Peace Lutheran Church


Opportunities to Serve

Holiday Care Packages
Please join us Wednesday, November 28 at 6 pm to create 32 care packages. This is our “time for finals, welcome to winter, holiday time” package. Hope you can come. Questions? Call Pat Ferguson at 253-627-1349.
Commitment Sunday Follow Up
Have you pledged your time, talent, and treasure to God for the work of the Church in 2019? To date we have received 46 financial pledges totaling $201,420. If you missed the opportunity or have not turned in your Commitment 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!!
Snacks Needed After 11 am Worship
If you are able to provide a snack for refreshments and fellowship time, please sign up at the Koinonia Corner or contact Alma Crawford.
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.
Hygiene Supplies Drive
Sponsored by Peace Community Center and United Way, November 12-30. Supplies go to people experiencing homelessness in Pierce County. Bring donations to the church office. Needed: shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, washcloths, brush/comb, shaving cream, razors, deodorant, feminine hygiene items, etc.
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

Church Staff Positions Open
+ Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator (part-time): Submit cover letter, resume, & 1 page statement of faith to Contact: Brendan Nelson. Job description: Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator
+ Finance Coordinator (part-time): Submit cover letter & resume to Priority deadline November 26. Contact: Pastor John. Job description: Finance Coordinator
Upcoming Adult Education – Sundays at 9:45 am
+ November 18 – Congo Coffee Project, led by Teri Jelinek and Pastor John
+ November 25 – Ministry Plan/Budget, led by Ben Flesher & Finance Team
Care Ministry Meeting
Come to Peace Saturday, November 17 at noon for a meeting of Care & Communion Ministers. Interested in serving in this way? Contact Jeanie Correa at 253-278-3390.
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 Saturday, December 1 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 9.
Christmas Caroling
Sunday, December 2 at 12:30 pm (after worship). Kids and adults visit and sing with residents at the People’s Retirement Center, 1720 E. 67th St. (Pauline Green’s residence). We will meet in the multipurpose room, van and carpool over. Questions? Contact Pastor John.
Christmas Tree Day
Join us at Black Diamond Camps on Saturday, December 8, 9:30 am-3 pm for a family-filled Christmas Tree Day! Come cut down a Christmas tree, have lunch with your family and friends, and experience the true meaning of Christmas. We will have cookie decorating, ornament designing, and other fun activities, followed by decorating the sanctuary and tree at Peace. Sign up at the Koinonia Corner. See Brendan for more info.
Blue Christmas Service
Sunday, December 9 at 7 pm. The holidays are hard for some, and this service will help people deal with feelings of sadness during the Christmas season. A Blue Christmas Service is a contemplative service that allows people to sit in the presence of God, pray, and receive healing. Come!
No Holiday Bazaar or Peace Thanksgiving Meal
Due to our facility renovation, we’re cancelling the annual Holiday Bazaar and Thanksgiving Meal & Worship. If you feel called, please make a donation to Peace noted “Emergency Assistance” to help families with utility assistance (the recipient of Holiday Bazaar proceeds). In the new year, we will plan a potluck celebration to give thanks at the completion of the renovation!
Community Bible Study
Come to a Bible Study Wednesdays, 6:15–7:30 pm in the Conference Room led by Pastor John and Pastor Louise. We study scripture readings for the next 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.
+ Zoolights Outing – All youth and families are welcome to join us for a fun time at Zoolights on Saturday, November 24 at 7 pm. If you purchase a ticket online it is $8.50 or $10 at the door. Sign up at the Koininia corner if you’re interested or see Brendan for more information. Carpool will be available.
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 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!
+ ATTENTION PARENTS & CHILDREN OF PEACE! This year our Christmas play will be “The First Christmas” we would love for your children to participate. We will be having a rehearsal Christmas party on Sunday, December 9 from 12:30-2:30 pm and we will be performing the play on Sunday, December 16. Questions? Contact Charissa Carroll.
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!


Community Events and Information

St. Leo Annual Holiday Market
Buy fair trade and locally-sourced items. St. Leo Church, 710 S. 13th St., Tacoma. Friday, November 16, 4-7 pm; Saturday, November 17, 3-7 pm; Sunday, November 18, 9 am-2 pm.
Thanksgiving Interfaith Gathering
Tuesday, November 20 at 7 pm at First Christian Church, 602 N. Orchard St., Tacoma. This an annual “Celebration of Gratitude” event bringing together people of many religious groups.
Thanksgiving Worship
First Lutheran Church invites Peace to their Thanksgiving Worship service on Wednesday, November 21 at 7 pm at 524 S. I St., Tacoma. There will be an offering to Lutheran Disaster Response for those affected by California fires.
Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along
Celebrate the Christmas season by singing-along or listening-along to Handel’s magnificent Messiah under the direction of Dr. Anne Lyman, Director of Choral Activities at Tacoma Community College. Christ Lutheran Church will host this performance as a gift to the community on Sunday, December 2, at 2 pm. The Church is located at 8211 112th St. SW, Lakewood. Bring your own musical score or one will be provided.
Marketplace Open Enrollment for Health Insurance
The yearly period when people can enroll in a Washington health insurance plan 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.