REMEMBER the sabbath and keep it holy!

Remember the Sabbath day. Call the Sabbath a delight. This is the Lord’s day, and the Lord will do for us what the Lord does: feed us, forgive us, help and heal us. Rejoice at all the wonderful things God is doing.


Sunday  School, Confirmation, HS Youth Group &  Face Time will resume on September 11, 2016.


Click on, MLC Student Registration Form for a copy of the 2016-2017 Registration Form. Complete this form to ensure all info is up-to-date.  Please return registration forms to the church office.

Adult Faith Formation – Sunday, August 21st, No Faith Formation Time.

Next Week: What do you honor? What do you love? Where does your strength come from? We look to the book of Hebrews for the answers to these questions.


Follow the Leader - Have you ever played Follow the Leader?  When the Leader hops, I hop.  The Leader skips, I skip.  The Leader zig-zags, I zig and zag.  Disciples are followers of Jesus.  What is something that we can do that looks like following Jesus?  How does he show us how to live as children of God?


The Health & Social Wellness and Global Mission committees are partnering with the synod to welcome refugees to Wisconsin.

An apartment is located and prepared with particular items to help make it a home. You are invited to take a tag (with a certain kitchen item listed) and bring it back to the church where all gifts will be collected. You can also give a financial gift using envelopes with an orange sticker or by writing “Refugee” on your check’s memo line.

You can find a list of items, tags, and special envelopes in the Grand Hallway. Please return items to the church by August 21st.


We have scheduled a Move-In Work Day on Saturday, August 27, 10-noon, for moving items back into the renovated area underneath the Sanctuary. Construction will be completed by mid-August, and we need members of our faith community to help get the rooms ready for the programmatic year.  A pizza lunch will be provided for all the laborers! We appreciate any time that you would be able to offer that day. If you have any questions about the Move-In Work Day, please contact Pastor Tim or Chris Landerud.

blessing ot the backpacks

Get ready for a new school year with a Blessing of the Backpacks!  Bring your backpack to church Sunday, August 28th at either service: 8:00 A.M. or 10:00 A.M.  See you there!


There is a Leadership Training day for all Sunday School Leaders: teachers, shepherds, and substitutes!!!  Sunday, August 28 at 9:00 A.M. in Room 210.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Join us for Rally Day and the kick-off of Sunday School, confirmation, youth group and adult faith formation classes. We will start in the Sanctuary on Sept. 11th at 9 A.M. to learn about our exciting new year of learning together. Following introductions and an opening song, we will go down to the newly renovated area beneath the Sanctuary for an Open House and tours of downstairs classrooms.

Our theme for Rally Day is “Renewed in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17) We are made new each time we hear and study God’s Word of truth and grace, and let the Word soak into our lives. Thanks be to God, who invites us to be part of his new creation in Christ!


Do you know someone who could use an outward sign of prayer, concern and caring? 
Please feel free to take that person: A prayer shawl or lap robe with a card and a gift bag*

*All can be found in the great hall.  Please help yourself.


There are still more spiritual growth opportunities happening this summer. You are encouraged to attend whenever you are able. Everyone is welcome!

August 28 - The 2nd scripture reading for this Sunday has something to say about how we should respond in regards to: hospitality, imprisonment, mistreatment, marriage, money, leaders, praise, and the nature of Jesus. It will be read in worship, now let’s take a closer look.

Faith Formation meets in Room 113 on the lower level (at the base of the stairs) from 9:15 to 10:50.

support FRIDA BAGonza

Many of you will remember Benson, Frida, Vision, and Mission Bagonza from Tanzania, Africa. They lived in our community and were a part of our church family for many years.

After 11 years Frida has come back to the United States to obtain her Masters Degree in accounting. She earned her Bachelor Degree while living here. Frida and son Prince (6 years) are living in St. Paul while she attends St. Theresa University. Her goal is to teach at the university in Karagwe, her home community. She hopes to finish her degree by the end of next summer.

Frida was not able to borrow enough money for tuition and housing and is facing a shortfall. She is a woman of strong faith and is praying for some financial help. If you would like to give financial help to Frida you can give your donation to MLC and the church will send it on to her. Please keep her in your prayers. Her St. Paul address is: 1570 Eustis St., Apt. 130, St. Paul, MN 55108. If you have questions feel free to call Dennis and Janet Knutson, 838-3498.


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

August 20th and 21st, 2016

August 13th and 14th, 2016

August 6th and 7th, 2016

July 30th and 31st, 2016


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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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.


Basement Construction Update – Construction completion is near! We are just a few short weeks away before the basement remodel is finished. Just in the past couple weeks, walls have been painted with  color, all cabinetry and countertops are set, lighting and the ceiling is nearly complete, and doors and trim installation are in the final stages. Kitchen appliances and flooring will show up in early August. These new spaces are really looking nice!

When finished, the basement spaces below our sanctuary will include: a youth room, classrooms, quilter’s room, storage rooms, banner room, music room, and kitchen. We are excited to have these new spaces available later this summer for many of our ministries at the start of our new programmatic year.


In our Gathering Space, we have a new Called to Grow Dedication Book that records the names of those who gave generous contributions for our new Sanctuary, including special items such as pew chairs, baptismal font and the renovated stained glass. The book will placed on the glass table for anyone to look through it. The names are arranged in alphabetical order by last name of the donor. If you see any corrections or additions to the pages in the book, please speak with Pastor Tim.

Thanks to be God for those who have offered gifts, and for loved ones who are remembered and honored by these gifts! May we continue to worship the Lord with gladness!


- 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 June 21st "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 June 21st "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.