Peace Lutheran Church


Opportunities to Serve

Commitment Sunday Follow Up
Have you pledged your time, talent, and treasure to God for the work of the Church in 2018? If you missed the opportunity or have not turned in your Giving brochure, please put it in the offering or the office. Didn’t receive one? Visit the Koinonia Corner. Thanks be to God for your generous sharing of God’s gifts!
Peace Thanksgiving Dinner Saturday, November 18 at 5:30 pm
Come to this community celebration in the multipurpose room at Peace, an opportunity to thank God for all God’s good gifts! You’re invited to bring a potluck item (sign up!) and invite friends, family, and neighbors. All are welcome! Questions? Call Teresa Jackson (253-212-1040).
Meals Needed for High School Open Center 2nd and 4th Fridays
Able to help? This is a great way to connect with youth and build relationship. Sign up at the Koinonia Corner table or contact Brendan for more information.
Office Help
Willing to volunteer occasionally to answer phones and do office work? Please contact Damishe at 253-383-1317.
Give to Help Families for the Holidays
Want to help a family in need this season? Give a donation to Peace Lutheran Church noted “Holiday Help” or bring a gift card for Safeway, Fred Meyer, or Target to the office. Questions? Ask Pastor John.
Want to Give Offering to Peace Through Auto-Deduction?
Contact Damishe in the church office to find out how!
Thrivent Choice Dollars
Are you a member of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans? Do you have Choice Dollars to direct to a charitable organization? Please consider directing your Choice Dollars to Peace Lutheran Church or Peace Community Center by logging into your account on the Thrivent website.
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
+ Dresser
+ 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

Adult Education – Sundays at 9:45 am
+ November 19. This is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Pastor John will lead an adult series on Martin Luther & the Reformation using a booklet by Dan Erlander called Baptized, We Live: Lutheranism as a Way of Life.
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!
Care Ministry Meeting – Saturday, November 18 at noon
Lunch provided. Special presentation. Come check out what we do. Perhaps we can interest you in a small task to help serve, yet it has a huge impact on individuals we reach. If interested please contact Jeanie Correa at 253-278-3390 or come.
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. Next one: November 24 (day after Thanksgiving).
Congratulations Jimothy and Tracey Wedding Brunch
Save the date! Sunday November 26 during the Faith Education Hour starting at 9:45 am. Come share in their joy!
Holiday Bazaar
Friday–Saturday, December 1-2 from 9 am–3 pm at Peace. Come buy inexpensive holiday gifts for friends and family. Enjoy a low-cost meal. Share fellowship. Proceeds go to the Emergency Assistance Fund of Peace. We will be accepting used household items to be donated for this event.
Interested in Learning More about Faith in God and Service through the Church? Want to Become a Member of Peace?
Join a Saturday class on December 2 from 10 am–2:30 pm called “Foundations of Faith and Peace” exploring marks of being a follower of Jesus and what it means to serve Him in and through Peace Lutheran Church and Community Center. Lunch provided. Interested? See Pastor John. New members will be received in worship on Sunday, December 10.
Fair Trade Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate
Fair Trade coffee, tea, and chocolate will be available for purchase between worship services 3 Sundays in Advent: December 3, 10, and 17. This is your opportunity to buy for yourself or for a holiday gift. Your purchase will not benefit a grocery chain, middle man, or a barista, but profits go to the grower whose work along with God’s blessing produced the product. It’s an outreach for sharing ministry with others far away. Come…buy…share…
Family Christmas Brunch!
Saturday, December 9, 11 am-1 pm at Peace. You are invited to join us for food, crafts, Christmas story and family fun. Invite your friends and neighbors!
Annual Congregational Meeting: Sunday, December 10, 10 am
We’ll have the meeting between services. Agenda:
+ Election of Council Officers and At-Large Council Positions
+ Adoption of the 2018 Ministry Plan (Budget)
+ Approval of new Peace Community Center Board members
Please come to this important event in the life of the church!
Christmas Open House at the Home of Pastor John, Leigh, Luke, & Joy
You are invited to our Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 17 from 4–7 pm at our home, 922 S. Cushman!! Come for refreshments and fellowship!
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.
+ 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 on the Saturday before the 1st and 3rd Sundays, 11 am-12 pm. Starting in December, Angel Choir will rehearse at 9:45 am on 1st and 3rd Sundays. We sing in worship on the 3rd Sunday.
+ Kids@Peace starts November 3, 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 and Information

Thanksgiving Interfaith Gathering
Tuesday, November 21, at 7 pm at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. J St., Tacoma. The theme is “Standing United with Compassion,” an annual event bringing together people of many religious groups.
Marketplace Open Enrollment for Health Insurance
The yearly period when people can enroll in a health insurance plan (Obamacare) is November 1 to December 15 this year. Outside the Open Enrollment Period, you can enroll in a health insurance plan only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.