PSD School Ministries
Connections
November 10, 2021
On this Veterans Day, join in praying: Gracious Lord, receive our grateful thanks for all who have served our country in the armed forces, putting themselves in harm’s way to protect the citizens of our land. Help us to honor them for the sacrifices they have made. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Lord God, bring true freedom and peace to each one of us by reminding us of the victory won by Christ Jesus, through His death and resurrection. Amen.

“For freedom Christ has set us free.” Galatians 5:1
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

TLC Lutheran Preschool, Casa Grande, AZ
Shield of Faith Christian School, El Monte, CA
St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Preschool, San Diego, CA

Below are photos from TLC Lutheran Preschool, Casa Grande, AZ:
Below are photos from St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Preschool,
San Diego, CA:
Catalina camp for 7th and 8th graders
Buddies spending time together
Celebrating Health and Safety Week
2 year old class exploring sensory art
3 year old class doing outdoor science - exploring sunflower heads from the school garden
4 year class listening at circle time
Lutheran Educators Conference 2021
LEC is just 11 days away! We look forward to welcoming the over 870 attendees registered to attend! Are YOU registered to attend?! We will close registration at 4:00 p.m. this Friday, November 12. Additionally, refunds for cancelled registrations will not be offered after Friday (11/12/21).

UPDATED HOTEL INFORMATION
A few hotel rooms did open at the Marriott Desert Springs. If you haven’t booked rooms yet, you can try to get them using the link on the registration page, but once they sell out you will need to use the overflow hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert - 74895 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211. Rooms at the Courtyard are $99 per night. The hotel’s reservation line is: 760-776-4150. Ask for the room block named “LCMS PSD Lutheran Educators Conference (LEC)”.

PRESENTERS AND SESSIONS
We are excited for all that is being prepared by our outstanding presenters – have you watched the video introductions to the sessions by Rev. Dr. Tim Ahlman, Dr. Danny Brassell, Dr. Kim Marxhausen, Karen Merritt, Kimberly Malloy, Katey McPherson, Dr. Ben Boche & Dr. Jake Hollatz, Dr. Joel Oesch, and Rev. Dr. John Nunes yet? If not, please be sure to do so to decide which sessions you will be attending!  

MONDAY NIGHT'S BANQUET 
This year’s banquet will be very special! We will be recognizing our Educators of the Year, having a special performance of encouragement by Monique Nunes, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coach at Concordia University, Irvine, and will be honoring our most special attendees – YOU, the educators of the CNH and Pacific Southwest Districts! You won’t want to miss this wonderful event!
 
WORSHIP OFFERING AND THANKOFFERING
Each year at LEC two offerings are taken: the Worship Offering and the Thankoffering. 

This year’s worship offering will be directed to LeadaChild. The monies will be specifically directed to their Teachers Helping Teachers project. You might recall that LeadaChild was our 2020-2021 Hearts for Jesus recipient. Teachers Helping Teachers builds a scholarship fund for the raising up and training of teachers who serve in the developing countries where LeadaChild schools are located. 

As is our custom every year, the Thankoffering is a suggested $1 per year of service donation that is collected from PSD educators to provide scholarships for the children of Rostered church workers to attend a Concordia University and become a Rostered church worker. Administrators were emailed information and a remittance form for the Thankoffering on November 3. If you didn’t receive that email, please contact School Ministries. Please collect your Thankoffering together as a staff and select a designee from your staff to bring it forward at the designated time during Monday’s banquet.

There are two ways to give to both of these offerings:
  1. In Person: The offering for LeadaChild will be collected Sunday afternoon at the worship service. You can deposit your checks, payable to Pacific Southwest District, in the collection baskets, or you can Text to Give using (855) 931-3232. You can designate your giving for worship by using LEC2021. The Thankoffering can be brought to the collection box in an envelope from each school by their designee at the banquet on Monday night or you can utilize the Text to Give option for the Thankoffering and use the code LECTHANK when dialing the number above.
  2. If you are not attending LEC and would still like to participate in either or both of the offerings, please utilize the Text to Give option. You can also send a check payable to Pacific Southwest District to the attention of School Ministries – 1540 Concordia, Irvine, CA 92612, or you can also utilize PayPal on the District website by using this link

Thank you for your generous hearts toward both of these worthwhile offering recipients!
 
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS AND POSTER SESSIONS
Round Table discussions and Poster Sessions are an important part of your professional development at LEC! We have a great listing of options for you on Monday afternoon! Click on the links above to see what is being prepared to share with you!

ON SITE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUNDAY, NOV. 21
Each school should designate one person to pick up the envelope with your school name badges at LEC Registration at the South Counter on the conference floor. Please be sure all of your staff know who your contact person is so that they will be able to get badges from the designated person. Badges should be worn at all times for proper identification as a paid attendee. If your school is sending more than 30 staff members, you may pick up your name badges individually at the South Counter.

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!
This is your last chance to vote for the LEC officers this year! The “polls” will close on Friday at noon. Please vote for the three open positions HERE. Thanks so much! 
PSD Service Day is a Week Away!
Our annual PSD Service Day is next Wednesday, November 17. How are you and your students planning to serve your school and community? Don't forget to send us photos of your day!
Regional Mission Councils
Grant Applications Now Available
Each Regional Mission Council (RMC) is charged with the local distribution of an annual budget allocation from the Pacific Southwest District Board of Directors. In coordination with the District, the local RMC will work to coordinate and evaluate the applications of Grantees. The RMC has the freedom and authority to distribute three types of funding: Innovation, Incubation, and Impact Grants.
Innovation Grants (up to $5,000): to spark missional thinking and provide seed funds to experiment in reaching a new community with the Gospel. Examples such as starting an ESL class, starting a preschool or after-school reading program, or launching a new worship service could qualify for an Innovation Grant.
 
Incubation Grants (up to $20,000): to partner with leaders and core groups in order to provide necessary support to new mission endeavors resulting in sustained Christian community. Incubation grants are for building momentum for ongoing programs like a small group ministry, infant care for a preschool, or beginning work to plant a new church with another culture group. 
 
Impact Grants (up to $50,000): to offer new mission starts significant funding support to build the systems and capacity necessary for a new congregation, school, or mission agency. As a ministry develops and is now considering building scale, examples might include additional staffing, building renovations, or capital equipment purchases.  
 
Learn more at psd-lcms.org/rmc.
Grateful and Giving Thanks
One Minute for November 2021
Our nation has been observing Thanksgiving since November 26, 1789, after President George Washington signed a proclamation calling the nation to a “Day of Public Thanksgiving.” While several states celebrated Thanksgiving on different Thursdays, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation in 1941 that Congress agreed to call on states to observe Thanksgiving on the same day. Since that time our nation has been unified on Thanksgiving.
 
Our nation has been blessed in many ways. It is good for our nation to “pause” and to consider and celebrate our many blessings. As we gather with family members, friends and even strangers, we lift our prayers to God with grateful hearts.

LCEF Webinars
This is probably no surprise to you: the modern workplace has changed dramatically over the last year. More than ever, it’s critically important to challenge your workplace to make the most of the work you do. But did you know that creativity is one of many ways to accomplish that goal?
 
Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is excited to present their Fall series, Creativity for a Dynamic Workplace. Join two renowned speakers who will share different perspectives on how they have experienced dynamic workplaces and helped facilitate a creative space for their work communities–from the restaurant industry to the military.
 
Lutheran Hour Ministries Coloring Contest
Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) is conducting its 11th Annual Coloring Contest! Students from preschool through 8th grade are eligible.

Three winners will be selected from each category: preschool-kindergarten; 1st-2nd grade; 3rd-5th grade; and 6th-8th grade. 1st place winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to use on Petal Pushers® merchandise from the online store. They will also receive a Petal Pushers® T-shirt & LHM float magnet. The teachers of the 1st place students will receive the same prizes. 2nd & 3rd place student winners will receive a Petal Pushers® T-shirt & LHM float magnet.  

Entries must be postmarked by November 15, 2021. Mail entries to: The Lutheran Hour Ministries Float Committee, PO Box 20444, Riverside, CA 92516.

Download the Coloring Contest pdf at petalpushers.org/color.
Prayer Requests
  • Prayers from St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Preschool, San Diego:
  • Prayers of thanksgiving for increased enrollment and thriving students!
  • St. Paul's includes military families as almost 50% of our total enrollment. Prayers for these families as they experience a parent deployed, mid-year moves, and God's protection throughout the year!
  • For Rev. Dr. Marty Schramm. He has recently been diagnosed with cancer in several places of his body. Prayers for God's wisdom in the next steps, thanksgiving that Marty is not in pain, healing according to God's will, and opportunities to serve Him in the journey. Marty served faithfully at Concordia University Irvine for many years and was one of the founding faculty members. Please pray for Marty's wife, Conni, a teacher at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine, CA, as she walks this journey with him and cares for him.
  • For Rev. Mike Scholz, who is recovering from significant surgery. Pastor Scholz is the sole pastor at Lamb of God, Las Vegas, NV, and is very involved with their school.
  • For our veterans. We are thankful for their service and the sacrifices they made for our country.
  • For next week's District-wide Service Day, that it will be a blessing to all those involved.
  • For the planning and preparation of LEC. We are looking forward to a wonderful conference!

Schools we are praying for the week of November 14:
Christ Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center, La Mesa, CA
Faith Lutheran High School, La Verne, CA
Word of Life Christian Preschool, Surprise, 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