we celebrate the Spirit, through whom and in whom the people of God are created and re-created. Pentecost is sometimes called the church’s birthday, but might more appropriately be called its baptism day, since the gift of the Spirit is the fullness of baptism. Ezekiel’s vision shows the Spirit resurrecting and re-creating not just individuals but a whole people. Romans makes it clear that God is in the process of re-creating the entire cosmos; yet the Spirit is also at work in the most intimate and personal way, praying in us “with sighs too deep for words” when we do not know how to pray.


ADULTS / 9:15 A.M.  / Room 113
Sunday, May 20th: “RE-cap and discussion” - the past 5 weeks have shown how Paul responded to Jesus’ call; listen and share reflections on the similarities and differences between what Paul faced and what the church today faces.

Next Week: No class.

Sunday School (3 year olds – 5th grade),
Confirmation (6th, 7th, & 8th grades), and
High School Youth Group:

We are on Summer Break for Sunday classes. All student ministries will restart on September 9th at  9 A.M. Registration forms will be available in July.  Contact a staff member with any questions.


Acts 2 – On Pentecost we celebrate when the Holy Spirit helped the disciples talk in many different languages.  They learned how to share the message of God’s love in new ways with new people.  Who tells you about God’s love?  When do you feel God’s love with you?  What are some ways you can tells others about God’s love?


McFarland Lutheran has an Administrative Assistant Position opening.  The  Administrative Assistance PD has the details relating to the position.  If interested, please apply by sending your resume to Pastor Tim Dean at


Alleluia! The assembly of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin voted on May 6, 2018, to elect the Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld as our new bishop. Bishop-elect Thomas-Breitfeld is currently serving as interim pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Beloit, and will begin her 6-year term on July 1. She succeeds Bishop Mary Froiland. Bishop-elect Thomas-Breitfeld is the second African-American woman to be voted bishop in the ELCA. Thanks be to God, for the Holy Spirit who continues to empower our bishop and congregations in mission together in this synod!


We are looking for musicians to provide special music for weekend services this summer. All ages and  styles are encouraged to participate: instrumental, vocal, solos, duets, trios, quartets, etc. This is a great opportunity for young and old musicians alike to play in a comfortable, no-pressure setting. Students who have participated in “Solo and Ensemble” could perform a piece they have worked on in the past. Children and adults studying piano could play a piece they have learned. 

Martin Luther said, “Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”

Please consider offering your gift of music here at McFarland Lutheran!

If you are interested, contact Christopher Malueg /


Sunday, June 3rd at 7 P.M.
United Church of Christ

2018 MHS Graduates,
Families, & Friends are invited!


All VBS Leaders are Invited to an Informational Breakfast! on June 3rd at 9:00 A.M. in Room 210 for
   Yummy treats
   Valuable information about the week
   The chance to meet fellow leaders
   Answers to any questions

Attendance is encouraged.  Hope to see you there!


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

Registration forms are now available at the welcome Desk and in the Church Office.

Serving Opportunities!

We are looking for Vacation Bible School Volunteers to lead groups or stations during the evenings of June 24-28.  Middle and High School students are welcome! See Chris Landerud or Brenda Moen if you’re interested in helping.


Saturday, September 22nd / McDaniel Park
Check-in and final registration begins at 10 am
Step-off at 11 am (3 miles round trip along the Lower Yahara River Trail)
Conclude with food and activities around  2 pm

Registration is $30 for adults, $15 for 17 and under. You can also donate without registering for the walk.

Our goal is $12,000, and the money raised will be used to drill a deep water well in the rural village of Nyakesi, Uganda.  This is a great opportunity because the church will be traveling with Hope 4 Kids International in April 2019 to this region of Uganda!

Visit to register!

Join our community as we walk 3-4 miles in honor of mothers and young children who walk miles each day to a contaminated open
pond for their daily source of water.


Roger Marty is building a team to travel to
St. Tammany West, Louisiana
November 4th-10th
to serve with Thrivent Builds.

Pick up more information at the Welcome Center or stop by the bulletin board in the Great Hall to learn more.


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!


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

Staff Contact Information

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View our Outreach Opportunities

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how to find us

5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558

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Becoming a Member

News You Can Use

May 19th and May 20th, 2018

May 12th and May 13th, 2018

May 5th and May 6th, 2018

April 28th and April 29th, 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

May 20th 8:00 - Worship Service

May 20th 10:00 - Worship Service

May 13th 8:00 - Worship Service

May 13th 10:00 - Worship Service

May 6th 8:00 - Worship Service

Sermon Only Audio

May 20th 8:00 - Sermon Only

May 13th 8:00 - Sermon Only

May 6th 8:00 - Sermon Only


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

April “The Clash of Kingdoms” has been a wonderful look at the ancient city of Philippi and a source of new information concerning Paul’s mission to spread the gospel. To finish the series, come, view highlights from the DVD and share or listen to thoughts on this series.

May 27th —  Memorial Day Weekend, No Class
June 3rd — Jesus Stories – Post Resurrection, Pastor Kelli
June 10th — No Class
June 17th — Jesus Stories – Post Resurrection, Pastor Kelli
June 24th – No Class

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


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. 


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!

From Jean Pierce:
Susanna’s Dream by Marta Perry
Katie’s Way by Marta Perry
Naomi’s Christmas by Marta Perry
The Hope Chest by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Autumn Grace by Marianne Ellis
The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher

And from other donors:
The Holy Bible (for Young Adults)
The Promise
The Illustrated Gospels

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:

If you would like to purchase a new book for the library, we have a wish list set up on Amazon. When you go to, 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. 

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 April 24th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.