PSD School Ministries
November 20, 2019
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. -2 Corinthians 4:7
Have you read the LEC Pre-Conference Devotion book yet? Click  here to read some great devotions that will prepare your hearts and minds for LEC!
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
Concordia Lutheran Preschool and Childcare, Chula Vista, CA

Below are photos from Christ Lutheran School and Preschool,
La Mesa, CA:
Below are photos from Lutheran High School, La Verne, CA:
Connections to Take a Week Off
Connections will not be sent out next week due to LEC and Thanksgiving. It will resume the following Wednesday, December 4. 
LEC 2019 Begins Sunday!

LEC begins on Sunday! We are so excited to welcome the 1,007 educators registered from CNH and PSD!  Worship starts at 4:00pm Pacific Time.  AZ friends, be sure to note the time difference.

There will be complimentary internet access on the convention floor by using the code charged2019 . Feel free to share your travels and LEC fun on social media using #LECLCMS
DOWNLOAD THE APP PSD School Ministries in your app store – it is free! It has all the info about LEC you will need!

Rooms are guaranteed at 4:00pm, but there will be options for early registration as well. If your room isn't ready, please check your bags with the bell captain and then go to worship. We are sold out at the hotel, so if for any reason you do not yet have a room reserved, please contact Kim Violette in School Ministries right away! Also, today is the day to be sure you cancel any hotel reservations you won’t need for LEC to avoid unnecessary charges. Please contact the hotels directly to make those changes.
Each school should designate one person to pick up the envelope with your school name badges at LEC Registration at the South Counter. Please be sure all on 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.

Two offerings are taken each year at LEC. The first, during worship on Sunday, is designated for an organization that you, the attendees at LEC, vote on in the previous year. This year that organization is the Grantparent Mission Project . Grantparent is a mission project of School Ministries in the Pacific Southwest District that sponsors children in urban PSD Lutheran schools to help offset the cost of their tuition. Please take some time prior to LEC to prayerfully consider how God is asking you to gift this mission project with your offering.

The second offering is taken during the banquet on Monday evening. This offering is designated as a Thankoffering . This is a suggested “one dollar per year of service” gift in thanksgiving to God for your personal years of service in Lutheran ministry. The monies collected for this Thankoffering are given – dollar for dollar – to children of PSD Lutheran educators who are attending a Concordia university in preparation for a career in Lutheran ministry. A special envelope was sent to every administrator at each PSD school in early September to collect those specific offerings. Please collect this Thankoffering as a staff prior to attending LEC and designate a staff member to bring the offering forward at the banquet. Thank you!

We would like to acknowledge Concordia University Irvine , a Tier 1 Conference Sponsor for this year's LEC! We are excited to continue our great partnership with CUI at this year's event. As you see representatives from CUI and visit their booth, please thank them for their partnership in Lutheran education! We are also thankful to Concordia Plan Services for being a Tier 2 sponsor this year! Thank you to both these partners in ministry for their support of Lutheran education!
We are thrilled to have Pastor Jake Boessling from Christ's Greenfield Lutheran Church and School, Gilbert, AZ, leading Bible studies on Monday and Tuesday mornings in the Santa Rosa Ballroom! Please bring your Bibles or mobile devices each morning. Coffee will be available Monday morning as well!
The Collaborative Sessions on Monday afternoon are new to LEC this year. We have 33 Speed Charging Station options for you to visit, 22 different round table discussions for you to participate in, and four FAQ sessions for you to attend: 1) H.E.R.O. Safety Program with Scott Coleman; 2) What Does Messy Handwriting Say About Child Development with Megan Eldridge; 3) Character Formation Project with Jack Preus; and 4) Legalities Related to Gender Identity with Ron Van Blarcom. You will have two separate 45-minute time blocks to choose from these different options!

The LEC Committee is excited about all that will be offered in our Exhibit Hall this year! Come discover new resources for your classrooms, your school communities, and your own professional growth. Perhaps you might also want to do some shopping for staff or family Christmas gifts...or a little something for yourself! Your APP will serve as your passport to enter the RAFFLE this year, which will take place Tuesday morning at 10:15am (must be present to win). Have you downloaded the app yet? Search for PSD School Ministries in your app store!
In addition to our wonderful exhibitors, the Technology Playground will be located in the Exhibit Hall. This area is designed for you to come play with different educational technology. It is a casual setting that encourages interacting one-on-one or in a small group with a fellow educator who is knowledgeable about various technologies for teaching and learning. A list of Playground Aides (presenters) and topics are listed on the app (did we mention you should download the app?!).

We are excited to share with you that the hotel will be providing Cash and Carry food options for both breakfast and lunch on Monday in the Exhibit Hall! Breakfast options are breakfast burritos and sandwiches for $9; fruit, muffins, and granola bars for $2; and coffee, tea, and bottled juices for $3. Lunch will have assorted sandwiches and wraps for $12; personal pizzas for $10; hot dogs for $9; salads for $7; and other snacks and drinks for $2-3! Be sure to make plans to head to the Exhibit Hall for your meals on Monday!

We are excited to welcome speaker, author, humorist, and encourager Amberly Neese as our banquet speaker this year! Amberly is passionate about the JOY found in Christ! As a full-time speaker, author, radio personality, and humorist she has won the hearts (and funny bones) of people all over the country at hundreds of camps, seminars, retreats, chapels, and conventions.  In addition to speaking, Amberly serves as an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University. 
10th Annual PSD Service Day was Today!
We pray you had 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! 
Faith Lutheran Academy and Preschool (Las Vegas) students working together making Christmas wreaths for senior living residents today.
Mt. Calvary, Diamond Bar Receives Award!

Mt. Calvary Lutheran School has been selected for the 2019 BEST OF DIAMOND BAR AWARDS in the category of Schools! Congratulations to all the faculty, staff, church leaders, and families. Read the press release here !
Upcoming Webinars for Private Education

Learn about the importance of the new bill passed - AB 51 in this webinar. AB 51 prohibits employers from requiring an applicant or employee to submit any discrimination or labor claims to mandatory arbitration. This new law also prohibits retaliation against applicants or employees for refusing to waive their rights to pursue these kinds of claims in court. 
Learn how this new law could affect your hiring procedures moving forward!
Please join us on Thursday, December 5th, from 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM for this webinar.
Presented by: Linda Adler
Lutheran Hour Ministries Float
Did you know that the Lutheran Hour Ministries float continues to be the only Christian float in the Tournament of Roses Parade?
This long-standing tradition is made possible by the Southern California District of the Lutheran Laymen's League, as well as the volunteers who bring the float to life.
In just a few weeks, the Petal Pushers ® will begin the process of turning a vision into reality for the 1/1/2020 Rose Parade!

In the public square t he Lutheran Hour Ministries float, entitled Anchored in Jesus , will be raising high the cross of Jesus in this time-honored event.
This will mark our 70 th year of witnessing the Gospel message in this way. You’ll note that Jesus is always kept at the fore.
Please click here to sign up to decorate Rose Parade floats. 
New Teacher Investment Program
We are excited to share our New Teacher Investment Program with you! This program serves as a tool to help support new teachers in their new positions. In each module of this program, you will find resources and discussions on given topics that are applicable to being a new teacher. We encourage you to participate in these discussions and to get connected with other teachers in the district. This will help you to work through questions that you have and to build a network of educators who you can collaborate with for years to come.

This program is for all new teachers, their mentors, and principals. Click here for the webpage with a video, more information, and a link to join the program!
POLS Conference
We are excited to welcome the POLS Conference (Principals of Large Schools) to the Pacific Southwest District and specifically to Orange County this January 15-17, 2020! This year, Early Childhood Directors are welcome to attend as well! If the enrollment of your school is 300 (combined preschool through eighth grade), your Preschool Directors and Principals are welcome to attend!  Please click here for more information and to register to attend. Let’s have a great PSD attendance for this national conference!
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 by noon on Wednesday of each week. This week we pray for:

  • the community of Santa Clarita, CA, in light of the tragic events at Saugus High School last week. We lift up the families and loved ones of the students whose lives were lost because of this tragedy. Lord, bring comfort and peace to them as they mourn and grieve the sudden loss of their loved ones. We pray for all the students, teachers, and staff of the high school as they process the events of last week.
  • today's District-wide Service Day, that it was a blessing to all those involved.
  • those traveling to and from LEC this weekend. We pray for safety for all. We also pray for the presenters and attendees, that it would be a great time of worship, fellowship, and learning.
  • A blessed Thanksgiving for you, your family, your students, and your school. We have so much for which to be thankful!

Schools we are praying for the week of December 1:
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
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