Peace Lutheran Church


Opportunities to Serve

Able to Help Move Items from Church Storage to the Big Storage Container
Friday, September 28 at 10 am, we’re looking for people to help. Contact Pastor John if you’re able.
Hilltop Book Drive
Have any gently used or new books you’re willing to donate? We are collecting books for Hilltop families through the end of September. Please bring items to the church office and place in the collection box. Questions? Contact Mary Cogger at 253-627-1630.
Church House Painting Party
Saturday, September 29, 10 am – 2 pm. All materials and lunch provided. Contact Chris Ferguson if you will attend (, 253-627-1349).
Sing in the Gospel Choir
Music Director Jimothy Rogers invites you to Choir rehearsal every Thursday at 7 pm in the sanctuary. Jump in and make a joyful noise to the Lord!
Sunday Breakfast Update
Breakfast will continue through the renovation, though it will not be hot. Breakfast providers are needed. Please sign up at the Koinonia Corner.
Refreshment Provider Needed
Interested in helping to provide refreshments for the fellowship time after 11 am worship? Please contact Alma Crawford at 253-752-4258.
Helping Hands – Community Assets Board
Are you able to help with any of the following items needed by people in the Peace community? Do you need any of the items available? If so, please contact Becky Lee at or 253-335-8099.
Items needed:
+ 3 beds – singles or doubles


Spiritual Growth and Learning

Sunday Classes & Teachers (9:45 am Education Hour)
+ 3 Years-4th Grade “Godly Play” / Carmen Lampman, Kathy Hanawalt, Leigh Wong, Jeanie Correa, Gretchen Duggan / Basement Room
+ 5th-6th Grade / Brendan Nelson, Jae Bates / Pastor John’s office
+ 7th-8th Grade Middle School “Feet to Faith” / Pastor John Stroeh, Brendan Nelson, Pastor Louise / New Classroom
+ 9th-12th Grade High School / Brendan Nelson, Ben Flesher, Jae Bates / 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.
+ Read and study the Gospel of Mark, 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

Children’s Ministry Staffing Update
Charissa Carroll has decided to step down from her position as Children’s Outreach and Ministry Coordinator. We are grateful for her service! We have decided to split the position into two part-time positions, Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator, and Intergenerational Outreach Coordinator, and we are seeking qualified candidates with priority deadline October 15. Submit cover letter and resume to Charissa will continue to serve as we seek to fill these positions. Questions? Contact Brendan Nelson.
Job descriptions:
+ Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator
+ Intergenerational Outreach Coordinator
Upcoming Adult Education – Sundays at 9:45 am
+ September 23: No class – Congregational Meeting
+ September 30 – October 21: A new series called “God’s Gifts-Handle with Care.” We explore our calling to be good managers of the gifts God has entrusted to us: money, relationships, creation, and time. Bible studies will guide us, and stories of serving in community will inspire us!
Coming This Fall… Focus Groups
Join a FOCUS Group this fall! These are small group studies that meet on a specific topic of faith once a week for up to 6 weeks beginning in October. See the catalog of FOCUS Groups available and sign up in the multipurpose room. Questions? Contact Pat Ferguson at 253-627-1349.
Conversation Around Race Video
Did you miss the video we showed in the last two Conversations Around Race on Sunday mornings? Watch “How We Got Here: A History of Institutional Racism in Tacoma, Washington State, and the US” here.
Congregational Meeting on Sunday, September 23 at 10 am
This meeting will focus on the Peace Community Center. We will vote on the new Center board, hear Center updates, and meet and learn more about Center staff. Please attend. We must have a quorum of voting members to vote.
Need Kitchen Appliances?
We have cleared out the kitchen for renovation and want to give away some items. Need an oven, refrigerator, disposal? Talk with Pastor John ASAP. Items need to be picked up by Monday, September 24.
Register to Vote!
Voting is a right and responsibility and a way to act for justice! For the general election November 6, deadline for online & mail-in voter registration is October 8. Deadline for in- person new Washington State voter registration is October 29.
Save the Date – Trunk or Treat!
Saturday, October 27, 1-3 pm. Great family fun! We are also looking for volunteers to make this event a success. Please contact Charissa Carroll if you are able to help with this fun family event.
Community Bible Study
Community Bible Study is on summer break. This fall, come to Community Bible Study led by Pastor John on Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 pm. Come study the scripture readings for the following Sunday.
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!
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.
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.
+ FaithQuest Children’s Summer Bible Program Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 3:15–4:15 pm July 10–August 1. Here at Peace! For elementary kids. Be part of bringing Bible stories alive through drama! Register at the Koinonia Corner!
Want to Receive a Special Card from Peace?
Share your birthday and/or anniversary at the Koinonia Corner.
Gospel Choir
Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7 pm in the sanctuary.
Interested in Baptism?
Interested in Baptism for yourself or a family member? Please speak with Pastor John.


Peace Community Center Information

Facility Renovation Update
The first floor restrooms adjoining the multipurpose room are now out of commission until the end of December. Please use the basement restrooms. Very soon the kitchen will be under renovation and will not be able to be used. Please be patient and flexible in this time of disruption on the way to a new kitchen, renovated restrooms, spruced up multipurpose room, and new office wing!
You Are Invited
Come to lunch with the Peace Community Center Service team on Thursday, September 20, 12:15–1 pm at Peace.


Community Events and Information

Know Your Rights
A free youth summit for 4th-12th graders to build knowledge and power. Saturday, September 29, 11 am – 3 pm. Centro Latino, 1208 S. 10th St. Tacoma. Presented by Tacoma People’s Assembly. Register by September 21: Peace Lutheran Church is financially supporting this event.
Rooted in the Hilltop! Hilltop Action Coalition Annual Luncheon
You’re invited! Wednesday, October 10, 11:30 am – 1 pm. Shiloh Baptist Church, 1211 S. I St. Tickets $20/person. RSVP: for tickets or donations.
Can We Talk? How We Engage in Difficult Conversations as the Baptized People of God
An evening of Catholics and Lutherans in conversation with one another. Dinner, dialogue, worship. Thursday, October 11, 6-9 pm. St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 7112 S. 12th St, Tacoma.
Faith Action Network Potluck
Build community as we gear up for the legislative season. Sunday, October 21, 5-7 pm. Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. J Street, Tacoma. If you’re able, bring a dish to share. Dessert provided.
The Right to Vote
The Peace Lutheran Church Council urges everyone to register to vote! Every vote is important and precious—be sure to register and vote! In our Hilltop neighborhood, people have been disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system. You may know people who believe they have lost their right to vote due to a felony conviction. This is NO LONGER true. If people have completed their sentences and are no longer under DOC supervision, they can register and vote.
See the Secretary of State or ACLU website for general information on voter registration and specific information for anyone you know who might have a felony conviction in the past. If you know someone who would benefit from this information, please pass it along.
Peace Lutheran Church takes no position on candidates or ballot measures. We urge every voter to study the issues and candidates thoroughly and make well-informed decisions about how you cast your vote.