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 is on the scripture of

John 10:11-18: "Jesus is the Good Shepherd" 

Happy Mother's Day on May 8th!

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 9:30am service, 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 required for indoors worship.


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. For MAY please sign up here.

Anyone is invited to join the Welcome Team anytime!

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Please join us this week from 5:30-6:15 p.m. for our Wednesday Dinner (hosted this week by New Life), followed by Adult and Youth Faith Formation at 6:15 p.m.

We are looking for more helpers coming up for the Wednesday dinners, especially next Wednesday. 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, and we especially ask you to look ahead for the month of June. Enjoy good food and fellowship!

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Our Wednesday night dinners and faith formation times have been so wonderful – we don’t want them to stop! So, starting on May 25, we will still get together for dinner at 5:30 p.m., but then afterwards we’ll select a couple of different wacky activities to do together – outdoor and indoor options. For example, crafts, games, or movies inside and group games or projects outside (weather permitting).

Come and join the fun!

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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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Children & Youth Ministry

New Life Kids

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

Middle & High Schoolers join Jessica on Wednesday nights for Youth Faith Formation! Dinner is from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. and from 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. we will watch a clip from the Alpha film series and then play games and laugh together.


Parents are you making summer plans?

Vacation Bible School

Monday, August 15 – Thursday, August 18 9am – 3pm

  • 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.
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Pine Lake Camp

Wed., June 29 – Friday, July 1

Kids who have completed 3rd – 8th grade are invited to join Jessica on a two-night camp experience! We will stay in cabins and as a group spend time swimming, playing games, worshiping, and making new friends at other churches.  See and print out sign-up sheet here.


Boundary Waters Canoe Trip Sunday, July 17 – Friday, July 22

There are still a few spots left! Join us a for a week in the pristine wilderness. For more information click here


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

Adult Ministry



We continue to celebrate the Easter good news that Jesus brings into our lives. Pastor Heather has asked some people to share their Easter faith stories – times where God brought about resurrection and new life. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact her! These conversations will happen after dinners on Wednesday nights from 6:15-7:30pm until May 18. Please come join us for these uplifting conversations!

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Hey guys! Want to get together on a regular basis? We would like to offer a time for the men of our community to gather and be strengthened in their faith. We will initially meet on Saturday mornings at church. If this is of interest to you, please let the office know and we will pass it along to those who are organizing this group. More information to come about start date.




The Bible Study Group that meets on Thursday mornings, led by Betty Sundbakken, is discussing Max Lucado's book "You Were Made for this Moment." The group meets in Classroom A from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

All are welcome to participate.

The next meeting of the New Life Book Club that is led by Melanie Stepherson will be on May 14 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Note the start time is pushed back a half-hour. We will be discussing "Misreading Scripture through Western Eyes" by Richards and O'Brien. Biblical scholars Brandon O'Brien and Randy Richards shed light on the ways that Western readers often misunderstand the cultural dynamics of the Bible.


Stamping Group

Cheryll Steinke will lead a rubber stamping group on Monday, May 9 from 6:30-8 pm in the Community Room. The group meets the second Monday evening of the month from fall to spring. Supplies are provided free. Come join in making some nice cards!


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


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This Saturday, May 7th, is World Labyrinth Day! Come out and walk our beautiful labyrinth. In addition, Monica Wahlberg from our community has been trained by Veridita's as a Labyrinth Facilitator and would love to host a walk that day in part for her birthday, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. if you'd like to join in a group walk at New Life.

For more info, click on these links for: World Labyrinth Day Events and Monica's Birthday Labyrinth Walk by email registration to Monica.

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First Aid/Fire Safety Program

A free community event at New Life Church is being planned to instruct people about Home First Aid and Fire Safety Tips. This event on what to do in an emergency situation will take place at the church on Saturday, May 21st from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Topics will include fire prevention systems, hands on fire extinguisher experience, first aid and what to have in a kit, bandaging and burns, Heimlich Maneuver techniques, and safety surrounding campfires, firepits and outdoor grills. Event coordinators are Erik Severson and Kathy Nelson; for information contact the church.

Watch for a flyer about this important upcoming event.


During the 9:30 service on May 22nd we will be celebrating 7 youths' Affirmation of Baptism and High School Graduation. Please join us in blessing these youth partners on their accomplishments. 

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Lutheran Disaster Response is accompanying our companions in Ukraine, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, as well as such ecumenical partners as Lutheran World Federation and Church World Service, in their humanitarian responses to the crisis. These partners provide refugees with support and supplies such as food, blankets, water and hygiene kits. See more information, including how to make a donation, at:

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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 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.

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, Connie Losse, Laurie Neuendorf, Ginny Olson, Alvina Phillips, Vern Richmond, Mary Ann Roelke & family (loss of father), Jeremy Showers, Bobby Spridco, Bill Sterud, Darrick Thompson, Carolee Zick, Barb Zimmerman's great nephew Owen, and Ted Zoromski.

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

May 8, 2022 -- Mother's Day

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

9:30 a.m. Baptism of Rui Castiel Hirono Baires

Upcoming Schedule of Events This Week

Wednesday, May 4

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

6:15-7:30 p.m. Youth Faith Formation

6:30 p.m. Adult Bible Study

Thursday, May 5

9:00-11:00 a.m. Bible Study Group (led by Betty Sundbakken) (Classroom A)

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

Saturday, May 7

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

3:00-5:00 p.m. World Labyrinth Day / Monica's Birthday Labyrinth Walk at NLC

Monday, May 9

6:30 p.m. Stamping class (led by Cheryll Steinke) (Community Room)

7:45 p.m. Silver Eagles Youth Group (led by the Erbs) (ReCreation Center)

Tuesday, May 10

6:00 p.m.  Youth Team Meeting (Classroom A)

6:30 p.m. Finance Team meeting

6:30-8:30 p.m. Common Threads Group (led by Ginny and Gail at Ginny's Studio)

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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