New Life Church
Weekly Update
November 10, 2021
Join us for Traditional Worship at 8:15 a.m. and Praise Band Worship at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday, November 14th. The 9:30 a.m. service is also livestreamed on Facebook Live. This Sunday, Pastor Heather's message will come from Mark 12:38-44 - The Widow's (mite) MIGHT.
We will continue to offer worship via Facebook Live at 9:30 am on Sundays - please join us on our Facebook page for this opportunity! If you have trouble joining the Facebook Live, the worship videos will be available by each Monday on New Life's Youtube Channel.

Thank you to all who have been participating in our weekly worship!

If you missed last week's service, here is a link to it:
Welcome Sunday Greeted Our New Community Partners
On November 7th, All Saints Sunday, it was also "Welcome Sunday" during both services, when we greeted new members as Community Partners. Please help us give all of these people a warm welcome: Rev. and Mrs. Walter & Elizabeth Baires; Debby Deutsch & Dennis Barnum; Tom & Mary Doxey; Michelle & Tyler Oettinger; Jesse & Anastasia O'Kane (and children Riley, Gavin, Alexis, Kennedy, Paige, and Ellyson); and, Maureen Van Heerden. May God's Blessings be upon our new friends!
How to Access Worship
Our 9:30 am service will always be live streamed and available via our Facebook page so if you’re out of town and can’t attend in-person, you can always worship with us! Please also share this as a resource with others – it’s available anytime, not just when we’re live – as well as on our YouTube channel ( and website beginning on Monday mornings.
Certainly, we’d love to have you come and worship with us in-person anytime it’s possible: 
Traditional Worship Service at 8:15 a.m.
Praise Worship Service at 9:30 a.m.

Masks required inside for worship

Our Wednesday Night Dinner TONIGHT will be served at 5:30 p.m. before the Adult FaithFul Formation. Tonight's meal will be hosted by Russell and Shirley Theel.
If you'd like to help host a dinner, please see the sign-up sheet by the kitchen serving window to choose a week. It's fun and fellowship.
We are excited to say that we have received a very good response to our job posting and had excellent interviews in the last couple of weeks! Please keep praying as we discern with God’s Spirit who should become our next staff member! The job is posted on our website, Facebook page, and on – please share and pray about someone you may know who’d be interested.

As we look for the person God has for us, we would still like to offer gatherings for our children and youth. If you’d be interested in helping with New Life Kids during the 9:30am service and/or a youth gathering to be held after the 9:30am service, please let Pastor Heather know! Thank you for your prayers as we search for the right person to further this vital part of our ministry!
November Adult Faith Formation

In the month of Thanksgiving and gratitude, let's spend some time looking at how God calls us to be thankful. Pastor Heather will lead us in guided meditations, Lectio Divina, and Bible Studies on the topic. Come on Wednesdays November 10, and 17 at 6:15 pm to simply dwell in God's Word and fellowship with others! Join us any time!

We have much to be thankful for – not the least of which is being able to gather in-person this year for this service! On Wednesday, November 24 at 6:30 p.m., take an opportunity to stop and Thank the Lord! We will thank the Lord for people, places, and things – singing, praying and listening together.
Then stay after worship for some of Felicia Jones’ yummy pies! Thank you Felicia for offering these (and don’t forget to order your holiday pies from her as well!) [Learn more about Fe's Specialties in next article below] Also, don’t forget to add your leaf to our Gratitude Tree in the Community Room!
Collection for St. Mark's Food Pantry
We will be holding a drive for St. Mark's Food Pantry and gathering the collections to place around the altar as a Harvest Offering. Pastor Heather will call for the offerings during the Thanksgiving Eve service, and then they'll remain there through the end of November and can be added to. Barb Zimmerman said the items needed by St. Mark's are:
Ramen noodles, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap, laundry pods, toilet paper, chicken noodle soup, and saltine and graham crackers.
Fe's Specialties LLC

"We Bake With Love"
Our own Felicia Jones is starting up a brand new business, and we'd like to help her get the word out about her scrumptious pies and goodies! See the flyer below and go to her website for prices and to place an order with her - Selections and Prices Available Online!

Felicia will also be featuring her pies on Thanksgiving Eve for us! Get your taste buds ready and prepare for your holiday with quality desserts!

We hope you’ll join us for these many ways to welcome the Christ child!

Sundays in Advent – Pastor Heather will be doing a sermon series entitled “The Promise Fulfilled” looking at all the ways Jesus’ coming was foretold throughout the ages – and what that means for us today!
Wednesdays in Advent – come each Wednesday for dinner at 5:30pm and then plan to stay for a reflective brief worship service at 6:30pm. These will be renewing times in this busy season!
Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday, December 4 8:30-11:00am (see more information in this email.)

Longest Night Service – Tuesday, December 21st – in person at
St. Stephen’s (Monona) or live streamed.

Christmas Eve Worship
5:00pm – a family-friendly service with an impromptu pageant, favorite Christmas carols, candles, and glowsticks!
7:00pm – a candlelight service filled with all your favorite Christmas songs
Holy Communion served at both services – all are welcome! The 7:00pm service will be live-streamed on our Facebook page as well.

Sunday December 26
There will be ONE service at 9:30am this festive morning. Come join us for a service of Lessons and Carols as we hear the greatest story ever told!

Come hang some garland, decorate trees, and generally beautify our church for the Advent and Christmas seasons! The first Sunday of Advent is November 28, so we'll need lots of hands on Saturday, November 27 at 10:30 am to Deck the Halls (and Worship Center and Community Room…)! SIGN UP HERE or let the Office know if you can help!

NOTE: We'll plan on doing a pre-staging of decorations after the second service on November 21st if you could stay to help bring items down from the attic. IN ADDITION, Jillene Fisch will be sorting and organizing items for the "Shop with an Elf" event that morning too, following the 9:30 am service, if you can help.

We are offering the opportunity for you to order a Christmas Poinsettia (or more than one!) that will be placed up front in the worship center to adorn the altar stage for Christmas Eve service.

We will be placing one large order with Felly's Flowers, to be delivered to the church at the same time a couple of days before Christmas Eve. The deadline for you to submit your order will be Monday, November 29th.

There are a few ways for you to order: 1) Click here or on the graphic above for the Google.doc sign-up order form; 2) Sign up on the hard copy sheet on the Welcome Table; 3) Contact the church office; or, 4) Contact Jan Wilson, who will coordinate our order and ensure placement of the poinsettias on the altar stage.

The plants can be tagged in honor or memory of a loved one. They'll also be marked on the back with a label of your name so that you may take your poinsettia home with you following the service or come get it after Christmas. The colors and prices are listed on the order form. Payment may be made by check to New Life Church placed in the offering bowl or mailed to the church office. Please help us beautify our worship center with these colorful plants for Christmas!

Bring your strengths & skills to help at New Life!
~ Sound Board (Operate sound & video equipment)
 ~ Altar Care (Worship set-up & supplies)
~ Coffee Server (Make pots & serve coffee)
~ Teller/Counter (2-person team to count offerings)
~ Welcome Team (Greet & guide people as they enter worship)
For info on these opportunities, call the church office—223-9337.

We especially NEED new people to help with A/V & Sound Board—no experience needed, we’ll train you and it’s FUN! Just let us know if you're interested and we'll connect you with that team.

Look for the Google doc form to sign up each month for Welcome Team!

Here is a click-on link to sign up for the month of NOVEMBER!
Or just click on the sheet below. We still need two Tellers for Nov. 14th!!

NOTE: for Thanksgiving Eve on Wed., Nov. 24 there will be one service at 6:30 p.m., so we'll need a few helpers then too. Let Kathy Scholl know if you'd be able to help that evening. It would be a crew of one each to greet, welcome, usher, and serve coffee, along with the team of 2 tellers.
Your Offering
Thanks for your support to meet our financial obligations. Consider giving online, if you don't already. You can select a one-time or recurring donation. It's very easy to do - please click the box below to get started.
If you would prefer to mail in your donations, they can be sent to the address at New Life: 7564 Cottage Grove Road, Madison, WI, 53718.

The last 20 months has been an unprecedented journey that no one could have anticipated. Given all the changes and unknowns we’ve experienced, your congregation is weathering the storm quite well financially – thanks to you! However, we are currently operating a bit behind where we anticipated we’d be on giving by about 15%. The Finance Team and Council have responded to that shortfall by refinancing our mortgage, which will create more cash flow starting in October. We have also kept an eye on expenses without hindering our ministry. We felt it was our duty to also let you know that this shortfall exists so that you might feel the need to respond if you’re able. If you haven’t increased your giving in a while, now may be the time to do so. We all want St. Matthew New Life to thrive in serving the gospel and our giving enables that to happen more and more. Thank you as always for all the ways you give to this ministry!

Don’t forget our online option and automated giving! Just go to our Vanco page where you can log in to your account. Once you’ve logged in, it should take you to your giving detail. If you click “Edit” you can edit amount, frequency, and account. Once you've signed up to give electronically, please let the office know if you no longer need offering envelopes and we can have those discontinued for you.
Thank you!

Social Purpose Team is here just for you
Please know that if you are experiencing any financial need (rent/mortgage, utilities, groceries, medical, unemployment/furlough, etc.), you only need to let Pastor Heather know. This information will be kept confidential to her and our financial officers (treasurer and bookkeeper). 

And of course, if you would like to give to this fund, please submit checks with "Social Purpose Fund" in the memo or give online to that fund. Again, thank you New Life for your caring and sharing!


We have established a partnership with the Nehemiah Center, which means that we will be looking for and offering ways for you to connect with their leadership in our area serving communities of color. As the months go along, we will highlight ways that you can personally and with your family grow this partnership alongside what we’re doing as a congregation.

This month, we’re asking for donations of any size diapers in small packages. You can bring these to the church entryway and we will deliver them to Nehemiah directly. Thank you!

Other ways you and your family can partner: support black-owned businesses (click here for a list), visit to support refugees, visit to help with disaster response around the nation, or to find another way to give back to people in need.
Shop with an Elf!
The gift-giving season can’t come soon enough, and our annual “Breakfast with Santa” on Dec. 4 will be the best yet! Linda Sime will provide breakfast, Jillene Fisch will oversee Shop with an Elf, Cheryll Steinke will help as Santa's Elf to greet children, and Janice Newell will guide kids around our "North Pole."

We will provide our guests with personalized shopping—kids can shop for their parents (with elvish assistance!), and parents can shop for their kids. All purchases will be by donation only.

We hope you can join us in making this a super-fun and festive event, which is posted on our Facebook Events page - please share it!

If you can help volunteer in a role or duty, please click here and fill your name in the Sign-Up Genius form.

We started collecting items the first weekend in November. Bring any items you'd like to, that you think might make nice gift items for someone, in new or close to new condition, i.e., purses, scarves, jewelry, ties, books, toys, games, etc. We really NEED more items and are gathering these new or very gently used items (in the northwest corner of the Re-Creation Center) and we also will need gift bags of various sizes plus tissue paper.

Would you consider being a shopkeeper, or an "elf" to help children shop? You could manage the “book store” or the “jewelry store”—it all depends on what donations come in. We also need gift wrappers too!
If you have questions or would like to help in some way, please contact Jillene Fisch at (best) or 608-692-8265.

Our team for this listening and growing process has begun its work and is requesting that you help them look at our community. This is a research project of several organizations in Dane County and to further understand our landscape, the participating congregations have been asked to take this brief survey. Click here for the link to this 2-3 minute questionnaire. And thank you!!!
Reconciling In Christ Team

Our Team – Terri Beck-Engel, Jillene Fisch, Sandy Kowal, Margo McBain, Wayne and Barb Meyer, Noah Peck, and Barb Zimmerman – is getting ready to craft our Welcome Statement. It will be given to the Council for their input and vote in November. And then we will ask you for your input as well. The Team will be holding some Listening Sessions on Sundays November 21 and December 12 both at 10:30am. This statement will include an intentional New Life welcome to LGBTQIA+ and Transgendered people as well as a commitment to racial equity and justice.
Women's Bible Study

The Women's Bible Study group meets 9-11 a.m. on Thursdays. We're studying the Biblical Book of Daniel. For more info, contact Betty Sundbakken or the church office. All are welcome to join in with the discussions.

Ginny Olson and Gail Kriel have started up a Common Threads group again, that anyone is welcome to participate in. You'll learn how to knit or crochet, or if you have experience could work on your own project as well as make prayer shawls and blankets for the prayer shawl ministry.

Sessions take place at Ginny's studio on the second Tuesday evenings of the month from 6:30-8:30 pm and the fourth Tuesday mornings of the month from 9:30-11:30 am.

To sign up and for more information, please email Ginny Olson by clicking here. Also, if you have any yarn you'd like to bring in to the church, the group would welcome that.

PLEASE NOTE: On the table near the entrance to the Community Room there are Prayer Shawls available for anyone who needs/wants one for comfort. These beautiful shawls were made by the Common Threads group, and they would like people to have them.
This Sunday and This Week at New Life
November 14, 2021:

8:15 a.m. Traditional worship service
9:30 a.m. Praise Band Worship Service and Worship Online via Facebook Live
9:30 a.m. New Life Kids Message in worship
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Adult FaithFul Formation led by Pastor Heather
Upcoming Schedule of Events This Week

Thursday, November 11 - Veteran's Day
9:00-11:00 a.m. Women’s Thursday Bible Study led by Betty Sundbakken
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Pastor Heather attends Awaken Dane meeting (virtual)
6:30-7:30 p.m. Praise Band Rehearsal (Worship Center)
7-10 p.m. Shawn Peters band MCF rehearsal (Re-Creation Center)

Monday, November 15
6:00-7:30 p.m. Council Meeting (Classroom A and via Zoom)
7:00 p.m. Black History Course (virtual) led by Kathy Michaelis

Wednesday, November 17
5:30 p.m. Wednesday Evening Dinner
6:15-7:30 p.m. Adult FaithFul Formation (FFF) - Pastor Heather leads

Thursday, November 18
9:00-11:00 a.m. Women’s Thursday Bible Study led by Betty Sundbakken
5:30-8:00 p.m. Cub Scouts Pack 145 (Community Room)
7-10 p.m. Shawn Peters band MCF rehearsal (Re-Creation Center)

Saturday, November 20
9:00-10:00 a.m. Praise Band Rehearsal (Worship Center)
9:30-11:30 a.m. New Life Book Club (led by Melanie Stepherson)
Please keep the following in your prayers this week:

Donna Butler's daughter Michelle along with her sister Beverly and the family of her late cousin Simon, Boyd Fleming, Felicia Jones & family, Johnnie Jones, Michele Kiefer, Dave Kolmodin, Gail Kriel, Trish Krueger, Hailey Lennberg, Laurie Neuendorf, Jade Peck, Stephanie Peck's friend Jessie, Kishia Peters, Alvina Phillips, Mary Rauwolf, Vern Richmond, Jeremy Showers, Bobby Spridco, Bill Sterud, Darrick Thompson, Shirley Theel, Grace Volkmann and Carolee Zick.

If you would like to be included on our prayer list, please contact the church office. Permission is required from the individual for us to print their name. Individuals will be on the list for one month unless requested. Please let us know if there is someone to be added, or if someone has improved or healed and can be taken off the list.

608.223.9337  phone/voicemail


Office hours are Monday through Thursday mornings.
Please feel free to contact staff members of New Life via email or by calling the office. Contacts are listed here.

New Life Staff:
Rev. Heather Hayward, Pastor

(VACANT) Youth Education Coordinator

Kathy Scholl, Office Assistant

Nancy Schmidt, Bookkeeper

Shakia "Queen" Turner, Property Manager
Shane Peters, Custodian

ELCA South-Central Wisconsin Synod website:
New Life Church Council:
Brian Coel
Jim DePass
Rick Krueger
Joe Milanese, Vice President
Kathy Nelson, President
Janice Newell, Secretary
Shawn Peters
Linda Sime
MacKenzie Swanson
Jan Wilson
Ken Wundrow, Treasurer