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



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February 2, 2022

This Sunday's sermon: "The calling of the first disciples" from Luke 5:1-11


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!

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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 required for indoors worship.

If you missed last week's service, from January 30th, here is the link to view it.

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We continue to care for you in these ways:

  • extensive cleaning (especially in high traffic areas)
  • encouraging masking and distancing
  • being aware of your own symptoms – if you’re experiencing ones that are COVID related, we ask that you do not come into the building.

Also, when you come worship, please fill out the white visitor card in order to contact trace as well as for attendance. Thanks!


Through February, we will take Communion in our seats, not offer coffee fellowship or any meals. We hope to get back to dinners and breakfast in March at the latest. We will still be offering worship in-person but are so thankful that Facebook live worship is available every week. We pray for the health and safety of everyone in our community!

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We always encourage and appreciate volunteers for the Welcome Team to help out with parts of the worship service, like Soundboard/AudioVisual, greeter, welcome table, usher, tellers and coffee server. Please click here to open signup sheet of duties needed to be filled during the month of February. Anyone is invited to join the Welcome Team anytime!

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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.

VANCO(Give Online)



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Starting TONIGHT, February 2nd, Pastor Heather will be offering a four-week study on the book of Ephesians; one of Paul’s letters that encourages us to strengthen our identity in Christ. Since we will not be holding dinners during the month of February, this study will be offered virtually so anyone can join in. If you’d like to sign up, please contact the church office or Pastor Heather. You can also just join the conversation using this Zoom link.

It’s not necessary, but if you’d like to order the book, please click here

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Want to have some fun with great company? Pastor Heather is offering a fun women’s night out on Monday, February 7 from 6:15-8:30pm at Twisted Grounds Coffee House (6067 Gemini Dr. in Madison). For the cost of $44 you will create (with help 😊)

a beautiful painting, have a glass of wine, and enjoy some time with your sisters in Christ! There are only 20 spots available so sign up today by clicking here and entering the Guest Code: pARTy207. Friends and neighbors welcome! The website will be open until NOON this Saturday, February 5 as deadline to sign up!




The Bible Study Group that meets on Thursday mornings, led by Betty Sundbakken, has been meeting for discussions of a study on the book “Extraordinary Faith” by Sheila Walsh. This session of the group will run through mid-March. All are welcome to participate.

Also, the New Life Book Club that is led by Melanie Stepherson, will meet this Saturday, February 5th from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Community Room. They are reading "Glittering Vices" by Rebecca DeYoung.

Children & Youth Ministry

New Life Kids

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

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High School Youth

Let Jessica know if you can help during the SOUPer Bowl Fundraiser. Following the fundraiser, we we will have a Boundary Water trip informational meeting with pizza. So, bring your questions and appetite! Youths 8th grade through 12th grade are invited on the trip.



Youth in Grades 6-12 are invited to go skiing or tubing at Cascade Mountain on Friday, February 25th. More details to come!

For February, Youth Faith Formation will not be meeting on Wednesday nights. We will meet again during Lent Season.

Have a Blessed Week!

Jessica Korrison

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Social Purpose Team is here for you

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).

And of course, if you would like to give to this fund, please submit checks with "Social Purpose Fund" in the memor 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. As the months go along, we will highlight ways that you can personally and with your family grow this partnership alongside what we're doing as a congregation.

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.

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Prayers Rugs for new Afghan neighbors

 In January, Common Threads members donated 10 handwoven prayer rugs to our newest Afghan neighbors who are waiting at Fort McCoy near Sparta, Wisconsin, to be resettled to a city somewhere in the US--perhaps Madison.


While volunteering in the Legal Clinic at Fort McCoy, I learned that the Afghan guests who were attending full-day workshops about legal rights and responsibilities were sharing one prayer rug. This sometimes meant that 40 people had to share one rug! Thank you, Common Threads members. Your donation was much appreciated!

 Iris Christenson


Please Keep These People in Your Prayers

The family of Barb Olson, Donna Butler’s grandson Anthony, Boyd Fleming, Felicia Jones & family, Johnnie Jones, Michele Kiefer, Gail Kriel, Trish Krueger, Hailey Lennberg, Laurie Neuendorf, Kishia Peters, Alvina Phillips, Vern Richmond, Jeremy Showers, Bobby Spridco, Bill Sterud, Darrick Thompson, Paul Volkmann, and Carolee Zick.

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 printer 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 the Week Ahead

February 6, 2022

8:15 a.m. Traditional Worship Service

9:30 a.m. Praise Band Worship Service

9:30 a.m. New Life Kids

Upcoming Schedule of Events This Week

Wednesday, February 2

6:15-8:00 p.m. Adult Faith Formation on Zoom (led by Pastor Heather)

Thursday, February 3

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Women’s Bible Study (Classroom A)

5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Cub Scouts Pack 145 (Community Room)

Saturday, February 5

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Praise Band Rehearsal (Worship Center)

9:00 – 11:30 a.m. New Life Book Club (Classroom A)

Monday, February 7

10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Gift Cards distribution

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Women’s Painting Event at Twisted Grounds

7:00 p.m. Silver Eagles (Recreation Center)

Tuesday, February 8

6:30 p.m. Finance Team Meeting

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Common Threads 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

(*If you have feedback about the new Newsletter, please let Kathy know)

Nancy Schmidt, Bookkeeper

Shakia “Queen” Turner, Property Manager

Shane Peters, Custodian

ELCA South-Central Wisconsin Synod website:

New Life Church Council:

Iris Christenson

Brian Coel

Jim DePass

Rick Krueger

Joe Milanese, Vice President

Janice Newell, Secretary

Tom Olson

Shawn Peters

Linda Sime

MacKenzie Swanson

Jan Wilson

Ken Wundrow, Treasurer