From the Pastor

Dear Peace family,

Consecrate. Consecrate is a special word in the church that we use often, but often don’t quite grasp its significance. To consecrate means to set something aside and declare it to be sacred.

What exactly will we be consecrating in June. On Sunday, June 2, we will be blessing a new parament for the altar. The Lord once instructed Moses to clothe the priests of Israel in garments to reflect not their own worthiness but to display God’s glory. The Lord said,

“You shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty…..And you shall put them on Aaron your brother, and on his sons with him, and shall anoint them and ordain them and consecrate them, that they may serve Me as priests (Exodus 28:2,41).”

We will also be consecrating the bread and wine in Holy Communion on the Sundays of June 2 and June 16. We don’t believe that the bread and wine is just bread and wine. Our belief is that the Lord is truly present in the bread and the wine—we are partaking in His body and blood. Jesus says in John 6,

“Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day (vs. 53 and 54).”

We will also be consecrating our confirmation students. Archer, Seamus and Harloe are being confirmed at Peace on Sunday, June 30. People can be consecrated? Well….yes. Confirmation is thought of as the time in which the youth affirm the faith and the blessings God had poured out to them in their baptism. In addition, we can understand confirmation as a moment in which we set aside the youth as God’s special people that He’ll use throughout their life. We pray so!

All too often we move forward in life without a thought of consecrating. Frantically we try to solve the problems of the day. Have you ever tried to pack a whole bunch of tasks in your schedule!? I’ve done that before! Impulsively we try to make decisions. Have you ever made a rash decision before giving full consideration? I have! Chaotically we move things around to please everyone involved. Have you ever moved one thing only to complicate something else? Done that too!

Consecrating the day….our lives….our tasks is nothing more than making sure that what we are doing is aligned with Jesus. It would be kind of strange if the oboe player began to play their part before the conductor gave the signal. It would be out of sorts if the baseball pitcher started throwing 100 mph fastballs without stretching properly.

I am looking forward to each of these special consecrations in worship in the month of June!

In His Joy,

Pastor J

Peace by the Numbers

Plan for Worship

June 2 – 10:00am Worship service with Communion. Jazz Trio in the Fellowship Hall after service. Second Sunday after Pentecost.

June 9 – 10:00am Worship service followed by the Church Picnic & BBQ. Third Sunday after Pentecost.

June 16 – 10:00am Worship service with Communion. Peace Men doing a Potato Bar for Fellowship. Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

June 23 – 10:00am Worship service. First Outside Worship Service on the Patio. Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

June 30 – 10:00am Worship service. Confirmation Sunday. Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.

Jazz Trio Playing during Fellowship

Please stay after the worship service on Sunday June 2 to listen to an amazing group of young men from the Philomath High School who have assembled a Jazz Trio. This is the same group that played during the Salmon & Jazz dinner, and they are wonderful.  

New Bible Study Staring June 16

The Parables of Jesus

Starting on Sunday June 16 we will begin exploring some of the parables Jesus used to teach. These parables are nearly 2000 years old but the message Jesus gave us in these parables are just as relevant today. Each of these discussions will stand on their own, thus if you miss a Sunday it will be easy jump right back in!

Our first session will be on a general understanding of parables and we will let Jesus teach us!  The text for our first exploration of the parables will be Matthew 13: 1-43. There are parables that Jesus shares and then explains!  Our basic format will to focus on the text letting it inform us to what Jesus is telling us us. We will look at how the connect and together find application in our daily lives.

The tentative list of parables we will explore are in no particular order; The Good Samaritan; The wedding Feast; The Pharisee and the Tax Collector; The Prodigal Son; Workers in the Vineyard; The Lost Sheep and Coin; The Dishonest Manager; The Unforgiving Servant; Rich Man and Lazarus; The 10 Virgins; and The Tenants.

These teaching are rich and together we will sharpen our saw to live in a broken world.

Summer Picnic Kick-Off

Mark your calendars to attend church on Sunday, June 9, for our annual spring/summer picnic. We will be having our annual BBQ celebration with hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips, ice cream, and all the fixings, plus music, balloons, popcorn, and games for the kids. Everything is provided – no need to bring side dishes. And don’t forget to join in the fun at our cake walk!  Also, to have a cake walk, we need cakes. Please consider bringing a cake, cupcakes, etc. Cakes can be just one layer, homemade or store bought or whatever you wish. Bring your family and invite your friends! Thank you.

Father’s Day Potato Bar

The men of Peace will be preparing a baked potato bar for fellowship after the service on June 16. We hope you can attend and partake in a wonderful opportunity to socialize with our church family




Ladies Guild Update

GOD DOES ANSWER PRAYER!   Kay Glathar has volunteered to oversee the fall Bazaar, October 26, 2024.   If you feel led to help with the bazaar in any way, please contact her.  We all need to support Kay.

CAMP LUTHERWOOD:  Did you know that we have a wonderful summer camp about 1 hour away from Corvallis?  This summer’s theme is TOGETHER ACROSS THE DIVIDE!  Where creativity and collaboration will be part of everything they do.  Campers will dive deep into their relationships with one another and wonder how their relationship with God shapes those relationships.  Because of the amazing things God does for us, we can do amazing things with and for the people in your lives from the smallest gesture to the biggest act of love you can imagine together.  Ladies Guild offers 5 scholarships of $300 each for any of the camps, first grade to families.  Contact Peggy Krueger to apply.

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Our next meeting will be a dutch treat luncheon at Vinwood Restaurant in Philomath on Thursday, June 8 at 11:30.  If you want to join us, please contact Sally Stouder.   We are not active during the summer; our group will meet again Thursday, September 5, 2024 in the church’s Fellowship Hall from 10am-12 noon.  All women are eagerly and cordially invited!

                                                 Peggy Krueger, Guild President

Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross is still in need of life saving blood. Our next Blood Drive is on Friday, June 21st from Noon to 5.  If you are available to donate or to help by volunteering or providing treats, we would be grateful. Cookies or other goodies can be brought to the church either Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. Thank you.

Embrace the Baldness Night at Corvallis Knights

Peace is organizing a night out at the Corvallis Knights ball game on June 20th when the Knights will host the Springfield Drifters at the OSU ball field.  The church will be providing the tickets for this event, and it will be a great opportunity to come out and socialize with your Peace family and enjoy an evening at the ballgame.  Please let Rachel Harrington know if you are interested in attending so that we can be sure to get enough tickets.

† Passing of Jerry Wylie †

February 23, 1953 – May 14, 2024

On Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at 9:19 a.m., Jerry Lee Wylie passed away at home at the age of 71. The world has lost a great husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Jerry grew up in Philomath, Oregon. After graduating high school, he joined and served in the U.S. Army from 1971-1974. He met his wife of 50 years, Kathy, in late 1973. They fell in love and married Nov. 23, 1974. They had two daughters together. Jerry was always proud of his family. He was a loving, devoted and hard-working husband and father, and loved by all who touched his life.

In Jerry’s professional life, he was a jack of all trades in the construction industry. From reading, drafting and writing blueprints.

Jerry was diagnosed with dementia 10 years ago. He wanted to help others in their journey with dementia, so he proudly founded the Dementia Warriors support group seven years ago (2017). Dementia Warriors is actively thriving with approximately 69 members.

Outside of focusing on the Dementia Warriors support group, Jerry loved spending time fishing and camping with his grandkids and enjoyed woodworking and designing floor plans. Jerry is survived by his wife, Kathy Brode-Wylie, three daughters, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, three sisters, one sister-in-law, three brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, father and one brother and of course, Barney (his beloved dog). He truly was the Rock of our family. He will be missed dearly.

† Passing of Gayle Taylor †

March 23, 1938 – May 21, 2024

Gayle Mary Taylor was born on March 23, 1938 to Sherman and Sylvia Knickelbein in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Gayle graduated from UCSF’s School of Nursing in 1962. She first worked in some doctors’ offices, then at both the California Street and Pacific Avenue campuses of CPMC in San Francisco. At times she served as night-time supervisor. On one occasion she was in a car that came upon an accident on the Niles Canyon Road, where a pickup truck had crashed and thrown several passengers onto the roadway. Gayle immediately assessed the injuries to the passengers and administered appropriate first aid until fire engines from the Fremont Fire Department arrived. The fire chief of the Fremont Fire Department sent a letter to Gayle commending her for her exceptional professionalism. Gayle also joined and worked with medical missionary groups in Nepal and India.
Gayle was a person of faith. For many years she was a member of the congregation of the Dolores Park Covenant Church in San Francisco. When she retired from full-time nursing, she spent over a dozen years living near longtime friends in Corvallis, OR, and served as the parish nurse for the Peace Church in nearby Lebanon, OR.
A strong believer in good health and exercise, Gayle was a jogger and a longtime member of the Stonestown YMCA in San Francisco. When she was in her 60s, she several times entered and finished in The Great Ski Race, a cross-country ski event from near Tahoe City to Truckee.
Gayle is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert, a retired teacher in San Francisco; her older brother, Michael Knickelbein, a retired soils engineer for CalTrans living in Walnut Creek, CA; her younger brother, Mark Knickelbein, a retired nuclear chemist living in Oak Park, IL; her two children James, a teacher in Elk Grove, CA, and Jennifer, a special events manager living in Truckee; her four grandchildren, Caitlin Parr, a physical therapist living in El Segundo, CA; Ben, a bio-physical engineer, living in Nashville, TN; Lindsey, an occupational therapist living in Hawaii; and Abby, a community coordinator in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties; and one great-grandchild, Bennett Parr, living in El Segundo, CA.
Gayle passed away on May 21, 2024, from complications arising from Alzheimer’s disease and long-term congestive heart failure. She was registered an organ donor as a way to continue helping other people.

Cards in support for Bob can be sent to this address: 

Robert Taylor

33 Ardenwood Way

San Francisco, CA 94132

† Passing of Donna King †

June 22, 1954 – May 5, 2024

Donna Lynne King of Corvallis, OR passed away on Sunday, May 5th at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, OR. She was 69 years old.
Donna was born to Earl and Cecelia King on June, 22nd, 1954 in Roseburg, OR, the first of two children. Her brother Steven was born 16 months later.
Donna and Steve grew up in Orchards, WA, a (once rural) suburb of Vancouver. During their summers, they raised a large garden and sold the produce for their spending money. As a result of working and playing together, Donna and Steve developed a deep connection that endured through the years.
In 1990 Donna King married John King, a man with the same last name. They bought a home in Corvallis, OR and remained there the entire 34 years of their marriage. Donna loved to cook, sew, and work in the garden. She loved all arts and crafts and also liked to travel. Together Donna and John visited Hong Kong, Germany, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, and various parts of the United States.
Growing up in the Lutheran Church, Donna sensed God’s call to serve Him as a deaconess. After graduating from Concordia Junior College in 1974, she entered the deaconess training program at Valparaiso University (Valpo), graduating with a BA in theology in 1976. During her time at Valpo, Donna’s field work consisted of serving as a chaplain at both Porter Memorial Hospital and the Porter County Jail as well as teaching confirmation in Highland, IN.
After graduation Donna completed her deaconess internship at Neighborhood House in Lubbock, TX, a community center with children’s activities, adult services, and emergency aid.
Donna was consecrated a deaconess at Grace Lutheran Church in Vancouver, WA on July 31st, 1977 and remained at Neighborhood House until 1980. She also became a hospital chaplain, completing 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock, TX. Donna was a good chaplain because she became calmer as situations grew more intense.
Returning to Oregon in 1980, Donna was called by the NW District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod to serve in campus ministry at Luther House near the OSU campus. She served at Luther House from 1981 through 2004. At Luther House, Donna taught students, counseled students, advised students, led retreats, raised money, administrated programs, developed PR, coordinated service projects, wrote devotions, and provided hospitality for Luther House lunches and events. As a campus minister, she had unbounded energy and creativity. She taught classes in the OSU honors program and developed a faith and science network at the university, bringing in big name speakers for lectures. Donna believed that campus ministry should embrace the entire university: faculty and staff as well as students. In all this she saw her main gifts as teaching, administrating, and nurturing. Campus ministry was the high water mark of her career.
After leaving campus ministry, Donna left the Missouri Synod and joined the ELCA. From 2005 through 2021, she served as the Director of Discipling Ministries at Grace Lutheran Church in Corvallis. In this position, Donna oversaw Christian education for the parish, directed the annual nativity program, organized the Easter breakfast, and nurtured young people in the faith. Donna said that working with the youth was the best part of her job, and the youth, in turn, loved her because they knew that she cared about them. During this time, Donna strove mightily to help the church understand and respond to the cultural shifts that were destroying Christian faith.
Donna was a loyal wife, sister, daughter, friend, and churchwoman. She was kind, gentle, loving, strong, energetic, creative, intelligent, and wise. Donna had a cheerful smile and a servant’s heart. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Cecelia King. She is survived by her loving brother Steve (son Jeremy) and her loving husband John.
Donna’s memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 11th at 2 p.m. at Oakville Presbyterian Church in Shedd, OR. A live stream of the service will be available and may be accessed from the church website. A video of the service will be available thereafter on the church’s YouTube channel.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Lutheran Diaconal Association (LDA), to Luther House (the Lutheran campus ministry at OSU), or to the Oakville Presbyterian Deacons’ Fund.

Thank You from Our Mission Partners

Zion Lutheran School

As Lutheran Christians, Zion approaches learning as a way to discover the gifts that God has given us and share those in service to others. Students are encouraged to wrestle with big concepts and our faith is integrated in all of our curriculum. Studies show that students who attend Lutheran schools are better equipped with life-long learning skills and do better in high school and college. In fact, students perform 23% better on standardized tests*. Small classes and individualized attention to students and their needs create an environment of educational excellence.

Zion’s History

Enterprising German Lutheran families who settled near Corvallis in the early 1900s wanted to make sure their children had an education. In 1907, just five years after they’d first begun to hold organized worship services, the Lutheran families started a parochial school.  Back in those days, Zion’s school was one room in the basement of the church. At that time, the church was located on Monroe Street and had about 20 students.

In 2007, Zion celebrated its 100th school year.  That makes Zion Lutheran Christian School the oldest continuously run school in the city of Corvallis. Today, we serve just over 95 students in grades K-8 and another 70 students in our Early Learning Center. We provide a quality Christian education that meets rigorous academic standards.  

Founded in 1991, the mission of Philomath Community Services is:

We provide locally based programs to meet the basic needs of the people of West Benton County and the surrounding region to sustain healthy, resilient individuals, families and communities.

We strive to serve all our clients with dignity and respect. One building, five programs: Currently, PCS focuses on programs that provide food, garden education, clothing, select daily living items, fire wood, and seasonal gift baskets to those local individuals and families who need these services the most.

All programs are housed under one roof to minimize overhead. PCS is a volunteer-based organization and is overseen by a Board of Directors made up of local residents. This is truly a “neighbor helping neighbor” group of people who care for and want to make life better for their friends and neighbors.