July 21 - 28, 2023

"I will put my teaching in their minds and write it on their hearts..."
Jeremiah 31:33

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Below are weekly programs. You can find brief descriptions of these weekly programs on our website:

SUNDAY Morning Worship, 10 am in person and via Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/97010988439 Password: betogether

SUNDAY , 11:30 a.m. Bible Study in person and on Zoom


MONDAY - FRIDAY, 8 am Morning Devotion


WEDNESDAY Eve., 6:30 pm Midweek Inhale Spiritual Practices

https://zoom.us/j/123020606 Note: No Midweek Inhale 7/26/28 because of Teen Youth Outing

Below are the upcoming non-weekly events on the calendar happening at McFarland UCC for about the next month. All events are on the McFarland UCC calendar with Zoom links and additional information in the details/description area. Click the event on the McFarland UCC calendar to see the details.

Friday, July 21, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Fun Night for All! Outside by firepit, indoors if inclement weather.

Sunday, July 23, 10:00 am, Outdoor Worship Service (In person & Online) Indoors if inclement weather.

Wednesday, July 26, 6:00 pm, Teen Youth Outing to Madison Foward Soccer Game, Breese Field, Madison. Details to be emailed to parents.

Thursday, July 27, Time TBD, Teen Youth Service Opportunity at Second Harvest, Madison. Pastor Bryan will email details to parents.

Tuesday, August 1, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Racial Justice Team Monthly Meeting (In person & Online)- Multipurpose Room

Sunday, August 6, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Teen Youth Monthly Meeting

Thursday, August 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, SaLT Monthly Meeting (In person & Online) - Multipurpose Room

Tuesday, August 15, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Ecojustice/Green Team Monthly Meeting (In person & Online)- Multipurpose Room

Thursday, August 17, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, NION Monthly Meeting (Online only)

News at McFarland UCC

TONIGHT (July 21)

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 All Ages Fun Night!

Games, Ice Cream, Fellowship!

Instead of a Sunday Evening Younger Youth Meeting in July, we're going to try something new, and that's just to invite all ages (that means all of us!) to come and have fun together. Sheryl Rowe is going to provide ice cream for Sundaes, and we are asking those of you who are able an willing to bring some kind of topping for the Sundaes!

But don't feel like you HAVE to bring something. Just come and enjoy the fun and fellowship!!

Outdoor Worship Service

THIS SUNDAY (July 23) at 10 am

Bring a chair and enjoy the beautiful McFarland UCC grounds as we enjoy our second outdoor worship service of this summer! Mark your calendars for August 20, and September 17 as other outdoor services. (In case of inclement weather, services will be indoors of course.) Look forward to seeing you there!

If you can come early at 8:30 a.m. and help carry things outside and set up please do!

Mid-Year Contribution Statements

Mid-year contribution statements will go out before the end of the month via email. Any questions should be directed to finsec@mcfarlanducc.org.

Sunday Morning Ministries – Kitchen/Hospitality and Ushers

Here’s your opportunity to get involved and support some of the activities for Sunday morning – helping in the kitchen or being an usher.

Kitchen/Hospitality Ministry Team

Team members are responsible for preparing beverages and snacks to be served prior to and after each worship service. This includes set up and clean up. The time commitment is from 9:15 am to about 11:45 am. The goal is to have a minimum of two individuals assigned each Sunday.

On the first Sunday, in addition to the usual beverage duties, the Kitchen Team is responsible for setting up and serving cake for our monthly birthday celebration. 

Link for Kitchen/Hospitality - For more information contact Joan Jacobsen at treasurer@mcfarlanducc.org

Ushers Ministry Team

The ministry of ushering is an important part of worship. Ushers assist the congregation and pastor by greeting and welcoming all members and guests. They serve a role in ensuring the worship service runs smoothly and the sanctuary offers a place conducive for worship. Ushers also respond to requests and any special needs or accommodations. Ushers serve from 9:30-11:15; preference is for 2 persons to greet and usher together.

Link for Usher -For more information contact Becky Cohen (usher) at cohenrw@yahoo.com.

Help with "Stuff the Bus"

Again this year, a number of McFarland community organizations and businesses (including the McFarland United Church of Christ) are working together to conduct a "Stuff the Bus" campaign.  


The campaign encourages community members to donate backpacks and school supplies for low-income students in the McFarland School District, to help them deal with the expenses of getting started with the new school year. The backpacks with school supplies will be given to children of families served by the McFarland Community Food Pantry.   


This year's Stuff the Bus campaign runs between July 29 and Saturday, August 12. If you wish to donate backpacks or school supplies, you can drop them off at the village municipal center or in the lobby of the McFarland United Church of Christ between July 29 and August 13. Or you can send a check donation to the McFarland Community Food Pantry (specify 'Stuff the Bus' on the memo line of your check), PO Box 101, McFarland WI 53558, or donate online using PayPal or Venmo and specify 'Stuff the Bus' in a comment. 


School supplies needed: themed backpacks (grades K-5); sturdy backpacks (grades 6-12); Kleenex; black Expo dry erase FINE markers; Notebooks (college-ruled, 1-subject); #2 wood pencils (sharpened); binder dividers; whiteboard erasers; white 1-inch 3-ring binders; yellow highlighters; yellow Post-It notes; composition notebooks (wide-ruled); felt-tip pens; and Ziploc bags (gallon size).  

A Few Words From Pastor Bryan

And the month of July...

I just love this time of year, and I imagine many of you do as well. It's been wonderful to get at least a bit of rain finally, and we've had some absolutely perfect July days lately. I've been waking up early and starting my days sitting on my front porch (the photo here is a glimpse of what I saw sitting on my little porch at about 5:45 a.m. this morning) listening to the birds and just soaking in the stillness of the beautiful summer sunrise. I have a free app on my phone called Merlin Bird ID that tells me what birds are singing. Usually I'm treated to a morning symphony of robins, cardinals, sparrows, wrens, house finches, gold finches, black capped chickadees, morning doves, grackles, crows, blue jays, and an occasional hawk. When possible I end my day the same way, watching the sun set and just lingering with the longer summer evening light. It fills my soul--if I remember to take the time to just be still for a while.

As I've said many times, a key part of the spiritual journey is learning to balance spiritual "inhaling and the exhaling"--balancing contemplation with action--rest, stillness, and silence with taking action and reaching out. We need both ends of this tautology, but it's a challenge to hold it all in a consistently life-giving way. I doubt any engaged and committed person balances these different aspects of life perfectly, but I hope and pray you are being intentional about trying to "breathe well" when it comes to your inner and outer journey. And your life in general.

I also know that I've encouraged us to be an active church, and we certainly are. We've got lots going on, even during the summer when many churches tend to let go of programs and activities. We really haven't embraced that model of reducing programs in the summer, but it's also important to not be in "go mode" too much of the time. So here's what I want to say in these "few words" today.

I encourage you to give yourself the freedome to let go of whatever you need to let go of to have a bit more time and space to just be. Feel free to delight in rest and stillness. Or in play and recreation. Do the things that feed your soul that can only be done this time of year. Don't let the summer fly by without letting in the things that touch and renew your soul. Take hikes and bike rides and walks in nature. Go fishing or boating or swimming. You know what I mean. Be a little less ddriven and busy and don't feel guilty about it! Say "no" to something with just as much joy and freedom and clarity as you say "yes" to things. And this goes especially for those of you who are the ones who always show up and do the work. Thank you for being active and committed. But please... go play.

If you're not in church on a summer Sunday, know that I will delight in hearing about your adventures, vacations, and all the ways in which you are enjoying the summer. We all need it. That's right. Your pastor is encouraging you to miss church if you need to for your own spiritual well-being. You all know how much I love seeing you in church as much as possible. But please, for your soul's sake....go play.

I'm going to leave you with 3 brief pieces that say some of what I'm pointing toward here, but each in a slightly different way. One is a favorite poem, and the others are quotes from Henri Nouwen and Gordon Cosby, two persons who have taught me a great deal about the balance between the inner life and the outward life.

Have a beautiful summer. Drink in every drop. Be gentle with yourself, have some fun, play more than usual, and then bring your rested, spacious, re-created selves back to us, because there will always be plenty of work to do together.

Hope to see you for Outdoor Worship this Sunday, unless you are somewhere else doing something that feeds your being in a month of July kind of way.

Blessings all,

Pastor Bryan


By Martha Postlewaite


Do not try to save

The whole world

Or do anything grandiose

Instead, create a clearing

In the dense forest of your life

And wait there


Until the song

That is your life

Falls into your own cupped hands

And you recognize and greet it.

Only then will you know

How to give yourself

To this world

So worthy of rescue


Being Busy

By Henri Nouwen

Empty space tends to create fear. As long as our minds, hearts and hands are occupied we can avoid confronting the painful questions, to which we never gave much attention and which we do not want to surface. "Being busy" has become a status symbol, and most people keep encouraging each other to keep their body and mind in constant motion. Occupation and not empty space is what most of us are looking for. When we are not occupied we become restless. We even become fearful when we do not know what we will do the next hour, the next day or the next year. Then occupation is called a blessing and emptiness a curse.

Many telephone conversations start with the words: "I know you are busy, but..." and we would confuse the speaker and even harm our reputation were we to say, "Oh no, I am completely free, today, tomorrow and the whole week." Our client might well lose interest in one who has so little to do.



From Gordon Cosby

Founding Pastor of The Church of The Saviour  


“The one journey that ultimately matters is the journey into the place of stillness deep within oneself. To reach that place is to be at home; to fail to reach it is to be forever restless. I n contemplation we catch a vision of not only what is, but what can be. Contrary to what we have thought, contemplatives-- people in touch with the stillness deep inside-- are the great doers. I t is they who get things done that are actually worth doing.” 

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McFarland WI 53558
Pastor Bryan Sirchio
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