PSD School Ministries
June 23, 2021
Connections on Vacation
Connections will be taking a break next week. We will resume with our next edition on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. 
Administrators Leadership Conference
Administrators, don't miss out on our annual Administrators Leadership Conference (ALC) Wednesday-Friday, July 21-23, 2021, at the Hyatt Indian Wells! This year’s theme is Refresh! based on Isaiah 43:18-19: “See, I am doing a new thing…”  For more information and to register, click here to be directed to the ALC page on the School Ministries website. New information has been added to the website, including a finalized schedule. Don't delay - register today!
Lutheran Educators Conference (LEC) 2021
This November, LEC will be held on-site at the JW Marriott Desert Springs! We are super excited about this! Our theme this year is Limitless from Ephesians 3:20-21. We look forward to a time of Spiritual Nurture, Professional Growth, and Fellowship. Your LEC Committee is focusing this year’s speakers and sessions into three specific topics: Mental Health, Digital Awareness, and Racial Relationships. Our mental health sessions will focus on caring for yourself and your students as we move forward. The screen time awareness sessions will focus on healthy ways to work with your students regarding screen time, setting healthy boundaries, and creative ways to work with necessary screen time. These session times will be geared toward early childhood through high school teachers and administrators. Tuesday our keynote speaker, Dr. John Nunes, will focus on the building and awareness of racial relationships in a healthy and God-pleasing manner. Your LEC Committee is working hard to create a wonderful experience as we come back together to celebrate being Lutheran educators! You won’t want to miss this year’s conference!
The cost for LEC this year will be $150 per person and hotel rooms will be $104 per night. Be sure to mark your school calendars for November 21-23 to allow for all of your staff to be able to attend and participate in the conference this year! It will be an extra special gathering to be sure!
TLC Grant
The July TLC Grant application window is open! The TLC Grant is an educational grant on behalf of the Trinity Lutheran Church Educational Endowment Fund (Reseda, CA). This grant has been established as a gift to the Church for the continuation of excellent Lutheran education in the Pacific Southwest District. This is a competitive grant based on the strength of the application and is open to all schools, K-12. Since the inception of this grant in January 2016, $276,842 has been granted to 45 different schools in the district. You are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to enhance the education of your students!
Please click here to be directed to the application form. The deadline to submit your application is July 31. Recipients will be notified in mid-August.
ThankOffering Scholarships Application Deadline Extended

Students who are children of Pacific Southwest District rostered church workers and preparing for church work at a Concordia University may apply for ThankOffering Scholarships. These funds are from a special offering collected each year at the Lutheran Educators Conference. Use the link below to download the ThankOffering application. This grant is distributed while the student is attending school as an undergraduate. Please email your completed and signed form to at the District Office by Wednesday, June 30th.
Educator of the Year 2021
Each year, we wish to honor exemplary educators in the Pacific Southwest District who exhibit exceptional leadership, teaching skills, and total commitment to Christ and the ministry of our Lutheran schools. We are asking for your help in identifying those who represent this spirit of dedication, commitment, and excellence. The 2021 Educators of the Year will be recognized at the Lutheran Educators Conference (LEC) banquet Monday evening, November 22, 2021, in Palm Desert, CA.
Below are the links to the nomination forms for the 2021 PSD Educators of the Year. This is an open nomination system. You may nominate in any or all of these four categories. The deadline for submitting nominations is August 31, 2021. 

April - August 31: Nomination period
September: Educator of the Year committees meet to determine finalists in each of the four categories
September/October: Evaluations/interviews completed regarding the finalists
Late October/Early November: Committees select winners
Sunday, November 21: Honorees are recognized at LEC

Nomination Forms:
Thank you for your participation in honoring our outstanding educators in the PSD!
Prayer Requests
  • We are thankful for the years of service of all of our educators retiring at the end of this school year. God's richest blessings to you!
  • Join us in praying for congregations, high schools, elementary schools, and early childhood centers searching for administrators, directors, teachers, and staff for the 2021-22 school year.

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