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No Faith Formation on Sunday, August 31st. Enjoy fellowship time and prepare for Rally Sunday, next week (September 7th) at 9:15 a.m. in the FLC.
ANOTHER GREAT YEAR OF SUNDAY SCHOOL!!
We had nearly 100 students register last year. It was a great time due to the fantastic volunteers!
There are many opportunities to help!
Can’t commit to every Sunday? No worries! Roles can be shared! Last year people teamed up with another leader and then took turns with that role.
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Brenda Moen at 873-1634 or email@example.com.
REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE!
Sunday School, Confirmation & HS Youth Group Registration Forms are available at the Welcome Center at church or on the Website (click on Registration Form to print copies). Please fill one out for each student and return to the basket at the Welcome Center or to the church office.
COME SING IN THE DEDICATION CHOIR!
Please join us for a very exciting time in the music ministry of McFarland Lutheran Church. This fall, we will be transitioning into our new spiritual home. If you have ever been interested in joining Choir, now is a great time. As we wait patiently for the completion of our new sanctuary, we will be preparing music for our Sanctuary Dedication. Please come and take part in our Dedication Choir as we sing to the glory of our God and celebrate all of the hard work that went into the completion of our new sanctuary.
Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 pm and begin September 3rd. All are encouraged to come regardless of ability or experience! Please join us and raise your voice in song as we praise our Lord If you have any questions please contact our Director of Music, Christopher Malueg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS
Get ready for a new school year with a blessing of the backpacks! Sunday, August 31th at both services: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. See you there!
CALLING ALL PRAYER SHAWL CRAFTERS
The Prayer Shawl Group will resume their monthly meetings beginning on Wednesday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Space. Everyone who likes to knit or crochet (or would like to learn) is welcome to come to any of the workshops held on the 1st Wednesday evening of each month.
Prayer shawls are a meaningful way to send a message of comfort and concern to anyone experiencing illness or stress.
For more information please contact Norma Kohl or the church office.
MEN'S BREAKFAST AND BIBLE STUDY
Come to the Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study on Saturday, September 6 beginning at 7:30 a.m. We meet in the FLC for Breakfast and Bible Study to follow.
RISE UP! RALLY DAY - September 7TH
Don’t miss the excitement of Rally Day 2014!
9:15 in the FLC
3 yr. olds – 5th grade Sunday School
6th grade – 8th grade - Confirmation
9th – 12th grade – Youth Group
All adults (post high school)
BIBLEs FOR 3 Graders!!
Each year McFarland Lutheran Church gives Bibles to our 3rd grade students. It is the New Revised Standard Version called the Spark Bible, which we use in Sunday School.
Students are invited to come to Room 113 at 10:00 a.m. on either Saturday, September 20th or Saturday, October 4th for a class to talk about the Bible, learn how to look up passages, and discover special elements of the Spark Bible. Parents/Grandparents/Fun Adults are encouraged to join their student.
Bibles will be presented on Sunday, October 5th at the 10:30 service. Please RSVP to the church office by Monday, September 15th to ensure enough copies are ordered (838-3184).
A BIBLE JUST FOR 3-Year-OLDS!
The first day of Sunday School is on Rally Day, September 7th at 9:15 a.m. The 3-year-old students will get excited for the coming year, meet the teachers and classrooms, and receive a Bible just for them! Parents/Guardians/Fun Adults are invited to join the fun! Please RSVP to the church office: 838-3184. Hope to see you there!
ACTS FOR EVERYONE
Coming to room 113 at 9:15 every Sunday morning: “Acts for Everyone”
In the book of Acts we learn that Jesus is a person we can know and love, obey and follow, a person who acts in the real world – our world. Just as Jesus acted through the apostles – he acts through us today.
Starting with Rally Sunday, September 7th and running through October 12th, you are invited to explore the ancient and exciting world of Acts. Bring home new understanding and be empowered for acting in God’s Kingdom today!
DEDICATION OF NEW SANCTUARY
The Dedication of the New Sanctuary will be Sunday, November 2, 2014. There will be one worship service this day at 9:30 a.m. A reception will follow in the Family Life Center.
Because of this special service in the life of our congregation, there will be no Sunday School, confirmation or adult faith formation on November 2. We will gather to dedicate the new worship space to the glory of God, and give thanks for our mission to be the body of Christ in this place. Save the date, and plan to join in the celebration!
LIBRARY IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Due to upcoming installation of firewalls, the MLC Library is closed until completion of the lower level changes.
COUNCIL MINUTES IN SECONDS
Minutes In Seconds reports the discussions and actions that have been taken by the church council. Look at the July 27th "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 24th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.
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.
NEWSLETTER BY EMAIL
Would you prefer the MLC newsletter to come via email? Send your request by email to email@example.com.
"LIKE" MCFARLAND LUTHERAN CHURCH!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 - 608-838-3184
Fax - 608-838-7207
how to find us
5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558
News You Can Use
August 9, 2014
SANCTUARY BUILDING COMMITTE
Great news! Findorff is planning to be finished with its part of the construction the week of September 15th. Thanks be to God! We are very grateful for the work Findorff has done for our new Sanctuary. The workers are finishing up the painting, installing new lights, and continuing the work on the firewall in the basement level.
However, we do not yet know the date for moving into the new Sanctuary. Additional work after Findorff includes re-connecting the organ, installing new audio-visual equipment, and adding new furnishings, such as the pew chairs, altar, pulpit and baptismal font. Please watch for details in the bulletin and newsletter, and on our website.
We have received over $220,000 in pledges and donations toward our Special Appeal items. What a tremendous blessing! Thank you to all for the amazing generosity that supports God’s work! We still need about $25,000 for the hardware and installation of new screens and projectors to enhance our worship. Special Appeal forms are available in the Gathering Space.
As we move into fall, let us pray that the Holy Spirit continues to energize our congregation, that we may worship the Lord with thanksgiving and offer our lives as servants of Jesus Christ!
FINDORFF BI-WEEKLY UPDATES
The presentation made by our architect, Paul Barribeau, at the congregational listening session on March 17 and meeting notes are available on this website (see below).. If you weren't able to attend the presentation in person, you can read it online or download and read it. May God continue to guide our journey toward a new house of prayer!
BUILDING COMMITTEE NEWS
The Sanctuary Building Committee (SBC) is examining the current logo of McFarland Lutheran Church, and beginning the process to consider a new logo that reflects the new direction of our ministry together as the body of Christ.
Our current logo, “Reflecting God’s Glory,” was designed for the dedication of the old worship space on October 26, 1975. The logo was designed by a congregational member, Laura Pierce. This logo has served the church well as a symbol of Christ, crucified and risen, and our call to reflect the light of Christ.
Now that the Sanctuary is being renovated and will have a different look, the SBC believes it is time to consider a new logo that reflects our future, God-given mission. We have asked Andrea Wendorf, a member of the Building Committee and a graphic artist, to come up with some potential designs for a new logo. Once the committee is ready, these logo ideas will be shared with the congregation for further input, reflection and refinement.
The SBC is also looking at a new place on our property for the large steel cross that was standing near the south wall of the worship space. One idea is to use this cross as a focal point for an outdoor worship space somewhere in the grass area behind the building. Benches could be placed near the cross when we want to have outdoor worship or another ministry event, such as a pet blessing.
If you have any questions or ideas for a new logo or the cross placement, please speak with Bill Langel, SBC chair, or Pastor Tim. We would love to hear from you!
Thanks be to God, who has joined us to the mission of sharing the good news of Christ in word and deed!