Stewardship

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.

Congregational Money Autobiography

In preparation for the Annual Meeting Feb. 23, the Stewardship Team asked those attending on Sunday 2/16 to share thoughts and reflections about stewardship and their faith.   Thank you to the two dozen or so folks who shared your thoughts and prayers for Creator in these forms!

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If you missed a chance to answer these and are interested in having your voice included in our report on Feb. 23, feel free to answer any or all of these.  You may email your response to MonicaHurley@comcast.net

Synod Super Bowl Challenge to Benefit ELCA World Hunger

Creator raised $950 on Sunday 2/2/14 for ELCA World Hunger. Thanks to the Creator member who donated the Seahawks jersey to spice things up a little. Virginia W. walked away with the prize.

From the NW Washington Synod:

Synod Super Bowl Challenge to Benefit ELCA World Hunger – an outrageous success! Congratulations to the Rocky Mountain Synod: Seahawks - $17,502.9 and Broncos - $22,632.70 A total of $40,135.68! Thank you for your generosity!

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The Liturgy of Abundance, The Myth of Scarcity by W. Brueggemann

The Bible starts out with a liturgy of abundance. Genesis I is a song of praise for God's generosity. It tells how well the world is ordered. It keeps saying, "It is good, it is good, it is good, it is very good." It declares that God blesses -- that is, endows with vitality -- the plants and the animals and the fish and the birds and humankind. And it pictures the creator as saying, "Be fruitful and multiply." In an orgy of fruitfulness, everything in its kind is to multiply the overflowing goodness that pours from God's creator spirit. And as you know, the creation ends in Sabbath. God is so overrun with fruitfulness that God says, "I've got to take a break from all this. I've got to get out of the office."

Prayers of Thanks for God's Faithful Servants: Creator's Teams in Abundance

Since September the Stewardship Ministry team has been highlighting one of our wonderful ministries each month.  We have highlighted them through articles, presentations and web-space. 

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Please join us as pray for for the people who steward their time and resources to be Creator’s Property Committee.   This month of January we say thanks to God for all the wonderful work they do in the name of Jesus Christ to make our property a welcoming, safe and wonderful place to be.  We are grateful for their expertise, the abundance of volunteer hours they share, and for the hand of God upon them as they serve.

Sharing a Story: Shoes to Fill

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A good friend of mine, on his first Sunday in a new call, intentionally stumbled as he stepped into the pulpit; and then he reached down and picked up a pair of shoes, lifted them up and said: "There is a pair of shoes here in this pulpit and they are way too big for me to fill." And then after a pregnant pause, he continued by saying: "But I do have some good news for you. I have shoes. And look, you too have shoes, and together we can walk with Jesus into the future."  ~The Reverend Gerry Rafftery

I copied the above from an article posted in Luther Seminary's "Center for Stewardship Leaders".  As a lover of shoes (don't ask my husband -- it's a sore subject!) this article spoke to me.  The shoes we have to wear are plenty good for what Jesus asks us to do.  Walking along side brothers and sisters at Creator Lutheran is truly a blessing when we all use the shoes we've got to walk along God's Way.

The GOOD Stuff

A few weeks agCaramels 2 (1).jpgo leadership teams assembled on a stormy Saturday afternoon.  Pastor Elaine had a marvelous exercise to go through – bonding, identifying and defining.  But if you believe, as I do, that an important asset we have when we come together is attitude, there were a few among us who were tired, stressed and as much as we love the church and serving, the message wasn’t making it through our anxiety-ridden bodies.

In walked Laurie Bruckbauer with her famous (not kidding, these are truly famous) homemade caramels.  She makes them with all the good stuff, butter, sugar, and love.  A little unexpected gift brought joy to the lips and hearts of the weary, and the messages were easier to hear.

People of Plenty -- Faith in Abundance

What is enough? 

Do you have enough?  Are you given enough?  Are you giving enough?

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Jesus tells us that we are enough. We have enough.  We can do enough.  He shares examples of those who have little (the boy with three fish) and what can be done with so little, as well as the man who sells everything because he finds the greatest treasure!  Both have faith and with that faith so much is accomplished.

Stewardship reminds you that your faith, small or large, is enough.  How much faith do you have for God to do work in and through you?  What are you investing in the family of faith at Creator in your time, talent, resources this fall?  We pray we will all feel the call to be confident that God will provide, God does provide, God works in and through us all.  The more we are bonded to each other, the stronger we are to share the good news of Jesus Christ with our neighbors and a world full of need.

Thanks be to God for you and all God is doing in your life.

Piles of Mail -- To Service to Church and Society

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For the October Newsletter:

By Monica Hurley

Piled up in our kitchen is the mail from last week.  I sigh as I sort it thinking about three or four other things while I put bills in one stack, magazines in another, junk mail in a third.  I wonder about what Pastor Elaine talked about: old fashioned letters in her sermon on September 8th.  My grandma used to send those occasionally; whatever happened to those precious tidbits anyway?  Guess I’ve not written one to her lately either.

I look at the bills, nothing surprises me.  Yes, we used water, threw away trash, sucked electricity for the computers and lights.  Magazines head to the coffee table or a basket and one I toss near my purse to flip through as I wait in a doctor’s office or school waiting room. 

Live in Abundance! Stewardship Committee Wednesday Sept 18

Intern Pastor Keith Marshall talked about going out and getting the lost sheep, looking for the lost coin, welcoming the prodigal son.  We are exploring our abundance in life and how to live faithfully into that abundance by being faithful stewards of God's gifts to us. 

Join our stewardship committee on Wednesday Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. as we make plans to share God's love through stewardship messages and ministry in 2013-14. 

The first ministry focus which Creator lives out our shared Christian community in abundant ways is through the energy and vitality of our Youth and Family Ministries.  Terri Heckroth will share a slide show during offering this month (tentatively scheduled for Sept. 29) so you can see where your stewarding of the gifts God's provided you and your family have impact in and through our youth -- specifically in this example, we'll hear the story of mission work.

October stay tuned; we'll focus on how we collectively serve our neighbors through Church in Society!

 

Prized Posessions!

Worth repeating... here's the gospel lesson from September 8th!  And the epistle lesson on Philemon had Mike and Nita Rutkosky and Judi Richardson counting their silver forks and spoons.  Ask Pastor Elaine for more on that if you missed it...

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Luke 14:25-33  New International Version (NIV)

The Cost of Being a Disciple

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

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