Our Mission

Together in Jesus Christ we are freed by grace to live faithfully, witness boldly and serve joyfully.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

With more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations in the United States and the Caribbean region, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service to the world. Our reading of the Bible is rooted and influenced by the theological Reformation of Martin Luther (1483-1546).

Forgiveness and reconciliation

We are reconciled to God by God's forgiving mercy. Therefore, as a people of God, we too, embody forgiveness in speech, action and relationships as we seek to minister to the world.

Inclusion and diversity

As Christ's church, we value the richness of God's creation and offer a radical welcome to all people, appreciating our common humanity and our differences. We are a church that does not view diversity as a barrier to unity. We recognize and will challenge dynamics of power and privilege that create barriers to participation and equity in this church and society - for women, people of color, minority ethnic groups, people with disabilities, people who are marginalized or living in poverty, and the LGBTQ community.

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person - questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.

Responding to the Community

In addition to providing program and spiritual leadership to Peace Learning Center Children's Chapel and hosting the Astoria Central City Vacation Bible School (in partnership with First Baptist, First Lutheran, First Presbyterian, First United Methodist and Grace Episcopal churches), Peace Lutheran Church assists a number of community groups to be good stewards of their resources by sharing our own.

Today, you can find our people, money and facilities providing relief and development aid domestically and in 79 countries through the Lutheran World Federation. You'll find us ministering in the local hospital, care center and assisted living facilities. You'll see us serving at community food pantries and supporting healthy family relationships through Hope House counseling services.

In addition, we are home to a variety of community organizations including: Alanon, Parkinson's Support, Cub Scouts, Rainland Fly Casters, Clatsop Community College instruction, music venues, program committees and Learning Center family events. We embrace it all as expressions of "God's work, Our hands."

Events in the History of Peace Lutheran Church

1870s - A German Lutheran Church begins meeting in the Congregational church building at 8th and Exchange.

March 23, 1880 - First Swedish Lutheran Church organized by Pastor Peter Carlson as a congregation of the Augustana Synod (building located on Franklin between 35th and 36th Streets).

May, 1908 - An English language church with ties to the 1870s German Lutheran group was organized under the name Memorial Lutheran Church; it had a building at 13th and Grand, and was first affiliated with the Augustana Synod and then with the ULCA.

August 1, 1927 - Columbia Hospital was opened by the Columbia Conference of the Augustana Synod.

August 27, 1929 - Trinity Lutheran Church (a merger of first Swedish and Memorial) was chartered with 269 members as a congregation of the Augustana Synod.

July 6, 1932 - Groundbreaking for Trinity's building at 16th and Franklin (John E. Wicks, architect).

1947 - Work begins on Zion's building at 12th and Exchange (Ebba and J.E. Wicks, architects).

1961 - With the formation of the Lutheran Church in America, which brought together the Augustana Synod, ULCA and Suomi Synods, all the predecessor churches were now united, with both Zion and Trinity now LCA congregations.

November 3, 1974 - On All Saints Sunday, Peace Lutheran Church was formed by the consolidation of Trinity and Zion, with the present location at 12th and Exchange.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Our Staff

Lynette Vollmer

Office Administrator

An Astorian native, Lynette enjoys working with the public utilizing her computer skills. She graduated from Oregon State University majoring in graphic design and has had her own business since 1995. Volunteering for Peace Lutheran Church updating the church's website began an enjoyable journey that eventually grew into working as the Office Administrator. The accomplishments here at Peace for her have been rewarding work - social media work for the church updating the Facebook page and creating a new website, working with congregation members, and various printing and office duties .

Judy Shatto

Treasurer

Judy has faithfully served as Church Treasurer and has served on the church council.