As the Christian community comes together to pray for and reach out to those who have been affected by the recent disasters, Thrivent Financial is mobilizing its financial resources and members nationwide to help those in need. Thrivent members and others who are interested in ways to help with the recovery efforts are encouraged to visit to learn more about the organization’s $3 million match on individual personal donations and other ways in which they can help.


of Jesus’ controversial parables, in which Jesus says the reign of God is like workers who get paid the same no matter when they start. When God changes his mind about punishing Nineveh for their evil ways, Jonah is angry. Yet God is gracious and merciful, abounding in steadfast love. In baptism we receive the grace of God that is freely given to all. As Luther wrote, in the presence of God’s mercy we are all beggars.


ADULTS / 9:15 A.M / Room 113

Sunday - Did you know…sermons Martin Luther presented in 1528 still impact people today? Come to Faith Formation for more on Luther’s Large Catechism.

Next Week - The Augsburg Confession, what is it and why was it needed?

FACE TIME FOR PARENTS / 9:15 A.M. / Room 210
Bring your coffee and treats and discuss The Love Dare for Parents.

SUNDAY SCHOOL begins at 9:00 A.M. with music in lower level Rm 101.  After music, Shepherds will take students to their classrooms.  Sunday School ends at 9:50 A.M.

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

1st-5th Grade will explore the story of Joseph and Pharaoh in the book of Genesis.

CONFIRMATION (6th, 7th, & 8th Grades)
We have our Kick-Off Class for all students and parents in the lower level Youth Room below the Sanctuary from 9:10-9:50 A.M.  We will outline this year’s Confirmation Program, dive into our Bible curriculum, and answer any questions.

We have our Kick-Off Youth Group in the lower level Youth Room below the Sanctuary from 11 A.M.-noon. We have any exciting year ahead and we will outline our upcoming events. Yes, there will be doughnuts!

Starts this Wednesday, September 20th from 7-7:45 A.M.  We will kick off this new year with HS Breakfast in our lower level youth area and kitchen corner. Every week we serve pancakes, breakfast sandwiches or burritos, sausage, juice, and milk shakes. All high school students are welcome; help spread the good word!


Bibles – What is on the cover of your birthday cards?  A picture of a cake, candles, and presents?  My guess is that you got the card from someone who loves you!  Last Sunday our 3-year-old friends each received a Bible.  It also has a lot of pictures and is from someone who loves them.  The Bible is full of stories about how much God loves you!


McFarland Lutheran Church is celebrating our 150th Anniversary on Sunday, October 29th. We will have one festive worship service at 9 A.M. Bishop Mary Froiland of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin will be preaching, as we celebrate both Reformation Sunday and our congregation’s milestone year.

Following worship, all are invited to a free catered brunch in the Family Life Center. During brunch, we will have the opportunity to hear from former pastors and former members who have been called to ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Plan to join us as we celebrate this wonderful anniversary! We give thanks to God for the Living Word that has been embodied, proclaimed and sent forth through McFarland Lutheran Church and our ministries for over 150 years and counting!


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

September 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.


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


LWR is in urgent need of Personal Care Kits and School Kits to share with people around the world who have lost everything due to natural disaster or life-threatening violence. These kits are tangible reminders to those who are suffering that others care about their needs.

Visit the table in the Great Hall for a list of needed items and to drop off any donations by September 25th. Contact Eileen Brost (838-7142) with questions.

MEN'S Breakfast

Saturday, October 7th  /  7:30 A.M.  /  Room 125


Saturday, October 7th

For more information and to volunteer, contact Jacqui Landerud at or 212-3582.


Men’s Board Game Night in the Family Life Center October 14th at 6 P.M. to enjoy fun, fellowship and games! 

Please contact Kevin Strattan ( if you have any questions or to be added to the eVite list.


Have you ever wondered what to say – or wondered if you should say anything - to someone who is ill, grieving, or just trying to navigate life?

Befriender Training is a great place to get equipped to walk alongside others.

To sign up or to get more information, contact Betty Showers (658-7315 /

Music Rehearsals Resume


ALL are welcome to join the choir! We meet weekly on Wednesday
evenings from 7:30-8:30 P.M. in the Worship Center.


Rehearsals are weekly from 6:15-7:15 P.M. in the Worship Center.

Contact Chris Malueg to learn more( / 838-3184).

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


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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September 23rd and 24th, 2017

September 16th and 17th, 2017

September 9th and 10th, 2017

September 2nd and 3rd, 2017


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August 27th 8:00 - Worship Service

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“Professing the Faith: Writings of the Reformation”

500 Years after the Reformation, you can join Pastor Tim on Sunday mornings to explore the fascinating times, people, and writings of this pivotal time in history. Bring your coffee and treats to Room 113 at 9:15 am each week.

September 24th – Did you know…sermons Martin Luther presented in 1528 still impact people today? Come hear more about Luther’s Large Catechism.
October 1st - The Augsburg Confession: what is it and why was it needed? Does it speak to us today?
October 8th –The Augsburg Confession continues: what does the term “righteousness” really mean…have people misunderstood its true meaning?
October 15th –Apology of the Augsburg Confession: what does ‘Apology’ mean, who wrote it, what is in it?
October 22nd –The Formula of Concord & the Book of Concord: what direction did the Reformation take after Luther died?


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

Beyler Solo


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 August 29th "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 August 29th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.