Baptism is sometimes called enlightenment. The gospel for this Sunday is the story of the man born blind healed by Christ. “I was blind, but now I see,” declares the man. In baptism God opens our eyes to see the truth of who we are: God’s beloved sons and daughters. As David was anointed king of Israel, in baptism God anoints our head with oil, and calls us to bear witness to the light of Christ in our daily lives.


ADULT FAITH FORMATION – Sunday, March 26th: We all know, and love, The Lord’s Prayer, but there is much more to this prayer than you may know.

Next Week: Martin included the sacrament of Baptism in the Small Catechism, for a reason. Learn more about this “Spiritual doorway”.

 (9:15 A,M, in Room 113)

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 A.M.)

CONFIRMATION (6th, 7th, & 8th Grades) – Spring Break - No Classes on March 26th! We will be back next Sunday. On another note, we are looking for students to serve as ushers, communion assistants, AV support, and a reader for this Wednesday’s (3/29) 6:30 pm worship service. Text or talk to Chris (444-3604) to help out. TY

HS YOUTH GROUP – Spring Break - No Classes today or Next Sunday! See you on April 9th.

SUNDAY SCHOOL begins at 9:00 A.M. with music in lower level Room 101.  After music, Shepherds will take students to their classrooms.

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

Sunday School ends at 9:50 A.M.


Man Born Blind (John 9) - Jesus helped a man who was born blind.  Things in his life were still really tough even though he could see, and Jesus came back to him again.  Jesus' love for us isn't a one-time thing, but is a continual gift.  If things are going well - Jesus is with us.  If things are tough - Jesus is still with us.  His love for us doesn't stop.  Thanks be to God!


Join us as we follow our Lord to the foot of the cross and the empty tomb. Together let’s share the good news that Christ is alive and brings new life to the world!

Palm Sunday - April 8th and 9th

Saturday, 5 P.M. - Casual Worship
Sunday, 8 A.M. - Traditional Worship
10 A.M. - Contemporary Worship

Maundy Thursday - April 13th

Noon and 7:30 P.M.

The 7:30 P.M. service will include optional footwashing to reflect the Biblical story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet in John 13

Good Friday - April 14th

Noon - The Liturgy of Good Friday
7:30 P.M. - Prayer around the Cross

Holy Saturday - April 15th

5 P.M. - Casual Worship

Easter Sunday - April 16

8 A.M. - Traditional Worship
10 A.M. - Contemporary Worship


Stop by the Welcome/Information desk in the lobby by April 9 to reserve Easter flowers in honor or in memory of a loved one. Flowers may be taken home after Easter Sunday services on April 16th.

A suggested donation of $12 is welcome.


McFarland Lutheran Church, as part of our 150th Anniversary, is taking part in Habitat for Humanity’s 2017 Faith Build. Along with several other congregations of different denominations, we will be helping to build a home for a family in Fitchburg.

Our goal is to raise $7500.00 for our share of this Habitat Faith Build. At this time, we have received $6640 in contributions and pledges. Thanks be to God! Thank you to all who have generously donated!

You can support this effort with a check to MLC, with “Habitat Fundraiser” or “Faith Build Contribution” in the memo line. More information is available on the table in the Gathering Space with all the building materials. There is also a wooden beam that you can sign to share your support and prayers with the family with whom we will be partnering to build the home.

We are also committed to a number of work days in the spring and summer, as well as the groundbreaking and dedication events. The schedule for the Faith Build has not been determined yet, but will be out soon. For more information, please see Ron Vandeberg or Pastor Tim.

Thank you for your support of this outreach ministry with your gifts of time, money, and willingness to.


Parker Vander Ploeg is our new Administrative Assistant, beginning March 13. Her email is
Her normal hours will be Monday to Friday, 7:30 A.M to 3 P.M..

Please introduce yourself to Parker,
and welcome her to our staff team! We give thanks to God for the gifts that Parker brings to empower God’s mission here at MLC.


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 beginning April 9.   We will collect the cans of food through April and 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.


on-line Under Armour athletic apparel– golf shirts, long and short sleeve T-shirts and more: Members and friends of MLC may order on-line, and the merchandise will be delivered to the church at a  later date for pick-up. Questions? Speak with Donna Thompson or Ron Vandeberg.  click “spirit packs” enter code: MLCA17


Stop by the Welcome/Information desk in the lobby to reserve Easter flowers in honor or in memory of a loved one. Flowers may be taken home after Easter Sunday services on April 16th.

A suggested donation of $12 is welcome.


McFarland Lutheran Church First Annual Talent Show was a great success.  Members were willing to share talents for everyone to enjoy. 

Thank you to all of our talented participants in the 1st annual talent show! 

If you have any videos, recordings, or photos, please submit them to Chris Malueg or Chris Landerud so everyone can enjoy the show!

Click here to listen to Talent Show.


Mark your Calendars!
McFarland Lutheran Church’s
2017 Vacation Bible School
Sunday, June 25 – Thursday, June 29 5:00-8:00 P.M.
Registration Forms Coming Soon!.


Do you know someone who could use an outward sign of prayer, concern and caring?  Please feel free to take that person: A prayer shawl or lap robe with a card and a gift bag.  All can be found in the great hall.  Please help yourself.


Prayer Shawl Workshop is the first Monday of each month at 6:30 P.M. in the gathering space. The next date is January 2nd.  Contact Norma Kohl with any questions: 838-3977.


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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Fax - 608-838-7207

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5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558

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March 11th and 12th, 2017

March 4th and 5th, 2017


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As part of the 150th anniversary celebration, the Luther College Collegiate Chorale will be performing at McFarland Lutheran Church on Thursday, April 20th at 7 P.M. The anniversary committee is looking for volunteers to house the 100-member Collegiate Chorale after the concert on Thursday night.

The choir members will be eating at the church prior to the concert Thursday evening, so the only meal requested of host families is breakfast on Friday morning. All students must be back to the church Friday morning by 6:45 A.M. Host families will be assigned their students in the sanctuary after the concert on Thursday.

If you are interested in housing two or more choir members in your home, please contact Ron Larson at or 608-509-2550. Please indicate how many students you are able to host and whether you prefer hosting men or women.

Thank you for opening your home to Luther College musicians as they help us celebrate our 150th anniversary!


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 season of Lent as Pastor Tim and Pastor Kelli lead an in-depth look at the Small Catechism. This is a great way to enrich your faith life and to learn more about what “Being Lutheran” really means.

March 26th – We all know, and love, The Lord’s Prayer, but there is much more to this prayer than you may know.

April 2nd – Martin included the sacrament of Baptism in the Small Catechism, for a reason. Learn more about this “Spiritual doorway”.

April 9th – What is Holy Communion? Where do the scriptures proscribe it? How does it actually work?

Bring your coffee and treats to Room 113 Sunday Mornings: 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 December 13th "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 February 28th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.