jesus’ Birthday at our annual Christmas Party.  Come to enjoy special food treats, music, joy and laughter as we join with each other to celebrate the season of our Savior’s birth. 

As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.

    Monthly Circles

    • Dorcas Circle│Third Thursday, 9:30 a.m.
    • Elizabeth Circle│Third Thursday, 9:30 a.m.
    • Hannah Circle│Third Thursday, 6 p.m.
    • Katie Circle│Third Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.
    • Lois Circle│Third Tuesday, 9 a.m.
    • Lydia/Rachel Circle│Third Thursday, 9:30 a.m.
    • Martha Circle│Third Thursday, 1 p.m.
    • Rhoda Circle│Third Thursday, 1 p.m.
    • Ruth Circle│Third Thursday, 7 p.m.
    • Sarah Circle│Third Thursday, 9:30 a.m.


      Bible Study

      In addition to an All-Circle Bible study, Circles hold Bible studies during their monthly meetings. 


      Fair Trade Coffee Sales

      First Lutheran Church Women (FLCW) host a coffee sale the second Sunday each month. A variety of Equal Exchange brand fair-trade coffees, teas, cocoa and chocolate from Lutheran World Relief are available. Stop by the table in the Welcome Center between services.


      Conference Events

      June 28-30, 2018 – 31st Annual SD WELCA Synodical Convention at the Abbey of the Hills Center, in the Summit/Milbank area


      Annual FLC Bazaar

      Saturday, November 3, 2018



      Please contact the First Lutheran Church office for current leadership contacts (605) 336-3734.