Announcements

Opportunities to Serve
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 November 1. See flier here. Send your check to Peace Lutheran Church with the # of tickets you want and your contact info, and the tickets will be mailed to you. Drawing for $2020 is November 17.
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 www.fredmeyer.com, community rewards, and enter Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church or key in Fk117.
Questions? Contact Teri Jelinek (tljelinek50@gmail.com).
Worship Technology Fund
Feel led to contribute to a special fund to improve technology for worship at Peace? Give a gift to Peace Lutheran Church earmarked “Technology.”
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
**Live-Stream Worship Time Changing!!**
Please make a note: Starting Rally Sunday, September 27, live-stream worship will be at 11 a.m instead of 10 a.m so we may offer three faith classes from 9:30-10:30 a.m. via Zoom: the adult class, the 7th–8th grade Feet to Faith confirmation class, and the 5th-6th grade class. Questions? Please contact Pastor John.
Faith Opportunities for All
Live-stream worship will be at 11 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. so we may offer three faith classes from 9:30-10:30 a.m. each Sunday via Zoom:
  • 5th-6th grade Explorers class
  • 7th-8th grade Feet to Faith confirmation class
  • Adult education class
Please contact Pastor John for the Zoom link if you do not have it. pastorjohn@peacetacoma.org
Sunday Adult Faith Opportunities at 9:30 a.m.
Series on God’s Steadfast Love & Faithfulness – Explore our faithful response as followers of Jesus with Micah 6:8 (using Zoom):
  • September 27: “Do Justice,” led by Malcolm Carroll
  • October 4: “Love Mercy,” led by Pastor John & Pastor Jae
  • October 11: “Walk Humbly with God,” led by Carol Watson
Email Pastor John for the Zoom link: pastorjohn@peacetacoma.org. The series culminates Commitment Sunday, October 18, when we bring our pledges of time, talent, and treasure for God’s work through Peace church in 2021.
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.
FOCUS Groups
Peace is planning another round of FOCUS Groups this fall! These are small groups that meet on a specific topic of faith once a week through Zoom for up to 6 weeks beginning mid-October. This is a great opportunity for faith growth, fellowship, prayer, and support. Check out this catalog of FOCUS Groups and sign up here by October 4. Or contact Damishe in the church office to sign up to be in a group. Questions? Contact Pat Ferguson.
Holy Communion During the Pandemic
The next opportunity to receive Communion in online worship is next Sunday, October 4. Online worship is a real communal gathering in which Jesus gathers us and meets us with gifts of grace and forgiveness. If you wish to share Communion October 4, please prepare bread and grape juice (wine) at home prior to worship.
Community Bible Study
Pastor John and Pastor Jae facilitate a Community Bible Study using Zoom Thursdays from noon to 1 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. pastorjohn@peacetacoma.org
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 p.m. Bring your mask, walking shoes, and (if needed) rain gear. Interested? Contact Joseph Anderson.
PLU 2020 Annual Lutheran Studies Conference: Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US (ELCA)
This year’s Lutheran Studies Conference will focus on White Supremacy and Racism in the United States, particularly our churches. It will include:
  • Adult forum book discussions are offered for congregations for two Sundays in September (Sunday September 20 & 27 at 9 a.m.) prior to the conference. Forums will focus on Chapters 1, 9 and 10. Please encourage your congregation to read ahead
  • Chapel on September 30 at 10:30 am with Rev. Lenny Duncan preaching.
  • A Zoom webinar with Rev. Lenny Duncan, author of Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US (2019). This webinar will be in the evening of October 1 at 7 p.m.
See more information here. We invite you to read Duncan’s book with us in preparation for the conference events.
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 jae@peacetacoma.org.
Reopening Task Force: Joseph Anderson, Ben Flesher, Brendan Nelson, Pastor Jae, Pastor John, Kit Thompson, Antonio Yune
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 brendan@peacetacoma.org.
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. brendan@peacetacoma.org
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 (plcadmin@peacetacoma.org, 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) 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
Peace Community Center is Hiring
The Center is seeking applicants for their Senior Director of Education Programs, On-Call USDA Food Coordinator, and other open academic positions. For more information on how to apply visit the website at https://peacecommunitycenter.org/get-involved/employment/.
Peace Community Center Updates
Check out these two videos to hear what’s happening this summer through Peace Community Center:
Community Information
Very Important Voter Information
ACLU-WA has compiled a webpage that contains specific voting information for the following groups of people:
  • People who are currently incarcerated or have a criminal record (Note: In 2009, a law was passed which enables people with prior felony convictions to automatically regain their right to vote after they have served their time and are no longer on parole or probation)
  • People who are unhoused and people who have non-traditional addresses
  • People with disabilities who need accommodations or assistance
  • People who don’t have an ID
  • People who may need language assistance (this section is in English and may require assistance)
This voter information can be accessed here: https://aclu-wa.org/vote.
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 plcadmin@peacetacoma.org for more information.

Community Resources for Financial Assistance

  • Rental Assistance Unable to pay rent due to the Covid-19 crisis? Associated Ministries can help through the Community Resource Connection Center. Apply online or call 253-383-3056.
  • Tacoma Public Utilities is helping families who qualify with $250 emergency assistance in light of the pandemic. Here is the link to the application: https://mytpu.formstack.com/forms/emergencyassistance

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