God uses the Gentile ruler Cyrus to accomplish divine purposes. When the Pharisees try to trap Jesus, he tells them to give the emperor what belongs to him and to God what belongs to God. To gather for worship reminds us that our ultimate allegiance is to God rather than to any earthly authority. Created in the image of God, we offer our entire selves in the service of God and for the sake of the world.


ADULTS / 9:15 A.M / Room 113

Sunday: The Formula of Concord & the Book of Concord: what direction did the Reformation take after Luther died?

Next Week: No class

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 9:00 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 explore the book of Exodus and wander through the wilderness with Moses.

CONFIRMATION (6th, 7th, & 8th Grades)
We have class from 9:10-9:50 am in the lower level. Sunday’s Bible topic will feature Joseph. Please wear something technicolor. I will try not to play favorites.

We will meet after worship at 11:15 A.M. downstairs. Sunday we will be celebrating the Affirmation of Baptism of our freshmen class. We will not have our regular youth group time, but we will have a reception and cake in the gathering for all to enjoy after the 10 A.M. worship.


Pumpkin Fest – Some pumpkins are big, some are little.  Some pumpkins are orange, some are yellow.   Some pumpkins are smooth, others have bumps.  They are all different and God made them all.  How are you like other people?  How are you different?  God made all of you and God loves all that God made!!  Thanks be to God!


Saturday, October 21st/7:30 A.M/Room 125 


Saturday, October 21st Noon to 3 PM

Pumpkin Carving, Carriage Rides, Pumpkin Bowling, a Bounce House, Scarecrow Building, Face Painting, a Cake walk, and MORE!!!
Free hot dogs and chips will be served.

Please bring a non-perishable food item to share with the McFarland Food Pantry.


McFarland Lutheran Church is celebrating our 150th Anniversary on Sunday, October 29th. We will have one festive worship service at 9 A.M. Bishop Mary Froiland of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin will be preaching, as we celebrate both Reformation Sunday and our congregation’s milestone year.

Following worship, all are invited to a free catered brunch in the Family Life Center. During brunch, we will have the opportunity to hear from former pastors and former members who have been called to ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Plan to join us as we celebrate this wonderful anniversary! We give thanks to God for the Living Word that has been embodied, proclaimed and sent forth through McFarland Lutheran Church and our ministries for over 150 years and counting!


Pastor Kelli has served as our Associate Pastor for 5 years as of October 16th. Thanks be to God for Pastor Kelli’s ministry of Word and Sacrament in our faith community. May God continue to bless, equip and empower her as she serves alongside of us in the mission we share at MLC!


3rd Graders are invited to receive their full NRSV Bibles! Come to church (Rm 113) on either Tuesday, November 7th or Thursday, November 9th at 3:30 P.M. Parents/Grandparents are encouraged to join their student. Bibles will be presented on Sunday, November 12th at the 10 A.M. service. RSVP to the church office or to Pastor Kelli.


The Faith Formation Team and Anniversary Task Force invite you to celebrate the anniversary of Martin Luther’s birthday!

Friday, November 10th

6:30 to 8 P.M.

Fun for the whole family!

We will be showing Rick Steves’ “Luther and the Reformation” for confirmation students, youth and adults.  Younger family members may see “Torchlighters: The Martin Luther Story” or a Veggie Tales episode.

And of course there will be popcorn and birthday cake!


It’s time to generously share what God has first given you – your unique talents and your time.  Try something new (browse & choose) or, continue with your current interests (mark the Quick Check Box).

Please complete a Time & Talent form and return it to the box in the central hallway. There are extra forms at the box. 


As we celebrate McFarland Lutheran Church and the past 150 years, please stop by the Wellness Committee bulletin board to view some of the amazing developments in healthcare, and spend a moment being thankful for many of the incredible advances we have experienced since 1867.


Do you remember the smorgasbord and all the good food we had? Ever wanted some of those recipes? We are reprinting the cookbook with these great recipes! It will be available October 14 and 15 for $5. Cookbooks will also be available on October 29. Proceeds will go to the Giving Quilts and McFarland Food Pantry with seed money coming from Thrivent. Check with any team member — Angela Schwartz, Linda Schiefelbein, Janet Knutson, Gaylene Otteson, or Norma Kohl — to learn more!


Our sister congregation - Iglesia Evangelica Luterana Reconciliacion, is located just west of San Juan. By all reports, church members and families are safe. Over the past couple weeks, they have been cleaning up their church grounds making repairs to their buildings. They have gathered to worship on Sundays; still without electricity. They even had a baptism on their first Sunday worshiping after the devastation of hurricane Maria. Our Puerto Rican friends are spirit filled and strong in faith. Baptism is a reminder of hope, promise, and new life!

We know the need for support for Puerto Rico and our brothers and sisters is great. We, as McFarland Lutheran Church, will be making a special appeal in the weeks ahead to support Reconciliation Lutheran Church.
MLC had been in the planning stages for a 2018 mission trip to Puerto Rico. This has been put on the back burner and we will assess our options as we gain information and recovery on the island moves forward.

Music Rehearsals Resume


ALL are welcome to join the choir! We meet weekly on Wednesday
evenings from 7:30-8:30 P.M. in the Worship Center.


Rehearsals are weekly from 6:15-7:15 P.M. in the Worship Center.

Contact Chris Malueg to learn more( / 838-3184).


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

Staff Contact Information

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how to find us

5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558

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News You Can Use

October 21st and October 22nd, 2017

October 14th and October 15th, 2017

October 7th and October 8th, 2017

September 30th and October 1st, 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.

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“Professing the Faith: Writings of the Reformation”

500 Years after the Reformation, you can join Pastor Tim on Sunday mornings to explore the fascinating times, people, and writings of this pivotal time in history. Bring your coffee and treats to Room 113 at 9:15 am each week.

October 22nd –The Formula of Concord & the Book of Concord: what direction did the Reformation take after Luther died?

October 29th – No Class

November 5th – Journey with popular DVD travel guide, Rick Steves, to “Germany’s Luther Towns”.

November 12th – Dedication of MLC Archives – enjoy treats and wander through the archives!

November 19th – Luther’s Teaching Hymns, the songs we sing today, have been used to teach important Christian principles for centuries.


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

Or simply type the following in your browser:

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


Following are some video's taken with members about the faith journey.

Bev & Len Lanes Interview


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 September 26th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.