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

April 21 - 28, 2023

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

SUNDAY Morning, 10 am Zoom Worship

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


Happening This Week

Sunday, April 23

10:00 a.m.

Sunday Morning Worship

(in person and

on Zoom as always)


Password: betogether

Daniel Cooperrider will be leading us in worship on April 23rd for our Earth Day celebration Sunday service and tree dedication at MUCC.

Daniel Cooperrider is a UCC Minister and author of the book, Speak With The Earth and It Will Teach You. Daniel has put together a beautiful liturgy for this coming Sunday's worship service, and he will offer the morning message. Bring your friends! This is going to be a very special service.

Opportunities and Things Coming Up

Highlights from the April SaLT Team Meeting:

  • Committee updates included Green Team Earth Day plans and Daniel Cooperrider (author of "Speak to the Earth and It Will Teach You") who will be leading worship on April 23rd and Building and Grounds report the exterior painting of the church and window frames is complete. Church Spring Clean Up day will be May 6th from 8 - Noon.
  • Starting next month, older youth members will be invited to attend SaLT meetings to hear committee updates and share their feedback.
  • SaLT members developed goals as a result of information gathered at a recent retreat. Shorter term goals include:
  1. Develop information to share with new members that will explain our church's ministry teams and explain ways to get involved in the church.
  2. Participate in at least two community events which will offer exposure to McFarland UCC in the greater community.
  3. Develop a Care Team which will provide support and hospitality to those in need.

MUCC Spring Clean Up 2023

Saturday, May 6th, 8:00-12:00

(Rain Date is May 13th, Same Time)

Lunch at Noon

 Feel free to bring any tools that you would like to use for these tasks.


  • Clean windows.
  • Touch up paint on walls.
  • Remove spider webs.
  • Steam clean sanctuary chairs.


  • Clean windows.
  • Trim trees/bushes.
  • Cut down dead trees in our woods and clean up.
  • Pick up sticks from yard and rake where needed.
  • Spread black dirt/seed/straw cover.
  • Stain shed and paint garage door.
  • Remove Christmas lights from pine tree.
  • Put out lawn furniture (swing, picnic table).

Come enjoy the fellowship and help us clean things up. Come for whatever portion of this you can.

Upcoming Events on the McFarland UCC Calendar

Tuesday, May 2⋅6:30 – 7:30pm, Racial Justice Team Meeting in Multipurpose Room (In person & Online)

Thursday, May 11⋅6:00 – 8:00pm, SaLT Meeting (In person & Online) - Multipurpose Room

Tuesday, May 16⋅6:30 – 7:30pm, Green Team Meeting (In person & Online) Multipurpose room

Thursday, May 18⋅6:30 – 7:00pm, NION Monthly Meeting (Online only)

All events have Zoom links in the description area.

Would You Like To Join Our Church?

We'll be receiving new members once again during morning worship on Sunday, May 7th.

If you would like to become an official member of our congregation with others on that day, please let me (Pastor Bryan) know and I will be in touch with you to answer any questions you might have about what this involves.

Something New: There will be a brief gathering after worship on Sunday, April 30th, for those who would like to join the following week. We'll introduce you to the leadership of our congregation (SaLT members), and answer any questions you might have about our congregation. This is just a low key way to get to know the leaders a bit (and vice versa) and make sure you feel known and connected before you officially join us. This gathering will be limited to about 15 minutes and will end by 11:30 when Bible Study begins. You can join us via zoom (using the same link we use for worship) if that's preferable. This is an invitaiton and not a requirement. If you can't make this meeting just let Pastor Bryan know and it will not prevent you from being able to join on May 7th.

Gordon Cosby During WWII

Gordon as I knew him toward the end of his life.

A Few Words From Pastor Bryan

...And Gordon Cosby

In my sermons and ministry in general I often find myself referring to things I've learned from people I met years ago in and around an amazing congregation in Washington, D.C. called "The Church of the Saviour." This is the church founded by Gordon Cosby, the former World War II chaplain I often quote. Few people have impacted my life and my understanding of the Gospel and the Church more than Gordon. In fact Gordon had a huge influence on many of the people I've grown to respect and learn from the most, including Richard Rohr. Father Rohr and Pastor Gordon worked together closely at many points throughout the years. Gordon was also the spiritual director and mentor of Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners Magazine and community.

Gordon was one of the most authentically humble men I have ever known. He was brilliant and wise, but never full of himself. He was a strong presence, an innovator, and no shrinking violet by any means, but he was gentle and open and unassuming. He was an energetic individual force for change to be sure, but he dedicated his life to nurturing communities and relationships and to birthing new forms of local church that he hoped would be worthy to be called, "The Body of Christ."

Gordon lived what he taught, and one of the things he taught most consistently was that a spiritual journey, to be fruitful, had to be equal parts "inward and outward." As I've shared with you, he used the metaphor of breathing often. We all need to breathe in he would say--to nurture our own inner life with personal spiritual practices. To "take in" the Spirit and Presence. We all need to be deliberate about prayer and listening for God's Word in Scripture and in small groups in which we are lovinging held to account for our commitments. He urged practices such as meditation and Centering Prayer through which we learn how to listen to the Voice of God within our own beings and discern God's call upon our lives.

Equally important, Gordon taught that followers of Jesus must be involved in breathing out as well--in some form of specific ministry of service and outreach to others. He insisted that this external commitment also had to have a wel-honed focus and lead to tangible actions on behalf of others, especially to the poor and most vulnerable among us. In other words, following Jesus was not just a matter of getting one's own spiritual needs met, and coming to church was not only about "getting something out of it." We all need to both receive AND give. Breathe in and out.

Well I just want to say something from the bottom of my heart that makes me very happy. That is, I can often feel Gordon Cosby smiling at our congregation. I think he would look at who we are and what's going on at McFarland UCC these days and in his own gentle way say something like, "You look like a bunch of folks who are actually committed to being and becoming a local expression of Church."

And we are. Oh we're not perfect and we never pretend to be. There's always room for growth.

But we're breathing in through our morning devotion group of and average of 12-20 folks. That group is digging deep and going strong. Many in our congregation are learning spiritual disciplines in Midweek Inhale and Bible Study and personal study and practice. We're listening for God's Word together in worship, and doing our best to focus on Scriptures that draw us into a deeper relationship with God and also into a more powerful force for justice and healing in the world. All of our Outreach groups--NION, Racial Justice, Green Team/Eco Justice are getting more active, more focused, and more bold in their commitments.

So really I just want to say thank you to all of you this week. This is fun, and I am grateful beyond words for the maturity and balance and depth that I know is real at McFarland UCC. Again, there's no "perfect church." But as Gordon would also often say, there are two primary ways for churches to grow--deeper or broader. When forced to choose between the two, he would always say, "choose deeper." Small and deep is better than broad and shallow when it comes to spiritual growth.

BUT--I actually feel us growing both depth and breadth at the same time. That's kind of amazing really.

All we can do is be grateful, and do our best to be faithful. We are truly in a season of being "blessed to be a blessing."

What a joy it is to be your pastor!

See you soon,


5710 Anthony St.
McFarland WI 53558
Pastor Bryan Sirchio
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