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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This Sunday's Sermon on "The Cost of Discipleship" Luke 14:25-35

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!

If you missed last week's service from March 6th, here is a link to view it.

Daylight Savings Begins THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 13TH. "Spring Ahead!"

Set your clocks/phone alarms ahead 1 hour so you don't miss service.

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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.

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Do you long for a better devotional life? Do you wish there was a time and place that could inspire such a thing? Well, you’re in luck! During this holy season, we have a perfect opportunity to spend some more contemplative time. To help you develop that, we will have our building open so you can come and pray in the Prayer Room or in the Worship Center, and walk the indoor labyrinth, which will be set up in the Recreation Center. There will be different invitations for prayer available each week. Come renew or grow your prayer habit.

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This is a season to grow closer to God and God’s love for us and the world. But sometimes we think that has to happen in grand or majestic ways – what if it didn’t? What if God speaks to us and inspires our faith through simple, ordinary objects we see every day? This Lenten journey invites us to open ourselves to the kingdom of God in our midst. Each Sunday, we will look at common objects like coins, oil and shoes to guide us on our path to the cross and empty tomb. 

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Want to go deeper? Want to be with others who long for more on this journey? Come on Wednesday nights for food, fellowship, and a deeper dive into God’s love for us and the world. We are again offering safe dinners (5:30-6:15pm), a time of devotion and worship (6:15-6:45), and then times of Faith Formation for both youth and adults (6:45-8:00 pm). Please sign up to provide dinners either by calling the office or signing up outside the kitchen window.

All are welcome for worship at 6:15 whether you’ve come to dinner or not. This time will be centered around the times Biblical characters have responded to God’s call with the simple words: ‘Here I Am.’ Each time these words were prayed, history was changed and extraordinary things happened. The adult Faith Formation time after worship will go deeper into these stories as well. During the youth time of Faith Formation we are bringing back Alpha. We will explore different practices we do as Christians that bring us closer to God. Like, why and how do we pray? How do you walk the Labyrinth? Why and how should we read the Bible? Join Jessica for this series in Classroom A after Wednesday night's worship.

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Do You Like Breakfast?

(How about Wednesday Dinner?)

We're again serving "First Sunday" breakfasts, as well as Wednesday dinners before Faith Formation, which are from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Thanks to folks who have signed up to serve meals. If you can help, it's easy, and you can get family, friends, or a group to help you! See the sign-up sheets by the kitchen serving window.

Enjoy food and fellowship together!


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With Dane County’s mask mandate lifted, we want to let you know that we will still encourage masks, especially as we sing and come forward for Communion in worship. We want to encourage young families and the immunocompromised to feel safe in our building, so please consider that as you make your choice on mask-wearing.

As always, please be aware of your own symptoms – if you’re experiencing ones that are COVID related, we ask that you do not come into the building. And when you come worship, please fill out the white visitor card in order to contact trace as well as for attendance. Thanks!

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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 for MARCH. We still need helpers for March 13th!

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.

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Spring Women's Retreat


9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Pastor Heather is joining forces with a few other churches to offer this day away for women. As Mother’s Day approaches we want to acknowledge that that can be a complicated day – joy, yes…but also other emotions.

For more information and to register, please click here. Cost is $40 before April 1st ($50 after that).. All are welcome!

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I’M STILL HERE: Black dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, Austin Channing Brown, Convergent, 2018

Join us for a discussion of this “eye-opening account of growing up black, Christian, and female that exposes how white America’s love affair with ‘diversity’ so often falls short of its ideals.” ( from Book jacket)

This Sunday, March 13 immediately following the 9:30 a.m. service at New Life, feel free to attend the session. The discussion will be led by Iris Christenson and Kathy Michaelis.

See a list of discussion questions here and an overview article here.

The book is available from the Madison libraries (print & digital), Amazon ($9.93), or Room of One’s Own (E-book, $ 9.99).



The stamping group led by Cheryll Steinke will meet next Monday, March 14th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Community Room. We make beautiful cards, and all materials and instructions are provided. If you'd like to join in, just let Cheryll know.

Children & Youth Ministry

New Life Kids

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


The deadline to sign up for the Boundary Waters Canoe Trip is coming up! Make sure to sign up by THIS Sunday, March 13th! The trip is from Sunday, July 17-Friday, July 22. For more information click here



Save the date for Vacation Bible School! Monday, Aug. 15 – Thursday, Aug. 18.

Jessica is putting together a VBS planning committee. If you're interested in joining, please let her know! 

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Youth Service Project

Middle and High Schoolers, join us on Sunday, March 20th from 10:30am – 2:30pm for time together at The Elizabeth House. This home is a safe space for pregnant women or those who have just given birth. Right after service we will prepare a lunch to bring over and dine together with the women and children. After lunch we will spend time organizing their care market and help with some light cleaning. Let Jessica know if you would like to come, or sign up here

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.

For the remainder of the month of February, we would like to help Nehemiah collect items for the Allied Wellness Center in support of the homeless population on the East Side of Madison. Please bring the following items in to church with you until Feb. 27th: small packages of paper towels, napkins or toilet paper. Thank you!

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.


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, Vicki Landes, Hailey Lennberg, Laurie Neuendorf, Ginny Olson, Kishia Peters, Alvina Phillips, Vern Richmond, Jeremy Showers, Bobby Spridco, Bill Sterud, Darrick Thompson, 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.

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This Sunday and Updates for the Week Ahead

March 13, 2022 - Daylight Savings Time Begins!

8:15 a.m. Traditional Worship Service

9:30 a.m. Praise Band Worship Service

9:30 a.m. New Life Kids

10:30 a.m. Book Study ("I'm Still Here")

Upcoming Schedule of Events This Week

Wednesday, March 9

5:30-6:15 p.m. Dinner (Community Room), hosted by Debby Deutsch & Shannon/Jen Erb

6:15-6:45 p.m. Worship Service (Worship Center)

6:45-8:00 p.m. Youth Faith Formation (Classroom A)

and Adult Faith Formation (Community Room)

Thursday, March 10

9:00-11:00 a.m. Women's Bible Study Breakfast (off site), led by Betty Sundbakken

7:00-8:30 p.m. Shawn Peters MCF Band (corner of ReCreation Center)

Saturday, March 12

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

Sunday, March 13

Worship services at 8:15 and 9:30 a.m. with New Life Kids during 9:30 service

10:30-11:30 a.m. -- "I'm Still Here" book study (CR) (led by Iris C. & Kathy M.)

10:30 a.m. - Landscaping Team meeting (CR): Joe M., Felicia J., Jillene F., Pastor

Monday, March 14

6:00-7:00 p.m. Reconciling In Christ (RIC) meeting via Zoom (led by Pastor Heather)

6:30-8:00 p.m. Stamping Group (Community Room) (led by Cheryll Steinke)

Tuesday, March 15

6:30-8:00 p.m. NLC Awaken Dane team meeting via Zoom (led by Pastor Heather)


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