Creator Connection April 2021

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The official newsletter of Creator Lutheran Church and Preschool.

Creator Lutheran Church and Preschool

Creator Connection

APRIL 2021

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

Pastor’s Corner

A message from Pastor Amanda

Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and

Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

The nature of a promise

is that it is something we hold

and trust, but it not necessarily

something that we experience

on a daily basis.

There is the Ole and Lena

joke from my Scandinavian

roots in which Lena laments

that Ole has only told her that

he loves her one time. When

asked, Ole responds that he

will let her know if he changes

his mind. Obviously Ole was

not versed in Love Languages

and is missing the need that

Lena had to hear affirmations

of that love. The promise of

consistency and enduring love

is hinted at but also the human

reality of impermanence is

poignantly implied. Minds can

be changed, promises do get

broken in our hands and under

our power.

A promise needs to be used.

We need reassurance that

promises are remembered by all

parties involved and are being

acted upon as well so that they

are not empty.

Do you know people who

make promises right and left

but quickly forget or when a

response is needed come up

with excuses rather than follow

through on their promise? Are

you one of those people? I

imagine sometimes the answer

is yes to both questions.

As humans, we are promise

makers. We are not always

promise keepers. As a result,

we project our unfaithfulness

onto God and God’s promise of

keeping fidelity. In doing so we

are as far from the truth as the

east is from the west.

God made promises to

you in your Baptism — you

have shared in a death like his

and will certainly share in a

resurrection like his (Romans

6:5). We call our death in

Baptism the big death in which

the powers of sin, the devil and

death are defeated by Christ in

our life. Our physical death at

some point later in our future

is our little death and while

significant to us it has already

been demoted from the last

and greatest word in our life by

Christ.

Continued on pg. 4


Table of Contents

Ministry

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

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

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

Fellowship

Statement for the International Day for the

Elimination of Racism...................................

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

Church Council Highlights............................

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

Children, Youth, and Family

Easter Events, Prayer Chain..........................

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

Children’s Program, Confirmation Schedule

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

Preschool

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

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

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

Calendar............................................................

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Staff

Pastor:

Amanda Olson de Castillo

pastoramanda@creatorlutheran.net

Children, Youth,

& Family Director: Terri Heckroth

creatorterri@comcast.net

Office Ministry: Donna Reynolds

office@creatorlutheran.net

Communications Coordinator:

Marion Gil

communications@creatorlutheran.

net

Bookkeeper: Marcie Reid

creatorbooks@creatorlutheran.net

Custodian: Leslie Noborikawa

Nursery Attendants: Debbie

Eikland and Cynthia Lowe

Sunday School Coordinator:

Terri Heckroth

creatorterri@comcast.net

Preschool Director:

Andrea DeDominces

Preschool Teachers:

Andrea DeDominces, Ragan Allen

& Cheri Farrer

Baptism Coordinator:

Briana Halaas

Funeral Coordinator:

Janee Theleman

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

submit information, pictures or stories of impact to office@creatorlutheran.net 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

As I write this article, March

21, we celebrate International

Day for the Elimination of Racial

Discrimination. Some topics

are hard to talk about because

we don’t want to hurt anyone’s

feelings, and some people think

that talking about prejudice,

bias, and stereotypes is impolite

or hurtful. But studies have

shown that discussing these

difficult topics (even when we

fall short of perfection) can help

to overcome harmful attitudes.

Let’s start by getting to know

some new (or familiar) words.

Do you know what prejudice

means? Prejudice means to

pre-judge. A prejudice is a

judgment someone makes

about another person just

based on their appearance or

differences. Prejudgments can

oftentimes be negative, hurtful,

and untrue. When I was in

fourth grade, the other kids in

my class thought that since I

was smaller than the average

girl, I could not be good at

sports. I was actually a very

fast runner and won the prize

for “Best Athlete” at Field Day

that year.

When an entire group of

people is prejudged, it is called

stereotyping. An example of

stereotyping could be found in

this statement: “Girls love the

color pink.” Some girls do love

the color pink, but how would

you feel if you were a girl who

“If we hate others, we are living and walking in the dark.

We don’t know where we are going, because we can’t see

in the dark.” --1 John 2: 11

did NOT like the color pink?

I think most of us struggle

with prejudice and stereotyping

to some degree. Our

experiences with one member

of a group may influence

how we think and act toward

all members of that group.

Sometimes, prejudice and

stereotyping are based on

a person’s ethnicity. That is

another big word we should

define. Ethnicity is your race or

background. It can mean what

part of the world your ancestors

are from or what language you

ancestors spoke.

Prejudging people can be

harmful to the person who is

being judged and to the one

who is doing the judging. If we

judge people only by what we

see on the outside, we cannot

get to know the real person.

We could be missing out on a

chance to have a really great

friend.

This is the beginning of a

very long conversation. There

is a lot to discuss. Let’s talk

more!

“If we hate others, we are living

and walking in the dark. We

don’t know where we are going,

because we can’t see in the

dark.” --1 John 2: 11

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Ministry

Continued from pg. 1

I would add that we have

little deaths throughout of lives

— as chapters of our lives begin

and end, as we experience

grief and loss and limitations

and as life continually brings

suffering to us and through us.

In this Easter season I want

us to also realize that while we

experience little deaths, we also

experience little resurrections.

God continues to bring us life

out of death or maybe better

said in the midst of death. Hope

in the midst of sorrow. Joy in

the midst of suffering. These

little resurrections remind us

of God’s promise to provide

and sustain our life and that we

will share in the resurrection.

The Big Resurrection will

come when death, the devil

and sin are defeated one last

time in your flesh, and they

will no longer have any hold

or influence over you. You

will have no more death, only

resurrection.

So a question for you…

when has God used this

promise for you. When

have you been given little

resurrections, glimpses of the

fullness of God’s promise for

you?

Just because you have not

felt or experienced resurrection,

or that death and suffering

keep on returning to your

life perhaps, does not make

resurrection any less real.

God does not require that you

get it or feel it to be real — I

know you would like it to be

otherwise but many times you

will not feel God at work in your

life. It does help to name the

little resurrections in your life

and to name them for others

in their lives as well— how is

God acting in the little deaths

along the way in our life? The

resurrection is a promise that

abides, dwells in you. It is a

promise that will be dawn in

your life and the lives of your

loved ones.

We do need to be reminded.

We do need to be given God’s

promise again and again, not

because it did not work the first

time, but because we, like Lena,

need reassurance to hold onto

and to trust.

Fear not for those baptized

— God will remain true to His

promise. God will not change

His mind even when we do. The

resurrection will come — there

will be little resurrections along

the way of life — and the big

resurrection when you will finally

see what has held you in hope

and promise throughout life’s

little deaths and resurrections.

Peace be with you in the

name of your Risen Lord and

Savior!

In Christ,

Pastor Amanda

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CHICAGO (March 17,

2021) — The Rev. Elizabeth A.

Eaton, presiding bishop of the

Evangelical Lutheran Church in

America (ELCA), and leaders of

the Evangelical Lutheran Church

in Canada, the Anglican Church

of Canada and The Episcopal

Church have issued a statement

in observance of the International

Day for the Elimination of Racial

Discrimination on March 21.

The statement follows:

Statement for the International

Day for the Elimination of Racial

Discrimination – March 21, 2021

From Churches Beyond

Borders: Evangelical Lutheran

Church in Canada, Anglican

Church of Canada, The

Episcopal Church and the

Evangelical Lutheran Church in

America

In Advent 2020, Churches

Beyond Borders expressed

a commitment to dismantling

racism, combating white

supremacy and actively seeking

opportunities to engage more

deeply on these important issues.

In this season of Lent, we continue

our journey as we join together

in observing the International

Day for the Elimination of

Racial Discrimination. This is an

annual day of recommitment in

remembrance of the day police in

Sharpeville, South Africa, opened

fire and killed 69 people at a

peaceful demonstration against

apartheid “pass laws” in 1960.

(www.un.org/en/observances/

end-racism-day) Recognizing

that the March 21 International

Day for the Elimination of Racial

Discrimination is a calling to be

lived out every day, we offer this

reflection as encouragement

to continue the journey with

renewed determination.

I have observed the misery

of my people who are in Egypt; I

have heard their cry on account

of their taskmasters. Indeed, I

know their sufferings, and I have

come down to deliver them

(Exodus 3:7-8a, NRSV)

How do we lament the sin of

racism?

Racism and xenophobia

have a painful, violent, deadly

history that traverses all borders.

The institutional church shares

in the complicity of the legacies

of the Doctrine of Discovery

colonization, forced removal and

genocide of Indigenous people,

the enslavement of African

and Indigenous Peoples and

injustices perpetrated against

all people of color. The sin of

racism is structural, institutional,

interpersonal and internalized. It

lives in communities inside and

outside the church; it continues

to inflict harm on a daily basis

and generate new history. How

do we repent of all of this?

At the burning bush, Moses

hears God say, “I have heard

the cries of my people.” We

who follow the God of Freedom

must also hear the cries of

God’s people, of each other, and

especially those among us who

live under the constant threat

and violence of racism and white

supremacy. For those of us who

have the privilege of closing

ourselves off, we need to open

ourselves to feel the painful

truths of the sins of racism and

Ministry

Statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

white supremacy in our hearts

and bodies and minds and

souls. We must create spaces

and structures that welcome and

include the voices of those most

directly impacted by the sins of

racism. This message is being

shared during the season of Lent,

a period of self-examination,

reflection, and making amends.

We need to lament, repent and

be transformed.

Moses is told to take off his

sandals. We need to lament in

worship: to remove our shoes,

to stand in humility, to feel

the ashes on our foreheads,

to be honest in the presence

of God about our sins and

shortcomings. Holy Ground is

a gift that supports lamentation,

repentance, transformation and

discernment.

Moses is sent to work for the

freedom of people. Oppression is

not inevitable or insurmountable.

Things can change. Challenging

racism and white supremacy

calls each of us to deep

and honest consideration of

perceptions, biases, behaviours

and systemic patterns. We echo

the United Nations call to take

the strongest possible stand

against racism, discrimination

and intolerance of every kind, to

spread the word to fight racism

and to take stock of the state of

human rights and hate speech

today and reflect on how each

of us can stand up for rights.

In lamentation and repentance,

we hear God’s call to act for the

dismantling of racism.

Moses admits his own fears

Continued on pg. 13

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Fellowship

Over many months, Creator Lutheran Church

has remained faithful in giving to others, even in

these times of hardship and change during the

pandemic. Your generosity has made it possible

to give to others who needed support during the

past two months in the following ways:

• Feeding those who have a scarcity of

food by giving to our local food banks:

$1800

• Helping agencies that help the homeless,

and those who can’t pay rent by giving to

Open Hearth, Associated Ministries and

Mi Casa: $1400

• Lutheran Disaster Relief for families in

Texas: $300

• Agencies serving families in need-White

River Community Outreach: $500.

Church

In Society

“In all things, we are more than

conquers through Him who loved us.

For I am sure that neither death nor

life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things

present or things to come, nor powers,

nor height or depth, nor anything else

in all creation with be able to separate

us from the love of God in Christ our

Lord.” Romans 8:37-39

We look forward to your continued support

and your trust in giving to those who deserve

your gifts.

Look forward to new activities coming up in

the next months. Sack lunches will be delivered

to Peace Lutheran Church on Friday, April 23.

A team of volunteers will make and deliver

the meals. Plans are being made for Creator

to support the Pierce County Emergency

Food Network Hunger Walk for its Virtual

Walk throughout the month of May. Coming

soon is news on how you can donate to this

worthy cause. EFN supplies food for 70 food

pantries throughout Pierce County. Before the

Pandemic, 1 in 9 people in Pierce County were

food insecure. Now it is projected the figure is

closer to 1 in 6.

Your continued support enables our church

to spread consistent love to our neighbors and

beyond.

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Fellowship

Church Council Highlights

The following are highlights from the Creator Church Council meeting held Tuesday

December 15th 2020. These are not the official minutes of the meeting, but a brief summary

to aid communication. Approved Minutes will be posted on the bulletin board across from the

office.

Committee Reports:

Finance committee

• Jochen Funk reported that

the General Fund balance

at the end of February was ​

$168,827.29

• Total Income

............................$22,216.93

• ​Total Expense​

............................$29,692.79

• ​Net Income (Loss)

........​ ​......................$7,475.86

General Fund

Balance

• Total cash Bal.

Sheet line 1000​

..........................$168,827.29

• Less Bal. Sheet Total

Des. Funds line 3010

............................$62,745.63

• General Fund Balance ​

..........................$106,081.66

Creator has a high balance right now, despite a very

slow February. Council is working to understand if the low

giving was a fluke or a trend. If it is an anomaly, we will

be increasing our Synodical and Local Giving to support a

community that continues to be impacted by the pandemic.

Pastors Report

We had some very positive feedback on the music for

the past few weeks!

Holy Week is coming up. Pastor Amanda will be doing

services Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter

Sunday. Including a “Sunrise” service at Driftwood Point at

7:00am followed by a service in the sanctuary at 9:30am.

After Easter, she will be taking a well-deserved break. To

cover her for April 11, we will have a Pulpit Supply pastor.

We had an offer from the Mountainview nurse who had

some extra vaccine and she was able to get six people

their first dose!

We are a growing congregation! We have three new

families joining our family as well as some people who are

showing an interest in Creator as their new church home.

Capital Projects

Great news on the roof repair being complete. The

former tree hole has been filled and the roof has been

mended. There is some other, unrelated, roof damage

that is being addressed. The church sign has also been

completely fixed.

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Fellowship

Thoughts on

For many, Stewardship can

have a negative connotation. It

may conjure up a reaction of

pressure or obligation, resulting

in a response of avoidance or

guilt if one presumes it is all

about expecting the donation

of more money. What if we

thought of Stewardship as a

privilege, or an opportunity to

show our gratitude for God's

provision and how we have

been blessed? Some may say,

"that sounds great but I've just

got too much month at the end

of the money. I simply have too

many bills." When we focus

on what we don't have, our

response to Stewardship can

end up being filled with anxiety

and stress.

A verse from a song by the

Christian group Casting Crowns

says, "the same power that rose

Jesus from the grave lives in

us." Could our thoughts and

fears impose limitations on our

faith in respect to Stewardship?

Would things change if we

focused instead on our faith

in God and the Holy Spirit

guiding our giving? What if

we considered Stewardship

to be an act of worship, as

Pastor Amanda announces at

the offering during the worship

service?

Pastor Amanda has also

been discussing what it

means to be a church during

the pandemic, and even now

during Lent. When we have

focused on what we can do as a

church in the community during

Covid, the impact to several

resources has been significant.

Creator has maintained a strong

presence with generous giving.

Though giving to Creator has

been down during Covid, the

Church Council elected to

continue tithing in faith to those

community resources we've

given to in previous months.

What we can do together with

God's provision, as we trust

in Him and share with our

neighbors, even blesses us in

return.

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Though giving to

Creator has been

down during Covid,

the Church Council

elected to continue

tithing in faith to those

community resources

we’ve given to in

previous months.


Children, Youth, and Family

Our Confirmation and High School

Students are constantly praying! If you have

a specific prayer you would like to include in

out prayer chain, please email Terri Heckroth

creatorterri@comcast.net. We will attach it

to the growing paper prayer chain hanging in

the sanctuary.

Easter Candy Donations

THANK YOU!!!

To everyone who donated candy for the

Easter Drive Through Egg Hunt, Creator

gives a big thanks! Thank you for helping to

make this Easter a memorable one for the

children of our community.

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Children, Youth, and Family

One on One

April 2021

A monthly interview with one of

our church members to help get

to know each other

What three things do you value the

most? My friends, my family, and my

dogs.

What is something most people do not

know about you? I am adopted.

What do you like most about Creator?

I like the environment. There are very

friendly people and it’s a good place to be

in general.

Name: Noel Rogen

Profession: Student

Bonney Lake High school

Sophomore

Birthday: October 11

What are your hobbies? Hanging out with

friends.

What is your favorite food? My favorite

food is from Taco Bell.

Who is one person who has influenced

your life decisions? My mom has

influenced me the most.

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Where do you see God in your life?

I’ve been learning about God since I was

little, and I look up to God.

What is the biggest challenge you

face? Since I’m only in High School,

the biggest challenge is probably getting

good grades.

Who do you admire the most? I

admire my mom a lot. She’s been

through so much, but she is still so strong.

Who is your favorite Super Hero?

Wonder Woman (but I don’t watch a lot of

Super Hero movies).


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.

Confirmation

Schedule

• Wednesday, April 7

7:00pm Lesson on Zoom and

in person

• Wednesday, April 14

7:00pm Lesson on Zoom and

in person

• Wednesday, April 21

7:00pm Lesson on Zoom and

in person

• Wednesday, April 28

7:00pm 8th Graders meet on

Zoom with the Council. Dinner

will be delivered to you at your

home. 6th and 7th graders,

meet on Zoom for Game Night.

Children’s

Book of

the Month!

The “Who is/Who was”

Book series is incredible

and pretty historically fair.

For Black History Month,

I ordered all of the ones

with black leaders. And for

Women’s History Moth this

month, I’ve got a bunch of

strong and diverse women.

They are super easy to

read and my girls are

eating them up! Because

they are quick, simple, and

have only one subject,

it’s easier for them to get

excited about reading.

–Robbi Johnston

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Preschool

Preschool News

April 2021

Finally, spring is here! We ended the month of March with the

arrival of spring and now welcome April with hopes of more sunshine

and less rain! Let’s hope we get the sunshine part for our field trip to

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium on April 22nd and 23rd. We will

meet at the zoo at the time on our tickets. By now, you should have

received an information letter about the field trip. If not, please see

your teachers.

There will be no school from April 5-9 due to Spring Break. We

will resume classes on Monday, April 9.

We will celebrate the miracle of Easter in April and the new life

that spring brings. We will also continue our study of habitats. In

preparing for our Zoo and Aquarium field trip, we will also be learning

about undersea creatures and the undersea habitat. The letters for

the month of April are Y,y, K,k, and Q,q. Our color is purple, and our

shape is oval. The younger classes will study the number 8 and the

older classes will study the numbers 17 and 18.

As the end of the school year approaches, we thought it would

be helpful to know of some important dates in advance. Therefore,

please mark the following dates on your calendars:

*May 6 and 7: Mother’s Day Tea (last 45 minutes of class)

-*pending approval

May

9 : T / T h c l a s s a t 1 0 : 4 5 a m a n d T / W / T h c l a s s a t 2 : 4 5 p m

May 10: W/F class at 10:45am and M/F class at 2:45pm

*June 3 and 4: Last day of school

Graduation Ceremony/ Moving Up celebration (last 45 minutes of

class) -*pending approval

It is hard to believe that the school year is almost at an end. It

has been such a blessing to have your children with us this year.

Your teachers:

Andrea (Mrs. D), Cheri (Ms. Farrar), and Ragan (Mrs. Allen)

THE MONTH AT A

GLANCE:

Week 1 (April 5-9):

• NO SCHOOL –

SPRING BREAK

Week 2 (April 12-16):

• Letter K,k

• Purple/Oval

• #8/#17

Week 3 (April 19-23):

• Letter Y,y

• Under the Sea

• Pt Defiance Zoo

and Aquarium Field

Trip

Week 4 (April 26-30):

• Letter Q,q

• Review

• #18

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Continued from pg. 5

and reluctance. God directs

Moses to connect with his

siblings. God provides Miriam

and Aaron to make up for Moses’

weaknesses and to enhance his

strengths. The journey is long

and the work is hard, crossing

many difficult borders in our

lives, communities, and our

churches. We give thanks for the

gift of community on this journey

and in this work.

We invite you to join us in

prayer:

God of Holy Ground, move

us to lament and repent. Open

our hearts, bodies, minds

and souls to the cries of your

News and Education

people. Transform us by your

presence. Drive us into action

for the dismantling of racism

in relationships, communities

and societies. Bless us with

companions who support us,

challenge us and help us keeping

going. We pray for the Elimination

of Racial Discrimination. In the

name of Jesus. Amen.

We commend to you these resources for further reflection and discernment:

Suggested action from the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights to #FightRacism

Fight Racism | Stand up for human rights | UN Human Rights (standup4humanrights.org)

Explanation of the Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent

https://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Slavery_Apology_Explanation.pdf?_

ga=2.160292863.337082937.1614267858-176581130.1609883917

“Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen lands, Strong Hearts” is a film about a devastating decision, made

over 500 years ago, which continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide.

https://www.anglican.ca/primate/tfc/drj/doctrineofdiscovery/

Call to Racial Reconciliation: “Litany of Repentance” and “Commissioning for the Ministry of Justice

and Reconciliation” from the “10th Anniversary Celebration of Full Communion” between the Episcopal

Church and the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bTb_fguBnZJO2xLiPjwpLmSLWYeihNnA/view

Sacred Teachings Podcast: Indigenous Elders all across Turtle Island share teachings, languages,

traditions and stories of the Ancestors.

https://www.anglican.ca/im/podcasts/

The Ecumenical Conversation on the International Decade for People of African Descent

Recordings of November 26, 2020 online event and companion study guide. https://www.

interculturalleadership.ca/news/study-guide-recognition-justice-and-development-peoples-of-africandescent-and-canadian-churches

“With Love Before Us, We Are Walking” recoding of Gospel Jam 7 (February 13, 2021) with

Archbishop Mark MacDonald and special guest Bishop Michael Curry

https://www.anglican.ca/im/gospeljam/

ELCA Anti-Racism Pledge - Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Episcopal Church Report for the House of Bishops from its Theology Committee: White Supremacy,

the Beloved Community, and Learning to Listen (Fall 2020)

https://www.episcopalchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/11/bbc_hob_theo_cmte_report_

on_white_supremacy.pdf

Anglican Church of Canada House of Bishop’s Statement on Confronting Racism

https://www.anglican.ca/news/our-own-house-is-not-in-order-bishops-issue-statement-onconfronting-racism/30026802/

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Pastoral Letter regarding the ongoing sin of Racism.https://

www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=570

In Christ – Shalom,

- National Bishop Susan C.

Johnson

Evangelical Lutheran Church in

Canada

- Archbishop and Primate Linda

Nicholls

Anglican Church of Canada

- Presiding Bishop Michael B.

Curry

The Episcopal Church

- Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A.

Eaton

Evangelical Lutheran Church in

America

Statement for the International

Day for the Elimination of Racial

Discrimination - ELCA 13


News and Education

Creator COVID Update April 2021

Easter Sunrise Service

at Driftwood Point Park

Altar Guild is pleased to support

the Women's Group in offering

an outdoor sunrise service on

Easter morning beginning at

7AM. Please bring your own

lawn chair and umbrella if

needed. Communion will be

offered in sealed cups as we do

at church. Mask up and come

ready to sing!

Peace to you!

Linda Reed

Hello church family! Creator

Lutheran has a favor to ask

of you. Because of COVID

safety regulations, we haven’t

seen many of you since the

pandemic started, though we

have been able to keep in touch

electronically. However, some

of our members have fallen off

our radar completely and even

more of our church family has

changed contact information

without letting us know.

Because of COVID, much

of the contact information for

our members in our database is

inaccurate or out of date. This

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As we enter into Phase 3 here in Washington, we want to update

you on our COVID protocols.

• Masks are required while in

the building.

• Temperature checks will

continue as well as signing

into the building.

• Six feet of distance still needs

to be maintained between

COVID groups.

• This is our limiting factor in the

number of people who can

attend worship or events at

church. We have rearranged

seating to allow for more

groups in the sanctuary and

currently have 81 seats set

up with additional seating that

can be set up in the narthex

if needed.

• Please register for worship,

this helps us anticipate who

is coming and keep track of

whether or not the service

is at a safe number of

occupants.

• The building is open to

other activities in addition to

worship and confirmation as

of April 5th.

• If you are interested in using

the building for a church

activity or are part of an

outside group that would like

to request use, please contact

the office for a Building Use

Request Form. All COVID

protocols will need to be kept

by those using the building

and only one group will be

allowed per evening.

• No food or drink (with the

exception of Communion)

will be allowed at this time.

• Our nursery will be opening

again in April to two families

a week with prior registration.

Creator 2021 Census Request

means we can’t contact some

members. We can’t visit them,

we can’t talk to them, we can’t

reach out when they need it most.

To address this issue, Creator

is going to experiment with a

church census questionnaire.

As an organization, Creator

needs to know how many people

are active in the church, we need

an accurate count of members,

visitors, associate members,

etc. We need to have accurate

contact information for members,

we need to know if families have

grown or, sadly, gotten smaller.

Losing track of members poses

many problems with Creator

as an organization. On a more

personal level, of course we

worry when we haven’t heard

from a church member in over a

year!

This month (April) we are

going to send out our first attempt

at this census questionnaire. It

will ask for information we need

in order to keep an accurate and

healthy database of members.

We ask that you bear with us

as we collect this information.

Thank you for your time and you

can look forward to receiving our

census questionnaire soon!


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

another.

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.

us/j/633840757

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.

youtube.com/user/CreatorLutheran and

www.creatorlutheran.net

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

pastoramanda@creatorlutheran.

net.

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News and Education

Thursday

Morning

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9668

069876?pwd=MlAvSUcxeFpUa

nlFdWJKekNHemZvUT09

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

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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

janicepend@yahoo.com for more information.

Men’s

Fellowship

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.

Scott.perkins@hotmail.

com or 253-230-3416


Theology

on Tapps

Theology on Tapps for 2021 will continue our

on-going discussion of Racism. Discussing ELCA’s

anti-racism pledge. We will be meeting every third

Thursday of the month at 7pm via Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/96120001197?pwd=dmgxKzVyNW

5qVWJmRUczekVLVXh6QT09

Meeting ID: 961 2000 1197

Passcode: 930701

One tap mobile

+12532158782,,96120001197#,,,,,,0#,,930701# US

(Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 961 2000 1197

Passcode: 930701

News and Education

Adult Bible

Study via

Zoom

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 numbers.

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. *Currently on hiatus*

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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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89375602512?pwd=M3hPK0pIMGIz

Z2M0eEhmTitoM3NQdz09

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!

Creator’s Family Sunday School is Virtual!

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 added to the

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

lectionary so you can enjoy a family discussion after Sunday

School and Worship. Some videos will be saved on Creator’s

YouTube channel. We are also sending by email Family Daily

Devotions for Lent throughout this season.

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April

Birthdays

02 - James Knickerbocker

03 - Jacklyn Davis

03 - Kristin Liedtke

04 - Taryn Gaulke

04 - Elizabeth Lindgren

04 - Dan Linggi

05 - Arnie Jensen

07 - Carter Dickson

09 - Taylor Berg

09 - Stephan Brown

09 - Brad Doll

09 - Nita Rutkosky

10 - Alanna Davis

10 - Clark Serdahl

11 - Rexanne Graham

15 - Vanessa Parkhurst

15 - Troy Williamson

16 - John Anderson

16 - Briana Halaas

17 - Alissa Ramberg

18 - Kyle Rutkosky

19 - Finn Gardner

20 - Alta Lane

23 - Collin Morrow

24 - Jim Hollenbeck

25 - John Schreiner

26 - George Kelley

27 - Wendy Kintigh

27 - Marinella Pena

28 - Karyl Lawlor

29 - Laura Brannan

29 - Tyler Parsons


April

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

9am Morning

Devotions

10am Thursday

Morning Bible Study

7pm Mandy Thursday

Worship Service

7pm Good Friday

Worship Service

1 2 3

1pm Drive

Through Easter

Egg Hunt

4

7:00am Easter

Sunrise Service at

Driftwood Point

9:30am Easter Sunday

Worship Online and In

person w/Communion

5

7pm Monday

Evening Women’s

Group

6

7

7pm Men’s

Fellowship

8

10am Thursday

Morning Bible

Study

9

10

11 9:30am Worship

Online and

In person w/

Communion

7:00pm High School

Bible Study via Zoom

12 9am Morning

Devotions

7pm Adult Bible

Study

13

9am Morning

Devotions

14 9am Morning

Devotions

7pm Confirmation

7pm Men’s Fellowship

15 9am Morning

Devotions

10am Thursday

Morning Bible Study

7pm Theology on

Tapps via Zoom

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17

9:30am Worship

18

Online and

In person w/

Communion

7:00pm High School

Bible Study with Pastor

Amanda in Sanctuary

19 9am Morning

Devotions

7pm Monday Evening

Women’s Group

20

9am Morning

Devotions

21 9am Morning

Devotions

7pm Confirmation

7pm Men’s Fellowship

22 9am Morning

Devotions

10am Thursday

Morning Bible Study

23

24

25 Palm Sunday

9:30am Worship

Online and In

person w/Communion

7:00pm High School

Bible Study via Zoom

26 9am Morning

Devotions

7pm Adult Bible

Study

27

9am Morning

Devotions

28 9am Morning

Devotions

7pm Confirmation/

Class meets with

Church Council

7pm Men’s Fellowship

29 9am Morning

Devotions

10am Thursday

Morning Bible Study

30

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Creator Lutheran

Church and Preschool

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

creatorlutheran.net (253) 862-7700 office@creatorlutheran.net

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

16702 South Tapps Drive East, Bonney Lake, WA 98391

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