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 or (608) 223-9337

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




Thursday, April 6-Maundy Thursday

5:30 p.m. Dinner Church

6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday service

Friday, April 7-Good Friday

6:30-7:30 p.m. Service of Shadows (will be livestreamed)

April 9, 2023 - EASTER SUNDAY

8:15 a.m. Traditional Easter Worship Service

9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Contemporary Easter Worship Service

(also livestreamed on Facebook Live)

9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. New Life Kids

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 April 2, 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.


Thursday, April 6

We will again this year gather around a meal on the last night before the cross just as Jesus did with his friends. We will serve a free meal at 5:30pm, and then worship at 6:30pm will also take place around the Community Room tables. We will talk more about Communion – especially for our young people for whom this is a new experience! – serve each other and walk with Jesus to those final moments before his arrest. This will be a powerful, community-focused worship time – come join us!


Friday, April 7

This solemn holy night, we will gather for worship at 6:30pm (also live streamed on Facebook). As Jesus is betrayed and sent to the cross, we remember and thank God for the gift of reconciliation that is offered in this. We will offer some time for prayer at different stations related to the concept of reconciliation, and you don’t want to miss the ending of this service with another moving solo by Shaq Brown. Come sing, pray, and worship with us as we prepare for Easter morning.




Sunday, April 9

This celebratory morning, you will have three opportunities to worship: 8:15am (traditional), 9:30am (live streamed), and 10:45am. Come celebrate all that God has done for us and lift your voices in song and thanksgiving! 



For those who have witnessed the amazing gifts of the dance troupe, Magnum Opus, before – you’re in for a treat! They will again be here for worship services on the Sunday after Easter, April 16th. Please spread the word as this is something not to be missed!


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 APRIL

Here is the sign-up sheet for HOLY WEEK

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!

VANCO(Give Online)


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.



Adult Ministry


Ginny Olson and Gail Kriel invite you to learn how to knit or crochet by joining the Common Threads group! If you are experienced you 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 2nd Tuesday of the month, in the evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and on the 4th Tuesday of the month in the morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Please plan to join us!


Saturday, April 15

Hey Guy's! Please join us for the Men's Group on Saturday, April 15th from 8:00-9:00 a.m. at the church. This is a time for the men in our community to gather and be strengthened in faith. We invite new people to join us anytime! Questions? Contact group leaders Shawn Peters and Jim DePass.


Saturday, April 15 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Please join us at

Talamore Senior Living Center in Sun Prairie located at

275 North City Station Drive


Beginning on April 19, please join us for free dinner at 5:30pm and then a wonderful conversation of faith at 6:30pm. All are welcome! We will be watching and studying the popular series “The Chosen” based on the life of Christ. This will be a great way of deepening our understanding of the good news of Easter! Come and join us!


For those unable to join Kerri Parker on Palm Sunday for a discussion on Land Acknowledgements, she will be joining us to preach on Sunday April 23. Kerri is an ordained UCC pastor and has been the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches since 2017, gaining national recognition for their work helping churches navigate through Covid. Kerri has vast knowledge and a deep faith - you don’t want to miss this!

Children & Youth Ministry

Sunday Morning New Life Kids

Join us at either 9:30 or 10:45 service for an Easter children’s message and craft!

Growing in Faith

Pastor Heather and Jessica are planning communion instructions during the Maundy Thursday service. This will be a great opportunity for those younger and newer to communion to join us.

New Life Church Easter Egg Hunt is THIS Saturday, April 8th at 11:00 a.m. Weather permitted it will be in the Labyrinth! If the weather is not cooperating we will move to the ReCreation Center.

Volunteers meet Jessica in the Labyrinth at 10am!

Thank you for your support during the Palm Sunday Breakfast! It was a fun morning spent as a community. We raised $895 for the mission trip!


We have 6 spots left!

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 remaining be paid by April 30th.

Save the Date for Vacation Bible School!

Monday, August 14 – Thurs., August 17 9am – 12pm

  • Preschool – 5th grade kids will have a great week with their crew moving through the stations!
  • Middle & High School youth are invited to help lead groups or stations. Stations include music, drama, crafts, and games.

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!


We were so thankful to be able to pack about 150 bags for kids in the MG schools in February and March! During the 6 weeks we packed 876 bags! Thank you to leaders, Vicki Schultz and Nicole Hines, our school contacts, Kathy Klinke, Danielle King and Robin, the New Life staff, our youth as well as the Athletes of Faith youth, and all our volunteers!

Sleep in Heavenly Peace-Madison

In our community, too many kids sleep on couches, blankets, with parents and even on floors. Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling, and delivering bunk beds to these families. The Madison Chapter needs help: if you have strong computer skills, compassion for others, and/or a love of working with wood this is for you! The urgent need is for someone to send emails, release of liability forms, etc. to volunteers. They also need a Build Manager to order and keep track of lumber. Feel free to contact the Church Office or Judy Goke if you can help. If you are interested in participating in a 2-hour build, watch for upcoming dates announcements. But we will also be collecting Sheets & Pillows until the end of April! Please bring sets of plain colored (NO WHITE) twin bed sheets and standard size pillows to New Life. There will be a box in the entry way for these donations. For more information, please check out SHP’s website HERE

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), 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, Trish Splettstoesser, Bobby Spridco, Cheryll & Bill Steinke, Bill Sterud, Russ & Shirley Theel's son-in-law Gil Franco, 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

April 9, 2023 - EASTER SUNDAY

8:15 a.m. Traditional Easter Worship Service

9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Contemporary Easter Worship Service

(also livestreamed on Facebook Live)

9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. New Life Kids

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 5

5:30 p.m. Band Rehearsal for Maundy Thursday

6:30 p.m. Band Rehearsal for Good Friday

Thursday, April 6-Maundy Thursday

9:00-11:00 a.m. Women's Bible study at Cottage Grove Café

5:30 p.m. Dinner Church (CR) Thank you to Kathy Nelson and Linda Sime!

6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday service

Friday, April 7-Good Friday

6:30-7:30 p.m. Service of Shadows (will be livestreamed)

Saturday, April 8

9:00-10:00 a.m. - Band Practice Rehearsal for Easter

11:00 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt

Monday, April 10

Church office is closed

6:30-8:00 p.m. Stamping

7:00 p.m. Athletes of Faith

Tuesday, April 11

6:30 p.m. Finance Meeting

6:30-8:30 p.m. Common Threads (Ginny's studio)


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

New Life Staff:

Rev. Heather Hayward, Pastor

Jessica Korrison, Children & Youth Ministry Coordinator

Pamela Durden, Office Manager/Newsletter

Mike Berchem, Bookkeeper

Shakia “Queen” Turner, Property Manager

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

MacKenzie Swanson

Russell Theel