An Outline History of Divine Peace
January 1967 A request was made to the District Mission Board that the Renton area be explored as a possible mission field.
January 31, 1967 An initial canvass of the Cascade Vista area by local pastors.
March 5, 1967 First service conducted at Renton Park Elementary School by Pastor Paul Pankow at 9:00am. Exploratory services were continued, Pastors Pankow and
David Bode alternating in conducting these services. Attendance fluctuated between ten and twenty.
April 2, 1967 First Sunday School session held.
October 8, 1967 Pastor Warren Widmann, District Missionary, installed to lay the ground word for this mission.
November 5, 1967 Divine Peace chosen as the name of this mission.
January 1968 The quest for land begun. A parcel of land was found, and, upon the approval of the congregation and the District Mission Board, a request for purchase of
this land was sent to Synod headquarters in Milwaukee, WI.
April 1968 Request returned but was not accepted by the sellers. A loan from Synod for the construction of a first unit was requested. The request was denied.
May 26, 1968 Proposed constitution accepted by the voting members.
June 23, 1968 Organization Sunday. At this time, the membership numbered 15 communicants and 22 souls. The first Church Council was elected.
August, 1968 A second request for the purchase of the property was sent in.
October, 1968 Request for the loan was repeated. Divine Peace placed on Approved Waiting List.
December 8, 1968 Paul Albrecht installed as pastor of Divine Peace.
February, 1969 Property purchased for $28,200
May, 1970 Green light given to proceed with Chapel plans
July, 1970 Land cleared
August 2, 1970 Groundbreaking Service
September 2, 1970 First bids opened. Since all came in over the allocation, none were accepted. Negotiations were carried on with two contractors on a revised plan.
March 4, 1971 Contract with Torbenson Construction Co. signed by Rev. H.E. Eckert, Executive Secretary, Board of Trustees. Contract price - $53,106.
July 4, 1971 First service held in the fellowship area of the building
August 8, 1971 Dedication Day