Visions abound in the readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter. Paul has a vision about what to do. John has a vision of what will be.

The risen Lord Jesus provides visions of peace that passes human understanding and power beyond human imagination.


Sunday School  - will start every week 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 Matthew’s Gospel (ch. 13) and explore the parable of The Sower.

Confirmation (6, 7, & 8 Grades) -          We have Large Group Class from 9:10-9:50 A.M. in basement Room 101. Today’s lesson is on Paul’s letters to the Galatians. “So Christ has really set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” – Galatians 5:1

High School - We will have our Youth Group time at 11:00 A.M. in the Conference Room.  We will continue to explore Apostle Paul’s radical theology.  Why have Christians disagreed for 2000 years?!

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

Adult Faith Formation – Sunday, May 1st, the Dietrich Bonhoeffer movie begins with his dawning realization that he is called to speak out against Nazi Germany’s distortions of  Christianity.

Next week, the second segment of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer movie details his ongoing struggle and his arrest in Nazi Germany. Room 113 at 9:15A.M.


Discipleship Gathering - This weekend we are getting together with people from over 140 Lutheran congregations to hear what God is doing in the world, to talk about how to be disciples, to be inspired by what others are
doing, and to share the fun things that are happening here at MLC. 

God's love is so big that it reaches each congregation and beyond!


You are invited to donate for the geraniums that will beautify the worship areas for Pentecost.  The Decorative Arts Team will arrange the geraniums in the Worship and Gathering areas.

Red is the color of Pentacost, symbolic of the tongues of fire.

After the service, the Garden Committee will plant them on the church grounds to bloom and grow all summer. If you would like to dedicate a flower “In the memory of” or “In the honor of”, please fill out a form from the Gathering Space and turn it in to the office by May 9th.


Evening at Nine Springs, Friday May 6, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.
Location: Nine Springs E-Way, 2509 Moorland Road, Madison

This is an interesting and overlooked birding spot to search for shorebirds, herons, cranes, terns, swallows, and waterfowl.  Meet at the E-Way parking lot along the Capital City Bike Trail on Moorland Road.  Bring binoculars if you have them.  The trip is sponsored by the Madison Audubon Society. Contact Ginny Dodson at 608-579-1028 if you are interested in attending.


Sunday School students will be singing at the 10:00 A.M. service next Sunday, May 8th. 

All are invited to enjoy their musical offering!


All 5th Graders (plus a parent/grandparent/fun adult) are invited to join a Communion Instruction Day in preparation for receiving their First Communion!

Instructional days are: Saturday, May 7th OR Saturday, May 14th –from 9:30 A.M.-Noon.

You will receive First Communion on Sunday, May 15th at the 10:00 A.M. service.

If interested, please RSVP by Monday, May 2 to the church office at 838-3184.

I look forward to meeting you at the table! ~ Pastor Kelli


What spiritual growth opportunities are coming up for adults? There is something for everyone in May.

On May 1, 8, 15 & 22 – Dietrich Bonhoeffer led an extraordinary life of sacrifice. He spoke out against the many injustices and counter Christian practices of Hitler and his followers. He was persecuted and eventually lost his life for staying true to his belief in Christ Jesus. A movie portraying this traumatic portion of his life will be shown in 4 parts starting promptly at 9:15 A.M.on these Sundays in May. You are welcome to come for all, are some of the showings.


Leadership Training – Sunday, June 5th
Sharing valuable information about the week
Getting everyone together and on the same page
Answering any questions
Attendance is encouraged

Learn VBS Music – Sundays: May 22nd, May 29th, June 12th, and June 19th.

All events are at 9:00 A.M. in Room 210  We look forward to seeing you there!


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 three weeks into the finishing of the basement spaces below us.  Significant progress has been made. Nearly all the framing is complete and the construction crew is finishing up insulating and dry walling the floor/ceiling cavity between the sanctuary and the basement areas.  This insulation will help minimize sound between spaces.

 *We ask that people try to steer clear of this construction zone. In the weeks ahead, we will have an “Open Basement Sunday” to allow people to walk through and see the progress.


The Church Council has formed a task force for planning and coordinating events for our congregation’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Those who have agreed to serve on this task force are: Sheri Gehrke, Renee Rodeck, Donna Thompson, Ron Vandeberg, Keith Voelker (council liaison), and Pastor Tim. If you are interested in serving on this task force, please contact Pastor Tim.

Our congregation’s milestone also beautifully dovetails with the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which began in 1517. We give thanks to God for empowering this congregation with the Holy Spirit, and leading us in the past, present and future!


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!


- 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 April 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 March 15th "Council Minutes". Please contact a member of the church council for more details.