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The Sunday School lessons that will be taught in Aprilare:

  • 7th Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
  • 14th The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
  • 21st The Rich Man and Poor Lazarus
  • 28th Jesus Raises Lazarus


Sunday Bible class continues to work its way through the Gospel of John using a video which presents the Bible text. Adult Bible class meets in the New Life Café from 10:45-11:45 AM on Sundays during the school year.


Men's Bible class will resume at 11:30 AM on Friday, April 5. The Men's Bible class finished its study on Luther and now will take up the topic of peace with a study called, "Peace in His Time" Men's Bible class begins at 11:30 AM on Fridays with lunch. The class ends by 1:00 PM.


"April showers bring May flowers . . ." The Little Sprouts will kick off the month of April with the theme Rainy Days and Ducks. They will make some ducky crafts and a cool rain stick out of paper towel tubes. We will attempt to make a rain cloud in a cup and sing some favorite rainy days songs, including the well known "It's Raining, It's Pouring." will alsothe book THE ITSY BITSY DUCKLING (just like The Itsy Bitsy Spider!)next theme will be. The children will learn about flowers, planting vegetables and other signs of . We will play a seed guessing game and make some crafts, as well as a special art project for Earth Day.

Our Jesus stories this month are: "Jesus is Alive! Thomas Believes, Jesus Heals a Little Girl, Jesus Visits Mary and Martha," and "Jesus Teaches Us to Pray."

- Mrs. Rachel Andrews


I hope everyone feels refreshed after Spring Break and is ready to return to school on Monday, April 1st, and Tuesday, April 2nd.We will be singing again with the Sunday school children on Sunday, April 7th. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!

In the three-year-old room, we will learn about "Signs of Spring," and "Keeping the Earth Clean." In the four-year-old room, we will learn the theme "Under the Sea," "Bugs" and "Keeping the Earth Clean." During Jesus Time, we will learn the following stories: "Jesus Dies on the Cross, Jesus Comes Back to Life, Jesus Helps Thomas Believe," and "Jesus Ascension." Both Classes will enjoy a field trip to Heron Park near the end of the month to help clean it up and then play. We are hoping the weather will cooperate, so we can be there for a good amount of time.

Finally, I will have our final Parent/Teacher conferences on Thursday, April 25th, and Friday, April 26th. I am looking forward to talking with the parents about all the progress their children have made this year.

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director


The Tone Chime Choir is set to rehearse on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00 PM and play for the Sunday service on April 21.


The kids group of New Life called Green Team met only once in the month of March. That night the kids learned about the great artist August Rodin who sculpted "The Thinker." The kids made their own creations in clay. The kids also put their finished mosaics on display in the entryway of the church. The pine cars were designed and cut and the kids had a chance to spend some time outside sanding their cars.

In April, the kids will meet twice. The first meeting will be on April 11 where the kids will learn about the great artist Georges Seurat. The kids will also work on detailing their cars, getting them ready for the pine car derby. On April 25, the kids will learn about Piet Mondrian and his work with straight line design. We will also need to schedule the night for the pine car derby.

Green Team begins at 6:30 PM and ends at 8:00 PM. There is not cost or obligation for attending. At our last meeting we had the largest attendance ever with a total of 25 kids and adults.

Kids who are preschool through eighth grade are invited to come to Green Team.


The Branch connection will hold its annual spring banquet on Sunday, April 21st for all the ladies and girls of the congregation. We will have a luncheon at noon at church and then create greeting cards (supplies provided). Please bring a salad or dessert to share and invite a friend.


Outdoor Spring Clean-Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 15, 2024 from 9:00 to Noon. Donuts and Coffee will be provided.


The Branch Connection will host a rummage sale at New Life on Saturday, June 15.

We are accepting donations of good-condition:

  • Books
  • Toys
  • Jewelry
  • Household Items
  • Furniture
  • Sports Equipment
  • Small Electronics
  • Kids' and Baby Clothes

Start saving your gently used items to donate to the sale! Proceeds to benefit The Branch Connection of New Life.


Some of you may work for an employer that allows employees to designate contributions to certain charitable organizations. Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool is recognized by the United Way and has assigned our preschool the following number. Any and all contributions to the preschool are appreciated. Tree of Life is designed to serve as a self-supporting preschool.


The Thrivent Choice® program lets eligible members recommend where some of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' charitable outreach funds go by directing Choice Dollars®. You can direct your funds to New Life Lutheran Church and/or Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool. The deadline for directing funds is March 31, 2024.


While updating Ministry plans for the next fiscal year it was noted that again the Elder's plan includes assisting members or friends of New Life with emergency assistance. Emergency assistance is often needed due to weather related emergencies. Be mindful that New Life has access to equipment and tools not always readily available to the person in need. Examples include generators, chainsaws, etc. Often times it may be as simple as just needing some extra hands to address a need. So, in the event you need help, please do not hesitate to call. To request assistance, simply call church at 847-438-5018 and leave a message. Have a wonderful safe summer!

-- Mike Spangle - Elder