The voice of the suffering savior, Jesus, can be heard in the prophet Isaiah’s words and the pleading of the psalm. We are invited into the agony of our Lord in the extended reading of the story of Jesus’ passion. In the second reading, we who have put on Christ in holy baptism are urged to let the mind of Christ be our own. Lent leads us to this holy moment. Embrace it.


ADULTS / 9:15 A.M.  / Room 113


April 28 – “Now or Never: Pack Your Coffin” – To follow Jesus demands we give everything and invest all we have, and are, for the One who has laid down everything for us. He gave His life for us. The question is: Will we give our lives for Him?


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, April 13/14
Saturday, 5 p.m., Casual Worship
Sunday, 8 a.m., Traditional Worship
10 a.m., Contemporary Worship

Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
The service will include an optional time of foot washing (see John 13), as well as Holy Communion and the Stripping of the Altar.

Good Friday, April 19
Noon - The Liturgy of Good Friday
7:30 p.m. - Prayer around the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 20
5 p.m. - Casual Worship

Easter Day, April 21
8 a.m. - Traditional Worship
10 a.m. - Contemporary Worship

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? Jesus is not here, but has risen.” (Luke 24:5)


Interested In Becoming Part of McFarland Lutheran Church?

Sunday, 4/28 & Sunday, 5/5 at 10:00 am
Tuesday, 5/7 at 6:30 pm

RSVP Huldah Ellestad to register, and
for childcare.


As of April 16, we have received 71 pledges for a total of $120,485 for our Mortgage Reduction Initiative (MRI). Thank you to all who have generously offered pledges! Please prayerfully consider how you might be a part of this initiative by making a pledge or one-time donation. Information and pledge forms for this MRI are available at the Welcome Desk. The Finance Committee also has put a “thermometer” in the Gathering Space to show our progress toward the goal of $500,000 to reduce the mortgage principal. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4) Let us rejoice in the abundant blessings that God has given us at MLC!


MLC’s is hosting a baptismal preparation class each quarter for people who are interested in having their child baptized or getting baptized themselves.

The next class is Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 pm in Room 113. Contact either the church office or Pastor Kelli to sign-up 838-3184. (RSVP is required so sufficient childcare can be arranged.)


There are several run/walks going on this spring that MLC members are encouraged to participate in. On May 18, there’s Aly’s Honky Tonk Hustle supporting our members Sheila and Russ Wolff. Then in July there’s the annual Relay for Life in Stoughton on July 19. Interested folks can register directly at the web sites below - just join the McFarland Lutheran Church Team.

Aly's Honky Tonk Hustle

Relay For Life in Stoughton


Canceled Saturday, April 20


My late wife Frida and our children Vision, Mission and Prince enjoyed love, care and solidarity ever since we got connected in 1998. When my late wife returned for graduate studies in the twin cities, the congregation together with Elizabeth Circle continued to care for her and support her fi nancially and morally. She passed away on 26th November 2018 and that day Janet and Dennis were there for her birthday. The McFarland community remains a home for us. I am currently in Germany for medical check up. Vision and Mission are in the US and Prince is with me in Tanzania.

May God continue to bless the ministry at MLC and all friends there.

Bishop Benson Bagonza 


The Church Council has completed the Child Life Ministry (CLM) Initiative Development Plan. The plan identifies three areas important for the continued growth of CLM: Benefits, Facilities, and CLM Development. Complete copies of the development plan are available at the Welcome Center. If you have any questions about this plan, please contact Congregational President Sharon Mylrea or Council Member Todd Bolstad. May God continue to bless, strengthen and empower our ministry through CLM.


If you, a family member, or a friend are admitted to a hospital, please either contact the church office, or indicate that you are from McFarland Lutheran Church. Due to patient confidentiality, it is difficult to obtain timely information. We want to be able to visit you in the hospital, pray with you, and help in any way.



Sunday, July 21 - Thursday, July 25

5:00-8:00 PM

Registration Forms Available Soon!


Located in the Central Hallway, Fair Trade items help support small farmers and their communities.

Along with coffee beans and ground coffee, now you can purchase Decaf and Regular single serve cups for your personal coffee makers. You can also try honey, orange marmalade, olive oil, chocolate bars, baking cocoa and tea.


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.  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!


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

Staff Contact Information

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View our Outreach Opportunities

View our Newsletter

how to find us

5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558

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View our Opportunities to Serve

Becoming a Member

News You Can Use

April 13th and April 14th, 2019

April 6th and April 7th, 2019

March 30th and March 31st, 2019

March 23rd and March 24th, 2019

March 16th and March 17th, 2019


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

April 14th 8:00 - Worship Service

April 7th 8:00 - Worship Service

April 7th 10:00 - Worship Service

March 31st 10:00 - Worship Service

March 24th 8:00 - Worship Service

Sermon Only Audio

April 14th - No Sermon

April 7th 8:00 - Sermon Only

March 31st 10:00 - Sermon Only

March 24th 8:00 - Sermon Only


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

The Gospel Costs Nothing, But It Demands Everything! Don’t miss this video-based Bible study – All In. It’s an invitation to go all in and all out for Jesus in ways you may never have dreamed of before

April 21 – NO CLASS - EASTER

April 28 – “Now or Never: Pack Your Coffin” – To follow Jesus demands we give everything and invest all we have, and are, for the One who has laid down everything for us. He gave His life for us. The question is: Will we give our lives for Him?

Faith Formation for Adults is a wonderful way to spend the 35 minutes between worship services with learning, sharing, and fun fellowship – pick up coff ee and treats and come downstairs to Room 113!


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.


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!

Adult Notification:

Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality by Bradley P. Holt

Spirit Ethics: Scripture and the Moral Life by Paul Jersild

A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper

Lamp Unto My Feet: 365 Christian Leaders Share the Scriptures That Have Guided Their Lives by Art Toalston

Reliving the Passion: Meditations on the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Jesus as Recorded in Mark by Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Women in the Life of Jesus: A Look at the Significance of Women in Christ’s Life and Ministry by Jill Briscoe

Faith Enough to Finish by Jill Briscoe

Intimacy with the Almighty: Encountering Christ in the Secret Places of Your Life by Charles R. Swindoll

The Disconnected Generation: Saving Our Youth from Self-Destruction by Josh McDowell

Beyond Guilt: Christian Response to Suffering by George S. Johnson

The One-Year Bible Angels in Our Lives (About people who have felt the presence of angels in their experiences) Acts (N.T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guides) by N. T. Wright

Reading the Bible From the Margins by Miguel De La Torre

Joy in Our Weakness: A Gift of Hope from the Book of Revelation by Marva Dawn

Who Stole My Church: What To Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century by Gordon MacDonald

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza

Some Fiction for Adults:

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

And for kids

The Story Bible

Every Day With God (Selections From the International Children’s Bible) by Roy Nichols 

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


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 March 19th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.