PSD School Ministries
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March 4, 2020
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

The world and our lives are constantly changing. Some of this is due to outside circumstances—financial loss, war, job loss, death. And some is self-imposed. We change our careers for something more challenging. As our clothes wear out or the styles change, we buy new ones. When we gain weight, we take an exercise class or diet to lose a few pounds.

No matter what changes are happening in our lives, we can rest assured that Jesus Christ remains the same—yesterday, today, and forever. Minute by minute, we can look to Him for guidance, reassurance and peace of mind. We can rest in the fact that Jesus, our Rock, is always there, waiting to strengthen us and give us the relief we crave.

No matter how bleak the world looks (Coronavirus, politics, etc.), no matter what crisis we are going through, we do not have to worry and be anxious, for although heaven and earth may pass away, God’s words—the anchor of our spirit, the bread of our lives, that which gives us peace beyond our understanding—will remain forever.
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Desert Foothills Lutheran Preschool, Scottsdale, AZ
Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Preschool, Scottsdale, AZ
Concordia Lutheran Preschool, Cerritos, CA

Below are photos from Desert Foothills Lutheran Preschool,
Scottsdale, AZ:
Dads Day shaving station at Desert Foothills Lutheran Preschool
Ash Wednesday chapel with Pastor Jeremy
The sweet twos class with the sailboats they made
Below are photos from Concordia Lutheran Preschool, Cerritos, CA:
Concordia teaching staff
Pastor Parker, Zippy, and Allen the Alligator teaching about forgiveness.
Afternoon silliness
Around the PSD
We praise Jesus for the baptism of seven children at chapel at Yuma Lutheran School last week. To God be the glory!
Colloquy Grant from the PSD
The PSD is pleased to announce a scholarship that will assist PSD Lutheran school teachers participating in the teacher colloquy program . Grants will be distributed until funds are exhausted. Each course will be funded up to $500. Click here for the fillable form and more information.
Children & Family Ministry Conference
We are pleased to invite you and your church/school to join the 2020 Pacific Southwest District Children & Family Ministry Conference June 16-18, 2020, on the campus of Concordia University Irvine. Our theme for this conference is “Rally Together” which focuses on joining together in celebrating God’s gift of children and families as we seek to equip and connect leaders to intentionally impact and transform their ministry communities for Christ. Our conference outcomes include:
  • Connecting leaders across ministries
  • Sharing of best (blessed) practices and successes
  • Equipping leaders with practical, tangible, transformational resources
  • Provide participants opportunities to plan the next steps in their unique ministry

The Individual Early Bird Rate is $110. If you plan to bring a group of 4 or more, you are able to register your group for $90 per person. We have extended the early registration deadline to March 15, 2020. Please share this information with anyone you know who cares about ministry to children and families. We hope to see you and your team in Irvine this June!

Keynote: David Kinnaman, President of Barna Group 
Musical Guest: Jennie Williamson


Click Here for all you need to know and more! Be sure to register by March 15 to take advantage of the early registration discount!
Making Jesus Real Resource for EC Educators
Making Jesus Real is a course that serves as a modified version of the Early Childhood Curriculum for Lutheran Teachers. It grew out of needs expressed by congregations of the Pacific Southwest District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod to inform and acculturate early childhood teachers with answers to the following questions: What is a Lutheran school, specifically, early childhood center? How are Lutheran schools unique? What do Lutherans believe? What is the heritage of the Lutheran schools? What are the characteristics of the Lutheran teacher? 

With the goal of training and equipping early childhood educators for careers in Lutheran early childhood centers, this course will focus on the following critical areas: 1) Lutheran thought and teaching (theology); 2) Nurturing the faith (faith development); 3) A distinctively Lutheran education (history of Lutheran education); 4) Methods and materials for teaching the faith to the young child. We pray that our new version will accomplish these goals in a way that is accessible, attractive, affordable, applicable and authentic. 
Click here for the video sessions, discussion guides, response exercises, and more.
2020 EC Equipping Conferences

We praise God for a wonderful conference in Arizona on Saturday. Click here to view our Facebook page with photos from the event . We are looking forward to the 185 participants at the California conference this Saturday!
Admissions Director Meeting
Our next Admissions Director meeting will be on Tuesday, March 17, at Orange Lutheran High School starting at 10 am. We will be welcoming Edward Kwak, who is the LCEF West Region Marketing Manager and also teaches Marketing classes at CUI. Please RSVP your attendance to kim.violette@psd-lcms.org for an accurate lunch count. 
March Devotion on Website
The March devotion is now up on our website. It is written by Dr. Jacob Hollatz, principal at St. John's Lutheran School in Orange, CA, and based on Joshua 1:9. Click here to read it! Thank you, Jake, for reminding us to be strong and courageous through faith and trust in Jesus.
Easter Resources from Lutheran Hour Ministries
Lutheran Hour Ministries has shared some Easter resources with us. Click here, here, and here for more information!
Coronavirus Resources
Click here to read the letter from the PSD sent out by Rachel to administrators last week regarding the coronavirus. In addition, here is a resource from the LCMS to help plan for widespread illnesses.
Financial Aid Opportunity for College Students
Financial aid is available through the Pacific Southwest District for all students that are preparing for full-time church work. Students who are children of Pacific Southwest District Rostered Church Workers and going into church work may also apply for a ThankOffering Scholarship. These funds are from a special offering collected each year at the Lutheran Educators Conference. In addition, Music Majors may apply for the William R. Hampton Memorial Music Scholarship Award. Visit the  Student Aid  page on the PSD website to access the forms needed to apply. The application deadline is June 26, 2020.
Hearts for Jesus!
It’s not too late to begin participating in the HEARTS FOR JESUS: Mission India project!

Pictured are preschool students from North Valley Christian Academy in Phoenix dumping their rice bags during their Thursday “little chapel.” The students collected $264 for Hearts for Jesus during the month of February. One parent shared that their child was doing chores around the house to save more coins to fill his rice bag! Praise God that 11 more children now can learn about our best friend, Jesus!


This week , Kevin invites all Experience India participants to consider the exciting opportunity to support Mission India and all of the children benefiting from the Children’s Bible Clubs. So many children are hearing about Jesus their Savior; some are learning of Jesus for the very first time.  There is still time to be involved!

Also, watch and enjoy the Out Takes from the filming of Experience India. Kevin and his Mission India partners had such a good time!
 
Here’s the link to all the information you need:  http://missionindia.org/hearts . The site is password protected because of the sensitive nature of sharing Jesus in India and persecution of Christians, which is on the rise.

 Here are the landing pages for administrators, teachers, and pastors:

This missional project is a great way to strengthen your church/school partnership and connection as you selflessly give out of the abundance with which God has blessed us here in the Pacific Southwest District!

Please make sure to show “Hearts for Jesus” in your contribution correspondence or check so that it is separate from the contribution from your congregation for the Mission India district mission project. 

 If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Klitzing at rachel.klitzing@psd-lcms.org or Ellen Pratt at ellen.pratt@psd-lcms.org . Thank you for getting involved!
Grace, Escondido Needs Your Help!
The following is a message from Grace, Escondido Science teacher Karisa May:

Greetings teachers,
A middle school science group at Grace Christian, CA is currently participating in the final round of the Lexus Eco Challenge national science competition. The Climate Action Alliance is a six-member team of sixth and seventh grade students who developed a FREE interdisciplinary classroom curriculum to encourage student participation in climate care initiatives around the world.  

The team needs your help to reach the world! If you're willing to help us achieve our goal of engaging  10 classroom educators  by  March 8th , please follow the directions below:
1. Join our online " Get Lost, Exhaust! "Global Classroom by logging onto 
Google Classroom as a STUDENT from a PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNT and entering the code  dcmgzyh
2. Read our "Welcome" message and post answers to four simple questions in the comment section of that thread.
3. Freely use our six lesson curriculum in your classroom or home school.
4. Share our Google Classroom code with fellow educators and refer interested individuals to our website  getlostexhaust.com .
5. Contact us at  getlostexhaust@gmail.com.

Thank you for helping the Climate Action Alliance pursue their mission!
Keep Petal-ing by Rev. Dr. Mike Gibson
Annual Accreditation Reports
It is time to begin working on your annual reports for accreditation . You should have received an email regarding the reports earlier this month. All annual reports and evidence need to be uploaded no later than April 15 . Your annual fee should also be postmarked no later than April 15 to avoid a late fee penalty. If you need any assistance, please contact Kristie Flohra at mrs.flohra@christcm.org or Kim Violette at kim.violette@psd-lcms.org .
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:

  • the family of Dan Fink. Dan entered into the arms of Jesus last Wednesday evening. Mr. Fink was a teacher at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine, where he taught Theology and coached Golf. Prior to serving at Crean, Mr. Fink taught at St. Paul's Lutheran School, Orange; Christ Lutheran School, Brea; Faith Lutheran School, Whittier; and Southeast Lutheran High School, South Gate. To remember Mr. Fink and support the family, you are invited to attend his Memorial Service at St. John's Lutheran Church in Orange this Saturday, March 7, at 11:00 am. Please keep his wife Kristin, who serves as Counselor/Assistant Principal at St. Paul's, Orange, and their children Jenna and Aaron in your prayers.
  • the Grace Christian Preschool, Escondido, family. A preschool dad recently died of a heart attack. He leaves behind a wife who is 2 months pregnant, and a little girl who is 3 years old. Please pray for this family, and for the entire preschool staff during this very difficult time.
  • all those affected by the tornadoes in Tennessee.
  • all those affected by the coronavirus.

Schools we are praying for the week of March 8:
Precious Stones Lutheran Preschool, Sedona, AZ
Gethsemane Christian Academy, Tempe, AZ
Ascension Lutheran Preschool, Torrance, CA
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