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CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE
On Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, we will offer three worship services: 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. All will include Holy Communion and the lighting of candles. The first two services will include a children’s time for celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 10 a.m.
The following weekend, the worship schedule will be Saturday, December 28, 5 p.m. as usual. On Sunday, December 29, 2013, there will only be one worship service at 10 a.m.
Come celebrate the birth of Christ!
FAITH FORMATION FOR ALL AGES
Attention students of all ages – Join us on Wednesdays during Advent for Souper Suppers in the FLC and a Perler bead nativity project. Over the three weeks you can make an entire nativity scene for your home!
Sunday School Christmas Program! This year’s program is Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 pm in the Family Life Center. A time of treats and celebration follows the program. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Brenda Moen at 873-1634 or email@example.com.
Sunday School will start every week in the Family Life Center with music before heading downstairs to their classrooms.
Confirmation (6th, 7th, & 8th grades) – Large group classes will be at 9:15AM in the Worship Center and led by Pastor Tim. Sunday, December 8th, teachings will be on David – The Flawed & Beloved King. Parents are welcome.
HS Youth Group – Will meet at 10:30AM in the Conference Room. We will partake in an Advent three week mini-series. We will prepare and wait for the light of this season.
Adult Faith Formation - Take on the mindset of Advent through Jesus’ birth story: Sunday, December 8th, we take a closer look at Luke’s beautiful account and next Sunday we see it from Matthew’s perspective.
ADVENT COMPANIONS: WAITING FOR THE LIGHT
Please join us to mark the season of Advent with special worship services on three Wednesdays December 11 and 18. We offer worship at 11 a.m., with a free lunch following in the Family Life Center. Also, we will have worship at 6:30 p.m., with a “Souper Supper” beginning at 5 p.m. The 6:30 p.m. worship will feature the Holden Evening Prayer service.
The theme of these services will be “Advent Companions: Waiting for the Light.” We will learn about our faith companions for the season of Advent, including Mary, Joseph and the shepherds, and how they help us to look toward the dawning light of Christ.
Plan to mark this season with worship, community and fellowship. O come, o come, Emmanuel, God with us!
HELP NEEDED FOR ADVENT MEALS
Wednesday Advent services will be December 11 and 18 this year. We also will have lunches following the 11 a.m. 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.
FOOD PANTRY BENEFIT
The McFarland Food Pantry is having its annual benefit performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Friday, December 6, 7:30 p.m., at the McFarland High School. Pastor Tim will be performing in the “radio style” show this year. All proceeds benefit the food pantry. For more information and ticket prices, please see Dean Pribbenow or check out the poster on the community board in the Great Hallway.
ELIZABETH CIRCLE TO HOLD ANNUAL BAKE SALE
The Elizabeth Circle’s Annual Bake Sale will be Sunday, December 8. Everyone is asked to furnish cookies, cakes, pies, bars, candy, Norwegian goodies, etc. for the sale. The bake sale will be from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the hallway near the coffee. Stop by to purchase treats for your family and holiday festivities before or after church service. Thrivent Financial will match $.50 on the dollar up to $500. All proceeds will go to the McFarland Food Pantry.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Our Sunday School students will be performing in a Christmas Program again this year! The big day is Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 pm in the Family Life Center. A time of treats and celebration follows the program, so families are welcome to bring a treat to share.
There will be a rehearsal the day before, Saturday, December 7 from 9:00-11:00 am. Adults are invited to join us as we prepare for the big performance.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Brenda Moen at 873-1634 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us as we celebrate the story of Jesus’ birth!!
GIVING TREE - SHARE OUT OF ABUNDANCE
Would you like to brighten this Christmas for an area resident? Your generosity makes it possible for the McFarland Food Pantry to fulfill gift requests/needs for area residents. See the Giving Tree display in the Gathering space to pick up a gift request tag. Write the Number/Letter from the tag, along with your name, on the list. Please tape the tag on the outside of the gift and return it to the Giving Tree table before noon on December 8th.
GUYS' NIGHT AT THE CHURCH!
MLC Men’s Board Gaming Group is happening in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 14th. All skill levels are welcome for fellowship and fun. This is a drop-in event, so come for an hour or two, or stay.
PRINTED MEMBER DIRECTORY
The printed directory will be available for pick-up in the narthex this weekend.
Church Council is looking into a full picture directory once the renovation of our worship space is completed. Thanks be to God, for the community we have in Christ!
PUERTO RICO MISSION FUNDRAISER (LOCATED IN THE MAIN HALLWAY)
This freewill offering fundraiser will contribute to our mission work while in Puerto Rico. 100% of donations will help purchase materials and supplies to build a church entryway.
These scarfs were made and donated by members of our church and community. These make great Christmas gifts. They were made with love and with the mission to serve our Lord.
HANDBELL CHIOR LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS
The McFarland Lutheran Church Handbell Choir is looking for additional bell ringers. No prior Handbell choir experience is necessary. However, it does require the ability to read and interpret musical notation. If you have prior musical instrument experience or can play the piano or can read music (bass clef and/or treble clef) Handbells is a great way to become involved with the music ministry at McFarland Lutheran Church. If you are interested, please contact our Director of Music, Christopher Malueg at email@example.com.
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 November 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 FOR OCTOBER 22ND
Council Minutes reports the discussions and actions that have been taken by the church council. Look at the October 22nd "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
Would you prefer the MLC newsletter to come via email? Send your request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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
In January you will have the opportunity to try and comment on seating for the new sanctuary. More details will follow.
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.