Located at the corner of Jackson and Willett, Peace Lutheran Church in Memphis has ministered to the midtown community for over 100 years. A beautiful brick building with stained glass windows, it continues to serve its members and the community, even amidst the chaos of Covid-19 and the loss of its pastor, through online Sunday services and distance sensitive outreach.
Challenges are not new for this Congregation. Through the years, it has persevered through changes in neighborhood dynamics, reductions in attendance and an aging infrastructure. This congregation of less than 30 active members gives all it has to the community.
In response to a high demand for assistance from the homeless and working poor, Peace Lutheran’s outreach called Trinity Ministries has provided refuge and meals for over 10 years. Today with so many out of work the demand for food has greatly increased.
On April 3rd, the church faced a devasting blow, when the Rev. Antoinette (Tonie) Robinson, Pastor, Teacher, Mentor and Leader of the outreach charge, left this world after battling cancer for several months. She left behind a heart broken congregation that, due to current social restrictions, cannot properly grieve her loss nor celebrate her life. And although we must wait to congregate as a church, we are not waiting to continue the ministry of service she loved so much.
Although the pews are empty for now, the church is alive and the doors are still open for lunch every Monday and Wednesday, thanks to the member and non-member volunteers.
Rather than the hot meal normally served, volunteers now prepare sack lunches every Monday and Wednesday afternoons, standing at the doorway, with smiles (behind a mask of course), they hand them out to those in need. Each lunch consists of a cup of homemade soup, a sandwich and a heavy dose of love. Rev. Tonie taught all with whom she interacted what it was to give and sacrifice oneself. Her legacy will live on through the many members and friends of Peace that make all its outreach opportunities a success.
Peace Lutheran finds HOPE in the Lutheran and Non-Lutheran volunteers that make up our outreach ministry. We call them partners; individuals, small neighborhood churches, home bible study groups all wanting to reach out and help the Memphis community.
We find INSPIRATION in the life of Rev. Tonie Robinson who will be with us in spirit always.
1548 Jackson Ave
Memphis TN 38107