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Creator Connection August 2023

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

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

<strong>August</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 Horacio<br />

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

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

LET’S LOOK AT THOSE LYRICS<br />

Things to consider when<br />

thinking about church music<br />

whether it is “traditional” or<br />

“contemporary.” It is good to<br />

remember that most of the time,<br />

if not all of the time, we prefer to<br />

sing what WE like rather than to<br />

sing what others like and prefer.<br />

As we begin to approach the<br />

end of summer, we are looking<br />

ahead as we plan to get back<br />

to two Sunday Services in the<br />

Fall. You know we all have our<br />

preferences, from food, weather,<br />

colors, church seasons, to music,<br />

it is important to remember we are<br />

part of a community of faith who<br />

gathers every Sunday and we<br />

bring ALL of our preferences.<br />

So, here are some things<br />

to consider when you hear the<br />

hymns and/or songs you love, and<br />

the hymns and/or songs that you<br />

dislike, to put it lightly:<br />

Filters for participation<br />

• Is the hymn/song suitable<br />

for group singing or is it best to<br />

just enjoy listening to them in the<br />

radio or other means?<br />

• How difficult are the<br />

rhythms?<br />

• Is the range of the melody<br />

accessible to most participants?<br />

• Am I open and willing to<br />

learn new songs and/or hymns?<br />

Why or why not?<br />

Filters for theological content<br />

• Is the grace of God clearly<br />

proclaimed in our music?<br />

• Who is described in the<br />

text as the primary actor—God,<br />

me, or someone-something else?<br />

• Is there sacramental<br />

theology: Baptism, Communion,<br />

Absolution of sin?<br />

• Is Christ the center of our<br />

song, or is it me, myself, and I?<br />

• Are we singing about what<br />

we have done or can do for God,<br />

or are we acknowledging and<br />

proclaiming the Good News of<br />

what God has done and continues<br />

to do for us?<br />

Let’s remember that being part<br />

of a group, church or otherwise,<br />

pleasing everybody is out of the<br />

question—me included. This does<br />

not happen for lack of desire, but<br />

because it is impossible.<br />

This means we it is good<br />

to consider the need, not the<br />

requirement or demand, to<br />

compromise our “preference”<br />

from time to time in order to<br />

accommodate and have a balance<br />

between displeasure and comfort<br />

when it comes to our likes and<br />

dislikes in order to have a “happy<br />

medium” in our life as a church.<br />

Let us remember that music,<br />

from the beginning of time, has<br />

been key to communicate God’s<br />

mercy and grace to his people.<br />

The Psalms are the best recorded<br />

examples we have from the<br />

Continued on pg. 4


Table of Contents<br />

Ministry<br />

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

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

Fellowship<br />

Church In Society..............................................<br />

Council Highlights, Thoughts on Stewardship,<br />

Altar Guild........................................................<br />

Children, Youth, and Family<br />

Middle School Summer Hangout......................<br />

Preschool............................................................<br />

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3<br />

4<br />

5<br />

6<br />

7<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 />

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

8-13<br />

Sunday School Coordinator:<br />

Kate Wire<br />

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

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

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Preschool Director:<br />

Andrea DeDominces<br />

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 />

early church. Fast forward to<br />

the Reformation, Luther and his<br />

contemporaries used music to<br />

convey God’s message to the<br />

Church, especially when there was<br />

a high rate of illiteracy. This is one<br />

of the reasons the Reformation<br />

spread as fast as and as far as it<br />

did. We can see that the message,<br />

a lot of the time communicated in<br />

music, travels faster from the ear<br />

to the heart than a spoken word.<br />

Music is so effective that even<br />

when you do not like a song, if<br />

the tune is catchy, you will be<br />

humming and even singing that<br />

song; you have learned it even if<br />

you dislike it! The effectiveness<br />

and facility for music and lyrics<br />

to be learned can be good and<br />

bad, depending on the message<br />

that is being communicated.<br />

Are there good and bad hymns/<br />

songs, theologically speaking?<br />

Most definitely! However and<br />

thankfully, we have a richness of<br />

hymns and songs, Lutheran and<br />

non-Lutheran, that proclaim God’s<br />

grace and mercy to the hearers<br />

no matter the age, cultural, social,<br />

or financial status. Music is one of<br />

the last things, or the last thing,<br />

that remains in the heart and in<br />

the mind even when all other<br />

memories have been forgotten.<br />

So, next time you are in church<br />

and your favorite hymns or songs<br />

Ministry<br />

are not being played, remember<br />

that someone else is being fulfilled<br />

by them—just as it is when your<br />

favorite hymns or songs are being<br />

played and you are enjoying<br />

yourself greatly, someone else<br />

might not be having the same<br />

feeling. This is what it means to<br />

be part of the Christian church,<br />

<strong>Creator</strong> Lutheran included, as it is<br />

your church community.<br />

I will leave you with an article<br />

that I ran into a few years back<br />

that I thought it would bring a smile<br />

to your face, and even maybe a<br />

laugh or two, when you read it.<br />

It is very tongue and cheek, and<br />

even when it might seem a little<br />

bit exaggerated, it also rings true<br />

to the reality of church life when<br />

many people are gathered and<br />

we bring our preferences, our<br />

likes, our suggestions, and even<br />

sometimes our demands to the<br />

table. I hope you enjoy it and<br />

find the humor in it. Notice that<br />

the article does not identify any<br />

specific denomination. It seems<br />

as if all church denominations<br />

Continued on pg. 9<br />

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Fellowship<br />

The purpose of the Church-in-Society<br />

(CIS) ministry team at <strong>Creator</strong> is to distribute<br />

funds approved by the church council to<br />

local food banks and non-profit agencies that<br />

help our neighbors in need. We also help to<br />

organize service projects such as helping<br />

with the Lions 4 Kids Back-to-School event<br />

in <strong>August</strong>. This non-profit agency provides<br />

clothing and other resources for children<br />

attending school in Bonney Lake, Buckley,<br />

Sumner, Dieringer and Orting.<br />

In July, a total of $1600 of your contributions<br />

were provided to the following agencies that<br />

help children and families in need and those<br />

who are hungry and/or homeless.<br />

Church<br />

In Society<br />

<strong>Creator</strong> distributed funding in July to<br />

the following:<br />

Sumner Food Bank......................................$200<br />

Sumner Backpack program.........................$300<br />

Bonney Lake Food Bank.............................$200<br />

Bonney Lake Backpack program................$300<br />

• Sumner Food Bank: $200<br />

• Sumner Backpack: $300<br />

• Bonney Lake Food Bank Program:<br />

$200<br />

• Bonney Lake Backpack Program:<br />

$300<br />

• White River Community Outreach:<br />

$300<br />

• Helping Hands House: $300<br />

<strong>Creator</strong> service projects are a wonderful<br />

way to work together to help others. Please<br />

watch the announcements for upcoming<br />

service project information:<br />

• September: God’s Work, Our Hands<br />

• October: Peace Lutheran Church<br />

(Tacoma) Hot Meal<br />

• November: Apple Cup Food Drive<br />

• December: Advent Adventures and<br />

Adopt-a-Family for Christmas<br />

White River Community Outreach..............$300<br />

Helping Hands House..................................$350<br />

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Fellowship<br />

Church Council Highlights<br />

Pastor Amanda opened the<br />

meeting with a reading from<br />

Exodus Chapter 18. The reading<br />

talked about trusting in God<br />

when tasks/hurdles need to be<br />

overcome but also to trust in<br />

others when delegating solutions<br />

for such events.<br />

Pastor Amanda mentioned<br />

VBS and the upcoming mission<br />

trip to Kentucky. Gratitude was<br />

expressed for the opportunity<br />

to participate in continuing<br />

education with her family in<br />

Minnesota.<br />

Council discussed options<br />

for the roof issues. Council also<br />

assigned ministry team liaisons<br />

with the aim of improving<br />

communication of various teams<br />

and the council.<br />

Meeting closed in prayer.<br />

4G iPhone Sells For Over $190,000<br />

Maybe he’s been an avid<br />

Apple fan from the early days.<br />

Maybe it’s an investment. Or<br />

maybe he just likes old iPhones.<br />

A LOT. For whatever reason, he<br />

(or she) chose to buy an original<br />

iPhone at auction for over<br />

$190,000. For a small fraction<br />

of $190,000, we are sending 9<br />

youth and 3 chaperons to serve,<br />

and be served by, the neighbor<br />

in Kentucky.<br />

A few years back my daughter<br />

went on a similar trip. The porch<br />

to the home they were working<br />

on had rotted away. The window<br />

to their living room was a gaping<br />

hole. After a long day’s work,<br />

the families being helped put<br />

on a huge dinner, feeding the<br />

volunteers, sharing a meal<br />

together. Each providing. Each<br />

serving. Each receiving God’s<br />

grace through the one another.<br />

I am thankful for our Church,<br />

for here is where I find God’s<br />

healing Word and Grace, and I<br />

am thankful to the people of God<br />

at <strong>Creator</strong> Lutheran Church, for<br />

making this trip possible!<br />

It’s hard to believe that we are in the last month of summer! We only have a little over a month of<br />

one service at 9:30AM. We do set up and clean up for communion each Sunday for that service. This<br />

means if you have questions about Altar Guild duties you can see the entire process every Sunday.<br />

Please stop one of us and ask. We would be happy to talk with you. Enjoy the summer!<br />

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Children, Youth, and Family<br />

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Preschool<br />

Preschool News<br />

<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

ARE YOU READY?? WE’RE ALMOST THERE!!<br />

Summer is almost over and the staff of <strong>Creator</strong> Preschool is enthusiastically preparing for our <strong>2023</strong>-<br />

2024 school year. Please mark these special dates on your calendar. The parent meeting is optional<br />

for returning families. If you choose not to attend, we will give your <strong>Creator</strong> Preschool Handbook and<br />

class information to you at Open House.<br />

Parent/Guardian Meeting<br />

Important Dates<br />

• Wednesday, September 6th: 10:00 am – 11:00 am OR 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm<br />

All questions will be addressed, as well as an informational booklet given. PLEASE, NO CHILDREN.<br />

Parent/Guardian and Child Drop–In Open House<br />

Thursday, September 7th<br />

• Tues/Thurs class: 9:00 am – 10:00 am<br />

• Tues/Wed/Thurs class: 10:30 am – 11:30 am<br />

Friday, September 8th<br />

• Wed/Fri class: 9:00 am – 10:00 am<br />

• Mon/Fri class: 10:30 am -11:30 am<br />

The Drop-In Open House is a time to become comfortable with the teachers, classes, classroom<br />

and new friends without the worry of separation. Parents, please plan to stay with your child.<br />

Stop by any time during your child’s 1 hour time period.<br />

First Day of School<br />

September 11th<br />

• Mon/Fri class 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm<br />

September 12th<br />

• 9:00 am – 11:30 am: Tues/Thurs class<br />

• 12:30 pm – 3:00pm: Tues/Wed/Thurs class<br />

September 13th<br />

• 9:00 am – 11:30 am: Wed/Fri class<br />

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask. We are looking forward to a<br />

wonderful school year!<br />

Andrea DeDominces<br />

Director,<br />

markandrea222@gmail.com<br />

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News and Education<br />

8


Pastor’s Corner<br />

Continued<br />

Continued from pg. 3<br />

experience the same challenges,<br />

and hopefully we all can see the<br />

humor in it.<br />

“The Perfect Worship Service”<br />

After listening carefully the<br />

past several years, we believe we<br />

have determined what those who<br />

attend our church really want in<br />

music. Following there are items<br />

that come up most frequently<br />

whenever this topic is discussed.<br />

• More fast songs in the<br />

opening praise time and more<br />

slow songs in the opening praise<br />

News and Education<br />

time.<br />

showy arrangements with all<br />

• More of those wonderful,<br />

those instruments.<br />

lovely old hymns and less of those<br />

• To sing the good old songs<br />

boring, dead old hymns.<br />

more often and to stop singing<br />

• A longer and shorter time<br />

those same old songs.<br />

of praise at the beginning of the<br />

• Songs to be sung in higher<br />

service, and a longer and shorter<br />

time at the end.<br />

and lower keys.<br />

• The band to play in the<br />

• Songs that flow quickly into<br />

middle of the platform where<br />

each other and long periods of<br />

they can be seen, back behind<br />

time between songs for reflection.<br />

the plants where they won’t be a<br />

• More repetition of songs<br />

distraction, louder, softer, faster,<br />

so they can be learned and<br />

meditated upon while singing, and<br />

less repetition of songs because<br />

slower, more often and not at all.<br />

Source:<br />

Guiding Your Church Through<br />

it gets boring singing the same<br />

a Worship Tradition by Tom<br />

thing over and over.<br />

Kraeuter<br />

• More of those lovely<br />

arrangements with extra<br />

God’s continued blessings,<br />

instruments and less of those<br />

Pastor Horacio<br />

Appalachia Pikeville<br />

Kentucky Mission Trip<br />

Thank you from the Youth for your support of<br />

their mission trip!<br />

This fall get ready to hear all about the Youth's<br />

adventures and experiences from the Kentucky<br />

Mission trip. Learn how your support of this trip<br />

helped change lives and support those in need!<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>August</strong> 4th,<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 />

Hurrah the Thursday<br />

Morning Bible Study will begin<br />

again September 7th!<br />

We will be starting the<br />

Old Testament book of Ruth.<br />

Meetings are 10-11:30 am in<br />

Room 4 at <strong>Creator</strong>.<br />

All are welcome to<br />

come learn and enjoy the<br />

camaraderie.<br />

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

NOT have a meeting in<br />

<strong>August</strong>.<br />

Please stay tuned in for<br />

more information about their<br />

next meeting in September.<br />

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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>August</strong> 9th at noon at Haagen’s.<br />

Men’s<br />

Fellowship<br />

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 />

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

THEOLOGY<br />

ON TAPPS<br />

Theology on Tapps is starting up for the summer. We will meet once<br />

a month at a members home for discussion and fellowship.<br />

Everyone confirmation age and above are welcome to attend. The<br />

more the merrier! Each evening will be from 7-8:30pm.<br />

<strong>August</strong> 24: Nye home – Truth<br />

September 21: Nye home – The many meanings of Evangelical<br />

Contact the Church Office for the Nye’s address.<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>August</strong><br />

Birthdays<br />

2 - Jeff Lovin<br />

4 - Frankie Hruza<br />

4 - Marcie Reid<br />

5 - Erik Jacobsen<br />

6 - Kenn Green<br />

6 - Mitchell<br />

Morrow<br />

7 - Teri Hayford<br />

7 - Trent Mead<br />

8 - Van Shackelford<br />

9 - Sydney Carter<br />

9 - Olivia Hurley<br />

11 - Andrea<br />

DeDominces<br />

12 - Dale Olson<br />

12 - John Pollastro<br />

12 - Blair Russell<br />

13 - Joaquin<br />

Castillo Olson<br />

14 - Dean Ramberg<br />

14 - Glenyce Ross<br />

15 - Amanda Olson<br />

de Castillo<br />

15 - Stephanie<br />

Parton<br />

15 - Judi<br />

Richardson<br />

16 - Susan<br />

Thompson<br />

17 - Shawn Reid<br />

18 - Maia Bos<br />

18 - Tammy Cooley<br />

22 - Abigail<br />

Castillo Olson<br />

22 - Monty Euston<br />

22 - Aaron<br />

Kronlund<br />

23 - Margaret Jane<br />

Hall<br />

25 - Brandon Hall<br />

27 - Samuel<br />

Bruckbauer<br />

27 - Connie<br />

Sanford<br />

29 - Adalyn<br />

Fitzgerald<br />

29 - Sandra Mead<br />

29 - Nikole Spenny<br />

30 - Beth Budinich<br />

31 - Anastasia<br />

Davis


AUGUST<br />

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday<br />

1 2 3 4<br />

7pm Men’s<br />

Fellowship<br />

5pm Fellowship<br />

Ministry Meeting<br />

New Hope Lunch<br />

5<br />

6<br />

9:30am Worship<br />

Service<br />

7<br />

8 5:30pm Property<br />

Team Meeting<br />

6:30pm Finance Team<br />

Meeting<br />

9 12pm Grieving<br />

with Grace<br />

Luncheon at Haagen’s<br />

7pm Men’s Fellowship<br />

7pm Middle School<br />

Summer Hangout<br />

10<br />

11<br />

12<br />

13<br />

9:30am Worship<br />

Service<br />

14<br />

15<br />

6pm Church<br />

Council Meeting<br />

16 7pm CIS Meeting<br />

7pm Men’s<br />

Fellowship<br />

17<br />

18<br />

19<br />

20<br />

9:30am Worship<br />

Service<br />

11am <strong>Creator</strong> Church<br />

Picnic<br />

21<br />

6:30pm CYF Team<br />

Meeting<br />

22<br />

23<br />

7pm Men’s<br />

Fellowship<br />

24<br />

7pm Theology on<br />

Tapps<br />

25<br />

26<br />

27<br />

9:30am Worship<br />

Service<br />

28<br />

29<br />

6pm Sing-A-Long<br />

at <strong>Creator</strong><br />

30<br />

7pm Men’s<br />

Fellowship<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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