Announcements

Opportunities to Serve
Van Drivers Needed
Interested in serving as a once a month van driver helping folks get to worship on Sundays? Please contact Pastor John. This is a very important ministry of care and connection.
Collecting Winter Hygiene Items
We are collecting hygiene items (hand warmers, travel size toiletries, lotion, socks, masks, gloves, emergency foil pocket travel blankets) to provide to the community. Please bring items to the church office. Questions? Contact Myrah Ballentine.
Church Maintenance and Repairs
Willing to help with church maintenance and repairs? Please talk with 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 8ssheltonz8@gmail.com. See more information on this flier.
Future Directions
Interested in learning more about the Future Directions that have arisen out of our church’s 18 month process discernment? As followers of Jesus, how is God calling us to love God and love our neighbor at this time and in this place?
Peace Lutheran Church Events & Information
Sunday Adult Faith Opportunities 10-10:45 a.m. Future Directions – A series exploring more deeply the Future Directions for Peace Lutheran Church that have arisen out of our church’s 18 month process of discernment. As followers of Jesus, how is God calling us to love God and love our neighbor at this time and in this place? Email Pastor John for the Zoom link.
  • January 16 – Ministry of Place
  • January 23 – Catechism of Peace
  • January 30 – Priesthood of all Believers
Epiphany Blessing of the Home
The day of Epiphany was Thursday, January 6, when we remember the visit of the Magi (wise men) to the Christ child. The tradition of the church is to bless our homes for the new year. You’re invited to use this Blessing of Our Home or another of your choosing (or your creation) to pray God’s blessing on your home, all who live there, and all who visit in this new year.
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
  • Thursday: Pastor Jae Bates
  • Friday: 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.
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 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
Want to Receive a Special Card from Peace?
Share your birthday and/or anniversary at the Koinonia Corner.
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
Visit their website for more information about open positions and to view current job descriptions.
Community Information
Conversations Around Race Recommends:
  • Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service “Redeeming the Prophetic Vision” Sunday, January 16 at 2 p.m. Register for this Zoom event at bit.ly/redeemMLK.
  • Tacoma’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration “Hope & Healing,” Monday, January 17, 8 p.m. Watch the event on TV Tacoma or streamed live on tvtacoma.com or Facebook. See cityoftacoma.org/MLK.
Native American Justice Workshop Series
Presented by Irvin Porter, Pastor, Church of the Indian Fellowship, sponsored by Conversation Around Race Group of Faith Communities (of which Peace is part). Offered by Zoom. Please register to receive Zoom link.
  • January 25, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery + Land Acknowledgements. Find more information and register here.
  • February 22. Indian Boarding Schools
  • March 22. Decolonizing the First Thanksgiving
  • To be scheduled: “Dawnland: A Documentary About Cultural Survival and Stolen Children,” group viewing followed by panel discussion.
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 (www.tacomalearns.org/programs) 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.

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