In this weeks gospel the risen Christ appears to the disciples and offers them the gift of peace. Even amid doubts and questions, we experience the resurrection in our Sunday gathering around word and meal, and in our everyday lives. Throughout the coming Sundays of Easter the first two readings will be from the Acts of the Apostles and the first letter of Peter. Even as the early Christians proclaimed the resurrection, we rejoice in the new birth and living hope we receive in baptism.


Adult Faith Formation [Room 113 at 9:15 am]

Sunday, April 23rd: Meg Nielsen will bring pictures and stories from The Triangle Ministry. Get to know our neighbors living in Madison’s “Triangle”.

Next Week: Peter tells the truth - what did Jesus do for each of us; and what does our response need to be? What happens when we apply Peter’s words to our own life?

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 am]

Confirmation (6th, 7th, & 8th Grades) – We have class today from 9:10-9:50 am in the lower level. Pastor Tim will continue our lesson on the Sacrament of Communion and we will finish our matchstick cross projects.

HS Youth Group – We will have HS Youth Group today at 11 am or right after worship. Hope to see you for conversation and doughnuts!  

Sunday School begins at 9 am with  music in lower level Room 101.  After music, Shepherds will take students to their classrooms. Sunday School ends at 9:50 am.

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

1st-5th Grade will dig into The Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6.


Thomas (John 20) – Jesus visited the disciples after the resurrection, but Thomas wasn’t there.  Thomas had a hard time believing their story.

Jesus wasn’t upset with him.  In fact, Jesus visited again, this time when Thomas was with them.  He wanted to make sure that Thomas knew the story about the resurrection was true.  How great is that?!?

Narratives from Madison’s “Bermuda Triangle”

Sunday’s Adult Faith Formation presentation will focus on the people who live in Madison’s Triangle neighborhood and what life is like for the 500 under-served, low-income residents who call the Triangle their home. Meg Nielsen, Outreach Development Manager for Triangle Community Ministry and Deacon in the ELCA will share information about TCM partnerships and programs and will recount stories of courage and hope.

Sunday, April 23 at 9:15 A.M in Room 113.


Sunday, May 7 ONE SERVICE ONLY AT 9:00 A.M.

*We will have our usual 5:00 P.M. Saturday service on May 6th.

Come and join us for a Drawn to the Word worship and artistic experience on Sunday, May 7, at 9 am as part of our 150th Anniversary celebration. This will be our only worship service this day. Please mark your calendars for this exciting event!

Artist and Pastor Paul Oman will paint a larger-than-life sized mural on the theme of “Living Waters of Grace” in our Sanctuary during worship.  The theme will unfold artistically, musically, narratively and scripturally during worship.  All are welcome to come and see!

For more information about the artist, please go to his website:

Our congregation will keep Paul’s finished painting, and have it permanently mounted near one of the doors inside the Sanctuary. If you have any questions about this event, please speak with a member of the Anniversary Task Force. May this event draw us more closely into God’s Living Word!


Thanks be to God! We have received $8,485.00 in contributions and pledges for our Habitat Faith Build this spring and summer! We have exceeded our goal of $7500. Thank you to all who have made generous contributions toward this ministry!

Any amount over our goal of $7500 will be given to Habitat for Humanity, for any extra expenses needed for the construction of the home in Fitchburg.

Mark your calendars: the Faith Build will be kicked off on Saturday, May 13, at 10 am with a “Blessing of the Build” involving all of the participating churches. The “Blessing of the Build” will take place at the site of the home, 2510 Equity Lane, Fitchburg in the Renaissance on the Park neighborhood. The blessing service will last about 30 minutes, and include fellowship time! All are welcome!

The schedule for the Faith Build work days has not yet been determined, but should be out by the end of April. For more information, please speak with Ron Vandeberg or Pastor Tim.

May the Holy Spirit renew us to serve our neighbors and share Christ’s love!

Thinking about Membership?

Have you been thinking about becoming a member of McFarland Lutheran Church, or do you know someone who may be interested? The next New Member Sessions will be offered:

Attend both Sundays, April 30 at 10 A.M. and May 7 at 10:30 A.M.


attend one Tuesday, May 2 from 6:30 – 8:30  P.M.

Child Care can be provided with advance notice. New members will be received into the congregation on Sunday, May 21 during worship service.

Please contact Huldah Ellestad (838-3184) to register and for more details.


In hopes of getting the Sunday School students involved in observing the church’s 150th anniversary, the Family and Children's Ministry Team is asking each Sunday School student to bring three cans of food to Sunday School. We will end our collection the last day of Sunday School, May 14. If each student would bring at least three cans, we will have collected over 150 canned goods to be taken to the McFarland Food Pantry at the close of this Sunday School season. Help your Sunday School student to remember to bring their canned goods and be a part of celebrating 150 years of McFarland Lutheran Church serving the McFarland area.

Plots Available in the MLC Community Garden

There are a few plots available for use in the MLC garden behind the church. Each plot is 12 x 12 feet. One plot is $10, and if you take more than one, each additional is $5.  We garden organically and plots are usually tilled and ready for use by early May.

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Bolstad of the Care of Creation team (332-1102 or

Vacation Bible School

June 25 - 29 5:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Registration forms are now available at the Welcome Desk.

$20 per child / $40 per family (before 6/18)

$30 per child / $60 per family (after 6/18)

Hope you’re able to join us!


The Prayer Shawl ministry meets the first Monday of each month. We invite anyone interested to attend to learn to knit or crochet and to fellowship. Together we create Prayer Shawls that are available for anyone that is hurting… grieving, going through divorce, suffering from or recovering from surgery. Join us to surround those in need with a shawl and all the prayers that go into making it!

Next workshop - May 1 at 6:30 pm in the Gathering Space

Contact Norma Kohl (838-3977) with any questions.


Prayer Shawls are for anyone that is hurting...grieving, going through divorce, suffering from or recovering from a surgery. It is a ministry to surround a person with a shawl and all the prayers that go into making it.

Many individuals make shawls. Some attend our monthly prayer shawl workshop the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Gathering Space to learn to knit or crochet and to fellowship, and some work from home.  We invite anyone interested to attend our May 1 workshop to celebrate with all the people that make this ministry possible. Once we have a good number of shawls, we then have them blessed at a worship service.

What a blessing it has been to be a part of this ministry. I want to thank all the individuals that make prayer shawls. This ministry donates 10% of the shawls to the University Hospital after each blessing. Thank you Erica Landerud for taking the shawls to the hospital.

This ministry has been blessed again by Thrivent to have an action team purchase some yarn. Anyone that has yarn to donate from home, please contact me or bring it to church. We receive many thank you cards from recipients who have received prayer shawls. Thank you for giving a prayer shawl to someone in need. It is a wonderful way to show how much you care for others.

Blessings to all!
Norma Kohl


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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5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558

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April 1st and 2nd, 2017


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Don’t forget there is a link on our website to view the online church library catalog. Just scroll down the web page to the headline “MLC Library Information” or simply type the address into your computer:  

You can use the search box to find a particular author or title, or you can scroll through all available titles


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 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".


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.


Come to room 113 during the months of April and May for a series of varied and interesting topics that will expand your horizons. This is a great way to enrich your faith life, learn more about what “Being a Disciple of Christ” really means, and to think about new ways to put your faith in action.

April 23 - Meg Nielsen will bring pictures and stories from The Triangle Ministry. Get to know our neighbors living in Madison’s “Triangle”.

April 30 - The Apostle Peter had a way of cutting right through to the basic truth of what Jesus did for each of us and what our response needs to be. What happens when we apply Peter’s words to our own life?

May 7 - NO CLASS - Gather for one special worship service with Paul Oman of
Drawn to the Word Ministries at 9 am in the Sanctuary.

May 14 - “Fair and Impartial Policing” Brent Plisch is a member of MLC and a lieutenant on the UW-Madison police force. Understanding bias as a human condition through science helps us implement strategies to understand and reduce our bias toward others. 

May 21 - “Fair and Impartial Policing” Brent Plisch helps us foster reconciliation, understanding, safety and justice where there is discord and strife.

May 28 - NO CLASS Have a blessed Memorial Day Weekend!

June 4 - NO CLASS Enjoy fellowship in the Gathering space

Bring your coffee and treats to Room 113 Sunday Mornings from 9:15-9:50 A.M.


- 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 March 21st "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 March 21st "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.