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




The sermon this Sunday is on "Prayer"

Luke 11:1-13

There will be ONE service on Sunday, at 9:30 a.m.

(Lyrics sheets for music will be available that day)

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 9:30 am service from Sunday, July 17th, 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 optional but encouraged if people would like to wear them.


THIS Sunday, July 24, we will all gather for ONE WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30AM outside in order to celebrate the high schoolers returning from their Boundary Waters Canoe trip. They will share with us their experience as part of the sermon that day.

Come and enjoy worship outside and hear their inspiring stories!

(Handouts with lyrics sheets to the band music will be available at the service) 


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.

Here is the link to the JULY sign-up sheet. We have a few openings yet through the end of this month (see below).

Looking ahead, here is the link to the sign-up sheet for AUGUST.

Anyone is invited to join the Welcome Team anytime!


TONIGHT will be "Christmas in July!"

We will be watching the Christmas episode of "The Chosen" and discussing it afterwards. Popcorn will be served, and Janice Newell will bring pizza.

Join us at 5:30 p.m. tonight!

Next week, July 27, will be Trivia Night.

We hope you can join us for Wacky Wednesday!

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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 Message and Boundary Waters Recap

Join us during the 9:30 a.m. outdoors service this Sunday for a children’s message and recap from the Boundary Waters trip. In the meantime, we do ask for your continued prayers for a safe, happy and enriching experience for those in the Boundary Waters group, as they spend time closer to God.  See this Summer 2022 Devotional that the Boundary Waters group is sharing.

Thank you also to Pastor Beth Schultz Byrnes of Hope Lutheran Church in McFarland for being on call for Pastor Heather so that she could go on the Boundary Waters trip.

Wacky Wednesdays - All Ages Welcomed

Join in tonight at 5:30 p.m. for "Christmas in July!" We will be watching the Christmas episode of "The Chosen" and discussing it afterwards. There will be popcorn & pizza!


Vacation Bible School

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

  • Registration is now open! 
  • Kids who have completed 4K-5th grade are invited to join us for a farmin' fun as we are reminded that Jesus will always love us! Click here to register now!
  • Kids & youth who have completed 6th - 12th grade and adults are needed as volunteers! Click here to register as a volunteer! 
  • Volunteer activities include being crew leaders or assisting station leaders in crafts, music and games. 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP OUT WITH VBS - If you can help, please call or email the office & Jessica will connect with you!

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

Adult Ministry


Hey guys! Want to get together on a regular basis? We're offering a time for the men of our community to gather and be strengthened in their faith. We have started meeting on Saturday mornings at church. The next time we'll get together will be on Saturday, August 27th at 8:00-9:00 a.m. at the church.

If this is of interest to you, please let the office know.




A Super BIG "THANK YOU!" goes out to everyone who helped with the Super Sale last week. We raised an estimated $3500, with proceeds going to our youth and children ministries. So, to all of you who helped contribute to the success in any way by donating, volunteering, or shopping - THANK YOU from our youth!

SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR - Saturday, July 23 - 9 a.m. to NOON

Introduction to Self-Defense. The seminar will be focused on grab and release techniques. It's free and no registration is required. In the ReCreation Center.


As a heads up, for the month of August, Cottage Grove Road will be under some amount of construction. The road will not be closed (perhaps temporarily, but traffic will still be allowed through), but expect delays in getting to church. We will have a wonderful new road when it’s done by September 1! For more information, click on the link below.


Throughout the pandemic, we have been able to help so many families in the community because of this fund. Most recently, due to inflation especially at the gas pump, we have distributed almost $2000 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. Again, thank you for caring and sharing!

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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 passed along that we are collecting the following school supplies items for the Nehemiah Center:


• * Gender neutral backpack

• * 2 packs of pencils

• * 3 spiral notebooks

• * 4 folders

• * Box of tissues

• * Headphones


• * Scissors

• * Glue sticks

• * Pencil box

• * Crayons

• * Markers

• * Colored pencils

• * 1 pack dry erase markers


• * 2 packs of pens

• * Calculator

• * Ruler

• * 2 Binders

• * Binder dividers

• * Loose leaf paper

• * Pencil pouch

• * Highlighters

• * 1 pack dry erase markers


• * 2 packs of pens

• * Calculator

• * 2 binders

• * Binder dividers

• * Loose leaf paper

• * Pencil pouch

• * Highlighters

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.

NEW LIFE BOOK DISCUSSION August 14 & 21 right after the second service.


HOW THE WORD IS PASSED: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, Clint Smith

A deeply researched and very readable exploration of the legacy of slavery and its imprint on centuries of American history, How the Word Is Passed illustrates how some of our country's most essential stories are hidden in plain view—whether in places we might drive by on our way to work, holidays such as Juneteenth, or entire neighborhoods like downtown Manhattan, where the brutal history of the trade in enslaved men, women, and children has been deeply imprinted.

This is the UW Madison BIG READ 2022-2023 SO there will be lots of copies available at local libraries. Current purchase price on Amazon is $14.11. We also expect to have a small number of copies available by early July.

2-minute review

20-minute review/summary hitting the highlights of each chapter

Conversation with the author. 58-minutes May 2021 



The New Life Book Club led by Melanie Stepherson will hold its next meeting on Saturday, August 13 at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room, discussing

"The Sister of St. Croix" by Diney Costelo. This book is a gripping story of love, death and danger in Nazi-occupied France. These courageous women of St. Croix must give all they've got in order to protect the innocent from the evil menace of the Nazi war machine.


Please Keep These People in Your Prayers

Donna Butler’s grandson Anthony, Lindy Coel, Joyce Cox, Ally Fisch (studying abroad), Boyd Fleming, Terry Hines (Dave Kolmodin's cousin), Felicia Jones, Johnnie Jones, Michele Kiefer, Dave Kohlwey's brother Neil, Gail Kriel, Patti Kolmodin, Vicki Landes, Hailey Lennberg, Jeff Lennberg, Laurie Neuendorf, Alvina Phillips, the family of Wendy Phillips (late daughter-in-law of Stan and Alvina), Deb Reed (loss of stepfather) and George Reed (loss of niece), Vern Richmond (death of his brother Glen), Jeremy Showers, Bobby Spridco, Bill Sterud, Russ & Shirley Theel's son-in-law Gil Franco, Darrick Thompson, 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

July 24, 2022


9:30 a.m. Worship Service Outdoors

(also livestreamed on Facebook Live)

9:30 a.m. New Life Kids

(Lyrics sheets to the band music will be available at the service) 

Upcoming Schedule of Events This Week

Wednesday, July 20

5:30 p.m.  "Wacky Wednesday" event - "Christmas in July"


Thursday, July 21

7:00-8:30 p.m. — Shawn’s MCF Band practice

Friday, July 22

Boundary Waters group returns home

Saturday, July 23

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

9:00 a.m. - Noon Self Defense Class taught by Fernando Bazo (ReCreation Center)


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