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 on Luke 10:25-37

Pastor Heather and the puppets will tell us about the Good Samaritan

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 3rd, 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.


On 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!


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. Please check your summer schedules for availability. Ideally, if we have "many hands" to help, we can rotate and have different people taking shifts.

Anyone is invited to join the Welcome Team anytime!


Pool Party at the Wundrows' TONIGHT!

It looks like the weather cleared up just for this! Any time after 4:00 pm today, please come enjoy some time in the pool, fellowship, and good eats. Bring a dish to pass and any beverages of your choice. Deb and Ken will provide kid-friendly beverages as well. If you need a life jacket, please contact Deb ahead of time. We will gather at their home: 513 Valley Rd. in Madison. Call Deb with any questions at 608-235-7994. Thanks Deb and Ken for letting us enjoy your summer oasis!

Next Wednesday, July 13th at 5:30 p.m. we will have a "Sorting Party" for the Super Sale, if you're able to help.  Bring your own dinner at 5:30 and join in sorting.

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.

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Children & Youth Ministry

New Life Kids

Join us during the 9:30 a.m. service for a children’s message - this Sunday we will hear about the Good Samaritan from some special guests! 

Youth Camping at Pine Lake

Our New Life Kids are back from Pine Lake and had a wonderful time! There was swimming, arts and crafts, campfire worship and lots of 9-square! Here are a few photos of us having fun! 

Wacky Wednesdays - All Ages Welcomed

Today - come join us for a Pool Party!

Parents can bring their children to the home of Deb & Ken Wundrow today, any time after 4:00 pm. Bring a dish to pass and any beverages of your choice. Deb and Ken will provide kid-friendly beverages as well. If you need a life jacket, please contact Deb ahead of time. Their address is: 513 Valley Rd. in Madison. Call Deb with any questions at 608-235-7994. Thanks Deb and Ken for letting us enjoy some time in the pool, fellowship, and good eats.


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. 

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, July 16 at 8:00-9:00 a.m. at the church.

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




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! We'll also have a printed copy out on the table this Sunday at worship.

The organizers are asking that people bring in their donations this week. We are having a"sorting party" for the Super Wednesday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m. to prepare for the sale starting the next day. There is a simplified list of duties to help.

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 is free of cost and no registration required.


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 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.

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 that is led by Melanie Stepherson will meet next this Saturday, July 9 from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Community Room. The book that the group will discuss is "Shiny Gods" by Mike Shaughter.

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


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 & family, 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), Vern Richmond (death of his brother Glen), Mary Ann Roelke & family (loss of father), 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 10, 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, July 6

5:30 p.m.  "Wacky Wednesday" event - Pool Party at the Wundrows' house (see article towards beginning of newsletter for more details)


Thursday, July 7

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

Saturday, July 9

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) (Community Room)

Sunday, July 10

8:15 a.m. Traditional Worship Service

9:30 a.m. Praise Band Worship Service (also livestreamed on Facebook Live) - Pastor Heather and puppets talk about the lesson of the Good Samaritan

9:30 a.m. New Life Kids

Tuesday, July 12

6:00-7:00 p.m.  Youth Team Meeting (led by Jessica Korrison)

6:30-7:30 p.m.  Finance Team Meeting (led by Pastor Heather and Ken Wundrow)

6:30-8:30 p.m.  Common Threads group (led by Ginny & Gail at Ginny's studio)

Wednesday, July 13

5:30 p.m.  "Wacky Wednesday" event - meal then "Sorting Party" for Super Sale

Thursday, July 14 through Saturday, July 16 — Super Sale (see article in "Community" section of newsletter above)

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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