PSD School Ministries
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December 9, 2020
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
 
We often hear or say these words: “I hope you don’t take it personally.” However, I want to challenge that phrase and clearly say , “I hope you do take it personally.” And the it is all of this wonderful and joyful celebration of Christ’s birth. Think about how the birth of Christ affects you as a person and as a child of God.
 
Jesus came into this world not just for people long ago, but for you and me, for your students and their families. He deeply desires that all of the days leading up to Christmas – all of this Advent journey – to be part of your makeup, your DNA. He deeply desires this for your students – each one of them, the hard to love and the easy to love, the ones that catch on to things right away and the ones who struggle. Please, I urge you, make this very simple yet miraculous Scripture verse of Jesus’ birth come alive in your classrooms whether remote or in person (or both)! “Unto YOU is born…” It is personal! Let this understanding give you new energy granted by the Holy Spirit to increase your confidence and generosity. To God be the glory for making YOU and your students part of His plan!
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

St. John’s Preschool, El Segundo, CA
Bethany Lutheran School and Preschool, Long Beach, CA
Mt. Olive Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten, Poway, CA

Below are photos from St. John’s Preschool, El Segundo, CA:
Having Fun with Fall Leaves!
SJP is Getting into the Christmas Spirit
Pre-K Chalk Art
Below are photos from Bethany Lutheran School and Preschool,
Long Beach, CA:
In Los Angeles County schools are permitted to offer school aged care for students in grades 3-8 in limited size cohorts. Above are Bethany Middle School students accessing their lessons from their teachers.
A Bethany Kindergarten student celebrating prior to Thanksgiving.
On campus students worshiping together outside, socially distanced and with masks, as per Los Angeles County orders.
TK pumpkin sink and float experiment
Pre-K Spanish class learning colors and shapes
2 year old class at recess
All Workers Conference Evaluation
Click here for the AWC evaluation. We value your feedback and use it when planning future conferences!

SESSION VIEWING IS STILL AVAILABLE!
The Conference Hub is open to view the nearly 90 sessions as well as the keynote presentations from Dr. John Townsend, Prashan De Visser, and Ashley Paavola now through the end of February 2021. This is a great opportunity for professional learning extended into the New Year!
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.
EC Director's Zoom Gathering
Early Childhood Directors:
 
The next EC Director’s Zoom Gathering will be on Wednesday, December 16, from 1-2 p.m. 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!) See you on the 16th!
Delaying Conventions Due to COVID-19
PSD President Rev. Dr. Mike Gibson sent this message out on Monday regarding LCMS District and Synodical conventions. You can also find all the supporting letters and FAQs linked on the PSD home page.
One Minute: What Are You Waiting For?
At this time of Advent, we focus on waiting. Waiting and preparing for the Christ child. We also prepare ourselves for Christ's return. Now we find ourselves in a stressful time of waiting for the end of this pandemic....waiting for vaccines, waiting for when we can visit family and friends again. Read Full Article from Pastor Ron Rehrer, Counselor for Church Workers of the PSD
"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.  
 
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. 
Christmas Resources from
Lutheran Hour Ministries
Below are some wonderful resources from Lutheran Hour Ministries for Christmas:

The Christmas Journey
This Christmas children story book is about God's expedition to earth as the Babe of Bethlehem. Enjoy this little booklet as it rhymes its way through the Nativity story of Jesus' birth. View booklet Download booklet Purchase

What Is Christmas?
Christmas isn’t always the bright and cheery affair found in songs or movies. Can it be merry for a family struggling through unemployment, alienation, and terminal illness? For families working through hurt feelings, strained relationships—even the oncoming death of a loved one—Christmas can be a trying time. In this booklet the reader is reminded that God’s gift of love in Jesus Christ can heal every wound and repair every broken relationship. Read/Download Purchase

The Real St. Nick video: Leader, Legend or Lie By: Rev. Ken Klaus (includes subtitles in English & Spanish) - This single-session Bible study, hosted by the Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour, examines a man who, next to Jesus Christ, is the most visible figure during the holidays—St. Nicholas or Santa Claus—as we know him in Western culture. Dating back to the third century, St. Nick is attributed with performing many benevolent and charitable acts of kindness and generosity. Read More

To view the video Red Boots for Christmas, go to: https://vimeo.com/171567554.

For the DVD video Little Shepherd, go to: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Shepherd/dp/B00069U0D2.
TEC21
Your teachers are unimaginably stretched as they manage a variety of teaching and learning scenarios in this unprecedented time. The TEC21 Workshop Program boosts the mental and spiritual health of teachers, while equipping them for a new educational frontier. We recently heard this from Joel Wahlers, former principal at St. John’s Lutheran School in Napa, California, now serving as the District Education Executive in the California-Nevada-Hawaii District: “I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank you for TEC21. We have three individuals who have gone through TEC21 (including a facilitator, Kari Perna) who are now our technology coaches for the rest of our staff. Each of our grade-level groups (K-2, 3-5, and 6-8) have one TEC21 teacher helping the others, and I cannot tell you what a blessing that has been in our conversion process to online or virtual teaching and learning!” 

2021/2022 cohorts are forming now! Register with your name to save spots for one or more of your teachers. To register, click here. To learn more, click here to download the TEC21 flyer.
Prayer Requests
  • For all of our students, families, and staff during this Advent season. We pray that our hearts and minds are focused on the Christ Child during this busy time!
  • For Rev. Wally Turner, who has been in the hospital in San Diego for five days with an infection in his leg that went into his blood. Wally has served on the Grantparent Mission Project Task Force since its inception and served in the PSD for many years. Wally and his wife, Bev, are hopeful that the doctors can get this under control through the antibiotics. Thank you for your prayers for Wally!

Schools we are praying for the week of December 13:
Light of Christ Lutheran Preschool, Irvine, CA
St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool, Long Beach, CA
Our Redeemer Lutheran Preschool, Winnetka, CA

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