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Our Mission:


 
"To share the love and the light of Jesus Christ so all people may know God"
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." John 3:16
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations." Matthew 28:19
"You are the light of the world...let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14,16
"This is my command: Love each other." John 15b
 

Our Strategy:


Gather
people to meet Jesus
Grow
to become more like Jesus
Go
spread the love of Jesus

Reach Out ... with the Good News of Jesus in a language people can understand because all people matter to God.

Participate Fully ... with a servant's heart, in mission activities based on our giftedness and passions.

Worship ... in a way that is inspiring, culturally relevant, participatory, grounded in the Bible, and our best.

Grow ... as obedient disciples of Jesus by listening to God in faithful study, prayer, and service, by acting on what God tells us, and by training others how to listen and act.

Care ... for the whole family, all ages and stages.

Share ... the resources God has given us to steward, with generous and compassionate hearts; giving to God and giving to those in need.

 

We Believe:


 
Pastor Paul Witkop

Pastor Paul Witkop

480-488-2716

Bio

Personal Background

Rest of the Story

I attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and graduated with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration. I worked for Peat Marwick Mitchell as a CPA for six years before attending Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago to earn a Masters of Divinity in 1990.

My hobbies include most sports, playing guitar, coaching my kid’s sports teams when they were younger, and music of all kinds. Hiking with Betsy is the greatest. I also really enjoy basketball, football, baseball, golf, tennis, and jogging. We all enjoy traveling and hanging out with our family and friends. I am an avid fan of the Phoenix Suns, Green Bay Packers, and San Francisco Giants.

 
 
Assoc. Pastor Michael Bailey

Assoc. Pastor Michael Bailey

Next Generation Ministries

480-488-2716

Bio

Originally from Muncie, Indiana I came to Light of the Desert via Chicago where I was finishing my Master’s of Divinity (M.Div.) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. My wife, Denise, and I met while studying at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI where I received my Bachelors degree in Religion and Theology. I have been in Student Ministry since 2005 and have served in churches throughout the Midwest. I have a passion for ministry to students and young adults and feel that these generations have an excellent opportunity to transform the world. In my free time I enjoy playing golf, rugby, reading, working out, spending time with Denise, and rooting for Notre Dame Football, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Chicago Cubs.

 
 
Tamra Duncan

Tamra Duncan

Director of Music Ministries

480-620-4762

Bio

Hello, I am Tamra Duncan, the Director of Music Ministries at Light of the Desert Lutheran Church. I began my ministry here in 2007 but have been involved in church music ministry for the majority of my life.

My roots are based out of Wisconsin. I grew up on a small farm in Pewaukee Wisconsin. My parents were not musical at all but they scraped enough money together to bless my brothers and I with piano lessons. I loved playing the piano and my brothers, well... not so much. I continued taking lessons and decided with the help of my high school choir teacher to pursue music in college. I moved to Florida and majored in piano performance then took a hiatus and eventually graduated from Grand Canyon University with my bachelors in music (emphasis in choral studies and voice) and went on to a master’s degree in music education through ASU. I have been teaching music in the Paradise Valley School district for 15 years. I currently teach choir and piano at Paradise Valley High School.

When I’m not working I love spending time with my husband Jeff and my two dogs. I have 2 grown daughters, Tonya and Kia who fill me with joy and make me so proud. Hiking, biking, working out, reading and traveling are some of my favorite things to do. God has blessed me greatly in doing what I love as a career with people that share the same passion. God is good, All the time.

 
 
Patty Robinson

Patty Robinson

Administrative Assistant to the Pastor

480-488-2716

Bio

My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” This verse has certainly held true at many times in my life but especially as the Lord led me to worship at Light of the Desert. Thirty years of service in the corporate world was enough for me and God called me to “trust” him for my future – and to devote more of my time to his work. I have served him here at LOD as a volunteer: teaching, leading small groups, and as the Director of Adult Ministries; when the opportunity came to work alongside the staff as Administrative Assistant to the Pastor – that was just icing on the cake. Every day I look forward to seeing what “new plan” God has for me and I am blessed to be a part of this church family.

 
 
Shawn Chappel

Shawn Chappel

Director of Children's Ministries

480-329-2020

Bio

My wife Laura and I first visited Light of the Desert in the summer of 2003 with our children Grace and Sam for Vacation Bible School. We were blessed and drawn by the warm reception of the Light of the Desert Family and within the year we joined the church as members. In September of 2004 our family was blessed with the addition of our daughter Caroline and she was baptized at LOD a short time later. I volunteered intermittently with several ministries at LOD including serving on the church council. After serving on the council I answered the call to teach Sunday School to the 3rd – 5th Graders at LOD. This became a real blessing and source of joy for me. I was blessed with more free time and began teaching more frequently until it became a regular thing. I feel very called and excited about serving as Director of Children’s Ministries.

Outside of the church I was in the hospitality business for 30 years with 25 of those years as an aspiring cook and finally an Executive Chef. The last five years of my career in the hospitality business were as a Clubhouse Manager for a private golf club in Scottsdale, AZ. I am currently a Realtor with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty and enjoying much more free time with my awesome wife Laura and our wonderful children.

My Life Verse is Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


Organizations:


Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC)

lcmc.net

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ is an association of congregations and individuals who are free in Christ, accountable to one another, rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions and working together to fulfill Christ's Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations.

LCMC Statement of Faith:

Willow Creek Association

Light of the Desert is one of more than 7000 churches from 90 different countries, from many different denominations and backgrounds who are committed to a singular idea: that inspired, encouraged, and equipped Christian leaders create thriving local churches that redeem their communities for Christ. The centerpiece of the WCA is the annual Global Leadership Summit willowcreek.com/events/leadership that brings together by satellite more than 100,000 leaders who want to become better leaders for the sake of the Gospel. Light of the Desert leaders have been participating regularly in the Summit since 1995

Check out willowcreek.com for more information about the Willow Creek Association.

Contact Us:


 

The church office is open between 10:00am and 2:00pm on Monday-Friday.

Feel free to call us at (480)-488-2716

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Topic:

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Sunday Worship Service:


9:00 am and 10:45 am
 

Adult Sunday School is at 10:45 am

Children Kindergarten through 5th grade are dismissed during a portion of the service for Children's Church.
On communion Sundays, the children return from Children's Church in time to participate in communion with their families.

Nursery is available during the worship service.

 

What to Expect:

From the fall to the spring, we offer two services, which are identical to each other. We’re a pretty relaxed bunch here and our congregation bridges many generations so there is a place for you here. We offer a blended style of music, from traditional hymns to the current Christian contemporary music. After the music is finished, there will be a sermon focused on Scripture that challenges and encourages. We offer communion on the first and third Sunday’s of each month. No dress code required here, come as you are. Most people you’ll find here on a Sunday morning are in jeans and polo or button down or supporting their favorite sports team of the season. After our services you will find many of us hanging out in the lobby, enjoying donuts, lemonade, and coffee each Sunday. We hope to see you here soon!

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Children/Youth:


Kids Kingdom

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Sundays during the services

Room 102 and Youth Room

Contact Shawn Chappel for more information:

JAM

Junior High

Sunday evenings 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Youth Room

Contact Pastor Michael Bailey for more information:

DV8

Senior High

Sunday evenings 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Youth Room

Contact Pastor Michael Bailey for more information:

 
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Adult:


Mission Trip to Kasolo, Africa

July 2015

For more information, see hope4kidsinternational.org or contact Pastor Paul Witkop:

 
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Women:


Women's Bible Study - Revelation Part 4

Thursday Evenings 6:45pm to 8:30pm

Room 101 at the church

Contact Patty Robinson for information:

Women's Bible Study - The Study of Luke

Tuesday Mornings 9:00am

Terravita

Contact Carol Borchard to register:

LOD's Annual Women's Retreat 2015 - "Garden Getaway"

April 24-26th

Chapel Rock Retreat Center in Prescott

 
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Men:


Men's Bible Study - Matthew

Wednesday Mornings 6:00am

IHOP at 19th Avenue and Bell Road

Contact Pastor Paul Witkop for more information:

Men's Bible Study - The Parables

Wednesday Mornings 8:00am

Room 101 at the church

Contact John for more information:

Man Cave Events

Periodically throughout the year we will be getting together for fellowship and great discussions on what it means to live as man of God. Good food is usually also a part of the equation. Be sure to look for these dates on the calendar of events.

Contact Brian for more information:

 
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Serve Your Church Familiy:


Donut Servers

Contact Patty Robinson for information:

Greeters and Ushers

Contact Peggy for information:

Communion Assistants

Contact Nancy for information:

Music

Contact Tamra Duncan for information:

Technology

Contact Jeff Duncan for information:

 
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8
 

How We Serve Our Community:


 

For more information about any of these ministries, contact Pastor Paul Witkop at , Pastor Michael Bailey at , or Patty Robinson at .

Neighbors in Need

We support this organization that coordinates all the social need agencies in the Cave Creek/Carefree area.

For more information, see neighborsinneedaz.org

Foothills Caring Corps

We support the Caring Corps efforts to serve the elderly in the Cave Creek/Carefree area.

For more information, see foothillscaringcorps.com

Foothills Food Bank

We support this foodbank which provides food and utility relief for those in Cave Creek/Carefree area.

For more information, visit foothillsfoodbank.com

Neighborhood Ministries

We support this inner city ministry that cares for children in the inner city of Phoenix

For more information, see nmphx.com

Phoenix Dream Center

We support this Christ centered ministry that serves the homeless, low-income, at-risk youth and struggling individuals by providing resources and supportive services.

For more information, see phxdreamcenter.org

Catch the Vision

We support JD Hill in his efforts to help the youth of Arizona make right choices to avoid the pitfalls of drug and alcohol abuse and find hope in Jesus Christ.

For more information, see jdhill.org

Street Light Ministries

We support this organization that seeks to transition adolescent girls who have been involved in trafficking and exploitation to triumph in Jesus Christ.

For more information, see streetlightusa.org

Chris Becker Dining Room

We support and serve meals the second Sunday evening of each month in an inner city setting. All are invited to serve.

La Sagrada Familia

We support our Latino brothers and sisters in Christ and the congregation of La Sagrada Familia located in the Bell Road and 28th street area.

Light the Way

We support this new congregation of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ in Cortaro, Arizona.

Hope Church inner city

We support this new congregation of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ in the inner city of Phoenix.

 
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8
 

How We Serve Our World:


 

For more information about any of these ministries, contact Pastor Paul Witkop at , Pastor Michael Bailey at , or Patty Robinson at .

Missionary Support

Hope4Kids

Through Hope4Kids, we have adopted and befriended a village in Kasolo, Uganda, Africa. The name of our sister church in Kasolo is Amazing Grace Church. They pray for us and we pray for them and look for other ways to show our friendship.

For more information, see hope4kidsinternational.org

Watoto Church and Children’s Choir

Biannually we host the Watoto Children’s Choir from Watoto Church in Kampala, Uganda. We also sponsor orphaned children through Watoto.

For more information, see watoto.com

Voice of the Martyrs

We support Voice of the Martyrs and the persecuted church in the world through prayer and letter writing.

For more information, see persecution.com

Feed My Starving Children

We support this organization not only with our offerings but also with volunteer time packing food.

Look for sign-up sheets in the narthex as the dates draw near. Check the list to see who you might want to carpool with. If you have any questions about Feed My Starving Children, see Kathy Grandprey.

For more information, see fmsc.org

Samaritans Purse - Operation Christmas Child

Each year, we pack more than a thousand shoeboxes with toys, shoes, clothing, hygiene items, candy and a Gospel message. The boxes are sent to third world children.

 

Websites:


Bible Gateway

www.biblegateway.com

An online searchable Bible providing over fifty different translations.

Focus on the Family

www.focusonthefamily.com

"Focus on the Family exists to serve you and your family... Every day we're at work on new programs and initiatives that will help you and your family even more" (www.focusonthefamily.com). At Focus on the Family, you will find valuable articles, books, and CDs that will aid in your pursuit to be a loving and effective parent.

Lutheran World Relief

www.lwr.org

An international nonprofit organization that works to end poverty and injustice.

Moravian Church in North America

www.moravian.org

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ

www.lcmc.net

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ is an association of congregations and individuals who are free in Christ, accountable to one another, rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions and working together to fulfill Christ's Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations.

Willow Creek Association

www.willowcreek.com

Founded in 1992, Willow Creek Association (WCA) serves pioneering pastors and leaders through world-class leadership experiences and resources. WCA is committed to a singular idea: that inspired, encouraged, and equipped Christian leaders create thriving local churches that redeem their communities for Christ.

 

Apps:


Googly Play Apple App Store

LifeChurch TV Bible App

A free Bible app for your mobile device with multiple translations, reading plans, and more.

Check out the online version at bible.com

 
Googly Play Apple App Store

Your Move

Sermons by Pastor Andy Stanley

 

Sermons:



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Our Call to Shine

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: April 12, 2015

 


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Easter Sunday

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: April 5, 2015

 


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Palm Sunday

Speaker: Pastor Michael Bailey

Date: March 29, 2015

 


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Jesus: He Came for the Least Likely

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: March 22, 2015

 


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Jesus: He Came for Sinners

Speaker: Pastor Michael Bailey

Date: March 15, 2015

 


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Jesus: He Came for the Hopeless

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: March 8, 2015

 


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Jesus: He Came to Stretch Us

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: March 1, 2015

 


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Jesus: He Came for the Faith Challenged

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: February 22, 2015

 


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Moses: Choose Life

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: February 15, 2015

 


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Moses: Starting, Running, Finishing Strong

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: February 8, 2015

 


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Moses: Excuses and More Excuses

Speaker: Pastor Michael Bailey

Date: February 1, 2015

 


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Moses: What We Hear When We Listen

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: January 25, 2015

 


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Moses: Alien in a Foreign Land

Speaker: Pastor Michael Bailey

Date: January 18, 2015

 


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Moses: Beginning a Journey to God

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: January 11, 2015

 


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The Kind of People God Seems to Use

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: January 4, 2015

 

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2014:



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O, What Requirement is This

Speaker: Pastor Michael Bailey

Date: December 28, 2014

 


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A Season for Joy

Speaker: Pastor Michael Bailey

Date: December 21, 2014

 


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There's an App for That

Children's Program

Date: December 21, 2014

 


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Preparing for the Unexpected

Speaker: Louis Liss

Date: December 7, 2014

 


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Waiting for Disappointment

Speaker: Pastor Michael Bailey

Date: November 30, 2014

 


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Giving Thanks

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: November 23, 2014

 


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Season of Invitation

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: November 16, 2014

 


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Catch the Vision - We Need Jesus

Speaker: JD Hill

Date: November 9, 2014

 


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Pray for the Persecuted

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: November 2, 2014

 


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Open Doors: My Life

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: October 26, 2014

 


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To the Next Generation

Speaker: Pastor Michael Bailey

Date: October 19, 2014

 


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Making the Most of My Affluence

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: October 12, 2014

 


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Making the Most of My Influence

Speaker: Pastor Paul Witkop

Date: October 5, 2014

 

 

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