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

Phone:
928-363-0155

Pastor Glenn Zimbelman

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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About Maricopa Lutherans

A Brief History of Maricopa Lutheran Church

In 2006, Mountain View Lutheran Church in Ahwatukee felt the Holy Spirit leading them and decided to reach out to the people in Maricopa, which was a newly incorporated, booming community about 20 miles to their south. They started by listening to their hurts and responding to their needs.

Then, in 2007, about 40 interested people met with Bishop Talmage of the Grand Canyon Synod and asked “when can we have a worshiping community here in Maricopa?” This question inevitably led to the formation of a Leadership Team which decided to hold a series of seven worship services during the season of Lent to determine what the level of interest was in forming a Lutheran congregation here in Maricopa. These services were held on Saturday evenings at the First Baptist Church, which graciously offered us the use of their sanctuary. The average attendance at these seven services was around 45 people, so there appeared to be no question that a Lutheran congregation could thrive abundantly in Maricopa!
The services held during Lent were presided over by various pastors from the surrounding communities who enthusiastically offered their services to Maricopa Lutheran. The final service, Easter Saturday, was led by Pastor Cora Aguilar, a retired pastor from California, who – led by the Holy Spirit – decided to buy a home and retire in Maricopa! The Leadership Team welcomed Pastor Cora with open arms and asked her if she would be willing to be our leader while we establish our church. Her response was, “Yes, I believe that God called and sent me to continue a ministry that is needed in Maricopa. I am simply his tool, carrying out his will.” How truly blessed Maricopa is!

Because Mountain View was in the process of calling a Senior Pastor, it was difficult to get a firm plan in place, but the Leadership Team decided that they would hold monthly services beginning in May, again at First Baptist, and the attendance at these services continued to be excellent. Then, great news!! Mountain View called a new Senior Pastor, Glenn Zorb, who was due to arrive on the scene at the end of June.

Pastor Zorb arrived, came to meetings of the Leadership Team, gave his input on how we should go forward and things have really started to hum! The team met with Pastor Newman, Mission Director of the Synod, and progressed to weekly services starting in Sep. 2008 on late Saturday afternoons at First Baptist. Attendance and stewardship continued to blossom which culminated with the Christmas Holidays and a very moving Christmas Eve service at our Mission House.

In January 2009, a congregational meeting was held and it was decided that Sunday services could better serve Maricopa Lutheran and the Maricopa community. God was listening since during the meeting we were advised of an available storefront location in Maricopa and action started immediately to finalize the arrangements. Awaiting occupancy approval for the new space, worship and Lenten services were held at the Mission House. On the first Sunday in March, Maricopa Lutheran started worshipping at the Honeycutt Road location. Attendance continued to grow as did those willing to share their talents and money to make Maricopa Lutheran flourish.
During this period, the Leadership group, now known as the Steering Committee, completed a profile requesting Grand Canyon Synod and the ELCA to approve Maricopa Lutheran as a Synodically Authorized Worshiping Community as a Mission Church under Mountain View Lutheran. Approval came just after Easter.
The congregation continued to grow in numbers with the result of several moves involving finding suitable space for worship. They worshipped at Trinity Crossings on Porter Rd. followed by Santa Rosa Elementary School. In 2013 there were two significant events in the life of the congregation. Maricopa Lutheran Church was officially chartered in February as a congregation in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. That year also saw the congregation outgrow the Santa Rosa Elementary space so they moved to the present location of Desert Wind Middle School.
In 2014, Pastor Cora Aguilar retired. In December, Pastor Glenn Zimbelman was called as the new Senior Pastor.

In 2015 the congregation officially launched a Building Fund. The church also developed Guiding Principles for mission planning. A second worship was added in the Fall of 2015. The congregation continues to grow with a new record attendance of 237 at Easter in 2016.


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