becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.


ADULTS / 9:15 A.M.  / Room 113
Sunday, June 24thNo Class  

Sunday School (3 year olds – 5th grade),
Confirmation (6th, 7th, & 8th grades), and
High School Youth Group:

We are on Summer Break for Sunday classes. All student ministries will restart on September 9th at  9 A.M. Registration forms will be available in July.  Contact a staff member with any questions.


Green Season – Spring and summer are the seasons for growing, like the grass, leaves, and trees.  We’re in a season of growth in the church, too.  That’s why there is a lot of green in the church.  Where do you see green things outside?  Where do you see green in the church?  When you pray today, ask God to help you keep growing in mind, body, and faith!


We give thanks for a new person joining our staff as Administrative Assistant: Carrie Kruzan. Carrie is a long-time resident of Madison, and has worked in a Lutheran congregation for the last several years. Carrie’s first day was Monday, June 11th. Please welcome her and pray for her ministry on our staff!


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 /


The FaceTime group is sponsoring a Baby Bottle Campaign to benefit the Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County. Please take a bottle home and fill it with spare change, cash, or checks (payable to Care Net).

We will collect the filled bottles at the end of the services on June 17th (bottles will continue to be collected at the church office through June 24th).

Contact Amanda Geisinger (608-579-1305) with any questions.


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.


Halle Siebert, a member of MLC and Master of Divinity Student at Luther Seminary, is visiting to share her call to ministry, her experiences as a seminarian, and unique ministry opportunities she experienced with Luther. Additionally, she’ll share her future hope of serving as a hospice chaplain and why she’s passionate about end-of-life ministry. Please come with any questions!

Sunday, July 1 at 9:15 in Room 113
Everyone is encouraged to come!


Parenting a newborn is both amazing and challenging.
· There are perfect little fingers and toes…that don’t like to sleep at night.
· The “melt-your-heart” noises are juggled   with going back to work or staying home.
· The adorable outfits become endless     mountains of laundry.
Let’s get together and talk about life with a new baby!
Come with your pre-mobile baby on Sundays in July & August from 9:15 A.M.-9:45 A.M. in the Family Life Center.

Any questions, see Pastor Kelli. 


Dear Friends,
Frida Bagonza of Tanzania, East Africa, a long time friend of MLC, graduated June 2nd with a Masters Degree in Accounting from St. Mary's University in Minneapolis.
It was a day of great celebration with lots of hugs and cheers.  Her entire family was able to attend the graduation and celebration.  Bishop Benson came from Tanzania, Vision currently lives in Minneapolis, Mission came from the Philippines and Prince has been living in St. Paul with her.
She will be returning to Tanzania at the end of the summer.  Here current address is: 1626 Eustis St, #10, St. Paul, MN 55108

Like Frida often says, "God is Good" 


If you'd like to get in on the fun for the next
clean-up, mark your calendars for July 14th!


Pastor Kirsten is an ELCA missionary pastor serving St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo, in Cairo, Egypt. You may remember her – she visited MLC in July 2015. St. Andrew’s has an incredible ministry to refugees in Cairo called StARS (St. Andrew’s
Refugee Services).

Come to church on Sunday, July 15th and hear Pastor Kirsten preach at both services and lead the Adult Faith Formation class at 9:15 A.M. in Room 113. If you’re interested in joining us for lunch at Skaalen Village, RSVP to Ron Vandeberg (608-886-3196).


Sunday, July 15th at 1:05 P.M. at the “Duck Pond”
     $20 for ticket & tailgate (all-you-can-eat)
     $10 for ticket & hat and enter promo code: MLC


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!

In preparation for reviewing the annual operating budget, the Finance Committee has scheduled two Budget Forums: Sunday, July 8, 9:15 a.m.; and Sunday, July 15, 11:15 a.m. Both will take place in the office conference room (210). If you have any questions about the budget to be considered at the Annual Meeting, please contact our treasurer, Brent Odell.

"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


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.

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


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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how to find us

5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558

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News You Can Use

June 16th and June 17th, 2018

June 9th and June 10th, 2018

June 2nd and June 3rd, 2018

May 26th and May 27th, 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

June 17th 8:00 - Worship Service

June 17th 10:00 - Worship Service

June 10th 8:00 - Worship Service

June 10th 10:00 - Worship Service

June 3rd 8:00 - Worship Service

May 27th 8:00 - Worship Service

Sermon Only Audio

June 17th 8:00 - Sermon Only

June 10th 8:00 - Sermon Only

June 3rd 8:00 - Sermon Only

May 27th 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.

June 17thJesus Stories – Post Resurrection  Pastor Kelli takes us to some of the Bible’s most fascinating events: the Great Commission, the road to Emmaus, Thomas (aka Doubting Thomas), and the Holy Beach Breakfast
June 24thNo Class
July 1stThe seminary student Experience, Halle Siebert will share her experiences, as a student at Luther Seminary, and with Hospice Chaplaincy

Bring your coffee & treats down to Room 113 any Sunday morning at 9:15 A.M.!


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 April 24th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.