Announcements

Opportunities to Serve
Bread for the World Offering of Letters
Take action for justice! Write or call your legislators to encourage federal funding for nutrition programs in the US and nutrition & health funding on a global scale. Watch the video by Craig Cogger and see this sheet for more information.
Father’s Day Picture Slideshow
Sunday, June 21 we will not be able to gather in person to honor the fathers in our lives with our traditional Father’s Day breakfast at Peace. We will be creating a picture slideshow and posting it online. Email pictures of fathers in your life for the slideshow to Brendan Nelson at peacevideos@peacetacoma.org or ask him to use a picture from a previous year’s slideshow.
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
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.
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.
Holy Communion During the Pandemic
The next opportunity to receive Communion in online worship will be Sunday, June 7. Because we are not able to meet in person, with the blessing of our bishop, we are inviting worshipers to receive bread and wine (or grape juice) in their homes as part of this worship experience. 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 Sunday, June 7, please prepare the elements at home prior to worship.
Special Sundays Coming Up
The coronavirus has not slowed us down from experiencing special Sundays of inspiration and celebration of faith milestones at Peace!
  • Sunday, June 7: We celebrate Confirmation Sunday for Lillie Brooks-Walker, hear faith reflections from graduates Josiah Anderson and Kamari Carroll, and pray God’s blessing on all graduates connected to Peace.
  • Sunday, June 14: We thank programmatic year leaders and helpers at Peace and share an end of school year blessing
Sunday Adult Faith Opportunities at 11 a.m. (after 10 a.m. live stream worship)
  • Sunday, June 7 – Dwelling in God’s Word of Hope: Join a Zoom reflective Bible study on Philippians 4:4-9 hosted by Pastor John and Malcolm Carroll. We will listen deeply to hope-filled scripture passages and to one another as we listen for God together. We’ll use the ancient Christian practice of reading scripture called lectio divina, or “divine reading.”
  • Sunday, June 14 – Future Directions for Peace Lutheran Church Update: Members of the Future Directions team share a Zoom update and time of conversation as we continue to discern where God is leading our church into the future.
Email Pastor John if you want to participate in either of these and he will send you instructions and the Zoom link.
Jae Bates Is Peace’s New Seminary Intern!
Pastor Jae Bates has started the MDivX program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is doing his two-year, half-time pastoral internship at Peace on his way to a Master of Divinity degree and candidacy in the ELCA! He is our new Intern Pastor, and an Internship Committee has been set up to walk with him in a supportive and evaluative way through his internship. The committee is composed of Nancy Heavey (chair), Melody Duke, Ben Flesher, Andie Lyons, Irene Manley, JoAnne McWilson, Brianna Miller, and Antonio Yune.

Pastor Jae has served on the Peace church staff for almost two years, first as Vision and Call Fellow, then as Intergenerational Outreach Coordinator, and then with additional duties in children’s ministry. He is no longer the staff point person for intergenerational and children’s ministry. This role has been passed to Brendan Nelson, and several volunteers are taking on key roles leading children’s ministry. Please know that Pastor Jae will not be available during particular weeks of the year when he is in intensive seminary classes, and his pastoral internship is half- time, not full-time. We will communicate his schedule as we move forward.If you feel led, please send Pastor Jae a card or email with a prayer or words of blessing.
Community Bible Study
Pastor John is facilitating a Wednesday Community Bible Study 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. It’s a Zoom session from noon to 1 p.m. each Wednesday. Email Pastor John if you want to participate and he will send you info.
Godly Play Videos for Children
Parents of children, have you checked out the Peace Lutheran Church YouTube channel yet? So far, we have posted three Godly Play stories connecting to stories of Jesus in Holy Week and Easter, with wondering questions. Use these at home with your children! Questions? Contact Jae Bates.
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 and Jae Bates are available to respond to any questions.
Grab and Go Meals and Activities
Peace and KBTC are partnering Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. to provide snacks and PBS Kids educational activity packets during the school closure. Stop by Peace and pick one up!
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.
Opportunities for Faith Advocacy
Peace Lutheran Church is a part of the Faith Action Network, an interfaith statewide partnership striving for a just, compassionate, and sustainable world through community building, education, and courageous public action. During this pandemic, you’re invited to find ways to advocate on behalf of the vulnerable in our society by contacting political decision-makers. See the most recent Faith Action Network update here with opportunities for advocacy.
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).
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.
Christ in Our Home
On the table outside the sanctuary is a daily devotional resource. Please take one and use it at home.
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.
Interested in Baptism?
Interested in Baptism for yourself or a family member? Please speak with Pastor John or Brendan Nelson.
Community Information
Community Interfaith Drive-In Prayer Gathering
“Breaking Through Barriers of Race, Poverty and Fear.” Inspiration from community service experts. Prayers from community faith leaders. Monday, June 8, 6-7 p.m. Cheney Stadium parking lot.
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: https://mytpu.formstack.com/forms/emergencyassistance
  • Downtown Tacoma has suspended parking fees for awhile.
  • Make It Tacoma is offering small business resources including special loans.
Resources for Students and Families
  • Laptops and Internet Access for Students If you or someone you know needs internet access or a device, visit TacomaLearns.org for more information or call 253-327-1448.
  • 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.
  • Tacoma Public Schools lunch with take home breakfast for the next day program: Anyone with a kid can go to the local middle school (for us Jason Lee). Also provided are first-come first-served bags for weekend meals on Fridays. Here is a map with timing and more information.
  • Full List of Learning Resources: See Tacoma Public School’s website.
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.
  • Tacoma Public Schools lunch with take home breakfast for the next day program: Anyone with a kid can go to the local middle school (for us Jason Lee). Also provided are first-come first-served bags for weekend meals on Fridays. Here is a map with timing and more information.
  • Full List of Learning Resources: See Tacoma Public School’s website.
Do the Census
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