happy thanksgiving!

The office will be closed on November 22 and November 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.


November begins with All Saints Day and ends in or near Advent, when we anticipate Christ’s coming again. So the readings today tell of the final resurrection and the end time. In the turmoil of hope, fear, and disbelief that these predictions provoke in us, Hebrews sounds a note of confident trust. Christ makes a way for us where there is no way, and we walk it confidently, our hearts and bodies washed in baptismal water, trusting the one who has promised. The more we see the last day approaching, the more important it is to meet together to provoke one another to love.


ADULTS / 9:15 A.M.  / Room 113

November 25 - Thanksgiving break - No class

December 2 – The True Story of Christmas. Ray Vander Laan’s DVD will reveal fascinating details about the birth of Jesus that you will not forget.


Habitat for Humanity – What’s your favorite room in your house? Your bedroom where you can play by yourself for a while? The living room where you can snuggle under a blanket and watch movies? The kitchen table where you eat yummy food or put puzzles together? Join me in praying for our friends who just returned from Louisiana where they helped other families build homes. I wonder what room in their new house will be their favorite…

Celebration Lunch: Blessings Abound! (Romans 15:13)

We were honored to have Héctor Colón be our keynote speaker at our annual Celebration Lunch! Click this link to listen to his keynote address. LSS is one of our main mission partners that we support through our operating budget. LSS provides a wide variety of ministries in our state, including adoption services, mental health providers, and support for homeless people.

May the Spirit fill us with the blessings of hope, joy and peace as we serve in Jesus’ name!


Our Fall Stewardship Theme is “Blessings Abound!” (Romans 15:13). The Stewardship Committee has sent letters and pledge forms to all members, and invites you to support our mission at MLC by bringing your pledge form to worship the weekend of Dec. 1 and 2. Extra pledge forms are available around the Gathering Space. Thank you for your blessing of generous support! May God continue to fi ll us with hope and guide our paths, through the power of the Holy Spirit!


The season of Advent begins on Sunday, December 2, and lasts for four weeks until Christmas Eve. It is a time of longing, waiting, and preparing for the arrival, the advent, of Christ. The color of the season is blue - a color of hope and expectation, as we wait for the dawning of Christ’s light. We begin Year C in the Revised Common Lectionary, with Gospel readings taken primarily from the Gospel of Luke.

Please join us for our annual tradition of mid-week worship at MLC on three Wednesdays during Advent: December 5, 12, and 19. We will gather for worship at 11 a.m., followed by lunch in the Family Life Center (FLC), and at 6:30 p.m., with a “Souper Supper” beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the FLC. The 6:30 p.m. worship will feature the beloved musical setting, “Holden Evening Prayer.” All are welcome!

Our theme this year is “Filling the Hungry with Good Things” (Luke 1:53). This comes from Mary’s song of praise in Luke, also known as the Magnificat. In worship, we will focus on God’s promises to feed the hungry world, and to provide sustenance and care for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all people. We will highlight resources and stories from the ELCA World Hunger ministry.

This year we will provide Advent calendars for people to take home to mark this wonderful time of Advent.

Join us as we light candles, and wait for the God who promises to feed us with steadfast love and mercy!


On September 22, our Global Mission Committee hosted a 3-mile walk to raise funds for a clean, safe water source in a village in Uganda. Thanks to God’s grace and your generosity, we met our goal to sponsor a well!

But that’s not all! The Spirit continued to move and funding continued to be raised.

By the time of printing, almost $23,000 was raised, empowering us to
sponsor two wells! This means the people in the villages of Nyakesi AND
Pajabobi will receive the gift of life-giving water! Thanks be to God!

Check out the two bulletins in the Grand Hallway for photos of our amazing Walk 4 Water!

Praises to God for the gift of grace, for safe water, and for disciples like you!


Mark your calendars and don’t miss the annual bake sale Sunday, December 9th 7:30 – 11:00 am. Featuring McFarland Lutheran’s sell-out Rummegrot, lefse made by our Confirmation students, and a variety of new and traditional Christmas favorite cookies.

Calling all bakers!!! Please consider donating your favorite cookies to provide a broad assortment of treats for the bake sale. Donations should be pre-plated 6 cookies or bars per plate and delivered to the church at 7:00 am Dec 9th. Alternatively, our lefse-making Confirmation volunteers can plate-package your donations delivered to the church kitchen by 8:30 am Saturday, Dec 1 (bring in one container and we will divide, plate and freeze).

All proceeds will be donated 50/50 to the McFarland Food Pantry and to our Puerto Rico sister church community food pantry.  Contact Jane Blank or Janine O’Rourke with questions.


Volunteers and Donors needed!
Tuesday, December 11
McFarland Lutheran Church
12:00 – 5:00 pm

Please consider donating at our next scheduled drive in McFarland.
To schedule an appointment go online at or call
(608) 838-2403. Thank you!


McFarland Lutheran Church has a small group of ladies that sew “Pillow Case Dresses” for toddlers and young girls in Uganda. The ladies are in need of girl T-shirts in sizes 10, 12, 14. The shirts do NOT need to be new, gently used is fine. If you have girl tops that you can donate please leave them at the church office.


Parenting a newborn is both amazing and challenging.
• There are perfect little fingers and toes…that don’t like to sleep at night.
• The “melt-your-heart” noises are juggled with going back to work or staying home.
• The adorable outfits become endless mountains of laundry.

Let’s get together and talk about life with a new baby! Come with your pre-mobile baby on Sundays from 9:15-9:45 am in the Family Life Center.

Any questions, see Pastor Kelli


Crib size baby quilt/blankets are needed for the Newborn/Baptism quilt ministry. Call the church office (838-3184) or contact Norma Kohl for more information. We are also in need of yarn donations.


Everyone is strongly encouraged to utilize your special talents! Please review, complete, and return your Time & Talent form to the box in the central hallway. More forms available next to the box. 


During the 2018-2019 school year, the Sunday School students will be sharing their offering with the ELCA Good Gifts campaign to purchase fruit tree seedlings for $10 each. (For more information: 


Hearing Assist Devices have fresh batteries! Please stop by the Welcome Center to pick up a device and instructions for use during worship.

*If you have an MLC device at home, please remember to return it to the baskets!


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.  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!


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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October 27th and October 28th, 2018


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This Advent Season, Faith Formation offers you an opportunity to travel back in time to visit 2 kings. Discover fascinating truths about the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. See true mangers… not built of lumber, but carved out of solid rock. And what about the Star of Bethlehem; was it a legend, or a miracle, or a real astronomical event?

At 9:15 am, between worship services, come down to room 113 on Sundays: Dec. 2, 9 & 16. No discussion, just 30 minutes of DVD viewing - with sights, facts and ideas that may surprise you!


On January 27, 2018, the McFarland Lutheran Church Council, Pastor Tim Dean and Pastor Kelli Schmidt worked together at their annual retreat to discuss and plan for the future of McFarland Lutheran Church. The results of the retreat were discussed at the Council meeting on February 20, 2018, and this document summarizing the retreat was approved at the Council meeting on March 20, 2018.


The sacraments are incredible gifts given to the Church from God. MLC’s Pastors are adjusting how we approach baptismal preparation. Between now and October we will be meeting one-on-one with families. Beginning in October we will be hosting a quarterly class for families who are interested in baptism. And yes, childcare will be provided. See either Pastor Kelli or Pastor Tim with questions.


We have received lots of new donations to the church library lately. And speaking of donations, with the holidays coming up, if you would like to donate new titles to our library, we would so appreciate it! We have a wish list set up on Amazon. When you go to, click on Gift Cards and Registry, then click on Friends and Family Gifting. You will be able to search for a wish list. Just type in McFarland Lutheran Church in the search box.

New for our younger patrons We have recently added these DVD’s:
• The Jesus Movie
• Sweetpea Beauty: A Girl After God’s Own Heart (Veggie Tales)
• God Made You Special (Veggie Tales) A Snoodle’s Tale: A Lesson in Self-Worth (Veggie Tales)
• The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s: The Story of a Prodigal Son (Veggie Tales)
• The Veggie Tales Christmas Classics (3 DVD set)

And we now have these books available:
• The Invisible String by Patricia Karst
• I Just Can’t Take it Anymore!: Encouragement when Life Gets You Down by Anthony DeStefano
• Someone I Love Died by Suicide: A Story for Child Survivors and Those Who Care for Them by Doreen Cammarata
• The Sheep That No One Could Find by Anthony DeStefano

New for our older patrons
• Heaven is Beautiful: How Dying Taught Me That Death is Just the Beginning by Peter Baldwin Panagore
• Mornings with Jesus Daily Bible
• Like Dew Your Youth: Growing Up with Your Teenager by Eugene H. Peterson
• Extra Ordinary Banners for Ordinary Times by George Collopy
• Witness by Debbie Webb and Mary Owen

Please visit our church library on the lower level! We have many interesting items for young and old!

Click on the following link “MLC Library Information” to view the online church library catalog. You can use the search box to find a particular author or title, or you can just view all the books as they scroll through.

Your church library committee: Carolyn Grede, Deb Alber, and Mary Grell


First Monday each month at 12:45 P.M.

Worship Service/Communion/Music


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.


Council Minutes reports the discussions and actions that have been taken by the church council. Look at the October 23rd "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.