Peace Lutheran Church


Peace has granted Pastor John a three-month sabbatical after six more years of service as pastor to our congregation. He, Leigh, Luke, and Joy will be away May 21–August 21, 2019. A generous Lilly clergy renewal grant will support their sabbatical and our congregational program.


Watch sermons from individuals of the Peace community sharing faith from their cultural roots and appreciating multiethnic relationships.
+ May 26, 2019 – God’s Love Poured Out by Rev. Lynn Longfield
+ June 9, 2019 – Multiethnic Mission by Rev. Stacy Kitahata
+ June 16, 2019 – Psalm 113 by Pastor Louise Buckles
+ June 23, 2019 – Psalm 69:1-16 by Abe Ulloa
You can also check the sermons out on the Peace Videos YouTube channel.

Adult Education

Learn from individuals of the Peace community sharing faith from their cultural roots and appreciating multiethnic relationships.
+ May 26 – South Korea: Returning Home and How It Shaped My Faith by Jae Bates


Read updates from Pastor John and Leigh’s blog:

Sabbatical Information

What is a sabbatical?
A sabbatical gives a pastor time away from full-time pastoral ministry to reflect on the call to ministry, the pastor’s relationship with God and God’s people, and theology and practice that will sharpen congregational ministry.
What happens while Pastor John is away?
During the sabbatical, Peace will journey with the same theme he is exploring, “Mixed Plate: Savoring Culture.” In worship and adult education, we will hear from individuals of the Peace community sharing faith from their cultural roots and appreciating multiethnic relationships. We will engage a book on multiethnic ministry, explore our multiethnic heritage in a weekend workshop, and grow in life and ministry together as we celebrate the cultural diversity of Peace.
How will the pastoral work get done?
Pastor Louise Buckles will be the pastoral point person during the sabbatical. Two resource pastors, Rev. Lynn Longfield and Rev. Jim Riede, will support Pastor Louise. Brendan Nelson, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry, will provide key church leadership. Peace’s Care Ministers will provide pastoral care, under the leadership of Jeanie Correa. The sabbatical is a great time for the whole congregation to step in and serve where needed. So “get in where you fit in”!
What will Pastor John, Leigh, Luke, and Joy be doing on sabbatical?
+ May 21-31 Centering Retreat: Holden Village Retreat Center, Cascade Mountains
+ June 5-July 10 Savoring Ohana, Cultural Heritage, and Community in Hawaii: three Hawaiian islands (Oahu, Big Island, and Kauai)
+ July 17-31 Savoring Extended Family in California: Oakland
+ August 1-16 Savoring God’s Creation in the Pacific Northwest: Vancouver, BC
During the sabbatical, Pastor John and Leigh hope to share pictures and reflections on a blog so everyone at Peace may follow their journey. When they return, look for them to host a special luau event of picture and story sharing and an adult education series focusing on Pastor John’s reflections on our multiethnic community of faith.
What are some highlights in Peace’s life here at home during the sabbatical?
+ Sermons and Adult Education: Listen as individuals from Peace reflect on scripture, share faith from their cultural roots, and appreciate multiethnic relationships.
+ Resource Book: Explore multiethnic ministry with the help of The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb, by Rev. Eric H. F. Law, Executive Director of the Kaleidoscope Institute.
+ Pentecost Weekend Events (June 8-9): “Gifts and Ministry in Multiethnic Community” Saturday workshop led by Rev. Stacy Kitahata of Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship (lunch provided). Pentecost Sunday: Rev. Kitahata preaches and teaches.
+ Native American Blanket Exercise (Saturday, June 22): Learn about the Native American experience, led by Rev. Irvin Porter, Associate for Native American Congregational Support, Presbyterian Church (USA).
+ Welcome Home (Sunday, August 25): Cultural Potluck/Tailgate Sunday