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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 Baby Moses (Exodus 2:1-10).
Confirmation (6th, 7th, & 8th grades) – We will have large group class at 9:15 A.M. in room 101 in the basement. Don’t worry if you missed last week, we will get everyone caught up with our program and schedule. Today’s lesson will be: ‘Who wrote the Bible, God or Humans?’
HS Youth Group – All high schoolers and friends are welcome. We meet every Sunday at 10:30 A.M. in the Conference Room. We explore our faith in many different ways and we will share some exciting events planned for the upcoming weeks!
Adult Faith Formation – Sunday, September 14th, discover Christ’s presence in the Acts of the Apostles. Next Sunday, discover how the Apostles are relevant to you, with “Acts for Everyone!” Room 113.
NEW DEDICATION DATE: DECEMBER 7TH!
Because of an unexpected delay in the arrival of the new pew chairs, we are moving our Dedication Sunday to December 7. We will have one service that day at 9:30 a.m., with a reception following in the Family Life Center. The new pew chairs are scheduled to arrive sometime in November. We are all disappointed with this delay, but the Building Committee wants the chairs in place for the Dedication and is working hard to make sure the whole space is ready to go as soon as possible. May God give us patience and joy as we look forward to worshiping the Lord in the new Sanctuary!
BIBLEs FOR 3 Graders!!
Each year McFarland Lutheran Church gives Bibles to our 3rd grade students. It is the New Revised Standard Version called the Spark Bible, which we use in Sunday School.
Students are invited to come to Room 113 at 10:00 a.m. on either Saturday, September 20th or Saturday, October 4th for a class to talk about the Bible, learn how to look up passages, and discover special elements of the Spark Bible. Parents/Grandparents/Fun Adults are encouraged to join their student.
Bibles will be presented on Sunday, October 5th at the 10:30 service. Please RSVP to the church office by Monday, September 15th to ensure enough copies are ordered (838-3184).
COME SING IN THE DEDICATION CHOIR!
Please join us for a very exciting time in the music ministry of McFarland Lutheran Church. This fall, we will be transitioning into our new spiritual home. If you have ever been interested in joining Choir, now is a great time. As we wait patiently for the completion of our new sanctuary, we will be preparing music for our Sanctuary Dedication. Please come and take part in our Dedication Choir as we sing to the glory of our God and celebrate all of the hard work that went into the completion of our new sanctuary.
Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 pm and begin September 3rd. All are encouraged to come regardless of ability or experience! Please join us and raise your voice in song as we praise our Lord If you have any questions please contact our Director of Music, Christopher Malueg at email@example.com.
NURSErY TOY REQUEST
Children using the MLC nursery have enjoyed playing with the stock of dolls so much, that the dolls had to be “retired”. The children would like to play with any gender of dolls, including baby and Barbie dolls. Do you have a new or “like-new” doll that is no longer getting play time? Donate your dolls and they will once again receive plenty of loving attention. See Huldah Ellestad with questions or donations.
BETHEL BIBLE SErieS BEGINS OCTOBer 1ST
The Bethel Bible Series is an excellent way to gain a comprehensive overview of the Bible and to build a solid foundation for your faith. The Bethel Series makes the Bible come to life, and highlights the continuing theme of God's love, faithfulness, and purpose for the world.
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF BOXCAR LOADING
This year loading of the Lutheran World Relief Boxcar will be Saturday, October 4th at 8:30 a.m. Once again we will load the church school bus with all the packaged boxes of quilts, school kits, and personal care kits and transport them to the boxcar located at the rail yard on East Johnson St. in Madison, Confirmation students will be helping with the loading at the front door under the car port. Contact persons include Chris Landerud, Dee Weikert, and Daryl Rupnow.
PUERTO RICO CAMP MATTRESS PROJECT
Dear supporters of Puerto Rico mission trips; Camp Edwardo Roig is raising funds to replace all the mattresses in the dorms. Please consider donating to this cause. We average 24 members on each trip, our goal is to raise enough funds to buy 24 mattresses $2040.00. There are eighty five mattresses in the dorms.
Please consider a donation. Make your check payable to McFarland Lutheran Church, in the memo line write PR Mattress. Please have your donation to church by October 7, 2014. For more information or questions, please contact Mike Catterall at 838-8772. Thank you.
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 August 26th "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 24th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 - 608-838-3184
Fax - 608-838-7207
how to find us
5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558
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SANCTUARY BUILDING COMMITTE
We give thanks to God for the tremendous progress made on our new Sanctuary! However, it is important to realize that the Sanctuary is not yet finished for worship. We do not have a date yet for our worship services to move into the new space.
Additional work after Findorff includes re-connecting the organ, running the new audio-visual equipment, and adding new furnishings, such as the pew chairs, altar, pulpit and baptismal font. Please watch for details in the bulletin and newsletter, and on our website.
Great news! Because of generous donations from members, we will be able to install screens and projectors in the new Sanctuary! We also received $7500 toward landscaping. The Building Committee is reviewing bids for landscaping work that we expect can be done this fall. We have received over $240,000 in pledges and donations toward our Special Appeal items. Thanks be to God!
Special Appeal forms are available in the Gathering Space. Thank you to all for your generous and faithful gifts!
May the Holy Spirit continue to energize and renew us as we move forward as the body of Christ at McFarland Lutheran Church!
FINDORFF BI-WEEKLY UPDATES
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!
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!