Opportunities to Serve
Help Lead and Serve in Worship
Are you willing and available to assist in Sunday worship as an assisting minister, usher, reader, or greeter? 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.
Help with Facility Maintenance
Help keep our Father’s house in good shape. The building and grounds need repair and maintenance. Everyone has an opportunity to help a little or a lot towards improvements and upkeep. We are inviting individuals with skills or knowledge to join the Maintenance Team. Caulking, painting, weeding, and more. Contact Jeanie Correa to help.
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.
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 Faith Opportunities 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Through June 26. Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts: God’s Vision for Your Life.Want to discover your passion and purpose? Want to learn how to live your faith more effectively? Want to answer God’s call? Awaken the connection between your gifts and calling in life! Sign up to get a participant guide. Participant guides are $10. (Please let Pastor John or Brendan know if the cost is a hardship, and we will provide you one.) Sign up at the table in the multipurpose room, through this link, or by calling the office 253-383-1317.
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.
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.
Love to the Local (the Encore)
Youth going into 6th grade through 12th grade are invited to save the week of July 5-9 for a servant learning mission week in the Hilltop. Learn and serve around justice issues—housing, food insecurity, and the environment, supporting women and minority-owned businesses. Register here. Contact Brendan Nelson for more information.

Prayers for Housing
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 p.m., led by Sarah ButlerWills. This time brings into focus our prayers alongside our congregation’s action and work for housing.

Summer Bible Adventure
This year, Summer Bible Adventure for children and families will be Tuesday-Thursday July 26-28, 5:30-8 p.m. It’s “Compassion Camp.” Share a meal, do activities, have fun, and learn how God calls us to show compassion to yourself, others, and the world. Free!
Special Sundays Coming Up in Worship
  • Sunday, June 26: Welcome of new members
Summer Outdoor Worship
We’re worshiping outside on the corner lot (21st and S. Ainsworth) two Sundays in the summer: July 17 at 11 a.m. AND August 14 at 11 a.m. (with Cookout Fellowship afterward). Bring a chair (or use one provided). Give thanks to God! We will also live stream these services. There will be no 8:30 a.m. worship on these two Sundays.
Peace at the Park
We’re inviting everyone (family and friends of Peace) to gather at Wright Park (501 S I St, Tacoma) on two Wednesdays this summer, June 29 and July 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bring your own picnic food items to share. Bring your own utensils. Kids, enjoy the spray park and playground. If you want, bring outdoor play items (balls, games, etc.) to share.
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.
Future Directions Implementation
A Future Directions Implementation Team is helping our congregation move into the discerned future directions God is leading us. The team is Brendan Nelson, Andie Lyons, Pam Asadi, Sally Perkins, Malcolm Carroll, Craig Cogger, and Pastor John. As we journey forward, if you have questions, please talk with one of them.
Serve with Our Partner St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
Peace Lutheran Church and St. Mark’s by the Narrows Lutheran Church share a partnership in ministry, most recently with joint efforts in affordable housing. St. Mark’s is inviting Peace folks to serve with them with a Tiny House Build. In partnership with Low Income Housing Institute, St. Mark’s is building Tiny Houses at St. Mark’s July 25-29. The team will consist of adults and youth entering high school (9th grade) in the fall or older. There will be work at all skill levels. If interested, please fill out this contact information form.
Church Staff Office Hours
  • 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.
Community Bible Study
Pastor John facilitates 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 youth “Change Makers” group meets Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Contact Brendan Nelson.
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 meets at the church on the fourth Tuesay 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.
Interested in Baptism?
Interested in Baptism for yourself or a family member? Please speak with Pastor John or Brendan Nelson.
Peace Community Center Information
Call for Volunteers
Peace Community Center is looking for volunteers for our Summer Learning Academy—elementary, middle school, and high school programs. We strive to help our scholars excel academically and prepare for the upcoming school year with STEAM activities, field trips and educational enrichments. Our Summer program will run from June 27-July 29 but you are welcome to volunteer according to your availability. Find the online volunteer application at or email with questions. Thank you for your ongoing support to Peace Community Center.
Peace Community Center is Hiring
Visit their website for more information about open positions and to view current job descriptions.
Community Information
Pride Interfaith Service
Save the date for an inclusive, multifaith celebration of Pride!! Sunday, July 17, 1:30 p.m., on Todd Field at University of Puget Sound. This will be a relatively casual but meaningful time of story sharing, music, and affirmation of LGBTQ+ and Queer identities in our religious/spiritual/cultural communities. Everyone’s invited to bring lawn/folding chairs or blankets to sit on.
Community Resiliency Model (CRM)
    The Office of Community Health Engagement and Resiliency at Arizona State University is putting together free virtual 2-hour workshops to introduce the Community Resiliency Model (CRM). Also known as CRM, teaches individuals to regulate their nervous system during and after times of toxic stress and trauma. Participants will receive a $5 electronic gift card. We are accepting up to 30 participants per workshop.
  • Tuesday/Martes, June 28/ 28 de junio, 10-12 PST
Pierce County Rental Assistance Portal Reopens
Pierce County’s program that provides rental and utility assistance for tenants impacted by COVID-19 is once again accepting applications. Associated Ministries is one of nine local agencies that is facilitating this vital program. The purpose of the Rental Assistance Program is to prevent eviction for Pierce County residents (including those living in the City of Tacoma) impacted by COVID-19 and who are behind on rent. Applicants must qualify as low-income at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI), but priority will be given to those under 50% AMI. Landlords and tenants can apply online. Visit the County’s website for more information and to apply.


2106 South Cushman Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98405 

Phone: (253) 383-1317

Fax: (253) 722-2228