Announcements

Opportunities to Serve
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
Lutheran Disaster Response COVID-19 Relief in India
Over the past two months, a surge of COVID-19 cases has ravaged India. The country has officially recorded over 20 million cases and 220,000 deaths. On April 30, India reported over 400,000 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily count in any country during the pandemic. Thousands of deaths are documented each day, yet the actual number is suspected to be much higher. Padhar Hospital, a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Madhya Pradesh, has a ward dedicated to COVID-19 patients. Unfortunately, the hospital is currently being forced to turn away patients because it lacks the space and oxygen to support them. Lutheran Disaster Response is helping Padhar Hospital purchase an oxygen generator for its COVID-19 ward so it can treat more patients and not have to turn away people suffering with COVID-19. If you’re willing to donate, your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope for those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in India. Click here to make a financial contribution.
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.
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
Sunday Adult Faith Opportunities at 9:30 a.m.
Called to Hear: Starting May 16, join a Zoom study on the ELCA’s social statement “The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries,” led by Malcolm Carroll, Pastor John, and Pastor Jae. This presents a comprehensive perspective on matters related to the US criminal justice system and the church. This scripture-based five-session guide with videos helps us explore and be moved to action. Email Pastor John for the link: pastorjohn@peacetacoma.org
Faith Opportunities for All
Live-stream worship will be at 11 a.m. so we may offer three faith classes from 9:30-10:30 a.m. each Sunday via Zoom:
  • 5th-6th grade Explorers class
  • 7th-8th grade Feet to Faith confirmation class
  • Adult education class
Please contact Pastor John for the Zoom link if you do not have it. pastorjohn@peacetacoma.org
A Word from the Reopening Task Force
A big thanks from the Reopening Task Force to all who responded to the survey of the congregation. The task force is closely monitoring the number of COVID cases in Pierce County, the vaccination rate, and other factors as we work towards resuming in-person worship. When we resume in-person worship, we will continue to offer online worship for those not able to worship in person.
As we consider which space to use for worship, we are looking closely at the air circulation in the sanctuary and the multi-purpose room. By opening windows and using fans we can have excellent airflow in either space. We’re also considering the trade-off between the larger space in the MPR versus the technical challenges of broadcasting online worship from that space.
The survey results show a high vaccination rate within the congregation, which helps the task force be confident that with appropriate precautions (masks, space, airflow, and reduced capacity) we can safely resume in-person worship relatively soon; however since the COVID rate in Pierce County is currently rising we are not yet able to set a date.
Based on the widespread desire for in-person worship expressed by survey respondents, we anticipate needing some sort of system to manage capacity – ticketing, reservations, or something similar. We will need help from congregation members to serve as ushers, to help with technology, and in other roles to ensure our health precautions are effective.
Thanks again for your feedback via the survey. We look forward to the day that we can resume in-person worship, but continue on as the body of Christ even as we are separate from one another.
Reopening Task Force: Joseph Anderson, Carol Watson, Ben Flesher, Brendan Nelson, Pastor Jae, Pastor John
Recognizing Graduates
On Sunday, June 6 we will recognize and pray God’s blessings on graduates. Know of a graduate connected to Peace? Please contact Pastor John.
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., Thursday-Friday:
  • Thursday: Pastor Jae Bates
  • Friday: Pastor John Stroeh
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 Bible Study
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. pastorjohn@peacetacoma.org
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
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).
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
Grants Manager
Peace Community Center is now hiring for a Grants Manager. For more information and how to apply visit their website.
Community 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.
COVID Vaccinations
Washington State has increased the COVID vaccine eligibility age to all people age 16 and older. Check this link for vaccination locations and to check appointment availability: https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/. Need help getting vaccinated? Contact Pastor John. pastorjohn@peacetacoma.org
Native American Blanket Exercise
Come to an interactive Zoom workshop, “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationships with Native Peoples.” Sponsored by Friends Peace Teams, with leadership provided by Rev. Irvin Porter of the Church of the Indian Fellowship in Tacoma, part of our ecumenical Conversations Around Race network. Events: Saturday, May 15; Sunday June 13 – all from 2-4 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Register here.
Hunger Walk & 5K Goes Virtual in May
The Hunger Walk & 5K is an annual opportunity for community members to support Emergency Food Network’s mission of providing food to our neighbors in need so that no person goes hungry. The 2021 Hunger Walk will be held online with fun virtual walk and run opportunities being held throughout the month of May. Visit their website to learn more or to register!
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: https://mytpu.formstack.com/forms/emergencyassistance. 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).
Resources for Students & Families
  • K-12 Internet Access Program: This program allows students from low-income families to connect to their learning online from home at no cost to them. OSPI will cover the costs of internet connectivity for eligible students for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Three internet service providers – Ziply, Presidio, and Comcast – have contracted to provide their service to up to 60,000 students and their families through the end of the 2020-2021 school year at no cost to the family. The program is reserved for students who are low-income and did not have internet access before August 2020. For more information, click here.
  • 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.
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 plcadmin@peacetacoma.org for more information.

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