PSD School Ministries
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March 31, 2021
“Oh Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning, I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.” Psalm 5:3
 
Sacrifice. An offering to God on our behalf. An offering from God on our behalf.
 
Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday. It’s the day of the Lord’s Supper, the last meal of Jesus with those closest to him. First, Jesus washes the feet of his disciples, something only a selfless servant would do. Then he foreshadows his own selfless sacrifice by offering up the bread and the wine as his own body and blood, shed for us for the forgiveness of our sins.
 
This is significant because the sacrifice of Jesus as the Lamb of God is the ultimate fulfillment in the New Testament of the sacrifices God ordained in the Old Testament as atonement for sin. The sacrifice referenced in Psalm 5 was David’s offering to God because he knew he sinned daily; Jesus would become the ultimate sacrifice when God offered up his own Son for the forgiveness of sins and for life everlasting. A selfless act on our behalf.
 
Lamb of God, thank you that forgiveness is mine through your sacrifice. Your grace is all-sufficient, and I cannot thank you enough! As I receive the Lord’s Supper, remind me of the immense sacrifice you made for me…for me! Help me, Lord, to reflect your grace and sacrificial love to those around me; especially to my students and co-workers. Amen.
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Sherman Oaks Lutheran Children’s Center, Sherman Oaks, CA
Trinity Lutheran Preschool, Temecula, CA
Yuma Lutheran School and Preschool, Yuma, AZ
Below are photos from Trinity Lutheran Preschool, Temecula, CA:
Chefs in the making!
Pastor playground visits
Our sweet friends praying together during outdoor Chapel.
April Devotion on Website
The April devotion is now on our website. It is written by Valerie Fogo from Faith Lutheran Academy in Las Vegas, NV, and titled Keeping Our Easter Joy Alive. Click here to read it. Thank you, Valerie, for reminding us to finish the school year strong while keeping our eyes focused on the cross.
Ensure Compliance and Caution During Reopening
Arizona and the regions of Nevada and California within the Pacific Southwest District have seen movement towards wider reopening from COVID-19 restrictions. As our churches and schools are able to increase capacities and in-person activities on their campuses, the PSD staff rejoices with you and also reminds you to conduct your reopening with care and caution.
 
Ensure that, as employers, you are in compliance with relevant state and local requirements, and with your insurance company requirements. This is especially important where written COVID-19 preparedness plans are required (including Arizona and California) – ensure plans are in place, being followed and communicated with employees trained in risk factors and prevention. OSHA has made clear that employers nationwide should provide “workers with up-to-date education and training on COVID-19 risk factors and protective behaviors.” In the growing number of states where specific training is required (including California), make sure training is conducted periodically and that successful training completion is documented for each employee. Beyond the primary goals of health and safety for those on your church or school campus, regulatory agencies like Cal/OSHA are actively engaged in enforcement in these areas. Be cautious, and take the necessary steps towards compliance.
 
Additional information:
Form EEO-1 Filing Required for Employers with 100+ Employees - Including Churches and Schools
Recently PSD staff have received questions regarding filing requirements for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) form EEO-1. The EEO-1 filing requires most employers with 100 or more employees to provide data on the racial/ethnic and gender composition of their workforce by specific job categories, referred to as component 1 data. In 2019, certain employers were also required to report hours worked and wage data to the EEOC, referred to as component 2 data. Note that there is no religious exemption - churches or schools with 100 or more employees will most likely need to file. Consult with your professional or legal resources or insurance provider for your organization.
 
The EEOC originally extended the deadline to March 31, 2021, for filing 2019 and 2020 data due to the pandemic. The EEOC postponed the data collection date again, but without setting a definite deadline for filing. At this point, it is anticipated the EEOC will open the portal for submission of 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 reports in April. A deadline for filing has not been published as of this time.
 
It is recommended that churches and schools eligible to file prepare their data submissions in advance so they are ready for submission when the portal opens. As in previous years, the EEOC stated that a notification letter will be sent to eligible filers.
 
Additional information:
TEC21 News
TEC21 Workshop Program Cohorts Filling Fast
As we continue to navigate the pandemic and create new teaching and learning paradigms, professional leadership and expert coaching are essential. Principals are responding to the need for technological efficacy and TEC21 Workshop Program 2021/2022 cohorts are reaching capacity.
 
Don’t miss the opportunity to help your teachers become competent for a new educational playing field and equipped to be resources and coaches for their peers. The TEC21 professional development program is one of the most challenging, exciting and masterful ways to ensure Lutheran school teachers, parents and students thrive in the midst of change.
 
REGISTRATION FOR THE TEC21 2021/2022 COHORT CLOSES TODAY and next year’s workshop dates will be set in April. TEC21 will continue to accept reservations until centers are full. Workshop date conflicts for those registering late will be addressed and adjusted, if appropriate, by facilitators at the first workshop in September.

If you’re interested in joining, please check availability now by clicking here. If you don’t yet know which teacher(s) you’d like to send to represent your school, simply register with your (principal) name while you determine your funding solution.

Scholarships are available and the deadline is TOMORROW, April 1 - click here for more information.
Hearts for Jesus - LeadaChild
Thank you to the schools who have sent contributions for our Hearts for Jesus unified mission project for this year, LeadaChild. To date, $5,564.10 has been contributed towards our year-long goal of $35,000. Please continue to share about LeadaChild in your schools, continue to take special collections for Teachers Helping Teachers, and continue to pray for the work of LeadaChild as a school and as a staff. Your contributions will have a tremendous impact! 
CUI Sacred Music Recital Today!


Music students, alumni, and faculty collaborate on this special sacred music recital focusing on the last seven words of Christ as we observe Holy Week. Join us online for this premiere TODAY, Wednesday, March 31, at 11:00 am on the CUI Music Youtube Channel.
EC Equipping Conference - Register Today!
Our annual PSD Early Childhood Equipping Conference will be held on Saturday, April 17. Jennie Williamson of Arison Records will be our featured presenter. The conference will be live at Christ, Costa Mesa, CA, and live-streamed to Christ Greenfield in Arizona and Mountain View in Nevada.

A freewill offering will be taken to support the PSD Hearts for Jesus unified mission project, LeadaChild – Teachers Helping Teachers.

2021 Jr. High Youth Camp - Register Today!

The 2021 PSD Jr. High Youth Camp will be held 
May 27-30, 2021, at Tonto Rim Christian Camp in Payson, AZ. For more information and to register your Jr. High Campers, please click here!
Commissioned Minister Information Form - It's Time to Update
Commissioned Ministers, now is a great time to remind you to update your Commissioned Minister Information Form (CMIF). We encourage you to treat your CMIF as an accurate professional resume and strongly recommend that you take the time necessary to access your form and make sure it is fully updated. Yes, the CMIF form is shared with Calling congregations if you indicate you would consider or are seeking a job change, but the primary reason for your CMIF is to create an accurate record of your professional service to Lutheran churches and schools. If you are not interested in a new position, you are able to indicate that on the form. You can update your CMIF on the Church Worker Update website – cwu.lcms.org. Once you access the site you will see a log-in box. If you have your log-in information that was sent to you from Rosters and Statistics, you can log-in there. If you don’t have that information, there are quick links available to request the information again or you can click the HELP tab and that will give you phone numbers to Rosters and Statistics in St. Louis. Please take some time over your Easter break to log-in and check it out!
Jennie Williamson of Arison Records
Coming to the PSD!
PSD Schools! We have a great opportunity for you to host Arison Records at your school for a concert with your students! Arison will be back in the PSD April 12-16 and would love to come and share Jesus through music at your schools. They are even offering a special discounted rate! Click here for more details! 
Call Document Information
 Dear Administrators,
 
The Commissioned Minister Call Document has been revised for 2021. The new version is 4.9.2 and is the only version to be used from this point forward. Please share this information with anyone in your HR department, school, or church who prepares Call documents for Commissioned Ministers. The sign-in and password remain unchanged. Contact Ellen Pratt if you have any questions at ellen.pratt@psd-lcms.org or 949-854-3232 ext. 224. 

Please note: Version 4.9.2 went into effect on January 1, 2021. We are only reminding you of what was announced in January - this is not another new update.
Honoring Jubilarians in 2021
We are very excited for our Lutheran Educators Conference (LEC) in November 2021. The planning and hard work has already begun. 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.
 
If you are an administrator, please identify those on your staff that will be Jubilarians, so that when the forms are sent out, they are able to be completed and sent in by the June 15 deadline. Click on the link to fill out the form: Jubilarian Form
 
God’s continued blessings on your ministry!
Lisa Holloway
LEC Committee
Prayer Requests
  • We pray for a time of gratefulness and reflection as we journey through Holy Week. We especially pray for our churches as they share the amazing message of Christ's death and resurrection in creative ways this week.
  • We pray for our calling schools and congregations, that the Lord leads them to the person who best will meet the ministry challenges and opportunities to share the sweet Gospel with students and families!

Schools we are praying for the week of April 4:
Pacific Lutheran Junior/Senior High School, Gardena, CA
Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool, Tehachapi, CA
Faith Lutheran School and Preschool, Tucson, 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 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