Sunday Worship Times:

Traditional Worship 8:15 a.m.

Praise Band 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





This Sunday's Sermon is on the scripture of

John 20:19-31

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 watch the 9:30 Easter service from April 17th, here is a link to view it.

Watch Good Friday's service from April 15th here.

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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 will be featured in the weekly newsletters on Wednesdays. Masks are required for indoors worship.


Thank you to everyone who helped make our services for EASTER and Holy Week a special experience for everyone. Thank you to band and booth members, our welcome team volunteers, those who served meals, decorated, said readings, gave offerings, participated...and mostly to everyone who praised and worshipped our God and Savior this week.

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We always encourage and appreciate volunteers for the Welcome Team to help out with parts of the worship service, such as Soundboard/AudioVisual, greeter, welcome table, usher, tellers and coffee server. For the rest of APRIL sign up here and for MAY sign up here.

Anyone is invited to join the Welcome Team anytime!

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This week we will resume our 5:30-6:15 p.m. Wednesday Dinner (hosted by Linda Sime), followed by Adult and Youth Faith Formation at 6:15 p.m. Pastor Heather has been asking some individuals to share stories with us, so come for the dinner and stay for the camaraderie! Thanks to folks who have signed up to serve meals (next week it'll be Russ and Shirley Theel). We are looking for more helpers coming up for the Wednesday dinners. If you can help, it's easy, and you can get family, friends, or a group to help you! See the sign-up sheets by the kitchen serving window. Enjoy food and fellowship together!

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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. Or as always, you can mail in your donations to New Life.

VANCO(Give Online)



Children & Youth Ministry

New Life Kids

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

Middle & High Schoolers join Jessica on Wednesday nights for Youth Faith Formation! Dinner is from 5:30 p.m. -6:15 p.m. and from 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. we will watch a clip from the Alpha film series and then play games and laugh together.


Parents are you making summer plans?

Vacation Bible School

Monday, August 15 – Thursday, August 18 9am – 3pm

  • 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.
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Pine Lake Camp

Wed., June 29 – Friday, July 1

Kids who have completed 3rd – 8th grade are invited to join Jessica on a two-night camp experience! We will stay in cabins and as a group spend time swimming, playing games, worshiping, and making new friends at other churches.


Boundary Waters Canoe Trip Sunday, July 17 – Friday, July 22

There are still a few spots left! Join us a for a week in the pristine wilderness. For more information click here



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Kids and youth, join Jessica in picking up the prairie walk during New Life's spring clean up day this Saturday, April 23rd from 9 a.m. - noon!

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McCarthy Youth and Conservation Park is having a youth service day on Saturday, April 30th from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Join your friends in mulching, seed distribution and tree planting. Let Jessica know if you are interested in helping!!

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What is that wall of envelopes in the community room?

The youths' next fundraiser! Pick an envelope and donate that amount. Have fun picking your favorite number or a number that means a lot to you. If that number is already taken, feel free to pick two or three that add up to the number you would like! Donations will go towards our Pine Lake Camp experience and Boundary Waters Trip.

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

Adult Ministry



After Easter, we’d like to celebrate the New Life that Jesus brings into our lives. Pastor Heather has asked some people to share their Easter faith stories – times where God brought about resurrection and new life. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact her! These conversations will happen after dinners on Wednesday nights from 6:15-7:30pm until May 18. Please come join us for these uplifting conversations!




The Bible Study Group that meets on Thursday mornings, led by Betty Sundbakken will meet for breakfast offsite on April 21st.

All are welcome to participate.

The next meeting of the New Life Book Club that is led by Melanie Stepherson will be on May 14 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Note the start time is pushed back a half-hour. We will be discussing "Misreading Scripture through Western Eyes" by Richards and O'Brien. Biblical scholars Brandon O'Brien and Randy Richards shed light on the ways that Western readers often misunderstand the cultural dynamics of the Bible.




Saturday, April 23 - 9 a.m. - Noon

We are planning on having a spring cleanup on April 23rd (the day after Earth Day) to tidy up our church grounds, and we welcome your help! If you have questions on what's being planned, please contact Joe Milanese or Queen Turner. Watch for more information, and in the meantime please click here to sign up! There will be easy tasks for youths and kids who attend also (see article in Children & Youth Ministry).

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Lutheran Disaster Response is accompanying our companions in Ukraine, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, as well as such ecumenical partners as Lutheran World Federation and Church World Service, in their humanitarian responses to the crisis. These partners provide refugees with support and supplies such as food, blankets, water and hygiene kits. See more information, including how to make a donation, at:

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Social Purpose Team is here 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 for 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. We will highlight ways that you can personally and with your family grow this partnership alongside what we're doing as a congregation.

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.


Please Keep These People in Your Prayers

The family of Barb Olson, Donna Butler’s grandson Anthony, Boyd Fleming, Felicia Jones & family, Johnnie Jones, Michele Kiefer, Gail Kriel, Trish Krueger, Vicki Landes, Hailey Lennberg, Connie Losse, Laurie Neuendorf, Ginny Olson, Alvina Phillips, Vern Richmond, Mary Ann Roelke & family (loss of father), Jeremy Showers, Bobby Spridco, Bill Sterud, Darrick Thompson, Carolee Zick, and Ted Zoromski.

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 24, 2022

8:15 a.m. Traditional Worship Service

9:30 a.m. Praise Band Worship Service (also livestreamed on Facebook Live)

9:30 a.m. New Life Kids

10:30 a.m. Meeting with Seniors for Affirmation (at Twisted Grounds coffee shop)

Upcoming Schedule of Events This Week

Thursday, April 21

9:00-11:00 a.m. Bible Study group breakfast (off site)

7:00-8:30 p.m. Shawns Peters MCF Band Practice (ReCreation Center)


Saturday, April 23

9:00-10:00 a.m. Praise Band Practice (Worship Center)

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Awaken Dane large group meeting at Upper House, Madison

9:00 a.m. - NOON Spring Clean-Up for the church and its grounds

Monday, April 25

10:00 a.m. - Noon Gift Cards Distributions (Social Purpose Team)

6:00 p.m. Church Council Meeting

Tuesday, April 26

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Common Threads group (Ginny's studio)

6:00-7:00 p.m. Social Purpose Team Meeting

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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

Kathy Scholl, Office Assistant/Newsletter

Nancy Schmidt, Bookkeeper

Shakia “Queen” Turner, Property Manager

Shane Peters, Custodian

ELCA South-Central Wisconsin Synod website:

New Life Church Council:

Iris Christenson, Secretary

Brian Coel, Vice-President

Jim DePass

Rick Krueger

Joe Milanese

Janice Newell, President

Tom Olson

Shawn Peters

Linda Sime

MacKenzie Swanson

Jan Wilson

Ken Wundrow, Treasurer