Opportunities to Serve
Friday Community Meals & Resources
Want to support the Friday Community Meal (Fridays 5:30-6:30 p.m.)?
  • Provide and serve a meal for up to 60 people.
  • Come at 5:20 pm to help prepare to-go boxes.
  • If you have a Fred Meyer rewards card please link it to Peace. Go to, community rewards, and enter Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church or key in Fk117.
Questions? Contact Teri Jelinek (
Online Giving
We have updated our online giving platform to include your 2020 Pledge. Please select “2020 Pledge” if you are a pledger. Questions, contact Damishe at 253-383-1317.
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.
Peace Lutheran Church Events & Information
Sunday Adult Faith Opportunities at 11 a.m. (after 10 a.m. live stream worship)
  • August 9: Join a Zoom reflective Bible study led by Pastor Jae. We will listen deeply to hope-filled scripture and one another as we listen for God together. Email Pastor Jae for the Zoom link.
  • August 16: No class – this is the Sunday of Outdoor Worship
Love to the Local: Youth Servant Learning Week
Ten youth from Peace Lutheran Church participated and learned about housing, food insecurity, education, and immigration concerns right here in the Hilltop neighborhood. They gave their time, energy, and passion in service, all within walking distance of the church and all while practicing social distancing. God was certainly at work! See the video.
Pride at Peace
June was LGBTQ+ pride month which commemorates the Stonewall Riots and celebrates the lives of LGBTQ+ people in the US and around the world. Tacoma celebrated the LGBTQ+ community in the month of July. To celebrate our LGBTQ+ community and affirm God’s love for all people, we’ve asked some Peace members to share some words. See this video.
Urban Hiking Around Tacoma
Meet in one of Tacoma’s forested parks for outdoor fellowship. During our hike we will discuss Sunday’s scripture reading and spend time in prayer together. Meetings are alternating Mondays at 7 pm; next is August 3. Bring your mask, walking shoes, and (if needed) rain gear. Interested? Contact Joseph Anderson.
Outdoor Worship!
Save the date: Sunday, August 16 at 10 a.m. We will gather for worship for the first time in person since mid-March. Wear your mask at all times. Practice social distancing. Worship will be live-streamed online as usual so all can participate, including those who need to remain physically distant. When choosing whether to attend, please consider whether you have participated in activities that would put others at risk.
Summer Bible Adventure: Caring for Creation (also known as Vacation Bible School)
It’s virtual (online)! Two days only! Mark your calendars for Friday & Saturday, August 21 & 22. Special Zoom sessions from 4-5:30 pm on both days! Kids and families, learn about God’s creation and how God wants us to take care of it! We will share the Zoom link soon so you’re able to participate! Check out this video for an invitation to Summer Bible Adventure from Professor Julian Snodgrass. Who is he? Check it out!
Reopening Task Force Upate
Our Reopening Task Force continues to meet and discuss all concerns, interests, ideas, and barriers to resuming in-person worship services at Peace. We hear you all and understand both the deep spiritual need for some in-person connection, as well as the continued vigilance regarding personal and public health.
  • Worship: Our plan for reopening worship takes into consideration state and health dept. guidelines and includes worship in the multipurpose room, keeping track of participants, wearing face masks, social distancing, hygiene and sanitation, limited numbers and singing, and no separate children’s worship, with encouragement for Covid-vulnerable folks and people at high risk of exposing others not to participate in person. We will continue livestream worship online indefinitely. When Pierce County reaches Phase 3, the task force will meet to prayerfully determine our reopening date for in-person worship. Even after we return to in-person worship, we will be ready to revert back to fully online worship if necessary.
  • Small Groups: As we address concerns for in-person connection and health precautions, we are inviting folks to consider meeting in small groups of up to 5 people that follow Covid-19 guidelines. Small groups can also organize virtually at maximum capacity at the leader’s discretion, as long as all group activity remains virtual. These small groups will provide a communal opportunity for faith formation and fellowship while in-person worship continues to be an unavailable option. So far, two small groups are forming: 1) a small group of three family units (5 total people meeting in a person’s backyard—this group is at full capacity), 2) a walking/hiking small group (open for more participants—contact Joseph Anderson). If you are interested in participating in or leading another small group, please contact Pastor Jae at
Reopening Task Force: Joseph Anderson, Ben Flesher, Brendan Nelson, Pastor Jae, Pastor John, Kit Thompson, Antonio Yune
Opportunities to Engage in Anti-Racist Work
This is a time for deep reflection and action for justice. Check out these resources provided by Julia Kagochi from Peace to help you discern how God is calling you to respond personally.
Conversation Around Race Videos and Reflection See the Publications page and find the section titled Racial Justice Resources for two very important links for your deep reflection and challenge to action:
  • TED Talk video “We Need to Talk About Injustice” by Bryan Stevenson, human rights lawyer, with reflection questions. He shares hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines.
  • The video “The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery,” by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, a powerful sermon about America’s Original Sin of racism — how we might repent of it and be healed from it. Reflection questions are available.
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 yet? 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.
Community Meals
Friday 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.
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
Would you like to receive a copy of the daily devotional “Christ in Our Home” for July-September? Contact Damishe in the office, and she will mail you one.
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)
  • 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)
  • 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
Peace Community Center is Hiring
The center is seeking applicants for their Senior Director of Education Programs and On-Call USDA Food Coordinator positions. For more information on how to apply visit the website at
Peace Community Center Updates
Check out these two videos to hear what’s happening this summer through Peace Community Center:
You Can Support Scholarships for Peace Scholars
For the first time ever, Peace is participating in a 5k run to raise $5,000 toward the Bill Hanawalt Scholarship Fund, and you can help! Consider sponsoring a runner by making a donation to Peace Community Center. You can click here to sponsor a runner: by choosing “Scholarship Sponsor.” The Bill Hanawalt Scholarship is awarded to Hilltop Scholars in their senior year of high school. This scholarship is awarded to assist scholars financially in their pursuits for higher education. It also honors and highlights young people who are making positive impacts in their communities. The Hanawalt Scholarship will be awarded to students connected to the Hilltop Scholars program who exemplify Peace’s values of Community, Justice, Wholeness, Learning, and Joy. For more information on how to support please contact Director of Development Lianna Shepherd at
Community Information
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.
Food Benefits
Due to COVID-19, families may be eligible to get help with food benefits called Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program or P-EBT.
Summer Meals for Kids:
  • Tacoma Public Schools Summer Meal Program – through August 28. Curbside Grab ‘n’ Go service, 10 a.m.-noon, Monday through Thursday. Meal packs include breakfast and lunch (double amount on Thursday). Pick up sites are middles schools: Baker, First Creek, Giaudrone, Gray, Meeker, Stewart, Truman.
  • Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center Summer Meals for Kids – through August 28, M-F 10 a.m.–noon, 311 S. L Street, circle in front of Mary Bridge (closest site to Hilltop)
  • Metro Parks Grab and Go Summer Meal Program – through August 28, M-F, 12-1 p.m., free lunch for youth under 18 years of age, at these parks: Wright Park, Franklin Park, Portland Ave. Park, Wapato Park, South Park, Verlo Playfield.
Community Resources for Financial Assistance
  • Free Meals for Seniors – Pierce County, with CARES Act funding, is providing any senior (over age 60) with up to 14 free microwave meals a week delivered to your door at no cost. Call 253-798-4600 (Aging and Disability Resource Center).
  • Rental Assistance – Metropolitan Development Council is offering up to $1,000 to pay your rent or back rent if you qualify. Apply May 11-22. Call 253-572-5557 and staff will instruct and assist you. Google it.
  • Tacoma Public Utilities is helping families who qualify with $250 emergency assistance in light of the pandemic. Here is the link to the application:
Resources for Students and Families
  • Laptops and Internet Access for Students If you or someone you know needs internet access or a device, visit for more information or call 253-327-1448.
  • 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.
  • Full List of Learning Resources: See Tacoma Public School’s website.


2106 South Cushman Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98405 

Phone: (253) 383-1317

Fax: (253) 722-2228