Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELCA)

February WELCA Meeting

All women of First Lutheran – young and old – are invited to our WELCA meeting Thursday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m. in the Gathering Room. Please join us as we gather to honor Black History Month by welcoming African American Dr. Robin Duncan. Pastor Duncan is a member of Oak Hills Baptist Church and is on staff at the Sioux Falls Seminary. He will share his experiences and story about his life as an African American Pastor and fellow citizen in our community. We will gather for coffee, breakfast treats, devotions and prayer, singing, fellowship, and a chance to hear Pastor Duncan’s story about his family as fellow Christians in our city. He has even agreed to share a spiritual music solo with us. You do not need to be a member of WELCA to attend. All women are welcome and feel free to bring a friend. 

Please note:  the WELCA Board meeting will be held in the Manos de Cristo Room following the general meeting.  


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. 

January 4 at noon. We will welcome Dusty Hoffman with Campus Crusade for Christ as our speaker. Dusty will enlighten us about their active involvement on our college campuses.

February 1 at 10 a.m. Pastor Robin Duncan, an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Sioux Falls Seminary, will speak to us about his experiences as an African American Pastor.  This will be a chance to honor Black History Month at FLC.

March 1 at noon. We will have a special program featuring service dogs.  A speaker from PAWS will tell us about how regular dogs are trained for special service to veterans, people with medical needs, and other service needs.

April 5 at noon. Anne Marie Rossing will offer a timely presentation on Forgiveness. This will be fitting as it comes in the month of Easter when Christ died for us for the forgiveness of our sins.

 May 3 at 6 p.m. We will gather for a “Sisters in the Faith” Pot Luck Salad Supper. This will be a guest event and you may choose from Mother/Daughter, Sisters, Aunt/Niece, Teach/Student or Best Friends. The Basement Ladies from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, SD, will give us a humorous view of church ladies of the past, music, and a look at traditions that will sound familiar to us.

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 Augie 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

      April 21, 2018 – Crossroads Conference Spring Gathering at
      Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls

      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.