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McFarland Lutheran Church





Rejoice always,” begins the reading from First Thessalonians. Isaiah and the psalmist make clear that God is turning our mourning into laughter and shouts of joy. “All God’s children got a robe,” go the words of the spiritual. It is not so much a stately, formal, pressed outfit as it is a set of party clothes, clothes that make us feel happy just to put on. We receive that robe in baptism, and in worship we gather for a foretaste of God’s party.


ADULTS / 9:15 A.M. / Room 113
:  Advent, A Story of Hunger- God in Unexpected Places. Joseph and Mary did not expect to find God amidst the scandal of her pregnancy. Why is God so often revealed in unexpected people and places?

FACE TIME FOR PARENTS / 9:15 A.M. / Room 210
Bring your coffee and treats and discuss The Love Dare for Parents.

SUNDAY SCHOOL begins at 9 am with music in lower level Room 101.  After music, Shepherds will take students to their classrooms.  Sunday School ends at 9:50 A.M.

3s, 4s, & Kindergarten will explore a story in their classrooms.

1st-5th Grade will explore the book of Exodus and wander through the wilderness with Moses.

CONFIRMATION (6th, 7th, & 8th Grades)
We have class from 9:10-9:50 A.M. in the lower level. Sunday’s lesson will be on Solomon: The Ambitious Son. .

Sunday at 11:15 A.M., we will gather in the lower level for week three of Advent. We will share conversation and fresh homemade lefse!  All HS students are welcome.

Adult Ed., Sunday School & Student Classes will not meet Sundays, December 24th and 31st. See you in the new year!


Telling the Story – How do you like to tell the story of Jesus?  By reading the Bible?  Through singing songs?  How about art projects? 

Our Sunday School friends are telling the story of Jesus’ birth through a play!  Come hear the story on December 17th at 3 P.M.!


Wednesday, December 20th
Services at 11 A.M. & 6:30 P.M.
“Souper” supper served at 6 P.M.


Saturday, December 16th
7:30 A.M. / Room 123


Yes, it’s that time already!  Rehearsal is Saturday, December 16th from 9-11 A.M.  Adults are invited to join us as we practice.

The Big Performance is Sunday December 17th at 3 P.M.  A time of treats and celebration follows the program.  Families are welcome to bring a treat to share.

Contact Cheryl Brown if your child would like a role, speaking or non-speaking (712-9734 or cdb36@yahoo.com ).

Join us as we celebrate the story of Jesus’ birth!


No 5 pm service on December 23rd

Sunday, December 24th  Fourth Sunday of Advent 
    One service only at 10 A.M.

    Christmas Eve - 3, 5 & 9 P.M.

Monday, December 25  Christmas Day
    One service only at 10 A.M.

This year, the 4th Sunday of Advent falls on Sunday, December 24th. Since this is a Sunday, we will have one worship service in the morning on Dec. 24 at 10A.M. There will be no 5 P.M. Saturday service on Dec. 23, and no 8 am. service on Dec. 24.

Christmas Eve worship will be on December 24th at 3, 5 and 9 P.M. The 3 and 5 pm services will have a children’s sermon and special music. The 9 pm will have sung liturgy and special music. All worship services will include Holy Communion, Christmas carols, and the lighting of candles during “Silent Night.”

On Christmas Day, December 25th, we will have one worship service at 10 A.M.

Join us as we proclaim the birth of our Savior, Christ the Lord! Joy to the world!


Over the past two weeks we held a special appeal to financially support our Puerto Rican Sisters and Brothers. We are thrilled to announce that your gifts totaled over $9,665!! We have wired the money to Reconciling Lutheran Church to support basic needs of their congregation and its members. Of the gift sent, $650 is specifically for the food pantry hosted at their church. Thanks to you and thanks be to God for the generosity and sharing these gifts!

Our Puerto Rico mission continues. We have postponed our mission trip, but we will still host a Puerto Rico Breakfast Fundraiser here at MLC on the morning of Sunday, January 21st. These donations will continue to aid in the needs of our Puerto Rican friends. Funds collected between now and then will be sent as another gift at the end of January. If you want to give, make checks payable to “MLC” with the memo line “Puerto Rico.


The 150th Anniversary Task Force challenged the congregation to contribute 150 minutes of service outside the walls of MLC this year. Soon it will be time to tally our total minutes! Don’t forget to track your minutes as part of our Anniversary Celebration, and record them at the display in the Gathering Space.


THANK YOU also to everyone who has shared their thoughts on this topic with our pastors and with Council members.  The results of the open and respectful discussion, and all the perspectives that were shared, were prayerfully and carefully considered at our November 28 Church Council meeting.  The Council is taking additional time to discern how to move forward, and we anticipate the Council will be communicating with the congregation on this topic again in mid-January 2018.  If you have any additional thoughts or would like to discuss this issue further, please contact Pastor Tim, Pastor Kelli and me.

In His Service,
Sharon Mylrea, Council President
sharonemylrea@hotmail.com, 608.225.0676


A special Thank You to all who contributed gifts to the McFarland Food Pantry Giving Tree this year!  Your generosity will bring smiles and joy to many families who are struggling to make ends meet this holiday season.  Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas!

The Health & Wellness Committee


Have you heard about the synod’s program called Diakonia?  Are you someone who has longed to go deeper into the bible?  Do you want to be a better bible study participant, leader, or teacher of Sunday school, Confirmation, or adult classes?  Does being able to learn something especially interesting about your faith sound exciting to you?
If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, come learn more about what Diakonia has to offer from synod Coordinator, Barb Zimmerman on Sunday, January 7th during the Faith Formation time (9:15) in Room 113.


The Stewardship Committee is sponsoring a 9-week, DVD-guided class from Financial Peace University (FPU). FPU was begun by nationally-known inspirational speaker Dave Ramsey to help families and individuals with financial skills such as saving and budgeting. Ramsey’s 9-week course also provides a faith-based perspective for growing as stewards, caring for the financial resources God has given us.

The FPU course will begin on Sunday, January 21st from 11:15 A.M.-12:15 P.M. and run for a total of nine Sundays. It will take place in the office conference room (210). You may sign up in the Gathering Space, or by contacting the church office.

Materials for the class, including a workbook, a Dave Ramsey book, and other on-line resources, are normally $129 per person or family. But the Stewardship Committee and generous individuals are subsidizing the cost, so that it will only be $50 per individual or family. Please sign up by Friday, January 12th, so that we can order the materials. The FPU course is designed for younger or older couples, or individuals. If you have any questions, please speak with a member of the Stewardship Committee (Joe D’Amato, Renee Rodeck, Carri Wolff, Sarah Schutt, or Pastor Tim).

All are welcome to sign up, take the class, and grow as God’s beloved stewards!


The “Living Waters of Grace” painting by Paul Oman is now up on its new home: the wall by the baptismal font. This painting was generously supported by Heleen Hayden, as a gift from her family and friends in loving memory of Noel Hayden. We also thank Huldah and Mark Ellestad, for their efforts in preparing and mounting the canvass. Thanks be to God, for the living waters of grace in Jesus Christ!

Watch artist Paul Oman’s “Living Waters of Grace” painting unfold Drawn to the Word. The recording (from the service on May 7) is about 60 minutes in length and the quality isn’t the best. Copywrite 2017 Paul Oman all rights reserved.


Are you on Facebook? If so, please “like” McFarland Lutheran Church. The newly-formed Welcoming Committee has set a goal of 500 “likes” for MLC’s Facebook page by September 1. We have 356 “likes” and counting. Did you know that Facebook is a great outreach tool? You can share photos, news and devotions about our faith community with your Facebook friends!

Also, the 500th person who “likes” MLC will receive a mystery prize! May God bless our efforts to share the love of God in Jesus Christ!


Would you prefer the MLC newsletter to come via email?  Send your request by email to office@mcfarlandlutheran.org.


We now have an active Facebook page, complete with photos and announcements of upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chris Landerud at clanderud@mcfarlandlutheran.org or 838-3184. 




Sharing God's Word,
Showing God's Love,
Serving God's World

We hope this website will help introduce you to McFarland Lutheran Church. We are a wonderful mix of children, parents, grandparents, teachers, government workers, trades people, business people, homemakers, health professionals, artists and entrepreneurs claimed by God’s love through Holy Baptism. Some love golfing, some love hunting, some love fishing, some love camping, others love music, the arts and curling up with a good book.

We gather weekly to laugh together, cry together, and support one another as we worship, share fellowship, and receive training as disciples of Jesus Christ. We are sent from our gatherings renewed in faith to reach out and serve our neighbors both here and around the world. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00-4:30

contact us

Office - 608-838-3184

Fax - 608-838-7207

Staff Contact Information

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View our Outreach Opportunities

View our Newsletter

how to find us

5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558

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View our Opportunities to Serve

Becoming a Member

News You Can Use

December 16th and December 17th, 2017

December 9th and December 10th, 2017

December 2nd and December 3rd, 2017

November 25th and November 26th, 2017


Want to listen to a recording of a recent worship service or the sermon?  Click on the link  to listen to the entire worship service or the sermon only you would like to listen to.  We are currently testing this feature and working on to improve the quality.  Thanks for your patience.

Entire Worship Service

December 10th 8:00 - Worship Service

December 10th 10:00 - Worship Service

December 3rd 8:00 - Worship Service

December 3rd 10:00 - Worship Service

November 26th 8:00 - Worship Service

November 19th 8:00 - Worship Service

November 19th 10:00 - Worship Service

Sermon Only Audio

December 10th 8:00 - Sermon Only

December 3rd 8:00 - Sermon Only

November 26th 8:00 - Sermon Only

November 19th 8:00 - Sermon Only


The new church year begins with Advent. Prepare your heart and mind for the beginning of a new year of faith formation, and for the coming fulfillment of hope (the birth of Christ), during our Advent Devotional Study: A Story of Hunger.

December 17th – Advent, A Story of Hunger- God in Unexpected Places. Joseph did not expect to find God in the scandalous pregnancy of his soon-to-be-wife, Mary. Even Mary did not expect this. God often chooses unexpected people, and means, to be instruments for change and growth

December 24th – Christmas Eve – No Class

December 31st – New Year’s Eve – No Class

The journey of faith formation is ongoing and lasts a lifetime.  Come any Sunday for a variety of meaningful and interesting faith growth opportunities!

Bring your coffee and treats to Room 113 at 9:15 A.M. each week.


Thanks to an anonymous donor, we now have these Christmas picture books in our church library (book descriptions from amazon.com):

The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen
When a jingling sound wakes her from her sleep, a little girl’s dreams come true when she meets a lost reindeer in the forest. They set off on a magical adventure and it becomes a Christmas never to forget. Nicola Killen’s evocative illustrations are sure to enchant in this beautiful book with die cut pages, foil, and flashes of festive red. 

‘Twas the Evening of Christmas by Glenys Nellist
For over 200 years, families have gathered on Christmas Eve to hear the much loved words of Dr. Clement C. Moore’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. This year, families can gather together to share the real Christmas story––the story of Jesus’ birth. ’Twas the Evening of Christmas echoes the familiar language and rhythm of Dr. Clements’ poetry, but instead of focusing on Santa, it focuses on the baby Jesus, who is, after all, the true hero of Christmas. All families will delight in this simple retelling of the most famous story ever told. With a cover that comes alive with foil and sculpted embossing, this book is sure to become a Christmas classic. 

The Stable Cat’s Christmas by Christine Vrba
One night in Bethlehem, a small, dust-colored cat returns to her stable to find that a Baby has been born in the night. As all the animals tell the cat about the gifts they gave the Christ Child, the cat sadly concludes that she is too little and powerless to give a gift to the King. But when the Baby shivers and the cat leaps into the manger to comfort him, she discovers that she can give the best gift of allÂ�herself. This timeless Christmas book celebrates the fact that everyone has a gift they can give the King, no matter their size or stature. Enchanting illustrations and a heartfelt message make this book a Christmas keepsake that can be enjoyed year after year. 

Leo’s Gift by Susan Blackaby
Meet Leo--a creative, shy, young boy in search of a special talent that he can share with the world. Curious and persistent, Leo tries all kinds of activities. Then, with the unknowing help of his sister, he discovers music. Leo may seem quiet, but the piano gives him a big voice, helps his confidence soar, and propels him to embrace the treasure inside him and share it with the world. 

Please visit the church library on the lower level! We have many wonderful books and DVD’s for children and adults! You can sign out items and keep them for four weeks!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year  from your church library committee, Carolyn Grede, Deb Alber and Mary Grell



First Monday each month at 12:45 P.M.

Worship Service/Communion/Music


As part of our 150th Anniversary celebration, the commemorative wall hanging from MLC’s 125th year is on display in the Family Life Center. 25 years ago, MLC families made fabric squares that were then used to construct a beautiful wall hanging. Take a stroll into the FLC and view this piece of our past. You are sure to spot familiar names and perhaps spark a few memories.

We are thankful for those represented on the quilt and for families added over the last 25 years and the gifts they bring to our faith community!


Following are some presentations about the history of McFarland Lutheran Church.

Pastors at McFarland Lutheran Church

Walking Through History


One of our pastors is always on-call for pastoral emergencies, such as a serious illness or death. Pastor Tim is generally on-call from Thursday to Saturday, and Pastor Kelli is generally on-call from Monday to Wednesday. They alternate Sundays.

You can find out which pastor is on-call by phoning the church office (838-3184). After office hours, the on-call pastor and phone number are listed on the church’s outgoing voice message.

Please do not contact the pastors at home on their respective days off. Pastor Tim’s day off is Monday, and Pastor Kelli’s is Friday. Thank you for understanding the pastors’ needs for sabbath and rest.


- A member of your family is admitted to the hospital so that visits can be made
- Your committee or group plans to have a meeting, or cancel a meeting, so that it can be put on the church calendar or in the bulletin
- Either you home or business telephone number has changed, so that the church records can be corrected
- Your email address has changed
- You are planning to move—out of town or locally
- A new baby arrives in your family
- A death occurs in your family
- You or a member of your family establishes a new residence


Click on, Staff Contact Information to see a list of the Council Members and contact information. Please feel free to contact them.


Click on, Council Contact Information to see a list of the Council Members and contact information. Please contact them with any of your ideas or concerns.


Minutes In Seconds reports the discussions and actions that have been taken by the church council. Look at the August 29th "Minutes in Seconds". When approved, the official minutes will be posted on our web site and in the church newsletter. Please contact a member of the church council for more details.


Council Minutes reports the discussions and actions that have been taken by the church council. Look at the November 28th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.