Persistence in prayer evoked the admiration of Jesus and wins the attention of the Lord when Abraham intercedes for Sodom. The life of the    baptized—to be rooted and built up in Christ  Jesus the Lord—is to be rooted in prayer. God hears and answers prayer and so strengthens God’s own. “When I called, you answered me; you increased my strength within me.”


The annual meeting of McFarland Lutheran Church will be Sunday, July 24, 11:15 A.M., 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 2016-17 budget for our congregation, and the election of new members to Church Council.

In addition, this year Council has recommended making revisions in the McFarland Lutheran Church By-Laws. These proposed changes will be considered and voted upon at the annual meeting. Copies of the proposed by-laws are available for all members in the Gathering Space at church or on this website (see below).

May the Spirit continue to equip and empower us as the body of Christ at MLC!


The Church Council has recommended making changes to the MLC By-Laws, and these will be considered at the annual meeting on July 24, 11:15 A.M. Copies of the proposed changes are available on the Welcome Desk in the Gathering Space, along with a letter from council explaining the revisions. Click on following to see copy of By-Laws Summary of Revisions.  Click on the following for acopy of the By-Laws Revisions.  Most of the revisions are needed to make the by-laws consistent with the church   constitution. If you have any questions about these proposed revisions, please speak with council president Sandy Hall or council member Brent Odell. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and empower our witness as a faith community!


Sunday  School, Confirmation, HS Youth Group &  Face Time will resume on September 11, 2016.

Adult Faith Formation – Sunday, July 24th, NO Faith Formation Time.

Next week, Pastor Kelli unwraps new meaning in the familiar words of The Lord’s Prayer.


Mary/Martha (Luke 10) - Jesus met sisters named Mary and Martha. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and learned from him. Martha cooked and prepared their house to be a good host for Jesus and his disciples. Both sisters shared who they were with Jesus– both learned from him and served him just in different ways. What’s a way you learn about Jesus? What’s a way you can share Jesus’ love?


We have positions open for Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher. Want to know more? Please contact Sara Phelan or Deb Nygaard for information regarding these openings.


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.


There are still more spiritual growth opportunities happening this summer. You are encouraged to attend whenever you are able. Everyone is welcome!

July 31 – most Christians say the Lord’s Prayer countless times in daily life, but there is much more meaning in this prayer than many realize. Pastor Kelli     invites you to take a new look at the Lord’s Prayer.

August 14 - Guest speaker, Lisa Hansen, will report on the current happenings here in our synod with refugees. As more and more countries experience strife, the number of refugees in our world grows at a rapid pace. Come to Room 113 at 9:15 and find out what you can do to help those who have been displaced from their home country.

August 28 - The 2nd scripture reading for this Sunday has something to say about how we should respond in regards to: hospitality, imprisonment, mistreatment, marriage, money, leaders, praise, and the nature of Jesus. It will be read in       worship, now let’s take a closer look.

July 24, August 7 & 21 – there is no Faith Formation; take the opportunity to enjoy fellowship in the Gathering Space.

Faith Formation meets in Room 113 on the lower level (at the base of the stairs) from 9:15 to 10:50.


Thank you Vacation Bible School families and congregation. Vacation Bible School was a great success again this year and so was your giving. Over 500 food and toiletry items were collected in the Big Brown Bags for the McFarland Food Pantry. Our VBS kids collected nearly 300 of those items with the orange, red and pink groups collecting the most. Last week our VBS kids learned that God gives us hope, courage, power, shows us the right path and lights our way. When we help those in need we too can do the same and you all proved it again this year. Have a great summer and see you in Sunday School this Fall.

The Children and Family Ministry Team


Summer is here and that means it’s time for highway clean-up!  McFarland Lutheran Church is the Adopt-A-Highway sponsor for a 2-mile stretch of County Hwy. B in the Town of Dunn, just south of McFarland. 

This is a great opportunity to put our stewardship efforts into action!  This year the clean-up dates are Saturdays, August 6, and October  8.  We gather at the Dunn Town Hall (corner of Keenan Road and Hwy. B) at 9:00 A.M.

It only takes about an hour to do the clean-up.  If you would like to volunteer for any or all of the scheduled dates, please contact Jacqui Landerud at 212-3582 or


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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Office - 608-838-3184

Fax - 608-838-7207

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5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558

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July 23rd and July 24th, 2016

July 16th and July 17th, 2016

July 9th and July 10th, 2016

July 2nd and July 3rd, 2016


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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July 24th 8:00 - Worship Service

July 17th 8:00 - No Recording of the Worship Service

July 10th 8:00 - Worship Service

July 3rd 8:00 - Worship Service

June 26th 8:00 - Worship Service

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July 24th 8:00 - Sermon Only

July 17th 8:00 - No Recording of Sermon Only

July 10th 8:00 - Sermon Only

July 3rd 8:00 - Sermon Only

June 26th 8:00 - Sermon Only


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.


Basement Construction Update – Construction completion is near! We are just a few short weeks away before the basement remodel is finished. Just in the past couple weeks, walls have been painted with  color, all cabinetry and countertops are set, lighting and the ceiling is nearly complete, and doors and trim installation are in the final stages. Kitchen appliances and flooring will show up in early August. These new spaces are really looking nice!

When finished, the basement spaces below our sanctuary will include: a youth room, classrooms, quilter’s room, storage rooms, banner room, music room, and kitchen. We are excited to have these new spaces available later this summer for many of our ministries at the start of our new programmatic year.


In our Gathering Space, we have a new Called to Grow Dedication Book that records the names of those who gave generous contributions for our new Sanctuary, including special items such as pew chairs, baptismal font and the renovated stained glass. The book will placed on the glass table for anyone to look through it. The names are arranged in alphabetical order by last name of the donor. If you see any corrections or additions to the pages in the book, please speak with Pastor Tim.

Thanks to be God for those who have offered gifts, and for loved ones who are remembered and honored by these gifts! May we continue to worship the Lord with gladness!


- 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 June 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 May 24th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.