Genuine repentance and pretentious piety stand in stark contrast in the gospel and all around us. All creation stands in need of God’s forgiveness. Keep the faith. God’s people—“all who have longed for his appearing”—shall be accounted righteous for Jesus’ sake. Our God is merciful to sinners. For all this the assembly glorifies God forever.


Adult Faith Formation – Sunday, October 23rd:  We all sin; but, we are also made right through God’s grace. In Romans, Paul expounds on this important relationship.

Next Week: Through Paul’s letter to the Romans, explore the paradigm of dying and living with, and through, Christ. Room 113 at 9:15 A.M.

FACE TIME  — Parents, join in the conversation centered on faith and raising children.  All are welcome! Rm 210 (by offices) 9:15-10:00 A M.  Questions about Face Time? Ask Aaron and Amanda Geisinger at

CONFIRMATION  (6th, 7th, & 8th Grades) –   We have class for all Confirmation students in the lower level Youth Room below the Sanctuary from 9:10-9:50 A.M. We will wrap up our five week series on the 10 Commandments. Sunday, October 23rdd, we will continue to see what Jesus says about the commandments in the  Gospel of Matthew. Jesus summarized the 10 commandments into 2. Jesus’ words are as good as gold!

HS YOUTH GROUP  - We have Youth Group in the lower level Youth Room below the Sanctuary from 11 A.M.-noon. Sunday, October 23rd, we will be preparing our freshmen for next Sunday’s Affirmation of Baptism Service. We will also be having lasagna lunch together! All are welcome!

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

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

1st—5th Grade will explore the story of when Jesus and the disciples were caught in "A Storm" (Matthew 8:23-27).


Pumpkin Fest - Some pumpkins are big, some are little. Some pumpkins are orange, some are yellow.  Some pumpkins are smooth, others have bumps. They are all different and God made them all.  How are you like other people? How are you different? God made all of you and God loves all that God made!  Thanks be to God!

How is God calling you to share your time and talents?

In 2017, generously share what God has first given you – your unique talents and your time. New Time & Talent forms are available for everyone! Try something new (browse & choose) or, continue with your current interests (mark the Quick Check Box). Complete a Time & Talent form and return it to the box in the hallway entrance to the Gathering Space. There are extra forms at the box.

Hurricane Relief

Our national church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), is active with efforts to aid those affected by Hurricane Matthew and subsequent flooding, especially in Haiti. If you would like to make a difference through a donation, there is a letter and information on the Welcome Desk from synod Bishop Mary Froiland about the ELCA Disaster Response fund. We ask God to provide care and compassion for those affected by this disaster.

Turkey Hunters Care

NWTF-WI Mad City Gobblers are in their seventh year of raising money to purchase turkeys for donations to local area food pantries during the Thanksgiving holiday season. 100% of the money raised goes directly towards purchasing turkeys. Volunteers are needed to collect donations. Dates and times are 9 A.M. to 7 P.M. on Nov. 11,12,13, 18, 19 and 20 at Pick N Save in McFarland, Metro Market on Cottage Grove Rd., Copps on Fish Hatchery Rd., Copps on Junction Rd., Copps in Middleton, and Copps Monona.

Bring families, friends, coworkers, neighbors. All are welcome.

Please contact Bill Alber at 608-335-8891, email: or contact the McFarland Food Pantry.


The Global Mission team is planning a mission trip to Uganda as part of MLC’s “Reach Out” theme for our anniversary year. The trip will be March 21-April 3, 2017.

Hope 4 Kids International will be the organizing agency. We are hoping to visit the villages of Sesera and Juba where MLC has sponsored projects. It will be an exciting adventure and give us an opportunity to meet the people we have been reaching out to in the beautiful country of Uganda. You are invited to join us to share this life-enriching experience. Contact Bonnie Dirks, Jane Blank or Ron Vandeberg for more information.


All 4th and 5th Graders (plus a parent/grandparent/fun adult) are invited to join a Communion Instruction Day in preparation for receiving their First Communion!

Instructional days are: Saturday, November 5th OR Saturday, November 12th, both from 9:30 A.M.-Noon.  Students will receive First Communion on Sunday, November 13th at the 10:00 A.M. service.

If interested, please RSVP by Monday, October 24th to the church office at 838-3184.

I look forward to meeting you at the table!

Pastor Kelli


We are having our annual Stewardship Celebration Lunch on All Saints Sunday, November 6, 11:15 A.M., in the Family Life Center. The Stewardship Committee will be providing the main dish, and congregational members are invited to bring side dishes or desserts to share. Mark your calendars, and plan to come!

At our Celebration Lunch, we will be exploring our fall stewardship theme, “Generously Sharing the Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22), through Scripture, music, and fellowship. Our guest preacher at the 8 and 10 a.m. services this day will be the Rev. Emily Tveite, who is pastor of the Lutheran Campus Center at UW-Madison. This Lutheran campus ministry is one of the ministries we support through our annual budget.

Thank you, Gracious God, for the many ways your Spirit brings forth the fruit of love, joy, peace, generosity, and faithfulness in our lives and through the ministries of MLC!


Prayer Shawl Workshop is the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. in the gathering space. Contact Norma Kohl with any questions: 838-3977


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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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.


You are invited to bring your coffee and treats to Room 113 and explore the Book of Romans. Attend whenever you are able.

Romans - Sunday Mornings – 9:15 A.M. 

Oct. 23rd – We are all equally sinful…that’s painful to hear. The good news is that Jesus makes each of us right with God.

Oct. 30th – We are to die with Christ…what does that mean? The good news is that Christ raises us to new life.

Nov. 6th – God tells us to keep His commandments…but, we find that to be impossible. The good news is that because of Christ, we are freed from the chains of law, and are free to live through the Spirit.

Nov. 13th – God chose Israel to be his, and they failed him completely…or did they? The good news is what God makes of His chosen peoples’ failings.

Nov. 20th – Jews and Gentiles, Catholics and Lutherans, atheists and Amish, and on and on…so many differences – how can we ever come together? Jesus Christ is The Good News that makes unity possible.

Romans was written by the apostle Paul. This book lays out the scope of God’s plan and desire for us in a way unlike any other Scripture. Spend 35 minutes with Paul’s writings this Sunday.

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


- 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 September 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 September 27th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.