NEWS YOU CAN USE

FAITH FORMATION FOR ALL AGES!

Sunday School will start every week in the Family Life Center 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 Jesus’ birth according to Matthew and Luke.

Confirmation (6th, 7th, & 8th grades) – We will have small group classes at 9:15 A.M. starting in room 101 in the basement.  Today’s lesson will be: ‘Is the Holy Spirit a person or wind or fire or what?

HS Youth Group – Sunday, October 25th, we will be celebrating the Affirmation of Baptism of our freshmen class at the 10:30 A.M. worship service this morning.  Come join us in worship for this faith journey milestone. 
(We will not have regular class today.)

Adult Faith Formation  –  Sunday, October 25th, wey visit Herodion, a monumental fortress and palace, (built by Herod the Great) that sits on the highest hill in the Judean desert. Next Sunday, view, and hear the amazing     story of, the fortress of Masada.

CHURCH PICTORIAL DIRECTORY SIGN UP 

We are creating a new photo directory of all MLC church members, and we really want you to be included!  All who participate will receive a directory and a professional complimentary 8x10 photo. Sign up for your photo session by clicking on this    link    and following the instructions.  Pictures will be taken November 11-15 and November 18-22.  Questions?  Call the church office at 838-3184. 

NEW DEDICATION DATE: DECEMBER 7TH!

Join us for our Dedication Sunday on December 7th!  We will have one service that day at 9:30 a.m., with a reception following in the Family Life Center. We will have an open house on Saturday, December 6th, to coincide with McFarland’s “Christmas in the Village.” This is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to see the new Sanctuary and worship with us! More details will come soon, but mark your calendars and plan to be present for this time of giving thanks to the Lord!

IT'S TIME TO RISE UP & SERVE

Be sure to fill out and return your yearly Time & Talent form. Mark all areas you wish to serve if you did not fill out a form last year; Or, if there are no changes from last year’s form, use the Quick Check Box. Extra forms are available by the Return Box on the glass table in the Gathering Space.

8TH ANNUAL PUMPKIN FEST!!!

Come celebrate fall with pumpkin carving, hay rides, a magic show, scarecrow building and more! If you work up an appetite from all the fun, don’t worry! There will be free hot dogs and chips available. The fun is on Saturday, October 25 from 1:00-4:00 pm. We always welcome helping hands, so if you’re interested please contact Brenda Moen at dbjkm@tds.net or 873-1634. Hope to see you there!

KEEPSAKE BOARD FUNDRAISER

Scott Potts saved some wood from the backs of the pews from the old Sanctuary, and has turned the wood into beautiful  keepsake boards. We will make these boards available to congregational members on a first-come, first-serve basis on Sunday, October 26, at 9:15 a.m. in the Great Hallway. These boards will make wonderful mementos of the old pews and worship space that we used from 1975-2014.

The proceeds of this fundraiser will go toward the McFarland Food Pantry, with matching funding from Thrivent, and also toward audio-visual equipment needed for our new Sanctuary.

The suggested donation for each keepsake board is: $40 for the small size (approximately 6 x 11 inches); $50 for the medium size (11 x 12); and $60 for the large size (11 x 18). Checks may be payable to McFarland Lutheran Church, with “Keepsake Board” written in the memo line.

We thank Scott for this idea and all his work on the boards! We also thank Roger Stoeckmann and Jim Ellestad for their help on this project!

If you have any questions, please speak with Scott.

May these keepsake boards remind us of our worship together in the old Sanctuary, and how we will continue to be fed with the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ, in the new Sanctuary. God gives us the life to keep growing!

LUTHERAN DISASTER RELIEF/EBOLA OUTBREAK

The Ebola epidemic is spreading rapidly in Western Africa where several thousand have already died from the disease.  Some estimates indicate over 1 million people will be infected by November. The epidemic has overwhelmed the healthcare systems in the affected countries, and food supplies are scarce as transportation is being limited to help prevent the spread of disease from one area of the countries to another.  Phebe and Curran are the 2 Lutheran hospitals in Liberia.  Both need our support to help purchase infection control supplies such as gloves, gowns and bleach.  There is also a need to provide food to affected areas of the country.

The Global Mission Committee has sent $500 from our annual budget to Lutheran Disaster Response for Ebola Outbreak Response.  If you would like to contribute to this effort, you can donate to McFarland Lutheran and write Ebola Outbreak Response on your envelope or check.   Thank You for your support in fighting this disaster.

WORSHIPFUL CHANGES

Our congregation has experienced many changes in worship over the past ten or so years: six or more changes in pastoral leadership, changes in music leaders for the contemporary service, changes in leadership for the traditional service, changes in worship times for the Sunday morning services, change in location for the traditional service for the past months, and soon, change in location for all worship services, including the Saturday evening service.

Changes are difficult for many people, and, change upon change can do damage.  The Worship Planning Team believes that now is the time to think about where we are, and where we are going, and how we can best get there together.

We of the Worship Planning Team, in early 2015, will be asking you to tell us of any concerns, comments, and opinions that you have as we go forward worshiping in our new space at our current worship times.

Until then, feel free to voice your concerns with any of the team: Pastor Tim Dean, Deb Nygaard, Bonnie Dirks, Chris Malueg, Daryl Rupnow, Marilyn Vandeberg, Carrol Vollmer, Keith Voelker, Council Liaison; and/or Len Lane, Team Chair.

LIBRARY IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Due to upcoming installation of firewalls, the MLC Library is closed until completion of the lower level changes.

COUNCIL MINUTES IN SECONDS

Minutes In Seconds reports the discussions and actions that have been taken by the church council. Look at the September 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

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

CHURCH COUNCIL

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.

NEWSLETTER BY EMAIL

Would you prefer the MLC newsletter to come via email?  Send your request by email to office@mcfarlandlutheran.org.

"LIKE" MCFARLAND LUTHERAN CHURCH!

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 clanderud@mcfarlandlutheran.org 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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SANCTUARY BUILDING COMMITTE

CONSTRUCTION ZONE

The Building Committee has decided to have the new pulpit and altar re-stained to match the background wood cabinet holding the organ pipes. The man who fabricated the pulpit and altar, Paul Morrison of the Wood Cycle in Oregon, will be doing this work. It will take 1-2 weeks.

In addition, we give thanks for the new baptismal font that was delivered on October 17th. This last week, workers added plumbing equipment, but the font is not fully installed yet. We give thanks for this sign of the Living Water of our lives, Jesus Christ!

We are still waiting for the altar and pulpit to be finished, the pew chairs to be delivered, the audio-visual system to be tuned, and a couple of other items to be completed. This is why we do not yet have a date for our worship services to move into the new space. The Building Committee is moving as quickly as possible to have  Sunday worship services in the new space. We appreciate your patience, support and prayers!

Let us continue to give thanks to the Lord for this new Sanctuary. God’s love endures forever! (Psalm 100:5)

FINDORFF BI-WEEKLY UPDATES

September 5, 2014

August 22, 2014

August 8, 2014

July 25, 2014

July 3, 2014

June 13, 2014

May 30, 2014

May 16, 2014

April 25, 2014

April 13, 2014

March 30, 2014

ARCHITECT PRESENTATION

The presentation made by our architect, Paul Barribeau, at the congregational listening session on March 17 and meeting notes are available on this website (see below).. If you weren't able to attend the presentation in person, you can read it online or download and read it. May God continue to guide our journey toward a new house of prayer!

March 17th Congregation Listening Session Presentation

March 17th Congregation Listening Session Meeting Notes

Video of the Architect's rendition of the new Worship Space

Sanctuary Building Committee Contact Information

Sanctuary Building Committee Update for 2013 Annual Meeting

BUILDING COMMITTEE NEWS

The Sanctuary Building Committee (SBC) is examining the current logo of McFarland Lutheran Church, and beginning the process to consider a new logo that reflects the new direction of our ministry together as the body of Christ.

Our current logo, “Reflecting God’s Glory,” was designed for the dedication of the old worship space on October 26, 1975. The logo was designed by a congregational member, Laura Pierce. This logo has served the church well as a symbol of Christ, crucified and risen, and our call to reflect the light of Christ.

Now that the Sanctuary is being renovated and will have a different look, the SBC believes it is time to consider a new logo that reflects our future, God-given mission. We have asked Andrea Wendorf, a member of the Building Committee and a graphic artist, to come up with some potential designs for a new logo. Once the  committee is ready, these logo ideas will be shared with the congregation for further input, reflection and refinement.

The SBC is also looking at a new place on our property for the large steel cross that was standing near the south wall of the worship space. One idea is to use this cross as a focal point for an outdoor worship space somewhere in the grass area behind the building. Benches could be placed near the cross when we want to have outdoor worship or another ministry event, such as a pet blessing.

If you have any questions or ideas for a new logo or the cross placement, please speak with Bill Langel, SBC chair, or Pastor Tim. We would love to hear from you!

Thanks be to God, who has joined us to the mission of sharing the good news of Christ in word and deed!

Following is some of the material utilized during the Capital Campaign:
 

Case Statement

Brochure

Devotional 

Video of the Architect's rendition of the new Worship Space