Sunday Worship Times:

Traditional Praise Worship 8:15 a.m.

Contemporary Praise Worship 9:30 a.m., also livestreamed on Facebook Live

7564 Cottage Grove Rd. Madison WI 53718

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday

Contact us at [email protected] or (608) 223-9337

Join us on Facebook or YouTube / Join our email list here




This Week's message is

"God So Loved the World"

John 3: 1-17

This is also WELCOME SUNDAY - welcoming new community partners during worship!

There will be breakfast served after both services - thank you to Judy Goke!

We continue offering worship via Facebook Live at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays - please join us on our Facebook page for this opportunity!

If you have trouble joining 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!

To view the service from February 26, 2023 click here.


Join us for worship Sundays at 8:15 a.m. (Traditional) and at 9:30 a.m. (Praise Band Worship) which is also always livestreamed on our Facebook page and available on our YouTube page any time after, not just when we're live. Our most recent worship services are also posted to our website on Monday mornings and are featured in the weekly newsletters on Wednesdays. Masks are optional but encouraged if people want to wear them.

We will explore the idea of reconciliation throughout the Lenten season on Wednesday evenings. We are excited to come back to sharing dinners together starting TONIGHT Wednesday, March 1st at 5:30pm – come join us for soup, salad, and dessert (thank you to Newell's and Hoover's!) and please consider providing items for these dinners by signing up! Then at 6:30pm, Pastor Heather will be leading an adult faith formation called “The Difference Course.”

Difference is a course that explores what it means to follow Jesus in a complex and divided world, seeing transformation through everyday encounters. Based on 2 Corinthians 5, we will spend five weeks looking at God’s call to be the kind of people who are a reconciling presence in the midst of a conflicted world. If you would like to join in this conversation, please plan to come any Wednesday during Lent!


We are offering the opportunity for you to order flowers for Easter that will help decorate the altar stage for the Easter Services!

We'll be placing one master order with Felly's Flowers, to be delivered to the church at the same time a few days before Easter.

For $13 you can choose a bulb plant such as Tulips, Daffodils or Hyacinth or for $17 you can choose an Easter Lily (Single).

The deadline for you to submit your order and for payment to be processed will be Monday, March 13th.

There are a few ways for you to order: (1) Click here to go to the Google.doc sign-up form; (2) Contact the church office; or (3) Sign up on the hard copy sheet on the Welcome Table. You can either write a check to New Life Church or go to the VANCO page here and complete the form.


Curious about the church's database? Did you know you can enter and update your contact information and view your own giving profile? Please go to the New Life Church website at and there is a tab at the top of the page that says "Directory." For instructions, just follow this link with step-by-step directions provided by our church treasurer Ken.


We always encourage and appreciate volunteers for the Welcome Team to help out with parts of the worship service, such as greeter, welcome table, usher, tellers, coffee server and Communion helpers.

Here is the sign-up sheet for MARCH.

Here is a link to a sign-up genius form for the Communion/Altar Care shifts too.

Anyone is invited to join the Welcome Team at any time!


Thanks for your support to meet our financial obligations. Consider giving online, if you aren't already! You can select a one-time donor or recurring donation, and it's easy to do - just click the box below to begin and go to our Vanco page, where you can log in to set up or access 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. Or as always, you can continue receiving envelopes and mail in your donations to New Life.

VANCO(Give Online)



Adult Ministry


We helped pack bags for this wonderful program in the Monona Grove schools last November – and we are doing it again in March! Sign ups are full, but please feel free to join us to see the process if you would like. Packing events are on Sundays after second service. Thanks again to Nicole Hines and Vicki Schultz for heading up New Life’s involvement in this great program! If you’re unable to help with the packing, consider a gift to the Foundation at Thanks!


Come join other women of faith from New Life and Hope Lutheran at a Women's Event coming up! Please join us on Sunday, March 19, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a fun evening at Fired Up Pottery. Cost will be dependent on what you choose to make, but in the range of $25-40. Contact Pastor Heather to sign up today!

Children & Youth Ministry

Sunday Morning

New Life Kids

Join us during the 9:30 a.m. service for a children’s message and craft.

Explorers & eMerge

Youth Faith Formation is every Sunday after 9:30 service. We will be helping with Food packing this Sunday.

New Life Kids let's meet during Lent!

During Adult Faith Formation Jessica will be leading an activity for elementary aged kids. This week we are learning about the Parable of the Mustard Seed!

MISSION TRIP 2023 - Sarasota, FL

Who: Youth currently in grades 8-12

What: Partnering with Luther Springs and Lutheran Disaster

Response, we will work alongside those impacted by

Hurricane Ian, helping to clean up, repair and rebuild. 

Where: Based out of Faith Lutheran Church, Sarasota, FL 

When: Sunday, July 9th - Friday, July 14th, 2023

Registration can be completed here and the $100 deposits can be made by check or online. We are asking that the next payment of $200 be made by February 26th and the remaining balance due on April 30th.

New Life Church Easter Egg Hunt! Save the date for Saturday, April 8th. Does anyone want to help plan and inventory the Easter items we have? If so, let Jessica know!

If you are interested or want more information on any of the activities, feel free to reach out to Jessica Korrison.



Throughout the pandemic, we have been able to help so many families in the community because of this fund. By the end of 2022, we have distributed close to $12,000 in much-needed gift cards. 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).


Also, because of these increased needs, if you would be able to give to this fund, please submit checks with "Social Purpose Fund" in the memo or give online to that fund.

Other ways you and your family can partner: support black-owned businesses (click here for a list and for other ways you can help).

Again, thank you for caring and sharing!


In honor of Black History Month, come watch JUST MERCY, with Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson, based on the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, 2014. We will spend three Sundays (starting at 10:45) watching and talking about a message of hope, justice and mercy – and perseverance in the face of injustice and racism. Come join us in the Classroom on Sunday March 5th.


Join Pastor Heather – and some guest speakers! – for this discussion after second service in the Classroom on Sundays March 19, 26 and April 2. Along with our focus on the Stewardship of Space this year, we will also be learning more about the gift of this land. How do we recognize that God owns this land (and we don’t!) and that others have lived on this land for millions of years before we were here? Bill Quackenbush, tribal historian for the Ho Chunk Nation, and Kerri Parker, the Executive Director for the WI Council of Churches, will join this conversation as they have experience with walking churches through this acknowledgement. 

Please Keep These People in Your Prayers

Maggie Andres' daughter Kelli (medical treatments), Donna Butler’s grandson Anthony, Shaq Brown, Boyd Fleming, Jodi Franco and her daughter-in-law (medical issues), Raja Hassan's father (medical treatments), Terry Hines (Dave Kolmodin's cousin), Michele Kiefer, Dave Kohlwey's brother Neil, Gail Kriel, Patti Kolmodin, Vicki Landes, Hailey Lennberg, Annie O'Kane, Kathy Nelson's brother LaVerne, Stephanie Peck's grandfathers, Alvina Phillips, the family of Stan's sister-in-law Melva Phillips, the family of Steve Rayments (friend of Jeff Lennberg), Trish Splettstoesser, Bobby Spridco, the family of Bob Schenk, Cheryll & Bill Steinke, Bill Sterud, Russ & Shirley Theel's son-in-law Gil Franco, family of Grace Volkman, Jan Wilson's sister Pat, Carolee Zick, and Barb Zimmerman.

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 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.

This Sunday and Updates for this Week

March 5, 2023

8:15 a.m. Traditional Praise Worship Service

9:30 a.m. Contemporary Praise Worship Service

(also livestreamed on Facebook Live)

9:30 a.m. New Life Kids

10:30 a.m. Youth Faith Formation (Community Room)

10:30 a.m. Food Packing for Monona Grove Schools (ReCreation Center)

10:45 a.m. "Just Mercy" Movie & Discussion

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, March 1

5:30-6:15 p.m. - Dinner (Soup, Salad & Dessert)

6:30 p.m. - LENT "The Difference Course" - Adult Faith Formation

Thursday, March 2

9:00-11:00 a.m. - Bible Study Group (led by Betty Sundbakken) (Classroom A)

6:30-7:30 p.m. - Worship Band practice (Worship Center)

7:00-8:00 p.m. - Shawn's MCF Band Practice (ReCreation Center)

Friday, March 3

4:30-8:00 p.m.

Kingdom Justice Summit Dinner at Fountain of Life Church

Saturday, March 4

9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Kingdom Justice Summit at Upper House


Office hours are Monday through Thursday. Please feel free to contact staff members of New Life by email at [email protected] or by calling the office at 608-223-9337. Contacts are listed here.

New Life Staff:

Rev. Heather Hayward, Pastor

[email protected]

Jessica Korrison, Children & Youth Ministry Coordinator

[email protected]

Pamela Durden, Office Manager/Newsletter

[email protected]

Mike Berchem, Bookkeeper

[email protected]

Shakia “Queen” Turner, Property Manager

[email protected]

ELCA South-Central Wisconsin Synod website:

New Life Church Council:

Janice Newell, President

Brian Coel, Vice-President

Tom Olson, Secretary

Ken Wundrow, Treasurer

Iris Christenson

Shannon Erb

Jillene Fisch

Jean Hoover

Shawn Peters

Linda Sime

Russell Theel

MacKenzie Swanson