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 "The Charitable Spirit"

Luke 6:38

(Ken Wundrow will provide the sermon message; and the "puppets" will present the children's message)

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 31st, 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 for this Sunday!

Anyone is invited to join the Welcome Team anytime!


TONIGHT will be "Game Night!"

Join us tonight at 5:30 p.m. for dinner -tonight's meal will be provided!  We'll eat together, then we'll play some outdoor games (indoor games if the weather is bad).

Next week, August 10th, will be our last day of Wacky Wendesday for the summer. 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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Children & Youth Ministry

Wacky Wednesdays - All Ages Welcomed

Join in tonight at 5:30 p.m. for "Game Night!" Tonight's meal will be provided, and then we'll play games outdoors (indoors if the weather is bad). Join in the fun!


Vacation Bible School

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

  • Registration deadline is next Wednesday, Aug. 10! Sign up here!

  • We need about 4 more youth or adults to be "Crew Leaders". You would be the guide of about 5 kids and lead them to each activity. Sign up here!

  • There will be a volunteer meeting next Tuesday, August 9 from 6pm-7pm in the community room and a decoration party during Wacky Wednesday on August 10 from 5:30-8!

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! 

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



August and September offer many 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. (watch for further details!)
  • 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.


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 

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.

The group meets next on Tuesday, August 9th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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



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, 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 7, 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, August 3

5:30 p.m.  "Wacky Wednesday" event - "Game Night"


Thursday, August 4

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

Saturday, August 6

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

Tuesday, August 9

6:00-7:00 p.m. Meeting of VBS Volunteers (led by Jessica Korrison)

6:30-7:30 p.m. Finance Team meeting

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


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