In Isaiah we hear

that God’s house shall be a house of prayer for all people and that God will gather the outcasts of Israel. The Canaanite woman in today’s gospel is a Gentile, an outsider, who is unflinching in her request that Jesus heal her daughter. As Jesus commends her bold faith, how might our church extend its mission to those on the margins of society? In our gathering around word and meal we receive strength to be signs of comfort, healing, and justice for those in need. 


Adult Faith Formation 
August 27th - NO CLASS – Good food and good fun…enjoy the church picnic at 11 A.M.!

September 3rd - NO CLASS

September 10th - RALLY DAY! Meet in the Sanctuary at 9:15 A.M.

(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 are available.  Contact a staff member with any questions.


Travel Prayer – God of wanderers, your love and your presence know no boundaries.  No matter where we go, you promise to be with us every step and every mile.  Keep us safe as we travel near home or journey around the world.  We thank you for always being our traveling companion.  In your gracious name we pray, Amen.


Get ready for a new school year with a Blessing of the Backpacks!  Bring your backpack to church on Sunday, August 27th at 8 A.M or 10 A.M.

See you there!


The 150th Anniversary Task Force invites you to a church picnic on Sunday, August 27th immediately following the second worship service at 11:15 A.M.. Hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages will be provided. If your last name begins with A-M, please bring a salad or side dish to share. If your last name begins with N-Z, please bring a dessert to share. Lunch will be served with musical entertainment in the FLC.  We would like to have games available on the lawn behind the church. If you have a lawn game (especially children’s games) you would be willing to bring, please contact Sheri Gehrke at

Worship that weekend will feature favorite hymns of the congregation. Bring your voice and join us to praise the Lord through old and new songs of the Church!

“O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!” (Psalm 98:1)

Men's breakfast

Saturday, September 2nd / 7:30 A.M. / Room 125


Sunday, September 10th at 9:15 A.M. in the Sanctuary First Day of Sunday School, Confirmation, & HS Youth Group

Registration Forms for 2017-2018 are now available at the Welcome Center or on the Website (click on the following link Registration Form 2017-2018 to print copies). Please fill one out for each child and return to the basket at the Welcome Center or to the church office.


Great progress is happening at 2510 Equity Lane in Fitchburg, the site of our Habitat Faith Build. Sign up to serve in September!

September 5th, 9th
(Fellowship Builds)

September 19th, 23rd
(Congregational Builds)

Visit the Habitat bulletin board in the Great Hall for a schedule and to see pictures of progress on the house.

Contact Ron Vandeberg (;
886-3196) or Pastor Tim with any questions.


Faith Milestone: Story Bibles for 3-Year-Olds will be distributed during Sunday School on Sunday, September 17th. To ensure enough Bibles are ordered, please RSVP to the church office: 838-3184;  Hope to see you there.


Music can lift one’s spirits, soothe amidst troubling times, and provide fun entertainment. Some of McFarland Lutheran’s talented musicians are excited about beginning a Musical Outreach.  Would you like to hear great music, in person, right in your armchair? Do you know of someone who might enjoy having a musical visit?
All that is needed is a name, address, and number - voice, instrument and song will come right to you!

Contact the church office (838-3184) and Let the good times roll!


10 - 11 A.M. Sunday, Sept. 24th and
Sunday, Oct. 1st
6:30 - 8:30 P.M. Tuesday, Sept. 26th

To register, contact Huldah Ellestad
838-3184 ext 108

Befriender Ministry Training – We are Called!

On May 26th at the 10 A.M. service we sang “We Are Called”. Almost every Sunday I hear words to the songs we sing that remind me of Befrienders and this particular song really struck home!  We are called! We are called to “shine with the joy and the love of the Lord! We are called to be light for the kingdom. We are called to act with justice… to love tenderly… to serve one another… to walk humbly with God…open our hearts, show our mercy to all those in fear…to be hope for the hopeless so hatred and blindness will be no more.” This is yet one more song that could be a theme song for Befrienders. It also reminded me that I would like to offer a Befriender Training class this coming fall. This training helps us learn how “to act with justice, to love tenderly, to serve one another, to show mercy, to be hope for the hopeless so that we can walk with each other as sisters and brothers united in love”.

The training class is two hours once a week starting sometime in September, going through November, taking December off, starting again in January and ending mid-February. We cover a different topic each week including Grief & Loss, Self-Care, Mental Illness, Communicating Effectively, Prayer and Healing, Recognizing Our Gifts, Cancer and Life-Threatening Illness, Depression, Divorce, Persons with Disabilities, to name a few. We have a guest speaker every week who shares their personal experience on our topic. We have commissioned over 200 Befrienders at MLC so there are plenty of people you can talk to about how they have used their training. Your only commitment is to attend the classes; you may then choose how you want to use your training.

Being a friend to someone in need compliments our 150 year anniversary “Renewed in Christ to Serve”. Take time to pray about this ministry training. I can guarantee with confidence you will not regret being part of this training. Thank you for your consideration!

Gods blessings, Betty

Befrienders Training coming this Fall!

If you are interested and the Holy Spirit is guiding you towards this training, contact Betty Showers (608-658-7315 or to sign up or to get more information.


We have been blessed again this year with another large supply of yarn for prayer shawls. Please check the colors of yarn for your next prayer shawl. Because the first Monday of September is Labor Day, we will meet next on Monday, September 11th at 6:30 the Quilters' Room downstairs by the kitchen.

Norma Kohl


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

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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

August 19th and 20th, 2017

August 12th and 13th, 2017

August 5th and 6th, 2017

July 29th and 30th, 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.

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Click on the following link to view the online church library:  

Or simply type the following in your browser:

You can use the search box to find a particular author or title, or you can scroll through all available titles. Please visit our church library on the lower level soon! We have lots of interesting stuff!

The following items have been added to our collection recently:
- The Sacrifice by Beverly Lewis (Large Print edition)
- The Quilter’s Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini
- Ada and Leo’s Inspired Christmas Adventures (Children’s DVD)
- Christmas and Jesus’ Early Life (Children’s DVD)
- I Love to Tell the Story: Hymns and Spirituals by John Harvey Johnson (CD)
- Voices of Madison: Sunday, September 26, 2004: Overture Center for the Arts (CD)

Also, Barb Voelker generously donated What Paul Meant by Garry Wills

Thank you, Barb, and all who are making donations to our library. Your contributions help us build our collection!

Your church library committee: Carolyn Grede, Deb Alber, and Mary Grell


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".


As part of our 150th Anniversary celebration, the commemorative wall hanging from MLC’s 125th year is on display in the Family Life Center. 25 years ago, MLC families made fabric squares that were then used to construct a beautiful wall hanging. Take a stroll into the FLC and view this piece of our past. You are sure to spot familiar names and perhaps spark a few memories.

We are thankful for those represented on the quilt and for families added over the last 25 years and the gifts they bring to our faith community!


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


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 June 26th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.