Staff Position Open

The church is seeking a creative and organized person to join our staff team as Administrative Assistant (click here for the job description). Previous office work experience is required. A skill set in managing web sites, social media and email communication is preferred. This position is 32-35 hours/week.  Pease send resumes to Pastor Tim at If you have questions, please speak with Pastor Tim or Brock Chalmers, chair of the Personnel Committee. 


Sunday School will start every week in the FLC at 9:00 a.m. with music before heading downstairs to their classrooms.

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

1st-5th grade will explore the story of Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-15).

Confirmation (6, 7, & 8 Grades) – We will meet in room 101 from 9:10-9:50 a.m. Sunday, October 4th, Pastor Tim will be leading our Large Group Class on Exodus.  On the first Sunday of every month, we have large group; students and parents are invited to attend this class.

HS Youth Group – We meet every Sunday from 11:00 A.M.-Noon in Conference Room 210. Sunday, October 4h, we are off this morning.  We meet next Sunday at our regular time from 11AM-Noon in Conference Room 210.  All are welcome! 

Face Time – This is a discussion group for parents, meeting in the office conference room (210). All are welcome!

Adult Faith Formation – Sunday, October 4th, join Steve Erickson from Thrivent, and Sandy Chalmers as they help us to understand ID Theft, and the best means to avoid it. Next week, our guest speaker, Arif Mansoor, will teach us about Islam. Room 113 at 9:15.


Pet Blessing - What's your favorite animal?  Do you have a pet?  I had a pet dachshund growing up named Percy.  He was short and brown and sat next to me as I read books. We're having a special pet blessing at church this weekend, recognizing that animals are an important part of creation and celebrating the joy they can bring to our lives.  Thank you, God, for creating all things big and small!


Have you been thinking about becoming a member of McFarland Lutheran Church, or, do you know someone who may be interested? The next New Member Session will be on Sunday morning: October 11th at 10:00 a.m.; or Tuesday Evening, October 6th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 210.

Child Care is available in the nursery for the Sunday sessions and, with advance notice, it will be available  for the Tuesday evening session. New members will be received into the congregation on Sunday, November 8th during the 10:00 a.m. worship service.

Please contact Huldah Ellestad (838-3184) to reserve a spot in class, reserve childcare, and for more information.


Once again this year we will be sending blankets made by the Quilters, personal care kits, and school kits to the boxcar for loading. Later they will be sent to storage for us in emergencies. This will happen Saturday, October 10 at 9:00 am. With the help of the volunteers from the confirmation students we will pack the church bus with these donations and take them to the boxcar.


Please join us for the return of the popular fun and worshipful Polka Service on October 17th at 5:00 p.m. or Sunday, October 18th at 8:00 or 10:00 a.m. The music is joyful, and the words praise the Lord!


Bring your family  to the 9th Annual Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, October 24th, 12:00 to  3:00 pm at McFarland Lutheran Church. Free events for the day will include pumpkin carving, carriage rides, pumpkin bowling, bounce house, scarecrow building, cake walk, and magic show. Free hot dogs and chips will be served.

Enjoy the movie—The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

Please bring a non-perishable food item to help fill the shelves of the McFarland Food Pantry.


Beginning Sunday, Sept. 20th, all Adults are invited to explore new topics of Faith Formation every Sunday morning. In October, guest speakers will be present to help us understand Islam,       Judaism and Hinduism. Thrivent will bring us information on ID Theft and Social Security. In November, Pastor Tim begins an exciting new series from the book of Genesis.  Everyone is welcome to come listen, ask questions, and grow in understanding. The calendar of events follows:

Oct. 11th -  Explore our Neighbor's Faith - Islam
Oct. 18th - Explore our Neighbor's Faith –Judaism
Oct. 25th - Explore our Neighbor's Faith - Hinduism
Nov. 1st - Thrivent: Social Security "Strategize to Maximize"
Nov. 8th - Genesis: "Embracing the Call of God"

Due to the new start time for the 10:00 worship service, Faith Formation will start promptly at 9:15. Child Care is available in the Nursery every Sunday during Faith Formation time.


To kick off our Stewardship Campaign, MLC will have a luncheon on Sunday, November 1st, to celebrate our wonderful Stewardship successes. The luncheon will start right after second service. The main course will be provided and members will be asked to bring sides/salads/dessert. Questions? See the Stewardship Committee: John Berg, Callie Maursetter, Renee Rodeck or Pastor Tim.


Listen to the concert (click here) that was held on September 13th at McFarland Lutheran Church given by Bonnie Dirks, soprano, Donald St. Pierre, pianist and Jerry Hrovat, flautist. It was a benefit for the Uganda Moringa Project and a 75th birthday celebration. A special guest was composer Hugh McElyea. Please note that checks can be written to McFarland Lutheran Church, noted for the Moringa Project.


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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We give thanks to God for our new communion kneelers. This Sunday, August 9, at the 8 a.m. service, we will begin using them for communion distribution. At our other worship services, we will continue to receive communion by intinction. However, those who wish to kneel may do so after receiving the elements of bread and wine/grape juice.

We also received the materials for a platform to elevate the pulpit/lectern. A couple members of the congregation will be putting the platform together in the next couple of weeks.



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 September 22nd "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 22nd "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.