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

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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CalendarThis week's schedule.

Altar Flowers Schedule

June 25 - Pete and Jody Rathfelder
July 2 - Pete and Jody Rathfelder
July 9 -
July 16 - 
July 23 - Eileen Stratman
July 30 - Judith Littleton

Hot dog fund raiser

This Sunday, June 25, after the congregational meeting, the fellowship committee will be serving hot dogs, chips, pop, and dessert for only $3.  The money will go to the building fund.

Congregational Meeting - THIS SUNDAY

There will be a congregational meeting on Sunday, June 25, at 10:15 a.m.. to approve the following:  MLC will secure land for a purchase price of $325,000 through a loan of $150,000 from the Mission Investment Fund, pending approval from the MIF.

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:

  • June 25 - Commandment 3 - Exodus 20:8-11 and Matthew 12:9-14
  • July 2 - Commandment 4 - Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-4; John 19:25-27
  • July 9 - Commandment 5 - Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:21-26
  • July 16 - Commandment 6 - Exodus 20:14; Matthew 5:27-28

Video Bible Study

Our new Bible study has begun.  We will be meeting on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at Pr. Glenn's for the summer months.  We will study Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.  Please join us!

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

June Birthdays and Anniversaries


  • DeVonna Nordtvedt - 6/3
  • Susan Bader - 6/8
  • Kathie Miller - 6/12
  • Linda Fix - 6/14
  • Connie Lundahl - 6/18
  • Jamie Morano - 6/18


  • John and Maria VanDyk - 6/1
  • Art and Maureen Smyth - 6/11
  • Rick and Diane Hebert - 6/29

                    Reports and Downloads

                    Just added to the Download Page:

                    • Building - May 24, 2017
                    • Council - June 11, 2017

                                      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.

                                      Property Offer
                                      Steps in Land Process

                                      1. Secure accepted offer - DONE
                                      2. Have Finance Committee work on loan amount $150,000 Loan - DONE
                                      3. File project with city planners - DONE
                                      4. Meet with City Planners
                                      5. Rezone for a church
                                      6. Inspect and certify:  EPA Test
                                      7. Hold Congregational Vote on property
                                      8. File EPA test and other documents with Mission Investment Fund
                                      9. Sign off on Due Diligence
                                      10. Obtain loan certification letter
                                      11. Complete 90 day lease with renter
                                      12. Close on land

                                                          The land is located at 40050 W. Santi Rd.

                                                          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.

                                                          Nurture and Mission - April 30, 2017

                                                          Pastor Glenn Zimbelman

                                                          In the coming weeks we are going to be focusing on the book of Acts.  Since we spent the year looking at the Gospel of Luke, Acts is actually the second half of the story.  The Bible really messed things up.  The New Testament should have been, Matthew, Mark, John, with Luke-Acts placed together.  Acts is the extension of the Gospel of Luke and should be viewed with that in mind.  We will touch on Pentecost after a few weeks, but after the day called Pentecost, we read the following in Acts 2:44-47. 

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