PSD School Ministries
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October 13, 2021
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Hope Lutheran School and Preschool, Glendora, CA
Redeemer Lutheran School and Preschool, Las Vegas, NV
Redeemer Lutheran Preschool, Ontario, CA

Below are photos from Hope Lutheran School and Preschool,
Glendora, CA:
Hope Lutheran Preschool recently celebrated their 30th anniversary! Pictured are Bonnie Hill (far left), Hope's first Preschool Director, with Jason Mumford, a first student and Ellen Head (far right), Hope's current Preschool Director, with Jaxon Mumford, a current Hope student and Jason's son. A full circle moment!
Bubble fun
Friends for dinner
Lutheran Educators Conference 2021


Thank you to the 579 educators that have already registered for LEC! We are looking forward to a great conference. If you haven't registered yet, do so today!

Synod Statistics
We have passed the halfway point on time left to submit your LCMS school statistics! There are still 58% of our schools that have not submitted yet. Please make this a priority this week or next! You will be logging into the same site you have been utilizing the past three years. Your login credentials have not changed, so you did not receive that information from LCMS Rosters & Statistics this year. If you have not yet auto-saved your login information or if you are a new administrator this year, please:
A.) Contact the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267 or
B.) Use the “Help” link on the LISN login page to connect with a Rosters & Statistics staff member. 

If you have ANY questions on this, please contact the School Ministries office and we will do our best to assist you. However, we cannot retrieve your login information - you will need to take one of the steps listed above. Thank you for making this a top priority!

The reporting period closes on November 1, so PLEASE make time to gather your statistics and enter them into the system in a timely manner. Thank you!

Reporting from Synod on PSD schools:
45 schools submitted
42% Reported
Early Childhood Directors'
Monthly Zoom Meeting
Mark your calendars for our next monthly meeting of Early Childhood Directors: Wednesday, October 20, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Make plans now to attend! We have a very special guest presenter for the first half hour, and the second half hour will be sharing and discussion on important topics. This is a great opportunity to network with fellow leaders in our preschools, ask questions and get them answered very quickly and practically! We look forward to having you with us on Zoom! The link will be sent on Friday, so watch for it and accept the invitation! God bless you!
Resources from LEA
Resources from Lutheran Education Association (LEA):

In any gathering of people, you’ll see many, if not most, with heads buried in their phone or other device. Learn How Digital Habits Affect Our Walk with God (Adele Werner in CPH Blog).

See what LCMS President Harrison has to say about COVID-19 and vaccines. Includes a link to COVID resources.
New National Youth Gathering Information

Registration Update
Online data entry for Gathering participants is now OPEN! As a reminder, this is for online data entry only. Do not mail your registration materials to the Gathering Office until November 1. Materials postmarked before November 1 will be returned to congregations and registration will be delayed. Begin entering data using this link.
 
Congregational ID
Envelopes with your church’s Congregational ID number were sent by the Gathering Office in late July. Unfortunately, it appears quite a few were lost in transit. If you have not received yours yet, please contact Laura Bredehoft (contact information below). You will need this number to begin your Gathering registration.
 
Key Planning Dates
October 2021Primary Adult Leaders may begin entering data into the Gathering registration program 
 
November 1, 2021Gathering registration officially opens. Materials may not be sent to the Gathering Office prior to November 1st. 
 
December 1, 2021: YAV Application Closes
 
April 2022: Team Flex Application Closes
 
May 1, 2022Registration Rate Increases
 
May 4, 2022: Registration Closes
 
Find more information about the 2022 LCMS Gathering at the links below:
Gathering Website: https://lcmsgathering.com  
 
Sincerely, 
Laura Bredehoft 
Gathering District Coordinator for the PSD
(858)272-6363 | lbredehoft@stpaulspb.com
One Minute: ANTS Are No Picnic
Ants can ruin a picnic. You can put your blanket down and open your picnic basket and discover there are ants in the grass. Ants can ruin a picnic.
 
ANTS can ruin your life. ANTS stands for Automatic Negative Thoughts, those intrusive thoughts that seen to “pop” into our minds automatically. Aaron Beck, M.D., coined this word ANTS when he was working with patients with depression. He noticed that these patients had negative thoughts and beliefs about themselves. As his research grew it was discovered that most people have these same kind of negative thoughts. Read Full Article from PSD Counselor for Church Workers Rev. Ron Rehrer.
Prayer Requests
  • Please join us in praying for the family (Todd – husband, and Ali – daughter) of Kriss Glaeser - for comfort and peace at the homegoing to heaven of Kriss. A celebration of life service will be on October 23, 10 a.m. at St. John’s, Orange, CA, where she most recently taught.
  • Prayers from Hope Lutheran School, Glendora, CA: for good health, the blessing of many new students this year, new teachers, new marriages, new babies, and thanksgiving for God's protection this school year. 
  • Please join us in continuing to pray for Principal Valorie Wend and her husband, Chris, who were recently in a bad car accident. We pray for complete healing for both Valorie and Chris. Valorie is principal at Loving Savior of the Hills, Chino Hills, CA.

Schools we are praying for the week of October 17:
Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool, Goleta, CA
Concordia Lutheran School and Preschool, Granada Hills, CA
Holy Trinity Lutheran Preschool, Hacienda Heights, 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 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