PSD School Ministries
Connections
December 16, 2020
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Light of Christ Lutheran Preschool, Irvine, CA
St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool, Long Beach, CA
Our Redeemer Lutheran Preschool, Winnetka, CA

Below are photos from Light of Christ Lutheran Preschool, Irvine, CA:
3 year old class - Decorating a Thanksgiving feast centerpiece.
4 year old class - Who knew cardboard could be so much fun and spark so much creativity?!
TK class - Light of Christ's fall service project included packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with children around the world.
Below are photos from Our Redeemer Lutheran Preschool,
Winnetka, CA:
Connections Going on Christmas Vacation
This is the last issue of Connections for 2020. We will take a two week break and resume on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year! 
Early Childhood Directors Conference
Registration is open for the EC Directors Conference on Thursday, January 21, 2021! The conference will be a one day event we hope to hold live at Abiding Savior Lutheran Preschool in Lake Forest, CA, and live-streamed to Desert Foothills Lutheran Preschool in Scottsdale, AZ, and Faith Lutheran Preschool in Las Vegas, NV. However, this may need to be a fully virtual event depending on COVID restrictions at that time. We will update you if necessary in the New Year. For more information, please go to our website: https://www.psd-schools.org/events.
TLC Grant Application Open
Applications are now being accepted for the January 2021 TLC Grant. This grant has been established as a gift to the Church for the continuing of excellent Lutheran education in the Pacific Southwest District. This grant is a competitive grant based on the strength of the application. It is open to all Pacific Southwest District Lutheran schools, K-12. Since the inception of this grant in January 2016, $252,342 has been granted to 44 different schools in our district. Click here for more information and the simple application. The deadline is January 31. In the spirit of the season, if you are reading this, be the first person to respond to Rachel and you'll receive a $25 gift card to a place of your choice. Grant recipients will be announced in mid-February, with the grants awarded immediately. Grant requests will be made twice annually – in January and August.
EC Directors Zoom Gathering Today!
Early Childhood Directors:
 
The next EC Directors Zoom Gathering is TODAY, Wednesday, December 16, from 1-2 p.m. PST. We are excited for this meeting and deeply desire all directors to make this a priority! It is the last meeting of 2020, and it will be informative and fun! Please dress in your most glamorous Christmas attire or your ugliest Christmas sweater (there will be prizes!)!
All Workers Conference Evaluation
Click here for the AWC evaluation. We value your feedback and use it when planning future conferences!
CMIF Update Request
Plans for Christmas Break? If you are a Commissioned Minister, please be sure to include updating your CMIF (Commissioned Minister Information Form). This form is to be used as your professional record of service and should be reviewed and updated annually. You can access your CMIF form on the Church Worker Update website: https://cwu.lcms.org/. Please use the Help tab if you need assistance with logging in. Also note that this form isn’t only to be used when you are open to a new position; it is your record of service, so please review, update, and complete your form. Please contact the School Ministries office if you have further questions.
"All is Bright! A Concordia Christmas"
COVID has brought a number of changes to the way we celebrate with our Concordia family, and Concordia Christmas is one such event! We have a unique opportunity to share the good news with the Southern California communities of Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura Counties by airing "All is Bright! A Concordia Christmas" on PBS SoCal on December 22, 24 and 25. Join us in celebrating the light which is the birth of our Savior.  
 
National Lutheran Schools Week 2021
National Lutheran Schools Week (NLSW) is January 24-30, 2021. This year’s theme is Sent to Serve based on Matthew 20:28, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” There are several materials available to your schools by download. Please see the NLSW page on the LCMS website for more information: https://www.lcms.org/lutheranschoolsweek.
New Call Document Revision
Dear Administrators,
 
The Commissioned Minister Call Document has been revised for 2021. The new version is 4.9.2 and is the only version to be used from this point forward. Please share this information with anyone at your school or church who will be preparing Commissioned Call Documents in the future. The sign-in and password remain unchanged. Contact Ellen Pratt if you have any questions at ellen.pratt@psd-lcms.org or 949-854-3232 ext. 224. 
Prayer Requests
  • For a blessed Christmas to you, your family, your school, and your students. We pray that the message of Jesus' birth and the hope we receive from His grace is the reason for the season!
  • For Ben Kovacs, an 8th grade student at St. Paul's, Orange, CA. Ben recently was hospitalized and had surgery as a result of fluid on his brain. The surgery was successful and we pray for a return home before Christmas and a full recovery for Ben. Please join us in praying for Ben, his family, the doctors and nurses caring for him, and his St. Paul's family.

Each week, prayers of thanksgiving and prayers for teachers, administrators, support staff, pastors, students, and families of the Lutheran schools, early childhood centers, and churches of the Pacific Southwest District are listed. To include names on the list, please send information to anna.preus@psd-lcms.org by noon on Tuesday of each week.
School Ministries, Pacific Southwest District-LCMS
1540 Concordia Drive East, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone 949-854-3232 | Fax 949-854-8140

Rachel Klitzing, Executive Director of School Ministries