The church is seeking a full-time Administrator (click for position description) to work with Child Life Ministries and the church office. Mail resumes to the church office, or email


Sunday School - will start every week in the Sanctuary with music before heading downstairs to their classrooms.

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

1st-5th grade - will begin to exploring the story Jonah.

Confirmation (6th, 7th & 8th grades - We will have small group class at 9:15 A.M. in room 101 in the basement.  Today’s lesson is: “Do I have to believe Jesus performed miracles?”

High School Youth Group - We will not have our regular HS Youth Hour this morning.  Join us tonight; here at Church, at 5:00 P.M. for Pizza & a Movie.  We will be watching the film To Save a Life.  This challenging yet inspirational film empowers us to face life’s difficulties in a grace-filled, faith-filled manner.  All high schoolers and friends are welcome!

Adult Faith Formation - Sunday, January 25th, how do the colors, Symbols and Season of the church year impact your worship experience? Next Sunday, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a theologian during the Nazi regime whose courage, vision, and brilliance have greatly influenced the 20th century church and theology.  Room 113.


St. Vincent de Paul requests your help for area residents. New (or gently used) bedding can be donated at MLC Friday, January 23rd - Monday, January 26th. Bins will be located in the central hallway. Envelopes are available (in hallway & at information desk) for monetary donations. Please make checks payable to McFarland Lutheran Church—write Recycle the Warmth in the memo line.


Have you thought about becoming a member of MLC, or do you know someone who may be interested? Come to a membership information session and learn more about McFarland Lutheran. This is a great way to explore possibilities, as well as an opportunity to meet some really nice people! We will look at: Lutheran basics, the ministry & mission of McFarland Lutheran Church, MLC history, being stewards of gifts, and we’ll take a tour of MLC.

The next New Member Session options are:
On Sundays, January 25 & February 1, from 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Or Tuesday, February 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Nursery service is available. To sign up for a class, and to arrange nursery care, please contact Huldah Ellestad at 838-3184 ext108, or,


This is a new ministry opportunity for parents of young children. Pastor Tim invites you to a new group today during the 9:15 A.M. faith formation time. Come and bring your insights, questions and topics you would like to discuss!

Get a treat, something warm to drink, and join the group in the Family Life Center. We will meet around tables set up near the doors to the Gathering Space. The usual bible class will meet downstairs in room 113 at the same time. All are welcome at either place!


Bring donations to church on Super Bowl Weekend — January 31st – February 1st.  We will be collecting food and monetary donations for the McFarland Food Pantry.


Between services, we will be serving pancakes, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, yogurt & granola, juice, milk, and coffee.  Our youth will host breakfast in the FLC.  A freewill offering will help fund our trip to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit Michigan this summer.  We hope you can join us for breakfast and help celebrate our youth ministries together.


Yes, you read correctly – we’re already gearing up for VBS!  It is June 21-25, 2015.  We will be having an informational/planning meeting Tuesday, February 3 at 6:30 P.M. – downstairs in Room 113.  Interested in helping?  Have questions?  Contact Brenda Moen at 873-1634 or


- 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


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.


Minutes In Seconds reports the discussions and actions that have been taken by the church council. Look at the December 16th "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 28th "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.


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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5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, WI 53558

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News You Can Use

January 24, 2015

January 17, 2015

January 10, 2015

Audio of Sunday Services

Want to listen to a recording of a worship service?  Click on the link for the service you want to listen to.  We are currently testing this feature and working on to improve the quality.  Thanks for your patience.

December 7th Dedication Service

December 14th 8:00 Worship Service

December 21th 8:00 Worship Service

December 28th 8:00 Worship Service

January 4th 8:00 Worship Service



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Later this month, we are expecting 30 chairs with arms for our Gathering Area, and an additional 10 chairs with arms to be placed in the Sanctuary. Also in early 2015, Northland Church Furniture will be coming to install book/card racks on the back of every pew chair in the Sanctuary.

In addition, the Building Committee is in the process of getting bids for movable communion kneelers that would enable us to kneel to receive Holy Communion. We are also looking at having a small platform constructed to raise the pulpit and enhance visibility. Stay tuned for further details on these projects.

We are blessed to have a new Sanctuary to worship God in this new year. May the light of Christ shine in this place, and through our lives and shared ministries!


The Worship Center is equipped with a Hearing Loop for use with hearing aids, Cochlear devices and for anyone who would appreciate a little extra assistance to hear. Most modern devices will automatically connect & receive sound, older model hearing aids may have a T switch that you can turn on.

If you are not able to connect with the Loop, or don’t have a hearing aid, but would like a little extra assistance to hear, there are Hearing Loop Receivers, head phones and ear buds available near the welcome/information desk in the Gathering Space.

The receivers work best in a vertical/upright position. The receiver can be placed in a breast pocket or use the attached neck cord. Plug the headphones or earbuds into the jack at the top of the receiver. Slowly turn the volume control until it clicks “on”. The two LED lights will flash briefly when the unit is turned on.  Adjust volume control to a comfortable level.


We give thanks to God for the wonderful blessing of the new Sanctuary, and for the Dedication worship we shared on Sunday, December 7th!  We have extra copies of the Dedication booklet, if you have not picked up one yet. They are also there for you to give away to family members or people connected to our congregation who have moved away. Thank you to Andrea Wendorf, for her wonderful gift of designing the booklet!  Let us continue to worship the Lord with gladness! (Psalm 100:2)


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


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


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

Case Statement



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