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

Luke 24:44-53 Jesus' Ascension

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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During the 9:30 service on May 22nd we celebrated six youths' Affirmation of Baptism and 12 High School Graduates. 

Affirming their faith on May 22 were:

Meadow Rae Corfits, Elliott James Erb, Courtney Marie Havertape, Rebekah Ida Lennberg, Shannon Bailey McAllister, and Shane Elijah Henry Peters.

The above seniors were also recognized for their High School Graduation, as well as these others: Noelle Beck, Paige Hanson, Mattea Hensley, Riley Neal, Ellyson O'Kane, and Dayna Sheldon. 

Below are scenes from the ceremony (photos by Iris Christenson).  

Please join us in blessing these youth partners on their accomplishments!


Personalized blankets made by Iris Christenson and Patty Martin were prepared as a special gift for the graduates.

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After they presented their faith statements, the six youths who affirmed their faith before the congregation received a blessing led by Pastor Heather

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Iris Christenson and Pastor Heather Hayward distribute the blankets as gifts

(Photo courtesy of Leanne Havertape)

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Graduates with their blankets and books

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Parents "laying on hands" in prayer

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High school graduates gathered together with their Graduation celebration cakes.

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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 optional but encouraged if people would like to wear them.

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Pastor Heather would like to invite you into a time of prayer from this Thursday, May 26 (Ascension Day) until Sunday, June 5 (Pentecost Sunday). “Thy Kingdom Come” is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for God’s Spirit to be renewed and revived in our communities and for more people to come to know Jesus.

What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. During these 10 days, please check out for more resources and information.

“In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities." Archbishop Justin Welby


During the height of Covid, it didn’t feel safe to bring back nametags in the way we used to use them. But with so many new people and visitors each week, we need to restore this hospitable practice. Next Sunday, June 5th, we will have nametags pre-printed on the partition in the Community Room for all regular attenders - plus blank nametag cards available for visitors.  If you don't find yours there, please sign the sheet on the table next to the partition and we will make one for you!  Once you get your nametag, it's yours to keep and take home and bring back with you each time you come to church.


Do You Like Breakfast?

Who doesn't enjoy having some good food with friends on a Sunday morning after church service? 

We NEED someone to sign up to prepare and serve our "First Sunday of the Month" Breakfast on JUNE 5 - which is Pentecost Sunday (make something RED, with strawberries as an idea?) It's not difficult to do, and you can enlist the help of some friends! Please see the sign-up sheet on the window by the kitchen serving counter, or let the office know.

Let's enjoy a great start to the month of JUNE!


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 JUNE please sign up here.

Help us fill in the gaps.

Anyone is invited to join the Welcome Team anytime!

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Dinner and Wacky Wednesday (game night!) begins tonight at 5:30pm for ALL AGES!

HOWEVER, we also feel called to share a time of prayer for victims of gun violence, especially those in Texas. Join us for prayer at 6:00pm in the Worship Center. Activities will take place afterwards.

Come join us for any or all of these times together...

Tonight's meal will be hosted by Jean and Vickey Hoover, but we need more helpers for all the Wednesday dinners in 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. And then after dinner, 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). 

Tonight we will be INDOORS playing games!

Come and enjoy good food, fun, and fellowship!

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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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What is that wall of envelopes in the community room? It's for the youths' next fundraiser, and we've already raised $1235 but we could use a few more donations, which will go towards our Pine Lake Camp experience and Boundary Waters Trip.

This is our LAST week, so please 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! The youths say "thank you" for your donation!

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Boundary Waters Fundraiser!

We will be serving hot dogs, brats and burgers during this year's first Community Concert on Sunday, June 26th from 4:30pm - 6:30pm! If any youth and adults would like to help out, let Jessica know! 


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

Adult Ministry

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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 at 8:00-9:00 a.m. in Classroom A and will go from there.


SUNDAY JUNE 26TH from 4:00-6:30pm

Come enjoy a lovely afternoon with great entertainment! The dance troupe, Magnum Opus, that has joined us in worship will perform and share news of their new Arts Studio opening soon. And then Mad City Funk will delight us with wonderful music! Plus, our youth and leaders headed to the Boundary Waters will be offering a cookout dinner as a fundraiser throughout the afternoon. Stay tuned for more details, but be sure to put it on your calendar!

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States, observed on the last Monday of May, to commemorate the U.S. men and women who died while in military service for their nation. On this day the flag is flown half-mast.  Please participate in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time, for one minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the United States of America.




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 looking 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 - let us know in the church office about pre-sort, to be done certain times before the sale.  

Here is the sign-up sheet to help volunteer for the event on the dates above!

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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, Alvina Phillips, the family of Wendy Phillips (late daughter-in-law of Stan and Alvina), Vern Richmond (death of his brother Glen), Mary Ann Roelke & family (loss of father), Jeremy Showers, Bobby Spridco, Bill Sterud, Darrick Thompson, Barb Zimmerman 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 29, 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

Upcoming Schedule of Events This Week

Wednesday, May 25 - First "Wacky Wednesday" event at church

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

6:15-7:30 p.m. Group Activities (all ages welcome)

Thursday, May 26

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)

6:30-7:30 Praise Band rehearsal (Worship Center)

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


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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