PSD School Ministries
November 11, 2020
God bless America, land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her,
Through the night with the light from above.
From the mountains to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America, my home sweet home.
Many of us take our freedom and safety for granted, and only rarely take the opportunity to thank those who have made sure our way of life can continue. Veteran’s Day is a federal holiday observed each year on November 11. While the day was initially picked to mark the end of the ‘War to End All Wars’ (World War I), it is now a national celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of their country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” -Abraham Lincoln

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. -John 15:13
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

First Lutheran Preschool, Monrovia, CA
Christ the King Lutheran Child Care Center, Redlands, CA
Shield of Faith Christian School, El Monte, CA

Below are photos from Christ the King Lutheran Child Care Center, Redlands, CA:
All Workers Conference is Just 12 Days Away!
Monday-Tuesday, November 23-24
Click here to register for the conference

It is nearly time for our All Workers Conference to begin! Over 900 of you have registered! If you are not registered yet, please do so right away! It is also important to be sure your check is in the mail or you have made an electronic payment to receive your passwords to view our keynote speakers and workshops. If you anticipate your payment not arriving on time, please contact our office. Here is a highlight of two of our Monday keynote speakers:

Dr. John Townsend, Director of the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine
Dr. John Townsend is a business consultant, leadership coach and psychologist. He has written over 30 books, selling 10 million copies, including the New York Times best-selling Boundaries series, Leading from Your Gut, Handling Difficult People and People Fuel. John co-founded and directed a healthcare company for ten years, with operations in 35 cities in the western U.S. It was here that he learned the strategies for change and success, which he now employs in his coaching and consulting.

John is active on the board of Mustard Seed Ranch, an equine program for disadvantaged youth. A resident of Newport Beach, California, Dr. Townsend and his wife Barbi have two sons, Ricky and Benny. One of his passions is playing in “The Bandits”, a band with his sons, at southern California venues!
Dr. Tim Elmore, Growing Leaders Founder
Dr. Tim Elmore is passionate about understanding the emerging generation and helping adults teach them how to become leaders in their schools, their communities and their careers. As a youth leadership expert and thought leader in his field, he educates adults to help them understand the challenges and experiences today's generation faces and connect with them in a way that resonates. Dr. Elmore believes, by cultivating leadership abilities in young adults and encouraging the adults who guide them, Growing Leaders can be the catalyst for emerging generations that will truly change the world. Dr. Tim Elmore teaches leadership courses and speaks at schools, universities, business, and athletic programs. He has trained thousands of leaders in partnership with nationally renowned schools and organizations like the San Francisco Giants, Home Depot, Stanford University, Virginia Tech, University of Alabama Athletics, Duke University, University of Texas, Chick-fil-a, Cici’s Pizza, Delta, and more. Dr. Elmore has also authored more than 30 books including: Habitudes®: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, Artificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults, Generation iY: Secrets to Connecting With Today’s Teens & Young Adults in the Digital Age, 12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid, Life Giving Mentors, and Nurturing the Leader Within Your Child.
You won’t want to miss your opportunity to hear these amazing presenters! Be sure you are registered today!

PSD Service Day is a Week Away!
Our annual PSD Service Day is next Wednesday, November 18. How are you and your students planning to serve your school and community? We'd love to see your photos -- please send us pictures of your students serving that day!
PSD DCE Liaison Acceptance
Steve Schedler, DCE at St. Paul’s, San Diego, has accepted the offer to serve part-time as the DCE Liaison, a new position within the Pacific Southwest District. Steve will begin this new role December 1. Please keep Steve in your prayers and join us in congratulating Steve on this new position.
PSD School Consultancy
We would like to remind you that School Consultancies are still available even in this time of COVID. Consultancies provide school administrators the opportunity to receive counsel on a strategic question facing their school. The administrator is able to move forward from the process with new perspectives on their challenge and a new support team to encourage them through implementation of the process outcome. Consultancies will safely be held according to state and local guidelines. For more information, a link to sign up for the process, and a testimonial video, please see the Consultancy Session Protocol on the Administrators Resource Guide page of our School Ministries website.
Early Childhood Director's Zoom Meeting
Next Wednesday, November 18, is the next monthly EC Director’s Zoom meeting, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Directors, you will be receiving a survey today or tomorrow. Please take a few moments to respond so that we can shape the conversation to meet your needs. A Zoom link will be sent on Monday, November 16. We hope to see you all! Please join us!
November CAPE Outlook
Click here to read the most recent issue of CAPE (Council for American Private Education) Outlook.
The Virtually Led Children's Christmas Service
Here is a resource to add to your list regarding Christmas celebrations and children’s services from Dr. Jeff Burkart: The Virtually Led Children’s Christmas Service.
Post-Election Webinar
From Alliance Defending Freedom:

Elections Day is a big day and there is a lot at stake in this election – for the future of America and generations to come. Regardless of the outcome, we know God is faithful. In Psalm 20:7, we’re reminded that our trust should never be in chariots or horses – the things of this world. Our confidence is in God and he knows exactly what is going to happen. He has a plan and future carved out for each one of us.

God has equipped Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to be ready to fight for freedom no matter the outcome of the election (John 15:5). ADF will be hosting a webinar to discuss the state of religious freedom in America, how the election may impact it, and what we see on the horizon for the next four years. We will also share current court cases that affect religious organizations and actionable steps you can take to protect your church.

Free Webinar
The State of Religious Freedom After the Election
Thursday, November 12
Space is limited – register today!
Prayer Requests
  • For the family of Richard Grice. Richard passed away last Thursday morning. We pray for peace and comfort for his family. Richard served the PSD as a teacher at St. Paul’s, Pomona; Orange Lutheran High School; and Zion, Anaheim, where he also served as Principal. Richard was also a PSD school graduate, having graduated from Los Angeles Lutheran High School. Richard is survived by his wife, Karen, and children, Dennis and Kristen. Dennis is currently serving at Concordia Shanghai. 
  • Father, we ask for your mercy and blessing for our nation in light of the elections. We pray for peace and wisdom, and for those newly elected or re-elected. Enable them to diligently seek Your will and lead with the righteousness that exalts a nation while shunning sin that is a reproach to any people. Help us in Your Church to always remember that as Your dear children, our citizenship is in Your Kingdom. Grant us diligence, wisdom and grace to continually work to fulfill Your mission in our communities, our nation and our world.
  • For our veterans. We are thankful for their service and the sacrifices they made for our country. We also pray that we will be faithful soldiers of Jesus Christ!
  • For next week's District-wide Service Day, that it will be a blessing to all those involved.
  • For the planning and preparation of the All Workers Conference. We are looking forward to a wonderful conference!

Schools we are praying for the week of November 15:
Christ Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center, La Mesa, CA
Faith Lutheran High School, La Verne, CA
Concordia Lutheran Preschool and Childcare, Chula Vista, CA

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 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