Welcome back, Pastor Kelli!

Pastor Kelli is back from her maternity leave! You are welcome to reach out to her as needed, and get ready to run into her around the office and at services.

Jeremiah knew the frustration

of having his words rejected. Jesus declares that his words may not bring peace, but division. In baptism we are buried with Christ that we may walk in newness of life. As we take stands for the sake of justice and lose our lives for the sake of others, we need not be afraid. The hairs of our head are counted. In baptism we are marked with the cross of Christ forever.


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

June 25: Ron Larson will share pictures and stories from the past. This congregation has 150 years of stories – some funny, some sad, all interesting!

July 2: NO CLASS

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

We are on Summer Break for Sunday classes. All student ministries will restart on September 10 at 9 am. Registration forms will be available in July.  Contact a staff member with any questions.


Vacation Bible School – Another fun week of VBS is about to begin!  (June 25-29)  Join us as we make friends, eat yummy treats, play fun games, sing great songs, and learn about God’s love!  Everyone is invited to share in the fun!

MLC Vacation Bible School

MAKER FUN FACTORY - June 25th-29th/5 to 8 P.M.

SAVE when you register and pay TODAY!
 $20 per child / $40 per family
Fill out a form at the Welcome Desk and leave it, with your payment, in the box by the conference room door.

To register next week, contact the Church Office (838-3184; or Brenda Moen (873-1634;; $30 per child / $60 per family.

We are looking for Adult and Student (Middle & High School) volunteers to lead groups or stations. See Chris Landerud or Brenda Moen if you want to join the fun! 


Saturday, July 1st at 7:30 A.M. in Room 125


McFarland Lutheran Church is looking for musicians to provide special music this summer. All ages and  all 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” would have an opportunity to perform a piece they have worked on in the past. Children and adults studying piano could play a piece they have learned. If you are interested in singing or playing and do not have a piece of music ready to go, I can help with that.

If you are interested, contact Christopher Malueg /

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.


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.


Construction on the Habitat house at 2510 Equity Lane in Fitchburg (future home of Rosario Odegard and her son) continues.  YOU are invited to take part in the build! There are two types of events for which you may volunteer:

There are 2 types of build events for which you may volunteer:

Fellowship Builds
(volunteers from all six churches will be on site)

Sign up for any of the six scheduled dates:

Congregational Builds
(volunteers from MLC and one other congregation will be on site)

Sign up for any of the eight scheduled dates:

For all workdays, registration starts at 8:15 A.M. and work begins at 8:30.  There are 15 minute breaks in the morning and afternoon, as well as a 30 minute lunch break.  Cleanup for the day is at 3 P.M.

To register to work at one of the events, you will need to first create an account at the web address above. You must register by Wednesday night for the upcoming Saturday and Tuesday builds.
When you register to work using the above links, you will receive a confirmation email.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, you are not registered.  A few days before the event you will be sent a reminder email including all information for the day – what to wear, where to go, when to get there, etc.

Contact Pastor Tim or Ron Vandeberg ( or cell 608-886-3196) for additional information or to get your questions answered. If you need assistance registering online, contact Parker in the office (838-3184;

Created by GOD...Built for a purpose

Nursery Attendant NEEDED!

MLC seeks a caring, reliable attendant for our nursery on Sunday mornings from 7:45—11:45 A.M. Must be at least 15 years old and have a desire to work with children and infants in a positive and Christian manner. Pick up a full job description and application at the Welcome Center, and contact Huldah(; 838-3184) with any questions.


The 2017 Annual Meeting of McFarland Lutheran Church will be Sunday, July 23 at 9 am in between worship services in the Family Life Center. All confirmed members are expected and encouraged to attend. The business on the agenda will include approval of the 2017-18 budget for our congregation, and the election of new members to Church Council. The Finance Committee has scheduled an open forum on the proposed 2017-18 budget for Sunday, July 9th at 9:15 A.M. in the office conference room (210). Members are encouraged to attend with any questions in advance of the annual meeting. If you cannot attend the forum on July 9th, please contact our treasurer, Brent Odell (;
608-712-5871) with any questions.

Worship at 8:00 and 10:00 A.M. on July 23rd will be “Christmas in July,” and will feature favorite Christmas hymns of the congregation! This service is part of our 150th Anniversary Celebration. Joy to the world!

May the Holy Spirit continue to renew us in Christ as we share God’s Word, show God’s love, and serve God’s world!

BUDGET OPEN FORUM - Sunday, July 9th at 9:15 A.M. in Room 210

ANNUAL MEETING - Sunday, July 23rd at 9:00 A.M. in the FLC


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!


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

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

June 24th and 25th, 2017

June 17th and 18th, 2017

June 10th and 11th, 2017

June 3rd and 4th, 2017


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

June 18th 8:00 - Worship Service

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June 11th 8:00 - Worship Service

June 11th 10:00 - Worship Service

June 4th 8:00 - Worship Service

June 4th 10:00 - Worship Service

May 28th 8:00 - Worship Service

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June 18th 8:00 - Sermon Only

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June 4th 8:00 - Sermon Only

May 28th 8:00 - Sermon Only


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.

Here are some books that were recently donated to the library:
From Norma Kohl: Circle of Quilts (Elm Creek Quilt Series, #9) by Jennifer Chiaverini,
Small Town Christmas by Debbie Macomber
From Bonnie Spangler: Illustrated Life of Jesus by Herschel H. Hobbs

Thank you, Norma and Bonnie, for your generosity!

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.

Thanks for all the donations. By the way, we are not including VCR tapes in the collection, so please do not leave any of those in the library. Not too many people have VCR players anymore.


Come to room 113 this summer and feed your faith life! The many interesting topics will enrich your faith life. On the Sundays with no class, take the opportunity to visit with old friends, and make new friends, in the Gathering Space.
June 25th - Ron Larson will share pictures and stories from the past. This congregation has 150 years of stories – some funny, some sad, all interesting!

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


First Monday each month at 12:45 P.M.

Worship Service/Communion/Music


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".


Following are some presentations about the history of McFarland Lutheran Church.

Pastors at McFarland Lutheran Church

Walking Through History


Following are some video's taken with members about the faith journey.

Bev & Len Lanes Interview


Be sure to check out the display case at the E.D. Locke Public Library during the month of June. McFarland Lutheran’s 150th Anniversary will be on display with historic photos and artifacts. After your visit to the library, head across the street to the McFarland Historical Society to see the window display focusing on MLC. And, don’t forget to take a look at the display cases in the church’s Gathering Space, where you will find more photos and artifacts on exhibit that highlight our history.


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.


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 May 23rd "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.