Creator Connection February 2021


The official newsletter of Creator Lutheran Church and Preschool.

Creator Lutheran Church and Preschool

Creator Connection


Welcoming all to Worship, Grow, and Serve in God’s Grace.

Grace to you and Peace from God our Father and

our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Pastor’s Corner

A message from Pastor Amanda

How do we observe Lent in the

midst of a pandemic? The logistic

challenges are ever present in these

days of COVID-19 but so is the

fatigue that many, if not all, of us are

living right now. We are tired, and

while the vaccine has given us some

hope, the end is not yet in sight.

On Ash Wednesday each year,

we come to worship, to repent,

and to have that ashy cross placed

on our brows —“You are dust,

and to dust you shall return.” In a

normal year, that reminder of our

mortality can be jarring. No matter

our age — weeks old to nearing 100

years old— we are reminded of our

finite, vulnerable existence. We are

reminded that our bodies will break

down, cells may mutate, arteries

may become blocked, accidents can

always happen.

We are invited through the

power of the Holy Spirit to come

and to recognize the fragile nature

of not just our bodies but of our

rebellion against God. We deny who

we are (creatures) and who we are

not (God).

We have been wearing, or

avoiding wearing, symbols of our

mortality for months because of

this pandemic. Cloth stretched over

our faces, catching the air we expel,

attempts to mitigate the health risks

to loved ones and strangers. It is a

constant reminder of how risky it is

to be alive. I toyed with the thought

of blessing our masks or having

you hold them up or cover them

with your hands during worship

on Ash Wednesday and saying

“We are dust, and to dust we shall

return.” We could have recognized

our ashiness with the tools of the

pandemic. With over 400,000 dead

in the United States alone — as of

mid January— the enormity is not

lost on us of what we are living

and dying through as a church,

community, nation and world.

I decided instead to find a way

to have us use ashes this year. For

me, it is a reminder of God in the

garden of Eden forming Adam and

Eve out of the dirt. God getting

messy, intimately creating our lives

and then breathing the breath of life

and creating, claiming, and loving.

Life continues to be messy and our

breath continues to be precious and

a gift from God that, because of sin,

can and has been taken all too often

from us or from our neighbors.

This year will be a year in

which ashes will be placed on your

forehead either by a q-tip grasped

by your pastor who has a face shield

and mask on, or they will be placed

on your brow with your own finger

or by the hand of someone you love.

Continued on pg. 4

Table of Contents


Pastor’s Corner...............................................

Terri’s Two Cents...........................................

Pastor’s Corner cont. .....................................

Annual Celebration........................................


Church in Society...........................................

Thoughts on Stewardship...............................

Valentine’s Day Ideas.....................................

Children, Youth, and Family

One on One....................................................

Children’s Program, Confirmation Schedule

Children’s Book of the Month.......................


Preschool News..............................................













Amanda Olson de Castillo

Children, Youth,

& Family Director: Terri Heckroth

Office Ministry: Donna Reynolds

Communications Coordinator:

Marion Gil



Bookkeeper: Marcie Reid

Custodian: Leslie Noborikawa

Nursery Attendants: Debbie

Eikland and Cynthia Lowe

Sunday School Coordinator:

Terri Heckroth

News and Education..............................

Birthdays and Reminders.......................



Preschool Director:

Andrea DeDominces

Preschool Teachers:

Andrea DeDominces, Ragan Allen

& Cheri Farrer



Baptism Coordinator:

Briana Halaas

Funeral Coordinator:

Janee Theleman


Ministry teams and program leaders, please think ahead about what is coming up and

submit information, pictures or stories of impact to by the 20th

of each month. Our Office Ministry Coordinator, will collect, format, and get the newsletter

out to the congregation by the first of each month. If you have any further questions,

please feel free to call the office (253) 862-7700.

Terri’s Two Cents

We all have to do things,

periodically, that we do NOT want

to do. Maybe those things are

scary or just too difficult to do. I

was faced with one of those tasks

recently. I needed to clean out a

cabinet that had become infested

with mice. The mice found enough

material to build a nice comfy nest

and move into my storage cabinet.

Needless to say, I was terrified to

even open the doors of the cabinet.

So, I postponed my task until the

smell was overwhelming, and I

was having nightmares about mice

almost daily.

I decided that this week was

the right time. I absolutely needed

to clear out the mouse nest and

take back control of the cabinet

immediately! I tried several times

to muster the courage to open the

doors all by myself, and failed. I

needed a new strategy. So, I enlisted

my husband, Andy, to stand with

me for moral support. I assured

him that all I needed was someone

to be with me and encourage me

to overcome my fear. Together, we

swept out all the mouse droppings

and nesting material shelf by shelf.

I was feeling confident with my

support system by my side.

Our system was working very

well until we got to the third shelf

down and encountered a live (not

very cute) little critter. I began

shaking uncontrollably and had to

leave the immediate area. Andy,

the braver member of our team,

captured the rodent, removed it,

and calmly called me back so we

could continue to work. Together,

we finished the job. Due to the

backing of my partner, I was able to

face my fear and complete my chore.

I consider God to be my support

system in life. God has promised

to be by my side when things are

easy and when things are scary or

difficult. God gives me courage to

face the challenges of this world,

and I trust that God will never leave

me alone. What a great comfort that

is to know!



Continued from pg. 1

It will be a remarkable year. It will be


For the God whose nature is

to create intimately, purposefully,

each of our lives also came to repent

us. To turn us around and into

right relationship with God. To be

unbound by God’s forgiving grace

and blessed with life. The shadow

of death is part of our lives. We

live knowing that we will one day

die— that grief may be our constant

companion after losing a loved one

until we are reunited upon our own

death. We live knowing that life is


Ash filled, yes, but also God


In a year of death and grief, we

name the heaviness and we are given

the release that hope brings. Because

of the good news that God is God

and we are not, we have hope. God

is for us. God is with us and God has

overcome the world for us.

In God’s grace,

Pastor Amanda Olson de Castillo




but also




2020 Annual


Another year has come and gone, and while the world was struggling with the pandemic, Creator’s

congregation has been doing their best to help alleviate some of the hardships in our community. Those

contributions and volunteer work were looked at during our Annual Celebration meeting via Zoom on

January 31, 2021. It was a heartwarming meeting in which the grace of God and the love our members

have for our community was highlighted. Thank you Creator church family!

Below you will find some comments from members that were made during the meeting. It’s a fun read!

If you are interested in watching the recorded meeting, follow this link:

• “Good morning! Thanks

to everyone that put the

celebration together!”

• “That’s a blessing that you

feel it was a good thing

to move here! Thank you

Pastor Amanda!”

• “Thank you pastor!”

• “I’m thankful for the call

committee and their faithful

work in bringing us Pastor


• “Thank you Altar Guild,

you’ve done a great job with

safety protocols!”

• “Youth Christmas Program

was great!”

• “Congratulations to Teri

and team for reaching so

many in the community with

creativity and care. Thanks

be to God!”

• “Thank you Teri for your

continued leadership with

our kids.”

• “Wonderful to see all the

impact of Creator in our


• “What an amazing difference

Creator volunteers have

made for our communities

during this time of need!

Thank you for your

leadership and generosity.”

• “This is amazing I am really


• “Crestwood Elementary was

very grateful for the support

from Creator




In Society

A social agency that Church in Society

supports throughout the year but especially

now during Covid,pandemic where domestic

violence is on the increase is Exodus Housing,

This nonprofit counseling center takes

referrals of parents who have been abused by

their partner, and need to find a safe place to

being again. This Christmas, Exodus Housing

sought money for gift cards for families to

buy their own gifts for each other. Generous

people from Creator gave a total of $1100.

Their thank you goes as follows:

Your congregation generous donation of

$1100 and gift cards truly helped create an

exceptional Christmas for our families!

This Christmas, we served 41 families with

59 children. Twenty-one families / 31 kiddos

received requested gifts. In addition to donated

gift cards we received, Exodus was able to

purchase forty-four $50 Walmart or Fred Meyer

gift cards to distribute to participating families.

Also we had seven families sign leases and

move into safe housing this holiday season

November 26-December 23). We were able

to provide each family with an abundance of

essential needs (dinner and kitchen ware,

bedding and bath room items, cleaning

supplies and personal care items)-everything

to welcome a family to their new home.

We couldn’t have done it without your

support. Thank you again for your thoughtful

gift and support. www.Exodus


Families from Exodus Housing are being

lifted from domestic violence and given a

chance to start over. Thank you for giving them

a home and a joyful Christmas.

Donation of Funds

In January we focused on the following

needs in food and shelter:

• Sumner Family Food Bank- General $200

• Sumner Family Back Pack program : $200

• Bonney Lake Food Bank General $200

• Bonney Lake Back Pack program $200


• New Hope Resource Center $500

• Helping Hands House $500

• Exodus Housing $500

Your generous giving continues to spread

God’s love to our neighbors and beyond.

The King will say”Whenever you did it for

any of my people , no matter how unimportant

they seemed , you did it to me.” Mathew 25:40

Contemporary English Bible


Two weeks ago was the

Baptism of our Lord. Pastor

Amanda reminded us of our own

baptism when God named us

one of His children and claimed

us as His own. So began our

relationship with Him. For

those baptized as infants, it is

maybe easier to see that God

did everything for us, it is not

something we do ourselves.

Pastor also mentioned that every

day we walk in the promise of

our baptism, and we are to point

to Jesus, just as John the Baptist

did back then. She also said that

God is calling us to care for one


In our relationship with God,

what influences our choices

in how we are serving Him?

How does this all pertain to

Stewardship? As stewards

of what God has entrusted to

our care, including our many

blessings, how do we decide

how to share this with others, and

in what way and how much? A

faithful steward is defined as

someone who is continually

examining the course of one’s

life, so pondering questions

such as these can be a natural

part of being a seeker, one who

desires to grow closer to God.

In what way am I comfortable

sharing my faith? Lutheran’s

“...every day we walk in the promise of our

baptism, and we are to point to Jesus just as

John the Baptist did back then.”

have often been known to be

more private in how we share our

faith. Sometimes overcoming a

difficult season, recovering from

a health challenge, or addiction,

or even finding encouragement

in a book, movie, or recent

conversation are small and big

ways to share our faith with


Our actions, how we serve

when we volunteer, is something

so needed at Creator and in

other community programs.

Start small, signing up to

volunteer just one time is so

appreciated. When we choose

to give financially to Creator or

donate to other agencies, how

do we determine how much?

Our journey with God is so

personal, and yet can bring glory

to Him and benefit others in the

process. Research has shown

that helping others is a means

to reduce signs of depression.

We benefit from our giving and

serving God. We are uplifted

as we bring encouragement to

others. We need each other,

even more so now during the

challenges of this pandemic.




Children, Youth, and Family

One on One

February 2021

A monthly interview with one of

our church members to help get

to know each other

Name: Janee Theleman

Profession: Retired

Birthday: February 9


Cooking sweets and reading

What is your favorite food?:

BBQ ribs

Name one person who has influenced

your life decisions:


What three things do you value the


God, family/friends, and good health

What is the biggest challenge you face?:

Growing old gracefully

Name something that most people do not

know about you:

I went ice fishing in Michigan

What do you like most about Creator?:

The warmth of the people and the caring of


Where do you see God in your life?:

I see God as central to my life

Who do you admire the most?:

That’s a difficult question as I admire many

different people and add more as life goes


Who is your favorite Superhero?:

Sorry, I’m not much into super heroes


Children, Youth, and Family

High School

Bible Study

Welcome to High School

Bible Study! This fun-loving

group of 9th-12th graders meet

every Sunday evening from 7-8

through Zoom. We gather for

prayer, fellowship, and faith

discussion time. For more

information call 253-862-7700

or 253-312-7219.


Book of

the Month!



The Russell family would like

to recommend “The Runaway

Bunny” by Margaret Wise Brown

and “The Invisible String” by

Patrice Karst. Both books focus

on attachment and relationships.

• Wednesday, February 3

7:00pm Lesson

• Wednesday, February 10

7:00pm Lesson

• Wednesday, February 17

Ash Wednesday, No Class

• Wednesday, February 24

7:00pm Lesson



Preschool News

February 2021

Dear Parents,

In January, we focused on

celebrating our differences,

dinosaurs, and the country

of Japan. The children’s

celebration of Japan at the end

of the month was fun and tasty!

Noodles, rice balls and mochi

bites were a Japanese treat!

In February, we will talk

about our presidents and healthy


Our color is pink and our

shape is the heart. Our letters

are L,l, F,f, and V,v and our

numbers are 6 for the 3 year old

class and 11,12 and 13 for the

4/5year old classes.

Our Valentine exchange will

be on Thursday, Feb.11th and

Friday, Feb. 12th. We will send

home a class list with names if

you need them for gender specific

cards. Otherwise, PLEASE



Unless your child is really

interested in writing the names

of his/her classmates (most are

not!). Please send a Valentine

for each child so no one feels

like Charlie Brown. Treats are

optional. Encourage your child

to write as much of THEIR name

as they can on each Valentine.

Loving and caring about one

another the way Jesus taught us

is always important, but having a

special day to concentrate on it

will be an added treat.

There will be no school on

Monday, February 15th due

to Presidents’ Day, a national


Thank you for all your word

of mouth recommendations to

friends for next year. You are

our best advertisement and we

feel blessed and pleased by your


Love to all families,

Andrea (Mrs. D), Ragan (Mrs.

Allen), and Cheri (Ms. Farrer)



Week 1 (Feb. 1-5)

• January review

• Getting ready for

Valentine’s Day

• #11

Week 2 (Feb 8-12)

• Letter V,v

• Valentine Exchange

• #6/ #12

• Book orders due Friday,

Feb 12

Week 3 (Feb 15-19)

• No school on Monday

only (President’s Day


• Presidents

• Letter F,f

Week 4 (Feb 22-26)

• Healthy Eating

February review

• #13


News and Education

LENT 2021

Ash Wednesday

Pick up Your Ashes

Ashes will available to pick

up at church for the week prior

to Ash Wednesday. These

can be used as part of your

worship with Creator at home

at 7pm or when you view the

worship. If you would like ashes

to be delivered to your home

please let the office know

prior to February 12th so that

arrangements can be made.

You will be invited to impose

ashes on your own forehead

and/or on the foreheads of

people in your household.

Drive by Ashes

• 12:30pm-2pm

• 5:30pm -6:30pm

Drive By Church on February

17th for imposition of ashes

by Pastor Amanda. Pastor will

have a mask and face shield.

Ashes will be applied with a

single use q-tip.

Ash Wednesday Worship with

Holy Communion

Worship will be at 7pm on

February 17th. You are invited

to register to come in person or

worship digitally on Facebook,

Zoom or YouTube.

For those who come in

person, you will be invited to

come to the altar for imposition

of ashes by COVID Family.

Ashes will be imposed with

a single use q-tip by Pastor

Amanda, who will be masked

and use a face shield.

Wednesdays In Lent

7 Symbols of Ash

We will be considering

the different meanings of Ash

throughout Lent in 2021. Each

Wednesday one of these

meanings will be the focus

of the Wednesday evening

sermon. Throughout the day

you are invited to come to

schedule time to come into

the sanctuary to pray and

two walk through prayer

stations designed to reflect

on Loss, Mortality, Emptiness,

Weakness, Repentance,

Shame, Purity.

Prayer Stations

Register for a time to go

through the 7 Symbols of

Ash Stations one time (or

more) during Lent. You and

your COVID family will be the

only people in the sanctuary

at the time and other COVID

protocols will be in place as

well. Registration will open in


Times will be available 9am-

7pm on Wednesdays in Lent.


Worship with Holden

Evening Prayer and a sermon

will be premiered at 7pm each

Wednesday on Facebook and


Holy Week in a Box

Boxes are being prepared

so that your household can

have worship and devotional

materials for Holy Week. The

boxes with contain objects

that help us reflect on Jesus’

passion and resurrection for us.

You will be receiving information

about when they are available

for pick-up at the church or to

request that a box is dropped off

at your home.


Adult Bible

Study via


Join us on the second and fourth

Monday of each month for fellowship

and faith discussions. We are currently

studying “whatever strikes our fancy”

(direct quote from Andy Heckroth).

Most of our Bible studies come from the

ELCA resources.

All are welcome! Terri and Andy

Heckroth-Hosts. Contact Terri for Zoom


News and Education

Daily Devotions

Morning Prayer will continue

throughout the month of January at

9:00am. You are invited to watch

the recordings which are posted or

consider joining us at 9:00am via

zoom. Pastor Amanda turns off the

recording after her reflection on

the reading and we have a time of

discussion and connection with one


Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.


Meeting ID: 633 840 757

One tap mobile

+12532158782,,633840757# US (Tacoma)

All worship services and devotions will be

posted after completion on both YouTube

and the creator website: https://www. and

Adult Education

I Love to Tell the Story

Pastor Amanda will be posting a

short video each week diving into

the Bible Narrative and specific

readings for the upcoming Sunday.

The videos will be posted on

Facebook, Youtube and linked

to our website. If you have any

questions or comments about the

bible study please send them to




News and Education



Bible Study

Join us for Thursday Morning

Bible Study via Zoom from

10:00am—11:30am. We will

continue with our study on

Exodus. Our first meeting we

will start with a little fellowship

and lesson on using Zoom and

then start a review of lesson 1.

If you need to order the Exodus

Study book, let us know.

Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 966 806 9876

Passcode: 1DMKSi

One tap mobile

+Dial by your location

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 966 6 9876

Passcode: 419391


Monday Evening Women’s Group

This is a time for connection, catching up and sharing prayer requests.

During Covid we are meeting virtually on zoom the first and third

Mondays of the month at 7 pm. Please contact Janice Pendergast at for more information.



During “All things Covid”

the Wednesday night

Men’s group has been

using Zoom. The meetings

start at 7:00 PM and get

over by 9:00PM. If you

are interested in joining

the meeting please contact

Scott Perkins with your

email address and he will

send you a link for Zoom.


com or 253-230-3416

Theology on Tapps

is Returning!

News and Education

Theology on Tapps for 2021 is

finally returning! Our first meeting

will be on February 18 via Zoom at

7:00pm. We will continue our on-going

discussion of Racism. Discussing

ELCA’s anti-racism pledge.

Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 961 2000 1197

Passcode: 930701

One tap mobile


#,,930701# US (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 961 2000 1197

Passcode: 930701

Young Adult’s Discussion

Join Creator’s Young Adults Discussion. Everyone ages 19—29 are welcome for Good Books, Good

Conversation and Good Company. Zoom meetings are the first Saturday of the month at 2:00pm on

Zoom. Text Teri Heckroth for more information at 253-312-7219.


Birthdays and Reminders

Remote Worship

Worship will continue to be live-streamed on Facebook Live and

Zoom. To join via Zoom, follow the link below:


Meeting ID: 893 7560 2512 Password: 435230

One tap mobile:

+ 12532158782,,89375602512#,,,,0#,,435230# US (Tacoma)

Call in option: Zoom offers the option to call in to listen to the

service. Call into worship while it is open - usually a minimum of

five minutes before 9:30am until 11:00am - +1 253 215 8782 and

enter the meeting number: 89375602512 when prompted. You

will be able to hear the worship service.

Pastoral Emergency Fund

Creator has a fund available to be used at the discretion of Pastor

Amanda to support congregation members and the community

as needed. If you or a member another member of the Creator

Community has a particular financial need at this time, please

reach out to Pastor Amanda for support. We are here for one

another at this time. This fund is also open for additional

donations from the congregation.

Recycle Your

Ink Cartridges

Don’t throw away those printer cartridges or used cell phones.

The Youth will recycle them for you. It’s good for the

environment and the youth program receives a small concession.

Just deposit old cartridges in the drawer in the narthex.

Creator Sunday School Is Back!

We will be emailing Sunday School lessons with video stories and

links to music videos every week to our Sunday School families.

If you know of any family who would like to be added to the

distribution list, please let Terri know. We will follow the narrative





01 - Silas Larson

02 - Stan Nye

02 - Amelia Parkhurst

03 - Beverlyann Brown

03 - Brooke Nesbitt

03 - Dane Olson

04 - Cole Sehlin

06 - Milly Jensen

09 - Janee Theleman

10 - Jeanne Anderson

10 - Gage Feroy

11 - Taylor Cooley

11 - Pat Guenther

12 - Peyton Littell

12 - Gary Shaw

12 - Charlene Thayse

16 - Rachel Heckroth

16 -Karin Jacobsen

16 - Joe Jessop

17 - Kylie Adams

17 - Ryan Dickson

17 - Teal Larson

17 - Karl Liedtke

19 - Wendi Hollenbeck

19 - Audrianna Rebner

19 - Kate Williamson

20 - Mark Robinson

21 - Nevaeh Russell

22 - Heidi Kronlund

23 - Kittie Magnusson

24 - Tara Olson

26 - Violet Hall

26 - Cheryl Howick

28 - Paul Anderson


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1 9am Morning


7pm Monday

Evening Women’s


2 3 4 5 6

9am Morning


9am Morning


7pm Confirmation

7pm Men’s Fellowship

9am Morning


10am Thursday

Morning Bible Study

2pm Young Adult



9:30am Worship

Online and

In person w/


7:00pm High School

Bible Study via Zoom

8 9am Morning


7pm Adult Bible



9am Morning


10 9am Morning


7pm Confirmation

7pm Men’s Fellowship

11 9am Morning


10am Thursday

Morning Bible Study



14 9:30am Worship

Online and

In person w/


7:00pm High School

Bible Study via Zoom

15 9am Morning


7pm Monday

Evening Women’s



9am Morning



9am Morning


7pm Confirmation

7pm Men’s Fellowship


Drive by Ashes

7pm Ash Wednesday


18 9am Morning


10am Thursday

Morning Bible Study

7pm Theology on

Tapps via Zoom



21 9:30am Worship

Online and

In person w/


7:00pm High School

Bible Study via Zoom

22 9am Morning


7pm Adult Bible Study


9am Morning



9am Morning


7pm Confirmation

7pm Men’s Fellowship

9am-7pm Prayer Stations

7pm Worship and Holden

Evening prayer online


25 9am Morning


10am Thursday

Morning Bible Study



28 9:30am Worship

Online and

In person w/


7:00pm High School

Bible Study via Zoom


Creator Lutheran

Church and Preschool

Welcoming All to Worship, Grow, and Serve in God’s Grace (253) 862-7700

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00AM - 3:30PM

16702 South Tapps Drive East, Bonney Lake, WA 98391

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