Sunday Worship Times:

Traditional Praise Worship 8:15 a.m.

Contemporary Praise 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




Sunday, April 23, 2023

This Week's Message

will be brought to us by

Rev. Kerri Parker

Matthew 5:23-24


For those unable to join Kerri Parker on Palm Sunday for a discussion on Land Acknowledgements, she will be joining us to preach this Sunday April 23. Kerri is an ordained UCC pastor and has been the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches since 2017, gaining national recognition for their work helping churches navigate through Covid. Kerri has vast knowledge and a deep faith - you don’t want to miss this!

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 view the service from April 16, 2023 click here.


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 are featured in the weekly newsletters on Wednesdays. Masks are optional but encouraged if people want 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, coffee server and Communion helpers.

Here is the sign-up sheet for APRIL

Here is a link to a sign-up genius form for the Communion/Altar Care shifts too.

Anyone is invited to join the Welcome Team at any time!

VANCO(Give Online)


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 and go to our Vanco page, where you can log in to set up or access your account. Once you’ve logged in, it should take you to your giving detail. If you click “Edit” you can edit amount, frequency, and account. Once you've signed up to give electronically, please let the office know if you no longer need offering envelopes and we can have those discontinued for you. Or as always, you can continue receiving envelopes and mail in your donations to New Life.



Adult Ministry


Beginning this Wednesday April 19, plan to join us for free dinner soup, salad and dessert) at 5:30pm and then a wonderful conversation of faith at 6:30pm. All are welcome! We will be watching and studying the popular series “The Chosen” based on the life of Christ. This will be a great way of deepening our understanding of the good news of Easter! If you would like to purchase the book (highly recommended but not necessary), click here for the link to do so. We hope you’ll come and join us!

Thank you to Ginny Olson, Janice Newell and Michelle Oettinger for providing soup, salad and dessert!


Ginny Olson and Gail Kriel invite you to learn how to knit or crochet by joining the Common Threads group! If you are experienced you could work on your own project as well as make prayer shawls and blankets for the Prayer Shawl ministry. Please plan to join us on Tuesday, April 25th 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Ginny's studio.


Starting on Saturday, May 6 from 7 to 8 am, please join us in prayer as we each spend some personal time with God (reading, quiet time in a relaxed state, listening to music, moving around in a peaceful state, etc.- however you personally connect with God) . At 7:30 we come together to pray for churches, pastors, community partners, and for the needs and special purpose God has for each person in the church both present and future. Please come any Saturday this may work for you!

Children & Youth Ministry

Sunday Morning New Life Kids

Join us during the 9:30 a.m. service for a children’s message and craft.

Youth Team

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 24th at 6pm in the classroom. Join us for this brainstorm discussion on what fall 2023 will look like! See you there!

We need to fill at least one more spot! Let Jessica know if you are interested.

MISSION TRIP 2023 - Sarasota, FL

Who: Youth currently in grades 8-12

What: Partnering with Luther Springs and Lutheran Disaster

Response, we will work alongside those impacted by

Hurricane Ian, helping to clean up, repair and rebuild. 

Where: Based out of Faith Lutheran Church, Sarasota, FL 

When: Sunday, July 9th - Friday, July 14th, 2023

Registration can be completed here and the $100 deposits can be made by check or online. We are asking that the remaining be paid by April 30th.

Sign up is LIVE for Vacation Bible School! Register here!

Monday, August 14 – Thurs., August 17 9am – 12pm

  • 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 in volunteering, let Jessica know!

Middle Schoolers - Let's go back to Pine Lake!

Sunday, June 11th – Friday, June 16th


New Life middle school youth are invited for a week camp experience at Pine Lake Camp in Waupaca! We will experience all of the classics camp has to offer like cabins, games, swimming, nature activities, campfires, new friends, cabin leaders, engaging Bible studies and worship. The trip is open to all New Life youth who are currently in grades 6th – 8th. Friends and family who are not community partners are welcome to join us as well!


The trip costs $200 per person. If the cost of the trip is a concern for any families, please talk to Pastor Heather or Jessica. We will work to help you financially so that your child can go on the trip.

If your child is interested, let Jessica know!

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



Throughout the pandemic, we have been able to help so many families in the community because of this fund. By the end of 2022, we have distributed close to $12,000 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.

Other ways you and your family can partner: support black-owned businesses (click here for a list and for other ways you can help).

Again, thank you for caring and sharing!


In our community, too many kids sleep on couches, blankets, with parents and even on floors. Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling, and delivering bunk beds to these families. The Madison Chapter needs help: if you have strong computer skills, compassion for others, and/or a love of working with wood this is for you! The urgent need is for someone to send emails, release of liability forms, etc. to volunteers. They also need a Build Manager to order and keep track of lumber. Feel free to contact the Church Office or Judy Goke if you can help. If you are interested in participating in a 2-hour build, watch for upcoming dates announcements. But we will also be collecting Sheets & Pillows until the end of April! Please bring sets of plain colored (NO WHITE) twin bed sheets and standard size pillows to New Life. There will be a box in the entry way for these donations. For more information, please check out SHP’s website HERE

Please Keep These People in Your Prayers

Fred Thalacker, Maggie Andres' daughter Kelli (medical treatments), Donna Butler’s grandson Anthony, Shaq Brown, Boyd Fleming, Jodi Franco and her daughter-in-law (medical issues), Terry Hines (Dave Kolmodin's cousin), Michele Kiefer, Dave Kohlwey's brother Neil, Gail Kriel, Patti Kolmodin, Vicki Landes, Hailey Lennberg, Annie O'Kane, Kathy Nelson's brother LaVerne, Stephanie Peck's grandfathers, Alvina Phillips, Trish Splettstoesser, Bobby Spridco,

Cheryll & Bill Steinke, Bill Sterud, Russ & Shirley Theel's son-in-law Gil Franco, Jan Wilson's sister Pat, 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

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Rev. Kerri Parker, Guest Preacher

8:15 a.m. Traditional Worship Service

9:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service

(also livestreamed on Facebook Live)

9:30 a.m. New Life Kids

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 19

5:30-6:15 p.m. Dinner (soup, salad and dessert)

6:30 p.m. Adult Faith Formation

Thank you to Ginny Olson, Janice Newell and Michelle Oettinger!

Thursday, April 20

9:00-11:00 a.m. Women's Bible study

5:30 p.m. Awaken Dane (at Trinity Lutheran)

6:30 p.m. Band Practice (WC)

7:00 p.m. Shawn's Band practice

Saturday, April 22

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Council and Staff Retreat (at Our Saviors Lutheran SP)

Monday, April 24

6:00 p.m. Youth Team meeting (CA)

Tuesday, April 25

9:30-11:00 a.m. Common Threads (Ginny's studio)

6:00 p.m. Social Purpose Team (via Zoom)


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

Pamela Durden, Office Manager/Newsletter

Mike Berchem, Bookkeeper

Shakia “Queen” Turner, Property Manager

ELCA South-Central Wisconsin Synod website:

New Life Church Council:

Janice Newell, President

Brian Coel, Vice-President

Tom Olson, Secretary

Ken Wundrow, Treasurer

Iris Christenson

Shannon Erb

Jillene Fisch

Jean Hoover

Shawn Peters

Linda Sime

MacKenzie Swanson

Russell Theel