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 [email protected] or (608) 223-9337

Join us on Facebook or YouTube / Join our email list here




The sermon this Sunday is on "God sees the best in us"

Luke 19:1-10

(Pastor Heather presents a "pre-VBS" message about

Jesus meeting Zacchaeus and the story children will hear)

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, August 7th, 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.


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 sign-up sheet for AUGUST

We still need helpers this Sunday, August 14th!

Anyone is invited to join the Welcome Team anytime!


This week, August 10th, will be our last day of Wacky Wednesday for the summer. Pizza dinner will be provided.  We'll help set up and decorate for Vacation Bible School (VBS)! Come join in, help out, and laugh with friends while we create some magic.

We hope you can join us for Wacky Wednesday!


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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Adult Ministry


Beginning this fall, join your fellow faithful companions in an exploration of the most basic aspect of our faith lives: PRAYER. Prayer is actually, surprisingly, pretty much the most important thing in life. When we’re stripped away from everything else, the deepest thing we have in life is prayer – our connection to God and each other. This is the most basic conversation we can have individually and as a community. We’re called to learn and practice this amazing gift and you can choose your course of study:

Prayer 101

On Sundays, Pastor Heather will focus the message on an aspect of the Lord’s Prayer for us to contemplate together. The hope (and prayer 😊) is that this will be something that enhances or begins your prayer life.

Prayer 201

If you want to go deeper on these aspects of the Lord’s Prayer, come on Wednesday nights for Adult Faith Formation to invest your time in The Prayer Course. Similar to the Alpha Course we explored in the fall of 2020, this is a video-based small group discussion about prayer. This will be offered in-person only unless community health becomes a concern – switching to online would be easily done as well.

Prayer 301

If you really want to dive into the reading that Pastor Heather has been doing to prepare for this conversation, she invites you to read two books by Pete Greig: “how to pray: a simple guide for normal people” and “how to hear God: a simple guide for normal people.”  They can be ordered here:

The best gift Jesus gave his disciples was the gift of Prayer – let’s join in this vital conversation and go deeper with our prayer lives. More to come on dates and times so watch emails and Sunday announcements.

Children & Youth Ministry


Vacation Bible School

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

  • We have 40 kids and 19 volunteers signed up for VBS! Thank you all for helping us spread the word and for your time in planning! 
  • We will be decorating TONIGHT during Wacky Wednesday. Come for pizza and fun while the church transforms into a farm! 
  • Please keep the children and volunteers in your prayers next week while they take in God's word and leave knowing that Jesus is their friend! 

Backpack Blessing on August 21

During the 9:30 a.m. service we will be blessing backpacks for our students that are getting ready for the new school year! We will also be blessing the school supplies that the congregation and VBS families donated. 

All ages are welcomed to bring their backpacks! 

THANK YOU to our community partner Sandy Kowal for sharing your time and talents to create such a memorable video of the Boundary Waters Trip. Watch here to see all the fun! 

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



August, September and October offer exciting opportunities coming up!  

Take a look:

  • August 21st - Backpack Blessing during the 9:30 a.m. service
  • August 21st - "Concert on the Hill" (in the parking lot) from 5-7 p.m. 
  • September 4 - No "1st Sunday" breakfast but we ask for volunteers to bring simple breakfast snack items that morning like muffins, juice, etc.
  • September 7 - Adult Faith Formation begins with a "Welcome Back" Community Dinner at 5:30 p.m.
  • September 11 - "Fall Kick-Off Picnic" (watch for further details!)
  • September 18 - Youth Faith Formation begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • October 15 - Retreat for men & women 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Holy Wisdom Monastery (watch for further details!)  


After more than five years as our bookkeeper, Nancy Schmidt is stepping down to focus on her full-time job, her health, and her family. We are so grateful for her diligence, attention to detail, and ability to make accounting look so easy! She will be greatly missed – please thank her! The Finance Team is in the process of interviewing for this position to begin in September. For more details, please talk to Pastor Heather or Ken Wundrow. Also, Shane Peters has served as our Custodian for almost four years and as he begins his college career, he will be stepping down as well. Queen Turner, our Property Manager, will be assuming those hours and fulfill the needs of this amazing property and building that God has given to us. Thanks to Shane and blessings on his college years!


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!


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.

If you are considering being part of the two discussion sessions (August 14th & 21st immediately following the 9:30 service), this one minute overview of the book presented by the author will give you a flavor of the conversation:

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.

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 this 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, Connie Coel, the family of Mark Corgiat (Wayne & Barb Meyer's nephew) who passed away suddenly, 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, George & Deb Reed, Vern Richmond, Jeremy Showers, Trish Splettstoesser (medical procedure), 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

August 14, 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. Book Discussion on "How the Word was Passed" (Community Room)


Upcoming Schedule of Events This Week

Wednesday, August 10

5:30 p.m.  "Wacky Wednesday" (last night) event - "Decorate for VBS"


Thursday, August 11

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

Saturday, August 13

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, August 15

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm Vacation Bible School (continues daily through Thursday)

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

6:00-8:00 p.m. Council meeting

Tuesday, August 16

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm Vacation Bible School (continues daily through Thursday)


Office hours are Monday through Thursday. Please feel free to contact staff members of New Life by email at [email protected] or by calling the office at 608-223-9337. Contacts are listed here.

New Life Staff:

Rev. Heather Hayward, Pastor

[email protected]

Jessica Korrison, Children & Youth Ministry Coordinator

[email protected]

Kathy Scholl, Office Assistant/Newsletter

[email protected]

Nancy Schmidt, Bookkeeper

[email protected]

Shakia “Queen” Turner, Property Manager

[email protected]

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