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McFarland Lutheran Church






The warnings are plentiful and blunt on the third Sunday in Lent. Lent is a season of repentance. Cut it out or get cut down! The warnings are accompanied by God’s invitation to attentiveness: “Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live.” The landowner’s ultimatum is forestalled by the gardener’s readiness to till the ground one more year. That is good news for all of us.Thanks be to God!


ADULTS / 9:15 A.M.  / Room 113

March 24 – “Hear the Word of God & Share in the Lord’s Supper” – In worship, our spirits are fed through Word and Sacrament. This is made possible because Jesus sacrificed Himself for us – what do we sacrifice – and what do we gain?

March 31 – “Proclaim the Good News of Christ in Word and Deed” – The Apostle Paul courageously told the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, even when it meant going to prison and being tortured. Lent is a time to reflect on how we can best share the good news through word and deed.


Join us as we begin our Lenten journey, marked with the cross of ashes and fed with the bread of life.

Our Wednesday mid-week services will take place at 11:00 am & 6:30 pm from March 13 - April 10. Starting Wednesday, March 13, our evening worship time will feature the setting Holden Evening Prayer, which many in our faith community enjoy singing.

Our theme for Lent will be “Living our Baptism: Five Gifts of Discipleship.” We will explore the baptismal covenant that God has made with us, and how we can live out these gifts in new and diverse ways. This will also be the theme for our Adult Faith Formation series during Lent, taught by Pastors Tim and Kelli, beginning on Sunday, March 10, 9:15 a.m., in the Education Room (113).

We will be studying Paul’s letter to the Philippians and how his words inspire and encourage us to follow the One who “humbled himself” and gave up his life on the cross (Philippians 2:8). All are invited to read and study this New Testament book during Lent, and all are welcome to join our mid-week worship and the faith formation class on Sundays.

We continue our tradition of eating together as well! On Wednesdays, a soup lunch will be served in the Family Life Center after the 11 a.m. worship, and a Souper Supper will be offered from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. before worship.

If you would like to provide a soup or salad, please contact Marilyn Vandeberg (for Souper Lunches) and Vicki Holten (for Souper Suppers). Thank you to everyone who helps coordinate and provide nourishing meals for these times of fellowship!

May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus during our Lenten journey! (Philippians 4:7)


Five Gifts of Discipleship

Weekly Lenten Themes
Worship at 11:00 & 6:00 pm

March 27 - Proclaim the Good News of Christ in Word and Deed

April 3 - Serve All People Following the Example of Jesus

April 10 - Strive for Justice and Peace in All the Earth


Saturday, April 6 7:30 am - Room 125


Blood Pressure checks will be available Sunday, April 7 in the Gathering Space from 9:15 -10:30 am.


Come hear the Luther College Cathedral Choir on Sunday, April 7, 2:30 p.m., at Stoughton High School, 600 Lincoln Avenue, Stoughton. These 90 talented singers will remind you of how great a gift we have in the Lutheran choral tradition. The concert is open to the public; a freewill offering will be taken.


Donate in honor or memory of a loved one and take home a lovely plant or flower on Easter Sunday!

Please fill out an at the Welcome Center envelope and place in the offering or leave in Carrie’s mailbox by the conference room door by Sunday, April 14. Suggested donation is $12.


There are several run/walks going on this spring that MLC members are encouraged to participate in. The fi rst is in the Parkinson Run/ walk happening in Cottage Grove on April 6. Wear your MLC shirt or contact Sandy Hall to get one. On May 18, there’s Aly’s Honky Tonk Hustle supporting our members Sheila and Russ Wolff. Then in July there’s the annual Relay for Life in Stoughton on July 19. Interested folks can register directly at the web sites below - just join the McFarland Lutheran Church Team.

Parkinson Run/Walk in Cottage Grove

Aly's Honky Tonk Hustle

Relay For Life in Stoughton


Saturday, April 13 7:30 am - Room 125


As of March 19, we have received 51 pledges for a total of $67,425 for our Mortgage Reduction Initiative (MRI). Thank you to all who have generously offered pledges! Please prayerfully consider how you might be a part of this initiative by making a pledge or one-time donation. The Church Council and Finance Committee have set a goal of reducing our mortgage by $500,000 before April 2021. Information and pledge forms for this MRI are available at the Welcome Desk.

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in very one of my prayers for all of you.” (Philippians 1:3-4)

Thanks be to God, for the signs of generosity, joy and faith at MLC!


MLC is allowed to send 3 voting members to our annual Synod Assembly, which will take place on May 4-5, 2019. The place this year is the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall in Madison. The theme is “Building Beloved Community: Strengthening Our Souls for Leadership.” If you are interested in serving as one of our voting members, please email Pastor Tim by March 21: tdean@mcfarlandlutheran.org.


The Church Council has completed the Child Life Ministry (CLM) Initiative Development Plan. The plan identifies three areas important for the continued growth of CLM: Benefits, Facilities, and CLM Development. Complete copies of the development plan are available at the Welcome Center. If you have any questions about this plan, please contact Congregational President Sharon Mylrea or Council Member Todd Bolstad. May God continue to bless, strengthen and empower our ministry through CLM!


Thanks to the generosity of the MLC congregation the Uganda Mission team is going with full bags of gifts for our Ugandan friends. Thank you for the blessings you are sending with us. Uganda Mission 2019


If you, a family member, or a friend are admitted to a hospital, please either contact the church office, or indicate that you are from McFarland Lutheran Church. Due to patient confidentiality, it is difficult to obtain timely information. We want to be able to visit you in the hospital, pray with you, and help in any way.



Sunday, July 21 - Thursday, July 25

5:00-8:00 PM

Registration Forms Available Soon!


Located in the Central Hallway, Fair Trade items help support small farmers and their communities.

Along with coffee beans and ground coffee, now you can purchase Decaf and Regular single serve cups for your personal coffee makers. You can also try honey, orange marmalade, olive oil, chocolate bars, baking cocoa and tea.


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 office@mcfarlandlutheran.org.


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. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00-4:30

contact us

Office - 608-838-3184

Fax - 608-838-7207

Staff Contact Information

Join us on Facebook!

Send us an Email

View our Outreach Opportunities

View our Newsletter

how to find us

5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558

Look at a map with directions

View our Opportunities to Serve

Becoming a Member

News You Can Use

March 23rd and March 24th, 2019

March 16th and March 17th, 2019

March 9th and March 10th, 2019

March 2nd and March 3rd, 2019


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

March 17th 8:00 - Worship Service

March 17th 10:00 - Worship Service

March 10th 8:00 - Worship Service

March 10th 10:00 - Worship Service

March 3rd 8:00 - Worship Service

March 3rd 10:00 - Worship Service

February 24th 8:00 - Worship Service

February 24th 10:00 - Worship Service

Sermon Only Audio

March 17th 8:00 - Sermon Only

March 10th 8:00 - Sermon Only

March 3rd 8:00 - Sermon Only

February 24th 8:00 - Sermon Only


Come to Faith Formation for 35 minutes of learning, sharing, and fellowship!

The season of Lent is upon us and it is an ideal time to focus on the fi ve gifts of discipleship. Join Pastor Tim and Pastor Kelli, as they delve into the joy that comes from following Christ above all else.

March 24 – “Hear the Word of God & Share in the Lord’s Supper” – In worship, our spirits are fed through Word and Sacrament. This is made possible because Jesus sacrifi ced Himself for us – what do we sacrifice – and what do we gain?

March 31 – “Proclaim the Good News of Christ in Word and Deed” – The Apostle Paul courageously told the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, even when it meant going to prison and being tortured. Lent is a time to reflect on how we can best share the good news through word and deed.

Faith Formation for Adults is a wonderful way to spend the 35 minutes between worship services with learning, sharing, and fun fellowship – pick up coff ee and treats and come downstairs to Room 113!


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.


Thanks to some generous donors we now have these books available in our church library on the lower level. Visit soon! We have great books, CD’s and DVD’s available!

Adult Notification:

Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality by Bradley P. Holt

Spirit Ethics: Scripture and the Moral Life by Paul Jersild

A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper

Lamp Unto My Feet: 365 Christian Leaders Share the Scriptures That Have Guided Their Lives by Art Toalston

Reliving the Passion: Meditations on the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Jesus as Recorded in Mark by Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Women in the Life of Jesus: A Look at the Significance of Women in Christ’s Life and Ministry by Jill Briscoe

Faith Enough to Finish by Jill Briscoe

Intimacy with the Almighty: Encountering Christ in the Secret Places of Your Life by Charles R. Swindoll

The Disconnected Generation: Saving Our Youth from Self-Destruction by Josh McDowell

Beyond Guilt: Christian Response to Suffering by George S. Johnson

The One-Year Bible Angels in Our Lives (About people who have felt the presence of angels in their experiences) Acts (N.T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guides) by N. T. Wright

Reading the Bible From the Margins by Miguel De La Torre

Joy in Our Weakness: A Gift of Hope from the Book of Revelation by Marva Dawn

Who Stole My Church: What To Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century by Gordon MacDonald

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza

Some Fiction for Adults:

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

And for kids

The Story Bible

Every Day With God (Selections From the International Children’s Bible) by Roy Nichols 

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 February 26th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.