Opportunities to Serve
Seeking Helpers:
  • Community Meals are 5:30-6:30 pm every Friday. Want to provide food or serve? Contact Damishe at 253-383-1317.
  • Anti-Racism Resource Center – Interested in helping Peace develop a resource center with anti-racism materials for personal study and growth? Please contact Pastor John.
  • Altar Guild – Feel called to serve by preparing the Communion elements and helping to decorate the sanctuary for worship? Contact Jeanie Correa
  • Reception Help – Able to help when Peace hosts receptions, especially after memorial services? Contact Pastor John.
Give to Support the Youth Mission Trip
Want to support the 10 Peace youth participating in this summer’s servant learning mission experience with Mending Wings and the Yakama Nation? Please give to Peace Lutheran Church, marked “Youth Mission Trip.”
Peace Lutheran Church Events & Information
Sunday Breakfast and Refreshments
We now offer breakfast for all again at Peace Sundays at 9:30 am in the multipurpose room. Share breakfast and then participate in one of the faith opportunities. We offer refreshments and fellowship after 11 am worship every Sunday.
Sunday Morning Faith Opportunities
Upcoming Adult/Older Youth Sunday Forums at 9:45 am
June 11: Rev. Jen Rude, Peace member and PLU University Pastor, will lead on “unsettling the Word.” The Bible has too often been used as a tool of oppression, specifically over indigenous and minoritized communities. Is it possible to reclaim the Bible from these dominant perspectives and hear the good news in a new way from those whose experiences have been ignored or silenced and to move toward shared liberation? We’ll explore what it means to decolonize scripture, listen to various perspectives engaging biblical texts, and unsettle ourselves and our assumptions in order to imagine God’s word in liberatory ways. No need to prepare in advance – just show up. Together we’ll engage some of the work in the book Unsettling the Word – Biblical Experiments in Decolonization.
Gospel Choir
Come sing! We rehearse and sing once a month during the summer:
  • June: Rehearse Thursday June 15 at 6 pm, Sing Sunday June 18 at 11 am
  • July: Rehearse Thursday July 27 at 6 pm, Sing Sunday July 30 at 11 am
  • August: Rehearse Thursday Aug. 24 at 6 pm, Sing Sunday Aug. 27 at 11 am
Questions? Contact Music Director Twylla Moore at
Special Sundays Coming Up in Worship
  • Sunday June 11: End of School Year Blessing and Thank You to Programmatic Year Leaders and Helpers
  • Sunday June 18: Father’s Day
  • Sunday June 25: Welcome of New Members, Brendan Nelson Sabbatical Sending Blessing (Brendan will be on sabbatical July 1 – September 30)
Father’s Day Slideshow
On Father’s Day, June 18, we will honor fathers in our lives with a special breakfast and a slideshow. If you have a photo of a father to submit, email to If you have submitted photos in the past, your photos will be included unless you want to submit updated photos. Questions? Ask Jayna Detweiler.
Jimothy Rogers Piano Concert
Former Peace Music Director Jimothy Rogers will perform a piano concert in the sanctuary at Peace Lutheran Church on Wednesday June 21 at 7 pm. Come and be blessed by beautiful piano music! No cost to attend. A free-will offering will be received.
Save the Dates for the Summer!
  • Peace at the Park Wednesdays July 12 & August 16, 5:30-7:30 pm Wright Park, 501 S I St. Peace families & friends, bring your own picnic food items and your own utensils.
  • Outdoor Worship and BBQ is Sunday August 6 at 11 am
  • Summer Bible Adventure for children and families will be Tuesday-Thursday August 8-10, 5-8 pm. The theme is Compassion Camp!
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.
COVID Precautions Update
Based on current community risk levels for COVID, flu, and RSV, the Reopening Task Force has decided that masks are welcome and encouraged but not required. We continue to require masks the first Sunday of each month for 8:30 am worship so that those who need to take additional precautions can participate. If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, please stay home and worship online. Please be respectful of those who wish to limit physical contact (hugs/handshakes). We will continue to increase airflow in the sanctuary during worship to reduce risk.
Clothing Bank and Community Meals
  • Community Resources Meals are served Fridays from 5:30-6:30 pm.
  • The clothing closet will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Friday, May 26-Monday, May 29. Beginning Monday, June 5, new clothing bank hours will be from 6-7 pm on Mondays and Fridays.
Please feel free call 253- 383-1317 or email if you have questions or would like to volunteer.
2023 Ministry Plan and Annual Report
If you haven’t seen a copy of these documents distributed at the Annual Congregational Meeting, check them out using the links above or find copies on the table outside the sanctuary. God is doing great things in and through Peace Lutheran Church! Thanks be to God!
Community Bible Study
Pastor John facilitates a Community Bible Study in person in the church Conference Room and on Zoom (your choice) Thursdays from 1 to 2 pm on the scripture readings for worship the following Sunday. Email Pastor John if you need the Zoom link.
Christians Concerned with Homelessness
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 at the Bryant Neighborhood Center at Trinity Presbyterian Church (1615 6th Ave.) on the first Thursday of each month, 5:30-6:30 pm, led by Sarah ButlerWills. This time brings into focus our prayers alongside our congregation’s action and work for housing.
Interested in Baptism?
Interested in Baptism for yourself or a family member? Please speak with Pastor John.
Future Directions of Peace Lutheran Church
During the pandemic we have been asking, as followers of Jesus, how is God calling us to do God’s work, to love God and love our neighbor, at this time and in this place? A foundational commitment to anti-racism and a group of recommendations have arisen from this Future Directions discernment process.
  • Read them here
  • Please pray for our church as we begin to live out these Future Directions, and please consider how you will “get in where you fit in.”
    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.
    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.
    Middle and High School Youth
    Middle and high school youth meet on Wednesday evenings 7-8 pm on Zoom for ChangeMakers, a service learning group. Questions? Contact Brendan Nelson or Jayna Detweiler.
    Peace Writing Group
    The Peace Writing Group meets the 4th Tuesday of the month, from 6-8 pm. The writings and artistic works from the group will be a part of our second publication of our Peace Devotional book. We share our work so no worries, if you haven’t written lately. For more information, 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 Jayna Detweiler 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. Jayna Detweiler is available to respond to any questions.
    Peace Community Center Events & Information
    Volunteers Needed
    • Snack Donations: Food insecurity is a huge barrier for our students and often disables them from being fully present in their education. We are looking for donations of snack items to give to students in need during the school day and during the afterschool program.
    • Tutoring (Mon-Thurs, 3-4 pm): We offer homework help in the afterschool program. We would love to have more volunteers so that we can provide increased one-on-one support to our scholars. For the most part we need tutors in Math, Science, English and History.
    • Enrichment Support (Mon-Thurs, 4-5 pm): This would look like someone coming into the afterschool program and leading a 60-minute activity for about 10-20 students. Activities can include from arts and crafts, cooking, gardening, science projects, etc. We are also always looking for people to come in and talk about their careers or small businesses and how they got to where they are.
    Community Engagement
    Juneteenth Celebrations
    Juneteenth is June 19, a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It’s also known as Freedom Day or Independence Day. On June 19, 1865, the states of Louisiana and Texas finally heard the news that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Juneteenth is a reminder of our brokenness as a people in a nation whose original sin is racism as well as our calling to confront injustice, seek justice, and live into our foundational commitment to anti-racism.
    • 253 Juneteenth Celebration Saturday June 17 at Wright Park from 11 am to 6 pm. This year’s theme is “We ain’t free, until we all free.” Sponsored by Tacoma Ceasefire.
    • LegallyBLACK presents another Juneteenth Celebration, “The Colorful Road to Freedom” on June 19th at People’s Park in Hilltop at 6:19 pm to celebrate Juneteenth.
    • Juneteenth Prayer Breakfast Tacoma Ministerial Alliance is sponsoring June 19th the TMA is sponsoring a prayer breakfast at the Eastside Community Center at 9 am. Everyone is invited.
    • Juneteenth Celebration Monday June 19 at Stewart Heights Park from 11-5 pm, featuring J. Holiday and Crystal Aikin.
    • See this link for other Juneteenth events in our area.
    Rental Assistance
    For those looking for help with rental assistance, the Pierce County Rental Assistance is back open! There is no way to tell when it will be closed again, so if you need this type of assistance, please take advantage of this opportunity as soon as you can! See this website.
    Community Engagement & Outreach Highlights: A Word from Brendan Nelson
    • Community Meals: We are now back to sit-down style community meals. It has been refreshing to sit and fellowship with folks and offer encouragement. Please come out and help serve.
    • Housing Meetings: Our Housing Ministry is meeting regularly to discuss ways we will move the ministry forward. We have also brought together the cohort teams and formed a “vision” team to help formulate housing recommendations for Council consideration.
    Graduate Tacoma
    …has created a website ( 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.


    2106 South Cushman Ave.
    Tacoma, WA 98405

    Phone: (253) 383-1317

    Fax: (253) 383-0702