Peace Lutheran Church


Opportunities to Serve

Meals Needed for High School Open Center on 2nd and 4th Fridays
Able to help? It’s a great way to connect with youth. Sign up at the Koinonia Corner or contact Brendan.
Coordinate Storytelling Events
We need a person to help coordinate Conversation Around Race storytelling events with Mary Cogger. Interested? Contact Pastor John.
Care Ministry: Sharing Meals with People of Peace
“Meal Train” is a website that helps us coordinate sharing meals with folks from the Peace community who are in need because of a hospitalization, a new birth, or other life circumstance. Thank you to those who have shared a meal the past few years! We are updating our list, so please let Kathy Hanawalt know if you are willing to receive an email invitation when a need arises; you then choose whether or not to sign up for that particular “meal train.”
Helping Hands – Community Assets Board
Are you able to help with any of the following items needed by people in the Peace community? If so, please contact Becky Lee at or 253-335-8099.
+ Inexpensive used car (3)
+ Queen size bed
+ Twin bed
+ Small computer stand


Spiritual Growth and Learning

Sunday Classes & Teachers (9:45 am Education Hour)
+ 3 Years-4th Grade “Godly Play” / Carmen Lampman, Kathy Hanawalt, Gretchen Duggan, Leigh Wong / Basement Room
+ 5th-6th Grade / Charissa Carroll, Don Gillis, Gretchen Duggan / Classroom 3
+ 7th-8th Grade Middle School “Feet to Faith” / Pastor John Stroeh, Brendan Nelson, Keri Anderson / Computer Room
+ 9th-12th Grade High School / Brendan Nelson, Ben Flesher / Conference Room upstairs
+ Adults / Many leaders / Multipurpose Room
Want to Make Bible Reading a Priority? Some suggestions:
+ Attend Sunday morning Bible study at 9:45 am and/or a small group Bible study, such as the Wednesday evening Community Bible Study at the church at 6:15 pm.
+ Read and study the Gospel of Luke, used for worship this year.
+ Set aside a place at home to read the Bible (maybe with a table, chair, candle, notebook for writing your thoughts) and encourage your family to spend time with God in scripture and prayer.
+ Set aside a time each day, maybe mealtimes or bedtimes, for family devotions. As a family, share highs and lows for the day, read scripture, discuss, and say a prayer.
+ On the table outside the sanctuary, pick up the “5 x 5 x 5 Bible Reading Plan” to read through the New Testament in a year OR the “Read the Bible in One Year” plan OR find a Bible reading plan in your study Bible. Commit yourself to it.
+ On the table pick up a “Christ in Our Home” daily devotional.
+ Use the 4 methods of Bible study and accompanying questions from the Book of Faith initiative. See sheet on the table.
+ Go to the Book of Faith website:
+ Find monthly devotions at
Daily Devotional
Pick up a new Christ in Our Home daily devotional on the table outside the sanctuary. They’re free!


Peace Lutheran Church Events & Information

Upcoming Adult Education Sundays at 9:45 am
+ January 21 – Hilltop Urban Gardens, led by Dean Jackson
+ January 28 – Ambassadors for Christ series on sharing our faith
Writing Group
The Writing Group will meet at the Swasey Library the last Wednesday of the month in January, February, and March, 6-7:45 pm. For more information contact Shari Shelton.
Women—Save the Date! Southwestern Washington Women of the ELCA Spring Retreat
April 20-22 at Black Diamond Camp in Auburn. Topic is “Change!?!” with speakers from the Faith Action Network inspiring faithful change in the world. Get a registration form at the Koinonia Corner or register online at by searching “SW Washington Women of the ELCA spring retreat 2018”.
Community Bible Study
Come to a Community Bible Study Wednesday evenings from 6:15–7:30 pm in the Ray Conference Room led by Pastor John. We study the scripture readings for the following Sunday! Come, share, and grow in faith through conversation around scripture!
Women Sharing in Bible Study
Open to all women, this wonderful group study meets on the second Thursday of the month beginning at 10 am in classroom 2. Bring a light lunch. Coffee is served. Copies of each lesson are made available. Join the conversation. Invite someone!
Men’s Breakfast
The Men’s Breakfast and Bible study meets the second Saturday of each month from 8–9:30 am in the multipurpose room. Connect with God and share fellowship with other men! Join in the gathering. Invite someone!
Centering Prayer
Lights dimmed, quiet music, candle, lighting, sit in silence, read scripture or inspirational words, no cell phones, no family or friends interrupting… A conscious effort to be one on one with the Lord. The 4th Friday of each month 5:30-7 pm. Sure we can do this anywhere, but why not in the Lord’s house where you can practice relaxing, emptying your mind, and letting one’s self find the presence of God within.
Youth News (For more information, talk with Brendan Nelson)
+ Sunday Faith Time – Sundays at 9:45 am. Classes for youth 5th grade and up to learn about God and faith.
+ Feet to Faith Confirmation Class – Sundays at Peace at 9:45 am for 7th-8th grade youth.
+ High School Open Center – 2nd and 4th Fridays from 3-6 pm. High school youth, hang out with food, music, fun!
Children’s Corner (For more information, talk with Charissa Carroll)
+ Godly Play – Every Sunday at Peace at 9:45 am. An experiential, Spirit-filled sharing of Bible stories that invites children to respond to God with wonder and creativity! For kids ages 3 to 4th grade.
+ Angel Choir – Kids ages 4-13, practice 1st and 3rd Sunday mornings during the Sunday School Hour, after Godly Play from 10:30-10:50 am in the sanctuary. Angel Choir will sing at the Children’s Christmas Program Sunday, December 17 at 11 am worship.
+ Kids@Peace -Fridays, 4-5:30 pm for grades 2-5. We need volunteers to hang out, drive the van and bring snacks.
Door to Door Calling on Neighbors
Join a group led by Pastor Plaehn, Pastor John, & Brendan Nelson. The first Sunday of each month after 11 am worship. We meet, call on neighbors (in singles or pairs), and return to church. It’s a 1 to 1 1/2 hour commitment.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Peace wants to send you a special greeting on your Birthday or Anniversary month. Sign up in the “Celebration Book” at the Koinonia Corner table.
Gospel Choir
Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7 pm in the sanctuary.
Miss a Sunday at Peace?
Listen to the sermon by clicking on the link on the church website
Interested in Baptism?
Interested in Baptism for yourself or a family member? Please speak with Pastor John.


Community Events & Information

Conversations Around Race Recommends Dr. King Celebrations
+ 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service “Redeeming the Prophetic Vision” – Sunday, January 14, 2:30-4 pm at Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St.
+ Annual MLK Unity Breakfast – Monday, January 15, 8–10:30 am. Theme: “Stand Up, Speak Out.” The focus will be the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Bill. Location: UWT YMCA. For info:
+ 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Join the City of Tacoma on Monday, January 15, 11 am-1 pm at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Theme: “Be the Change.” Speaker: Nate Bowling, 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year. Our own Brendan Nelson will be a guest speaker! Free!
+ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – Monday, January 15, 5:30–7:30 pm. Children and youth of Peace Community Center programs present a celebration of Dr. King.
Justice for All: Advocacy, Education, Organizing
Come learn about the issues the Faith Action Network will focus on during the 2018 legislative session and learn how you may engage in legislative advocacy during this advocacy training. Sunday, January 21, 3:30-5:30 pm, St. Leo’s Church, 710 S. 13th St.
Interfaith Advocacy Day
Engage in faithful action for to the common good on Thursday, February 20, 9 am–3 pm at United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave. SE, Olympia, and then on to the State Capitol. Meet your legislators and voice concerns for justice for all people. Want to go? Register online at