PSD School Ministries
Connections
June 9, 2021
"Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your Word with great boldness." Acts 4:29
 
Several years ago, after hearing Weston Kieschnick speak on his then-new book, “Bold School”, I posed the question to a group of administrators, "Are you an old school or a bold school?"
 
Your school can be a bold school for a variety of reasons, including being on the forefront of technology integration, having the latest STEM lab and STEAM curricula, having a gifted staff and sound educational practice. But while all of these would certainly qualify as “bold school” practices, the critical and most important reason that should be considered is your missional DNA - that you boldly proclaim Jesus as Lord and Savior to a community in desperate need of the HOPE that only Jesus Christ can give!
 
Acts relates the spreading of the Gospel of God's grace both: 1) geographically (from Jerusalem through the eastern Mediterranean lands to the capital of the Roman Empire) and 2) theologically (from a small Jewish-Christian community to an extended church in which Gentile Christians equaled, if not surpassed, in number the believers among the Jews). Acts also includes various problems and their solutions – all under the guidance of God's grace through His Holy Spirit! In Acts, we also read about the boldness and courage with which the apostles and early Christians proclaimed the Gospel message, and we know how God multiplied their ministry, despite threats, problems and adversity, and grew HIS church! What a great testimony to us as Lutheran educators as we read Acts and consider our classrooms, our schools, our congregations and our witness to our communities, especially in this (hopefully) post-pandemic time! This summer, I encourage you to read the book of Acts by the pool, at the beach, in the shade of a tree in the desert, or while on vacation! Let the words and witness of some of these heroes of the faith like Peter, John, Paul and Barnabas motivate you to reflect upon this past school year and look forward to the upcoming school year with great boldness and courage! God bless you! ~Rachel Klitzing
Lutheran Elementary School Tournament OC - L.E.S.T. OC, February 18-20, 2022
Greetings from Concordia University Irvine!
 
For nearly 60 years, Concordia University Portland hosted the original LEST. What started out as a local basketball tournament grew into three days of competitions in athletics, the arts, and academic disciplines - drawing participants from seven states and Canada. Concordia Portland hosted their last LEST in 2019, just prior to its closing.
 
We at Concordia Irvine, along with our partners, Crean Lutheran High School and Orange Lutheran High School, as well as the leaders of the Pacific Southwest District, the California/Nevada/Hawaii District, and the Northwest District of the LCMS, are pleased to announce the continuation of this great tradition at the inaugural LEST OC on February 18-20, 2022. Our intention is to host events all day Friday the 18th, with an opening ceremony that evening, continuing all day Saturday the 19th, take a break until noon on Sunday the 20th (encouraging participants to worship at a local church) and end on Championship Sunday, with games and events from noon to 5pm, and a closing awards ceremony where we will give the LEST OC Spirit Award to one deserving school.
 
In recent years the Portland LEST events included: 
Art
Basketball
Cheerleading
Chess
Dance/Drill Team
Drama
Knowledge Bowl
Math
Music (choir, band, bell choir, piano, solo instrumental, solo vocal)
Robotics
Science
Spelling
Writing
 
It is our hope to continue hosting these events, along with some new ones.
 
Concordia, Crean Lutheran, and Orange Lutheran will be working through the summer to staff and plan for these events. Watch for details to be released in the coming months.
 
This fall, we will be releasing a registration website to all Lutheran schools in the western US, inviting participants in 5th-8th grades to join us on our campuses. To ensure the best possible experience, LEST OC will have registration limits on all events and spots will be secured on a first come, first served basis.
 
Additionally, the website (currently showing results of the 2021 virtual LEST) will include links to hotels with special pricing, dining options, and area attractions.
 
If you have any questions, or would like to be placed on a priority communication list, please contact Bil Hood at bil.hood@cui.edu.
 
We look forward to a great event - one that will not only glorify God, but will help to encourage and grow middle school students through academics, the arts, and athletics.
ThankOffering Scholarships Application Deadline Extended
THE THANKOFFERING SCHOLARSHIPS APPLICATION FOR STUDENTS OF PSD ROSTERED CHURCH WORKERS deadline has been extended to June 30, 2021!

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 Kelly.dejongh@psd-lcms.org at the District Office by Wednesday, June 30th.
 
Jubilarians - Last Call!
We are very excited about our Lutheran Educators Conference (LEC) in November 2021. We will be honoring two years of Jubilarians at LEC 2021. Jubilarians are those educators on your staff who have completed 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 or 50 years of service at the end of the 2019-2020 & 2020-2021 school years. If you filled out a form last year, please fill out a new form to assure that we have the correct information.
 
Click on the link to fill out the form: Jubilarian FormThe deadline is next Tuesday, June 15, so don't delay.
 
God’s continued blessings on your ministry!
Lisa Holloway
LEC Committee
Administrators Leadership Conference
Registration is open for our annual Administrators Leadership Conference (ALC) 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…”  Dr. Mary Scott from Orange Lutheran High School, Orange, CA, will be our Bible study leader. For more information and to register, click here to be directed to the ALC page on the School Ministries website. 
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, Screen Time Awareness, and Racial Relationships. We are building our line-up of presenters and will begin to share those with you next week! 

The cost for LEC this year will be $150 per person and hotel rooms will be $104 per night. Be sure to set 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!
Hearts for Jesus - LeadaChild
We are still receiving contributions for LeadaChild! If your school hasn’t yet participated, it isn’t too late! Also, if your church is hosting VBS this summer, see if a collection could be taken there! Any and all contributions will help! 
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.
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) in Palm Desert, CA, in November.
 
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. 

Process:
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!
Lutheran Hour Float 2022
The theme of the 2022 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade is Dream, Believe, Achieve and the theme Lutheran Hour Ministries
Float is Jesus Teaches.  
 
Throughout the four gospels of the Bible, we learn of Jesus teaching people everywhere he goes. He teaches on a number of topics: prayer, forgiveness, the nature of God’s kingdom, generosity, stewardship, the Old Testament, and so on.  
 
The teachings of Jesus open our imaginations to a world of possibility where the broken are made whole, where the unlovable are deeply loved, where death is not an end but a new beginning. 
 
Most importantly, Jesus teaches us about who he is and his work on the cross through which God declares peace between heaven and earth.              
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!
  • We pray for all of our schools as you have end-of-the-year activities, graduations, and other celebrations.
  • Congratulations to all of our graduates -- preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, 8th grade, and high school!
  • 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 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