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




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This Sunday's Sermon is on the scripture of

John 14:22-29:  "Jesus' foreshadowing of the Holy Spirit"

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 last Sunday's 9:30am service, here is a link to view it.

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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.


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 and coffee server. For MAY please sign up here.

Anyone is invited to join the Welcome Team anytime!

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Please join us this week from 5:30-6:15 p.m. for our Wednesday Dinner (hosted this week by Debi Shepherd-Wundrow & Janice Newell), followed by Adult and Youth Faith Formation at 6:15 p.m.  We are looking for more helpers coming up for the Wednesday dinners for the month of JUNE. 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. Come and enjoy good food and fellowship!

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Our Wednesday night dinners and faith formation times have been so wonderful – we don’t want them to stop! So, starting May 25, we will still get together for dinner at 5:30 p.m., but then afterwards we’ll select a couple of different wacky activities to do together – outdoor and indoor options. For example, crafts, games, or movies inside and group games or projects outside (weather permitting).

Come and join the fun!

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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.

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Children & Youth Ministry

New Life Kids

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

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(Children's message on Mother's Day - May 8, 2022)

Middle & High Schoolers two more weeks of youth Faith Formation left! 

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

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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. See and print out sign-up sheet here.


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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Vacation Bible School

Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 15-17  9am – 3pm Thursday, Aug. 18 is Family Night 5:30pm - 8pm 

  • 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 any adults are interested in helping out, let Jessica know! 

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

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Adult Ministry



We continue to celebrate the Easter good news 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!

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Hey guys! Want to get together on a regular basis? We would like to offer a time for the men of our community to gather and be strengthened in their faith. We will initially meet on Saturday mornings at church. If this is of interest to you, please let the office know. The group will start meeting the morning of Saturday, June 11.



REMINDER: The New Life Golf Group starts up on Thursday, May 19 with the first tee time at 5:36 p.m. at Door Creek Golf Course. We have four golfers who have committed, and we also have a list of names of others who are interested when one of us cannot make it.  Anyone is welcome to join in. This year, Verne is scheduling the foursomes two weeks in advance to ensure we can keep our tee time a full foursome.  Verne Scholl and David Hayward are the contacts for communication on golfing opportunities that come up through the season until August 25th. We use no formalized selection, other than send the interested group email request out, and the first one to respond with a “yes” is in for that week. We are not a league, we are a community of faith and play for enjoyment, realizing the game of golf can be enjoyable no matter what skill levels we possess.


Common Threads

Ginny Olson and Gail Kriel lead knitters and crocheters in the Common Threads group, to 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 p.m. and the fourth Tuesday mornings of the month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. To sign up and for info, email Ginny.

NOTE:  The group will NOT meet on Tuesday, May 24 per Ginny.

Free prayer shawls are available at the church for anyone who would like one.


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First Aid/Fire Safety Program

A free community event at New Life Church is being planned to instruct people about Home First Aid and Fire Safety Tips. This event on what to do in an emergency situation will take place at the church on Saturday, May 21st from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Topics will include fire prevention systems, hands on fire extinguisher experience, first aid and what to have in a kit, bandaging and burns, Heimlich Maneuver techniques, and safety surrounding campfires, firepits and outdoor grills. Event coordinators are Erik Severson and Kathy Nelson; for information contact the church.


During the 9:30 service on May 22nd we will be celebrating 7 youths' Affirmation of Baptism and High School Graduation. Please join us in blessing these youth partners on their accomplishments. 

In addition...please know that you're all invited to a special graduation event in the Worship Center this Sunday, May 15 at 1:00 p.m. -- Mattea Hensley's Homeschool Graduation Ceremony.  Mattea is the daughter of Kishia Peters' sister, Shawnda Hensley. Cake will follow.




Healing the Oppressed and Persecuted through Education

Thursday, May 19th

7:00 in the evening

Hosted by Jillene Fisch

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New Life Church

(not a church-sponsored event; all are welcome)

7564 Cottage Grove Road

Madison, WI, 53718

Please join us online (see Zoom link below) or in-person for an informative presentation given by H.O.P.E.’s founder Angela J. Boynton. Angela, a military wife, has lived in Africa and continues to reach out to African children and adults, empowering them through the nonprofit organization called H.O.P.E. Through her personal journey, learn about the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria, discover why the most populous country in Africa struggles to move forward, and visualize how you can be a part of changing the future generations in Africa.

Cookies prepared by a local baker will be available. Tea, coffee, and sparking waters, too. Complete a small craft item using authentic African beads. Please bring a friend or forward to someone you think would be interested!

RSVP:  Jillene Fisch, 608-692-8265,

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 527 634 5792

Passcode: ZTB5yL



July 14 – 16, 2022

Thursday from 7am-6pm

Friday from 7am-3pm

Saturday (free will donations) from 8-11am

We will once again host our Super Sale with proceeds going to our youth and children ministries. Start sorting through things at your house and donate them to our Super Sale! Please bring items into the ReCreation Center and place on the tables behind the partition. Please do not sort anything. If you would like to help with sorting beforehand or on the days of the sale we will be taking those volunteers shortly – watch for the sign up!

Our flowers have been blooming and providing welcoming images from the front of our building along the roadway.  (Photos courtesy of Ken Wundrow)

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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.  Kathy Mullen is currently collecting the following items (women's toiletries):  shampoo and conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, razors, lotion, deodorant and body wash.  Just place items on or around the table in the front lobby.

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, Jeff Lehnherr, Laurie Neuendorf, Ginny Olson, Alvina Phillips, Vern Richmond (death of his brother Glen), Mary Ann Roelke & family (loss of father), Jeremy Showers, Bobby Spridco, Bill Sterud, Darrick Thompson, 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 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

May 15, 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

1:00 p.m. - Mattea Hensley's Homeschool Graduation Ceremony

Upcoming Schedule of Events This Week

Wednesday, May 11

5:30-6:15 p.m. Dinner

6:15-7:30 p.m. Youth Faith Formation

6:30 p.m. Adult Bible Study

Thursday, May 12

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

6:00-8:00 p.m.  NLC Awaken Dane team meeting (Nitty Gritty Sun Prairie)

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

Saturday. May 14

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) (Classroom A)

Monday, May 16

10am-Noon Gift Cards Distribution (Social Purpose Team)

6:00-8:00 p.m. Council Meeting (Classroom A)

Wednesday, May 18

5:30-6:15 p.m. Dinner

6:15-7:30 p.m. Youth Faith Formation

6:30 p.m. Adult Bible Study

Thursday, May 19

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

5:30 p.m.   New Life Church Golfers (led by David & Verne) (Door Creek Course)

7:00-9:00 p.m.  H.O.P.E. Informational Tea (host Jillene Fisch) (Worship Center)

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

Friday, May 20

4:00 p.m.  Richard M. Byrd memorial service (MaryAnn Roelke's father) (Worship Center)

Saturday, May 21

9:30-10:30 a.m. Praise Band rehearsal (Worship Center)

9:30-11:30 a.m.  First Aid/Fire Safety Training (led by Erik  & Kathy) (Community Room)

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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