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2016-07-15 18.56.35Congrats to Nate and Jessica on getting MARRIED!!!!!!  We started the weekend watching these incredible people commit to spending the rest of their lives together.  It has been such an awesome summer to watch two couples in our church choose to have God-honoring relationships as they walked in purity and respect for each other and their families.  That’s the way to do it, young people!  When the world tells you that living together outside of marriage is OK, it’s not!  Honor Him and He will honor your marriage!

Our kids arrived home on Friday from Summer Camp.  They had a GREAT week full of fun and Jesus moments.  Thank you to Mark and Andrea for spending a week with our kids.  Your investment will have lifelong benefits to these young lives.  I met Jesus at Kid’s Camp, so I know firsthand the impact one week can have!  There is no better investment into the lives of our children than a consistent attendance at church and summer camp.  It creates amazing friendships and a strong foundation of how to follow Christ.

We still have Deaf Family Camp just around the corner, so continue to pray for that as well!

We had our second week of our Throwback series where we are revisiting core principles of Christianity.  To add in a touch of fun our band is playing some songs from the 90’s (yeah, that’s Throwback..weren’t the 90’s like YESTERDAY!?!?!).  This week was a song mashup of lots of oldies.  Did you enjoy watching Chris Harold rap to DC Talk???  Definitely something I’ll remember until my death!

Mark your calendars for Latin Night on August 14.  We’ll be having a Latin inspired potluck with a ton of great food and conversation!  More info coming soon!

We would love for you to volunteer on Sundays with us.  It is the best way to meet other people and be a part of North Creek.  You can find the form at

2016-07-17 09.41.07On an exciting note I turned 40 on Sunday!  It was so much fun to celebrate with my church family.  Thank you to everybody for the wishes, the cards, and the hugs!  When I was born, my mother’s best friend gave birth to my first best friend just nine days later and right next door.  She moved to Vancouver from Phoenix about six weeks ago, so on Sunday morning we took a picture together as we have celebrated every birthday together for the last 40 years.  Happy ALMOST Birthday, Robin!  

I love doing life with people.  Sign up for a Growth Group this fall when it comes around.  Or invite some “strangers” to lunch after church.  Or set up a coffee date with someone and ask them what their story is.  You’ll never be fulfilled in life playing it safe in relationships.  Dive in and love people with abandon!  It’s messy, it’s challenging on the schedule, and it’s SO worth it!

Well, Church, I love you!  I love the ups, the downs, the lessons, and the leaps that we all take together.  God is faithful in all of it and I wouldn’t choose another life for anything.  Thank you for showing me God’s love as we walk down this path side by side.  Here’s to another 40 years of seeing what He has in store for me!  I can’t wait!

YOUR NAME, YOUR NAME IS VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As I stood in a field on Friday night looking at what little was left of our church after someone had stolen our mobile trailer with all of our sound, kid’s church, deaf church, coffee supplies and signage, something happened in my heart.  But rather than discouragement, sadness, or frustration, it was resolve.  A resolve to rise up, brush off, and quite frankly kick the hell out of what Satan was trying to do to our lives.

Our strength comes from Jesus.  He’s our source, He’s our provider, and He has every intention of storming the gates of sin and destruction using our feet.  So our feet will push on.

Within literally minutes of getting the phone call that it was all gone, we had a borrowed sound system, video, screens, and computers on the way.  (Thank you, Roy Fisher!!!!)  We spent a whopping $400 on miscellaneous supplies to buy new rugs and a coffee pot…and that was it.  Our people brought nursery toys, grabbed what they could out of storage, offered copious amounts of help in every way, and we had church without missing a beat.

Not a beat.  Not a tear.  Not a moment of despair.  Because we don’t despair over stuff.  We despair over broken lives.  People.  I guarantee you that I grieve greater over one family leaving our church than I will ever grieve over a trailer full of possessions.  Because we didn’t start a church to have nice stuff.  We started a church to birth in the hearts and lives of people that God will break the things in their lives that they think are unbreakable.  He will set them free.  He will use them in power.  He will change their futures and their families.

It’s time that we started caring less about what might happen to us and walk in the anointing of what might happen through us!

So, we press on.  We have a crazy amount of stuff to do in order to have our systems back in place and we’ll let you know how you can help as we figure out what to do next.  In the meantime, pray, shout in victory, walk in boldness, and don’t back down.

And if you have been watching this story over the weekend and don’t have a church…come and join us.  Our resurrecting God wants to resurrect what has been stolen in your life as well!



So much to celebrate over our Easter weekend!  Thank you to our incredible team of volunteers who serve faithfully to provide a great environment for so many people to experience the love of Jesus.  My heart is full as I reflect on the privilege it is to be a part of this church and each of your lives!

Our Good Friday was off the hook with our baptism service as we dunked 14 people.  You can see a bunch of pictures on our Facebook page at North Creek – The Coffee Church.  Each story was incredible to hear as God is truly and deeply changing lives.  My family’s personal moment was watching my daughter, Delaney, baptize her friend, Laurie.  She was a big part of Laurie coming to church and was thrilled to be a part of that moment with her.  The other part of the story is that Laurie then invited her friend Kira who was also baptized on Friday.  That’s people being the church!

baptismEaster Sunday we had 330 people who joined us in giving honor to our Resurrected King.  Matt and Rachel wrote an gorgeous song about True Love to go with our theme and Mark preached a great message out of Matthew.  Our Deaf Church had a huge potluck to celebrate as well.  It was an awesome morning!

In our kid’s class we had 9 kids raise their hand to accept Jesus.  WHOOO HOOO!!!!  That’s why we get up in the morning.  Then they all got eggs with candy and stickers on their way out of the door.

We also took an offering for Charity Water to help provide clean water for people all around the world.  We’ll have the final total soon as we tally up all the giving, but we’ll be right around $7000, which is PHENOMENAL!  So thankful we are part of a generous church.  You are still welcome to give at under the Be Present link.

In the middle of all of the chaos of Good Friday and Easter we also had a gymnastics meet on Saturday for Kennedy in Kennewick, WA.  We made the whirlwind trip in between our baptism service and our Easter service.  She had a strong meet and walked away with first place all around, which was awesome!  She also placed in all other four events – 1st on beam, 2nd on vault, and 3rd on floor and bars.  Proud of my little athlete who gives all the glory to Jesus!

I ended the weekend with a full cup and long nap to recuperate from all the excitement.  Now I’m ready to dig in, watch our church grow, and continue to change the world with the message of Jesus.  Let’s do this!

We are home from vacation and it was great to be back at church!  We were in Las Vegas for a gymnastics meet and then we headed over to Anaheim to visit Disneyland, which is one of my favorite places on the planet!  Such a nice break from reality!!! 🙂  Alas, you can’t stay in Disneyland forever and we are excited about diving into the next season of our lives and our church.

Logo.AnnWe are baptizing people on March 25 at our Good Friday service.  We are ready have 7 people signed up, so if you’d like to add your name to the list because you are ready to go public with your faith, go to and sign up ASAP!  We’d love to celebrate with you.

Matt and Andrea were out of town on vacation this weekend, so THANK YOU to Jordan and Rachel for leading worship and to Sarah for leading KidCity.  All three leaders did an outstanding job using their gifts and hearts for ministry.  We have truly amazing people at North Creek Church.

God is doing so many profound things in our midst.  People are visiting our church, meeting Jesus, getting baptized, and thriving.  I am loving seeing God turn around this tumultuous season for His glory!

We are also about to roll out a new way to give to North Creek.  You can download the app called Pushpay, find North Creek Church and set up your account.  It makes giving SUPER simple.  After your account is set up, which takes about two minutes, then you will be able to text your giving.  I love this century!

Speaking of giving…have you given your $12 this month if you made a 12 for 12 commitment?  With just $12 for 12 months we can significantly upgrade our giving for our 12 missionaries.  I love the people we support and the work they are doing all over the world for Jesus.  You can be a part!!  On PushPay, you can give your $12 under the Be Present option.  It will go to the right place!

Logo2.shareEaster is coming in a couple of weeks, so think about who you can invite.  We have flyers up on our Facebook page at  Take a moment and use your social media to let people know about where they can celebrate Easter!  Also, on Easter Sunday we are taking an offering for Charity Water to help provide safe and clean drinking water for people all over the world.  Prepare a gift to bring with you!

We would love for you to volunteer one Sunday a month if you aren’t already a part.  Volunteering is a great way to get to know people and make friends!  You can find the form online and we’ll get you plugged in quickly.

Thank you for praying, for serving, for giving, for reading your Bibles, for being humble and for seeking Jesus with your whole hearts.  We are an imperfect people, but passionate about a living God!

We are so glad to be on this journey with you and completely blessed to be your pastors.

Be blessed!



Great weekend all around!  My mom was in town to visit, which is always fun to have grandma around.  She wore my kids out with crafts, walks, games, and baking!

Happy Anniversary to my in-laws, Alvina and Ivan!  They have been married for 52 years.  Isn’t that something!  And they made my wonderful husband out of that marriage as well, so bonus points all around!

Don't-Judge.LogoWe are kicking off a new series next Sunday about judging.  In our society “judging” is a hot button, but it can also be misconstrued to include the idea that simply having an opinion makes you judgmental.  Come and join us for the next three weeks as we see what the Bible says about judging.

Do you need prayer or do you want to be on our prayer team?  Email to be a part. You’ll get prayer requests via email and then you can send your own requests as well.

Easter is just 26 days away!  Our service will be at 10:00 am (both our hearing and deaf services), so plan to join us at Prairie High School for a beautiful morning.  Invite friends and family!

We are also having a Good Friday worship night with baptisms, so if you are ready to get baptized, we would love to celebrate with you.  That event will be at the Link Church, who also graciously houses our youth group.  More info to come!

We are saving up to buy a new digital sound board as our old board is about to bite the bullet.  Jesus has kept it going longer than it should have, for sure, but it is definitely time to upgrade.  If you’d like to help us with that fund (about $4000), mark your giving envelopes “Chris and Matt’s High Maintenance Fund”.  Just kidding.  “Sound board” will do just fine.  I do love our very talented team, but they sure are needy! 😉

We have a North Creek soccer team!  If you’d like to be a part of a weekend team, contact Amanda at 360-624-7445 or email  We are still looking for a few more players!

After Easter we are going to be providing various “North Creek U” classes that teach various aspects of the Bible.  Some will be strictly foundational Bible topics, some will be financial classes to help you with budgeting and debt, and some will be life help topics, such as social media help for parents of teens.  We will randomly schedule short term classes on Sunday mornings to come along side of you as you grow in your walk with Jesus.  If you are gifted in a particular topic and are interested in teaching, shoot me an email at

On that note, have a truly incredible week as you live for Jesus!  Be blessed!