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<strong>Creator</strong> Lutheran Church and Preschool<br />

<strong>Creator</strong> <strong>Connection</strong><br />

<strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Welcoming all to Worship, Grow, and Serve in God’s Grace.<br />

Pastor’s Corner<br />

A message from Pastor Amanda<br />

Grace and Peace to you from God our Father<br />

and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.<br />

This year I have more<br />

4th of <strong>July</strong> decorations<br />

than over before. I should<br />

not be surprised since<br />

last year my husband,<br />

Pastor Horacio, became<br />

a US Citizen. Having lived<br />

abroad and repatriated<br />

and now having a new<br />

citizen in my home, I have<br />

new eyes this <strong>July</strong> 4th. In<br />

a time when so much can<br />

bring us apart, we also<br />

can be united in prayer<br />

and recognition of God’s<br />

blessing and power in our<br />

world.<br />

For me a place to<br />

begin to reflect is in<br />

the songs we sing as a<br />

congregation. Over the<br />

years, I have wrestled with<br />

how to celebrate the 4th<br />

of <strong>July</strong> as a congregation<br />

in order to celebrate and<br />

have perspective at the<br />

same time. Our hymnal<br />

has many of our patriotic<br />

songs grouped together in<br />

the end. I tend to choose<br />

Finlandia — This is My<br />

Song, ELW 887 - for us to<br />

sing on the Sunday closest<br />

to <strong>July</strong> 4th. I like this hymn<br />

because it recognizes<br />

that our heart is here in<br />

our country where our<br />

hopes and dreams reside<br />

and that citizens of other<br />

countries feel the same<br />

about their homelands. I<br />

want us to walk the line of<br />

celebrating our country and<br />

remembering who is King<br />

of Kings and Lord of Lords.<br />

I want us to be reminded,<br />

as Martin Luther included<br />

in the small catechism, that<br />

good government is part<br />

of the daily bread that God<br />

provides. It is important<br />

that we do not place our<br />

hope or our despair first<br />

and foremost in our nation<br />

but rather in God.<br />

This country that we all<br />

call home, is indeed a gift<br />

from God. It is how God<br />

provides for us in many,<br />

many ways. In our country<br />

we exercise our free will<br />

where it is indeed free — in<br />

the daily decisions of our<br />

lives — in all that involves<br />

our neighbors. We have<br />

the freedom to agree and<br />

disagree, to use our basic<br />

rights and to pursue life,<br />

liberty and the pursuit<br />

of happiness. What our<br />

elected leaders decide<br />

Continued on pg. 4


Table of Contents<br />

Ministry<br />

Pastor’s Corner..................................................<br />

Pastor’s Corner cont. ........................................<br />

Fellowship<br />

<strong>2023</strong>-24 Council<br />

and Ministry Team Leaders...............................<br />

Thoughts on Stewardship, Altar Guild..............<br />

Children, Youth, and Family<br />

All Church Summer Hangout............................<br />

VBS Participant Schedule, VBS Donations......<br />

Youth Mission Trip Participants.......................<br />

VBS...................................................................<br />

News and Education.................................<br />

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3<br />

4<br />

5<br />

6<br />

7<br />

8<br />

9<br />

10-13<br />

Staff<br />

Pastor:<br />

Amanda Olson de Castillo<br />

pastoramanda@creatorlutheran.net<br />

Associate Pastor: Horacio Castillo<br />

pastorhoracio@creatorlutheran.net<br />

Office Ministry: Donna Reynolds<br />

office@creatorlutheran.net<br />

Communications Coordinator:<br />

Marion Gil<br />

communications@creatorlutheran.net<br />

Bookkeeper: Marcie Reid<br />

creatorbooks@creatorlutheran.net<br />

Custodian: Leslie Noborikawa<br />

Nursery Attendants: Debbie Eikland<br />

and Cynthia Lowe<br />

Sunday School Coordinator:<br />

Kate Wire<br />

Preschool Director:<br />

Andrea DeDominces<br />

Birthdays and Reminders.......................<br />

Calendar............................................................<br />

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Preschool Teachers:<br />

Andrea DeDominces, Ragan Allen &<br />

Cheri Farrer<br />

Funeral Coordinator:<br />

Janee Theleman<br />

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Ministry teams and program leaders, please think ahead about what is coming up and<br />

submit information, pictures or stories of impact to office@creatorlutheran.net by the 20th<br />

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

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

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


Continued from pg. 1<br />

whether on a federal, state or<br />

community level impacts our<br />

lives directly. And over all, God<br />

provides, blesses and forgives.<br />

At <strong>Creator</strong>, we celebrate the<br />

abundance of perspectives<br />

and most importantly return to<br />

the center of our life and faith,<br />

the cornerstone, who is Jesus<br />

Christ.<br />

This month during Theology<br />

on Tapps we will be looking<br />

at some of our favorite songs<br />

and what they say. Sometimes<br />

songs are worth learning<br />

because the words are right on;<br />

it may take a few tries but we<br />

want you to have your hope in<br />

the right place. We want you to<br />

have your heart sing thanks to<br />

God for blessings and ask for<br />

provision of those things that<br />

God has promised to provide.<br />

We want you to be centered<br />

in God’s Word and Promise<br />

knowing that God will then bring<br />

you out into our community,<br />

country and even world to live<br />

Ministry<br />

out the blessings that we have<br />

as Christians and as people<br />

who call the United States<br />

home.<br />

This <strong>July</strong> as we worship<br />

together, as we gather children<br />

into our building for Vacation<br />

Bible School, as we send our<br />

youth to Kentucky and as we<br />

live our lives throughout the<br />

week, let us sing together for<br />

God’s blessing for the year<br />

ahead for our country and for<br />

each of us who call this country<br />

home.<br />

O Beautiful for spacious skies, for<br />

amber waves of grain, for purple<br />

mountains majesties above the<br />

fruited plain: America! America!<br />

God shed his grace on thee,<br />

and crown they good with<br />

brotherhood from sea to shining<br />

sea. To which we can say, Amen.<br />

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Fellowship<br />

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Thoughts on<br />

Fellowship<br />

Teaching on baptism during<br />

Adult Ed this past spring, Pastor<br />

Horacio reminded us that<br />

baptism is a gift, with reference<br />

to the scripture found in John<br />

15:16 where Jesus says: “you<br />

did not choose me, I chose you.”<br />

Often, we confuse this message<br />

and separate grace and faith,<br />

as if we choose to have faith,<br />

which almost suggests we are<br />

doing something to receive<br />

God’s grace. Faith also is a<br />

gift as indicated in Ephesians<br />

2:8-10 “for by grace you have<br />

been saved, through faith, this<br />

is not your own doing, it is a gift<br />

from God, not the result of your<br />

works.” These passages are<br />

reminders of God’s incredible<br />

love for us, and the desire He has<br />

for a relationship with us. When<br />

we consider God’s unconditional<br />

love for us, and Jesus’ sacrifice<br />

so that we can be in relationship<br />

with him, how does this influence<br />

your thoughts on stewardship?<br />

Realizing God’s love for<br />

us can be the motivation for<br />

a response of generosity,<br />

whether by giving to <strong>Creator</strong>,<br />

other places in the community,<br />

volunteering at church or serving<br />

during worship, and praying for<br />

one another. Living in the Lake<br />

Tapps area, we can be inspired<br />

by the beauty of Mt. Rainier, the<br />

lake itself, and all of the outdoor<br />

activities that allow us to witness<br />

God’s unique creation.<br />

The beauty of this area<br />

can also be a reminder of the<br />

presence of God in our lives.<br />

The care of God is evident in His<br />

creation. In Matthew we read:<br />

25 “Therefore I tell you, do<br />

not worry about your life, what<br />

you will eat or drink; or about<br />

your body, what you will wear.<br />

Is not life more than food, and<br />

the body more than clothes? 26<br />

Look at the birds of the air; they<br />

do not sow or reap or store away<br />

in barns, and yet your heavenly<br />

Father feeds them. Are you not<br />

much more valuable than they?<br />

God has never needed us,<br />

He only wants us (in relationship<br />

with Him). We are chosen, we<br />

are cared for. We can trust in<br />

Him.<br />

We are blessed to serve and support Pastors Amanda and Horacio and recently celebrated<br />

Confirmation and Pentecost. With only one service at 9:30AM this is an opportunity to accommodate<br />

vacation schedules. We are always looking to add more members to our ranks and this is the perfect<br />

time to check in before or after service to ask questions. Please stop by the sacristy or stop one of the<br />

altar guild members. We would be delighted to answer your questions or set up a training appointment.<br />

Peace to you!<br />

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Children, Youth, and Family<br />

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Children, Youth, and Family<br />

Youth Service Opportunities:<br />

Vacation Bible School<br />

• Sunday, <strong>July</strong> 2nd 10:30am-noon: Youth Leader Training and Create Decorations<br />

Anyone with a creative touch welcome to help work on turning <strong>Creator</strong> into a cave for VBS.<br />

All youth who are planning on helping with VBS please plan on coming to be trained in for your<br />

leadership roles for VBS. If you cannot come contact Pastor Amanda so that we can catch you<br />

up!<br />

• Saturday, <strong>July</strong> 15 1:00pm: Set up for VBS<br />

All are welcome to help set up stations for VBS.<br />

• Sunday, <strong>July</strong> 16th After worship: Final Set up for VBS<br />

All are welcome to help. Turn the sanctuary into a cave!<br />

• Monday, <strong>July</strong> 17 through Friday, <strong>July</strong> 21 from 9am to noon<br />

Come help with VBS as a crew leader. Great opportunity for summer fun, service hours and to<br />

be a mentor to younger youth and children.<br />

Donations for VBS<br />

If you would like to donate supplies for VBS, please pick up a supply ticket from the youth board and<br />

bring your donated item on or before <strong>July</strong> 9th – place your donation in the box outside of youth room.<br />

Addition Food items for snacks will go on the board starting <strong>July</strong> 2nd and will need to be delivered<br />

between <strong>July</strong> 9-14.<br />

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Children, Youth, and Family<br />

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Children, Youth, and Family<br />

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News and Education<br />

New Hope Resource Center Meal<br />

THANK YOU to everyone<br />

who donates food for Hope<br />

Resource Center. Our next<br />

lunch will be Friday, <strong>July</strong> 7th,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. New Hope Resource<br />

Center is providing 40-50 sack<br />

lunches M-F for our homeless<br />

neighbors. New Hope has<br />

asked that we help by donating<br />

food appropriate for the sack<br />

lunches. Please see the list of<br />

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food needed on the attached<br />

link.<br />

All food should be dropped<br />

off at the church no later than<br />

Friday morning at 10:00 AM.<br />

<strong>Creator</strong> members will pick up<br />

the food from church and deliver<br />

it to New Hope in Puyallup.<br />

Volunteers at New Hope will<br />

prepare and distribute the sack<br />

lunches. Please sign up below.<br />

You will get a reminder email.<br />

Volunteer sign up link:<br />

https://www.signupgenius.<br />

com/go/20f044fa8ac2ea5f85-<br />

newhope<br />

**** On the sign-up sheet<br />

click the “sign up button” next<br />

to what you want to bring, then<br />

go to the very bottom of the<br />

page and click “Submit and<br />

Sign up” and there you will<br />

enter your information. New<br />

Hope Resource Center is in<br />

downtown Puyallup and serves<br />

the unhoused in Pierce County.<br />

The mission of New Hope is to<br />

assist homeless adults in their<br />

efforts to find safety, health, and<br />

stability.


News and Education<br />

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News and Education<br />

Thursday<br />

Morning<br />

Bible Study<br />

Thursday Morning Bible<br />

Study is on hiatus during the<br />

summer. Stay tuned for more<br />

information!<br />

Grieving with Grace is a support group led by Pastor<br />

Amanda where adults learn about the grieving process and<br />

how to care for themselves as they work through the grief of a<br />

loved one’s death.<br />

Grieving with Grace is currently on hiatus for the summer,<br />

but the group is meeting once a month for lunch. The next<br />

meeting is on Wednesday, <strong>July</strong> 12th at noon at Haagen’s.<br />

Men’s<br />

Fellowship<br />

<strong>Creator</strong> Men’s Club<br />

Meeting, Monday, <strong>July</strong> 10,<br />

<strong>2023</strong> at 6 p.m.<br />

Due to the holiday weekend,<br />

the <strong>Creator</strong> Men’s Club dinner<br />

meeting will be one week later<br />

on Monday, <strong>July</strong> 10 at 6 p.m.<br />

Hosting the event will be<br />

Andrew Mason at his home<br />

at 16607 31st Street E., Lake<br />

Tapps, which is a few blocks<br />

north of the church. It will be a<br />

Bar-B-Que and all church men<br />

are invited to attend.<br />

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During “All things Covid”<br />

the Wednesday night<br />

Men’s group has been<br />

using Zoom. The meetings<br />

start at 7:00 PM and get<br />

over by 9:00PM. If you<br />

are interested in joining<br />

the meeting please contact<br />

Scott Perkins with your<br />

email address and he will<br />

send you a link for Zoom.<br />

Scott.perkins@hotmail.<br />

com or 253-230-3416


News and Education<br />

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Birthdays and Reminders<br />

Remote Worship<br />

Worship will continue to be live-streamed on Facebook Live and<br />

Zoom. To join via Zoom, follow the link below:<br />

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

Z2M0eEhmTitoM3NQdz09<br />

Meeting ID: 893 7560 2512 Password: 435230<br />

One tap mobile:<br />

+ 12532158782,,89375602512#,,,,0#,,435230# US (Tacoma)<br />

Call in option: Zoom offers the option to call in to listen to the<br />

service. Call into worship while it is open - usually a minimum of<br />

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

enter the meeting number: 89375602512 when prompted. You<br />

will be able to hear the worship service.<br />

CREATOR LUTHERAN NEW GIVING APP<br />

<strong>Creator</strong> Lutheran is changing our mobile giving app! Vanco,<br />

our eGiving provider, has launched an updated mobile app called<br />

Vanco Mobile to replace GivePlus Mobile. You can download the<br />

Vanco Mobile app for free from the App Store or Google Play.<br />

Download Vanco Mobile by September 30. Vanco will<br />

remove GivePlus Mobile after this date.<br />

If you have questions or need assistance with our new mobile<br />

app, please contact the church office at (253) 862-7700.<br />

Pastoral Emergency Fund<br />

<strong>Creator</strong> has a fund available to be used at the discretion of Pastor<br />

Amanda to support congregation members and the community<br />

as needed. If you or a member another member of the <strong>Creator</strong><br />

Community has a particular financial need at this time, please<br />

reach out to Pastor Amanda for support. We are here for one<br />

another at this time. This fund is also open for additional<br />

donations from the congregation.<br />

Recycle Your<br />

Ink Cartridges<br />

Don’t throw away those printer cartridges or used cell phones.<br />

The Youth will recycle them for you. It’s good for the<br />

environment and the youth program receives a small concession.<br />

Just deposit old cartridges in the drawer in the narthex.<br />

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<strong>July</strong><br />

Birthdays<br />

5 - Eli Heckleen<br />

5 - Sandy Rogen<br />

6 - Quinn Dickson<br />

6 - Dylan Russell<br />

8 - William Halaas<br />

8 - Toni Hoeck<br />

8 - Benjamin<br />

Rebner<br />

8 - Cesar Romero<br />

11 - Paula Eismann<br />

11 - Jonathan<br />

Hurley<br />

12 - Aaron Morales<br />

12 - Olivia Olson<br />

12 - Lindsay<br />

Williamson<br />

13 - Dave<br />

Anderson<br />

13 - Scott Freisthler<br />

14 - Terri Heckroth<br />

14 - Linda Reed<br />

15 - Tony Gaulke<br />

17 - Kristi Romero<br />

17 - Lynnzee<br />

Stullick<br />

18 - Shawn<br />

Drennen<br />

18 - Noelle Thayse<br />

18 - Virginia<br />

Winger<br />

19 - Miranda<br />

Morgan<br />

19 - Michael<br />

Rutkosky<br />

20 - Sheri Dunn<br />

21 - Weston<br />

Gillispie<br />

21 - Eric Nelson<br />

22 - Christopher<br />

Brown<br />

22 - David Halaas<br />

22 - Megan<br />

Noborikawa<br />

22 - Scott Perkins<br />

23 - Judy Flies<br />

24 - Megan<br />

Kjelland<br />

24 - Paige Stober<br />

24 - Cynthia<br />

Winchell<br />

25 - Esmee Bos<br />

25 - Tyler Brown<br />

25 - Sharon Parker<br />

26 - Talia Gaulke<br />

26 - Wayne<br />

Norbeck<br />

26 - Eben Sarver<br />

27 - Ken Olsson<br />

28 - Danielle<br />

Bickford<br />

28 - Callahan<br />

Gillispie<br />

28 - Calvin Langel<br />

28 - Emily Wickes<br />

29 - Sandra Brown<br />

29 - Isabel Cornejo<br />

29 - Kevin Davis<br />

29 - Lisa Wire<br />

30 - Declan Larson<br />

31 - Roger Oeffner


JULY<br />

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday<br />

2 3 4 5 6 7<br />

9:30am Worship<br />

Service<br />

5pm Fellowship<br />

Ministry Meeting<br />

New Hope Lunch<br />

8<br />

9<br />

9:30am Worship<br />

Service<br />

10<br />

6pm <strong>Creator</strong> Men’s<br />

Club<br />

11 5:30pm Property<br />

Team Meeting<br />

6:30pm Finance Team<br />

Meeting<br />

12 12pm Grieving<br />

with Grace<br />

Luncheon at Haagen’s<br />

7pm Men’s Fellowship<br />

7pm All Church<br />

Summer Hangout<br />

13<br />

7pm Fellowship<br />

Ministry Meeting<br />

14<br />

15<br />

1pm VBS Planning<br />

and Preparation<br />

16<br />

9:30am Worship<br />

Service<br />

10:30 am VBS Planning<br />

and Preparation<br />

17 9am VBS<br />

6:30pm CYF Team<br />

Meeting<br />

18 9am VBS<br />

6pm Church<br />

Council Meeting<br />

19 9am VBS<br />

7pm CIS Meeting<br />

7pm Men’s Fellowship<br />

20 9am VBS<br />

7pm Theology on<br />

Tapps<br />

21<br />

9am VBS<br />

22<br />

Kentucky Mission<br />

Trip<br />

23<br />

Kentucky Mission<br />

Trip<br />

9:30am Worship Service<br />

24<br />

Kentucky Mission<br />

Trip<br />

25<br />

Kentucky Mission<br />

Trip<br />

26 Kentucky Mission<br />

Trip<br />

7pm Men’s Fellowship<br />

27<br />

Kentucky Mission<br />

Trip<br />

28<br />

Kentucky Mission<br />

Trip<br />

29<br />

30<br />

9:30am Worship<br />

Service<br />

31<br />

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<strong>Creator</strong> Lutheran<br />

Church and Preschool<br />

Welcoming All to Worship, Grow, and Serve in God’s Grace<br />

creatorlutheran.net (253) 862-7700 office@creatorlutheran.net<br />

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00AM - 3:30PM<br />

16702 South Tapps Drive East, Bonney Lake, WA 98391

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