The Story of Our Congregation
Peace Lutheran began officially as a mission congregation in November 1983, daughter of Lutheran Church of the Cross in Kent and granddaughter of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Renton. The Northwest District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod purchased eight-plus acres along Kent-Kangley Road for the new mission church in 1981 and a home in the Timberlane community for a parsonage in early 1983 in which a newly hired Vicar would live while serving a year at Lutheran Church of the Cross.
By July 1985, a formal Building Committee began making plans for building a church building of our own on the Kent-Kangley property. The District approved a construction loan of $225,000 and groundbreaking took place in April 1988. The congregation decided to be their own general contractor and hired Laborers for Christ, a group of retired, skilled trades people for the construction. Almost every member volunteered to help. With the Lord’s help and blessing, the sanctuary was completed in time to hold the very first Peace Lutheran church service on Christmas Eve 1988 with 256 worshippers in attendance. After more finishing of the building was completed, we finally dedicated the building in June 1989. By then, it was already evident that expansion plans should begin as soon as possible as two services were needed to accommodate a growing and enthusiastic ministry.
By our 10th anniversary celebration in June 1995, Peace grew to include Adult Choir, Youth Groups, monthly Men’s Bible breakfasts and activities, Women at Peace events, including quilting and crafting sessions, retreats, service projects and yearly ‘Buffy Bus’ trips to various Christmas bazaars, as well as prayer groups and Bible studies.
The foregoing narrative tells the history of Peace Lutheran Church from many memories and writers. This can’t be a complete story though until we all meet again in heaven. Progressing through the years, Peace has experienced much generosity of time, talent and treasures – especially the many hours of volunteer service by the members. Fellowship among all of us is so important and we remember many: Pie Auctions, chili cook-offs, Easter breakfasts and Campfire Breakfasts, annual Drive-Through Living Nativity Event, Youth Group, Leadership and Women’s group retreats, host Women's Bible Study Fellowship, parking lot sales, church picnics and many other member gathering events. We’ve also experienced the joys of baptisms, confirmations and weddings and comforted each other at times of trouble, goodbye potlucks, and funerals. The story of a church is the people – glorifying our Lord Jesus, serving God and helping one another. Peace Lutheran is still striving to be the friendly family church. Earnest prayers that with God’s help, we can continue the mission of Peace Lutheran Church: