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McFarland Lutheran Church





speak of the end times. Zephaniah proclaims that the coming day of the Lord will be filled with wrath and distress. Paul says it will come like a thief in the night and urges us to be awake and sober. Jesus tells the parable of the talents, calling us to use our gifts, while we still have time, for the greater and common good. In a world filled with violence and despair, we gather around signs of hope—word, water, bread and wine—eager to welcome the good news of Christ’s coming among us.


ADULTS / 9:15 A.M. / Room 113
: Luther’s Teaching Hymns; the songs we sing today have been used to teach important Christian principles for centuries.

Next Week: Advent begins with “A People of Promise”.

FACE TIME FOR PARENTS / 9:15 A.M. / Room 210
Bring your coffee and treats and discuss The Love Dare for Parents.

SUNDAY SCHOOL begins at 9 am with music in lower level Room 101.  After music, Shepherds will take students to their classrooms.  Sunday School ends at 9:50 A.M.

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

1st-5th Grade will explore the book of Exodus and wander through the wilderness with Moses.

CONFIRMATION (6th, 7th, & 8th Grades)
We have class from 9:10-9:50 am in the lower level.  In today’s lesson we will focus on Samson. Let your hair down and join us for class

Sunday we will gather in the lower level for a Thanksgiving lunch. All middle & high school students are welcome!


Stop by the office if you’d like to purchase any of our commemorative anniversary items!

Updated Congregational History written by Ron Larson; suggested donation $10
Notecards featuring the “Living Waters of Grace” painting done for our congregation on May 7; suggested donation $10 (pack of 10)
Smorgasbord Cookbook;  $5

Any amount of money collected above and beyond the printing costs of sale items will be donated to Habitat for Humanity in Dane County, to support the Faith Build we have been doing this year.

Extra copies of the special worship bulletin prepared for the October 29th service can be found around the Gathering Space for anyone who would like one.


Fall Prayer – God of golden light, relax with us as we sit by bonfires and delight with us as we play in piles of leaves.  Stay with us as the temperature continues to drop and as we play inside more.  Be present with those who can’t find a warm place to stay.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


Wednesdays, December 6th, 13th and 20th
Services at 11 A.M. & 6:30 P.M.
“Souper” supper served at 6 P.M.

Council Open Forums

The Church Council and Pastors have shared a statement on same-gender marriage at MLC in our recent newsletters. The council is sponsoring open forums for the congregation on this issue on two Sundays, November 19th, at 11:15 A.M. in Room 113 (downstairs). The council hopes that all members will feel welcome to participate in these conversations, and that diverse convictions and viewpoints will be shared in a respectful, honest and loving manner. We are grateful to Dr. Dan Feaster, an ELCA pastor and Executive Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southern Wisconsin, who will facilitate these open forums. Copies of the statement from our council and pastors, as well as the 2009 ELCA social statement on human sexuality, are available on the Welcome Desk in the Gathering Space.

God’s steadfast love in Jesus Christ is our foundation at MLC, and his Spirit of love, mercy and grace is our guide as take part in these conversations!

OPEN FORUMS  /  NOVEMBER 19  /  11:15 A.M.


As we approach 2018, generously share what God has first given you—your unique talents and your time.

Time and Talent forms are available! Try something new (browse and choose) or continue with your current interests (mark the Quick Check box).

Time and Talent forms are available in the Central Hallway. Complete yours and drop it in the box!


Saturday, November 18th

Visit the NEW sign-up link:

This link enables you to sign up for any
Habitat activity at any site, including the Restore.  But to have the most fun working  with your fellow congregants, pick the November 18th date and choose site Renaissance on the Park (ROP 1) Equity Lane!

If you have questions, please contact Pastor Tim or Ron Vandeberg (cell 886-3196).


Saturday, November 18th /7:30 A.M./Room 125


Mark your calendars and don’t miss the annual bake sale Sunday, December 10th from 7:30 – 11 A.M.  Featuring McFarland Lutheran’s sell-out Rommegrot, lefse made by our Confirmation students, and a variety of new and traditional Christmas favorite cookies.

Calling all bakers!!! Please consider donating your favorite cookies to provide a broad assortment of treats for the bake sale. Donations should be pre-plated 6 cookies or bars per plate and delivered to the church at 7am Dec 10th. Alternatively, our lefse-making Confirmation volunteers can plate-package your donations delivered to the church kitchen by 8:30 am Saturday Dec 2 (bring in one container and we will divide, plate and freeze).


The 150th Anniversary Task Force challenged the congregation to contribute 150 minutes of service outside the walls of MLC this year. Soon it will be time to tally our total minutes! Don’t forget to track your minutes as part of our Anniversary Celebration, and record them at the display in the Gathering Space.


The Smorgasbord cookbook sales resulted in $485. $243 went to the McFarland Food Pantry. The remaining $242 went to the Giving Quilts. A Thrivent Action Team Fundraiser allowed us to do the printing of the recipe books. We also purchased batting, fleece, a rotary cutter and an omni-grip ruler.

Thank to to all who purchased a cookbook! There are a few left, please contact the church office if you are interested ($5).


Volunteers and Donors needed!
Tuesday, December 5th
McFarland Lutheran Church
12 –5  P.M.

VOLUNTEER:  Volunteers and snacks (cookies, bars, etc.) are needed, please call (608) 838-2403 or email slsherry86@gmail.com if you can work or donate.  

DONATE:  Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but can make a big difference in the lives of others.  The donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour and 15 minutes.  The donation itself is only about 8-10 minutes on average.  The steps in the process are: 
Registration (donor card, driver’s license or 2 other forms of ID needed)
Health History (in a private and confidential interview) & Mini Physical
(includes temperature, hemoglobin, blood pressure and pulse check)

Nationwide, around 44,000 blood donations are needed EACH and EVERY day to meet the needs of hospital patients, including accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders.  All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply.

Please consider donating at our next scheduled drive in McFarland.  To schedule an appointment go online at redcrossblood.org or call (608) 838-2403.   Thank you! 


Return Gifts by December 10th

Each year Christmas gifts are provided for families that are served by the McFarland Food Pantry. Our church will again provide some of the gifts needed. The tags, detailing gift suggestions, should be available sometime around Thanksgiving.  You can find the tags, instructions, and sign-up sheet in the grand hallway.  Wrapped gifts, with the tags attached, need to be returned to the church by the morning of Sunday, December 10th. Thank you for helping make someone’s Christmas more joyful!


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. 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 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

November 18th and November 19th, 2017

November 11th and November 12th, 2017

November 4th and November 5th,2017

October 21st and October 22nd, 2017


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

November 19th 8:00 - Worship Service

November 19th 10:00 - Worship Service

November 12th 8:00 - Worship Service

November 5th 8:00 - Worship Service

October 29th 9:00 - Worship Service - Only one Service

Sermon Only Audio

November 19th 8:00 - Sermon Only

November 12th 8:00 - Sermon Only

November 5th 8:00 - Sermon Only

October 29th 9:00 - Sermon Only


The journey of faith formation is ongoing and lasts a lifetime.  Come any Sunday for a variety of meaningful and interesting faith growth opportunities.

November 19th - Luther’s Teaching Hymns; Find out how these hymns help us, through beautiful music, to understand the central truths of our faith. 

The new church year begins with Advent. Prepare your heart and mind for the beginning of a new year of faith formation, and for the coming fulfillment of hope (the birth of Christ), with a 4-week Advent Devotional Study: A Story of Hunger.

November 26th – Advent, A Story of Hunger: A People of Promise. Poverty takes many forms: material, social or spiritual lack. To be poor, is to be vulnerable. How does Jesus address that vulnerability?

December 3rd – Advent, A Story of Hunger: Bearing Fruit. Good fruit comes from one who has been moved by grace and repented. Fruit is not the cause of reconciliation; it is the result. What good fruit do we see at MLC?

December 10th – Advent, A Story of Hunger: Healing of the Whole World. In Scripture, we hear God’s call to be tenders of the garden. And, with Paul, we hear creation “groaning. But we also hear the promise of our Creator whose creation is a gift; good news for creation is good news for people in poverty.

December 17th – Advent, A Story of Hunger: God in Unexpected Places. Joseph did not expect to find God in the scandalous pregnancy of his soon-to-be-wife, Mary. Even Mary did not expect this. God often chooses unexpected people, and means, to be instruments for change and growth.

Bring your coffee and treats to Room 113 at 9:15 A.M. each week.


Click on the following link to view the online church library:  


Or simply type the following in your browser: librarycat.org/lib/mcFarlandlutheran.

You can use the search box to find a particular author or title, or you can scroll through all available titles. Please visit our church library on the lower level soon! We have lots of interesting stuff!

Thanks to Keith and Barb Voelker for donating the book Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young to the McFarland Lutheran Church Library.

Other recent donations include:
Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions
God Made Me! (board book) by Kim Mitzo Thompson
A Girl’s Guide to Making Really Good Choices by Elizabeth George
A Boy’s Guide to Making Really Good Choices by Jim George
God’s Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs by Jim and Elizabeth George
God’s Wisdom for Little Girls: Virtues and Fun from Proverbs 31 by Elizabeth George

Please look for these recent additions and lots of other interesting books in our church library on the lower level! 

Your church library committee: Carolyn Grede, Deb Alber, and Mary Grell


First Monday each month at 12:45 P.M.

Worship Service/Communion/Music


For 150 years, this Congregation has worshipped our gracious and loving God.  We celebrate and reflect on this, our 150th Anniversary year.

1864: First worship service is held in a log schoolhouse.
1867: McFarland Lutheran church is officially organized.
1881: 1st church building (built in 1869), destroyed in tornado.
1895: 2nd church building (built in 1881),  destroyed by fire.
1896: 3rd church built at cost of $5017.28
1975: The congregation moves into the 4th church building and the 3rd church building is vacated & demolished.
1979: Preschool begins as Martin Luther Christian Day School; is re-organized in 1991 as Child Life Ministries & Rainbow Center.
1997:Major expansion includes FLC, Gathering Space & Sunday school rooms.
2014: Sanctuary expanded & remodeled

Please look at of the events planned to celebrate our 150th Anniversary.   Our theme is "Renewed in Christ to Serve: 150 Years of God's Grace in Action".


As part of our 150th Anniversary celebration, the commemorative wall hanging from MLC’s 125th year is on display in the Family Life Center. 25 years ago, MLC families made fabric squares that were then used to construct a beautiful wall hanging. Take a stroll into the FLC and view this piece of our past. You are sure to spot familiar names and perhaps spark a few memories.

We are thankful for those represented on the quilt and for families added over the last 25 years and the gifts they bring to our faith community!


Following are some presentations about the history of McFarland Lutheran Church.

Pastors at McFarland Lutheran Church

Walking Through History


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.


Minutes In Seconds reports the discussions and actions that have been taken by the church council. Look at the August 29th "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 October 24th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.