Opportunities to Serve
October Is Hunger Response Month at Peace!
  • October Community Meals. Free grab and go hot meals! Weekdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Give A Financial Gift to Fight Hunger. Write a check to Peace Lutheran Church earmarked “Emergency Food Network” for local food banks. Or write a check to Peace earmarked “ELCA World Hunger Appeal” for global hunger relief, development, education, and advocacy.
  • Want to Support Living Stones?
    Living Stones is a Lutheran congregation behind the walls of the Washington Corrections Institute in Shelton. If you want to support its ministry, you may choose to purchase raffle tickets for $5 each (6 for $25) or make a donation by Nov. 1. Buy tickets from Teresa Jackson at the Welcome Table on Sunday morning, or give a check to Peace Lutheran Church for “Living Stones” with the # of tickets and your contact info, and the tickets will be mailed to you. Drawing for $2021 and other prizes is Nov. 23. See flier for details. Questions? Contact Teresa.
    Candy Donations Needed
    Candy donations are needed for the Harvest Fest on October 29. Donations can be dropped off at the church:
    • Sundays, October 17 & 24, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Wednesdays, October 20 & 27, 12-4 p.m.
    Help Afghan Refugees
    Feel led to do something to help Afghan refugees settling in this area during this time of transition and unrest in Afghanistan?
    • Put together a complete refugee starter kit with Lutheran Community Services Northwest. See the list of needed items here. We are exploring an opportunity for collecting individual items and assembling kits. Anyone want to help coordinate this? Please contact Pastor John.
    • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services offers opportunities to serve. Volunteer. Donate. Learn more. See information here.
    In-Kind Donations
    Thank you for your donations of items to Peace Lutheran Church. At this point we are in need of these items only (please do not bring other items): men’s clothing, linens, towels, blankets, new men’s & women’s underwear.
    Van Drivers Needed
    Interested in serving as a once a month van driver helping folks get to worship on Sundays? Please contact Pastor John or Damishe in the church office. This is a very important ministry of care and connection.
    Help Serve for Sunday Worship
    Interested in serving on a Sunday to help make worship happen? Interested in being an assisting minister, reader, greeter, or usher for in-person worship? Please contact Pastor John.
    Contribute to a New Peace Devotional
    Calling all artists, writers, photographers, song writers, crafters of many things, & more, to publish your works in a new book. Submit your piece or direct questions to Shari Shelton at See more information on this flier.
    Regular Offering to Peace
    In this difficult time, please make special effort to continue giving financial support to Peace Lutheran Church. We trust that our budgeted income for offerings will remain strong in these challenging weeks. If you will be missing worship for awhile, please send your offering by mail or electronic means. If you would like to get set up for regular online giving, please contact Damishe Greenwood-Walker in the church office at 253-383-1317. You may also make a secure donation on the church website.
    Note to Credit Card Givers
    If you regularly give to Peace Lutheran Church via credit card, please consider setting up direct bank withdrawals instead. This will save the church a significant amount of credit card fees and allow your offering to go fully toward the church’s mission. Please contact Damishe in the church office to set this up (253-383-1317).
    Peace Lutheran Church Events & Information
    Worship In-Person Indoors Again at Peace
    We will offer two worship services again, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. each Sunday in the sanctuary. The Reopening Task Force has decided that until the pandemic risk reaches a lower threshold, we will continue to practice COVID safety measures, including an RSVP system, masks for those ages 3 and up, social distancing and limited capacity, and increased airflow in our worship space. Fellowship time will be outside only. This is an important way we show love and care for our neighbors, especially the most vulnerable among us, which includes children who have not been vaccinated. Please see this “What to Expect for In-Person Indoor Worship at Peace” document. We will continue to live stream 11 a.m. worship for all who choose to worship remotely. Please RSVP here. Or call the church office and Damishe will put in your RSVP. If you RSVP and decide not to attend, please make sure to cancel your RSVP to open up space for others.
    Sunday Adult Faith Opportunities, 10-10:45 a.m.
    • The 5th-6th grade Explorers class.
    • The 7th-8th grade Feet to Faith confirmation class.
    • The adult education class. Through October 17. A series called “Gathered to Scatter.” Join a Zoom time to explore scripture, share faith reflections, and hear stories about God working in us and through us in our everyday lives. God gathers us in worship to scatter us to serve God during the week. Email Pastor John for the Zoom link.
    Office Coordinator Search
    This position is non-exempt, 40 hours per week, paid hourly at $19 per hour depending on experience with generous benefits. Deadline to apply is October 25. Please submit application (cover letter and resume with three references) to Please see more information in the job description.
    Church Staff News
    It’s a blessing to welcome Kamari Carroll as our new Vision and Call Fellow. Kamari has been a member of Peace Lutheran Church for many years and will serve through the end of the school year with the church and Peace Community Center with a special emphasis in children’s programs.
    Harvest Fest!
    Friday, October 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m. You are invited for grab and go activities, candy, and fun! For more information:
    Loved Ones Commended to the Lord
    Sunday, November 7 is All Saints Sunday, and we will honor the memory of loved ones who have passed away in the last year and give thanks to God for them. If you would like to submit a name of a departed loved one to be honored, please write their name in the book on the table outside the sanctuary or contact Pastor John.
    October Community Meals
    For the month of October, free Community Meals are “grab and go” style at the door every weeknight Monday-Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Spread the word!
    Health Journey Small Group
    Looking to chat weekly with other folks who are working toward a health goal? Contact Rebecca Foster. Meetings will take place on Zoom and will be discussion based (not facilitated by an expert).
    Favorite Songs
    Do you have a favorite song of faith you would like to be incorporated in worship in the future? Please email Music Director Twylla Moore at
    How Are You Holding Up?
    During this pandemic, many folks are experiencing feelings of being anxious, overwhelmed, and/or disconnected. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, please see a health professional and find support. Would you like to meet with someone from our church one on one to check in and connect face to face? Please contact Pastor John. Sometimes a socially distanced, masked one on one conversation can be a great lift, whether in person or via Zoom.
    Church Office Hours
    Want to connect with a church staff member in person? Church office hours during the pandemic are 12-4 p.m., Wednesday-Friday:
    • Wednesday: Brendan Nelson (Brendan is available also during this time to help folks make vaccination appointments and get rides for vaccination appointments.)
    • Thursday: Pastor Jae Bates (Pastor Jae is available also during this time to help folks with tech questions about accessing Peace Lutheran Church online worship and faith resources.)
    • Friday: Pastor John Stroeh (This is also a time when the sanctuary is open for personal prayer.)
    Or contact church staff with a phone call or email.
    Community Bible Study
    Pastor John and Pastor Jae facilitate a Community Bible Study using Zoom Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. on the scripture readings for worship the following Sunday. We will read scripture, share conversation, and pray as we listen for God to speak to us and through us. Email Pastor John for the Zoom link.
    Middle and High School Youth
    A middle and high school youth “Change Makers” group will meet Wednesdays at 5 p.m.
    Questions? Please contact Brendan Nelson or Pastor John.
    Community Meals
    Free Community Meals are “grab and go” style at the door every Friday from 5:30-6:30 pm. We are also sharing information about accessing community resources and services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Spread the word!
    Peace Writing Group
    The Peace Writing Group will now be doing Zoom meetings on the third Monday of each month, from 6-8 p.m. Questions? Contact Shari Shelton.
    Godly Play Videos for Children
    Parents of children, have you checked out the Peace Lutheran Church YouTube channel? You will find Godly Play Bible story videos with wondering questions. Use these at home with your children! Questions? Contact Brendan Nelson at
    Faith Resources for Children and Youth
    We have posted links to other faith resources, including videos, on the church website (Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry pages) for parents, children, and youth to use. Brendan Nelson is available to respond to any questions.
    Church Directory
    If you would like a current copy of the church directory, please contact Damishe in the church office (, 253-383-1317).
    Christ in Our Home Daily Devotionals
    Would you like a small daily devotional booklet to use at home? Please contact Damishe in the church office for your free copy.
    Women Sharing in Bible Study
    Open to all women on the second Thursday of the month from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Not meeting due to the health crisis.
    Men’s Fellowship Breakfast
    The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast meets the second Saturday of each month from 8–9:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room. Connect with God and share fellowship with other men! Join in the gathering. Invite someone! Not meeting due to the health crisis.
    Sunday Classes & Teachers (9:45 a.m. Education Hour) not meeting due to the health crisis
    • 3 Years – 4th Grade “Godly Play” / Jeanie Correa, Gretchen Duggan, Kathy Hanawalt, Teri Jelinek, Carmen Lampman, Siri Preston, Leigh Wong / Basement Room
    • 5th-6th Grade / Jae Bates / Multipurpose Room Classroom
    • 7th-8th Grade Middle School “Feet to Faith” / Brendan Nelson, Pastor John Stroeh, Charissa Carroll / Multipurpose Room Classroom
    • 9th-12th Grade High School / Brendan Nelson, Ben Flesher / Conference Room upstairs
    • Adults / Many leaders / Multipurpose Room
    Youth News (For more information, talk with Brendan Nelson) not meeting due to the health crisis
    • Sunday Faith Time – Sundays at 9:45 a.m. Classes for youth 5th grade and up to learn about God and faith. Not meeting at this time.
    • Late Night – canceled.

    Children’s Corner (For more information, talk with Brendan Nelson)

    • Godly Play – Every Sunday at Peace at 9:45 a.m. 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. Not meeting at this time.
    • Angel Choir – 3 years old to 4th grade practice Sundays at 9:45 a.m. before Godly Play. Sing 3rd Sundays, 11 a.m. worship.
    • Kids@Peace, Fridays from 4-5:30 p.m. for grades 2-5. Come for a fun and engaging Bible activity time! Eat a snack! Not meeting at this time.
    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 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Not meeting at this time.
    Interested in Baptism?
    Interested in Baptism for yourself or a family member? Please speak with Pastor John or Brendan Nelson.
    Peace Community Center Information
    Annual Fund Coordinator
    This entry level position is perfect for someone who is passionate about community, customer service and communication. The Annual Fund Coordinator is responsible for planning, executing, and evaluating a successful individual giving program to help Peace Community Center meet our philanthropy and donor engagement goals. For more information see the employment page.
    Community Information
    Racism Evolution: History to Hope Forum Series
    League of Women Voters of Tacoma Pierce County is co-sponsoring a virtual forum series intended to expand public awareness of the impacts of implicit bias and racism in the Pierce County community. See more info here.
    Lutheran Studies Conference: Living with Mortality: Illness, Trauma, Joy and Hope
    Tuesday October 5. Virtual conference 12-3 p.m. Keynote with Dr. Deanna Thompson 7 p.m. hybrid webinar. See more information here.
    Rental and Utility Assistance
    Pierce County and the City of Tacoma have received new funding to provide rental and utility assistance for tenants impacted by COVID-19 and who are behind on rent. Associated Ministries is one of eight local agencies that will be managing this important effort. The purpose of the Rental Assistance program is to prevent evictions, and applicants must be low-income (below $55k for a family of 2). Assistance with utilities, garbage and internet is also available for those behind on payments, beginning March 8. Please visit the County’s website for more information.
    Resources for Students and Families
    Graduate Tacoma has created a website ( where you can search for different types of resources during COVID 19. It includes everything from where Tacoma Public Schools is passing out free meals to financial assistance information to educational resources, etc. You can search by zip code, types of assistance, etc. and find resources for more than just students.
    Do you need support due to stress from COVID-19? Call Washington Listens
    Washington Listens is a program that provides non-clinical support to people experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19. Part of the program is a call-in line where people can speak to a support specialist and receive information and connection to community resources in their area. The program is anonymous and no identifying information is maintained. To reach Washington Listens, call 1-833-681-0211.
    Community Job Announcements
    We keep a list of job openings in the church office. Contact Damishe at 253-383-0702 or for more information.


    2106 South Cushman Ave.
    Tacoma, WA 98405 

    Phone: (253) 383-1317

    Fax: (253) 722-2228