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McFarland Lutheran Church





The presence of the Lord “in your midst” in the wonder of the holy supper is cause for singing. The nearness of the Lord in prayer, in every circumstance, is cause for rejoicing. The coming of one “more powerful” than John, even with his winnowing fork in his hand, is good news—and cause for exultation—for us who are being saved. Great joy is the tone for the third Sunday of Advent.


ADULTS / 9:15 A.M.  / Room 113

December 16 – The Star of Bethlehem DVD shows amazing connections between Jesus’ life and death and the signs in the sky that heralded these world changing events.

December 23 – Christmas break - No Class


The Winter Prayer – God of light, you promise to be with us if it’s warm and sunny or if it’s cold and icy. The seasons and weather may change but your love for us stays the same. Join us in our fun as we play in the snow and keep us safe as we travel in our cars. Be with all those who don’t have a warm place to stay. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


Please join us for our annual tradition of mid-week worship at MLC on Wednesday, Dec. 19. We will gather for worship at 11 a.m., followed by lunch in the Family Life Center (FLC), and at 6:30 p.m., with a “Souper Supper” beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the FLC. The 6:30 p.m. worship will feature the beloved musical setting, “Holden Evening Prayer.” All are welcome!

Our theme this year is “Filling the Hungry with Good Things” (Luke 1:53). This comes from Mary’s song of praise in Luke, also known as the Magnificat. In worship, we will focus on God’s promises to feed the hungry world, and to provide sustenance and care for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all people.


Wednesday Advent services will be on December 19. We also will have lunches following the 11:00 am service and a souper supper preceding the 6:30 pm evening service. We are in need of soup, salad and dessert makers. If you are able to help by making a dish, please contact Marilyn Vandeberg at 838-6334 for the lunches and Vicki Holton at 345-3403 for the suppers. 


Christmas Eve, December 24
3:00, 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.

All services will include Holy Communion, special Christmas music, and lighting of candles during “Silent Night.” The 3:00 and 5:00 pm services will include a children’s time of celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Christmas Day, December 25,
10:00 a.m

Holy Communion

Join us as we celebrate the good news of great joy that God has shared in the birth of Jesus our Savior!


Rehearsal is Saturday, December 15 from 10AM-Noon.

The Big Performance is Sunday December 16 at 3:00pm. A time of treats and celebration follows the program. Families are welcome to bring a treat to share.

Join us as we celebrate the story of Jesus’ birth!


The Church Council has hired Noah Bossert to serve as our organist/pianist, starting the weekend of December 1 & 2. We give thanks for Noah and his musical gifts to enhance our worship life! A BIG thank-you to members DeAnn Larson and Conrad Marks, who have played piano and organ for our worship services during the staff vacancy!


On Sunday, January 6, Pastor Tim will begin a 5 week study based on the book: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Martyred by the Gestapo near the end of World War II, Bonhoeffer wrote this inspiring account of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany.

If you would like to read Life Together prior to the class, there are books available. Reading the book is not required for the class. See Huldah Ellestad or call the church office 838-3184.


Wednesday evenings 7:30-8:45,
Jan. 9 – May 22

Teacher: Pastor Jerry Pribbenow 

From the first lesson, the Bethel Series presents the themes of the Scriptures in the clearest, most systematic manner possible.

Soon you’ll begin to see the interrelationship of themes, events, and concepts within God’s Word and gain a vital new appreciation for how each part of the Scriptures relates to the whole, and vice versa!

This bible study has been changing lives here at McFarland Lutheran for almost 60 years. Discover for yourself why people are so enthusiastic and grateful for it!

Questions or Register - see Huldah Ellestad


The Stewardship Committee is again offering a 9-week class on managing finances with materials provided by Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). This is a DVD-led class, and will be coordinated by MLC member Joe D’Amato. The class will begin on Sunday, Jan. 20, 11:15-12:45 p.m., in the office conference room (210). Child care will be provided. The Stewardship team is subsidizing the cost of the materials, so the cost per family unit will be $100. There is a sign-up sheet in the Great Hallway. A family in last year’s FPU class has this testimonial to share about the experience:
“We live in a culture that embraces personal debt – credit cards, student loans, car loans, mortgage payments, medical bills – as a given. Dave Ramsey and the Financial Peace University course let us know there’s a better way.

“With a simple step-by-step approach, Dave Ramsey’s approach has helped us payoff over $80k in debt in the last 16 months. Both individually and as a married couple, we better understand the psychology of money. Together are building a brighter future for our family.

“The program helps a variety of people. It will help a single person. It will help a married person. Anyone can jump in and benefi t at any point in their life. For a person who can’t cover an emergency greater than $500, there are steps you can take to improve your situation. If you have children and need to plan for their education and your retirement, this program will help you move forward. If you are nearing retirement, this program will help you organize your budget for the next chapter of your life.

“Don’t hesitate. Don’t delay. Sign up, bring an open mind, and be ready for God to work on your heart and mind through his program. It’s a game changer!” Contact Joe D’Amato or another member of Stewardship Committee (Sarah Schutt, Steve Schoch, Carri Wolff, or Pastor Tim) if you are interested or have questions.


Have you been thinking about becoming a member of McFarland Lutheran Church, or, do you know someone who may be interested?

These sessions are a good way to learn what MLC is all about and to meet some really nice people!

The next New Member Session options are:
Sunday, January 27, & February 3 at 10:00
Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30pm

Child Care will be provided upon request
New members will be received on Sunday, February 24

Please contact Huldah Ellestad to register, and for more details.
(838-3184 or hellestad@mcfarlandlutheran.org)


Bob Voss, a retired ELCA pastor, has been serving as a guest preacher for our Saturday worship service once a month for the last several years. Bob is stepping aside from this ministry, and his last Saturday service will be December 15. Those who attend the 5 p.m. service are invited to a reception in the Gathering Space following worship to honor his gifts of preaching. Thank you, Bob, and may God continue to bless and empower your ministry in the Gospel!


Parenting a newborn is both amazing and challenging.
• There are perfect little fingers and toes…that don’t like to sleep at night.
• The “melt-your-heart” noises are juggled with going back to work or staying home.
• The adorable outfits become endless mountains of laundry.

Let’s get together and talk about life with a new baby! Come with your pre-mobile baby on Sundays from 9:15-9:45 am in the Family Life Center.

Any questions, see Pastor Kelli


The McFarland area, like all Dane County communities has a growing senior population, many of whom can no longer drive. Losing their personal transportation is a major challenge and many of these seniors turn to the volunteer drivers registered with Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Dane County and McFarland Senior Outreach to get to the medical appointments that are key to maintaining their health.

McFarland has a serious need for more drivers to make sure the program can reach all those who need rides to appointments. Volunteers decide how often, when and where they wish to drive during the service hours, Monday-Friday 8am-4pm, and they receive mileage reimbursement and extra liability insurance. Pay it forward now, so it’s there for you later!

For more information about driving for seniors contact Mary Schmelzer at 608-441-7896 or mschmelzer@rsvpdane.org.


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 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

December 15th and December 16th, 2018

December 8th and December 9th, 2018

December 1st and December 2nd, 2018

November 24th and November 25th, 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

December 9th 10:00 - Worship Service

December 2nd 8:00 - Worship Service

December 2nd 10:00 - Worship Service

November 25th 8:00 - Worship Service

November 25th 10:00 - Worship Service

November 18th 8:00 - Worship Service

November 18th 10:00 - Worship Service

November 11th 8:00 - Worship Service

Sermon Only Audio

December 9th - No Sermon

December 2nd 8:00 - Sermon Only

November 25th 8:00 - Sermon Only

November 18th 8:00 - Sermon Only

November 11th 8:00 - Sermon Only


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

Faith Formation for Adults is a wonderful way to spend the 35 minutes between worship services with learning, sharing, and fun fellowship!

December 16 – The Star of Bethlehem DVD shows amazing connections between Jesus’ life and death and the signs in the sky that heralded these world changing events.

December 23 – Christmas Break - No Class

Please feel free to enjoy your coffee and refreshments while attending Faith Formation.

Faith Formation begins at 9:15 am in Room 113 (turn left at the bottom of
the stairs.) This is an ever changing gathering of people and topics – come check it out!


On January 27, 2018, the McFarland Lutheran Church Council, Pastor Tim Dean and Pastor Kelli Schmidt worked together at their annual retreat to discuss and plan for the future of McFarland Lutheran Church. The results of the retreat were discussed at the Council meeting on February 20, 2018, and this document summarizing the retreat was approved at the Council meeting on March 20, 2018.


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.


We have received lots of new donations to the church library lately. And speaking of donations, with the holidays coming up, if you would like to donate new titles to our library, we would so appreciate it! We have a wish list set up on Amazon. When you go to Amazon.com, click on Gift Cards and Registry, then click on Friends and Family Gifting. You will be able to search for a wish list. Just type in McFarland Lutheran Church in the search box.

New for our younger patrons We have recently added these DVD’s:
• The Jesus Movie
• Sweetpea Beauty: A Girl After God’s Own Heart (Veggie Tales)
• God Made You Special (Veggie Tales) A Snoodle’s Tale: A Lesson in Self-Worth (Veggie Tales)
• The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s: The Story of a Prodigal Son (Veggie Tales)
• The Veggie Tales Christmas Classics (3 DVD set)

And we now have these books available:
• The Invisible String by Patricia Karst
• I Just Can’t Take it Anymore!: Encouragement when Life Gets You Down by Anthony DeStefano
• Someone I Love Died by Suicide: A Story for Child Survivors and Those Who Care for Them by Doreen Cammarata
• The Sheep That No One Could Find by Anthony DeStefano

New for our older patrons
• Heaven is Beautiful: How Dying Taught Me That Death is Just the Beginning by Peter Baldwin Panagore
• Mornings with Jesus Daily Bible
• Like Dew Your Youth: Growing Up with Your Teenager by Eugene H. Peterson
• Extra Ordinary Banners for Ordinary Times by George Collopy
• Witness by Debbie Webb and Mary Owen

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 November 27th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.