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McFarland Lutheran Church





our gospel is Jesus’ great story of judgment. In the end, the faithful are those who served Christ by ministering to those who are poor, hungry, naked, sick, or estranged. In the first reading God is the shepherd who seeks the lost, weak, and injured and feeds them with justice. We gather this day to celebrate the reign of Christ and his victory over death, yet awaiting the consummation of all things yet to come. Acknowledging Christ as our merciful ruler, we go forth that his reign may be known in our loving words and deeds.


ADULTS / 9:15 A.M. / Room 113
: Advent, A Story of Hunger - A People of Promise How does Jesus address our vulnerability when we experience material, social or spiritual poverty?

Next Week: Advent, A Story of Hunger - Bearing Fruit

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)
Thanksgiving Break - no classes today. We are back to our regular schedule this Wednesday and next Sunday.

Thanksgiving Break - no classes today. We are back to our regular schedule this Wednesday and next Sunday.


Thanksgiving – What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food? The turkey? The potatoes? The pie?!? Maybe try a new Thanksgiving prayer where everyone thanks God for one person and one thing they are particularly appreciative.


After the 8 A.M. worship on Sunday, November 26th, we will thank God for the new 150th Anniversary Cross on the outside wall facing Broadhead Street. This beautiful sculpture, installed in October, was commissioned through an amazingly generous gift of members of our faith community. Immediately following the 8 A.M. service, the congregation is invited to process outside to the sculpture, where we will offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for this new symbol of our mission.

“Lift high the CROSS, the love of CHRIST proclaim!”


Stop by the office if you’d like to purchase any of our commemorative anniversary items!

Updated Congregational History written by Ron Larson; suggested donation $10
Notecards featuring the “Living Waters of Grace” painting done for our congregation on May 7; suggested donation $10 (pack of 10)
Smorgasbord Cookbook;  $5

Any amount of money collected above and beyond the printing costs of sale items will be donated to Habitat for Humanity in Dane County, to support the Faith Build we have been doing this year.

Extra copies of the special worship bulletin prepared for the October 29th service can be found around the Gathering Space for anyone who would like one.


Our Fall Stewardship Theme is “Renewed Hearts, Generous Lives” (2 Corinthians 5:17). God’s grace in Jesus Christ makes us new, and sets us free to live generously for the sake of neighbors and all of God’s creation. Financial pledge forms for our 2018-19 operating budget have been mailed to all MLC members. Extra pledge forms are at the Welcome Desk and around the Gathering Space.

Please bring your pledge card in the envelope to worship on Saturday, December 2nd, or Sunday, December 3rd, as we dedicate our pledges and tithes and offer them to God’s work through our faith community. All pledges are held in confidence. If you have any questions, please speak with a member of the Stewardship Committee: Joe D’Amato, Renee Rodeck, Steve Schoch (council liaison), Sarah Schutt, Carri Wolff and Pastor Tim.

Thank you for your generous support of our mission at MLC to share, show and serve in Jesus’ name and with his love!


Wednesdays, December 6th, 13th and 20th
Services at 11 A.M. & 6:30 P.M.
“Souper” supper served at 6 P.M.


Mark your calendars and don’t miss the annual bake sale Sunday, December 10th from 7:30 – 11 A.M.  Featuring McFarland Lutheran’s sell-out Rommegrot, lefse made by our Confirmation students, and a variety of new and traditional Christmas favorite cookies.

Calling all bakers!!! Please consider donating your favorite cookies to provide a broad assortment of treats for the bake sale. Donations should be pre-plated 6 cookies or bars per plate and delivered to the church at 7 A.M. December 10th. Alternatively, our lefse-making Confirmation volunteers can plate-package your donations delivered to the church kitchen by 8:30 A.M. Saturday December 2nd (bring in one container and we will divide, plate and freeze).

All proceeds will be donated to the McFarland Food Pantry and for Puerto Rico mission support in serving the needs of the community. Contact Jane Blank (cell 516-6933 ).

Puerto Rico –Updates from our Brothers & Sisters In Christ

Our sister congregation - Iglesia Evangelica Luterana Reconciliacion, is located just west of San Juan. The recovery from hurricane Maria continues and it will be a way of life for months and years ahead. Worship has continued at Reconciliation Lutheran Church. Recently, they celebrated their 50th Anniversary as a congregation!

Special Appeal – On December 3rd, MLC will officially launch a special appeal to financially support our brothers and sisters. Financial gifts will help support the congregation and basic needs for members. Basic needs include home repairs, mattresses, refrigerators, food, and clothing.

Mission Trip Postponed – Our 2018 spring break mission trip has been postponed. We know the need is great, but the logistics of sending a team down in the coming months are infeasible. Basic needs like housing, food, transportation, and electricity are not in place. We are being creative and looking ahead to how we can continue our mission work in Puerto Rico. We will continue fundraising in 2018, and we will look to schedule a mission trip(s) when it is possible to send people. We will look towards spring break of 2019 or before to continue our work on the island.

How to Give – Make checks payable to “MLC” with the memo line “Puerto Rico.” We will be wiring money down to Reconciliation Lutheran Church by Wednesday December 13th. Your gifts will be combined with Bake Sale funds to support both church members and their food pantry.


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.


The Smorgasbord cookbook sales resulted in $485. $243 went to the McFarland Food Pantry. The remaining $242 went to the Giving Quilts. A Thrivent Action Team Fundraiser allowed us to do the printing of the recipe books. We also purchased batting, fleece, a rotary cutter and an omni-grip ruler.

Thank to to all who purchased a cookbook! There are a few left, please contact the church office if you are interested ($5).


Volunteers and Donors needed!
Tuesday, December 5th
McFarland Lutheran Church
12 –5  P.M.

VOLUNTEER:  Volunteers and snacks (cookies, bars, etc.) are needed, please call (608) 838-2403 or email slsherry86@gmail.com if you can work or donate.  

DONATE:  Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but can make a big difference in the lives of others.  The donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour and 15 minutes.  The donation itself is only about 8-10 minutes on average.  The steps in the process are: 
Registration (donor card, driver’s license or 2 other forms of ID needed)
Health History (in a private and confidential interview) & Mini Physical
(includes temperature, hemoglobin, blood pressure and pulse check)

Nationwide, around 44,000 blood donations are needed EACH and EVERY day to meet the needs of hospital patients, including accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders.  All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply.

Please consider donating at our next scheduled drive in McFarland.  To schedule an appointment go online at redcrossblood.org or call (608) 838-2403.   Thank you! 


Return Gifts by December 10th

Each year Christmas gifts are provided for families that are served by the McFarland Food Pantry. Our church will again provide some of the gifts needed. The tags, detailing gift suggestions, should be available sometime around Thanksgiving.  You can find the tags, instructions, and sign-up sheet in the grand hallway.  Wrapped gifts, with the tags attached, need to be returned to the church by the morning of Sunday, December 10th. Thank you for helping make someone’s Christmas more joyful!


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

Join us on Facebook!

Send us an Email

View our Outreach Opportunities

View our Newsletter

how to find us

5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558

Look at a map with directions

View our Opportunities to Serve

Becoming a Member

News You Can Use

November 25th and November 26th, 2017

November 18th and November 19th, 2017

November 11th and November 12th, 2017

November 4th and November 5th,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

November 19th 8:00 - Worship Service

November 19th 10:00 - Worship Service

November 12th 8:00 - Worship Service

November 5th 8:00 - Worship Service

October 29th 9:00 - Worship Service - Only one Service

Sermon Only Audio

November 19th 8:00 - Sermon Only

November 12th 8:00 - Sermon Only

November 5th 8:00 - Sermon Only

October 29th 9:00 - Sermon Only


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

November 19th - Luther’s Teaching Hymns; Find out how these hymns help us, through beautiful music, to understand the central truths of our faith. 

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), with a 4-week Advent Devotional Study: A Story of Hunger.

November 26th – Advent, A Story of Hunger: A People of Promise. Poverty takes many forms: material, social or spiritual lack. To be poor, is to be vulnerable. How does Jesus address that vulnerability?

December 3rd – Advent, A Story of Hunger: Bearing Fruit. Good fruit comes from one who has been moved by grace and repented. Fruit is not the cause of reconciliation; it is the result. What good fruit do we see at MLC?

December 10th – Advent, A Story of Hunger: Healing of the Whole World. In Scripture, we hear God’s call to be tenders of the garden. And, with Paul, we hear creation “groaning. But we also hear the promise of our Creator whose creation is a gift; good news for creation is good news for people in poverty.

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.

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


Click on the following link to view the online church library:  


Or simply type the following in your browser: librarycat.org/lib/mcFarlandlutheran.

You can use the search box to find a particular author or title, or you can scroll through all available titles. Please visit our church library on the lower level soon! We have lots of interesting stuff!

Thanks to Keith and Barb Voelker for donating the book Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young to the McFarland Lutheran Church Library.

Other recent donations include:
Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions
God Made Me! (board book) by Kim Mitzo Thompson
A Girl’s Guide to Making Really Good Choices by Elizabeth George
A Boy’s Guide to Making Really Good Choices by Jim George
God’s Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs by Jim and Elizabeth George
God’s Wisdom for Little Girls: Virtues and Fun from Proverbs 31 by Elizabeth George

Please look for these recent additions and lots of other interesting books in our church library on the lower level! 

Your church library committee: Carolyn Grede, Deb Alber, and Mary Grell


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

Worship Service/Communion/Music


For 150 years, this Congregation has worshipped our gracious and loving God.  We celebrate and reflect on this, our 150th Anniversary year.

1864: First worship service is held in a log schoolhouse.
1867: McFarland Lutheran church is officially organized.
1881: 1st church building (built in 1869), destroyed in tornado.
1895: 2nd church building (built in 1881),  destroyed by fire.
1896: 3rd church built at cost of $5017.28
1975: The congregation moves into the 4th church building and the 3rd church building is vacated & demolished.
1979: Preschool begins as Martin Luther Christian Day School; is re-organized in 1991 as Child Life Ministries & Rainbow Center.
1997:Major expansion includes FLC, Gathering Space & Sunday school rooms.
2014: Sanctuary expanded & remodeled

Please look at of the events planned to celebrate our 150th Anniversary.   Our theme is "Renewed in Christ to Serve: 150 Years of God's Grace in Action".


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 October 24th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.