NEWS YOU CAN USE

IN THIS WEEK’S GOSPEL

The Sundays after Epiphany continue to celebrate the revelation of the glory of God to us as it was made known to the magi and to those on Jordan’s banks at the baptism of Jesus - today using wedding imagery. Our God rejoices over God’s people “as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride.” By the power of the Spirit there are gifts galore for everyone. In Christ Jesus the best wine is saved for last. Taste and see.

FAITH FORMATION

ADULTS / 9:15 A.M.  / Room 113

January 27 – Dietrich Bonhoeffer has many realistic, practical thoughts to share for Christians as we live with others inside, and outside the church. Next Week: Christians are all in the same boat: sinners forgiven by Jesus’ saving actions, but do we always reflect that?

February 3 – Life Together offers wisdom to understand and confront our own actions, thoughts and convictions, and how we can be led to a more fulfilled and positive life in Christ.

FOR OUR PRAYERS

Our synod bishop, Pastor Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld, shared the news this week that former MLC pastor, the Rev. Jeff Tomberlin, is being treated for a brain tumor. Please keep Pastor Tomberlin and his family in your prayers, for God’s strength and healing presence as he undergoes medical treatment.

BLANKET DRIVE

DON’T FORGET! JANUARY 24 - 29

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Recycle the Warmth Blanket Drive Please bring your new or gently used blankets and bedding to the Central Hallway in church for donation next weekend. Thank you!

NEW FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY CLASS JANUARY 2019

The Stewardship Committee is again offering a 9-week class on managing finances with materials provided by Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). This is a DVD-led class, and will be coordinated by MLC member Joe D’Amato. The class will begin on Sunday, Jan. 20, 11:15-12:45 p.m., in the office conference room (210). Child care will be provided. The Stewardship team is subsidizing the cost of the materials, so the cost per family unit will be $100. There is a sign-up sheet in the Great Hallway. A family in last year’s FPU class has this testimonial to share about the experience:
“We live in a culture that embraces personal debt – credit cards, student loans, car loans, mortgage payments, medical bills – as a given. Dave Ramsey and the Financial Peace University course let us know there’s a better way.

“With a simple step-by-step approach, Dave Ramsey’s approach has helped us payoff over $80k in debt in the last 16 months. Both individually and as a married couple, we better understand the psychology of money. Together are building a brighter future for our family.

“The program helps a variety of people. It will help a single person. It will help a married person. Anyone can jump in and benefit at any point in their life. For a person who can’t cover an emergency greater than $500, there are steps you can take to improve your situation. If you have children and need to plan for their education and your retirement, this program will help you move forward. If you are nearing retirement, this program will help you organize your budget for the next chapter of your life.

“Don’t hesitate. Don’t delay. Sign up, bring an open mind, and be ready for God to work on your heart and mind through his program. It’s a game changer!” Contact Joe D’Amato or another member of Stewardship Committee (Sarah Schutt, Steve Schoch, Carri Wolff, or Pastor Tim) if you are interested or have questions.

NEW MEMBER CLASS!

Have you been thinking about becoming a member of McFarland Lutheran Church, or, do you know someone who may be interested?

These sessions are a good way to learn what MLC is all about and to meet some really nice people!

The next New Member Session options are:
Sunday, January 27, & February 3 at 10:00
Or
Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30pm

Child Care will be provided upon request
New members will be received on Sunday, February 24

Please contact Huldah Ellestad to register, and for more details. (838-3184 or hellestad@mcfarlandlutheran.org)

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CHURCH QUILTERS

The quilting ladies have been providing quilts to “Lutheran World Relief” for several years. We usually make over 300 quilts a year. It is our way of giving comfort and warmth to someone in need. There is a way you can be a part of our worthwhile mission.

We have a beautiful quilt that will be our fund raiser for purchasing batting and fabric. The quilt will be on display the first week of February. You can start thinking how it would make a wonderful gift or a start to redecorating a bedroom, and your support of the quilters mission.

The quilt is a queen size: 86” x 104”. It is also reversible, and both sides are beautiful! Machine quilted to give it stability to last and washable.

The quilters will appreciate your generosity!

20S – 30S – 40S MINISTRY GROUP

What: Bowling
Where: Spartan Bowl
Who: Anyone and Everyone!
When: Friday, Feb 22 from 7:00-9:00PM
Cost: $10 +tax

See you there!

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR PABLO AND OUT BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN PUERTO RICO:

It’s the best time to say thank you to all once again, for today that we celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas, we know for certain that as the star of Bethlehem shone brightly to signal the way to where Christ was born in the darkest of nights, Christ’s love still shines the brightest in our lives through friends like you. We are beyond those pitch black nights past María and Irma, but the light of Christ still needs to keep on shining. You help us make this possible among those who still need God’s presence through our hands to bring food to the table. Once again we feel and see your loving service to Christ coming concretely into our lives. For blessings like this, we have one more reason to give thanks today!

God bless you all, brothers and sisters of McFarland, and may you all have a very blessed Christmas in the memory and real presence of God amongst us, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Pastor Pablo Quiñones, Reconciliación Lutheran Church

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER

Seasonal affective disorder is a form of a major depressive disorder that occurs during the same season each year and is commonly referred to as the winter blues or winter depression. The Holiday and winter months can bring joy and excitement, but the lack of light can affect anyone. It usually starts in the late fall and early winter and goes away during the spring and summer. Some people do have episodes of depression that start in the spring or summer, but that is a lot less common. Take a look at the Health and Social wellness bulletin board for further information on Seasonal affective disorder.

DRAWN TO THE WORD

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.

FACEBOOK 500

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!

NEWSLETTER BY EMAIL

Would you prefer the MLC newsletter to come via email?  Send your request by email to office@mcfarlandlutheran.org.

"LIKE" MCFARLAND LUTHERAN CHURCH!

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

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how to find us

5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558

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News You Can Use

January 19th and January 20th, 2019

January 12th and January 13th, 2019

January 5th and January 6th, 2019

December 29th and December 30th, 2018

AUDIO OF SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES AND SERMONS

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 20th 8:00 - Worship Service

January 13th 8:00 - Worship Service

January 13th 10:00 - Worship Service

January 6th 8:00 - Worship Service

January 6th 10:00 - Worship Service

December 30th 8:00 - Worship Service

December 30th 10:00 - Worship Service

Sermon Only Audio

January 20th 8:00 - Sermon Only

January 13th 8:00 - Sermon Only

January 6th 8:00 - Sermon Only

December 30th 8:00 - Sermon Only

ADULT FAITH FORMATION

Come to Faith Formation for 35 minutes of learning, sharing, and fellowship!

Faith Formation for Adults is a wonderful way to spend the 35 minutes between worship services with learning, sharing, and fun fellowship!

Join Pastor Tim in an exploration of the book: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Martyred by the Gestapo near the end of World War II, Bonhoeffer wrote this inspirational book in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany.

January 27 –Dietrich Bonhoeffer was not a person with his “head in the clouds”. He has many realistic, practical thoughts to share for Christians as we live with others inside, and outside the church.

Please feel free to enjoy your coffee and refreshments while attending Faith Formation.

Faith Formation begins at 9:15 am in Room 113 (turn left at the bottom of the stairs.) This is an ever changing gathering of people and topics – come check it out!

BAPTISMAL PREPARATION 

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.

NEWS FROM THE CHURCH LIBRARY

We have received lots of new donations to the church library lately. And speaking of donations, with the holidays coming up, if you would like to donate new titles to our library, we would so appreciate it! We have a wish list set up on Amazon. When you go to Amazon.com, 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.

New for our younger patrons We have recently added these DVD’s:
• The Jesus Movie
• Sweetpea Beauty: A Girl After God’s Own Heart (Veggie Tales)
• God Made You Special (Veggie Tales) A Snoodle’s Tale: A Lesson in Self-Worth (Veggie Tales)
• The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s: The Story of a Prodigal Son (Veggie Tales)
• The Veggie Tales Christmas Classics (3 DVD set)

And we now have these books available:
• The Invisible String by Patricia Karst
• I Just Can’t Take it Anymore!: Encouragement when Life Gets You Down by Anthony DeStefano
• Someone I Love Died by Suicide: A Story for Child Survivors and Those Who Care for Them by Doreen Cammarata
• The Sheep That No One Could Find by Anthony DeStefano

New for our older patrons
• Heaven is Beautiful: How Dying Taught Me That Death is Just the Beginning by Peter Baldwin Panagore
• Mornings with Jesus Daily Bible
• Like Dew Your Youth: Growing Up with Your Teenager by Eugene H. Peterson
• Extra Ordinary Banners for Ordinary Times by George Collopy
• Witness by Debbie Webb and Mary Owen

Please visit our church library on the lower level! We have many interesting items for young and old!

Click on the following link “MLC Library Information” to view the online church library catalog. You can use the search box to find a particular author or title, or you can just view all the books as they scroll through.

Your church library committee: Carolyn Grede, Deb Alber, and Mary Grell

MCFARLAND VILLA

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

Worship Service/Communion/Music

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.

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

STAFF

Click on, Staff Contact Information to see a list of the Council Members and contact information. Please feel free to contact them.

CHURCH COUNCIL

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

Council Minutes reports the discussions and actions that have been taken by the church council. Look at the November 27th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.