Opportunities to Serve
Van Drivers Needed
Interested in serving as a once a month van driver helping folks get to worship on Sundays when we reopen? Please contact Pastor John or Damishe in the church office. This is a very important ministry of care and connection.
Hygiene Items Needed
All supplies gathered will be given to people experiencing homelessness in the Hilltop. The drive will be through August 13. You will find a donation box in the main office Tuesday-Friday, and out in the main hallway by the elevator on the weekends. Please consider bringing small travel size items. Thank you! Items needed: Shampoo, conditioner, soap/body wash, toothbrush/paste, floss, comb/brush, shaving cream, razors, deodorant, ladies’ feminine items, face cloths, etc. For more information contact Myrah Ballentine.
Help with Friday Community Meals
Able to help prepare a meal for 50 for our Friday Grab and Go Community Meals (Fridays 5:30 – 6:30 pm)? Able to help serve grab and go containers at the church to folks in the community? Contact Teri Jelinek
Clothing Ministry
Do you have blankets you’re willing to donate for our clothing ministry? Willing to purchase and donate new underwear? Each Friday during the Community Meal we give community folks the opportunity to receive free clothing and blankets. Please bring to the office. Questions? Contact Jeanie Correa
Help Serve for Sunday Worship
Interested in serving on a Sunday to help make worship happen? Now that in-person Sunday worship will be happening again (outdoor worship on third Sundays in summer and two worship services indoors starting July 25), we need help! Interested in being an assisting minister, reader, greeter, or usher for in-person worship? Please contact Pastor John.
Vision and Call Intern Position Open
We are hiring for a full-time Vision and Call Fellow to serve from August 2021 through June 2022. The Vision and Call Fellow serves as a leader in Peace Lutheran Church’s children, youth, and family ministries and Peace Community Center’s McCarver Scholars program. Vision and Call Interns are called to mentor children, care for families, and build disciples for Christ in the community. For more information or to apply, see this link. Please reach out to Brendan Nelson with questions.
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.

Report from the July 20 Church Council Meeting

    • Devotions
      • We open each meeting with prayer and devotions. Annie Burris gave shared a timely and meaningful message on patience, based on 1 Thessalonians 1: 3-4.
    • Future Directions
      • Council approved the team’s recommendations.
      • The team will bring to the August meeting thoughts on four areas:
        • Accountability
        • Implementation Team
        • Staffing Implications
        • Budget Implications

More information to come.

Adult Faith Opportunities Update
For the remainder of the summer, we will take a break from Sunday morning adult faith classes to concentrate on providing in-person and online worship. God’s blessings as you continue to grow in faith!
Love to the Local Video
Have you seen the video of the Peace youth Love to the Local servant learning week? See this link. What a blessing!
Summer Outdoor Worship
Mark your calendars! We will worship in person on Sunday, August 15 at 11 a.m. outside on the corner lot (S. 21st & Ainsworth). Wear a mask. Social distance. Give thanks to God! We will also live-stream these services as usual.
Save the Dates: Summer Bible Adventure
This year, Summer Bible Adventure for children and families will be Friday-Saturday August 20-21, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. starting with a meal each evening. Gather outside around the theme, “God’s CareGivers,” as we learn how to take care of God’s creation by reducing, reusing, and recycling. Come for fun, meaningful outdoor activities. Please register using this link.
Church Check-In Protocols
With the reopening of Peace Community Center, please know that there are now check-in protocols if you stop by the church. All staff and visitors are to complete a daily health check up to 30 minutes before arriving on-site or fill out a form and leave it at the sign-in table. Upon entry, all visitors will have their temperature checked via a touchless scanner. If one’s temperature is outside of the allowable range, the person will not be able to enter.
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.
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!
Community Bible Study
The Community Bible Study is on break for the summer. Pastor John and Pastor Jae lead a Community Bible Study using Zoom Thursdays, 1-2 p.m., on the Bible readings for worship the following Sunday. We read scripture, share conversation, and pray as we listen for God to speak to us & through us. Email Pastor John for the Zoom link.
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
Paint Party August 6 and 14!
The Peace Community Center Board is looking for volunteers to join in painting the entire interior of 2107 S. Ainsworth. The house will already be taped and supplies provided. You just show up to paint and eat pizza! If you are unable to attend and looking for a way to support, consider making a financial contribution to the pizza and supply fund. Contact Damishe about a financial donation and Rebecca Foster to RSVP. Painting will occur on August 6 from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. and August 14 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Lunch Prep Volunteers Needed
Peace Community Center is seeking a volunteer or volunteers to support with lunch prep and distribution of USDA meals for Peace Scholars in grades 2-12 during the summer programming. All food will be purchased and available on-site. The time commitment can be one to a few days per week M-TH for approx. 1-2.5 hours per day. A food handlers card is required and the fee to obtain one will be covered by Peace. Are you interested in learning more? Please contact Peace’s Executive Director, L. Denice Randle.
Employment Opportunities
Peace Community Center is seeking a volunteer or volunteers to support with lunch prep and distribution of USDA meals for Peace Scholars in grades 2-12 during the summer programming. All food will be purchased and available on-site. The time commitment can be one to a few days per week M-TH for approx. 1-2.5 hours per day. A food handlers card is required and the fee to obtain one will be covered by Peace. Are you interested in learning more? Please contact Peace’s Executive Director, L. Denice Randle.
Community Information
LGBTQ+ Interfaith Service and Gathering
An interfaith celebration of Tacoma Pride, July 11 at 3 p.m. on Todd Field, University of Puget Sound. Face coverings required. Park in Lot 4 at N. 14th and Union. Hosted by Temple Beth El, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Urban Grace, and The University of Puget Sound.
Braver Angels Workshop
Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation (WWFOR) invites members, supporters, and others who want to develop communication tools and skills in difficult conversations to register for a 3 hour Braver Angels workshop. This “Depolarizing Within” workshop will be held Saturday, July 17, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (west coast). See flier for more information.
News from Associated Ministries: People of Faith Advocate for Housing Justice
Because of the advocacy efforts of vocal concerned citizens, including many from engaged faith-based communities such as St. Leo’s Parish and the Center for Urban Peacemaking, the vulnerable in our community will benefit from two major breakthroughs that have happened in the last several weeks.
    • 1. Pierce County Council members unanimously agreed to develop a plan to provide shelter to all who are homeless in Pierce County by November 1! Ideally, that means nobody sleeping on the streets next winter! Realistically, this is a very ambitious goal that will face many obstacles in the midst of our current housing crisis. It is encouraging to see shelter and affordable housing prioritized. For more details on the planned steps that will enable our community to make progress towards this audacious goal, click this link.
    • 2. The city of Tacoma unanimously approved a sales and use tax of 1/10th of 1% that could provide up to $5 million to spearhead the creation of affordable housing and services for those needing that housing.
We encourage to you stay involved and watch for additional opportunities to exercise your “moral voice” on behalf of our most vulnerable neighbors.
Community Resources for Financial Assistance & Help with Essentials
  • Utility Assistance: Tacoma Public Utilities is helping families who qualify with $250 emergency assistance in light of the pandemic. Here is the link to the application: Apply online or call 253-383-3056.
  • 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).
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.
Covid-19 Testing
Community Health Care is offering free testing for COVID-19 even if you are not a Community Health Care patient. Testing is offered as a Drive Thru service, by appointment only. Procedures for testing:
  • Call 253-722-2161 for a Tele-Health Screening Appointment
  • If the screening appointment/visit indicates you need a test, a Drive Thru Test will be scheduled
  • Check in at the Drive Thru Testing station, do not come into the clinic. Please do not come to the clinics for a test without an appointment
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