Peace Lutheran Church


Opportunities to Serve

Snacks Needed for Kids@Peace Children’s Ministry program
If you’d like to donate, please drop items off anytime during the week. See Brendan Nelson if you have questions.
Community Resources Ministry
Soon Peace will offer a free community meal each Friday evening! The first community meal with community resources will be Friday, February 1 from 5:30–6:30 pm. Each meal will have an advocate from one of 11 areas of interest to the underserved who attend. These areas include medical, legal, financial, educational, affordable housing, and community resources so if you know anyone who might participate please contact Teri Jelinek. If you or a group from Peace are willing to prepare & serve a meal or help, contact Teri Jelinek, 206-718-6109. Questions? Ask Pastor John.
Lenten Soup Suppers
Sign up at the Koinonia Corner to bring soup and bread for soup suppers 6 pm on Wednesdays March 13-April 10. Questions? Ask Nancy Heavey, 752-8450.
Did You Miss the Love Your Neighbor Spaghetti Lunch?
Make a financial donation to Peace Lutheran Church marked “Emergency Assistance” or “Community Resources Ministry.”
Van Drivers Needed
Want to serve the community by providing transportation? Van drivers are needed for Kids@Peace on Fridays, special worship services, and Wednesday evenings in Lent. Contact Pastor John if interested.
Updated Voting Flyer
Link for flyer and information is Questions? Ask Pastor John.
Able to Help Put Together New Tables for the Multipurpose Room or run errands with your truck?
Contact Damishe in the church office to help.
Able to Host?
Able to provide lodging for individuals coming to Peace for an international Christian communities gathering Fri. and Sat. March 22 and 23? Please speak with Pastor John.
Thrivent Choice Dollars
Are you a member of Thrivent? Do you have Choice Dollars to direct to a charitable organization? Please consider directing your Choice Dollars by March 31 to Peace Lutheran Church or Peace Community Center by logging into your account on the Thrivent website.
New or Used Hand Towels Needed
Our new kitchen is in need of new hand towels. Please bring any donations to the office.
AID NW is an organization that helps people when they are released from the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC). They have just moved their office and hospitality house to 1915 S. Sheridan (close to Peace) and can use items including twin sheets and blankets, a sectional couch, and a bunk bed. Find a list of more items needed at Have donations? Contact Deborah Cruz (253)572-9659, Questions? Talk to Pastor Louise.
Help Lead Worship
Are you interested in serving God by ushering, reading scripture, or being assisting minister on Sunday morning in worship? Sign up at the Koinonia Corner. If you have not been trained to usher or be assisting minister, please speak with Pastor John.
Sing in the Gospel Choir
Want to lift up your voice to praise God in worship? Come to Gospel Choir rehearsals three Thursdays per month prior to 2nd,3rd, and 4th Sundays. Sing at 11 am worship on 2nd and 4th Sundays. Contact Dorothy White for more information,
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

Peace Lutheran Church Events & Information

Staff Update
Jimothy Rogers has moved on from his position as Music Director at Peace Lutheran Church. We are grateful for his gifts and his service to Peace for almost 2 1/2 years. We will share a plan for moving forward in music ministry soon. Dorthy White is now filling in as interim music director now that Jimothy has moved on. Please consider sharing your musical gifts in worship.
Men’s “Walking with God” Group
For men (17 and above), a new 9-week course called “Walking with God” is starting the first Tuesday in February (Feb. 5). It will meet every Tuesday at 5:30 pm at Peace through April 2 and will focus on the discipleship skills and the process necessary to have a deeper, practical and more meaningful walk with God for a lifetime. Malcolm Carroll and Hans Brockhoff are co-leading. Contact Malcolm or Hans if God has been placed on your heart to be involved with other men on this walk.
Adult Education Coming in Lent on Sundays March 17 – April 7
“Contemporary Wisdom Teachers,” led by Rev. Lynn Longfield. Drawing on contemporary Christian Wisdom teachers, we will delve into the intersection of God’s Wisdom and contemporary life. Come read scripture together, learn to listen more profoundly to the wisdom of Christ, and once again commit to a journey of transformation.
Conversation Around Race Storytelling Event
Friday March 29, 6:30 – 8 pm in the new classroom at Peace. “An Event that Changed My Life,” with storytellers Jae Bates, Kiah (Lee) Danials, and Luke Smiraldo.
Lenten Devotional Reading
Commit to growing in faith using a devotional during Lent. Pick up a sheet on the table outside the sanctuary with daily Bible reading suggestions based on the narrative lectionary we use in worship, ask Pastor John for a copy of an accompanying daily devotional, or purchase a devotional created by members of the Peace Community a few years ago ($20 in the church office; supplies limited).
Women’s Retreat – Mark Your Calendar – Saturday, May 4
This is a local, one-day Peace church women’s retreat, an opportunity to experience spiritual renewal, grow in faith, and share fellowship and prayer with other women. More to come! Questions? Ask Leigh Wong, 253-302-7641.
Community Bible Study
The Community Bible Study on Wednesday evenings is on break until after Easter. Wednesday evenings from 6:15–7:30 pm, led by Pastor John. We study the scriptures for the following Sunday! Come!
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.
+ Youth Progressive Dinner – March 9 at 5:30 pm. An opportunity for middle and high school youth to experience different cultural foods from five families of the Peace community and learn about their family heritage.
Children’s Corner (For more information, talk with Brendan Nelson)
+ 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 3 years old to 4th grade practice every Sunday before Godly Play, starting at 9:45 am. Sing each third Sunday during 11 am worship.
+ Kids@Peace, Fridays from 4-5:30 pm for grades 2-5. Come for a fun and engaging Bible activity time! Eat a snack! Learn about God’s love!
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 prior to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays.
Interested in Baptism?
Interested in Baptism for yourself or a family member? Please speak with Pastor John.

Peace Community Center Events & Information

Peace Community Center Update
The Peace Community Center Board has five Peace Lutheran Church members serving on it: Tim Chalberg, Terry Edwards (President), Rebecca Foster, Julia Kagochi, and Al Shelton, with Pastor John ex-offico member. Please speak with them to know more about future directions of the center. Executive Director Search: The Board has engaged a Search firm to work with the Search committee to guide the process and to make sure it is a thorough and transparent search that will involve input from the Board, staff, church, and agency stakeholders. Last Tuesday members of the Peace community attended a listening session on what we’re seeking in the next E.D. Look for more updates to come as we move forward. Church members serving on the Search Committee include Keri Anderson, Rebecca Foster, Julia Kagochi, and Brendan Nelson.
Peace Community Center Forum
Come to a forum to discuss the relationship of the church and the center and suggested changes to the Peace Community Center Bylaws on Thursday, March 14, 5:30-7 pm. Take a copy of the proposed revisions on the table outside the sanctuary. Questions or comments? Kit Thompson (253)229-5766.

Community Events & Information

African American Quilt Exhibit
At the Tacoma Art Museum January 12–March 29. Presented by A’donna L. Richardson and the Fabrics of Faith Quilt Ministry of Allen AME Church. Come to the free exhibit reception on January 31, 5-7:30 pm.
Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies & the Justice of God
Author Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas speaks about her book at the Annual Knutson Lecture Tuesday March 12 at 7pm at PLU Chris Knutzen Lecture Hall. Free.
AIDNW New Volunteer Orientation
Sat. March 16 from 10 am-12pm here at Peace. RSVP to
Metro Parks Tacoma is offering a free swim program, Peoples Swim Team
For youth 7-17 at Peoples Community center Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 pm. Free open swim for youth and families 6:30-7:30pm. For more info contact the church office for a registration code to participate.