Opportunities to Serve
Give to Help to Those in Need This Winter Season
Want to help someone in need this season? Give a donation to Peace Lutheran Church small fleece blankets, ear muffs, gloves, socks, and hygiene items. Donations can be left in the front office. Questions? Call Damishe at (253) 383-1317
Help Lead and Serve in Worship
Are you willing and available to assist in Sunday worship as an assisting minister, usher, reader, greeter, or audio-visual assistant? Training will be provided. Please contact Pastor John.
Thrivent Choice Dollars
Are you a member of Thrivent Financial? Do you have Choice Dollars to direct to a charitable organization? Please consider directing your Choice Dollars to Peace Lutheran Church or Peace Community Center by logging into your account on the Thrivent website.
Book Recommendations for the New Devotional
Do you have a good read or two to recommend? Please submit your ideas and a brief summary of your favorite books for adults, teens, and little ones (here are samples) to Shari Shelton at We will add them to section in the new Peace devotional book on “Books we love and think you may like to read.”
Peace Lutheran Church Events & Information
Sunday Morning In-Person Faith Opportunities, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
  • Godly Play for children ages 4–3rd grade
  • Explorers for 4th-6th graders
  • 7th-8th grade Feet to Faith confirmation class
  • Adult education class
Adult and Older Youth Education on Sunday Mornings at 9:45 am We’re starting a series learning about the work of Lutheran-affiliated social service organizations in our area, our partners in mission and recipients of Peace Lutheran Church benevolence funding through our annual budget. Come on Sunday mornings to the multipurpose room to hear from representatives of these organizations:
  • Lutheran Community Services Northwest, led by Kelly McDonald, Regional Advancement Manager – January 29
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 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.
Children’s Breakfast & Craft Time
Saturday, February 11 from 9-11 am in the Basement classroom. For more info contact Jayna Detweiler at
Women of Peace
It’s that time again! Let’s gather for a breakfast potluck, fellowship and a little self-care on Saturday, February 11 from 9-11 am at Peace Lutheran Church. We will be meeting in the classroom across the alley from the church. If you would like, we invite you to bring a breakfast item to share with the group. There will be a sign up sheet at the Welcome Table. Please reach out to Leigh Wong or Charissa Carroll with any questions.
Men’s Breakfast
Saturday, February 11, 9-11 am at Peace in the multipurpose room. A time of fellowship and connecting with one another. Questions? Ask Antonio Yune.
COVID Precautions Update
Based on current community risk levels for COVID, flu, and RSV, the Reopening Task Force has decided that masks will again be required during worship. For other church activities, including the Faith Education Hour, masks are recommended. 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
  • Community Resources Meals are served Fridays from 5:30-6:30 pm.
  • Clothing bank hours are Mondays and Fridays from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • 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 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
    Peace Community Center Lunar New Year Party
    Friday January 27, 5:30–7 pm, in the new classroom across the alley from the church. Great for kids and families!
    Learners to Leaders Event
    Thursday February 23, 5:30–8:30 pm at Stadium High School. An evening of food, friendship, and fundraising to support Peace Community Center. Tickets are on a sliding scale starting at $5. Tickets purchased at $50 level will be entered to win two flight vouchers. Please RSVP.
    Community Engagement
    AIDNW – Coats and Backpacks
    AIDNW is seeking help with donations of warm coats and backpacks for men. See our weekly newsletter or call Sam Martin with AIDNW at (253) 572-9659 for more information.
    St. Valentine’s Celebration
    Saturday, Feb. 11, 6-8 pm at St. Mark’s by the Narrows, 6730 N. 17th St., Tacoma. A fundraiser for the Empowering Life ministry at Washington Corrections Center for Women (Purdy). Pastor Annie Jones-Barnes of Rock City in our synod brings her soul-infused big-sound jazz band, HYBRID, to perform, plus elegant desserts and a silent auction. $15 suggested donation. To register: contact Joan Nelson (, 253-208-3307).
    Conversations Around Race Recommends:
    Native American Blanket Exercise – Saturday, Feb. 18, 2-4 pm at Bryant Neighborhood Center, 1619 6th Ave, Tacoma. A powerful workshop opportunity to learn more about the experience of Native peoples and the loss of their land, led by Rev. Irvin Porter, that helps us work together toward right relationships between Native and non-Native people. Suggested donation $10. Limit of 50 participants. Register here.
    This is part of a series of workshops sponsored by the Conversations Around Race partnership (Peace Lutheran, Trinity Presbyterian, Church of the Indian Fellowship & the Tacoma Friends) this Winter/Spring called “Confronting Racism: Tacoma Stories of Lament & Hope.” The remaining workshops are on the 3rd Thursday evenings of the month, from 6:30-8 pm on the Zoom platform, starting in March.
    Publicity about Peace
    Exciting news! The newest edition of LifeLines (ELCA World Hunger’s magazine) features a story about Peace Lutheran Church! Check out the article here or see the whole magazine here and find the article on pp. 14-15.
    Community Engagement & Outreach Highlights: A Word from Brendan Nelson
    • Housing Ministry: We have completed all of the updates and repairs on the 1951 Ainsworth house. We hired an outside company to take lead on much of the work and held a work party with volunteers to finish the smaller tasks. The home is now ready for a family to occupy. Please keep this process in your prayers. The DADU development is coming along nicely with only a few changes in the schedule. The interior and exterior flooring, appliances have been selected and installed. A small team will be doing the interior painting and the exterior will be complete soon. The development is scheduled to be complete by February 1.
    • St. Mark’s Partnership: The St. Marks Lutheran Church team has been approved to support Peace in adding solar panels to our DADU home. Installation will begin once the exterior painting has been completed. We are extremely grateful for our partnership.
    • A Space of Peace: We’re still 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 me or Pastor John.
    Serve on a City of Tacoma Committee
    Looking to get more involved in 2022? Apply to serve on one of Tacoma’s Committees, Boards, and Commissions (CBC)! There are multiple positions open including spots on the Human Rights Commission, Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, and our Civil Service Board. Learn more & apply at Reach out to Brendan Nelson with any questions and support on how to apply.
    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