November 10 - 17, 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 No Bible Study Nov. 19

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.

Saturday, November 11, 10:00 am, Love Has the Final Word Group Meeting (In person only)- Multipurpose Room

Sunday, November 12, 5:30 - 6:45 pm, Younger Youth Monthly Meeting

Thursday, November 16, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, NION Monthly Meeting (In person and Online) - Multipurpose Room

Saturday, November 18, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Mark Charles Presentation sponsored by McFarland UCC Racial Justice and others at Waubesa Intermediate School, 5605 Red Oak Trail, McFarland (Zoom access available)

Sunday, November 19, 10 am, Guest speaker Mark Charles at worship service

Tuesday, November 21, NO Ecojustice/Green Team Monthly Meeting (In person & Online) - Multipurpose Room

Thursday, November 23, Happy Thanksgiving! Office Closed.

Sunday, December 3, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Teen Youth Monthly Meeting

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

Thursday, December 14, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, SaLT Monthly Meeting (In person & Online) - Multipurpose Room

News at McFarland UCC

Mark Charles Presentation and Reception

Saturday, November 18

The Racial Justice Ministries will host Mark Charles on November 18, 2023. Join us for his presentation and a reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Waubesa Intermediate School, 5605 Red Oak Trail, McFarland. See the church website for more information.

Select Here To Register to attend this meeting virtually.

Soup and Sandwich Potluck

Sunday, November 19

After worship

Mark Charles will speak with us on Sunday, November 19 during our 10 am worship service. Join us afterward for a soup and sandwich potluck. There will also be a discussion of potential next steps for ourselves and McFarland UCC.

The Racial Justice group will provide 3-4 different kinds of soup. Please supplement our meal together with sandwich fixings and dessert, as you are able. Sign up today. All are welcome! Contact Rachel Saladis with questions.

Coat Donation Request

Now - Nov. 22

Paul Hundt from the Madison Area Jail Ministry has a request: If anyone in your congregation has a gently used winter coat, hats, gloves, or boots that they would like to donate to share the love of God with those less fortunate, we are accepting donations for Winter Coats and Winter Wear for those incarcerated being released in Men’s, Women's and unisex size L, XL, XXL, 3X, 4X.

Please drop any donations at the McFarland Lutheran Church, 5529 Marsh Road, McFarland at the church office during business hours Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm and Friday 8am-12pm before Thanksgiving or Wed., Nov. 22.

SaLT Leadership Openings

As we approach the end of another year SaLT, your Servant and Leadership Team, is asking Members to consider volunteering for the following leadership positions:

  • Vice Moderator
  • Treasurer
  • At-Large Member
  • Financial Secretary

These positions will be open as of the annual meeting, which has been set for Jan 28, 2024. If you are interested and want to learn more about a position and what will be expected of you, please reach out to Pastor Bryan or any current SaLT member. Thank you for considering these opportunities and all of the ways you can volunteer to serve our community!

Lost and Found

There are 2 colder-weather men's jackets hanging above the lost and found basket. Please claim them before Thanksgiving, otherwise, they will donated to the Madison Area Jail Ministry. There are also 2 pairs of eyeglasses and a water bottle (left after the youth Bible Course) in the lost and found basket. All items want to be returned to their owners! :)

General Fund Summary Nov 2022 - Oct 2023

A Few Words from Pastor Bryan

...and Paul Selig

As most of you know, I love to read books that feed me spiritually. I'm usually reading several at once. I read all kinds of stuff. I really should take more time to read novels and classic literature and light-hearted things, but the time I have to read is almost always taken up with theology or some kind of spiritual material. I just can't get enough of it.

In the past year or so, the books that have spoken most powerfully to me are all by a man named Paul Selig. Actually, they are written "through" Paul Selig. In other words, they are "channeled" by or through Paul. Or that's the claim anyway. He closes his eyes, "hears" a phrase spoken to him from the realm of the spirit, whispers it first, and then repeats it again. These "downloads" are recorded, and then the repetition is removed and the words are transcribed. These words are not edited at all, and they become his books. The books are usually 2-3 hundred pages. Not one edit. He's released close to 15 of them now, and I've read about half of them.

Still with me? Yeah I know this is "out there," but Paul and his books were brought to my attention by someone for whom I have great respect, and they have spoken to the depths of my being and helped me more than I can say. And what's strange is that it's often not even the content that speaks to me. It's the overall energetic "transmission" that moves me. It's hard to put into words, and this kind of thing isn't for everyone.

But then again maybe you're not everyone.

By the way that was the catch phrase of the very unusual little college my son Sam went to outside Asheville, N.C. called "Warren Wilson College." Their ads would say, "We're not for everyone, but then again, maybe you're not everyone." They had Sam immediately...

But back to Paul Selig. I've mentioned him simply because I read a very simple phrase in his most recent book called "The Book of Innocence" that keeps haunting me (in a good way). I have a feeling someone who will read this might need to hear it as well. It's this simple. The "guides" said to Paul;

"God as truth, God as love, God as expressed knowledge--may be met by you in ways that will hold you completely."

Paul interrupts the transmission and asks, "But how do we experience this? This sounds quite lovely, but what do we actually do?"

The guides respond with these astonishingly powerful words;

"You forgive yourselves for not being where you think you should be."

I'm going to just stop right there. If my hunch is correct, someone who is going to read this needs to read that, and just that. If that's you, read it as many times as you need to in order to hear it and be "held completely."

May the amazing, unconditional Love and Grace of God be yours, ours, and everyone's.

Pastor Bryan

5710 Anthony St.
McFarland WI 53558
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