PSD School Ministries
Connections
July 22, 2020
Please watch this video that was shared by Dr. Mary Fink, principal at Bethany, Long Beach, CA, at our Administrators Leadership Conference. Our HOPE is in Christ alone!
Reopening Resources
If you haven't taken a look at the reopening resource page on the district website, we encourage you to take some time to look through it. We have just added a section of new (to us) resources for Early Childhood Centers and Childcare. You can find that information  here. Additionally, if you scroll down to just below the School Reopening Resources you will find some considerations from Rachel Klitzing to Gov. Newsom's orders on July 17 regarding California schools.
Kindergarten Teacher Zoom Meeting
Rachel is facilitating a Zoom call for all Kindergarten teachers on  Tuesday, July 28, at 2:00 p.m. for about 1-1 ½ hours. She will share a devotion and Lisa Ellwein , Kindergarten teacher at Salem, Orange, CA , will facilitate a discussion on sharing ideas and best practices. Rachel is requesting that everyone come with one question and one idea for starting the school year in the midst of this pandemic. Details on the call will be sent to all administrators to pass on to their Kindergarten teachers.
2020 Administrators Leadership Conference - We Value Your Feedback!
Thank you to all those who attended our first-ever virtual Administrators Leadership Conference! If you haven't already done so, please complete the evaluation of the conference that was sent to you last week. We value your feedback! Thank you to those who took the time to complete it.
Help Us Stay Up-To-Date
Rostered workers:
Last week you should have received your annual email request from Synod to update your information and your CMIF (Commissioned Minister Information Form). Don't forget to do so!

Administrators:
Please advise the district office of calls accepted for the new school year as well as other staff changes, including retirements and staff not returning, particularly for called workers. Thank you!
Hearts for Jesus Update
Thank you to all the generous supporters of Hearts for Jesus this year. Contributions have reached $26,490.55 , which will provide funds for 1,103 students to attend Children’s Bible Clubs, sponsored by Mission India, where children will hear the message of God’s love for them, and learn of Jesus as their Savior. 

We have some really great news to share: Our Hearts for Jesus campaign qualifies for a matching gifts available by a Mission India donor, so the number of children doubles to 2,206! God is good in the midst of this COVID crisis!
 
As the Hearts for Jesus mission project for this school year is coming to a close, please send your contribution for Hearts for Jesus to the district office by July 31. At that time, we will send our 2019-2020 Hearts for Jesus offering to Mission India. Funds received after July 31 will be applied to the Hearts for Jesus project for next year.
2021 Concordia Health Plan Town Hall Meeting
The PSD and Concordia Plan Services invite you to a virtual Town Hall Meeting to discuss all of the 2021 Concordia Health Plan changes for ministries. Please note: this meeting is intended for employers or those serving in leadership roles working with employees.  This meeting is not designed for individual members.  Reservations are required and the Zoom invite will be sent with the confirmation email after you sign up. Please register in advance for one of the following meetings:
 
Monday, July 27, 1:00-2:30 pm  -  Register
Thursday, July 30, 7:00- 8:30 pm  -  Register
New PSD Student Aid Program Available Now
The Pacific Southwest District has recently revamped our Student Aid Program! The basic District Scholarship program will now focus on assisting PSD Church Worker Graduates to repay their student loan debt. We are expanding our support of PSD seminarians to include anyone attending one of our three LCMS seminary programs (St. Louis, Ft. Wayne, CUI-Cross Cultural Ministry) as: Traditional on-campus students, Alternative Route, CMC, EIIT, Hispanic Institute, SMP, and Deaconess. Visit   psd-lcms.org/new-student-aid  to learn more and apply! Applications for this year are due by July 25, 2020. 

If you would like to help support future and current church workers, click here  to donate, use the drop down to select a specific student aid program, or send a check to the Pacific Southwest District, 1540 Concordia East, Irvine CA, 92612. Be sure to write Student Aid on the memo line!
TEC21 Giveaway!
In the month of July , we are challenging you to encourage as many teachers as you can to register for TEC21 this coming school year. If a teacher that you encourage registers for the program during the month of July , you and that teacher will each be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card ! We will have THREE drawings during the month of July so start encouraging. If you encourage two teachers and they both register, you will be in the drawing twice!
 
To be entered into the drawing, email your name and the name of the teacher to Helena ( helenastephens@tec21connect.com ) so she can put you both in the drawing and also contact the winners.
 
Good luck and thanks in advance for being advocates for the TEC21 ministry!
DCE Liaison Position
The district staff and board of directors have established a new part-time, 20 hour-per-month position titled DCE Liaison . Please obtain the position description and application  HERE . Applications should be sent to the Pacific Southwest District, attention Rachel Klitzing or can be emailed at rachel.klitzing@psd-lcms.org. Deadline for submission is August 10, 2020.
Prayer Requests
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 Wednesday of each week. This week we pray for:

  • a prayer of thanksgiving for the adoption and baptism of Allie Marie to Rev. Danny and Megan Larson. Danny is a pastor and Megan is the principal at Atonement, Glendale, AZ. Praise Jesus! See pictures below.
  • the family of Robin Davila, preschool director at Lamb of God Preschool, Las Vegas, NV. We pray for Robin and her family as they mourn the earthly loss of her father.
  • wisdom and discernment surrounding all the decisions and planning for the upcoming school year.
  • the power of the Spirit to root out the seen and unseen sins of ignorance, intolerance, hatred, and racism in our world and in the Church. We pray that we will celebrate God’s unique creation in each person, race, and culture, knowing that we are more complete as people when we stand together. Lord, bring hope and healing to our cities, states, nation, and world. 
  • COVID-19 -- for infection rates to slow and cease; that those who have been infected will heal quickly; that healthcare staff and first responders will be sustained as they carry this very heavy burden; that our churches, schools and preschools would be sustained and reliant on our loving God and His guidance; for courage and peace for our pastors, lay leaders, church and school administrators, faculties, and all church and school workers who are making difficult decisions and creating innovative solutions for continuing to reach people for the sake of the Gospel; for our federal, state and local leaders to seek God's will as they make important decisions and take actions against this disease; for God to bring many, many people to faith through this situation, and that His Church would be more effective than ever in sharing the Gospel with the lost and loving our neighbors.
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