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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February 8, 2015 - Isolation Procedures must be followed

As a pastor one of my joys is to do hospital visits.  Hopefully I won’t have to do that very much here because I know that all of you are eating right, exercising like crazy and none of you have any health concerns.   Well ever so often when I go and see someone there is warning on the door.  The words are similar to “Isolation Procedures must be followed”.  Sometimes it requires me to wash up.  Most often it is to put on a gown, wear gloves and to not get too close to the patient.   I have never figured out if they are protecting the patient from me, which just might be a good idea I might add, or to protect me from the patient.  Isolation procedures.  

February 1, 2015 - Healthy Boundary Training

You probably don’t know this but the Grand Canyon Synod has a policy that every 3 years, all pastors are to undergo Healthy Boundary Training.  The training is a reminder to us clergy that we need to think through and keep ourselves accountable through healthy boundaries.  Those boundaries include obvious things like adultery or emotional affairs with others, but also ones you might not think of.  For instance, if you are a workaholic, is it a healthy time boundary to work 95 hours a week.  Even the boundary of having a responsible debt load arises.   Those healthy boundaries are good to keep for everyone safe. 

January 25, 2015 - Jesus had a mission statement

Our mission statement is Gathered by the Holy Spirit, Fed with the Word of God, Sent to make Christ known.   Let’s say that together, repeat after me, Gathered by the Holy Spirit, Fed with the Word of God, Sent to make Christ known.  It is a very good mission statement.   Many mission statements are nice words on paper.  What makes a mission statement have teeth and matter to the world?  It takes people committed to living it out through their behaviors.   Sometime I will do a sermon series on our mission statement so that we can ponder the meaning for our lives.   Did you know that Jesus had a mission statement?  It is found in Mark 1:15,

January 18, 2015 - Speak, Lord for your servant is listening

This morning we are going to talk a bit about voices.  We heard a very popular Old Testament story about God calling out, Samuel, Samuel, and Samuel thinks the voice is Eli.   Eli figures out that the voice is God, and tells Samuel, the next time you hear that voice, and your name called, respond by saying, Speak, Lord for your servant is listening. 

January 4, 2015 - Being A Christian These Days

We live in a whole different world when it comes to being a Christian these days.   Gallup conducts polls on people and their religious preference.  Do you know what the fastest growing preference in America is these days?  No, it is not Muslim or Buddhist.  The fastest growing religion that is checked is the word None.   Christmas has come.  Jesus has arrived.   Now what? 


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