PSD School Ministries
Connections
January 13, 2021
“The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.” Psalm 147:11

Put your hope in God’s unfailing love. We live in a world where failure abounds – in governments and businesses, schools and churches, friends, family, and us. Instantaneous worldwide communication makes the failures all the more evident, all the more heart-wrenching. So, the idea of unfailing LOVE is radical; there is no adequate model for it in this world. Clearly, the love can be found only in God—in the very essence of Who He is.

Even the most devoted parent, friend, or loved one will let you down sometimes, but the Lord is the eternal Lover who will never fail you. This is only possible because He is the infinite, perfect God. Yet, God became Man—with human understanding and empathy. In fact, His compassions never fail. So, find HOPE in the Lord and in His amazing provision for believers—salvation and righteousness that will never fail. This hope strengthens us and pleases God. As Psalm 147:11 states, He delights in those who put their hope in His unfailing Love.

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.” Isaiah 51:6
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Victory Christian Academy, Chula Vista, CA
Christ Lutheran School and Preschool, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten, Moreno Valley, CA
Below are photos from Victory Christian Academy, Chula Vista, CA:
Below are photos from Christ Lutheran School and Preschool,
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA:
Hearts for Jesus - LeadaChild
As you know, this year’s Hearts for Jesus unified mission project is LeadaChild. We want to thank the schools who have already contributed to this project! $1,660 has been collected so far - $1,065 towards student scholarships and school supplies and $595 towards teacher scholarships! What a blessing! Our goal is to raise $30,000, so please help us kick this project into high gear this month and in the remaining months of this school year!

As we prepare for the February focus on this project, we want to share the following information with you regarding ways to get to know LeadaChild better! While we will miss the opportunity for Lisa Hellyer to visit our schools in person to speak about LeadaChild, we are excited to share with you these options that LeadaChild shared with us to use in your schools:

  • Use our recorded chapel message as part of your chapel. This will become available through the District office after February 1. The message is from DCE Lisa Hellyer who serves LeadaChild as Director of Engagement & Outreach.

  • Schedule a live Zoom interaction with one of our staff members. Use this link to sign up for a time for you and your students to learn more about the ministry of LeadaChild and the difference your chapel offerings are making in the lives of students. Live Zoom calls are being led by:

  • Nury DeMillian, LeadaChild’s Director for Latin America. Nury lives in Guatemala and has been connected to LeadaChild since the early 1990’s. She knows a lot of people whose lives have been changed because of the generosity of your school and of others. Because she lives in Guatemala she can give your students a great idea of what life is like for children in Latin American countries, and share with your students about a typical school day. There will also be time for a Q&A, and maybe even a quiz. Nury is only available on Tuesday mornings at 9am. The end time is 9:45 but can be shorter or longer as needed.
  • Lisa Hellyer, LeadaChild’s Director of Engagement & Outreach. Lisa has been connected with LeadaChild since 2000 and a part of our staff since 2019. She knows some great stories of changed lives and is ready to share them with you and your students. She also has a few pictures to show. Lisa has worked primarily with the children in Haiti and knows a lot about the Haitian culture. There will be time for sharing and time for a Q&A. Lisa is available on Thursday mornings and some Mondays at 9am. If a different day and time is needed, you can email Lisa directly at lisa@leadachild.org to make special arrangements.

  • Use our recorded interviews with teachers and pastors from various Latin American countries. Your students will learn about how the Lord called these men and women into ministry, some of their joys and challenges, and what ministry is like in a developing nation.

  • Schedule some time with LeadaChild’s Executive Director, Dr. Phil Frusti, for a time of Professional Development for your team. Topics include:
  • Connecting Kids to Missions
  • Creating a Gospel Filled Environment
  • A Prepared Place

Please contact Lisa Hellyer at lisa@leadachild.org with any questions you may have.

As your school embraces their Hearts for Jesus commitment and shares about LeadaChild in chapel, individual classrooms, among faculty during your collection for Teachers Helping Teachers, etc., please take pictures and share with us how you are celebrating and encouraging the ministry of LeadaChild in your schools!

Finally, please note that the Run 4 a Child event has been postponed but will still hopefully take place in the Spring. More information will be shared as details are finalized. Please keep checking Connections for updates and new information on how our PSD schools can continue to partner and bless LeadaChild and the schools they sponsor throughout the world. For a link to LeadaChild's website and the Hearts for Jesus information on their resource page, please visit the GIVE section on our School Ministries website.
EC Directors Conference is Next Week!
Thank you to the 38 Early Childhood Directors who are registered for our Early Childhood Directors Conference on Thursday, January 21, 2021!
The conference will be virtual rather than in person (interactive - via Zoom).
This highly valuable conference is offered at NO COST because we deeply desire all of our early childhood directors to attend and receive support, encouragement, practical tools and tips for leading and communicating, and spiritual nurture. Please use the money you would have spent on the conference to pay for a sub (if applicable) so that you can attend. You will still need to register to attend so we can send you the link to login, but there are no costs or fees. The district is absorbing the cost because we want to support YOU!


Also, we are canceling the monthly Zoom EC Directors meeting on Wednesday, January 20, to encourage everyone to attend the conference on the 21st.
National Lutheran Schools Week 2021
The 2021 National Lutheran Schools Week (NLSW) celebrations will soon be upon us and we are excited to celebrate along with you! If there was ever a year to celebrate Lutheran education and the work of our amazing educators, the 2020-2021 school year is certainly it. We are looking forward to seeing the ways that you celebrate Lutheran education!
 
National Lutheran Schools Week
Theme: “Sent to Serve”
Verse: Matthew 20:28 ESV
Dates: January 24 – 30, 2021
 
We'd love to see your NLSW photos - please share them with us!
AWC Resources Still Available!
Just a reminder that the All Workers Conference website is still open! You can still access all of the Bible studies, keynotes*, and workshops that were presented. You also still have access to all of the exhibit booths of our conference exhibitors. If you haven’t yet, take a look! There are great resources for you! The site will be available through February 24. Click here to access the site. If you didn’t register to attend AWC 2020 and would like access to the content, please contact the School Ministries office. 

*Dr. Tim Elmore’s presentation is no longer available.
Admissions Directors Zoom
We will host our monthly Admissions Directors Zoom meeting next week, on Tuesday, January 19. Our special guest presenter this month will be Mitchell Germain of Zing Apps! Mitchell will share the topic, “3 Proven Strategies to Maximize your 2021 Enrollment”. Please be sure to check for the link to the Zoom meeting sent out by Rachel this Friday, January 15. If you would like to be included in the Admissions Director email list, please email kim.violette@psd-lcms.org.
TLC Grant Application Open
Applications are 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. Grant recipients will be announced in mid-February, with the grants awarded immediately. Grant requests will be made twice annually – in January and August.
CUI Education Leadership Symposium
Concordia University Irvine School of Education invites you to a free virtual symposium:

UNPRECEDENTED
Escaping the Ghost of Education Past

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Miyashiro, Superintendent, Cajon Valley Union School District; 2016 Superintendent of the Year
Joined by: Ed Hidalgo, Chief Innovation & Engagement Officer, Cajon Valley Union School District
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 8am – 12pm PDT
Location: Zoom
More Information: Click here
Attend Event: cui.edu/edsymposium
The Hopeful Neighborhood
Are you tired of hearing people dismiss the church as an irrelevant relic? (Do you secretly wonder if they are right?) Don Everts explores an exciting reality that is revealed in Scripture, shown throughout history, and confirmed in the latest research: when Christians pursue the common good of the neighborhood, the world stands up and notices. It turns out this is exactly what we're called to do. When Christians make good things, we bring blessings and hope to our local community.

With original research from the Barna Group and Lutheran Hour Ministries on how Christians relate to our neighborhoods, this book is filled with constructive, practical ways that Christians and churches bless those around us. As Christians join together for the common good, we bring hope to the world, credibility to the church, and glory to God. Click here for more information.
January CAPE Outlook
Click here to read the most recent issue of CAPE (Council for American Private Education) Outlook. This issue includes articles titled Congress Approves COVID Relief for Private Schools, among others.
Professional Development Opportunity
Are you looking for inexpensive, high-quality PD? Check out the "Magical Mystery Techfest" 2021. This virtual event will be held on Saturday, January 30, and is hosted by Orange County (California) Computer Using Educators (www.OCCUE.org), which is an affiliate of www.CUE.org.

Go to https://www.smore.com/eh8q6 for all of the details and how to sign up.
LCEF Webinars
The year is 2021 and not much has changed. When the pandemic hit, many believed it would come and go in the blink of an eye.

The reality is quite different—we are now living in a new normal, and even as things change around us, one thing that does not change is Christ and Christ alone. With that in mind, you are invited to participate in two upcoming webinars in the winter series, “Coping with the New Norm.”

These webinars are free of charge and all you have to do is register. They will be 45 minutes long and will allow for 15 minutes of questions. These webinars will also be recorded if you are unable to attend. There is limited space, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Technology + Church - How to Keep Christ at the Center in the Digital Age 
Rev. Trevor Sutton and Seth Hinz
Tuesday, January 19, 2 pm Central

As technology continues to evolve and change, churches are realizing that technology will continue to be a part of ministry even when people can be face-to-face. How do you keep Christ at the center even in a digital age? What technology should your church consider for the future? Join Rev. Trevor Sutton and Seth Hinz as they tackle these two questions and many more.


How Ya Doin’? Assessing and Planning Wellness
Darrell Zimmerman
Thursday, January 21, 2 pm Central

Many people have gone above and beyond their normal duties as the community adjusts to various mandates in response to COVID-19. In the midst of all these changes, how are you doing? Have you stopped to evaluate? Are you taking care of yourself? Join Darrell Zimmerman of Grace Place Wellness as he addresses how to assess and plan your wellness using Galatians 5 and a handy checklist you can use today.
News from TEC21
Our 2020/2021 cohorts are well underway in 27 TEC21 innovation centers, and we are actively forming our 2021/2022 cohorts. Save one or two spots now for a cohort near you by registering with your name. Ensure your teachers don’t miss out on targeted, highly relevant learning during the most dynamic period of change and discovery we’ve experienced in the 12 years of the TEC21 Workshop Program. Our coaching platform is a series of face-to-face workshops scheduled throughout the school year and held during the school day. These energetic, content-rich sessions are facilitated by Lutheran school educators who are passionate—now more than ever—about integrating technology into the school classroom to engage and motivate kids.

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 one-sheet. 
Prayer Requests
  • For the family of Leroy Hotz. Leroy has gone to glory. He faithfully served the Church all his life. Leroy was principal of Immanuel First, West Covina, CA, and of Lutheran High School, La Verne, CA. He served as elder at Immanuel First, West Covina, until his death. We shall miss our brother, but we rejoice that he is now in the unending joy of Heaven. Please keep Leroy's wife, Bobbe, and the Hotz family in your prayers.

Schools we are praying for the week of January 17:
Ramona Lutheran School and Preschool, Ramona, CA
Christ Lutheran School and Preschool, Costa Mesa, CA
Mammoth Lakes Lutheran Preschool, Mammoth Lakes, 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