Witnesses to the glory of God in the face of Jesus will be unable to avoid reflecting that glory in the world. It was true for Moses. It was doubtless true for Peter, James, and John. We pray that it will be true of all of us who see the glory of the Lord in the word and in the supper and who are being “transformed into the same image” by the Spirit of God.


Sunday School  - will start in the FLC at 9:00 a.m. with music before heading downstairs to their classrooms.

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

1st-5th Grade will dig into John's Gospel (ch 20) and explore the story of Doubting Thomas.

Confirmation (6, 7, & 8 Grades) -We have Large Group Class from 9:10-9:50 A.M. in basement room 101.  Parents and students are invited to attend this large group class on the first Sunday of every month.  Today’s lesson is Jesus.  All lessons point towards Jesus, but today’s lesson is actually Jesus!  I don’t think we will have enough time to cover everything.

High School - We will have our Youth Group time at 11:00 A.M. in the Conference Room.  We will share a devotion and look to prepare for the season of Lent.

Face Time - Parents, come to Room 210 (by offices) for conversation centered around faith and raising children. All are welcome!

Adult Faith Formation – Sunday, February 7th, Pastor Tim begins an exploration of the Beatitudes. Gain fresh understanding and insight into Jesus’ powerful words from the Sermon on the Mount. Next week, The Poor in Spirit  - Jesus invites you into Transformation.  Room 113 at 9:15 A.M.


Recycle the Warmth - Winter means more blankets on beds and even a few on couches.  It's nice to be warm and cozy.  You are part of a church that wants to help others stay warm and cozy too!  We're teaming up to collect blankets and bedding to share with those who may not have enough to stay warm.  What a fun way to share the warmth of Jesus' love - through blankets!


Bring donations to church next weekend: February 6th & 7th Please consider donating food or money to the McFarland Food Pantry.


Lutherans United to Assist after Disasters (LUAD) is a ministry in partnership with our synod, the South-Central Synod of the ELCA, and congregations in our area. We welcome today Jim Stolzenburg, who serves with LUAD, to describe this ministry and its positive witness in communities affected by natural disasters. Welcome, Jim, and thank you for your ministry with LUAD!


During the season of Lent, join Pastor Tim in an exploration of the Beatitudes.

Jesus spoke to the people listening on the hillside that day; he also spoke to us. What was he really saying? How do these deceptively simple verses impact us today?

Feb. 7: Blessed through the Beatitudes 
Feb 14: The Poor in Spirit
Feb. 21: The Mourners and the Meek
Feb. 28: The Merciful
Mar. 6: The Pure in Heart
Mar. 13: The Peacemakers
Mar. 20: The Prophets of Righteousness

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…” Matthew 5:3

The journey of faith formation is ongoing and lasts a lifetime. Come any Sunday morning at 9:15 A.M. room 113 for a variety of meaningful and interesting faith opportunities.


We have an early Lent this year, with Ash Wednesday on February 10th. We are all invited to begin the season of repentance and renewal with ashes on our foreheads in the shape of a cross. The services on Ash Wednesday will be at 11 A.M. and 6:30 P.M.

Soup meals return as well! Lunch in the Family Life Center follows worship, and a “Souper Supper” precedes the evening worship from 5-6:30 P.M. Our community meals are open for everyone, and continue through Wednesday, March 16th.

Our focus in Lent will be the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5-7. We will explore this central part of Jesus’ teaching in our mid-week worship under the theme, “Contrast Community: Practicing the Sermon on the Mount.”

In addition, in the Adult Faith Formation class during Lent, Pastor Tim and Huldah Ellestad will lead an in-depth examination of the Beatitudes from Jesus’ sermon (Matthew 5:2-12). This class meets on Sunday mornings at 9:15 A.M. in the Adult Education room downstairs (room 113). All are welcome!

One more exciting Lenten note: for our evening mid-week worship (February 17-March 16), we will be singing Holden Evening Prayer. This is a setting that many people enjoy, and we will using it again with some Lenten adaptations.

Mark your calendars, and join us to grow in faith and be renewed in God’s grace as we share this Lenten journey!


First Communion dates have been set.  Two class options: Saturday, May 7th OR  Saturday, May 14th.  The day to receive First Communion will be Sunday, May 15 at the 10:00 A.M. service.  Keep a lookout for a postcard that will be sent to all 5th graders! 
See Pastor Kelli if you have any questions.


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!


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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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We are making steps toward our goal of renovating the basement area underneath the Sanctuary. The first step is to have a second round of water-proofing done by Zander Solutions. We are also finalizing the bid with Buss Construction so that we can begin the renovation. The downstairs area will include rooms for the quilting group, youth group, confirmation and Sunday School classes, as well as a music room and a kitchen. If you have questions, please speak with Mark Winter, Chris Landerud or Pastor Tim. We give thanks to God for this facility to facilitate our work in Jesus’ name!


In our Gathering Space, we have a new Called to Grow Dedication Book that records the names of those who gave generous contributions for our new Sanctuary, including special items such as pew chairs, baptismal font and the renovated stained glass. The book will placed on the glass table for anyone to look through it. The names are arranged in alphabetical order by last name of the donor. If you see any corrections or additions to the pages in the book, please speak with Pastor Tim.

Thanks to be God for those who have offered gifts, and for loved ones who are remembered and honored by these gifts! May we continue to worship the Lord with gladness!


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Minutes In Seconds reports the discussions and actions that have been taken by the church council. Look at the December 15th "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 December 15th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.