Young People

This portion of our website is dedicated to the young people of our congregation and their families. Our goal here at McFarland Lutheran Church is to provide many and different opportunities for young people to grow in faith and participation in the body of Christ. The seven faith practices of our congregation: WORSHIP, PRAY, STUDY, INVITE, ENCOURAGE, SERVE and GIVE, guide what kinds of opportunities and events we seek to provide for our young people.


This fall is a growing opportunity for both me and the youth programs here at MLC. Our Church is full of opportunities and activities, but there are always new ventures on the horizon. There are many people I know very well, and many more I am just beginning to know. Feel free to contact me, add your ideas, and get involved. I am excited about the path ahead of us!
Chris Landerud
Youth Ministries Coordinator


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January 11th (Thursday) from 3:30-6:30 P.M.

Our youth and families will be hosting the Shared Table. We will be making lasagna, garlic bread, salads, and desserts. Join us in the FLC and help serve this community meal.


Our partnership and mission continues with our sister congregation - Reconciliation Lutheran Church. We will be serving breakfast in the FLC after worship services on January 21st. A freewill offering will be collected and sent to Reconciliation Lutheran for the continued hurricane recovery efforts for their church property, their members, and their community food pantry. Come hungry; all are welcome!

MIDDLE YOUTH SKI TRIP: FEBUARY 26th (no school Monday)

Who: Middle & HS Students, Friends, & Parents
What: Skiing, Snowboarding, or Tubing at Cascade Mt
We will need parents/adults to drive, chaperon, & ski
Time: 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. We will meet/return at the church
Cost: $25  Includes Lift Ticket, Rentals, Lessons, & Lunch
Registration forms at the youth bulletin board.


Pine Lake features many traditional activities of a good old fashioned camp: cabin lodging, over night campouts, games, swimming, paddling, Bible studies, worship, music, and campfires. This opportunity is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  Camp leaders from Pine Lake will be visiting MLC on Sunday, February 18th to share more about the camp experience.

Registration forms at the youth bulletin board..

CONFIRMATION (6th, 7th, & 8th)

Classes are every Sunday from 9:10 A.M.-9:50A.M.

Classes are every Wednesday 6:30 P.M-7:30 P.M.

HS Youth Group CLASS

Sunday Classes from 11:00 A.M. - Noon.


Every Wednesday from 7:00-7:45 A.M.
In the Basement Below the Sanctuary.  All high schools are welcome! Every Wednesday we serve pancakes, sausage, sandwiches & burritos, juice & shakes!

High school schedule

High School Youth Group
Every Sunday Morning at 10:00 A.M. In the Conference Room

High School Breakfast
Wednesdays 7:00-7:45 A.M.
In the Family Life Center


†  Classes on Sundays at 9:15 A.M. in Room 101
†  Events on Wednesdays at 6:30 P.M. in the Gathering Area

HIGH SCHOOL breakfast

The Breakfast Ministry is a community outreach offering breakfast to all high schoolers.  MLC has hosted this ministry for over a decade!  The breakfast is supported by our   congregation, staff, and volunteers.

We are in need of volunteers to help cook (6-7 A.M.) and/or clean-up (7-8 A.M.) on Wednesday mornings.  Your commitment can be flexible – once a month, every-other week, or every Wednesday. Please contact Chris for more details and if you are able to volunteer on this ministry team.  Thank you!


Last week, six high school students attended Summer Fest at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.  It was faith filled journey themed on: Creation, Rebellion, Redemption, and Restoration, We’re blessed to grow as a community and grow in faith.


Here at McFarland Lutheran Church Summer Festival is the week long camp experience for our High School Students.  Our youth have loved this experience and often ask to go back again and again!


Every year a phenomenon takes place as hundreds of teenagers invade a college campus for a week at a time. From the opening greeting to the final hugs farewell something unique takes place. It’s hard to pinpoint if it’s the absurd games, the challenging speakers, the caring adults, the uncontrollable laughter, or the honest time to talk, but somewhere it hits you, this isn’t your normal summer camp.

For a week during the summer, teens have the chance to get away from real life. Students have the opportunity to hang out with people from all across the Midwest, to deepen friendships and to talk about God. Every day speakers come to share inspiring and challenging stories about real life, God and where the two intertwine. The days are packed with fun surprises of all kinds. From the music to the movies, to games, speakers and club all with laughter to tears Summer Fest really has something for everybody.

There are two qualities that set Summer Festival apart. The first is we understand that camp needs to be more than a one week event. We make sure that when a church decides to come to Summer Fest that they bring their own adult leader from the church. This way there is a familiar face going into the experience, as well as someone who can share the experience with teens when camp is over. The second quality is we are a non-denominational camp. By focusing on what really binds us, Jesus Christ, we are able to minister to teens from every walk of life. Because there is an adult along and there is discussion time every day, the students get to debrief and try to relate how the day's lessons connect to their faith journey. Another advantage of being non-denominational is that students can bring anyone of their friends without fear if they will fit in.

Crisis Hotlines

A resource for crisis intervention hotlines.

Daily Devotions

More on Daily Devotional.

Daily Bible Verse

More on Daily Bible Reading.

Transforming Sunday School- Ages 3-5th Grade

Here at McFarland Lutheran Church we provide educational opportunities for children age three through fifth grade through our Transforming Sunday School.  Sunday School is held at 9:00 a.m.  All ages meet in the Family Life Center and begin with music before going downstairs to the education rooms.

Children study basic Bible stories and use a Bible-based curriculum.  The 3-year-old, 4-year-old and Kindergarten classes are organized in the "traditional" format with one teacher who leads class every week.  1st-5th Grade has a rotation format, visiting a different rotation station each day guided by their Shepherd.  "More on Transforming Sunday School."

Vacation Bible School

Here at McFarland Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School is an exciting educational event held during the summer months for kids age three through fifth grade. If you are interested in Vacation Bible School please contact our church office at 608-838-3184 or complete the sharing your time and talents form.

Bible Camp Opportunities for Children and Families

Here at McFarland Lutheran Church we are blessed to be reasonably close to a number of Bible Camps that provide elementary age summer camp experiences, year round camp experiences, and family camps. More on Bible Camp Opportunities.

photo from Summer Festival.

Summer Festival

Here at McFarland Lutheran Church Summer Fest is the week long camp experience for our Affirmation of Baptism Students(confirmation) and our High School Youth. Every year we send a busload of young people to Summer Fest. Our youth have loved this experience and often ask to go back again and again. More on Summer Festival.


ELCA Website ~Youth

As part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America we are connected with young people all across America. We invite you to go to the ELCA Website and its youth section: Link to

ELCA Facebook Profile

The MLC Youth Coordinator invites you to go to and consider inviting her to be your “friend”.

Check out some of the groups that the Youth Coordinator is a part of:

  • ELCA Youth Ministry Network
  • McFarland Lutheran Church High School Breakfast Crew
  • ELCA Young Adults
  • The Official Bible Gateway Group
  • ELCA Lutherans


The Baccalaureate Service is a faith based blessing & celebration of graduation. All high school graduates from McFarland High School as well as students graduating from other districts who are members of McFarland Lutheran Church, Christ the King Parish or United Church of Christ are invited to participate in this service. Families and friends of the graduates and members of the participating churches are invited as well to attend this blessing and celebration.

The service is held at McFarland Lutheran Church on the Sunday before McFarland High School graduation at 7:00 PM.

For a sample of a previous order of service (pdf)

MLC High School Breakfast

Here at McFarland Lutheran Church we host a delicious, hot and free breakfast for the young people in high school on Wednesdays from 7:00 am to 7:45 am.

High School youth are invited to join us every Wednesday morning while school is in session. Just drop in anytime between 7:00 am and 7:45 am. Rides will be given to school if needed.

Anyone wishing to volunteer Wednesday mornings from 6:00 am to 7:15 am with a fun group of people that love mornings should call the church office at 838-3184 and ask for the youth coordinator.

Breakfast menu

  • Pancakes, French Toast, Waffles
  • Bacon, Sausage
  • Our famous Egg McLutheran’s
  • Milkshakes
  • Juice, Milk. 

Lutheran Colleges

As a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we encourage our college bound students to consider continuing their studies at one of the colleges of the ELCA. More on Lutheran Colleges.

Puerto Rico Mission Trip

Here at McFarland Lutheran Church young people are invited to participate in a unique and fun cultural immersion/mission trip to Puerto Rico.

Souper Bowl of Caring

Each year on Super-Bowl Sunday our congregation participates in the Souper Bowl of Caring. Young people all across this country join together to “love their neighbors” by collecting canned goods and money to feed the hungry. Our young people take a door offering at our worship services and collect canned goods. The money collected goes directly to the McFarland Food Pantry. The canned goods also stay in our community.

For more information on the Souper Bowl of Caring click here:

MLC Post High School Mailing

This has always been a very important age group to keep in our prayers and remember with cards and/or care packages. Cards or packages are sent approximately four times a year to students out of high school and between the ages of 18 & 23. Anyone wishing to have their son/daughter receive “Post High School Mailings” should contact the church office with the current address of their child. If you are interested in helping with these fun mailings please contact our church office at 608-838-3184 or complete the sharing your time and talents form.

  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Coordinate volunteers interested in assisting with this ministry
  • Gathering current addresses
  • Idea person—think of creative things to send
  • Shopping for items to be put in care packages
  • Writing personal messages
  • Addressing envelopes (can use labels on occasion ~ but it is really special if envelopes are handwritten)
  • Help assemble packages to be sent


If you are interested in contributing or participating in the MLC Post High School Mailing please contact our church office at 608-838-3184 or complete the sharing your time and talents form.

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