Maricopa Lutheran ChurchGATHERED by the Holy Spirit;
FED with the Word of God;
SENT to make Christ known.

Desert Wind School, 35565 W. Honeycutt Rd.
Maricopa, AZ 85138

Adult Bible Study: 9 am
Confirmation Class: 9 am
Sunday School & Nursery: 10 am
Sunday Worship: 10 am

Pastor Glenn Zimbleman

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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Maricopa Lutheran Church

Building Fund Goal

MLC has received a generous match of $50,000 if we reach that amount in our building fund by 12/31/15.  Let’s see what God does with this.  Goal:  $50,000; Current:  $13,167.24; Needed:  $36,832.76


CalendarThis week's schedule.

Altar Flowers Schedule

May 24 - Norm and Pam Collins  
May 31 - Maria VanDyk
June 7 - Maureen Smyth
June 14 -
June 21 -
June 28 -

We are in need of flowers for 3 weeks in June, 3 weeks in July, and 3 weeks in August.

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Mission Moments

Maricopa Lutheran has a very good mission statement.

GATHERED by the Holy Spirit; FED with the Word of God; SENT to make Christ known

You may reflect on that statement.  The Holy Spirit brings us together.  As we are fed by God’s Word, that could and should inspire us to be sent into the world to make Christ known.   Guiding Principles are used to guide us as we live out our mission statement.  Our church council studied scripture and after much discussion has approved these principles.   Your pastor helped to guide the choices but these principles are all lay driven.   Pray, ponder and reflect on these.   It is hoped they will shape us as we make decisions for the sake of the world. 

Guiding Principles for Maricopa Lutheran Church:

Jesus is Lord
Everyone is precious and valued
Empowered for Discipleship 
Centered in God's Word and Prayer 
Fellowship with God & Each Other 
Equipped for Evangelism and Generosity.
Imagine the type of Christ centered church God can help us build in Maricopa!

May 17, 2015 - Jesus Prays for Us

Glenn ZimblemanSome of you just might have to think back a bit.  Remember when you taught your child to ride the bicycle for the first time.   You started perhaps with training wheels.  The hardest thing to teach them was to keep pedaling.  There first few attempts they look like a bunch of drunks leaving a bar.  Their bikes weave all over the place, a crash waiting to happen.  Then there is the joy when they finally get it.  They steer, keep pedaling and away they go. The child smiles with joy.   Then you know what happens.  The parent protection alarm goes off.   Wait.  Bike Helmet.  Elbow pads.  Check 43 times before you cross the road.   Worry kicks in.   What happens if they crash?  Or worse, what happens if the get hit by the car.  Some parents become so overly worried that they suggest the following. “ Child, when you want to ride the bike, let me know, and I will ride it for you.”  What really drives the worry alarm up.  It is when they go around the corner for the first time.  They are out of sight.  Lots of things lurk out in the world.  There is always a sigh of relief when they return.    Honestly, we don’t want our loved ones to be hurt.  We want to keep them safe and protected.

Terry and Bonnie Oldfield - Sunday, May 10, 2015

Terry and Bonnie OldfieldIt's always a joy to hear special music from Terry and Bonnie Oldfield.

May 10, 2015 - Finding Our Joy

There is something special about a mother’s love.   Having not been a mother, I can only talk about this love as I have observed it.   There are certain reasons a mother’s love comes about.   From a physical and emotional aspect, carrying a child is unique and special.   How do you put to words, the surprise and joy that arises when the child kicks for the first time?   Unless of course, it is the kick of a mule.   How do you put to words, the connection, and the intimacy that happens as the child grows in a mother’s womb?  Of course it is not always easy.  Carrying that watermelon around isn’t always fun.   We won’t even want to talk about having a baby?   Here is a thought!   

Pastor's House Blessing

House blessing.Pictures from Pastor Glenn's house blessing.  

May 3, 2015 - Bearing Fruit

This is our first year of having a home in the valley.  We were thrilled to discover that our new back yard has 4 citrus trees of some kind, a pomegranate tree and grape vines.   We are not sure about our citrus trees.  We can’t wait for the tree to produce fruit not only for the taste, but we would like to know what kind of fruit we have.   We think we have one grapefruit, one Minnesota tangelo and two other YTD trees.  YTD stands for YET TO Be Determined. 

Church Calendar

Our church calendar is up to date.  Please check it out on a regular basis at:   or click on Calendar on the left navigation links on the left side of the main website.

Vacation Bible School

Mountain View Lutheran Church has graciously invited us to join them for Vacation Bible School.  This year they are offering it as a family event.  The program dates are June 1st through June 4th, 5:30pm - 7:45pm.  The cost is $40/person, family maximum of $100 and includes dinner.  If interested, please visit their website at   for more information and registration.

Help With Keyboard

We recently have started to store the keyboard in the climate controlled storage unit - a different place than the other things are stored.  The new keyboard is very heavy and up to now, Pete and Jody Rathfelder have offered to help load and unload it.  Thank you Pete and Jody!!!   However, there will be times when they are not available and we need to share this responsibility.   We will add this to the sign up sheet that resides in the back of the church.  

April 26, 2015 - Jesus the Good Shepherd

 When Jan and I got married we settled into a place called Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.  The name is translated from Potawnami meaning Waterfall.  It had 5 major lakes surrounding it.   We settled there because it was between our two work places.  So for two years I drove on a freeway for an hour to get to my church outside of Madison.   The topography was typical rolling Wisconsin farm land.   I would often spot this on the side of a hill.

April 19, 2015 - Changing your Mind

Sweetie of my heart. I’ve been so desolate ever since I broke off our engagement. Simply devastated. Won’t you please consider coming back to me? You hold a place in my heart no other woman can fill. I can never marry another woman quite like you. I need you so much. Won’t you forgive me and let us make a new beginning? I love you so.

April 12, 2015 - My Lord and My God

I grew up in Buckley Washington located at the foot of Mount Rainer.  My brother Roger wanted to climb it.  Instead of going with a guide service we joined Tacoma Mountaineers, a climbing club.  The upshot is I learned how to climb rock and glaciers.  I climbed Mount Rainer when I was 14 years old and climbed all over the Northwest until I was 23.   It was on one of my climbs that God first became real for me.   We were working our way across a glacier trying to get to our route up the mountain.  It was later in the summer so at the bottom it was more rock and shale and less snow.   There was a point where we had to go single file down the side of a cliff full of rock shale.  There was no way to anchor our rope to keep us safe.  If we slid or slipped we were toast.  We had to go one at a time and space ourselves far apart.  If the whole side gave away we didn’t want it to take the 3 of us.  We went through this gap, going real slow, and I was the last one to go.  While I was waiting, I remember praying to God and saying essentially this, God if this is my time I am to die, I am yours.  The most interesting thing came over me.  I had a sense of real peace.  I had a sense that whatever happened to me, I would be okay.  With that in mind, I ran down the side of the mountain.  Not really.  I went slow but with great confidence.  At the end as we climbed up onto the snow, a climbing friend asked me if I was gripped, meaning afraid.  I said, nope, I knew God was with me.  He gave me the weirdest look.

Diapers, ointment and baby wipes needed!

Don't forget to pick these up when you shop and bring them on Sunday mornings!

April 5, 2015 - Easter Responses

So what do we say to each other about Easter?  We might say, He is Risen, and we may respond by saying, He is Risen Indeed.  That is one response.   It is quite natural.  I say, the Lord be with you, and you respond, And also with you. You are well trained.  What is the most popular response to Easter? Happy Easter everyone.  Turn to your neighbor and say, Happy Easter. 

Maricopa Monitor Article
Holly WeekPastor Glenn's article from the Maricopa Monitor on Holy Week.

Letter from Richard Timmons:

"I want to express my deep thanks to everyone for the cards, meals and kind words.  You have blessed me as Bernhardine is now home with Jesus." 

March 22, 2015 - Seeing and Knowing Jesus

This certainly wasn’t what she expected life to be.  She was happily married, had a nice house and a good job.  She had a wonderful but shy 5 year old girl that was her wonder and joy.   I had many visits with her and watched her body waste away.  She has inoperable brain cancer.  It was not a matter of if, but when.  She said to me one of the things I will miss the most is not being there for my daughter’s big moments in life.  She would miss her 16th birthday, her first date, her high school graduation and if God willed, her wedding.  So she decided to make several videos.   You might view it as “words of advice and hope from your mom”.   She made a video for each of those life stages.   She wanted her daughter to know that while she may be absent physically, she would be with her daughter when she turned 16 and so forth.

March 15, 2015 - Shining light on God's Love

Some of you might remember this guy.  He was the rainbow man.  He would dress up in a rainbow colored afro and show up at sporting events.  You would see him at the NBA finals, at NFL games and even at Nascar events.   He became famous enough that he found himself in Budweiser beer commercial.  I always wondered where he got the cash to come up with all those tickets.  He was everywhere.  But you see it wasn’t just his rainbow hair that stood out.  He would also flash a sign that said, John 3:16.


Pastor Glenn's sermons are now on You Tube - when on the site, just input Maricopa Lutheran and click on the picture and there he is!!  Isn't technology great???   Note: There will always be links to the videos on the Pastor's Sermons Page on the main Website as well. Written sermons can also be found on the website.

New Disciples Received on March 8, 2015

New DisciplesNew disciples received during worship service on March 8, 2015.

March 8, 2015 - Why We Worship

When I first interviewed with the call committee I mentioned to them that the sermons online from Mt. Cross Lutheran in Payson are all done at the contemporary service where I don’t dress up in my pastor’s outfit.  Well somewhere along the way, that was missed.  When my name was submitted to council they were told, well Pastor Glenn wears street clothes while preaching.  So many of you were expecting me to be in my jeans that very first Sunday.  So I surprised some of you by having my pastor’s garb on.   Some of you are still wondering when and if you will see me in jeans on a Sunday morning. That will happen during our future second worship but I have too much respect for those that appreciate traditional forms of worship to not conduct worship in an alb and a stole.

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