in this year’s Lenten readings is the one made with Abraham and Sarah: God’s promise to make them the ancestors of many, with whom God will remain in everlasting covenant. Paul says this promise comes to all who share Abraham’s faith in the God who brings life into being where there was no life. We receive this baptismal promise of resurrection life in faith. Sarah and Abraham receive new names as a sign of the covenant, and we too get new identities in baptism, as we put on Christ. 


ADULTS begins at 9:15 A.M. in Room 113. Sunday, February 25th,  Thirsty for God: Many Ways to Pray – We continue our Lenten study of effective prayer practices as we consider “Praying by the Book.”

Next Week: Our Lenten prayer focus will be on “Centering Prayer.”

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 learn about Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday according to the Gospel of Luke.

CONFIRMATION (6th, 7th, & 8th Grades) - Sunday’s lesson will focus on the 12 disciples – the “Provincial Bumpkins”.  

HS YOUTH GROUP - We will meet this morning after the 11 am worship in the lower level youth room. Our friend Tony Ducklow (Director of SummerFest Camp Ministries) is visiting. We will go out to lunch at 11:15 am as a group. We will be talking about SummerFest Camp. We will meet in the basement and go to Palenque (the Mexican Restaurant). Lunch and camp are open to all 8th graders and high schoolers!


The Thirsty for God – During Lent we are focusing on prayer.  We pray a lot during church and we often pray before meals or going to bed, but did you know that you can pray at any time?  You can pray if you’re worried or scared, and you can also pray if you’re really happy and excited.  No matter what – no matter where – God hears your prayers..


Sunday at 9:00 or 11:00 A.M. in the Family Life Center.

If you are a new member who has joined MLC in the last two years, please join the Welcome committee this Sunday for a free breakfast!  We are seeking your input regarding ideas about the membership process, services offered and activities you use or would like to use.  Even if you haven’t provided an RSVP, come anyway!


Our Lenten theme this year will be “Thirsty for God: Many Ways to Pray,” and will focus on different ways to practice the call to prayer and a deeper communion with God. This will be the theme for our worship services on Wednesdays in Lent (thru March 21st), as well as Adult Faith Formation class on Sunday mornings at 9:15 A.M. in the downstairs education room (113).

For Lenten Wednesdays, we will have worship at 11:00 A.M. (followed by lunch) and 6:30 P.M. (preceded by a soup supper starting at 5:00 P.M.)*. Our 6:30 service will be Taize-style evening prayer: short, repetitive music like “Jesus, Remember Me;” periods of silence; opportunities to pray by candle-light. Short reflections on different prayer practices will be shared.

May the God we thirst for, the Living Water of Jesus, and the presence of the Holy Spirit renew, fill and inspire us during this Lenten season!

We need soup, salad and dessert makers for Wednesday Lenten meals February 14 - March 21.  Contact Marilyn Vandeberg at 838-6334 to help with lunches or Vicki Holten at 345-3403 to help with suppers


Monday, February 26th at Cascade Mt.

No School on Monday! Join us for a day playing outside in the snow! Middle school students, high schoolers, friends and parents welcome. Skiing, snowboarding, or tubing - $25 includes everything - tickets, rentals, transportation, food (and yes mom . . . that includes a helmet). Registration forms in the hall or see Chris.


Volunteers and Donors needed!
Monday, February 26th at MLC
11:30 A/M – 4:30 P.M.
VOLUNTEER:  Volunteers and snacks (cookies, bars, etc.) are needed, please call (608) 838-2403 or email to work or donate.  

DONATE:  Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but can make a big difference in the lives of others.  The donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour and 15 minutes.  The donation itself is only about 8-10 minutes on average.

To schedule an appointment visit or call (608) 838-2403.


Saturday, March 3rd - 7:30 A.M. - Room 125


Saturday, March 3rd - 7:00 P.M.

We need you!  Do you dance? Sing? Play an instrument?  Would you like to perform a skit, or recite a poem?  Share your gifts with us at this year’s Talent Show!

On March 3rd at 7 P.M. we will gather for a showcase of MLC talent.  Prepare your
3-4 minute act of just about anything! A piano recital piece.  A dance recital piece.  A Solo and Ensemble piece.  A musical or theatrical piece that you have known for decades.  The MLC staff and other musical groups will be joining the fun for an evening filled with wonderful and light hearted entertainment.  There will also be a time for fellowship and wonderful treats.

Contact Christ Malueg ( if you have any questions, and sign up on the Music bulletin board in the Great Hall.

Limited to one act per person/group. Accompaniment can be provided.


in Family Life Center

Saturday, March 17th - 6:00 P.M.

Enjoy fun, fellowship and games! 

Contact Kevin Strattan if you have any
questions or to be added to the eVite list


First Communion dates have been set.
Attend one of two identical classes:
Saturday, April 14th or Saturday, April 21st from 9:30 to noon.

The day to receive First Communion will be Sunday, April 22nd at the 10 A.M. service. More information will be sent home soon. See Pastor Kelli with any questions.


According to the American Heart Association, approximately 2200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day.  That is an average of one death every 40 seconds!!!  Modest changes in your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health and lower your risk by as much as 80 percent.

February is Heart Month, so visit the Health and Wellness Committee bulletin board for more information about cardiovascular disease, diet and lifestyle changes, and other interesting facts to promote heart health!


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.).


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

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how to find us

5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558

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News You Can Use

February 24th and February 25th, 2018

February 17th and February 18th, 2018

February 10th and February 11th, 2018

February 3rd and February 4th, 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.

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February 18th 8:00 - Worship Service

February 11th 8:00 - Worship Service

February 11th 10:00 - Worship Service

February 4th 8:00 - Worship Service

February 4th 10:00 - Worship Service

January 28th 8:00 - Worship Service

January 28th 10:00 - Worship Service

Sermon Only Audio

February 18th 8:00 - Sermon Only

February 11th 8:00 - Sermon Only

February 4th 8:00 - Sermon Only

January 28th 8:00 - Sermon Only


See Faith Formation for Adults is 35 minutes you won’t want to miss!

During the season of Lent don’t miss Thirsty for God: Many Ways to Pray. Every Sunday in Lent you will have the opportunity to learn new, or expand on your current, prayer practices with Pastor Tim, Pastor Kelli, and guest presenters: Rev. Jack Finney and Beth O’Brien. Each of these gifted presenters will share a means to experience prayer.

February 25th — “Praying by the Book”

March 4th — “Centering Prayer”

March 11th — “Praying for Others”

March 18th — “Praying by Serving the Needy”

March 25th — Palm Sunday, you will have a rare opportunity to hear guest presenter Becky Schiegel speak from a Jewish perspective on “Passover in Judaism.”

April 1st — No class, have a blessed Easter!

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


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!

For Adults:
The Triumphant Marriage by Neil Clark Warren

Luther’s Small Catechism: Enlarged Print Study Edition

The Power of the Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian

America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great by Ben Carson

Vestments for All Seasons by Barbara Dee Baumgarten

The Grace Awakening by Charles R. Swindoll

O Worship the King: Hymns of Assurance and Praise to Encourage Your Heart by John MacArthur, et al.

The Use and Means of Grace: A Statement on the Practice of Word and Sacrament The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren

Quiet Moments with God with Steve Lund on the piano, CD

An Amish Year by Beth Wiseman (Fiction)

Rick Steve’s Luther and the Reformation, DVD

For Children:
Good Night Tales by C.S. Fritz

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli

After the Fall:  How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat

The Martin Luther Story DVD

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:

Please visit our church library on the lower level soon! We have lots of interesting stuff!

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


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

Worship Service/Communion/Music


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.