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McFarland Lutheran Church





are the same this Sunday every year: Christ emptying himself of divine power and protection, willingly becoming vulnerable to those who struck him and put him to death. With Christ we lament his suffering and all human suffering, but expect God’s final vindication. Mark’s passion story begins with an unnamed woman anointing his head, perhaps to proclaim him Messiah, and Jesus saying she has anointed him beforehand for burial. Mark’s Easter story will begin with women going to anoint Jesus for burial, only to find that he has been raised, God’s living Anointed One.


ADULTS begins at 9:15 A.M. in Room 113. Sunday, March 25th, Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear guest presenter Becky Schiegel speak from a Jewish perspective on “Passover in Judaism.”

Next Week: No class! Have a blessed Easter!

Face Time for Parents will not meet this week or next week. We resume on April 8.

SUNDAY SCHOOL is on break this week and next; see you on April 8! 

CONFIRMATION (6th, 7th, & 8th Grades), HS YOUTH GROUP - Spring Break! There will be no classes on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday. We will resume or regular schedule on Sunday April 8. Have a blessed Holy Week!


Palm Sunday – Have you ever been to a parade?  Were there lots of people?  Were you excited?  On Palm Sunday we celebrate when Jesus came to Jerusalem.  There were lots of people and they were excited for him to come to town.  They gave him the red carpet treatment by laying their coats in the road and waving palm branches.  Shout with me:
“Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”


The Join us as we follow our Lord to the foot of the cross and the empty tomb. Join us as we share the good news that Christ is alive, and brings new life to the world!

Palm Sunday / Sunday of the Passion
March 24th, 25th
Saturday @ 5 P.M.—Casual Worship
Sunday @ 8 A.M.—Traditional Worship
10 am—Contemporary Worship

Maundy Thursday
March 29th @ 7 P.M.
The service will include an optional time of footwashing (see John 13) as well as Holy Communion and the stripping of the Altar.

Good Friday
March 30th @ Noon—The Liturgy of Good Friday
7 P.M.—Prayer Around the Cross

Holy Saturday
March 31st @ 5 P.M.—Casual Worship

Easter Sunday
April 1st @ 8 A.M.—Traditional Worship
10 A.M.—Contemporary Worship

Join us as we follow our Lord to the foot of the cross and the empty tomb. Join us as we share the good news that Christ is alive, and brings new life to the world!


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


will share more stories and pictures from their trip to Uganda during Adult Faith Formation on Sunday, April 8th.

This will be a good opportunity to discern and gather information for those who might be thinking about participating in the next mission trip and very interesting viewing and listening for all congregation members as well.


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.


Baptismal Font—The Properties Committee is looking for a volunteer to assist Jon Landen in the quarterly maintenance of the Baptismal Font.

Please contact Jon (838-9840) for more information regarding the tasks involved in the maintenance of the Font.


The Outreach Team of the Welcome Committee sends hand-written invitations to newcomers in the McFarland area.  We receive monthly lists of newcomers from an outside agency, but we also want to take advantage of your local neighborhood knowledge!  

If you have welcomed a new neighbor during the past six months, or especially going forward, please e-mail their names and addresses to Brian Rodeck at brian@therodecks.com.   Brian will verify that a Newcomer Invitation was sent out, or send a hand-written note inviting your neighbor to worship with us.


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!


Save the Date! Mark your Calendars!

McFarland Lutheran Church’s
2018 Vacation Bible School

Sunday, June 24th – Thursday, June 28th
5 to 8 P.M.
For ages 3 - 5th grade

Registration Forms Coming Soon!!!


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

March 24th and March 25th, 2018

March 17th and March 18th, 2018

March 10th and March 11th, 2018

March 3rd and March 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.

Entire Worship Service

March 18th 8:00 - Worship Service

March 18th 10:00 - Worship Service

March 11th 8:00 - Worship Service

March 11th 10:00 - Worship Service

March 4th 8:00 - Worship Service

February 25th 8:00 - Worship Service - Not Recorded

Sermon Only Audio

March 18th 8:00 - Sermon Only

March 11th 8:00 - Sermon Only

March 4th 8:00 - Sermon Only

February 25th 8:00 - Sermon Only - Not Recorded


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

We continue our series 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..

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: www.librarycat.org/lib/McFarlandLutheran.

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


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 February 20th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.