Announcements

Opportunities to Serve
Give to Lutheran Disaster Response
Want to donate to help people in Central America devastated recently by Hurricanes Eta and Iota? Go to this link to give through Lutheran Disaster Response.
Collecting Hygiene Supplies
We are still collecting hygiene supplies (soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.) to provide to the community at our Community Meal on December 11. Please bring items to the church office. Questions? Contact Myrah Ballentine.
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.
Willing to Help with Tech for Worship?
If you’re willing to serve some Sundays, contact Pastor John. pastorjohn@peacetacoma.org Training provided.
Give to Help Families for the Holidays
Want to help a family in need this season? Give a donation to Peace Lutheran Church noted “Holiday Help” or bring a gift card for Fred Meyer or Walmart to the office. Questions? Ask Pastor John.
Worship Technology Fund
Feel led to contribute to a special fund to improve technology for worship at Peace? Give a gift to Peace Lutheran Church earmarked “Technology.”
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.
Peace Lutheran Church Events & Information
Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, December 13, 9:30 a.m. We’ll have the meeting online via Zoom. Agenda:
  • Election of Council Officers and At-Large Council Positions
  • Adoption of the 2021 Ministry Plan (Budget)
  • Peace Community Center Board Member Presentation
Please come to this important event in the life of the church!
Children’s Christmas Video
We’re inviting kids of Peace (4th grade and under) to say/read lines of the Christmas story for a special video. Contact Pastor John if you’d like to participate.
Longest Night/Blue Christmas Service
Monday, December 21 at 7 p.m. – On the longest night of the year, join a contemplative service of lament and healing during a time of year that is hard for some of us. Email Pastor John for the Zoom link.
Christmas Eve Worship – Thursday, December 24
  • 5 p.m. – Children’s Christmas Eve Worship for Families (through Zoom): Join a child-friendly celebration of Jesus’ birth! Email Pastor John for the Zoom link.
  • 7 p.m. – Christmas Eve Outdoor Worship: Celebrate Jesus’ birth outside on the corner lot with the warmth of fire, candles, carols, and the message of God’s incarnate love! Christmas Eve worship will be video recorded and posted on the Peace YouTube channel and Facebook page later Christmas Eve.
Advent Devotionals
Make your way daily through the Advent season using a daily devotional and Advent wreath of 5 candles. Adults and Youth: Use this “Living Well Through Advent” resource by Living Compass. It’s about practicing hope with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind.
Families with Children: Use the Jesse Tree daily devotional with ornament symbols to help the Advent journey come alive by hearing stories and learning about people in Jesus’ family tree in the Bible. If you are interested in Jesse Tree materials and Advent candles to use at home, please contact Pastor John. pastorjohn@peacetacoma.org
Sunday Adult Faith Opportunities at 9:30 a.m. The Bible Project: explore books and themes of the Bible and share in reflective conversation (Zoom). Email Pastor John for the Zoom link. pastorjohn@peacetacoma.org
  • November 29, Advent – Overview looking at the biblical terms Hope, Peace, Love and Joy
  • December 6 – Ministry Plan & Budget Forum, led by Ben Flesher & the Finance Team
Faith Opportunities for All
Live-stream worship will be at 11 a.m. instead of 10 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
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 facilitate a Community Bible Study using Zoom Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. on the scripture readings for worship the following Sunday. We will read scripture, share conversation, and pray as we listen for God to speak to us and 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, Kit Thompson, Antonio Yune
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 October-December? 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 Updates
Check out these two videos to hear what’s happening this summer through Peace Community Center:
Community Information
From Associated Ministries:
  • December 10: 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, December 10, 5-6 p.m. via Zoom. This is a free event, but registration is required. https://associatedministries.org/event/community-quarterly-meeting-to-solve-homelessness-2/
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
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.
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.

Community Resources for Financial Assistance

  • Rental Assistance Unable to pay rent due to the Covid-19 crisis? Associated Ministries can help through the Community Resource Connection Center. Apply online or call 253-383-3056.
  • 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

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Tacoma, WA 98405 

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