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LOVE OF GOD
At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. As the darkness increases we turn toward the light of Christ’s coming. For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who welcomes all, especially the poor and meek of the earth. We wait with hope for that day when the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and there will be no more hurt or destruction. From the Lord’s table we are sent in the spirit of John the Baptist to proclaim that in Christ the kingdom of God has come near.
FAITH FORMATION FOR ALL AGES!
ADULT FAITH FORMATION - Sunday, December 4th: The Music & Scripture of Advent combine in a very meaningful way to prepare us for the birth of our Savior. Come experience the Word & music, and ready yourself for a more meaningful Advent journey.
Next week: Spirituals have a language of their own, see how this music combines with Scripture to anticipate the return of Christ. Room 113 at 9:15 A.M.
FACE TIME - Attention Parents!- We are using the book The Love Dare For Parents, by Stephen Kendrick, to provide a starting point for our faith discussions.
CONFIRMATION - We have class for all Confirmation students in the lower level Youth Room below the Sanctuary from 9:10-9:50 A.M. Today Pastor Tim will be leading class on the second article of the Apostles’ Creed – “I believe Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord”. This first Sunday of the month is a large group class and parents are invited to attend class with the students.
HS YOUTH GROUP - We will meet in the lower level after church around 11:00 A.M. We will be refocusing on our new church year with the season of Advent. The second Sunday of Advent represents “Love” – the love of God through the coming of his Son, Jesus.
SUNDAY SCHOOL begins at 9:00 A.M. with music in lower level Room 101. After music, Shepherds will take students to their classrooms.
3's, 4's, & KINDERGARTEN will explore a story in their classrooms.
1st-5th GRADE will dig into Matthew's and Luke's Gospel to explore the story, "Jesus is Born."
GROWING DISCIPLES - GROWING FAITH
Advent Prayer - God of excited waiting, be with us these days of Advent. Help us be patient and alert ad we dwell through the long, darkening days, and celebrate with us as the light of the world is born. Be with all who cannot find warmth and who will celebrate alone. Stay with us through this season of waiting and through all seasons of our lives. In Jesus'name we pray, Amen.
INVITATION TO SHARE GENEROUSLY
We, the Stewardship Committee, invite you to “Generously Share the Fruit of the Spirit” by making a pledge to our operating budget for 2017. A letter and pledge form has been mailed to every member’s home. Extra pledge forms are available in the Gathering Space.
We see the rich abundance of the fruit of the Spirit in our life together at MLC! Please read Galatians 5:22-23, and reflect on where the Spirit is bearing fruit in your life and in the life of MLC. Your pledge is a response to the Holy Spirit active and living in you! Thank you for your generosity and faithfulness!
Please bring your pledge to worship on December 3rd or 4th, and we will dedicate them for God’s use and glory. Please contact any one of us if you have questions. Thank you, God, for the fruit of all creation!
Your Stewardship Committee (Joe D’Amato, Callie Maursetter, Renee Rodeck, Sarah Schutt, and Pastor Tim)
Advent Mid-week Services
The season of Advent is a 4-week period of time to wait and prepare for Emmanuel, God-with-us, the God whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. Here at MLC, we have wonderful opportunities to enjoy Advent through our Wednesday mid-week worship services.
This year we will have mid-week services: December 7. December 14, and December 21. The service times are: 11 A.M., followed by lunch; and 6:30 P.M., preceded by our famous “Souper Supper” meals at 5 P.M. in the Family Life Center. Both worship experiences include Holy Communion, and the 6:30 worship will use the much-loved Holden Evening Prayer.
The theme of our Advent worship will be “Waiting for God.” In the psalms, music and silent prayer, we will wait and watch for God entering our time and place in Jesus Christ. All are welcome! Come and enjoy Advent time and space to “be still and know God” (Psalm 46:10)!
MCFARLAND COMMUNITY FOOD PANtry GIVING TREE
Each year Christmas gifts are provided for families that are served by the McFarland Food Pantry. Our church again will provide some of the gifts needed. The tags will detail a household gift or a gift suggestion.
You can find the tags on the Health and Social Wellness bulletin board. Please take a tag and put your name, phone number, and tag number on the signup sheet on the table in front of the bulletin board.
When returning the gift, please have them wrapped and attach the tag to the top of the gift. You can place them on the table in front of the bulletin board or in a box beneath the table. When you return the gift, please put a check mark by your name on the signup sheet.
The gifts need to be returned to the church no later than Sunday, December 11th.
Thank you for helping make someone’s Christmas more joyful!
Christmas Bake Sale December 11th
Mark your calendars and don’t miss the annual bake sale Sunday, December 11th 7:30 – 11:00am. Featuring the Elizabeth Circle’s sell-out Rømmegrøt, 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. Dec 11th. Alternatively, our lefse-making Confirmation volunteers can plate-package your donations delivered to the church kitchen by 8:30 A.M. Saturday Dec 3rd (bring in one container and we will divide, plate and freeze).
All proceeds are donated to the McFarland Food Pantry, Frida Bagonza’s university costs, and the Refugee Resettlement Mattress Fund. Contact Jane Blank, Janine O’Rourke, Janet Knutson or Carolyn Gehrke with questions.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Monday, December 5, 2015
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:
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 Sandra at 838-2403. Thank you!
Christmas in the Village at MLC
MLC will once again participate in McFarland’s “Christmas in the Village” on Saturday, December 5th, 4:00-5:00 P.M. We will have an open house in the Gathering Space with treats of the season. It’s a great way to invite family and friends to see our church! Thank you to Suzi Miller, for organizing this year’s open house!
PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA!
You are invited to a Pancake Breakfast with Santa!
Saturday December 17th ~ 8:30– 11:00 in the FLC
*This is a PGO Fundraiers for CLM. The suggested donation is $3/person or $15 per family.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM!
Yes, it’s that time already!
Rehearsal is Saturday, December 17th from 10:00 A.M. – Noon. Adults are invited to join us as we practice.
The Big Performance is Sunday December 18th at 3:00 P.M. A time of treats and celebration follows the program. Families are welcome to bring a treat to share.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTry
Do you know someone who could use an outward sign of prayer, concern and caring? Please feel free to take that person: A prayer shawl or lap robe with a card and a gift bag. All can be found in the great hall. Please help yourself.
PRAYER SHAWL WORKSHOP
Prayer Shawl Workshop is the first Monday of each month at 6:30 P.M. in the gathering space. Contact Norma Kohl with any questions: 838-3977.
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!
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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.
Monday - Friday 8:00-4:30
Office - 608-838-3184
Fax - 608-838-7207
how to find us
5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558
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AUDIO OF SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES AND SERMONS
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fruits of the spirit at mcfarland lutheran church
At this year’s stewardship lunch, we asked members of our congregation to write ways that they experience and witness the fruits of the spirit here at MLC.
These are some of the answers we received:
Love: The community meal and Food Pantry
Baby blankets and prayer shawls
Being so warmly welcomed as newcomers
Joy: The Bethel Bible Series and a Biblically literate congregation
CLM children singing at church
Worship music & In the faces of all the children at their special worship time.
Generosity: Support for benevolences
Support for Lutheran Campus Ministry
Adult Sunday School
Kindness: The prayer shawls when we needed a helping hand
Helpers to assist cleaning our house when I was feeling sick
Prayer Chain– a great extension of this congregation’s kindness to one another
Self-control: Is demonstrated and shown at MLC through tolerance and acceptance
Gentleness: Sewing, Knitting, Music, Scouting, LWR (Lutheran World Relief)
Faithfulness: Volunteers to help!
Finding support and love thru women’s Bible breakfast
Through this amazing place!
WHO ARE you GOING TO Call?
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.
FAITH FORMATION FOR ADULTS SUNDAY MORNINGS - 9:15 A.M
You are invited to bring your coffee and treats to Room 113 and explore the Book of Romans. Attend whenever you are able.
Dec. 4 – Spirituals give us a voice in our longing to see Christ again.
Dec. 11 – ELW hymns prepare us for the 2nd Coming.
Dec. 18 - Beautiful music, such as the Magnificat, touches our hearts in Advent.
Faith Formation meets in Room 113 on the lower level (at the base of the stairs) from 9:15 A.M. to 9:50 A.M.
PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE WHEN....
- 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 IN SECONDS
Minutes In Seconds reports the discussions and actions that have been taken by the church council. Look at the October 25th "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 15th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.