Pastors Hilla Lahtinen and Ronnie Smith:
Welcome to Peace Lutheran Church!
As a community in Christ, we gather together in service and fellowship to discern the call of our Christian faith. Strengthened by Word and Sacrament, we are always seeking creative ways to enrich our community, both locally and globally.
Our congregation is defined largely by its warm and friendly people, a vibrant intergenerational mix of young families, youth and adults.
Come as you are! We invite you to be part of our community. We hope that you will find your time here nourishing and energizing. We look forward to learning from you as well. We listen! We care!
We offer an engaging Sunday School program at 9:30 a.m., followed by our worship service at 10:30 a.m. After the service, you are invited to join in fellowship and refreshments.
May the love of God and the Peace of Christ find you here! May the fire of the Holy Spirit burn in your heart always!
Greetings People of Peace!
Pastor Hilla and I hope you’ve had a blessed Lenten/Easter journey. The Lenten soup and prayer Wednesday’s were very meaningful and we were glad so many of you were able to enjoy these unique and creative liturgical offerings. Thanks so much to everyone who helped out to make these events very special. Whether it was making soups, tidying up, or sharing with us your spiritual reflections, you all helped created some fond worship experiences and memories. It has been a busy but wonderful time for our family and we are very grateful to have been a part of it all. It has been very encouraging to see the Holy Spirit moving amidst the congregation.
As I write this letter, we are in the midst of Holy Week, anticipating the briefest, yet most powerful of all church seasons, The Three Days: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Some traditions include the Easter Vigil. In Lutheran terms, the Theology of the Cross is never more apparent to us than on Good Friday, where we can see that God comes closest to us through our suffering. The light of the resurrection is most perfectly contrasted by the darkness of the cross and it is a good Christian practice for us to spend some time dwelling there, in the cross of Jesus before basking in the new life promised in Christ. We must hold in tension together the paradox of these two seeming opposite expressions of God’s Grace in the world.
As we look ahead into the Easter season, we look with anticipation to the coming Day of Pentecost, where we celebrate the diversity of divine expression poured out into the world through God’s Holy Spirit of Christ. For “all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit… From every nation under heaven.” Acts 2: 4-5.
During these special times and beyond, we hope you find your time at Peace to be spiritually charged and transformative.