We hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in front of them an actual flesh-and-blood child. We are called to welcome the particular children God puts in front of us, to make room for them in daily interaction, and to give them a place of honor in the assembly.


ADULTS / 9:15 A.M.  / Room 113

September 23 – Mark as Story! The gospel of Mark is an arresting and compelling story, meant to be heard in a way that will grip you and give you “thinking material” for days to come.

September 30 – Mark as Story! Whether you are encountering Mark’s Gospel for the first time, or if, for you, it’s a long familiar story; discover the skill and immediacy it conveys.

Room 113 at 9:15 am.


Walk4Water – Did you know that some parts of the world don’t have sinks, bathtubs, or running water in their homes? Every day kids have to walk miles and miles to a pond or stream, collect water in jugs, and then walk back home. This Saturday we walked to raise money for a village to have a clean-water well!


The third and final highway clean-up of the season is Saturday, September 22. McFarland Lutheran is responsible for a two-mile stretch of County Road B, just south of McFarland. We meet at the Dunn Town Hall (corner of County Road B and Keenan Road) at 8:00 a.m. The clean-up takes about one hour; we’ll be done in plenty of time to participate in the Walk4Water later that morning. Please contact Jacqui Landerud if you’re able to help or have any questions ( or 212-3582).


Come to Angelo’s McFarland Restaurant on Monday, September 24 between 4:00-8:30

For Dinner Dine In OR Carryout! 10% of sales will go to the CLM Parent Group Organization!

20s – 30s – 40s Ministry Group BOOK CLUB

• 1st Monday of the Month – October 1 & November 5 – Palenque 7PM
• October’s Book: “Where God Hides Holiness: Thoughts on Grief, Joy and the Search for Fabulous Heels” by Mary Koppel and Laurie Brock
• November’s Book: “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai
• Both available on & “I Am Malala” available at the library.


MLC has a special designated fund for individuals in need and community organizations that provide assistance for the needy. Pastor Tim and Pastor Kelli administer this fund, and provide rent or utility assistance for people going through difficult times. We also occasionally provide funding through organizations such as YWCA Dane County and Domestic Abuse and Intervention Services (DAIS).

At this time, this Special Needs Fund is low, and any donations are greatly appreciated. You may contribute by writing a check to “McFarland Lutheran Church” and indicate “Special Needs Fund” on the memo or envelope. Thank you for your generosity as the church supports the needy and vulnerable in the wider community!


Our congregation has been in a partnership for the past few years with LUAD (Lutherans United Assisting After Disasters). LUAD has been active in our synod to help people whose homes have been damaged by the recent flooding. If you are interested in getting involved in LUAD’s work, please contact Huldah Ellestad at 838-3184, or

May God continue to sustain and strengthen all those affected by the recent storms and flooding in Wisconsin.


LWR is in urgent need of Personal Caret Kits and School Kits to share with people around the world who have lost everything due to natural disaster or life-threatening violence. These kits are tangible reminders to those who are su" ering that others care about their needs. Please give and pray for our brothers and sisters living in poverty.

Participate by Donating

Stop by the table in the Great Hall with your donations by September 25. If you have questions, contact Eileen Brost, 838-7142. Monetary donations will be used to help with shipping costs.


MLC’s is hosting a baptismal preparation class each quarter for people who are interested in having their child baptized or getting baptized themselves.

The next class is Tuesday, October 16, at 6:30 PM in Room 210. Contact either the church office or Pastor Kelli to sign-up 838-3184. (RSVP is required so sufficient childcare can be arranged.)


The Church Council is sponsoring a workshop for our faith community on “Preparedness for Active Shooter Incidents” on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Sanctuary. This is a free training event offered and led by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and the McFarland Police Department. All members and friends of MLC are welcome to attend!

The council believes that this kind of proactive educational event is necessary because of recent active shooter incidents in our nation and world. Fortunately, there have been no such events at MLC, but we want to maintain the safety and welfare of our faith community by providing this opportunity.

There is much fear generated by active shooter incidents in the news. Though we understand these fears, the Church Council does not want our community to live and do God’s work in fear. This event gives us the opportunity to learn and discuss safety in a calm, rational and life-giving way. We will continue to worship God and serve in God’s creation by faith, trusting that God is with us. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

All members and friends of MLC are invited and encouraged to attend on Oct. 10! Please speak with Council President Sharon Mylrea, Pastor Tim or Pastor Kelli if you have any questions. May God, our refuge and strength, continue to keep our faith community safe for all people, and help us to grow as Jesus’ disciples.


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

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how to find us

5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558

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News You Can Use

September 21st and September 22th, 2018

September 15th and September 16th, 2018

September 8th and September 9th, 2018

September 1st and September 2nd, 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.

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September 23rd 8:00 - Worship Service

September 23rd 10:00 - Worship Service

September 16th 8:00 - Worship Service

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September 9th 8:00 - Worship Service

September 9th 10:00 - Worship Service

September 2nd 8:00 - Worship Service

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Sermon Only Audio

September 23rd 8:00 - Sermon Only

September 16th 8:00 - Sermon Only

September 9th 8:00 - Sermon Only

September 2nd 8:00 - Sermon Only


Summer Come to Faith Formation for 35 minutes of learning, sharing, and fellowship!

Mark as Story – The story of Jesus in Mark’s gospel was first meant to be heard in community, not read silently. In this 6-week series, led by Pastor Tim, we will hear sections of the gospel performed by storytellers who have memorized the biblical text. In addition, we will study Mark’s gospel with tools from a narrative or literary perspective, such as plot, settings and characters. Hearing Mark’s Gospel as a complete story will help us to be transformed by the good news of Jesus in a new way! All are welcome—no matter one’s background or familiarity with Scripture.

September 23 – Mark as Story – Have you heard the stories of Jesus retold as if they happened yesterday?

September 30 – Mark as Story – The first to hear these stories of Jesus were in another place and time, but, does that really make a difference?

October 7 – Mark as Story – Mark’s gospel takes you on a journey of human experience – with all its twists and turns.

Please feel free to enjoy your coffee and refreshments while attending
Faith Formation.

Faith Formation begins at 9:15 in Room 113 (turn left at the bottom of the stairs.) This is an ever changing gathering of people and topics – come check it out!



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.