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 30, 2023

This Week's Message

 "Emmaus Road"

Luke 24:13-35

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 23, 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 the sign-up for MAY

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


Join us tonight for free dinner of 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 Judy Goke for providing the main entrée this evening!


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!


The spiritual health of volunteers is of great importance around here, so Pastor Heather and Ronna Trapanese have planned a wonderful day away for those who lead the music ministry of the second service. Please be in prayer with them as they head to Durward’s Glen Retreat Center on Saturday May 6.


The South Central Synod of Wisconsin of the ELCA meets in assembly once a year to do important work of the Church. This year it will be held on Saturday May 20 at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mt. Horeb. Our voting members will be Pastor Heather, Jessica, and Tom and Ginny Olson. Watch for news after that date!

Children & Youth Ministry

Sunday Morning New Life Kids

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

MISSION TRIP 2023 - Sarasota, FL

There is a Mission Trip Meeting Sunday, May 7th during Youth Faith Formation from 10:45 - 11:45am. Lunch will be provided!

There are a few more spots left! 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.

Do you have questions about volunteering for VBS? On Wednesday, May 3 we will have an information conversation during dinner from 5:30 - 6:30pm. Let Jessica know if you will be there!

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!

Affirmation of Baptism & Graduation Recognition - Sunday, May 21st

On Sunday, May 21st we will be celebrating with seniors who are graduating from High School and Affirming their faith.

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!



New Life Church loves to be hospitable! And one of the ways we do that is by offering food to those who come through our doors. If you would like to help provide our 1st Sunday breakfast on May 7th, please sign up by the kitchen window! Thank you in advance!


Come help beautify our space on Saturday May 20 after Men’s Group from 9:00am-noon. We will be cleaning up spaces outside as well as inside – please dress for the weather, bring gloves and any equipment that might be helpful (shovels, trimmers, rakes, etc.). If you have any questions please contact Joe Milanese or Judy Goke. Thank you for helping care for our beautiful space!


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. The last day to donate will be this Sunday, April 30th. 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 30, 2023

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 26

5:30-6:15 p.m. Dinner

(soup-regular and gluten free options, salad and dessert)

Thank you to Judy Goke!

6:30 p.m. Adult Faith Formation

Thursday, April 27

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

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

Saturday, April 29

9:00-10:00 Band Practice (WC)


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