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

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

Worship at 9 am

10:15 am Sunday School
   for 3-5th Graders
10:15 am Adult and Teen
   Bible Study


Pastor Glenn Zimbelman

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Altar Flowers Schedule

July 23 - Eileen Stratman 
July 30 - Judith Littleton

School Supply Drive

The fellowship committee will be holding a school supply drive on Sunday, July 30.  Please bring school supplies for all ages.  Backpacks are also welcome!

Financial statements

Second quarter financial statements are ready to be sent out.  This time, they will be sent by email for most people. If you do not have an email address, they will be available for pick up after worship or will be sent by snail mail.

Reports and Downloads

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  • Council - July 16, 2017

                    Summer Message Series

                    Beginning on June 11, Pr. Glenn will begin his message around Luther’s Small Catechism.  He will cover the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer.  You are encouraged to read each section of the Small Catechism in preparation for Sunday morning.  You can download a free app or find it online.  If you would like a hard copy, see Pr. Glenn.  June’s schedule is as follows:

                    • July 23 - Commandment 7 - Exodus 20:15; Matthew 6:19-21
                    • July 30 - Commandment 8 - Exodus 20:16; James 3:6-10; Matthew 18:15-17
                    • August 6—Commandments 9&10—Exodus 20:17; Romans 13:8-10;
                      Matthew 7:7-12
                    • August 13—Creed—Genesis 1:1-2:4(a); 2 Corinthians 13:11;
                      Matthew 28:16-20
                    • August 20—Lord’s Prayer—Exodus 20:7; Matthew 6:7-9
                    • August 27—Lord’s Prayer—Revelation 21:1-5; Matthew 6:10-11
                    • September 3—Lord’s Prayer—Galatians 6:1-5; Matthew 6:12-15

                    New Members

                    If you would like to join Maricopa Lutheran, please see Pr. Glenn for an application.  We will take in all new members in August after meeting with Pr. Glenn (no class this time).  

                    PB & J

                    This Sunday is the third Sunday of the month - remember to bring your PB & J for the food bank!!!

                    Uplifting others and the 5th Commandment - July 9, 2017

                    Pastor Glenn Zimbelman

                    I think almost all of us like a good who-done-it.   Jan and I like to watch British murder mysteries because those Brit’s know how to write a good story.  Today we are looking at the 5th commandment, Thou Shall Not Kill.   As an observation, the breaking of this commandment happens early in Genesis as Cain kills Able.  From a cultural perspective, not killing someone seems like a wise thing to do with regard to community.  If people could kill as they wished, the community would die.  But most people who read this commandment can smugly say to themselves, I have never killed anyone.  I am sure if it means taking the life of a human being, everyone here could say that.  Unless one of you is hiding the fact and now we have our murder mystery.  Jesus being Jesus defines, quote, killing, unquote, as more than just taking a human life. So let us first look at how Luther’s defines this commandment.

                    July Birthdays and Anniversaries


                    • Sharon Mros - 7/4
                    • Barbara Nybakken - 7/9
                    • Gretchen Johnson - 7/20
                    • Terry Oldfield - 7/23
                    • Curtis Bader - 7/26
                    • Marilyn Botterud - 7/28


                    • Walt and Sharon Mros - 7/13

                                        2017 Mission Plan for Maricopa Lutheran Church

                                        1. Grow the building fund by $75,000.
                                        2. Improve communication between council, committees, and thecongregation.
                                        3. Plan more recreational/educational outings for our congregation.
                                        4. Plan our 5 year anniversary celebration for February 2018.
                                        5. Increase our presence in the community by sending at least one ambassador from MLC to city groups like the following:  scouts, city council, Copper Sky, Chamber, library, food pantry, women's shelter, Copa Senior Center, service groups and Hidden Treasures Thrift Store.

                                        During the HOT Arizona summer, REMEMBER to:

                                        Stay hydrated (take care of yourself and each other)
                                        Take care of pets and creatures (all need water and shade)
                                        Express PRAISE to God for water and His bountiful blessings
                                        Water the plants and trees in your care.
                                        Always conserve water and all earth's resources
                                        Recyle, reuse, or repurpose
                                        Delight in God's gift of family and friends
                                        Share the good news and a copy of cold water with those in need

                                        Food Pantry

                                        The pantry is currently operating out of #108 behind ED3.  They do not need egg cartons as they cannot handle cold foods.  But they do need plastic bags, peanut butter, jelly, and tuna fish. They also need other non perishable foods and hygiene products such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers, wipes, etc.  For the summer, they are emphasizing the peanut butter, jelly, and tuna fish as the kids are out of school and need to be fed.

                                        MLC is now a Partner with Arizona Faith Network

                                        AFNThe mission of Arizona Faith Network is to bring together People of Faith, under the inspiration of God, as a bridge to understanding and action- “Being Together, Talking Together."

                                        1. Civil Discourse- We facilitate respectful, civil conversations that engage people of faith, government and community in constructive dialogue around issues for the common good.
                                        2. Community Transformation- In collaboration with community partners, we identify our collective energy and resources to promote love, respect and justice for all people, especially those who are most vulnerable.

                                        Their mission involves 3 main Commissions: Theological Dialogue, Public Policy and Earth Care.  All events are open to friends and members of MLC!  We are seeking 2 ambassadors from MLC to be our AFN advocates.

                                        If you are interested please see Pastor Glenn.  Judith Littleton has volunteered to be an ambassador for MLC.  Thank you Judith!  You may find more info at

                                        Catalyst for Action - june 4, 2017

                                        Pastor Glenn Zimbelman

                                        One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him. 

                                        The scientist walked up to God and said, "God, we've decided that we no longer need you. We're to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don't you just go on and get lost." 

                                         God listened very patiently and kindly to the man. After the scientist was done talking, God said, "Very well, how about this? 

                                        Name Tags

                                        If you need a name tag, please contact Maria VanDyk at

                                        Presentation of Thanks

                                        Jensen, OldfieldTerry and Bonnie were presented with a gift from the worship committee on Sunday, May 28, , thanking them for their dedication to our church.  Terry sets up the sound system every Sunday: they both sing in the choir, play instruments (Bonnie, the bass, and Terry, the guitar) and play in the chime choir; Terry wrote our mission song; they provide their home for choir rehearsals and for Lenten services.    They are truly a gift from God!!

                                        Law or Love - May 28, 2017

                                        Pastor Glenn Zimbelman

                                        Following the resurrection, the disciples were still scattered about Jerusalem and the surrounding villages. John finds Peter and runs up to him. Excitedly he says, "Peter, Peter! I've got some good news and some bad news." Peter takes ahold of John and calms him down. "Take it easy, John. What is it? What's the good news?" John says, "The good news is Christ is risen." Peter says, "That's great! But, what's the bad news?" John, looking around, says, "He's really steamed about last Friday." I am glad that next week is Pentecost because preaching on Galatians is actually quite hard.  For one thing, Paul beats a dead horse when he goes on and on about works righteousness versus faith.  If you are born and raised Lutheran, saved by grace, is drummed into us. Most of us would say that we are not saved by what we do.  Now you see, we all could now go out for Ice Cream.   I have entitled my message this morning, Law or Love.  My hope is that God may use me to deepen your faith a bit this morning.

                                        The way of Grace - May 14, 2017

                                        Pastor Glenn Zimbelman

                                        Madison, Wisconsin being a university town is a town that likes to read.  I noticed there were all kinds of free newspapers scattered throughout the city.  The newspapers were supported mostly by advertisers and each newspaper had their own little niche.  Some were aimed at the music scene, others toward family and even some on the far edge of which you might recognize the name of The Onion.  Well I decided to publish my own Christian newspaper called Hope In Action.  I wanted to highlight all the good things the church was doing in the world.  This is my first encounter into the wide range of theology among Christians.  Some churches would allow my newspaper because either I was not born again or they wanted to take an ad out against abortion.  Others wanted me to lay down the law against all those sinners in Madison.  I even got a call from a person who told me that he researched scripture and there are over 200 laws that Jesus proclaimed and if you don’t follow all of them, you are toast.  He wanted me to print those laws.   Needless to say, for many Hope in Action became Hopeless in Action.

                                        On Line Giving

                                        Online GivingJust a friendly reminder that we offer electronic giving as a way to automate your regular weekly offering.  Electronic giving offers convenience for individual members and provides much needed donation consistency for our congregation.  

                                        God's Love for All People - May 7, 2017

                                        Pastor Glenn Zimbelman

                                        Apparently if head East on Interstate 10 on the other side of Tucson is a tourist trap known as the Thing.   It is a museum of course that includes wild and wacky things.  Do you want to know that the Thing actually is?

                                        It is a mummy in a coffin.  There now I have saved you tons of money because you don’t have to stop and see it.  Speaking of wild and wacky things.  We are going to talk this morning about one of the strangest stories in the Bible.  It is the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch.   Think about this scenario.  This guy is rich.  He can afford a chariot and someone to pull him along.  He is in charge of the Treasury so he is an upper crust society guy.  You would consider him as someone on the President’s cabinet.  For whatever reason he decides to go to Jerusalem and worship.  So on the way home he is on a dusty road out in the middle of nowhere.  As he is being pulled along in his chariot, he is reading the Old Testament from the book Isaiah.

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