Opportunities to Serve
Join the Gospel Choir
We rehearse and sing once a month. Next rehearsal Thursday, April 25 at 6 pm. Sing Sunday April 28 at 11 am. Questions? Ask Music Director Twylla Moore.
First Work Day for Peace Vegetable Garden is April 27
We grow vegetables in the church garden (across from Peace on 21st Street) each year for use in preparing our community meals. We are ready to begin gardening for this year. The first work day will be Saturday April 27 from 9:30-11:30 am.
All are invited to help prepare beds and do planting. Arrive and leave as it fits your schedule. No expertise needed, only a willingness get a little dirty.
Bring a shovel if you have one. We will also need ongoing help with watering, weeding, and harvesting throughout the summer. If you would like to help coordinate this year’s garden work and harvests, please contact Craig Cogger.
Give to Support the Youth Servant Learning Week
If you missed the chance at Easter breakfast to donate to support Peace youth participating in this summer’s Love to the Local servant learning mission experience in Tacoma, please give to Peace Lutheran Church, marked “Youth Ministry.” If helpful, feel free to make donations online at the giving link on the website. Many thanks!
Peace Cafe
To support our community, we are opening up as a Warming Center on Fridays, 3-7 pm. Community members can come in from the cold to a warm place and share hot drinks, refreshments, and fellowship. For more information and to volunteer contact Brendan Nelson, or call the church office at 253-383-1317.
Peace Lutheran Church Events & Information
Prayer for Our Community
We hold our whole community in prayer as we respond to the recent verdict in the trial of the three police officers who had been charged in the death of Manny Ellis. Please read this letter from Bishop Rick Jaech of our Southwestern Washington Synod of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). May God give us a renewed commitment to seek justice in the systems and structures of Tacoma and Pierce County.
Sunday Schedule
  • 8:30 am – In-Person Worship
  • 9:30 am – Breakfast
  • 9:45-10:45 am – In-Person Faith Opportunities
  • 11 am – In-Person and Online Worship
Sunday Morning Faith Opportunities
  • Godly Play for children ages 4–3rd grade
  • Explorers for 4th-6th graders
  • 7th-8th grade Feet to Faith confirmation class
  • High School youth class
  • Adult education
Upcoming Adult Sunday Forums at 9:45 am
  • April 28: An Update on Our Housing Ministry and Ideas for the Future, led by Ministry of Place Work Group
  • May 5, 19, 26: Bible Study, led by Malcolm Carroll
Mother’s Day Photos
On Mother’s Day, May 12, we will honor mothers in our lives with printed photos. If you have a photo of a mother to submit, please email it to (subject line: Mother’s Day) or bring a photo to the church by May 5. Questions? Ask Jayna Detweiler.
A Word from Bishop Rick Jaech of Our SWWA Synod on Gaza
Bishop Jaech writes, “When I recently met with all 65 bishops of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), we sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to do everything in his power to bring an end to the current suffering and loss of life in Gaza and Israel and to lay a foundation for a lasting and just peace. There has been too much death and suffering in all of the communities of Palestine, Israel, and the Holy Land. We must be part of the international effort to help bring peace. I am enclosing below the full text of that letter from the Conference of Bishops. If you find yourself in agreement with the letter, I encourage you to send or email a copy to your US Senators and Representatives.” See letter.
Anti-Racism Book Resource Library
The Anti-Racism Work Group has rolled out a book cart with their recommended anti-racism books to borrow for your personal growth and deeper understanding. Check it out on Sundays in the multipurpose room.
Beacon Center Temporary Housing at Peace in April
Peace Lutheran Church and the City of Tacoma have entered into an agreement for Peace to host young adults experiencing homelessness in April while Beacon Center is being renovated.
Save the Dates for Summer
Coming this summer…
  • July 9-12 (Tuesday-Friday): Peace Youth Love to the Local servant learning week in Tacoma
  • August 3 (Saturday – 1 day only), 10 am – 3 pm: Summer Bible Adventure for children and families “Created by God”
  • August 4 (Sunday): Outdoor Worship & BBQ & Games!!!
Sunday Breakfast and Refreshments
We offer breakfast for all at Peace at 9:30 am in the multipurpose room, between the 8:30 and 11 am services. We share 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.
Clothing Bank and Community Meals
  • Community Resources Meals are served Fridays, and Monday through Friday in April and October, from 5:30-6:30 pm.
  • Clothing Closet hours are from 6-7 pm on Mondays and Fridays.
Please feel free to 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 leads a Bible Study in the multipurpose room and online by Teams Thursdays 1 to 2 pm on the scriptures for worship the following Sunday. Email him for the Teams 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. We gather to pray for big-picture circumstances of homelessness as well as specific needs of families caught in the housing crisis, those from local encampments and all impacted by neighborhood sweeps. First Thursday of the month, 5:30-6:30 pm at Bryant Neighborhood Center, Trinity Church, 1615 6th Ave. 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.
    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
    Support for Peace Community Center
    The Board of Directors of Peace Community Center asks for our community’s continued care, service to students, prayers, and ongoing financial support as we engage the challenging, but necessary work, of building a more sustainable future for Peace Community Center. Please read the most recent letter from Peace Community Center’s Board of Directors here.
    Community Engagement
    Journey to a School Culture of Success
    What elements create a happy, healthy environment where everyone enjoys working, conflicts are minimized, and all kids succeed? Come to a panel discussion at The Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, 1210 6th Ave., on Tuesday, April 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Read details here.
    Finding Shelter from the Storm: Conversations on Housing, Homelessness and Race
    Presented by Conversations on Race, an ecumenical anti-racism consortium in Tacoma/Pierce County. Four Wednesday Evenings, 6:30–8 pm:
    • Session 1: April 10: The Affordable Housing Crisis and Homelessness – via Zoom. Film and discussion.
    • Session 2: April 24: Voices of the People – at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Experiences of those having lived without shelter and those who volunteer among them.
    • Session 3: May 8: Bread for the World Racial Wealth Gap – at Peace Lutheran Church
    • Session 4: May 22: You Can Make a Difference: A Call to Action – at Peace Lutheran Church.
    Representatives from non-profit and grass roots volunteer organizations share ideas for direct and supportive action congregations can take. Register at
    Community Engagement & Outreach Highlights: A Word from Brendan Nelson
    • Peace and St. Mark’s
      • TPU- We received a grant for $50,000 from Tacoma Public Utilities to aid in installing solar panels on our 3 existing properties. The installation will begin on the 1951 Ainsworth home in early 2024.
      • Shalom Project- St. Mark’s Lutheran by the Narrows, and Peace have teamed up together, to listen to our neighbors and to work together for justice and compassion. “Shalom” is the Hebrew word, not simply for “peace” but for a shared wholeness in all facets of life. Together we seek concrete ways to work for economic, social, and racial wholeness, with a special focus on climate justice.
      • Trees for the Hilltop- A healthy tree cover is crucial for our climate wellbeing. Tacoma runs below the national average for tree cover, and the Tacoma map vividly shows how our neighborhoods’ differences in tree coverage align with economic, social, and racial disparity. Peace and St. Mark’s are partnering with the Tacoma Tree Foundation for a major tree-planting endeavor for the Hilltop neighborhood.
    • Grants
      • We have received a grant for $5,000 from Virginia Mason Franciscan Health to support our community resource ministry.
    • Housing
      • The tenant of our 1949 Ainsworth home has vacated as of September 30th. I am working with Alan Kies and an external company to get the house ready for a new family. We hope to have the home ready in the next few months.
    FED (Food Equity Distribution)
    FED (Food Equity Distribution) community food bank provides food and other necessities with no barriers to Hilltop community members. We are currently looking for donations of non-perishable goods like canned foods or dry goods (oats, rice, etc.), as well as snack items (granola bars, water bottles). Anything helps during this time of need.
    The FED Food Bank is located at 1202 MLK Jr Way (entrance on Earnest Brazill Street in the Community Health Care Building) and will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 1-5pm.
    If you are interested and donating any food items, please contact me by email at You can also learn more about the Hilltop Action Coalition and the work that we do in the community by visiting our website
    VITA: Help lift hard-working families out of poverty!
    • Volunteering with VITA is a great way to support your community and build skills in accounting, finance, customer service, and leadership.
    • VITA volunteers undergo IRS training and certification, free of charge, to help with greeting taxpayers and conducting intakes*, preparing taxes, coordinating tax sites, reviewing tax returns for quality assurance, and interpreting for non-English speakers*. No prior experience is required! Volunteer by clicking here.
    • Not interested in preparing taxes? Greeters and Interpreters play an important role in providing excellent customer service to our clients. For more information, contact Mary Hoffman, or call (253) 383-3056, ext. 127.
    Hilltop Library Planning Committee
    The Hilltop Needs a Library! The Hilltop Library Planning Committee is closer than ever to securing funds for a new library. Unfortunately, our committee chair will be moving out of the country soon and we need a new chair to help us stay organized and keep our momentum going. If you’re interested in volunteering, or just learning more about HLPC, please attend one of our Zoom meetings, held the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6pm. Details here:
    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.
    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