PSD School Ministries
Connections
October 14, 2020
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Redeemer Lutheran Preschool, Ontario, CA
Hope Lutheran School and Preschool, Glendora, CA
Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool, Goleta, CA
Below are photos from Redeemer Lutheran Preschool, Ontario, CA:
Below are photos from Hope Lutheran School and Preschool, Glendora, CA:
Fun day - Mud Day!
Circle Time (distanced circles with the children's pictures on them)
 Fire Safety Week -- putting out fires with spray bottles!
Below are photos from Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool, Goleta, CA:
PSD All Workers Conference 2020!
Thank you to the 295 church workers who are already registered for the All Workers Conference (AWC)

Here is a special incentive – for everyone who is registered by the end of the business day today (Wednesday, October 14), we will draw a name to win a copy of Tim Elmore’s newest book, The Pandemic Population! You may recall that Dr. Tim Elmore will be one of our keynote presenters on Monday, November 23. He will be speaking about this topic so you will definitely want to get this book! 

We are also excited about the way the workshops are coming together. We will have the workshops listed on the website next Wednesday, October 21. One of the benefits of our online conference this year is that you, as a registered attendee, will have access to the conference “hub” (website) through February 2021. AWC may look different this year, but we are excited about all that is in store for you! The excellence and commitment to supporting and equipping you for ministry while also resourcing our congregations and schools for making the Great Commission REAL remains our highest priority!

Click here to register! 
Synod Statistics - Have You Submitted?
THANK YOU to the 64 schools who have already reported their statistics!

A message from LCMS Office of Rosters and Statistics:

It is now time to report your school statistics for the 2020-21 school year. You will be doing this updating and reporting on the new LISN system that was introduced to you last year. If you need helping logging in, please contact the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267 or you can email rosters.stats@lcms.org

The reporting period closes on November 2, so PLEASE make time to gather your statistics and enter them into the system in a timely manner.  
 
We appreciate your attention to this important matter – we are looking for 100% reporting from our PSD schools!

Reporting from Synod*:
64 schools submitted – 51 schools to go!
ECE - 31 submitted/34 to go
Elementary - 29 submitted/15 to go
HS - 4 submitted/2 to go
56% Reported
*This is the Synodical counting of schools
Rigor and Relevance Training in the PSD
Our Rigor and Relevance Framework training kicked off Monday with 22 educators from 16 different schools! The schools participating are:

  • Abiding Savior, Lake Forest, CA
  • Bethany, Long Beach, CA
  • Christ, Brea, CA
  • Christ, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Christ, La Mesa, CA
  • Crean LHS, Irvine, CA
  • Creation School, Vail, AZ
  • Grace, Escondido, CA
  • Hephatha, Anaheim Hills, CA
  • Loving Savior, Chino Hills, CA
  • Prince of Peace, Anaheim, CA
  • St. John’s, Hemet, CA
  • St. John’s, Orange, CA
  • St. Paul’s, Orange, CA
  • Trinity, Litchfield Park, AZ
  • Zion, Anaheim, CA

Please keep these schools and educators in your prayers! We are excited to see how God works and transforms these schools with this training!
Mission West Conference - This Saturday!
If you haven’t already done so, please register for the FREE Mission West Virtual Conference THIS SATURDAY, October 17 from 11am-3pm.

WHAT IS MISSION WEST? 
Ever wanted a mission conference built exactly for the needs and challenges special to the West Coast? A partnership between the three West Coast LCMS Districts (PSD, CNH, and NOW), Mission West is designed especially for West Coast leaders during these challenging times, with the quick-moving and conversational format of a virtual TED talk, plus Q&A’s with each presenter and the plenary speaker, Tod Bolsinger. Mission West is for LCMS congregation, school, and ministry leaders who want to follow Christ and His mission in our unique West Coast culture. 

WHAT IS THE FORMAT? 
  • Plenary speaker Dr. Tod Bolsinger presents and then participates in a live Q&A discussion. 
  • Five other West Coast experts on community engagement, healthcare, and government share in TED-talk format, and answer questions. 
  • All five speakers also interact with Dr. Bolsinger in follow-up Q&A time.

TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE PLENARY SPEAKER! 
What type of leadership is needed in a moment that demands adaptive change?  Dr. Tod Bolsinger, the plenary speaker for Mission West and author of Canoeing the Mountains (which was named Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year in Pastoral Leadership), is uniquely positioned to explore the qualities of adaptive leadership in contexts ranging from churches to nonprofit organizations. He deftly examines both the external challenges we face and the internal resistance that holds us back.

HOW WILL I ACCESS THE EVENT?
 The event will be live streamed at psd.online.church. When the event begins on October 17 you will be able to use the live chat feature to interact with our speakers and each other!

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Comes to PSD School Ramona Lutheran
Read below from Ramona Lutheran Christian School. This happened just this morning! We will keep you updated with any other information they share with us--very cool!

Ramona Lutheran Christian School, San Diego County, CA
 
First DIRECT ARISS CONTACT in the USA since Covid-19 began.
 
Mrs. Kelly Cammarano's students will be talking DIRECTLY to Astronaut, US Navy Captain and SEAL, Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, Commander of Expedition 63, aboard the International Space Station!
 
Wednesday, 14 October, beginning at 0900 Pacific Time. You can watch OUR CONTACT LIVE!
 
ARISS YouTube Link:  
 
Ramona Lutheran students will watch the event LIVE in their classrooms.
 
For more information about Amateur Radio on the International Space Station:
Resources from LEA
Here are some resources from LEA (Lutheran Education Association):

Working on and wondering about Christmas worship? See LEA’s newest video, The Virtually Led Christmas Service 2020, a 38-minute video by Jeff Burkart—and don’t miss the downloadable companion piece that goes with it.
Wrong direction… We’re Experiencing Another Reformation, and Not in a Good Way (Jessica Mouser in ChurchLeaders). According to a Barna study, “Americans are redefining biblical beliefs according to secular values.” Do read this! You are teaching children who need God’s truth.
LCEF Webinar Educator Series
Education has gone through many changes during 2020 and with that, educators have had to adapt to teach and care for their students whether it was through Zoom or in person.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) continues to support the work of elementary, middle, high and secondary school educators by offering webinars regarding important issues like mental health.

Megan Miessler
You Need Oxygen First: Teaching Educators to Care for Self
October 15 (TOMORROW), 7:00pm (CST)

This webinar is free of charge -- all you have to do is register. The webinar will be 45 minutes long and will allow for 15 minutes of questions. It will also be recorded if you are unable to attend.
Rachel's Challenge
The organization Rachel's Challenge spoke at LEC several years ago and sent us this updated information:

Rachel’s Challenge now has a fully digital platform with powerful student video modules, interactive workbooks and student resources as well as all new digital PD and SEL Training to inspire and motivate your staff!
 
Our all new digital content is effective whether your students are in the classroom or learning from home and can be available to you same day with no need to schedule anything on your calendar! This is also a cost effective way to address the challenges your kids are facing with isolation and lack of connection. We would love to continue our partnership with you in transforming lives and school culture. Scroll down to see a few screen shots of our all new platform!

If you would like to learn more about this, I am available via phone at (719) 203-5703 any time. I look forward to speaking!
Sage Robinson
Regional Partnership Manager
Article from Alliance Defending Freedom
From Alliance Defending Freedom:

President Trump recently nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Barrett would fill the seat left open after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently passed away. Click here to read the article.
Prayer Requests
  • For the family of Duane Rohmaller. Duane went to be with Jesus in his sleep Monday evening. We pray for peace and comfort for Duane's wife, Betty (Emeritus Kindergarten teacher at Christ, Costa Mesa, CA), his daughter, Lisa Ellwein (teacher at Salem, Orange, CA), son, Michael, their spouses, grandchildren, and friends and family. Duane served for over 45 years as a Lutheran educator, 25+ as a principal, retiring from Christ, Costa Mesa, CA, in 1999. He then served part-time in the PSD as the Director of Lay Leadership Training from 2000 - 2014. We thank God for the wonderful witness Duane was for Christ throughout his life!
  • For Gabby Vargas, a teacher at Word of Life in Surprise, AZ. Gabby recently lost her husband to kidney failure. We pray that God would wrap His arms around Gabby and her family and give them peace.
  • For Brenda Pruhs, a teacher at Christ, Phoenix, AZ, and her full recovery from cancer.
  • For Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool in Goleta, CA, that God has his hand on their school as they enter a new season of rebuilding and change.

Our Gracious Heavenly Father,
We cry out to you for mercy during these challenging days. Lord, please heal our land, bring peace to our neighborhoods and cities, and tear down the walls of hate and injustice that divide us. Raise up your church to be a life-giving force and ambassadors of reconciliation. Empower us for action that we may model for our world the oneness in Christ, who alone is the hope of the world. Give wisdom to our civil authorities and faith leaders to make decisions and lead in directions that will result in repentance, healing, forgiveness, new directions, and peace. Father in heaven, we pray for our police officers and fire fighters. We ask for your protection, provision and encouragement for our first responders who serve our communities faithfully and sacrificially, facing risks every day on our behalf in order to preserve the peace, our lives and property. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Schools we are praying for the week of October 18:
St. Mark Lutheran Preschool, Encinitas, 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