April 2021  
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Bible Study
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Mid-Week Bible Study held in the Meeting room at the church. We study various topics and all are welcome!
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  • Peace Lutheran Church
  • Confirmation Camp at LMC
  • ELCA Youth Gathering 2018
  • ELCA Youth Gathering 2018
  • Little Luther at the 2016 Churchwide Assembly
  • Easter Children's Sermon Selfie
  • 150th Anniversary Dinner
  • Peace's Float at the Ashland 200th Anniversary Parade
  • Mid-Week Lenten Candlelight Service

Peace Lutheran Church is a community of faith that celebrates the gifts of God that empower us to engage in the struggles of life, to love and care for each other, and to serve Christ where we work and live. Peace Lutheran Church commits to being a Reconciling In Christ congregation.

We welcome the participation of people of all ages, races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, educational backgrounds, and economic statuses––all who want to join in community to honor God and love and serve people.

Due to the prohibiton against large group gatherings, in person worship has been suspended until further notice.  Online worship services can be found under the "Sermons" tab at the top of this page.


And always remember, Faith is a Journey... Don't stop Believing!

Thank you for visiting our website.

You will find information concerning our church and its ministries. We hope you find your time spent here a blessing.  Feel free to browse through the various areas of our website and learn about our mission and fellowship. 


Contact Us  
Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church
1360 Smith Road
Ashland, Ohio 44805
Phone 419-281-1469
Fax 419-282-9639
Regular Schedule  


  • Sunday School- children and youth (September-June)
    – 9:00 AM
  • Adult Friedship Class
    – 9:00 AM
  • Pastor's Adult S.S. Class (September-June)
    – 9:00 AM
  • Sunday Worship
    – 10:00 AM

In-Person Worship to resume Spetember 27th at 10am

Grace and Peace to you,


Peace Lutheran Church will resume in-person worship on September 27th at 10am.  This action was voted on by our church council at their September council meeting on September 15th.  The return to in-person worship is certainly something to celebrate, but please understand, just because we will be gathering in our worship space on Sunday mornings, we do not do so without risk.  The risk of exposure to Covid in large group gatherings is still high.  If you are in a high-risk category for Covid-19, please continue worshiping at home.  If you are, in any way, worried about your exposure to this virus, please continue worshiping at home.  Many will need or choose to do so.  Rest assured, for the foreseeable future, online services will continue.  Weekly mailings will also continue unless I hear from someone that they no longer need to receive them.


 We will also still have our drive-in prayer and Communion service on the 27th at 7pm.  This provides an opportunity for Communion for those who are not yet comfortable gathering in a large group.  Drive-in prayer services will continue once a month on the 4th Sunday of the month, though we will move the time to the afternoon as we are quickly losing daylight in the evening.  After September 27th, the next drive-in prayer and Communion service will be October 25th at 1pm.    


I will be sending more updates with further information about worship and resuming educational opportunities like Sunday School and Bible Study, so please keep an eye out for those.   


Included below is the list of guidelines we will use each week as we gather for in-person worship.  Please note that worship will not look like what we are used to, but we take these steps in order to be as safe as possible as we gather:

-Anyone with cold, allergy, or flu-like symptoms or anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or more should stay home and seek appropriate medical care.

- Those who gather will observe 6’ physical distancing upon entry, exit, and in seating.

- Doors will be kept open (weather permitting) to reduce surface contact and increase ventilation.

- There will be a sign-in sheet at each entrance; each family is asked to sign-in. In the event someone who attends in-person worship tests positive, we are prepared to assist the local health authorities with contact tracing.

- Seating will on a first-come, first-served basis. Every other pew will be roped-off to provide a 6’ minimum distancing. A maximum of 2 persons per pew, except for families (obviously household families can and should sit together), marked for safe distancing. 

- Dismissal after worship will be guided row-by-row by the ushers. Congregants are asked to exit immediately to their vehicles. The doors will be kept open (weather permitting) to reduce surface contact and increase ventilation. There will be no in-person fellowship time.

- Sanitizer will be located near all doors and throughout the sanctuary. All participants are expected to sanitize their hands upon entry and after any physical contact.

- It is possible that maximum safe seating capacity could be reached in the sanctuary depending upon the number of individuals and the size of family groups worshipping together. If that capacity is reached, no additional persons will be permitted entry.  We do have the ability to set up some overflow seating in the gathering space if necessary.

- Masks covering both the mouth and nose must be worn at all times by those not leading the liturgy.  This includes all adults and children elementary aged and above.  We encourage the use of masks for small children but understand that that may not be feasible for some.  CDC guidelines do not recommend the use of masks for children two and under.  Congregants are urged to bring their own masks; only a limited supply will be available at the building. Those who cannot or will not wear a mask are asked to worship at home online.  Without 100% compliance of this protocol from congregants, worship will be cancelled for the day.       

- There will be no congregational singing during the liturgy. There will be other music (vocal and instrumental) offered by the worship leaders.  Congregants may hum along with hymns if they desire.

- There will be no sharing of the peace with physical contact.  We will still have a time to offer peace to one another, but we will “peace in place.”

-There will be no children’s message during the service.

-There will be no staffed nursery available.  The nursery space will be open, but we ask that only one family use the space at a time and please wipe down anything that is used afterwards.  If you find the nursery already in use, the fellowship hall, gym, and parlor are also available with the same rules.

-There will be no activity bags available for children.  Parents please bring toys/snacks for your children.   

-Offering plates will be placed near the sanctuary doors to receive our tithes and gifts.

-Bulletins will be available on tables before entering the sanctuary.  Hand sanitizer will also be available.

- Restrooms will be available for use, though we ask that you limit restroom use in the building as much as possible. One person at a time will be permitted.

- All public areas and high touch objects/locations will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after all in-person activities.

- Beyond Sunday worship: small groups, ministry teams, committees, and studies are encouraged to continue meeting online. Groups may meet in the building, if necessary, but must abide by physical distancing and sanitation protocols. Meetings will be scheduled so that only one group is in the building at a time, and so that the meeting space may be cleaned/sanitized after.

-Holy Communion may not be celebrated right away.  When we are able to Commune, distribution will be on a continuous basis with social distancing using individual cups. Only Pastor will have touched the elements with clean and sanitized hands. As always, taking Holy Communion is up to the individual. As you come forward, please maintain appropriate distance.


Pastor Karen's Sermons

Transcripts of Pastor Karen's sermons and copies of the monthly newsletter are available under the "Info Center" tab.  So check them out :)

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