Jesus does not leave his followers orphaned. Through the Holy Spirit Jesus comes to abide with his disciples of every generation. As Pentecost draws near, we are reminded that the risen Christ dwells in us as the Spirit of truth. We receive this Spirit in baptism and pray that in our gathering around the Lord’s table the Spirit will transform us to be the body of the risen Christ in the world.


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

Sunday, May 21st: “Fair and Impartial Policing” - Brent Plisch helps us to examine our own attitudes about “people who are not like us”… are we really so different?

Next Week: NO CLASS! Have a blessed Memorial Day weekend.

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.


Baccalaureate – This is a big word meaning the special worship service we have for students graduating from high school.  We join other churches in McFarland and invite all the students in the village.  Help me in congratulating our students as they celebrate this milestone on May 21st.


Sunday, May 21st at 7:00 P.M. at Christ the King Catholic Church

2017 MHS Graduates, Families, & Friends are invited.


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.

What’s next for the canvas? We will be applying a protective sealant on the painting, recommended by the artist, so that the colors will be preserved. Once this is done, we will be mounting the painting on the back wall of the Sanctuary, near the baptismal font. “Living Waters of Grace” will be on display for all who come to worship!


As part of McFarland Lutheran’s 150 Year celebration and our goal of having everyone commit 150 minutes of community service, our congregation and five others are partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build a house. This Habitat Faith Build started in May and will continue until the house is complete, tentatively in early winter.

The house we are building is located at 2510 Equity Lane in the Renaissance on the Park neighborhood of Fitchburg and will be occupied by the Odegard family.

As a congregation we have already received over $8,000 in contributions that will be used to help purchase materials for the project.  Now the fun begins!  It’s time to build. There are many build dates for which you may volunteer. Other opportunities (such as supplying lunch for builders) and dates will be announced in the future.

Construction on the Habitat house our congregation is helping to build is proceeding, with the exterior walls now framed.  The house is located at 2510 Equity Lane in the Renaissance on the Park neighborhood of Fitchburg and will be occupied by Rosario Odegard and her son.

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;

Pentecost Sunday is June 4

The Decorative Arts Team will arrange geraniums in the Worship and Gathering areas, and the Garden Committee will then plant them on the church grounds to bloom and grow all summer.

To dedicate a flower in memory or honor of a loved one, please fill out the form on the Welcome Desk in the Gathering Space and turn it in to the office by Sunday, May 28 with a suggested $5 donation.area.


featuring Jeff Rowley, Organist
June 4th at 2:00 P.M.

Enjoy a wide range of musical styles - primarily from the 20th and 21st Century; Jazz, Baroque and Romantic including a piano segment.  Also featured will be Norwegian composer Egil Hovland’s
The Suite for Organ - "Job"  which is paralleled with readings from the book of Job.


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.

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!


Spring is here and that means it’s time for highway clean-up.  McFarland Lutheran is the Adopt-A-Highway sponsor for a two-mile stretch of County Hwy. B in the Town of Dunn, just south of McFarland.  This is a great opportunity to put our stewardship efforts into action, and to accumulate your “minutes of service” as part of our 150th anniversary celebration! This year the clean-up dates are Saturdays, June 3, August 5, and October 7.  We gather at the Dunn Town Hall (corner of Keenan Road and Hwy. B) at 8 am.  It only takes about an hour to do the clean-up.  If you would like to volunteer for any or all of the scheduled dates, please contact Jacqui Landerud at or 212-3582.


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 20th and 21st, 2017

May 13th and 14th, 2017

May 6th and 7th, 2017

April 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.

Entire Worship Service

May 21st 8:00 - Worship Service

May 21st 10:00 - Worship Service

May 14th 8:00 - Worship Service

May 7th 9:00 - Worship Service with Painting of the Mural

April 30th 8:00 - Worship Service

April 30th 10:00 - Worship Service

April 23rd 8:00 - Worship Service

April 23rd 10:00 - Worship Service

Sermon Only Audio

May 21st 8:00 - Sermon Only

May 14th 8:00 - Sermon Only

May 7th - No Sermon

April 30th 8:00 - Sermon Only

April 23rd 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.


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.

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 April 25th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.