how great was the press of the crowd, with its countless needs to be met, on Jesus and his disciples.  Yet in today’s gospel Jesus advises his disciples to get away and rest, to take care of themselves. Sometimes we think that when others are in great need we shouldn’t think of ourselves at all; but Jesus also honors the caregivers’ need. We are sent from Christ’s table to care for others and for ourselves.


ADULTS / 9:15 A.M.  / Room 113

July 22nd –No Class

July 29th – Climate Change - CANCELLED - rescheduled for a later date


Playing in Creation – What is your favorite thing to do outside? Swim in a pool or run through a sprinkler? Play soccer or t-ball? Swing on the swings? Draw with chalk? Ride your bike? Chase bubbles? The next time you’re playing outside, take a quick break to thank God for the countless ways you can have fun in the creation God made.


We are looking for musicians to provide special music for weekend services this summer. All ages and  styles are encouraged to participate: instrumental, vocal, solos, duets, trios, quartets, etc.

Please consider offering your gift of music here at McFarland Lutheran!

If you are interested, contact Christopher Malueg /


Please mark your calendars: MLC’s Annual Meeting will be Sunday, July 22, 11:15 a.m. in the Family Life Center. All confirmed members are expected and encouraged to attend.

At this meeting, we ask the Holy Spirit to continue to empower, guide and bless the witness of our faith community. We will approve our annual budget to support our varied ministries, and we will elect new leaders for Church Council. We will also hear reports from our staff and other leaders of the congregation. Come and be part of this time of discernment for where the Spirit will lead us in the year ahead!

Thank you, gracious and loving God, for the abundant blessings of life and hope that you bestow through our faith community of McFarland Lutheran Church!


Another run/walk opportunity for MLC members

On July 20 the Relay for Life Cancer fund raiser will be at Mandt Park in Stoughton for our area. Please join the MLC team for this event.  It starts at 5:00 P.M. and goes until midnight but you can walk as long as you want. You can register online at Relay for Life Stoughton. Be sure to join the
McFarland Lutheran Church Team when you do and plan to wear your MLC t shirt. Please contact Sandy Hall at 608-215-3999 if you need a shirt. Come on and join us - it’ll be fun!

"NEW" 20's, 30's AND 40's MINISTRY Group 

Madison Mallards Baseball Game
Saturday, July 28th – 6:05 P.M.
See Posters for More Information
To Purchase Ticket in our Group by July 14:
1)    Go to
2)    Click Buy Tickets in upper right corner
3)    In Promotions Box on the right side of
      the screen, enter Promo Code: MCFL
4)    Choose your preferred seats from map
5)    Click Buy Tickets


Another year of Vacation Bible School has been wrapped and tied neatly with a bow. We owe thanks to many people who filled a multitude of roles. We are grateful to Pastor Kelli and Chris Landeraud for leading the opening and closing each night as well as audio. Without our magnificent teachers leading four classes each night their would be no VBS, thank you. Then there are the terrific crew leaders whose responsibility each night was to be accountable for their crews, thank you. Glenn Brown and his kitchen crew provided delicious meals each night, thank you. A thank you is also deserved for those who donated food or money for the Shared Meal night and all who brought items for the Dane County Humane Shelter. We are blessed to have the church building and a congregation to back us in providing our youngest learners the opportunity to know more about the great love and power of God.

Thank You

The Family and Children Ministry Team


MLC is walking to raise funds for another deep water well in Uganda. In 2014 MLC Members funded the deep well in water-starved Sesera, Uganda. Now we walk for a well for God’s children in Nyakesi, another impoverished Uganda village
desperate for clean water.

Saturday, September 22nd at McDaniel Park.  3 miles round-trip along the Lower Yahara River Trail.

Step-off 11 A.M.  Food & fun after the walk! $30 adult walkers; $15 17-and-under.
All donations welcome!

Register and more details at:


Roger Marty is building a team to travel to
St. Tammany West, Louisiana
November 4th-10th
to serve with Thrivent Builds.

• $700 for Thrivent members
• $1,000 for non Thrivent members
• Cost above do not include airfare
• Most meals included
• Motel accommodations
• Great opportunity for husband/wife/children combinations

Detailed information available at the Welcome Desk or contact Roger
(preferably by email or call 608-358-9374).


Hearing Assist Devices have fresh batteries! Please stop by the Welcome Center to pick up a device and instructions for use during worship.

*If you have an MLC device at home, please remember to return it to the baskets!


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.  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!


Would you prefer the MLC newsletter to come via email?  Send your request by email to


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 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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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

July 21th and July 22th, 2018

July 14th and July 15th, 2018

July 7th and July 8th, 2018

June 30th and July 1st, 2018


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

July 15th 8:00 - Worship Service

July 8th 8:00 - Worship Service

July 8th 10:00 - Worship Service

July 1st 8:00 - Worship Service

July 1st 10:00 - Worship Service

June 24th 8:00 - Worship Service

Sermon Only Audio

July 15th 8:00 - Sermon Only

July 8th 8:00 - Sermon Only

July 1st 8:00 - Sermon Only

June 24th 8:00 - Sermon Only


Faith Formation for Adults is 35 minutes you won’t want to miss!

This summer, enjoy a variety of presenters and topics. Beginning with Pastor Kelli who brings us Post Resurrection Jesus stories of: Emmaus, The Great Commission, Thomas and the Holy Beach Breakfast! As the summer continues, don’t miss our own Halle Siebert sharing her experiences as a Seminary student, guest Pastor Kirsten Fryer shares pictures and stories from Cairo Egypt, local weather expert Bob Lindmeier shares his knowledge of Climate Change, and we end the summer with two video clips from the Bible Project – get a fresh perspective on the Messiah and the Holy Spirit.

July 15thCairo Egypt Mission, Pastor Kirsten Fryer returns to the U.S. and will share pictures and stories from St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo in Cairo, Egypt

July 22nd – No Class

July 29thClimate Change, Bob Lindmeier, Chief Meteorologist at WKOW-TV, Lutheran, and a member of the synod’s Care for God’s Creation team, will offer a realistic look at Climate Change. He will touch on causes, impact in Wisconsin and the US, scientific consensus, what can we do as people of faith, and what the needs are.

35 minutes of enhancing, sharing and fellowship!  Bring your coffee & treats down to Room 113 any Sunday morning at 9:15 A.M.


ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has issued a statement, with other ecumenical and inter-faith partners, opposing the recent federal practice of separating children from immigrant parents trying to enter the US. Copies of her statement for prayer and study are available on the Welcome Desk, or the statement may be accessed on the ELCA website (
Another resource on the situation of immigrant families is Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), a partner organization of the ELCA and other Lutheran churches.

For further information or conversation, please speak with Pastor Tim or Pastor Kelli.


On January 27, 2018, the McFarland Lutheran Church Council, Pastor Tim Dean and Pastor Kelli Schmidt worked together at their annual retreat to discuss and plan for the future of McFarland Lutheran Church. The results of the retreat were discussed at the Council meeting on February 20, 2018, and this document summarizing the retreat was approved at the Council meeting on March 20, 2018.


The sacraments are incredible gifts given to the Church from God. MLC’s Pastors are adjusting how we approach baptismal preparation. Between now and October we will be meeting one-on-one with families. Beginning in October we will be hosting a quarterly class for families who are interested in baptism. And yes, childcare will be provided. See either Pastor Kelli or Pastor Tim with questions.


Thanks to some generous donors we now have these books available in our church library on the lower level. Visit soon! We have great books, CD’s and DVD’s available!

From Jean Pierce:
Susanna’s Dream by Marta Perry
Katie’s Way by Marta Perry
Naomi’s Christmas by Marta Perry
The Hope Chest by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Autumn Grace by Marianne Ellis
The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher

And from other donors:
The Holy Bible (for Young Adults)
The Promise
The Illustrated Gospels

See all the items in our church library online! There is a link on the McFarland Lutheran Church website. Just scroll down the website to the headline “MLC Library Information.” The link is there, or you can simply type the address into your computer:

If you would like to purchase a new book for the library, we have a wish list set up on Amazon. When you go to, click on Gift Cards and Registry, then click on Friends and Family Gifting. You will be able to search for a wish list. Just type in McFarland Lutheran Church in the search box. 

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


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

Worship Service/Communion/Music


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.


Council Minutes reports the discussions and actions that have been taken by the church council. Look at the June 26th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.