PSD School Ministries
January 27, 2021
Lutheran churches and schools speak of “team ministry.” While it’s often part of the conversation and always a goal, effective team ministry is sometimes elusive. As team members, we often don’t play well together because we’d rather meet our own personal goals than the team’s goals. Rather than enjoying team ministry victories, we dwell on personal and ministry defeats.

Paul describes the church as a “body” in 1 Corinthians 12. Paul advises the church in Corinth, “You are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (v. 27). The passage might be paraphrased, “You are members of Christ’s
team.” Modern-day professional team ownership is a complicated business. Team members must be highly skilled and deeply committed. Team members can be quickly released or traded.

Praise God we are not chosen to be on His team based on our skills. We have nothing to bring to our Owner. However, He purchased us for His team, paying with His own blood. He brings us to His team in our Baptism and promises that He will never release us from His commitment. Our response to our Owner is that of the First Article of the Apostles’ Creed, “For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.”

Our faithful service is our response. God calls us not only to the team of the church, but He calls us into specific ministry roles in the local church and school. God has chosen each of us to be part of His team in this time and
place. Effective teams are joyful teams. May we have great joy as we live in His victory and share that victory with one another and the world.

*Taken from the Wednesday Staff Devotions of the 2021 National Lutheran Schools Week Manual. Written by Rev. Bob Riggert.
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Mt. Calvary Lutheran School and Preschool, Diamond Bar, CA
Crean Lutheran High School, Irvine, CA
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Early Education Center, Lake Arrowhead, CA
Below are photos from Mt. Calvary Lutheran School and Preschool, Diamond Bar, CA:
A Mt. Calvary infant enjoying a beautiful day outside!
A Pre-K student working on color sorting!
A Preschool student building a masterpiece!
Mrs. Janina Gonzalez teaching online
Mrs. Julie Mawhorter teaching online
SAC online study center
Below are photos from Crean Lutheran High School, Irvine, CA:
Crean Lutheran's Student Leadership Team mans the check-in table for a blood drive.
One of Crean's many on-campus clubs for the students to get involved in.
Crean Lutheran honored the first responders with a drive through appreciation lunch. Photo credit: Crean Lutheran Shutterbugs.
Below are photos from Mt. Calvary Lutheran Early Education Center,
Lake Arrowhead, CA:
Four classes celebrating their annual pajama days in January to help fight the winter blues
A three-year-old finger painting
A student painting with pudding
It's National Lutheran Schools Week!
We pray you are having an awesome week celebrating NLSW!

Don't forget to share your photos with us! We are adding photos daily to our NLSW 2021 photo album.

LCMS School Ministry on Social Media:

Use the #NLSW21 and #LuthEd hashtags to share your activities and stories!

Download the resources that you need here!

As always, thank you for all that you do for Lutheran education. Have a great National Lutheran Schools Week!

Click here to view the annual baptismal chapel at Circle of Love Preschool, Manhattan Beach, CA. Eight (outdoor, socially distanced) baptisms took place -- six children and two adults! God is so good!

Pictured below are students at Children of Our Savior Lutheran Preschool in Westchester, CA, watching the Facebook Live baptismal chapel that took place at Circle of Love, Manhattan Beach, CA, yesterday. How very special. We are most certainly CONNECTED in CHRIST!
TLC Grant Applications Due Sunday!
This week is your last opportunity to apply for the January disbursement of the TLC Grant funds. This Sunday, January 31, is the last day to apply.
Click here for the simple application. Don't miss out!
Hearts for Jesus - LeadaChild
Hearts for Jesus Pictures
We want your photos! We would LOVE to see pictures of your students in a LeadaChild chapel, coloring the pages or doing the word searches, watching the “Just Three Words” presentation, or any special gathering your teachers are doing to collect for the Teachers Helping Teachers project! Any pictures received by February 8th may be included in an article Rachel Klitzing is writing for the LeadaChild donor newsletter! Where can you access Hearts for Jesus materials? Follow the links to the LeadaChild website from the home page of our School Ministries website. Please email your pictures to and be sure to label them with Hearts for Jesus in the subject line. Thank you in advance!

Hearts for Jesus Chapel/Guest Speaker Opportunity
Lisa Hellyer, Director of Engagement & Outreach for LeadaChild, has provided us with special options for chapel or interviews with leaders from LeadaChild to further the engagement between LeadaChild and your school! Click here for a list of the options available and contact Lisa Hellyer at with any questions you may have. Lisa has pre-recorded a chapel message that you can use for your Hearts for Jesus chapel. This will be available starting February 1st. Please email for more information on accessing that video message.
EC Directors Conference Wrap Up
Thank you to the 56 Early Childhood Directors who attended last week’s conference! What a wonderful time of Bible study, professional learning, and fellowship! You were sent a conference evaluation on Monday. Please take a few minutes to complete that evaluation. We appreciate your feedback!
Next Admissions Directors Zoom Meeting
Please save the date for our next Admissions Directors Zoom meeting – Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 1:30pm (PST). If you are not on the distribution list for Admissions Directors and would like to be added, please contact
LCEF Webinars Available for Viewing
If you were unable attend Lutheran Church Extension Fund’s (LCEF) winter webinars, “Coping with the New Norm,” you can now access each presenter’s recorded webinar presentation below.

Technology + Church - How to Keep Christ at the Center in the Digital Age 
Rev. Trevor Sutton and Seth Hinz

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

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.
LCMS Esther 4:14 and Soldiers of the Cross Respite Grants
The LCMS Office of National Mission has launched a new national grant program to encourage congregations to purchase equipment to meet the challenges of “Proclaiming God’s Word” in an environment challenged by COVID-19. Details about the “Esther 4:14 – For Such a Time as This” grant can be accessed through the following link: 
Funding is still available for Soldiers of the Cross Respite Grants. Interested districts, congregations and schools can submit an application for a grant (up to $2,000) to their district office for processing. Currently, about 50% of LCMS districts have taken advantage of this opportunity. All church workers (part and full time, rostered and non-rostered, preschool, elementary, and high school) are eligible to apply if they have a need during this pandemic. You can apply through the PSD President's office –
A Resource from Lutheran Hour Ministries
Gospel Adventures 2021 Thailand Trek is available now! This interactive five-day curriculum from Lutheran Hour Ministries is completely FREE at now. Register TODAY to take a virtual trip to Thailand!
Concordia University Serves Day
On Tuesday, February 9, Concordia University Irvine will be celebrating their second annual Concordia Serves day. One of the planned activities is to have CUI students and faculty make phone calls to shut-ins and write notes of encouragement. CUI would like to serve those who have been cut off from the outside world for the past 10 months. They are asking churches to share with them names, phone numbers, and addresses of those in your community who are unable to leave their homes. CUI will call the individuals and then send them an encouraging note and a care package. If your church or school would like to participate, please send your shut-in contact information to
Prayer Requests
  • For the family of Kathy Ermeling. Kathy, the wife of Rev. Vernon Ermeling, transitioned to her heavenly home on Saturday, January 23. After a two week battle with her auto-immune system in ICU she was put on hospice and she passed peacefully. Kathy taught at Hephatha Lutheran Preschool, Anaheim, CA, and helped start the Preschool at Christ Lutheran, Phoenix, AZ. Pastor Ermeling and Kathy faithfully served at several churches in the PSD. Daughter-in-law Lyndsay Ermeling teaches at Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School, Las Vegas, NV. A memorial service will be held this summer, at a date to be determined. Please keep the Ermeling family in your prayers. 
  • A prayer of thanksgiving for eight baptisms yesterday at Circle of Love Preschool in Manhattan Beach, CA! God is so good!
  • For a wonderful National Lutheran Schools Week for all of our schools! Thank you for all that you do! We are blessed to be able to share Christ's love with our students and their families!

Schools we are praying for the week of January 31:
Trinity Christian School and Preschool, Norwalk, CA
Mesquite Lutheran Preschool and Childcare, Mesquite, NV
Beacon Learning Center, Phoenix, AZ

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 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