PSD School Ministries
November 17, 2021
Strong Words
It happened at the market not long ago; I know, for I was there.
A very young child, enchanted by the goodies, wandered too far.
Suddenly a cry!
The answer was quick in coming, but already there were tears.
I heard the mother’s words of comfort:
“You know I wouldn’t leave you; you’re my boy!”
Great words, strong words to set a child’s world right again.
But where can find words in the eclipses and blackouts of despair?
Are there words big enough to match my human cry?
“Take heart, my son, your sins are forgiven.”
God’s answer in the darkness, big enough and strong enough for me.
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:13-15
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Christ Lutheran School and Preschool, La Mesa, CA
Lutheran High School, La Verne, CA
Word of Life Christian Preschool, Surprise, AZ

Below are photos from Christ Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center, La Mesa, CA:
Christ Lutheran School staff
Chapel buddies
Two CLS staff members at the Sock Hop in October
Christ Lutheran Preschool staff
A Christ Lutheran Preschool student
Christ Lutheran Preschool students
Below are photos from Lutheran High School, La Verne, CA:
Hawaiian-themed Homecoming
Lutheran High's football team
The Girls Varsity Volleyball team, who made it to the quarter-finals of the
CIF-SS playoffs last month
Below are photos from Word of Life Christian Preschool, Surprise, AZ:
Planting the fall flowers
Lining up for the Veterans Day Program
Riding in the Trike-A-Thon to raise money for the new playground
LEC 2021 Starts Sunday!

We have a designated LEC App this year! Please go to your preferred app store and search for Lutheran Educators Conference. You will know you have the right one when you see the LIMITLESS logo! Please download the app in advance of the conference and enable push notifications as this will be a key communication tool for conference highlights and any changes or updates!
Just a reminder that hotel check-in is not guaranteed until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. If your room isn’t ready when you arrive, please be gracious to the hotel staff and let them text you when your room is ready. They will be doing the best they can for you so let us do the best we can for them and treat them with the dignity and respect that God would have us show them. That understood, you may want to come dressed for worship as you may not be checked into your room in time to change.
Each school should designate one person to pick up the envelope with your school’s name badges at the LEC Registration at the South Counter on the conference area of the hotel. Please be sure all staff know who your contact person is so that they will be able to get badges from that designated person (who might be you) and not ask for them at the registration counter. Badges should be worn at all times for proper identification as a paid attendeeIf your school is sending more than 30 staff members, you may pick up your name badges individually at the South Counter.

Click here for a Spotify playlist of the worship music at LEC! Listen and get familiar with the songs so that you can sing loudly at Sunday's worship!

We will be collecting small items to donate to LeadaChild as part of this year’s servant events. You are encouraged to bring a selection of the following and drop them into the collection box at LEC!
  • Pencils
  • Individual pencil sharpeners
  • Colored pencils
  • Small erasers – either the small hand held ones or the ones that top a pencil
Thank you in advance!

We are excited this year to have Monique Nunes share a heartfelt musical message to honor our educators at this year’s banquet! For more information on Monique, please click here.
The CUI Alumni reception is back this year! For more information, please click here.
Here is the QR code to access the Paypal link to give toward the LEC worship offering for LeadaChild and/or the Thankoffering.
PSD Service Day is Today!
We pray you are having a tremendous day sharing God's love through your service to others in a variety of ways today. We'd love to see pictures of your students in action so we can share them on our Facebook page and in the next edition of Connections. Please email photos to Thank you!
Connections to Go on Vacation Next Week
Connections will not be sent next Wednesday, November 24, during Thanksgiving Week. We look forward to seeing you at LEC! Happy Thanksgiving! We have much for which to be thankful! We are thankful for each of you!
New Call Document Revision
Dear Administrators,
The Commissioned Minister Call Document has been revised for 2022. The new version is 4.9.3 and is the only version to be used from this point forward. Please share this information with anyone at your school or church who will be preparing Commissioned Call Documents in the future. The sign-in and password remain unchanged. Contact Ellen Pratt if you have any questions at or 949-854-3232 ext. 224. 
God at Work in the PSD

Click here to read Blessings Through Adversity and see how God is at work in and through the PSD!
CAPSO Midweek E-Mailer
Click here to read the most recent CAPSO Midweek E-Mailer. Included in this issue:
  • COVID Vaccination Mandate Produces Confusion
  • The USDE Flunks a 'Significance Test'
Lutheran Hour Ministries Coloring Contest
The Petal Pushers Contest has been extended to November 30, 2021.

Please forgive an error in one of the communications that was duplicated regarding the correct PO Box number.

If your entry has not been returned by the Post Office it was received. The correct address is below.

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.  

Mail entries to: The Lutheran Hour Ministries Float Committee, PO Box 20044, Riverside, CA 92516.

Download the Coloring Contest pdf at
Head Lice Resources
We have been given some helpful information on the subject of head lice that we were asked to share with our educators. Facts of Lice is a very informative page on this subject. Also, Checking Your Children explains how to perform home head lice check that you may want to share with parents or keep on file just in case. You can find the Spanish versions here: Facts of Lice - Spanish and here: Checking Your Children - Spanish. We hope this is helpful information for you!
Prayer Requests
  • For the faculty, staff, and students at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine, CA. Science teacher and coach Tim Jimenez was called home to Jesus on November 11. May God grant comfort to his wife and three children as well as all at Crean Lutheran.
  • For today's District-wide Service Day, that it is a blessing to all those involved.
  • For those attending LEC, that the Spirit of the Lord and His power will be in this conference.
  • For those leading LEC – the presenters, the worship team, the tech team, the prayer team, and all others leading in some capacity.
  • Praise and thanks to God for the LEC planning team.
  • For safe travel to and from LEC for all attending.
  • For a blessed Thanksgiving for you, your family, your students, and your school. We have so much for which to be thankful!
  • Prayers from Word of Life Christian Preschool, Surprise, AZ: that God surrounds our preschool with His protection against illness for our students, staff, and families as we head into the winter months.  
  • Continued prayers 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.

Schools we are praying for the week of November 28:
Abiding Savior Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center, Lake Forest, CA
Grace Lutheran School and Preschool, Lancaster, CA
Circle of Love Lutheran Preschool, Manhattan Beach, 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