At our annual meeting on July 26, the congregation elected new Council members to 3-year terms: John Berg, Amanda Gevens, Tiffany Kvalheim, and Lee Thorson. Thanks be to God, for these new leaders on church Council! Also, a big thank you to the outgoing Council members, who have completed their 3-year terms: Jeff Gehrke, Bill Gross, Holly Heuer, and Kathy Westby.

The new church Council has elected officers for the 2015-16 year: Sandy Hall, president; Carol Munch, vice-president; and Deb Alber, secretary. The Council is still seeking to appoint someone to serve as treasurer. If you are interested, please speak with Pastor Tim or Sandy Hall. Mike Devine will continue to serve as treasurer until his replacement is appointed by Council. Thank you, Mike, for extending your faithful service!


Adult Faith Formation Sunday, August 2nd, no class, enjoy fellowship with friends and family in the Gathering Space. Next week, experience Chautauqua Hymns & Songs. Some of the most beloved hymns and songs have come out of the Chautauqua tradition. Room 113 at 9:15 A.M.


The family of Barbara Sperle invites worshippers to join in celebrating Barbara's 90th birthday at fellowship between services on Sunday, August 2,  2015.


Summer is here and that means it’s time for highway clean-up. McFarland Lutheran 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! There are two more Saturdays to help, August 1, and September 19. 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 Thank you. Jacqui Landerud.


Morning Prayer - God, thank you for this day and for the fun I will have.  When I run around, play with friends, read books, have a snack, or even fall and bump my knee - no matter what, please stay by my side and keep me and my family safe.  Help me find new ways to share your love with others.  All of this in Jesus' name I pray, Amen.


Our synodical bishop, Mary Froiland, wrote a note to Karen Emerson, our resident God’s Global Barnyard Guru.  Check out the note for yourself on the VBS bulletin board in the Grand Hallway!

Dear Karen,
Please convey my appreciation to the youth of McFarland Lutheran Church, for their generous gift & open hearts for people who are in need.  God’s Global barnyard is a fun and effective way to make a difference in the life of a boy or girl just like them!  With young people like this, I know the church will continue sharing the love of Jesus for generations to come!

God bless you all!

Bishop Mary


Are you 16 or older? Do you like interacting with children? McFarland Lutheran Church has an opening for a Lead nursery attendant(s) to provide childcare in the church nursery on Sunday mornings (7:45-11:45).

The Lead nursery attendant must be at least 16 years old, reliable, on time, and able to provide a safe and enjoyable nursery experience for children ages infant to 8 years of age.

Please contact Huldah Ellestad: 838-3184 or hellestad@mcfarlandlutheran.


Want to listen to a recording of the worship service or the sermon? In the center of this page under the section heading, Audio of Sunday Worship Services and Sermons, are links to past worship services (entire service including music) or just the sermon. Click on the link, sit back and enjoy. We will attempt to have Sunday's 8:00 AM
worship service and sermon available by Monday evening. We continue working to improve the quality.


McFarland Lutheran Church is inviting musicians to provide special music this summer. All ages and all styles are encouraged.  Instrumental, vocal, solos, duets, trios you name it. 

This is a great opportunity for young and old musicians alike to play in a comfortable, no-pressure setting. Students who have participated in “Solo and Ensemble” would have an opportunity to perform a piece they have worked on in the past. Children and adults studying piano could play a piece they have learned. If you are interested in singing or playing and do not have a piece of music prepared, we could put something together and rehearse it for a few weeks in preparation for worship.
If you are interested, please contact our Director of Music, Christopher Malueg at

Martin Luther said, “Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” Please consider offering your gift of music here at McFarland Lutheran.


“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

On Sunday May 10, 2015 we experienced what could be considered a “Befriender” service. The Holy Gospel for the day was from John 15:9-17. In these verses we hear Jesus repeating the most important of all his commands to his disciples; that they love one another.  Pastor Kelli’s sermon was about serving each other, being there for each other and reaching out to each other.  We sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” which always reminds us of our most perfect befriending example; Jesus! We also sang these words from verse 3 of “Draw us in the Spirit’s
Tether”; “All our meals and all our living, make us sacraments of you, That by caring, helping, giving, We may be disciples true.” This verse is another reminder that we are disciples and we are called to care, help and give, with the love Jesus shows us. If you listen closely, almost every Sunday we hear the befriender message in text, sermon or music. This is our call! If you have already experienced the Befriender training, you have most likely recognized these reminders of our call to befriend. If you haven’t experienced the Befriender training, I would like to invite you to join the next class starting in the fall. You will learn firsthand from people who have experienced Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and other life threatening illness, depression and other mental illnesses, alcoholism, divorce, grief and loss, disabilities, and abuse. We also learn about the importance of lay ministry, prayer and healing, self-care, sharing our faith, effective communication, and giving and receiving help. If you are interested, please contact Betty Showers at 608-837-2105 or for more information. You are promised a rewarding and fulfilling experience!


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 349 “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!


Remember to pick up your MLC Picture Directory! Check the table in the central hallway. If you were not able to participate by having your photo taken, but you would still like a directory, please pick one up in the office.


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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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.

Entire Worship Service

July 26th 8:00 - Worship Service

July 19th 8:00 - Worship Service

July 12th 8:00 - Worship Service

July 5th 8:00 - Worship Service

Sermon Only Audio

July 26th 8:00 - Sermon Only

July 19th 8:00 - Sermon Only

July 12th 8:00 - Sermon Only

July 5th 8:00 - Sermon Only



The Church Council approved the new Sunday morning worship schedule as follows:
     8:00 A.M. Traditional Worship
     9:00 A.M. Sunday School music (during school year)
     9:15 A.M. Faith Formation classes
     10:00 A.M. Contemporary Worship

     The 5:00 P.M. Saturday service remains the same.

Thank you to everyone who provided input and suggestions on the worship schedule! The Council believes this is a schedule that accommodates most people’s needs, and enhances our mission to reach people with God’s Word of Life.

This new schedule will begin on Sunday, August 2nd.

May the Holy Spirit continue to empower our worship, learning and witness in Jesus’ name!



Sunday, August 2 – No class

Sunday, August 9 – Chautauqua Hymns & Songs. What is Chautauqua? Since the late 1800’s, “Chautauqua” has been a respected source for educational experiences in faith, art, music, dance, theater, writing skills and a wide variety of other interests. Many beloved hymns and songs have come out of the Chautauqua tradition. Come to room 113 and enjoy the music!


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, 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 23rd "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 23rd "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.