of how the risen Christ shares his life with us is the image of the vine. Christ the vine and we the branches are alive in each other, in the
mystery of mutual abiding that we read of in the gospel and the first letter of John. Baptism makes us a part of Christ’s living and life-giving self and makes us alive with Christ’s life. As the vine brings food to the branches, Christ feeds us at his table. We are sent out to bear fruit for the life of the world.


ADULTS / 9:15 A.M.  / Room 113
Sunday, April 29th: Relax and travel for 30 minutes to the lands and times of the Apostle Paul via DVD. “The Powers of Darkness” - In Paul’s time it was sometimes difficult to identify who was friend and who was enemy. How do we make those calls?

Next Week: “The Philippian Jailor” - The elite of Paul’s time clung desperately to their lifestyle; how does God view it?

Face Time for Parents / 9:15 A.M. / Room 210
Bring your coffee and treats and join the discussion of “Intentional Parenting: Autopilot is for Planes.” All parents welcome!

SUNDAY SCHOOL begins at 9:00 A.M. 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 dig into Mark 12 and hear Jesus talk about a woman's incredible generous gift.

CONFIRMATION (6th, 7th, & 8th Grades)  We have our regular class from 9:10-9:50 A.M. in the lower level youth rooms. Today’s lesson with feature Mary Magdalene – The Unsung Apostle.

HS YOUTH GROUP   We will meet this morning after the 11:00 A.M. worship in the lower level youth room. Join us for conversation and treats!

PS – don’t forget to register for SummerFest if you haven’t done so yet!


Do Heartfelt Gifts (Mark 12) – Jesus speaks highly of a woman who shared a gift of money with those who needed help.  He praised her small gift because it was given with great love.  What are some ways you can help that don’t require money?  What’s a way you can share God’s love with others?


McFarland Lutheran has an Administrative Assistant Position opening.  The  Administrative Assistance PD has the details relating to the position.  If interested, please apply by sending your resume to Pastor Tim Dean at


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. 


Have you thought about becoming a member of MLC, or do you know someone who may be interested? Come to a membership information session and learn more about McFarland Lutheran.

The next New Member Session options are
Sunday, April 29th from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. (attend both)
Tuesday, April 24th from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.

Those joining will be received into membership on Sunday, May 20th.

Childcare can be available, if needed. To sign up for a class, and to arrange for childcare, please contact Huldah Ellestad (838-3184 ext 108 or


Saturday, April 28th - 10 A.M.—3 P.M.
Christ Lutheran Church, Stoughton

Eileen Brost, Skaalen Home liason, will be in the Gathering Space on Sunday, April 22 between services to sell raffle tickets for a beautiful quilt. Drawing will take place at the Quilt Faire on
April 28 (need not be present to win).
Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
Contact Eileen with any questions (838-7142)


Saturday, May 5th / 7:30 A.M / Room 125 


Sunday, June 24th – Thursday, June 28th
5 to 8 P.M.
For ages 3 through 5th grade 

Registration forms are now available at the welcome Desk and in the Church Office.


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

Pick up more information at the Welcome Center or stop by the bulletin board in the Great Hall to learn more.


Baptismal Font—The Properties Committee is looking for a volunteer to assist Jon Landen in the quarterly maintenance of the Baptismal Font.

Please contact Jon (838-9840) for more information regarding the tasks involved in the maintenance of the Font.


The Outreach Team of the Welcome Committee sends hand-written invitations to newcomers in the McFarland area.  We receive monthly lists of newcomers from an outside agency, but we also want to take advantage of your local neighborhood knowledge!  

If you have welcomed a new neighbor during the past six months, or especially going forward, please e-mail their names and addresses to Brian Rodeck at   Brian will verify that a Newcomer Invitation was sent out, or send a hand-written note inviting your neighbor to worship with us.


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. 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


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

April 28th and April 29th, 2018

April 21st and April 22nd, 2018

April 14th and April 15th, 2018

April 7th and April 8th, 2018

March 24th and March 25th, 2018

March 17th and March 18th, 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

April 22nd 8:00 - Worship Service

April 15th 8:00 - Worship Service

April 15th 10:00 - Worship Service

April 8th 8:00 - Worship Service

April 1st 8:00 - Easter Worship Service

April 1st 10:00 - Easter Worship Service

Sermon Only Audio

April 22nd 8:00 - Sermon Only

April 15th 8:00 - Sermon Only

April 8th 8:00 - Sermon Only

April 1st 8:00 - Easter Sermon Only


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

April 15 through May 20 you won’t want to miss these presentations from “The Clash of Kingdoms”, the latest DVD with theologian and guide, Ray Vander Laan. Every session is a stand-alone video that offers new insights into the life, times and challenges of the Apostle Paul and applications to our world today. Because these video sessions are of longer duration, each Sunday will be dedicated to viewing - with an opportunity to share your thoughts on Sunday, May 20.

April 29th - “The Powers of Darkness”
May 6th – “The Philippian Jailor”
May 13th - “Confronting the Empire”
May 20th - “RE-cap and discussion”
Bring your coffee & treats down to Room 113 any Sunday morning at 9:15 A.M.!


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!

For Adults:
From Marlene Richard:

The Big Book of Church Jokes

From Jean Pierce:

Mary’s Christmas Goodbye by Linda Byler

The Christmas Secret by Wanda Brunstetter

Threads of Grace by Kelly Long

A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepherd Gray

The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher

When Hope Blossoms by Kim Vogel Sawyer

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn by Shelley Shepherd Gray

From Edward Tuecke:

Transformed by the Journey: 150 Years of Luther College in Word and Image by Wilfred F. Bunge

And these titles from other donors:
Where God Was Born: A Journey By Land to the Roots of Religion by Bruce Feiler
The Love Dare for Parents by Stephen Kendrick
Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message by Ravi Zacharias
The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Clowning in Rome: Reflections on Solitude, Celibacy, Prayer and Contemplation by Henri J.M. Nouwen
Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life by Henri J.M. Nouwen

God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski

Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

Precious Moments: Prayers for Boys and Girls by Debbie Butcher Wiersma

To Everything There is a Season by Jude Daly

Precious Moments Sunday Sing Along CD

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:

Please visit our church library on the lower level soon! We have lots of interesting stuff!

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 March 20th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.