Opportunities to Serve
Community Meals
October Community Meals happen Monday-Friday 5:30-6:30 pm “grab and go” style at the door. We need a few more folks to prepare and serve meals for some dates. Contact Aida Perez.
Gardening at Peace
Saturday Oct. 22 at 10 am we will join together to clean up the garden strip at Peace. Help with removing summer plants, weeding, fertilizing and planting a cover crop to protect the soil over the winter. If you’re interested or have questions please reach out to Jayna Detweiler (
Help Lead and Serve in Worship
Are you willing and available to assist in Sunday worship as an assisting minister, usher, reader, greeter, or audio-visual assistant? Training will be provided. Please contact Pastor John.
Interested in Serving in Children’s or Youth Ministry at Peace?
Please contact Jayna Detweiler. We especially need caring adults to help with children’s Godly Play Sunday School and children’s worship.
Clothing Bank
We are need of blankets, towels, sheets, men’s and women’s undergarments, men’s shorts, men’s pants, belts, socks, etc. Please consider donating to the Peace Clothing Bank. Contact Jeanie Correa with questions.
Prayer Chain
Interested in being part of the Prayer Chain to pray regularly thanksgivings and needs of our community? Contact Sandra Dotter at
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.
Peace Lutheran Church Events & Information
DADU Ground-breaking Blessing
We’re breaking ground on the two-bedroom DADU (detached accessible dwelling unit) we’re building in the backyard at 1953 S. Cushman as part of Peace’s Housing ministry. You’re invited to a brief Ground-breaking Blessing on location on Saturday October 8 at 9:30 am. Thanks be to God! Refreshments provided. If you’re willing to stay after to do some light work, please dress in work clothes. Contact Chris Ferguson (253-973-4905) for more information.
Harvest Fest for Children and Families!
Saturday October 29, 1-3 pm at Peace! Stop by for goodies, activities, and fun!
Sunday Adult Faith Opportunities In Person 9:45-10:45 am
Through October 16: A series called “What’s in Your Hand?” Explore scripture, share faith reflections, and hear personal stories from people at Peace about God working in us and through us as we use the gifts God’s put in our hands in our everyday lives to serve God.
Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study will meet the 4th Thursday of each month at 10 am in person in the church Conference room. We will use the Bible Study in the Gather Magazine. Printed copies will be available. Coffee and snacks will be served along with a large dose of fellowship. All are invited.
Community Bible Study
Pastor John facilitates a Community Bible Study in person in the church Conference Room and on Zoom (your choice) Thursdays from 1 to 2 pm on the scripture readings for worship the following Sunday. Email Pastor John if you need the Zoom link.
Women of Peace Breakfast
Let’s gather for some tasty breakfast, hot coffee and good conversation. Join us at Red Elm on Saturday October 22, from 8-10 am. We will be meeting in the community room. We would like to support Red Elm by purchasing our breakfast on site; please plan on purchasing something from the menu and join us. We look forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP via text to Charissa Carroll or sign up at the Welcome Table. Red Elm Café, 1114 MLK Way, Tacoma 98405
Holiday Bazaar Saturday, November 12 from 9 am-7 pm
The Holiday Bazaar is returning this year with an emphasis on “holiday.” This will not be a rummage sale but a sale of gently used household items that depict holiday themes. There will be a bake sale table with donated baked goods for sale. Some clothing items, i.e., tee shirts, sweatshirts, and hats with holiday colors or pictures will be sold. Please feel free to donate any holiday ornaments, decorations, or ornamental Christmas trees. Donations of gently used or new toys are welcome. Plan to come shop and enjoy fellowship of our church community and hour Hilltop community. Contact Teresa Jackson for more information and to donate.
“Love to the Local: The Encore” Video
If you missed seeing the picture slideshow from the Peace youth servant learning mission experience in the Hilltop this summer, check it out here.
Christians Concerned with Homelessness
Peace is partnering with Retreat Home and Trinity Presbyterian as Trinity hosts a monthly prayer gathering for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Join the monthly gathering in the Trinity House parlor (1615 6th Ave.) on the first Thursday of each month, 7-8 pm, led by Sarah ButlerWills. This time brings into focus our prayers alongside our congregation’s action and work for housing.
Interested in Baptism?
Interested in Baptism for yourself or a family member? Please speak with Pastor John.
Future Directions of Peace Lutheran Church
During the pandemic we have been asking, as followers of Jesus, how is God calling us to do God’s work, to love God and love our neighbor, at this time and in this place? A foundational commitment to anti-racism and a group of recommendations have arisen from this Future Directions discernment process.
  • Read them here
  • Please pray for our church as we begin to live out these Future Directions, and please consider how you will “get in where you fit in.”
    Church Directory
    Would you like a copy of the updated church directory? Please pick one up at the Welcome Table on Sunday or email the office at and we will email one to you.
    Sunday School (Godly Play) and Children’s Worship
    We have Sunday School (Godly Play) for children ages 3 through 4th grade in the basement classroom. We are also offering Nursery for younger children at 9:45 a.m. Children’s Worship is offered in person during 11 a.m. worship. Children are invited to the basement classroom (with air purification) after the scripture readings for a special Godly Play Bible story and response time, and then they will return to the sanctuary to join their family for the time of Holy Communion.
    Church Staff Office Hours (for in-person or virtual connections, or other times by appointment)
    • Wednesdays, 12-4 p.m. Brendan Nelson
    • Wednesdays, 4-6 pm: Jayna Detweiler (phone call or Zoom)
    • Fridays. 12-4 p.m. Pastor John Stroeh
    Or contact church staff with a phone call or email.
    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.
    Middle and High School Youth
    Middle and high school youth will meet again on Wednesday evenings at 6 pm, starting in October for ChangeMakers, a service learning group. Questions? Contact Brendan Nelson.
    Peace Writing Group
    Our fall startup for the Peace Writing Group has begun. We meet the 4th Tuesday of the month, from 6-8 pm. The writings and artistic works from the group will be a part of our second publication of our Peace Devotional book. We share our work so no worries, if you haven’t written lately. For more information, 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.
    Community Engagement
    Women of the ELCA Convention
    Women are invited to come to a special “I Love to Tell the Story” event on Sat. Oct. 8, 9:30 am-3:30 pm, at Christ Lutheran Church in Federal Way. Cost is $25 including refreshments, lunch, and handouts. Keynote speaker is Rev. Chavaleh Forgey. See registration link here.
    A Space of Peace
    We’re in a time of reimagining the empty space in the sanctuary corner where a light shines. What expression of faith and/or art could be present there that communicates God’s unconditional welcome and abundant love for all in our diverse community? Please share your ideas by calling or emailing Pastor John or Brendan Nelson.
    Serve on a City of Tacoma Committee
    Looking to get more involved in 2022? Apply to serve on one of Tacoma’s Committees, Boards, and Commissions (CBC)! There are multiple positions open including spots on the Human Rights Commission, Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, and our Civil Service Board. Learn more & apply at Reach out to Brendan Nelson with any questions and support on how to apply.
    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.


    2106 South Cushman Ave.
    Tacoma, WA 98405 

    Phone: (253) 383-1317

    Fax: (253) 722-2228