This portion of our website is dedicated to the young people of our congregation and their families. Our goal here at McFarland Lutheran Church is to provide many and different opportunities for young people to grow in faith and participation in the body of Christ. The seven faith practices of our congregation: WORSHIP, PRAY, STUDY, INVITE, ENCOURAGE, SERVE and GIVE, guide what kinds of opportunities and events we seek to provide for our young people.
CONTACT ME, ADD YOUR IDEAS, GET INVOLVED . . .
This fall is a growing opportunity for both me and the youth programs here at MLC. Our Church is full of opportunities and activities, but there are always new ventures on the horizon. There are many people I know very well, and many more I am just beginning to know. Feel free to contact me, add your ideas, and get involved. I am excited about the path ahead of us!
Youth Ministries Coordinator
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MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
Confirmation Pine Lake Camp (Waupaca): June 23-28
High School Summer Fest (Gustavus Adolphus): July 8-13
See the Youth Bulletin Board or Chris L. for registration information.
Sunday - May 19th - Confirmation Small Groups for 6th, 7th & 8th Graders
10:30 AM in the Old Fellowship Hall (125)
* Last day of Confirmation classes is May 19th
* Save the Date - Affirmation of Baptism Worship Service - Sunday, September 29th, 2013
Confirmation Summer Service Opportunities
Worship Ushers - In the months of June, July, and August we are seeking the assistance of students at each Sunday morning worship service (8:00AM, 9:15AM, and 10:30AM) to help usher. Please sign-up on the youth bulletin board!
Power Point Operators – During the 9:15AM worship service we are looking for a volunteer each week to run the digital slide show. Please see me if you are interested.
Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM
2013 MHS Graduates & Families are invited
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord . . .
to give you a future with hope. - Jeremiah 29:11
Madison Mallards - Faith Night at the Ballpark!
Sunday, July 7th at 4:00 PM at the "Duck Pond"
$16 for a ticket & tailgate party before the game
Families and friends are all welcome!
THANK YOU TO OUR BREAKFAST MINISTRY VOLUNTEER TEAM!
Here at McFarland Lutheran Church Summer Festival is the week long camp experience for our High School Students. Our youth have loved this experience and often ask to go back again and again!
WHAT IS SUMMER FESTIVAL?
Every year a phenomenon takes place as hundreds of teenagers invade a college campus for a week at a time. From the opening greeting to the final hugs farewell something unique takes place. It’s hard to pinpoint if it’s the absurd games, the challenging speakers, the caring adults, the uncontrollable laughter, or the honest time to talk, but somewhere it hits you, this isn’t your normal summer camp.
For a week during the summer, teens have the chance to get away from real life. Students have the opportunity to hang out with people from all across the Midwest, to deepen friendships and to talk about God. Every day speakers come to share inspiring and challenging stories about real life, God and where the two intertwine. The days are packed with fun surprises of all kinds. From the music to the movies, to games, speakers and club all with laughter to tears Summer Fest really has something for everybody.
There are two qualities that set Summer Festival apart. The first is we understand that camp needs to be more than a one week event. We make sure that when a church decides to come to Summer Fest that they bring their own adult leader from the church. This way there is a familiar face going into the experience, as well as someone who can share the experience with teens when camp is over. The second quality is we are a non-denominational camp. By focusing on what really binds us, Jesus Christ, we are able to minister to teens from every walk of life. Because there is an adult along and there is discussion time every day, the students get to debrief and try to relate how the day's lessons connect to their faith journey. Another advantage of being non-denominational is that students can bring anyone of their friends without fear if they will fit in.
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Daily Bible Verse
Transforming Sunday School- Ages 3- 6th Grade
Here at McFarland Lutheran Church we provide educational opportunities for children age three through sixth grade through our Transforming Sunday School. Sunday School is held at 10:30 a.m. in the downstairs education rooms. Children study basic Bible stories and use Bible-based curriculum in a rotation format, visiting two different rotation stations each day. More on Transforming Sunday School.
Vacation Bible School
Here at McFarland Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School is an exciting educational event held during the summer months for kids age three through fifth grade. If you are interested in Vacation Bible School please contact our church office at 608-838-3184 or complete the sharing your time and talents form.
Bible Camp Opportunities for Children and Families
Here at McFarland Lutheran Church we are blessed to be reasonably close to a number of Bible Camps that provide elementary age summer camp experiences, year round camp experiences, and family camps. More on Bible Camp Opportunities.
Here at McFarland Lutheran Church Summer Fest is the week long camp experience for our Affirmation of Baptism Students(confirmation) and our High School Youth. Every year we send a busload of young people to Summer Fest. Our youth have loved this experience and often ask to go back again and again. More on Summer Festival.
ELCA Website ~Youth
As part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America we are connected with young people all across America. We invite you to go to the ELCA Website and its youth section: Link to www.elca.org/youth.html
ELCA Facebook Profile
The MLC Youth Coordinator invites you to go to www.facebook.com and consider inviting her to be your “friend”.
Check out some of the groups that the Youth Coordinator is a part of:
- ELCA Youth Ministry Network
- McFarland Lutheran Church High School Breakfast Crew
- ELCA Young Adults
- The Official Bible Gateway Group
- ELCA Lutherans
The Baccalaureate Service is a faith based blessing & celebration of graduation. All high school graduates from McFarland High School as well as students graduating from other districts who are members of McFarland Lutheran Church, Christ the King Parish or United Church of Christ are invited to participate in this service. Families and friends of the graduates and members of the participating churches are invited as well to attend this blessing and celebration.
The service is held at McFarland Lutheran Church on the Sunday before McFarland High School graduation at 7:00 PM.
For a sample of a previous order of service (pdf)
MLC High School Breakfast
Here at McFarland Lutheran Church we host a delicious, hot and free breakfast for the young people in high school on Wednesdays from 7:00 am to 7:45 am.
High School youth are invited to join us every Wednesday morning while school is in session. Just drop in anytime between 7:00 am and 7:45 am. Rides will be given to school if needed.
Anyone wishing to volunteer Wednesday mornings from 6:00 am to 7:15 am with a fun group of people that love mornings should call the church office at 838-3184 and ask for the youth coordinator.
- Pancakes,French Toast, Waffles
- Our famous Egg McLutheran’s
- Juice, Milk.
As a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we encourage our college bound students to consider continuing their studies at one of the colleges of the ELCA. More on Lutheran Colleges.
Puerto Rico Mission Trip
Here at McFarland Lutheran Church young people are invited to participate in a unique and fun cultural immersion/mission trip to Puerto Rico.
Souper Bowl of Caring
Each year on Super-Bowl Sunday our congregation participates in the Souper Bowl of Caring. Young people all across this country join together to “love their neighbors” by collecting canned goods and money to feed the hungry. Our young people take a door offering at our worship services and collect canned goods. The money collected goes directly to the McFarland Food Pantry. The canned goods also stay in our community.
For more information on the Souper Bowl of Caring click here: www.souperbowl.org
MLC Post High School Mailing
This has always been a very important age group to keep in our prayers and remember with cards and/or care packages. Cards or packages are sent approximately four times a year to students out of high school and between the ages of 18 & 23. Anyone wishing to have their son/daughter receive “Post High School Mailings” should contact the church office with the current address of their child. If you are interested in helping with these fun mailings please contact our church office at 608-838-3184 or complete the sharing your time and talents form.
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Coordinate volunteers interested in assisting with this ministry
- Gathering current addresses
- Idea person—think of creative things to send
- Shopping for items to be put in care packages
- Writing personal messages
- Addressing envelopes (can use labels on occasion ~ but it is really special if envelopes are handwritten)
- Help assemble packages to be sent
If you are interested in contributing or participating in the MLC Post High School Mailing please contact our church office at 608-838-3184 or complete the sharing your time and talents form.