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

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

<strong>January</strong> <strong>2024</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 />

What does this mean for us?<br />

This question is repeated in<br />

Martin Luther’s Small Catechism<br />

at every turn as it guides us to<br />

a deeper understanding of our<br />

God in word and sacrament for<br />

us. The catechism serves as the<br />

cliff notes to understand scripture<br />

and to deliver us Jesus Christ as<br />

our promise. The catechism has<br />

been and will continue to be our<br />

textbook for adult education and<br />

confirmation as it is a mine that<br />

continues to yield gems.<br />

Many of you enjoyed our<br />

Children’s Christmas Program<br />

on December 17th, in which they<br />

lead us through the symbolic<br />

meaning behind some of the<br />

common symbols of Christmas.<br />

We have so many traditions that<br />

are perpetuated without always<br />

understanding why they began or<br />

are continued. The symbols and<br />

their meaning that the kids read<br />

will be shared in this newsletter<br />

for those who had asked to see<br />

them.<br />

There are many other areas<br />

of life both in church and out<br />

in the world in which we find<br />

ourselves asking “What does<br />

this mean?”<br />

What does this mean is a<br />

question that also comes us<br />

when we consider worship<br />

and music at <strong>Creator</strong> Lutheran<br />

Church. We have had a year of<br />

exploring new ways to combine<br />

Continued on pg. 4


Table of Contents<br />

Ministry<br />

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

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

Fellowship<br />

Thoughts on Stewardship..................................<br />

Council Highlights, Altar Guild........................<br />

New Fall Members............................................<br />

Children, Youth, and Family<br />

<strong>January</strong> Connect................................................<br />

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

1<br />

3<br />

4-5<br />

6<br />

7<br />

8<br />

9<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 />

10-15<br />

Sunday School Coordinator:<br />

Kate Wire<br />

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

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

16<br />

17<br />

Preschool Director:<br />

Andrea DeDominces<br />

Preschool Teachers:<br />

Andrea DeDominces, Ragan Allen &<br />

Cheri Farrer<br />

Funeral Coordinator:<br />

Janee Theleman<br />

2<br />

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 />

voices, piano and instruments<br />

into our congregational song. We<br />

had the joy of hearing our choir<br />

sing again twice December and<br />

can anticipate another anthem<br />

on Epiphany Sunday.<br />

New<br />

songs and familiar songs have<br />

been included in our worship<br />

services. During <strong>2024</strong>, we will<br />

be answering what does this<br />

mean for worship and our faith<br />

during adult education. Once a<br />

season, you are invited to gather<br />

between services to practice<br />

some of the songs of the season<br />

so that we can be more familiar<br />

with them. We will also learn<br />

why some songs were chosen<br />

or were not chosen – what their<br />

lyrics mean for our faith.<br />

Throughout our lives together<br />

and in the year to come here at<br />

<strong>Creator</strong>, this question “What<br />

does this mean?” will be ever<br />

before us. What does it mean<br />

to worship? What does it mean<br />

to pray? What does it mean to<br />

forgive, to lament, to praise?<br />

What does it mean to include<br />

our children in worship and<br />

learning? What does it mean<br />

for us as we age? What does<br />

retirement mean? What does<br />

volunteering mean? What does<br />

it mean to live a life of faith in a<br />

world that seems to have either<br />

no meaning or contradictory<br />

meanings?<br />

The questions will never<br />

cease while we live. We as<br />

<strong>Creator</strong>, can ask these questions<br />

and many times in scripture,<br />

in Christ, in worship and in our<br />

Ministry<br />

learning together we will answer<br />

a question or two and add three<br />

of four to our lists. When we<br />

don’t have answers, we will be<br />

reminded that Christ is with us,<br />

that Christ is for us. We will learn<br />

to depend on God’s Word and<br />

grow in dependence to Jesus<br />

Christ rather than moving away<br />

from what does this mean into a<br />

false reality of I understand it all<br />

and have it all figured out.<br />

In <strong>2024</strong>, I pray that your<br />

questions lead you into deeper<br />

trust and dependence in Christ.<br />

Christ, who is our peace, be<br />

with you in the year to come!<br />

Pastor Amanda Olson de<br />

Castillo<br />

***Continued on Pg. 11 for 12<br />

symbols of Christmas<br />

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Fellowship<br />

Thoughts on<br />

Our church has a vision<br />

for our community and our<br />

congregation. It is a bold vision.<br />

One at odds with the world around<br />

us. One that will require funding.<br />

Yet we believe in this vision—we<br />

believe in it so strongly that it<br />

passed unanimously last month<br />

at the congregational meeting.<br />

We Stewardship want like to<br />

make sure that all members are<br />

informed and understand the<br />

heart and soul of this vision.<br />

This image above is a<br />

summary of our church budget<br />

line items provided by the finance<br />

team, put into Categories. We<br />

have a category for the building,<br />

benevolence, Pastoral staff, and<br />

ministry. This should hopefully<br />

look very familiar. It’s the way<br />

we normally present the budget.<br />

But What if we present our<br />

budget a little differently? How<br />

are the dollars that you give<br />

to creator Lutheran Church,<br />

whether by QR code, the website,<br />

Zelle, or old-school check,<br />

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impacting our congregation and<br />

the community around us? To<br />

explore that, we chose 5 areas of<br />

mission & ministry, that represent<br />

<strong>Creator</strong>’s priorities and mission<br />

in our congregation and our<br />

community. The pie chart below<br />

shows how your dollar goes to<br />

work in each of these areas.<br />

Service and Outreach in<br />

Action: In 2023 around 23 %<br />

of our funds, either directly, or<br />

indirectly, went to Service and<br />

Outreach! As an example, this<br />

translates into 850 Backpacks in<br />

2023 for kids that might not have<br />

enough to eat on the weekends.<br />

It’s providing a place for Girls<br />

Scouts and Beyond Human<br />

Aid to meet, plus, we support


a Preschool at below market<br />

rates at a time when daycare is<br />

simply too expensive for many.<br />

It’s getting our youth group to<br />

Kentucky to serve and learn.<br />

It’s families serving at Peace<br />

Community center. It’s the Easter<br />

egg hunt and the Fall Festival,<br />

showing our neighborhood that<br />

we really are a welcoming place.<br />

Learning and Growing in<br />

the World: Our Pastors have<br />

close to 35 years combined<br />

experience—that experience<br />

brings us approachable yet<br />

powerful adult ed and bible<br />

study programs. A new member<br />

recently said: “I found the adult<br />

ed to be really meaningful—<br />

and I grew up with a Christian<br />

background”. It’s Bible study,<br />

in an environment where it’s ok<br />

to ask the hard questions: “Am<br />

I really forgiven?” “I honestly<br />

don’t get the trinity.” “Why do we<br />

take communion every week?”<br />

Pastoral and Community<br />

care: Our pastors have years of<br />

experience in a rural Guatemalan<br />

church. Our pastors have seen<br />

and lived in oppression and<br />

hardship that many of us can<br />

only imagine. But we believe<br />

they have also seen Christ’s<br />

presence in those moments.<br />

They bring that experience and<br />

wisdom with them as they walk<br />

alongside us. It’s a listening<br />

ear. It’s the <strong>Creator</strong> Cares team.<br />

It’s a member offering a ride to<br />

church. It’s a prayer at the altar.<br />

It’s a women’s retreat on grief.<br />

It’s a call to the pastor on their<br />

day off when you are struggling.<br />

(and yes, they want you to call<br />

them when you are struggling,<br />

even if it is on their day off!)<br />

Word and Sacrament: In a<br />

world where we are constantly<br />

judged, and are never good<br />

enough, our pastors remind us,<br />

by sharing the gospel, that we<br />

are beloved children of God,<br />

accepted forgiven by grace and<br />

loved as we are. I believe we<br />

are yearning for that reminder,<br />

Fellowship<br />

and that we are not alone in that<br />

dark place. The need for grace in<br />

community is revealed in 30 new<br />

members in 2023. 8 baptisms<br />

in 2023. Over 1400 views on<br />

the U-tube channel so far this<br />

year! We believe that is people,<br />

perhaps in the wilderness,<br />

and perhaps without hope,<br />

responding to hearing the Word,<br />

spoken by a Preacher. Spoken<br />

by our Preachers. It is here<br />

that we learn, again, that we are<br />

a forgiven, beloved, accepted<br />

people. Thanks be to God!<br />

Fellowship & Family: There<br />

are so many things that can<br />

divide us. Yet it is here that<br />

we are reminded that our bond<br />

to Christ is stronger than any<br />

secular tribal affiliation. Here<br />

our leadership has created a<br />

safe place for us to connect,<br />

to laugh, to cry, and to support<br />

one another. It’s Bunko night.<br />

The Fall festival. Foam hats.<br />

Slime games. Making mistakes<br />

together. A coffee shared.<br />

This is our Mission and<br />

ministry. This is also our<br />

spending plan. They are one<br />

and the same.<br />

Executing this vision will<br />

require a significant increase<br />

in our collective giving here at<br />

<strong>Creator</strong>.<br />

But we believe it is meaningful<br />

work,<br />

we believe it is Christ’s work,<br />

we believe it is worth it,<br />

we believe that together, we<br />

can do it.<br />

Please consider <strong>Creator</strong><br />

Lutheran in your <strong>2024</strong> giving<br />

plan.<br />

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Fellowship<br />

Church Council Highlights<br />

The council opened in<br />

prayer, both prayers of thanks<br />

and prayers for God’s blessings<br />

on those people who are dealing<br />

with losses this past year.<br />

Pastor Horacio read from<br />

Hebrews 11-3. He noted that we<br />

are here by the grace of God<br />

and it is God alone who sustains<br />

us. Through Christ, God makes<br />

visible what is invisible.<br />

New Business<br />

There was a discussion<br />

about reviewing the contract for<br />

the fire suppression system.<br />

More research is needed and<br />

it will be forthcoming.<br />

The thermostat on the<br />

hot water tank is going to be<br />

checked to verify that it is set<br />

in accordance with standard<br />

practices.<br />

There was a discussion<br />

about the membership rolls and<br />

there will be a review of the<br />

roll to determine an accurate<br />

accounting of the membership.<br />

The Council adjourned with<br />

the Lord’s Prayer.<br />

Financial Report<br />

Total Income..............$37,869.11<br />

Total Expenses..........$37,713.33<br />

Net Income.....................$155.78<br />

Benevolence<br />

Contributions.............$37561.61<br />

Local Benevolence......$2,253.70<br />

Synod.........................$1,502.46<br />

Total Benevolence......$3,756.16<br />

Altar Guild celebrated the birth of Christ and marveled at the wonderful services we shared<br />

during the Advent and Christmas seasons, especially the Chidren’s program. We wish everyone<br />

a blessed Epiphany and may a star lead you to serve in new ways in <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Peace,<br />

Linda Reed<br />

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Fellowship<br />

NEW MEMBERS FALL<br />

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Children, Youth, and Family<br />

8


Preschool<br />

Preschool News<br />

<strong>January</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

Dear Parents,<br />

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a vacation filled<br />

with love, family and much joy. We were blessed with all the above<br />

and with a renewed hope for the coming year.<br />

We would like to thank our families for the toys that were donated.<br />

This was a great way to show our children how we care for others<br />

who are not as fortunate as ourselves. These toys were distributed<br />

to local families in the Bonney Lake area. Also, a special thank you<br />

to our parents who were able to volunteer for our Christmas party.<br />

It was so much fun!<br />

<strong>January</strong> will include many fun topics for study. We will learn<br />

about dinosaurs and wintertime. We will celebrate diversity in our<br />

country and abroad by learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and<br />

discovering the country of Australia. Our families are invited to<br />

celebrate Australia with the children during the last 20 minutes of<br />

class on <strong>January</strong> 25th and 26th.<br />

The winter season and the colors gray and white are natural for<br />

<strong>January</strong> as is snow. We will see what the month brings! Remember<br />

to check the school closures for Sumner School District on TV or go<br />

to flashalert.net , then Sumner School District.<br />

We will study the letters R,r, S,s, U,u, and D,d. Our shape is<br />

the rectangle and the numbers are 5 for the three year olds and 8,<br />

9, and 10 for the four/five year olds. Our holiday during <strong>January</strong> is<br />

Martin Luther King’s birthday on <strong>January</strong> 15th. It will only affect our<br />

Monday-Friday class.<br />

Hopefully, everyone planning to be with us next year has already<br />

told (Andrea), Mrs. D, which class they want their child in. Please<br />

e-mail immediately to markandrea222@gmail.com if you still need<br />

to choose a class. Our classes are starting to fill up. Beginning<br />

<strong>January</strong> 10th, registration will be open to the public. Visit our<br />

website for class descriptions and cost. https://creatorlutheran.net/<br />

creator-preschool/<br />

Thank you all for your loyal support. Because of you, we do not<br />

have, nor need an advertising budget. <strong>Creator</strong> Preschool has been<br />

so blessed over the years to play a small part in the lives of so many<br />

wonderful families.<br />

Happy New Year and God Bless You All!<br />

Andrea (Mrs, D), Ragan (Mrs. Allen), and Cheri (Ms. Farrar)<br />

Important<br />

Dates<br />

• Week 1 (Jan 3-6):<br />

- Letter U,u<br />

- #5 #8<br />

• Week 2 (Jan 9-13):<br />

- Letter R,r<br />

- Arctic Animals<br />

- Hibernation/<br />

Migration<br />

- Learning about<br />

Martin Luther King,<br />

Jr.<br />

• Week 3 (Jan 16-20):<br />

- NO SCHOOL:<br />

Monday, Jan. 16<br />

- Letter S,s<br />

- Forms of water<br />

- Learning about<br />

Kenya<br />

- Pajama Day: Jan<br />

19 & 20<br />

• Week 4 (Jan 23-27):<br />

- Letter D,d<br />

- Learning about<br />

Kenya/Kenya<br />

celebration<br />

- #9<br />

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News and Education<br />

10


News and Education<br />

12 SYMBOLS OF CHRISTMAS<br />

Continued from pg. 4<br />

(Tree): An evergreen tree<br />

has a very appropriate name. It<br />

is ever green – always green.<br />

It does not become dormant in<br />

the winter as other trees do. The<br />

color green represents new life<br />

and the needles of the evergreen<br />

always point up – heavenward.<br />

It symbolizes our everlasting life<br />

with Jesus Christ. We should be<br />

as the evergreen tree – always<br />

full of life, never becoming<br />

dormant in our life with Christ as<br />

our arms are lifted heavenward.<br />

“The bread of God is the One<br />

who comes down from heaven.<br />

He gives life to the world.” John<br />

6:33<br />

(Ornaments): Ornaments<br />

are used to decorate Christmas<br />

trees each and every year.<br />

People look for the perfect<br />

ones to fit on their tree. Our<br />

Christmas tree just would seem<br />

complete without our ornaments.<br />

Ornaments can symbolize<br />

the blessings in our lives. Our<br />

lives just wouldn’t be complete<br />

without God’s blessings.<br />

Everything that we have is due<br />

to God loving us so much that<br />

He wants to shower us with His<br />

blessings. Just as ornaments<br />

are all different shapes and<br />

sizes, blessings are all different<br />

as well. God picks and chooses<br />

each blessing for us so that it will<br />

be just right. The next time you<br />

decorate your tree, and as you<br />

put up each ornament, think of<br />

a blessing that God has given<br />

you. I think you’ll find that you’ll<br />

run out of ornaments before you<br />

can run out of blessings! “Every<br />

man shall give as he is able,<br />

according to the blessing of the<br />

LORD your God that He has<br />

given you.” Deuteronomy 16:17<br />

(Lights & Candles): Lights<br />

and candles are used to give<br />

light. When a room is full of<br />

darkness, it is dark. But, if you<br />

light a single match in a dark<br />

room, the room is light. There<br />

may be more darkness, but the<br />

light overpowers it. We are that<br />

light. We can be the single light<br />

in a world of darkness. We must<br />

share our light with the world so<br />

that the light increases. “You are<br />

the light of the world. A city set<br />

on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor<br />

do people light a lamp and put it<br />

under a basket, but on a stand,<br />

and it gives light to all in the<br />

house.” Matthew 5:14-15<br />

(Bell): The bell rings out to<br />

guide the lost sheep back to<br />

the fold, signifying that all are<br />

precious in the eyes of the Lord.<br />

Jesus is our shepherd and He<br />

laid down His life for us so that<br />

we may spend eternity with Him<br />

in heaven. He is calling us to<br />

follow Him through His Word.<br />

Are you going to listen? “If a man<br />

has a hundred sheep, and one<br />

of them has gone astray, does<br />

he not leaven the ninety-nine on<br />

the mountains and go in search<br />

of the one that went astray?”<br />

Matthew 18:12 “I am the good<br />

shepherd. The good shepherd<br />

lays down his life for the sheep.”<br />

John 10:11<br />

(Candy Cane): The Candy<br />

Cane symbolizes multiple<br />

things. If you hold it upright…<br />

it looks like a shepherd’s crook.<br />

The shepherds were some of the<br />

few people who were able to see<br />

the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. If<br />

you turn the candy cane upside<br />

down…it looks like a “J”. Jesus<br />

starts with the letter “J”. The<br />

colors of the candy cane are also<br />

symbolic. The red represents<br />

the blood that Jesus shed for<br />

us on the cross and the white<br />

represents the purity of Jesus.<br />

There are candy canes with three<br />

small red stripes running around<br />

it. These stripes symbolize the<br />

Trinity – God the Father, Son,<br />

and the Holy Spirit. Who knew<br />

that this delicious simple candy<br />

was so profoundly symbolic of<br />

our Lord Jesus Christ and His<br />

simple birth? “And she will bring<br />

forth a Son, and you shall call<br />

His name JESUS, for He will<br />

save His people from their sins.”<br />

Matthew 1:21<br />

(Star): The star is a heavenly<br />

sign of prophecy fulfilled ages<br />

ago, the shining hope for all<br />

mankind. The star led the wise<br />

men to find the baby Jesus.<br />

These wise men traveled many<br />

miles following a star in the sky.<br />

The star was their “guiding light”<br />

to the Savior. God was the wise<br />

men’s travel agent, in sorts,<br />

leading them to the greatest<br />

destination known to man – the<br />

Savior. We now have His Word<br />

as our “guiding light” to lead us<br />

to be with Him in heaven. Are<br />

you going to follow Him? “And<br />

behold, the star which they had<br />

seen in the East went before<br />

Continued on pg. 13<br />

11


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>January</strong><br />

5th, <strong>2024</strong>. New Hope<br />

Resource Center is providing<br />

40-50 sack lunches M-F for<br />

our homeless neighbors. New<br />

Hope has asked that we help<br />

by donating food appropriate for<br />

the sack lunches. Please see<br />

12<br />

the list of food needed on the<br />

attached 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.


Continued from pg. 11<br />

them, till it came and stood over<br />

where the young Child was.<br />

When they saw the star, they<br />

rejoiced with exceedingly great<br />

joy.” Matthew 2:9b-10<br />

(Angel): Imagine…you are a<br />

lowly shepherd, watching over<br />

your sheep. This night seems<br />

no different than any other. Then<br />

all of a sudden an angel of the<br />

Lord is in the sky above you…<br />

telling you of the Savior’s birth.<br />

You, a shepherd? Why did God<br />

send an angel to tell shepherds?<br />

Because the message that God<br />

had about the birth of Jesus<br />

was for all people! Not just for<br />

the right, not just for the Jew…<br />

EVERYONE! God chose His<br />

#1 messenger to tell the lowest<br />

of people (in the world’s eyes)<br />

of His Son’s birth! God looks at<br />

the heart – not what the world<br />

looks at – thank goodness!<br />

“And, lo, the angel of the Lord<br />

came upon them, and the glory<br />

of the Lord shone ‘round about<br />

them: and they were so afraid.<br />

And the angel said unto them,<br />

Fear not: for, behold, I bring you<br />

good tidings of great joy, which<br />

shall be to all people. For unto<br />

you is born this day in the city of<br />

David, a Savior, which is Christ<br />

the Lord.” Luke 2:9-11<br />

(Holly): We see holly as<br />

decorations during the Christmas<br />

season. But do we really<br />

understand what holly stands for?<br />

The leaves represent the crown<br />

of thorns that were placed upon<br />

Jesus’ head as He was being<br />

crucified. The berries symbolize<br />

the blood that He shed for us. He<br />

endured criticism, excruciating<br />

pain, and embarrassment…<br />

all for you and I. The next time<br />

you see a decoration with holly<br />

on it, remember what was done<br />

for you so that He could spend<br />

eternity with you. I know that<br />

I will. “And twisting together a<br />

crown of thorns, they put it on<br />

His head and put a reed in His<br />

right hand. And kneeling before<br />

Him, they mocked Him, saying,<br />

“Hail, King of the Jews!” Matthew<br />

27:29<br />

(Wreath): The wreath has<br />

its evergreen branches bent in<br />

a circle so that the ends touch,<br />

having no beginning or end, just<br />

as there is no beginning or end<br />

of Jesus’ eternal love for us. Just<br />

as the wreath looks the same<br />

throughout and seems to not<br />

change, so He will always be<br />

the same. “Jesus Christ is the<br />

same yesterday and today and<br />

forever.” Hebrews 13:8<br />

(Presents): These days, the<br />

world has forgotten the reason for<br />

Christmas. Most people seem to<br />

think that getting presents is the<br />

greatest thing about Christmas.<br />

Other people seem to think that<br />

presents have nothing to do with<br />

Christmas. Well, they are both<br />

wrong. The wise men came to<br />

visit Jesus as a young child and<br />

gave Him presents. They gave<br />

His gold, frankincense, and<br />

myrrh. They offered Him gold,<br />

as a king, paying Him tribute;<br />

frankincense, as God, for they<br />

honored God with the smoke of<br />

incense; and myrrh, as a man<br />

that should die, for myrrh was<br />

used in embalming dead bodies.<br />

These men…these wise men…<br />

saw this child and knew that<br />

He is a king, is God, and that<br />

He would die for the sins of the<br />

News and Education<br />

world. How can anyone, with the<br />

knowledge that we have now, not<br />

believe? “The Wise Men went to<br />

the house. There they saw the<br />

child with His mother Mary. They<br />

bowed down and worshiped<br />

Him. Then they opened their<br />

treasures. They gave Him gold,<br />

incense, and myrrh.” Matthew<br />

2:11<br />

(Ribbons/Bows): Many<br />

people spend hours wrapping all<br />

of their presents during Christmas<br />

time. They use ribbons, garland,<br />

and bows to make sure that<br />

their presents are as beautiful<br />

as possible. What they don’t<br />

realize is that the items that they<br />

use to complete the outside of<br />

the gift have more meaning than<br />

the actually gift inside. The bow<br />

ties our present with a beautiful<br />

ribbon, just as Jesus ties us as<br />

Christians together in His love.<br />

We may not be in the same<br />

family, but we are all in the family<br />

of God. Jesus is the ribbon that<br />

binds us together. “And above all<br />

these put on love, which binds<br />

everything together in perfect<br />

harmony.” Colossians 3:14<br />

(Cookies): Making cookies<br />

is a favorite pastime for most<br />

families during the Christmas<br />

season. Cookie cutters are used<br />

to turn ordinary dough into edible<br />

masterpieces. God doesn’t use<br />

cookie cutters when He creates<br />

each one of us. He makes every<br />

one of us so special and unique<br />

that He would have to break the<br />

mold after just one use. He is the<br />

potter and we are His clay. He<br />

molds us into His masterpieces.<br />

“Behold, like the clay in the<br />

potter’s hand, so are you in<br />

my hand, O house of Israel.”<br />

Jeremiah 18:6<br />

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News and Education<br />

Thursday<br />

Morning<br />

Bible Study<br />

Thursday Morning Bible<br />

Study meets every Thursday,<br />

at 10-11:30 am in Room 4 at<br />

<strong>Creator</strong>.<br />

All are welcome to come<br />

learn and enjoy the camaraderie<br />

and fellowship with your <strong>Creator</strong><br />

family!<br />

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

dinner meeting will be<br />

Monday, <strong>January</strong> 8th at 6<br />

p.m. in the multipurpose<br />

room at church.<br />

A submarine sandwich<br />

buffet supper has been<br />

planned. All churchmen are<br />

invited to attend.<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 />

The next meeting is on Sunday, <strong>January</strong> 21 at 12:45am<br />

after our 11am service. Grieving with Grace is currently<br />

undergoing a schedule overhaul, so stay tuned for more details.<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<br />

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News and Education<br />

Twelfth Night<br />

Celebration<br />

A Night of Musical Flurries! Saturday<br />

<strong>January</strong> 13, <strong>2024</strong>, 7:00-9:00 pm<br />

Join us for an evening of good<br />

company and music by Shorelane, an<br />

acoustic duo.<br />

Bring a Appetizer, Dessert, or a drink<br />

to share<br />

(21+ only )<br />

S A T U R D A Y , J A N U A R Y 1 3 T H , 7 P M<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/86736605706?pwd=Ukc4RStRMlF<br />

yTm0xeXlaNFBWUDJhdz09<br />

Meeting ID: 867 3660 5706 Password: 822676<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>January</strong><br />

Birthdays<br />

1 - Jessica Bartlett<br />

1 - Sharon<br />

Stockwell<br />

1 - Bailey Bickford<br />

2 - Michelle Ketter<br />

2 - Phil Rogen<br />

2 - Carol Larson<br />

5 - Lori Baxter<br />

5 - Bill Nehser<br />

6 - Sharon<br />

Latterell<br />

8 - MaryLou<br />

Finch<br />

9 - Carol Doll<br />

9 - Christopher<br />

Farrer<br />

9 - Dakota Farrer<br />

9 - Jack Farrer<br />

9 - AJ Russell<br />

10 - Christine<br />

Stroomer<br />

12 - Paul Rebner<br />

12 - Lois Carlson<br />

13 - Kathy<br />

McKean<br />

13 - Bridger<br />

Robinson<br />

13 - Robbi<br />

Johnston<br />

13 - Horacio<br />

Castillo<br />

14 Shelby Rodwell<br />

14 - Bryan Davis<br />

15 - Robb<br />

Winchell<br />

16 - Maya Russell<br />

17 - Debbie Allen<br />

18 - Nathan<br />

Halaas<br />

18 - Adam<br />

Murgittroyd<br />

19 - Omar<br />

Cornejo<br />

20 - Sandra<br />

Langhorne<br />

22 - Riley<br />

Cottingham<br />

Hinkley<br />

23 - Richard<br />

Hurley<br />

25 - Darren Stober<br />

25 - Sean Morrow<br />

25 - Natalie<br />

Larson<br />

26 - Mark<br />

Thompson<br />

28 - Amanda<br />

Davis<br />

29 - Vancie<br />

Daniels<br />

29 - Ron<br />

Noborikawa<br />

29 - Rosalyn<br />

Parsons<br />

30 - Gena Lovell<br />

31 - Bill Moody


JANUARY<br />

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday<br />

1 Office Closed 2 3 4 5<br />

9am Morning<br />

Devotion<br />

7pm Men’s<br />

Fellowship<br />

6:30pm Youth<br />

Meal<br />

7:00pm Confirmation<br />

7:45pm High School<br />

Bible Study<br />

9am Morning<br />

Devotion<br />

10pm Thursday<br />

Morning Bible Study<br />

7pm CYF Team<br />

Meeting<br />

New Hope Lunch<br />

6<br />

7 8:30am Worship<br />

Service<br />

9:45am Adult<br />

Education<br />

9:45am Sunday School<br />

9:45am Confirmation<br />

11am Worship Service<br />

8<br />

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

Club<br />

9 9am Morning<br />

Devotion<br />

6:30pm Finance Team<br />

Meeting<br />

10 7pm Men’s<br />

Fellowship<br />

6:30pm Youth Meal<br />

7:00pm Confirmation<br />

7:45pm High School<br />

Bible Study<br />

11<br />

9am Morning<br />

Devotion 10pm<br />

Thursday Morning Bible<br />

Study<br />

1pm Stewardship Meeting<br />

5:30pm Fellowship<br />

Ministry Meeting<br />

12<br />

13<br />

7pm 12th Night<br />

Celebration<br />

14<br />

8:30am Worship<br />

Service<br />

9:45am Adult Education<br />

9:45am Sunday School<br />

9:45am Confirmation<br />

11am Worship Service<br />

15<br />

Office Closed<br />

16 9am Morning<br />

Devotion<br />

6pm Church Council<br />

Meeting<br />

17 7pm CIS Meeting<br />

7pm Men’s<br />

Fellowship<br />

6:30pm Youth Meal<br />

7:00pm Confirmation<br />

7:45pm High School<br />

Bible Study<br />

18 9am Morning<br />

Devotion<br />

10pm Thursday<br />

Morning Bible Study<br />

19<br />

20<br />

21<br />

8:30am Worship<br />

Service<br />

9:45am Adult Education<br />

9:45am Sunday School<br />

9:45am Confirmation<br />

11am Worship Service<br />

12:45pm Grieving with<br />

Grace<br />

28<br />

8:30am Worship<br />

Service<br />

9:45am Congregational<br />

Meeting<br />

9:45am Sunday School<br />

9:45am Confirmation<br />

11am Worship Service<br />

22<br />

29<br />

6:30pm CYF Team<br />

Meeting<br />

23 9am Morning<br />

Devotion<br />

6:30pm Women’s Bible<br />

Study<br />

30<br />

9am Morning<br />

Devotion<br />

24 7pm Men’s<br />

Fellowship<br />

6:45pm 4-5th Grade<br />

<strong>January</strong> Connect<br />

31 7pm Men’s<br />

Fellowship<br />

6:30pm Youth Meal<br />

7:00pm Confirmation<br />

7:45pm High School<br />

Bible Study<br />

25 9am Morning<br />

Devotion<br />

10pm Thursday<br />

Morning Bible Study<br />

28 9am Morning<br />

Devotion<br />

10pm Thursday<br />

Morning Bible Study<br />

26<br />

29<br />

27<br />

30<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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