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McFarland Lutheran Church





have a calling in God’s world. God calls not just the clergy but also the youngest child, like Samuel. The story of the calling of Nathanael plays with the idea of place. Nathanael initially dismisses Jesus because he comes from Nazareth. But where we come from isn’t important; it’s where—or rather whom—we come to. Jesus refers to the story of the vision of Jacob, who called the place of his vision “the house of God, and . . . the gate of heaven” (Gen. 28:17). Jesus says he himself is the place where Nathanael will meet God..


ADULTS begins at 9:15 A.M. in Room 113. Sunday, January 14th, Overview and Seeing Through Isaiah’s Eyes See and hear the Word through the words of this amazing prophet.

 Next Week: God gave Isaiah the gift of seeing the future—and he foretells both warning and hope.

FACE TIME FOR PARENTS begins at 9:15 A.M. in Room 210.  Bring your coffee and treats and discuss The Love Dare for Parents.

SUNDAY SCHOOL begins at 9 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 join the disciples in watching Jesus walk on water (Matthew 14).

CONFIRMATION (6th, 7th, & 8th Grades) We have class from 9:10-9:50 A.M. in the lower level with Pastor Kelli leading our lesson on the prophet Elijah.

HS YOUTH GROUP at 11:15 A.M., we will gather in the lower level to talk about this new season of Epiphany and look ahead to the New Year!


Baptism of Jesus – Jesus' baptism was the beginning of his ministry.  He helped people who were sick, loved people who were lonely, and taught all about God's love.  Our baptisms are the beginning of our life as a child of God.  When we share God's love, we are living into our baptisms and our lives as one of God's children.  What's a new way we can share God's love with others?


Saturday, January 20th/ 7:30 A.M./ Room 125


Our partnership and mission continues with our sister congregation - Reconciliation Lutheran Church. We will be serving breakfast in the FLC after worship services on January 21st. A freewill offering will be collected and sent to Reconciliation Lutheran for the continued hurricane recovery efforts for their church property, their members, and their community food pantry.
Come hungry; all are welcome!

SUNDAY - JANUARY 21ST - 9:00-11:30 P.M.

New Member Sessions

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:
Sundays, January 21st & 28th from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M.
or Tuesday, January 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. 
Those joining will be received into Membership on Sunday, February 11th.  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 hellestad@mcfarlandlutheran.org).

Recycle The Warmth

Every year St. Vincent de Paul provides free blankets and bedding to anyone who seeks their help.  You can participate when you donate (gently used) or purchase blankets, pillows, sheets and other bedding. If you prefer, make a monetary donation for new items using the envelopes at the Welcome desk.

Two bins will be available in the
Central Hallway & Gathering Area for donations on Wednesday, January 24th - Wednesday, January 31st.


The Stewardship Committee is sponsoring a 9-week, DVD-guided class from Financial Peace University (FPU). FPU was begun by nationally-known inspirational speaker Dave Ramsey to help families and individuals with financial skills such as saving and budgeting. Ramsey’s 9-week course also provides a faith-based perspective for growing as stewards, caring for the financial resources God has given us.

The FPU course will begin on Sunday, January 21st from 11:15 A.M.-12:15 P.M. and run for a total of nine Sundays. It will take place in the office conference room (210). You may sign up in the Gathering Space, or by contacting the church office.

Materials for the class, including a workbook, a Dave Ramsey book, and other on-line resources, are normally $129 per person or family. But the Stewardship Committee and generous individuals are subsidizing the cost, so that it will only be $50 per individual or family. Please sign up by Friday, January 12th, so that we can order the materials. The FPU course is designed for younger or older couples, or individuals. If you have any questions, please speak with a member of the Stewardship Committee (Joe D’Amato, Renee Rodeck, Carri Wolff, Sarah Schutt, or Pastor Tim).

All are welcome to sign up, take the class, and grow as God’s beloved stewards!


Hunger often goes undetected but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a reality for too many people, including people in Dane County.  Check out the Health and Social Wellness bulletin board for more information and ways you can help or can get assistance.

From Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin:
“We meet nearly One Million requests for service each year.”
“…the number of seniors who don’t always know where there next meal will come from doubled from 2001 to 2011!”
“1 in 5 Children in Southwestern Wisconsin face Hunger"

If you want to share food with the McFarland Community Food Pantry – MLC is a Drop Off Location!

The Food Pantry is located at 5404 Anthony Street, here in McFarland.  They are open on Mondays (3:00-6:00 P.M,) and the third Saturday of the month (9:00-11:00 A.M.).


Saturday, March 3rd - 7:00 P.M.

Share your talent & enjoy a night of fun!
Stop by the Great Hall for more details
and to sign up, or contact Chris Malueg


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 office@mcfarlandlutheran.org.


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 clanderud@mcfarlandlutheran.org 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

Join us on Facebook!

Send us an Email

View our Outreach Opportunities

View our Newsletter

how to find us

5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558

Look at a map with directions

View our Opportunities to Serve

Becoming a Member

News You Can Use

January 13th and January 14th, 2018

January 6th and January 7th, 2018

December 30th and December 31st, 2017

December 16th and December 17th, 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.

Entire Worship Service

January 14th 8:00 - Worship Service

January 14th 10:00 - Worship Service

December 31st 8:00 - Worship Service

December 31st 10:00 - Worship Service

December 25th Christmas - Worship Service

December 24th Christmas Eve - Worship Service

December 24th 10:00 - Worship Service

December 17th 8:00 - Worship Service

December 17th 10:00 - Worship Service

Sermon Only Audio

January 14th 8:00 - Sermon Only

December 31st 8:00 - Sermon Only

December 25th Christmas - Sermon Only

December 24th Christmas Eve - Sermon Only

December 24th 8:00 - Sermon Only

December 17th 8:00 - Sermon Only


See and hear the word of God through the faithful witness of the prophet Isaiah, as we take a look at the largest book in the Old Testament. For the next 5 weeks of the New Year, accompany Pastor Tim in an exploration of “Isaiah’s Vision: God is Our Salvation” .

January 14thOverview and Seeing Through Isaiah’s Eyes - The Prophet, Isaiah, reveals God with great reverence, imagination, and compassion. See and hear the word of God through the faithful witness of this prophet.

January 21st The Holy One of Israel - God gave Isaiah the ability to see the future…Isaiah looks ahead to a time when there will be peace for all people. His message was one of hope for the people of his time and it is a message of hope for us as well.

January 28th Call of Isaiah, Son of Amoz - Isaiah calls God’s people into obedience, and points out their disobedience through compelling word pictures!

February 4thNew Songs of Salvation - Many sections of Isaiah’s poetry can be heard as songs. Isaiah often warned that attitudes needed to change, or disaster would occur…Isaiah may have been one of the first to sing ‘social protest songs”.

February 11thThe Perilous Journey to Salvation - Isaiah is a book with many warnings of doom for unfaithful people, but, it is also a book of promise and comfort. God will come in all His majesty, and everything will be forever changed.

Looking Ahead – You won’t want to miss these 5 sessions on prayer in Lent! Pastor Tim, Pastor Jack Finney, and guest Beth O’Brien will share their experience and rich insights into the many facets of prayer; and on Palm Sunday, a rare opportunity to look at Passover from a Jewish perspective with guest Becky Schiegel! 

Help yourself at the Hospitality table, then bring your refreshments and come downstairs to room 113 at 9:15 am on Sunday mornings!


Thanks to an anonymous donor, we now have these Christmas picture books in our church library (book descriptions from amazon.com):

The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen
When a jingling sound wakes her from her sleep, a little girl’s dreams come true when she meets a lost reindeer in the forest. They set off on a magical adventure and it becomes a Christmas never to forget. Nicola Killen’s evocative illustrations are sure to enchant in this beautiful book with die cut pages, foil, and flashes of festive red. 

‘Twas the Evening of Christmas by Glenys Nellist
For over 200 years, families have gathered on Christmas Eve to hear the much loved words of Dr. Clement C. Moore’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. This year, families can gather together to share the real Christmas story––the story of Jesus’ birth. ’Twas the Evening of Christmas echoes the familiar language and rhythm of Dr. Clements’ poetry, but instead of focusing on Santa, it focuses on the baby Jesus, who is, after all, the true hero of Christmas. All families will delight in this simple retelling of the most famous story ever told. With a cover that comes alive with foil and sculpted embossing, this book is sure to become a Christmas classic. 

The Stable Cat’s Christmas by Christine Vrba
One night in Bethlehem, a small, dust-colored cat returns to her stable to find that a Baby has been born in the night. As all the animals tell the cat about the gifts they gave the Christ Child, the cat sadly concludes that she is too little and powerless to give a gift to the King. But when the Baby shivers and the cat leaps into the manger to comfort him, she discovers that she can give the best gift of allÂ�herself. This timeless Christmas book celebrates the fact that everyone has a gift they can give the King, no matter their size or stature. Enchanting illustrations and a heartfelt message make this book a Christmas keepsake that can be enjoyed year after year. 

Leo’s Gift by Susan Blackaby
Meet Leo--a creative, shy, young boy in search of a special talent that he can share with the world. Curious and persistent, Leo tries all kinds of activities. Then, with the unknowing help of his sister, he discovers music. Leo may seem quiet, but the piano gives him a big voice, helps his confidence soar, and propels him to embrace the treasure inside him and share it with the world. 

Please visit the church library on the lower level! We have many wonderful books and DVD’s for children and adults! You can sign out items and keep them for four weeks!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year  from your church library committee, Carolyn Grede, Deb Alber and Mary Grell



First Monday each month at 12:45 P.M.

Worship Service/Communion/Music


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


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 November 28th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.