God’s word is like the rain

that waters the earth and brings forth vegetation. It is also like the sower who scatters seed indiscriminately.  Our lives are like seeds sown in the earth.  Even from what appears to be little, dormant, or dead, God promises a harvest. At the Lord’s table we are fed with the bread of life, that we may bear fruit in the world.


Adult Faith Formation

NO CLASS on July 16th, 23rd (Annual Meeting) or 30th: Take the opportunity to visit with old friends, and make new friends, in the Gathering Space.  We meet next on August 6th to consider how the seasons influence our worship.

(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.


God Parables – Do you like listening to stories?  Do you have fun telling stories?  Did you know that Jesus told stories, too?  For a few weeks in church we will be hearing Jesus tell stories.  His stories are called parables.  Tell us one of your favorite stories about Jesus!

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.


Saturdays 22nd

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

Visit online to register to build with several congregations on July 22nd at

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



The 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.

At this meeting, we will give thanks for God’s presence and blessings over the past year in ministry, and will ask for the Holy Spirit’s inspiration and guidance for the year ahead. 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.

Worship at 8 and 10 am this day 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!

If you missed the Finance Committee’s recent budget forum and have questions prior to the annual meeting, please contact our treasurer, Brent Odell (608-712-5871,

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!


Fill the Manger during Christmas in July! We are collecting items for RISE, which serves over 6,800 children, families, and individuals each year. Its programs and services help those in our community most in need to overcome mental health and health crises, homelessness, poverty, academic challenges, and more. We will collect items for infants to teens and their families. 
- PJ's for bigger kids (size 10-14)
- Diapers
- Sleepers for infants
- Gas cards
- Batteries for toys

Continue the celebration with Christmas Hymns during worship on Sunday, July 23rd. At that time we will take gift cards and other donations for RISE in the offering.


Prayer Shawls are for anyone that is hurting and in need of a tangible expression of God’s loving care. Our Prayer Shawl makers love to surround others with a warm, soft shawl and all the prayers for the recipient lifted up during its creation. Prayer Shawls and other comfort items are blessed by our pastors and congregation and are offered for anyone who can use a physical reminder of God’s presence and our love. Visit the Gathering Space to find all the items you need—card, gift bag, shawl, lap robe, etc.—to wrap a friend in need with comfort and prayer.

“Fill the Bus”

A Community Effort to Collect School Supplies for the families served by the McFarland Food Pantry. Supplies Needed: Backpacks, Pens- packs, Pens-Blue/Black (10 Blue/Black (10 Blue/Black (10-12 Ct), Wood Pencils, Glue Sticks, 12 Ct), Wood Pencils, Glue Sticks, Washable Markers (10- Washable Markers (10-12 Ct), Colored Pencils (12 Ct), Notebooks 12 Ct), Colored Pencils (12 Ct), Notebooks 12 Ct), Colored Pencils (12 Ct), Notebooks Wide Ruled, Notebooks- Wide Ruled, Notebooks College Ruled, Paper College Ruled, Paper College Ruled, Paper-Wide Ruled, 3 Wide Ruled, 3 Wide Ruled, 3-Ring Binders 1’to 2 Inch, Paper- Binders 1’to 2 Inch, Paper-College Ruled, 2 College Ruled, 2 College Ruled, 2-Pocket Folders, Scis- Pocket Folders, Scissors-Point Tip, Crayons (24 Ct), Dry Erase Markers Point Tip, Crayons (24 Ct), Dry Erase Markers Point Tip, Crayons (24 Ct), Dry Erase Markers-Black, Kleenex, Black, Kleenex, Plastic Pencil Boxes, Rulers, Large Erasers. Plastic Pencil Boxes, Rulers, Large Erasers.

Donation boxes are located at the following locations: McFarland State Bank, McFarland Village Hall, E.D. Lock Public Library, Hometown Pharmacy, United Church of Christ, McFarland Lutheran nd Lutheran Church, Culver’s , Medicine Shoppe, Pick N Save , McFarland Café, Walgreens, Ken’s Automotive. cFarland Café, Walgreens, Ken’s Automotive.

Active Collection at Pick N Save, Walgreens and High School on August 5th 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.



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.


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

July 15th and 16th, 2017

July 8th and 9th, 2017

July 1st and 2nd, 2017

June 24th and 25th, 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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June 25th 8:00 - Worship Service

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June 18th 8:00 - Worship Service

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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".


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