At Creator we come together to worship, grow and serve others by the power of the Holy Spirit for the glory of God.  We are a called people, gathered, enlightened and set-apart to be made holy.  What would our faith community look like if we responded fully to live for the glory of God?  What does stewardship have to do with this invitation from God?

Stewardship is a joyful response to God’s call to live purposefully for Him by managing our time, talents and treasures for His glory.  Our committee is a prayer-based and focused small group committed to living out stewardship in our own lives and encouraging our faith community as a whole to hear and respond eagerly to God’s call.

Gary Marsh, says it this way, "...offerings (tithes) are expressions of devotion to God and a means to support the work of the church and create pools of sufficiency for all."  In other words, Offering = Worship! 

Giving really is fun when it's done with a joyful heart; and we have SO much to be joyful for at Creator!  Watch and listen as the Stewardship Team works to highlight those things for which we ALL can give thanks! 

For more information contact the Church Office at 253 862-7700.

Beautiful Brokenness

I'm a broken person.  Full of 'warts'.  All kinds of them.  Don't want you to see them, don't want anyone else to know they are there.  Don't want to acknowledge them myself, but, every now and then (ok, daily) some piece of my broken humanity will show up.    And yet, stewardship/caring for that which is trusted to me to care for, means bring ALL THAT I AM to God?  Really?  How does that work!?

thumbRNS-FACES-JESUS-139.jpg  You have heard them too, haven't you?  Preachers telling me my entire life that we are ALL broken people.  Broken?  As in legs?  Arms?  Eyeballs?  Well, I've not had a bone mended, but certainly, I've got flaws.  In the light of watching as we surround those who have physical ailments my 'brokenness' of human condition, I also see how the broken are made whole again.  How one person can't necessarily take on the whole of bringing a broken companion into full living, but together, each giving a bit of time here, a meal or a ride there, we seem to have a whole and everyone is stronger because of it.

4 Reasons Church Volunteers are the BEST

You give.  You give time, talent, treasure.  You add your mind, money and muscle to God's kingdom.  Why?  Stewardship is a way of giving and giving thanks for all we are trusted to care for while part of this earth.  The Creator Stewardship Team read this article in our meeting and wish now to share these thoughts of grace and thanks with you!

Here's a fascinating look from Building Church Leaders --- encourage someone else to join you --- to join us!

"...four key factors that drive church volunteers to unmatched commitment levels.

Seeing within and beyond the narthex: Adult Education in Action

     Stewards of our coadult education_0.jpgngregational tithes and offerings are found in every facet of the church's life!  This month we've asked for some words from the Adult Education team: Tawny Rendahl Mitchell, Mike Rutkosky, Ron Noborikawa and Rich Heineman make up the Adult Education Team and steward the congregation's invitation to guest speakers and insiders as well to encourage insightful conversations.  Here's what the team leader, Tawny, had to say about the work the team does on the behalf of all who enjoy and participate in Adult Education:  During my life, I've been fortunate to have friends of varied faith backgrounds. I've worked and lived with Christians, Jews, Buddhists and non-believers. Some of these friends are puzzled by the fact that I go to church. They believe that no intelligent, educated person could take the Christian faith seriously. I also have friends who believe that every word in the Bible is literally true, and that all who don't see things their way are doomed.

The Church is Not Starbucks...

The church functions and shares similar characteristics with many civic organizations. The church is a place for people to gather and to belong. The church is also a place where and through we serve the needs of others. It is also a place where we contribute time, talents, and trson bucks.jpgeasures for a purpose larger than ourselves. However, if our perception and understanding of the church ends there, we miss that which is central to being the church. For the church is not a country club or Starbucks, a social concerns organization, or a political cause which needs our support.   

The presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth Eaton, when writing about what makes the church distinct for all other organizations wrote this in the January 2014 edition of “The Lutheran” magazine:

Just ONE little piece of gum!?

What is it that God asks of us?  Is Christ inviting us to steward a deeper relationship with God one where we are listening and attentive to caring and nurturing all that we have been given?

Here's a stewardship story from Tom and Erin Barr -- great metaphor from the backseat of the car and a pack of gum.  Check it out:gum.jpeg

Stewardship has always been a part of our life together.  Growing up in a Christian home, it was just part of how things were done, not just financially, but also with time, abilities and spirit as well.  We have been blessed in all of these areas with abundance and feel it only natural to be able to share that with others around us, especially our church home at Creator. 

Clarifying "Financial Stewardship" through our Intern's Eyes

"Open pocketbooks and generosity happen through changed lives and hearts conditioned for discipleship—not from cleverly produced annual programming. Forget the appeal to duty and tradition or guilt as prime motivators for church giving and volunteerism.*"  The Creator Lutheran Stewardship Team agrees!  Forget guilt, forget duty!  Look to Grace!  Thanks be to God!

Many thanks to Keith Marshall, Creator's Intern Pastor for his story shared this week as we prepare for the Ministry Fair on Sunday June 15 at Creator Lutheran Church. 

My understanding of financial stewardship was fundamentally changed during a Capital Campaign at my previous congregation. One of the components to this campaign was for members to share their stories of stewardship. It was through hearing these narratives I came to see that giving does not start from a place of obligation, but rather as a response to God’s grace and abundance. As a response to and reflection of who God is in Jesus Christ, stewardship can become an area in our lives to model what it means to live as the image God.

I Learned it from Dad!

fathers-day-images-from-allfamousmessages-3.jpgContinuing our theme of "How did you learn about stewardship?" here is a double-duty-honor-to-dad(s) appropriate for Father's Day coming this weekend!  Thanks to the many men of God who have stood up and shown their children as well as been an example to others who didn't have their own dad to look to!

From Lynette Neumiller:

It seems appropriate that as Father’s Day approaches I am thinking of the 2 most influential people when it comes to stewardship as being my father and my father-in-law. 

"Giving Thanks with a Grateful Heart is Just What Our Family Does!"

Not everyone comes to understanding stewardship in the same way... over the next few days, weeks, months, we're encouraging conversation -- "How did you come to understand stewardship?" and "What do you know about stewardship now that is different than earlier in your life's journey?"

See this response from Creator's Interim Pastor, Elaine Swigart:

As small ccross and hands.jpghildren, my sisters and I  were always given an allowance.  I remember a quarter as my first allowance.  Of that, five cents went into the piggy bank and five cents went to the church.  We had little golden envelopes.  I remember printing my name on it in large block letters, so I must have been very small when we started this practice. Twenty five cents went pretty far in the early fifties, but taking away five cents off the top, that would be 20 percent, never phased me.  It was what one did. I could still buy gum, candy, or a bottle of coke (each was five cents!) and save up some for a bigger toy.

Conventional(?) Joy! There is MORE than enough!



Conventional wisdom says, successful people become generous because they are happy due to their success.  II Corinthians shares a different story in the lives of some of the very poorest people who's joy and love for Christ spilled over into generous living.  Happiness and generosity certainly go hand-in-hand.  Put your hand into someone else's and see the joy you feel when you are giving and when you are given what you need.  Thanks be to God for the gifts GOD provides, so often we see these gifts in and through each other.  "

Consider these words given to us by the ELCA leadership encouraging a "rediscovery of Macedonia" in our "1st-world" American culture:

We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part (2 Corinthians 8:1-2).