PSD School Ministries
Connections
May 20, 2020
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Peace Lutheran Preschool, Camarillo, CA
Mt. Calvary Kid's Corner, Running Springs, CA
Immanuel Lutheran School and Preschool, Riverside, CA
Below are photos from Mt. Calvary Kid's Corner, Running Springs, CA:
Kid's Corner celebrating Dr. Seuss week
Pre-K class learning how to play chess
Pre-K class celebrating Chinese New Year with a field trip to a local Chinese restaurant
Below are photos from Immanuel Lutheran School and Preschool, Riverside, CA:
Immanuel 1st and 2nd grade students singing the National Anthem at the California Baptist basketball game
Immanuel Kindergarten students riding their bikes for their Pedal for PTL fundraiser
Immanuel students lining up in their Chapel families to worship together in Wednesday Chapel
Join Rachel this Friday an hour early - at 12:00 p.m. - for a Facebook Live devotion!
COVID-19 Resources
Please take some time to go through all of the resources that we have collected on the PSD COVID-19 website: psd-lcms.org/coronavirus . We are frequently updating this page with new and additional information, including details specifically for schools, so please check back often.

Message from President Gibson
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ of the Pacific Southwest District,

I pray that you and your families are safe, healthy, and living daily in the grip of His grace.

I always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. I remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.  (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3)
 
The purpose of this is to share with you a joint letter that President Mike Lange (CNH District) and I sent to California Governor Gavin Newsom requesting that he reclassify the church as  essential  and grant permission for churches to reopen as soon possible. President Lange and I next will reach out to our Nevada pastors to determine what we should communicate to Nevada’s Governor, Stephen F. Sisolak. Finally, I will send a letter to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to express our thanks for his support of the church.

I thank you for your encouragement and prayers during these days. Our God is doing wonders that are amazing to behold!

In Christ,
Rev. Dr. Mike Gibson
PSD President

Lutheran Education Digital Futures
and Learning Project
Congratulations to Faith Lutheran Academy, Las Vegas, NV , for being selected as a participant in Cohort #1 of the Lutheran Education Digital Futures and Learning Project. This innovative initiative, led by Dr. Bernard Bull, will be of specific assistance to help Lutheran schools create a digital learning vision and plan to serve present and future students and families. Faith Academy and Christ, Costa Mesa, CA, were two of 17 schools who were accepted as the first participants! 
Potential Grant Opportunities
As we find potential grant opportunities, we will share them with you. Please read through the full information at the given link to determine if the opportunity is one that matches projects and programs at your school. Our sharing this information with you does not imply a partnership with these grant funding organizations.

NEW! Grant for PD to teach Computer Science 
National Science Foundation’s Computer Science for All: This program aims to provide all U.S. students with the opportunity to participate in computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education in their schools at the preK-12 levels. With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation (NSF) focuses on both research and researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring CS and CT to all schools. Specifically, this solicitation aims to provide: (1) high school teachers with the preparation, professional development and ongoing support they need to teach rigorous computer science courses; (2) preK-8 teachers with the instructional materials and preparation they need to integrate CS and CT into their teaching; and (3) schools and districts with the resources needed to define and evaluate multi-grade pathways in CS and CT. Awards have been wide ranging to include grants of more than $1 million. Deadline: February 10, 2021, the second Wednesday in February, and annually thereafter.  More Information
 
NEW! Grant to help with costs in creating a campus safety app
Campus Safety App Grant: The Campus Safety App Grant is designed to provide awarded institutions with the requisite licenses and services to a comprehensive Campus Safety App. Following the Campus Consortium’s due diligence process, grant recipients may receive up to $30,000 in software licenses, support and implementation services for a term of up to five (5) years. Deadline: TBD.  More Information
Hearts for Jesus Update
Our Hearts for Jesus goal is to provide the funds for 1,500 children to attend Children’s Bible Clubs. To date, we will be able to support 744 children with the contributions received. We are almost halfway to our goal! Thank you to all who have supported this mission! It’s not too late to begin participating in the HEARTS FOR JESUS: Mission India project--even remotely! This is a great opportunity to help send children in India to Children's Bible Clubs!

Through the work of Mission India, children in India will get to hear the Gospel (many for the first time!) and share what they learn with their families. The ripple effect? Entire villages and communities hearing about Jesus and His saving grace.

There are still millions more children in India who haven't heard the opportunity to hear about Jesus. There's still time to help us reach them with the Gospel!  The cost for a student to attend the Children’s Bible Clubs is $24 for an entire year!

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.

 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!
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:

  • Lynne Rose, PSD Early Childhood Consultant. We praise the Lord that Lynne is feeling better, and we pray for her full recovery from pneumonia.
  • thanksgiving for the years of service of all of our educators retiring at the end of this school year. God's richest blessings to you!
  • all of our schools, as you have end of the year activities, graduations, and other celebrations in different but still special ways this year.
  • Congratulations to all of our graduates--preschool, kindergarten, 8th grade, and high school!
  • 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.

Schools we are praying for the week of May 24 :
Bethlehem Lutheran Preschool, Canyon Country, CA
Mt. Olive Lutheran Preschool, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
First Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten, El Cajon, 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