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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 continue to explore The Lords Supper.
Confirmation (6th, 7th, & 8th grades) – Small group classes will be at 9:15AM in the basement room 101. Today’s teachings will be on Judas Iscariot: The Disappointed Revolutionary.
Puerto Rico Mission Trip Team – Will meet at 9:15 a.m. in the Conference Room. We will continue our trip planning and preparations..
HS Youth Group – Will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Room. We will continue viewing and discussing our Bible series.
Adult Faith Formation - Sunday, March 19th, come join the “Conversations of Suffering & Hope.” We begin with “Walking” toward hope. Next Sunday, we explore “Weeping”. How does lament figure into the Bible and in our lives? All are welcome— Rm 113.”
WHAT IS A MISSION MOMENT?
Our “Mission Moments” during the beginning of services have been opportunities for our members to share a reflection on a ministry or benevolence they are involved with. This allows us to celebrate a ministry of God’s possibility, and invite others to participate in the shared vision of McFarland Lutheran Church. We are invited to thank those dedicated to these ministries, and offer financial support to our annual ministry budget, which supports all of our “Mission Moments.”
We are inviting you to invest your resources in the exciting things we can do together! Everyone is blessed and we are lifted up to share God’s gifts with joy!
The Stewardship Committee: Mary Winter, Carol Munch, John Berg, Callie Maursetter & Pastor Tim Dean
EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!
CLM is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from March 3rd through the 9th.
Come and see the books, choose a few for your favorite “little ones” and help us build our classroom libraries.
Thank you for your support!
BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY: NOURISHING BODU AND SOUL
This is the theme for our mid-week Lenten services, which begin on Ash Wednesday, March 5. Worship will take place at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. We will set up room dividers between the tables for the soup meal and the place for worship. The 11 a.m. worship is followed by a free lunch, and the evening worship is preceded by a free soup dinner that starts at 5 p.m.
In worship, we will discover the ways we hunger for God’s presence, and how God promises to feed us with “daily bread” (Luke 11:3). We will also learn about ministries that support feeding others, such as McFarland Food Panty and the ELCA World Hunger ministry. The theme for each Wednesday is as follows:
Please join us as we gather around the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ!
CONVERSATIONS ON SUFFERING & HOPE
What does the bible have to say about suffering, grief, pain, and loss? Where is Hope? During the 9:15 a.m. Faith Formation Hour, every Sunday in Lent, come join us and let the power of the Christian Gospel bring the light of hope to our human suffering. Room 113 at 9:15 a.m. starting March 9.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE _MONDAY, MARCH 10TH AT MLC FROM 12:30 P.m. to 5:30 P.M
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:
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 Sandra at 838-2403. Thank you!
HELP NEEDED FOR LENTEN MEALS
Wednesday Lenten services will begin on March 5 with Ash Wednesday. We also will have lunches following the 11 am service and a “souper” supper preceding the 6:30 p.m. evening service. We are in need of soup, salad and dessert makers. If you are able to help by making a dish, please contact Marilyn Vandeberg at 838-6334 for the lunches and Loretta Bailey at 838-8926 for the suppers.
MLC TALENT SHOW
The Froggy Bottom Boys Video from our talent show. It will take a couple of minutes to download. Enjoy, it is great.
COUNCIL MINUTES IN SECONDS
Minutes In Seconds reports the discussions and actions that have been taken by the church council. Look at the January 28th "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 FOR JANUARY 28TH
Council Minutes reports the discussions and actions that have been taken by the church council. Look at the January 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.
NEWSLETTER BY EMAIL
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"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.
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SANCTUARY BUILDING COMMITTE
Construction begins on March 10. The first step will be to put up the temporary partitions around the sanctuary. The organ will be enclosed and the remaining stain glass window protected. Outside, fencing will enclose the work and staging area. It will extend to the sidewalk on Marsh Road and take away 12 spaces from the parking lot on the corner of Marsh and Broadhead. We will need to both enter and exit this lot via the driveway on Broadhead St. This is a narrower driveway, so please use caution. Two way traffic will be a challenge. You are encouraged to use the rear parking lot for the construction phase.
It is very important for the safety of all that no one enter the construction site without the assistance of Findorff. Once the construction gets underway, Findorff will arrange for times when the congregation will be invited to participate in guided tours.
CONSTRUCTION ZONE - GROUND-BREAKING CELEBRATION ON MARCH 23RD!
Get your hard hat and join us for our Ground-Breaking Celebration for the new Sanctuary on Sunday, March 23, 11:30 a.m. At the end of the 10:30 service, we will offer prayers of thanks, ask for God’s guidance for our building renovation ministry, and then process to the construction site for the ceremonial ground-breaking. All are welcome to join in as we mark this milestone in our faith community. B.Y.O.S. (Bring Your Own Shovel!)
After the ground-breaking ceremony, we will share a pot-luck lunch in the Family Life Center. All are welcome!
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN BUILDING PLEDGES
It is really hard to believe we have just moved over the one year anniversary of the Capital Campaign Congregational pledge drive. We would like to bring you up to date with the Capital Campaign pledges. The news is very good regarding the money received for the new building! Total funds that have been received (pledged and non-pledged) for the renovation: is $496,331! That is through Dec. 2013. The total that was pledged over 3 years is: $862,282. So we are well over half-way to the pledged goal, after only a year. This is very, exciting news…and just think, we just started the second year! We would like to “thank you all” for the outpouring of your generosity.
Pastor Kelli and Pastor Tim, along with the Council, Building Committee and the Executive Committee continue to plan, working hard toward the goal of our new sanctuary. The Building Committee has indicated that the construction is still planned to start sometime in the Mid-March timeframe. We must be mindful and continue to pray for their dedicated efforts toward this goal.
We know that there have been so many new members that have recently joined our church since we initiated the Capital Campaign Congregational pledge drive. So you might not even know about the “Called To Grow” Capital Campaign. If you need information please see either one of us, or Pastor Tim, for important details on how you can contribute. They can also advise you about specific commitment questions that you might have. Please prayerfully consider helping with the Capital Campaign. We would also ask that you get involved with McFarland Lutheran Church in the many different opportunities available to you.
Thank you, Lord, for all of your blessings you have bestowed on this Congregation!
Sandy Chalmers & Joe Schwartz, Co-Chairs for the Capital Campaign Team
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!
Reflection and Update
As McFarland Lutheran Church Building Committee continues to move steadily forward toward a new building and new worship space, I thought I would reflect a little on generosity and faithfulness.
Last November we all made our 3-year Capital Campaign* pledges based upon our generosity. We all need to remember to give to God first, trusting that God will continue to provide for us. Just as time is a precious daily gift given to us by God, we should always be gracious and thankful. We must always keep a generous heart. As you continue to follow through with your pledge gifts, please prayerfully consider the generosity that God has shown you. We have an important mission that we have been challenged with, and remember the amazing returns that God promises to all of us as happy givers. In this way, giving to God generously becomes a pattern for our life that really starts at a young age.
To focus on faithfulness for the Capital Campaign is designed to center our congregation on a deeper understanding of stewardship and encourage each of us in Christian community growth and commitment. Over the next few months, we will be inspired by the building plans and progress that we all have a part of. The Capital Campaign gifts we have received/and will be receiving will help move us forward into our faith journey.
We thank the Holy Spirit for both the seen and unseen strength he has given/continues to give McFarland Lutheran Church in moving this project forward.
Joe Schwartz and The Capital Campaign Team Capital Campaign
Called To Grow
The Capital Campaign gifts are being collected and counted! What are your options for fulfilling your pledge? If you receive envelopes boxes, place your gift in the building envelope. You may also place a check in the offering plate and write Capital Campaign on the Memo Line. Those wishing to use automatic bank transfers should complete a form (or update your form if you are currently using automatic transfers) and return it to Rita Jenkins at the church office. If you have any questions, please contact Rita Jenkins, 838-3184 ext.103 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.