August 4 - 11, 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 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

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.

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)

Sunday, August 20, 10:00 am, Outdoor Worship Service (In person & Online) Indoors if inclement weather.

Friday, August 25, 6:00-- 8:00 p.m., OAll Ages Fun Night and Camp Fire (unless too hot) at church. Bring a game if you have one, including cards! The Corn Hole Championship Tournament continues...

Tuesday, September 5, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Racial Justice Team Monthly Meeting (In person & Online)- Multipurpose Room

News at McFarland UCC

Update On Our Efforts To Accompany Tcheki, Jeffrey, and Jefferson

Submitted by Araceli Wehr

August has arrived and the 5th will mark week 7 of Tcheki, Jeffrey and Jefferson’s arrival. Jefferson is keeping his parents very busy as he “exercises” his new skill - walking and running! You may have seen him running around putting smiles on everyone’s face at a recent service or two!

A small team of volunteers continues to work daily to ensure the family has the proper support as they navigate their immigration status and transition to the community.

Your response to supporting the family’s needs has been very generous. We are recommending that no summer clothing be donated at this time. More to come in the fall pulse updates on how you can help the family prepare for the winter months.

In addition to immigration status support, we are focused on helping Tcheki and Jeffrey find ways to contribute to their transition via odd end support the community may need, for example lawn mowing, gardening, painting etc. Tcheki is particularly Interested in Braiding hair. You can help by spreading the word and/or reaching out to Araceli 775– 443–7114 with questions and potential opportunities for Tcheki and Jeffrey.

Thank you again for your continued prayers, ideas, donations, rides, leadership, partnership and friendship! 

Aliados, N.I.O.N Subcommittee

Volunteer Team

stuff the bus

Stuff the Bus Collection


The 'Stuff the Bus' campaign of school supplies for children of families served by the McFarland Food Pantry continues through August 13 (next Sunday). If you wish to donate backpacks or school supplies, you can drop them off at the donation box in the lobby of the church, or at the village municipal center. You may make a monetary donation through the McFarland Community Food Pantry (specify 'Stuff the Bus' on the memo line of your check), PO Box 101, McFarland WI 53558 (or give the check to McFarland Food Pantry Manager Judy Taber at church, and save a stamp!), or donate online using PayPal or Venmo and specify 'Stuff the Bus' in a comment.  Photo above: Volunteers from the McFarland Lioness Lions Club work together at the entrance to the high school in August of 2022 to organize donated school supplies.

Love Has the Final Word Support Group Announcement

There is a support group for adults that have been estranged from family members that will begin this fall. Being estranged from a family member means that the relationship has been cut off or lost for whatever reason.

Sessions will be held on the second Saturday of September, October, and November here at MUCC at 10 am. (Sat Sept 9, Sat Oct 14, Sat Nov 11)

Contact: Trish Kalhagen or Araceli Wehr

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There’s a lot of great information about racial justice and ecojustice activities taking place at churches around our conference, as well as at our UCC Daycholah Center! Learn about them by signing up for one or more newsletters.

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Friday, August 25th, 6:00 --8:00 p.m. All Ages Fun Night!

Our July "All Ages Fun Night" was a blast for those who made it, and I know a bunch of folks were out of town. So let's do it again! Hopefully some of you families with younger kids will be able to come this time. We're going to keep it even simpler and not have ice cream this time, but possibly s'mores if it's not too hot for a fire. But just come and enjoy a chance to play some games and get to know each other. And I know some of you are avid card players, so feel free to bring some cards and we could get a game or two of cribbage or poker (low stakes of course!) going. And assuming someone can bring a corn hole set or two we'll continue that championship match!

NOTE: Younger Youth Programming will kick off again in September with a fun Outdoor Bible Story theme event that Sheryl Rowe is working hard on. More info to come via email about this to parents of younger youth.

NEEDED: If anyone has a large cardboard box from a refrigerator or large appliance like that please let Sheryl Rowe know! She could use it for the game she's putting together about David and Goliath.

A Few Words From Pastor Bryan

It was such a joy to be at the McFarland Pride Fest in late June. I was proud that our church had a table and official presence, and the whole day went so beautifully (other than the wind having its way with the Krattiger's tent!). The overall experience was heartwarming and hopeful, and I hope we can build on this for next year.

Unfortunately, there have been several other similar Pride events in Wisconsin towns and other states where protestors and haters showed up in some very ugly and intimidating ways. In nearby Watertown, WI a week ago a number of neo-Nazis in uniform with guns swarmed the event and it was a very frightening experience for those who were present, many of whom were children. Another close friend of mine who is a UCC clergyperson in an Illinois town went through a very painful division in the church he was serving because people in his own congregation did not want their church to support the pride event that was being held in the town green where the church was located. Members of the church angrily "stood their ground" to prevent the "sinners" from stepping foot on church grounds.

Madison will be holding a large Pride Fest event on Sunday, August 20th, and there is concern that protestors will try to disrupt the event. The opponents will likely include certain conservative church groups. To be straightforward, I think Christians from congregations such as ours need to be present and to stand for the simple, beautiful, and challenging truth that the God we worship is about Love, Kindness , full inclusion, and being who we truly are. I am planning on going, and I'm wondering if others of you would like to join me.

I found a website on which we can design our own t shirts. I would love to see a bunch of folks from our congregation of all ages attend this event throughout the day and wear t shirts something like the one I designed above. It's a little hard to read it in the photo I took on the website, but it says, "God is Love. It really is that simple." And then McFarland UCC is in red below the "It really is that simple."

What do you think? Would you buy one and wear it at this event (or in other places?). I really think it's important for the world to know that churches like ours exist, and that we oppose the hatred and violence against the LBGTQ+ Community. The t shirts would cost about $28.00 each. We could change the design if you like. I mean they don't HAVE to be black :) I'm open to design ideas. What would you want it to say? This one certainly speaks for me, but feel free to share your suggestions. I'm also curious to know if you like having our church mentioned on the shirt or if it would be better to leave that off. I see pros and cons either way, but I lean toward including it.

One more thing. Our Sunday Bible study group has requested that we focus our Bible study on the 7 portions of the Bible that are often used to say that the Bible condemns LBGTQ+ people. Beginning the Sunday after Labor Day we will take one of these Scriptures each week and explain and explore what I consider to be a more faithful and inclusive way to understand them. This will be available on zoom as well as in person, so if you have friends who might find this meaningful, let them know!

Okay that's all for this week.

God is Love. It really is that simple. And that wonderful. And that challenging to live out in this wild world of ours.

Hope to see you Sunday,

Pastor Bryan

5710 Anthony St.
McFarland WI 53558
Pastor Bryan Sirchio
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