Announcements

Opportunities to Serve
Special Lent Offering
Our special offering is for Coffee Oasis in Tacoma, which provides a homeless shelter for youth. Please give to “Peace Lutheran Church,” earmarked “Lent Offering.”
Response to Severe Storms in Texas
Through Lutheran Disaster Response, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support for those whose lives have been impacted by severe winter storms and subfreezing temperatures in Texas. If you feel led, please give to “Peace Lutheran Church” earmarked “Disaster Response,” and your donation will be used entirely for direct response to US severe storms.
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.

Clothing Ministry
Do you have blankets you’re willing to donate for our clothing ministry? 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.

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.
Lent Growing in Faith and Service Opportunities
Zoom Fellowship Time in Lent Sundays Before 9:30 a.m. Adult Class
During the season of Lent (February 28 through March 28), Malcolm Carroll will host a Zoom fellowship time starting at 9 am for a half hour before each Sunday adult class begins. Jump on Zoom and say hi to folks in our Peace community you’ve been missing! Email Pastor John for the Zoom link. pastorjohn@peacetacoma.org
Sunday Adult Faith Opportunities at 9:30 a.m.
  • February 28-March 28 – “Baptized, We Live” On our Lenten journey, we offer an opportunity to explore key Lutheran insights for life using a booklet by Dan Erlander called Baptized, We Live: Lutheranism as a Way of Life. We will cover four topics: A Way of Seeing, A Way of Hearing, A Way of Teaching, and A Way of Following. Malcolm Carroll, Pastor John, and Pastor Jae will lead this adult series. Please participate! We will share rich conversation around faith in this holy season of Lent. If you would like a participant booklet, please contact Pastor John. pastorjohn@peacetacoma.org
Holden Evening Prayer
Holden Evening Prayer, a beautiful and contemplative evening prayer service. Find some time, quiet your hearts, watch this worship video here, and connect with God on the journey of Lent.
Church Sanctuary Open for Personal Prayer
If you would like to spend time in quiet prayer in the Peace sanctuary, please come during Pastor John’s office hours on Fridays from 12-4 p.m. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Holy Communion
The next opportunity to receive Holy Communion in online worship is Sunday, March 7. Prepare the elements in your home prior to worship. Or, if you wish, stop by the church from between noon and 1 p.m. that Sunday to receive Communion in person outside the church door.
Stations of the Cross Walk and Grab-and-Go Soup: Wednesday, March 17, 5-6 p.m.
Come to the church to participate in a socially-distanced Stations of the Cross walk in the Hilltop, led by a church staff person (approximately one hour long). OR do the self-guided walk at another time of your choosing in the season of Lent. The walk will stop at locations throughout the Hilltop, remembering Jesus’ last hours and moments up to his death on the cross. After the walk at about 6 p.m., grab some yummy soup to go.
Lenten Reflection Activity of Grief and Hope
To help us get in touch with the grief and loss of the last year and commend it to God, you are invited to bring a written reflection, small piece of art, photo, picture, or small artifact to clip onto a hung display along the steps leading to the sanctuary during Lent. On Good Friday, we will carry these burdens to the altar and lay them at the foot of the cross, to be transformed on Easter Sunday. Please bring your contribution to the church during the office hours of Brendan Nelson (Wednesdays 12-4 p.m.), Pastor Jae (Thursdays 12-4 p.m.), or Pastor John (Fridays 12-4 p.m.), or email Pastor John.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services Digital Lenten Retreat
ou are invited to participate in this 10-minute digital retreat in this Lenten season. Whenever you have the time, feel free to take a moment to explore the meaning of the season through Scripture, prayer, and reflection.
Street Psalms Lenten Devotional
Street Psalms is an organization that trains leaders in urban communities to love their city and seek its peace. Download a free Lenten devotional from Street Psalms here. You will find weekly reflections inspired by the work and stories of those serving vulnerable communities all over the globe.
ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving
We invite you to study, pray, reflect and give with us during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving — for our families, our neighbors and communities around the world. As the world has reeled from the effects of a deadly pandemic, we have seen the number of hungry people around the world rise, watched as food pantries and soup kitchens expanded to serve an ever-growing number of guests, and longed together for the time when we “will hunger no more, and thirst no more … and God will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes” (Revelation 7:16-17). This very yearning is at the heart of who we are as church together. Yet our longing has never led to inertia or despair, despite the discouraging forecasts. We are an Easter people, ever journeying toward the cross but trusting in faith that God’s story does not end on that hill. Check out Lenten resources here from ELCA World Hunger, including a Lent calendar, study guide, and weekly email series.
Lent Faith Activity for Kids – Journey to the Cross
Children’s ministry leaders have put together Lenten activity kits for children and families to use at home during Lent. The kit includes a Lent calendar with daily faith activity as well as some small craft activities connected to scripture. Please contact Brendan Nelson (brendan@peacetacoma.org) to pick up a kit or schedule a drop-off.
Easter Eggstravaganza to Go!!
Saturday April 3, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Families with children are invited to stop by the church to pick up a grab-and-go Easter brunch and special Easter bag of goodies with Easter eggs, an Easter craft, and most importantly, the Easter story of God raising Jesus to life after his death on the cross!
Lent Worship Opportunities

Live-Stream Worship

  • Sunday, March 28 – Palm and Passion Sunday
    • 11 a.m. We tell the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and then his suffering and death.
  • Thursday, April 1 – Maundy Thursday
    • 7 p.m. We tell the story of Jesus’ last supper, where he washes his disciples’ feet and commands them to love one another, and we share Communion. Please prepare bread and wine or grape juice for Communion at home.
    • 8-8:30 p.m. In-person Communion is available at a station outside the church building.
  • Friday, April 2 – Good Friday
    • 7 p.m. We tell the story of Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross and God’s deep and abiding love for us.
  • Sunday, April 4 – Easter Sunday
    • 11 a.m. We tell the story of the empty tomb and God’s power for life over death, and we share Communion! Jesus is risen! Please prepare bread and wine or grape juice for Communion at home.
    • 12-1 p.m. In-person Communion is available at a station outside the church building.
Peace Lutheran Church Events & Information
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
An Update from Our Church Council Meeting February 16
  • Positive Financial Situation: Peace is starting the year on a positive note financially. Thanks be to God for people’s committed giving to the church.
  • Lent Activities: We will have creative ways to connect during Lent, many of which are new this year. These include Holden Evening Prayer video, Stations of the Cross Walk and Grab-and-Go Soup, Reflection Activity of Grief and Hope, Intergenerational Foot-Washing.
  • ELCA Grant: Peace is one of five congregations receiving a $2,000 grant. Our Synod applied for an ELCA COVID Relief grant of $10,000 with the goal of supporting five of our Synod ministries who are serving multi-cultural communities, LGBTQIA+ communities, or communities particularly impacted economically by the pandemic.
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., Wednesday-Friday:
  • Wednesday: Brendan Nelson
  • 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
Reopening Task Force Update
Our Reopening Task Force continues to meet and discuss all concerns, interests, ideas, and barriers to resuming in-person worship services at Peace. We hear you all and understand both the deep spiritual need for some in-person connection, as well as the continued vigilance regarding personal and public health.
  • Worship: Our plan for reopening worship takes into consideration state and health dept. guidelines and includes worship in the multipurpose room, keeping track of participants, wearing face masks, social distancing, hygiene and sanitation, limited numbers and singing, and no separate children’s worship, with encouragement for Covid-vulnerable folks and people at high risk of exposing others not to participate in person. We will continue livestream worship online indefinitely. When Pierce County reaches Phase 3, the task force will meet to prayerfully determine our reopening date for in-person worship. Even after we return to in-person worship, we will be ready to revert back to fully online worship if necessary.
Reopening Task Force: Joseph Anderson, Ben Flesher, Brendan Nelson, Pastor Jae, Pastor John, Carol Watson
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
Would you like to receive a copy of the daily devotional “Christ in Our Home” for January-March? Contact Damishe in the office, and she will mail you one.
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
Peace Community Center Celebrates Black History Month
Throughout the month of February, Peace Community Center staff, Scholars, and community partners are celebrating Black History Month. As an organization, we celebrate, learn, support, and reflect on the positive impact of People of Color (POC), especially Black community members. Here are some ways you can engage with Black History Month too:
Peace Community Center Updates
Check out these two videos to hear what’s happening this summer through Peace Community Center:
Community Information
Tacoma March for Manny Ellis
The Washington State Attorney General’s Office said earlier this week that a decision about whether Tacoma police officers will face criminal charges for Ellis’s death is expected by April. A silent march for Manny Ellis will be held Sunday, February 28 beginning at 4 p.m. at South 23rd Street and MLK Jr. Way and proceeding to People’s Park. Organizers are asking marchers to dress in white clothing.
COVID-19 Victims and Survivors Memorial Day Event with Light Display March 1
Mayor Victoria Woodards has proclaimed Monday, March 1 to be COVID-19 Victims and Survivors Memorial Day in Tacoma. Come to an event to show support and recognition for everyone who has passed away and those coping with the void that has been left, planned by Shiloh Baptist Church, the Tacoma Ministerial Alliance and OURChurch, in coordination with Mayor Woodards’ office. Each person lost to COVID-19 in Pierce County will be represented by lights that will be placed near the LeMay Car Museum. Monday, March 1 in the Tacoma Dome Parking Lot A. Gates open at 5:15 p.m., program starts at 5:30 p.m.
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: Sunday, April 11; Saturday, May 15; Sunday June 13 – all from 2-4 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Register here.
Hilltop Action Journal – Looking Back to Move Forward
The Feb/Mar Hilltop Action Journal is celebrating local Black History by highlighting local Black Leaders that have made an impact on Hilltop. Read the digital copy here. Peace Lutheran Church’s very own Elyse McWilson is highlighted on page 13 in an “Interview with a Local Girl Scout.” Also read about why Dr. Marica Tate Arunga feels we all need to go to the root of who we are and why this is vitally important. Find out about Evergreen-Tacoma’s growth from a 2 year to a 4 year institution and how they serve the Hilltop neighborhood. You’ll also read about how Shiloh Baptist is using grassroots, collaborative planning to positively impact their community’s future and offset global warming.
Black History on the Hill
Hilltop Action Coalition and Evergreen Tacoma are partnering to celebrate local Black History all month long. Check out the offerings here.
Celebrating Black Joy! Black History Month at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Join the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) in Celebrating Black Joy during Black History Month. A wide range of virtual events will touch the mind, body and spirit through worship, academic discussions, poetry, artwork, and song. All events are open to the public with registration to receive the Zoom links. For more information and to register, go to this website.
March 18: Virtual Gathering to Address Homelessness
Wondering how your congregation can impact the lives of those experiencing homelessness? Learn from experts at our next Community Quarterly Meeting on Thursday, March 18, from 5-6 p.m. via Zoom. This is a free event but registration is required (click here). If you have questions please contact Sandy Windley at sandyw@associatedministries.org.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
From late January through April 15th, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) helps low and moderate-income households through free tax preparation. Due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 VITA season will primarily be virtual. Go to VITA’s webpage to learn more or volunteer.
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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