Opportunities to Serve
Lenten Special Offering: ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving
This Lent, we’re lifting up programs through ELCA World Hunger in India, Malawi, & the US in need of support:
+ Food and agriculture and women’s rights in India
+ Education and income, health and wellness in Malawi, Africa
+ Accompanying migrant and refugees in the US.
If you would like to walk alongside our neighbors in these places as they address hunger in their communities, write a check to Peace Lutheran Church earmarked “Lent Offering.”
If you are a Thrivent member with Choice dollars to give, please consider directing them to Peace Lutheran Church or Peace Community Center. 2017 Choice dollars need to be directed by March 31.
Hand Towel Donations
Our kitchen is in need of used hand towels. If you have some to donate, please bring them to the church office. Thanks!
We are not accepting clothing donations at this time. We are overloaded. At a later date we will announce when we are collecting clothing donations again.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-335-8099.
+ Inexpensive used car (2)
+ Double (full) bed
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: www.bookoffaith.org.
+ Find monthly devotions at www.lutheransnw.org/spiritual-center.
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
Through March 25: “A Lenten Journey Towards Wisdom,” led by Rev. Lynn Longfield. “Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice.” Proverbs 1: 20-21. Who is she? Where can she be found? What does she offer us in a world desperate for God’s guidance? Come join us as we read scripture together, share our experiences with wisdom, learn to listen more profoundly to the wisdom of Christ, and once again commit to a journey of transformation. This class has no required reading but materials will be made available each week for your Lenten reflection.
Concert: Thursday, March 22, 7 pm.
Concert Series at Peace presents Molly Crane, Soprano, and Jimothy Rogers, Piano. Opera, classical songs, musical theater. Reception to follow. $10 suggested donation for the music ministry.
Sign Up Now for FOCUS Groups
Each group will meet on a specific topic once a week for 3-6 weeks. Once the time is up, the group’s commitment is fulfilled. We will offer 5 different FOCUS groups running concurrently, each with a different topic. Groups will meet beginning in mid-April and end before Memorial Day. Download the catalog and sign up at the church!
Holy Week & Easter Special Worship Services
+ Sunday, March 25 at 8:30 and 11 am. Palm/Passion Sunday – We tell the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and then his suffering and death.
+ Thursday, March 29 at 7 pm. Maundy Thursday – We tell the story of Jesus’ last supper, where he washes his disciples’ feet and commands them to love one another, and we share Communion.
+ Friday, March 30 at 7 pm. Good Friday – We tell the story of Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross, God’s deep and abiding love for us.
+ Saturday, March 31 at 12 pm. Easter Eggstravaganza: egg hunt, Easter crafts, Easter story, and food! Great for families!
+ Sunday, April 1 is Easter! We tell the story of the empty tomb and God’s power for life over death. Praise God! Jesus is risen! Worship at 8:30 & 11 am. Easter breakfast 9:30-10:30am
+++ Please bring Easter lilies for the altar on Saturday, March 31 from 12 – 3 pm or Easter Sunday morning.
+++ Please bring cut flowers to place on the cross outside the church main doors when you come on Easter!
+++ Easter breakfast served from 9:30-10:30 am with an opportunity to financially support youth ministry!
+++ Godly Play Easter Story for children at 10:20 am
The Writing Group will meet at the Swasey Library the last Wednesday of the month in 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 www.eventbrite.com by searching “SW Washington Women of the ELCA spring retreat 2018”.
Community Bible Study
The Community Bible Study on Wednesday evenings led by Pastor John is taking a break for Lent. Please come to Lenten Wednesday evening offerings.
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!
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!
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.
Want to Receive a Special Card from Peace?
Share your birthday and/or anniversary at the Koinonia Corner.
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 peacelutherantacoma.org.
Interested in Baptism?
Interested in Baptism for yourself or a family member? Please speak with Pastor John.