Jesus begins his public ministry by calling fishers to leave their nets and follow him. In Jesus the kingdom of God has come near. We who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. We see this light most profoundly in the cross—as God suffers with us and all who are oppressed by sickness, sin, or evil. Light dawns for us as we gather around the word, the font, and the holy table. We are then sent to share the good news that others may be “caught” in the net of God’s grace and mercy.


ADULT FAITH FORMATION – Sunday, January 22nd, - Explore Herod’s palace, a mansion from Jesus’ time, and the Roman garrison at Jerusalem via DVD.

Next Week: Travel via DVD to the Mount of Olives and experience what it might have been like to witness Jesus’ ride into the city on Palm Sunday. 9:15 A.M. in Room 113.

FACE TIME - Attention Parents! - We are using the book The Love Dare For Parents, by Stephen Kendrick, to provide a starting point for our faith discussions.  Room 210 at 9:15 A.M.

CONFIRMATION (6th, 7th, & 8th Grades) – We have class from 9:10-9:50 A.M. This week we will be studying Christian Denominations.

HS YOUTH GROUP – We have some exciting events planned for 2017, join us to help in the planning process for the new year!

SUNDAY SCHOOL begins at 9:00 A.M. with music in lower level Room 101.  After music, Shepherds will take students to their classrooms.

3s, 4s, & Kindergarten will explore a story in their classrooms.

1st-5th Grade will dig into Matthew's and Luke's gospels to explore the story: "Jesus is Born."

Sunday School ends at 9:50 A.M.


Fish for People (Matthew 4) - Jesus called fishermen to be his first disciples.  He told them they would "fish for people."  Sounds pretty silly!  I think Jesus meant that they would use the skills they already have, just in a new way for a new reason.  They didn't have to change who they were to be disciples.  They didn't have to wait.  They were able to be disciples right away!  How great is that?


Every year St. Vincent de Paul provides free blankets and bedding to anyone who seeks their help. Your help is requested to ensure there is enough bedding available for everyone that needs it. To participate in this drive, you may purchase new, or donate gently used, blankets, pillows, sheets and other bedding.

Two bins will be available in the Central Hallway and Gathering Area until Tuesday, January 31st.

Recycle The Warmth envelopes will also be available at the Welcome/Information desk for you to make donations that will be used to purchase new blankets and bedding.


All 2nd & 3rd Graders (plus a parent/grandparent/fun adult) are invited to join a Communion Instruction Day in preparation for receiving their First Communion!

Instructional days are: Saturday, February 11th OR Saturday, February 18th, both from 9:30 A.M.-Noon.  Students will receive First Communion on Sunday, February 19th at the 10:00 A.M. service.

If interested, RSVP by Monday, January 30 to the church office at 838-3184.

I look forward to meeting you at the table!

Pastor Kelli


The Global Mission Team and the Uganda 2017 Mission participants invite you to join us in supporting the building of an “outhouse” (latrine) in a Ugandan village, possibly Sesera. 

Some of you may remember your grandparents having an outhouse which often had a crescent moon cut out of the door.  Do you also remember how wonderful it was when they first had running water and flush toilets in their homes?

In Uganda, most people do not even have an outhouse but simply dig a hole to squat over in the bush.  There will be much excitement when the community has a latrine for their use.  We need to gather $3000 by February 21st to accomplish the building of this gift.  Please consider helping us “Shoot for the Moon” by writing a check payable to McFarland Lutheran Church denoting “Moon Project.”  Help us make the crescent moon grow to a full moon to shine some light into the lives of villagers in Uganda.  If you are not able to assist financially, your prayers will be gratefully received.

We have also learned there is a drought in Uganda which threatens famine so if we are fortunate enough to overshoot our goal, the extra monies will be used for gifts of food such as rice and beans.


Mark your Calendars!
McFarland Lutheran Church’s
2017 Vacation Bible School
Sunday, June 25 – Thursday, June 29 5:00-8:00 P.M.
Registration Forms Coming Soon!.

Basement Repair Begins

Badger Basement will be installing a new drain tile system within the north wall of the basement on January 12th to stop water from leaking inside the rooms. Buss Construction will be preparing the space early this week, including setting up a dust barrier, and then repairing the area after Badger Basement has completed its work. The downstairs kitchen should not be affected by this repair. Ministry groups will still be able to meet in the rooms downstairs, but not very close to the north wall. If you have any questions, please speak with Tom Showers or Ken Brost.


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.


Prayer Shawl Workshop is the first Monday of each month at 6:30 P.M. in the gathering space. The next date is January 2nd.  Contact Norma Kohl with any questions: 838-3977.


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. 

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January 14th and 15th, 2017

January 7th and 8th, 2017

December 31st, 2016 and January 1st, 2017


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For 150 years, this Congregation has worshipped our gracious and loving God.  We celebrate and reflect on this, our 150th Anniversary year.

1864: First worship service is held in a log schoolhouse.
1867: McFarland Lutheran church is officially organized.
1881: 1st church building (built in 1869), destroyed in tornado.
1895: 2nd church building (built in 1881),  destroyed by fire.
1896: 3rd church built at cost of $5017.28
1975: The congregation moves into the 4th church building and the 3rd church building is vacated & demolished.
1979: Preschool begins as Martin Luther Christian Day School; is re-organized in 1991 as Child Life Ministries & Rainbow Center.
1997:Major expansion includes FLC, Gathering Space & Sunday school rooms.
2014: Sanctuary expanded & remodeled

Please look at the 150th Anniversary Brochure for a list of the events planned to celebrate our 150th anniversary. Our theme is "Renewed in Christ to Serve: 150 Years of God's Grace in Action".


Our church Library team, headed by Carolyn Grede, have developed a website for the MLC Church Library Catalog.  New materials are added to the library frequently. Please search for a title, or just to see what is available in the church library. Here is the link:


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.


Bring your coffee and treats to Room 113 Sunday Mornings at 9:15 A.M.  

Jan. 15 – Come to room 113 and join Pastor Tim in an exploration into Roman Catholic and Lutheran perspectives today. Many believers are on a path toward greater unity between these denominations. Find out what the common threads of belief and worship really are.

Explore the lands, people & events of the Bible via DVD – there is always something new and exciting to be learned from this popular travel/teaching series with host and scholar, Ray Vanderlaan.

Jan. 22 – City of the Great King: Jerusalem What did Jesus’ Jerusalem look like? Get a view of Herod’s palace, a religious leader’s mansion, city walls, and the huge fortress that housed the Roman garrison.

Jan. 29 – The Lamb of God: Mount of Olives What really happened when Jesus came down the Mount of Olives riding on a donkey? What did the palm branches people waved really symbolize?


- 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 December 13th "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 December 13th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.