PSD School Ministries
October 6, 2021
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Immanuel Lutheran Preschool, Orange, CA
Apostles Lutheran Early Childhood Center, Peoria, AZ
Christ Lutheran School and Preschool, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Below are photos from Immanuel Lutheran Preschool, Orange, CA:
Mrs. Price and her puppet, Rosie, lead Jesus Time in one of Immanuel's unique outdoor classrooms.
Summer school friends celebrating 4th of July.
Free Range Friday fun!
Below are photos from Christ Lutheran Preschool,
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA:
Lutheran Educators Conference 2021
We would love for you to consider sharing a teaching tip, trick, lesson, technology tip, or other ideas with your fellow teachers at LEC by participating in a Poster Session!

Administrators, you know teachers doing great things! Please reach out to those teachers on your staff with a personal encouragement to share! 

Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for the Poster Session link for more details! 

Synod Statistics
We have just passed the halfway point on time left to submit your LCMS school statistics! There are still about 67% 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!

If your statistics are in by this Sunday, October 10, you will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card! 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:
35 schools submitted
33% Reported
Hearts for Jesus 2021-2022
World Mission, our Hearts for Jesus unified ministry project for this year, serves in Nigeria, where there are 84 unreached nations representing over 65 million people. World Mission wants to reach these people for Jesus! In their September newsletter they shared that the Treasure was shared with a listening group of idol worshippers as well as a group of Muslims who initially rejected the audio Bibles. Because of the Treasure, three families have now abandoned their idol worship and three members of the Muslim group have been converted! To God Be The Glory! We encourage your school to participate in the $250 goal from each school so more Treasures can be shared to those who have yet to know Jesus. To read the full story, please click here.
God is at Work in the PSD!

God is doing amazing work through our churches, schools, and other ministries in the PSD. Click here to read This Table is Your Table, an exciting update about Hispanic ministry in the PSD!
Legal Update Workshop
**For those who registered, you should have received the Zoom link in an email from Rachel Klitzing yesterday. Registrations will stay open through the end of the week.** 

Questions about hourly staff? Questions about new COVID mandates? Questions about anything HR-related? There is still time to sign up to get the answers you are looking for!

We will be hosting a Legal Update Zoom workshop with Michael Blacher of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore on Tuesday, October 12, starting at 9:30 a.m. To register, please complete this form. If you have specific questions or topics you would like to have addressed in the workshop, please email This workshop is intended for school leaders, business administrators, HR staff, etc.  
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
August 2021: Registration worksheets available online.
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:  
Laura Bredehoft 
Gathering District Coordinator for the PSD
(858)272-6363 |
October LCMS School Ministry Mailing
The October School Ministry Mailing articles are out! Head over to to download, read, and share!
Lutheran Hour Ministries Rose Parade Float
This is what the Petal Pushers® Jesus Teaches float test drive looked like.

Featured on the float with Jesus are 12 modern day disciples. 
Matthew 11:1 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.
A cross is firmly fixed to a solid rock from which flows a stream of living water. 
John 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”  

The float committee’s ongoing work is funded primarily by generous donations from Christian friends and multiple fundraising activities and is not included in the operating budget of Lutheran Hour Ministries or the LCMS. 
Help to support and make possible the only Christian float in the parade! You may send your support to: The Lutheran Hour Ministries Float Committee, P.O. Box 20044, Riverside, CA 92516 
Gradelink School Administration System
Parent-Teacher Communication Tools That Work
Considering the strong correlation between student success and parent involvement in the educational process, vital connections made through various forms of communication can’t be overemphasized. Read on to find a range of communication tools to maximize the teacher-parent partnership.

Contact Emily Beckman, former Lutheran teacher, for more information.
Emily Beckman 
Sales Executive 
M: 949-427-2462 
Prayer Requests
  • Join us in thanking and praising God for all pastors, specifically our pastors in the PSD. They are concluding the PSD Pastor's Conference today in Arizona, and we give thanks to God for the ministry of all pastors, especially since this is Pastor Appreciation Month!
  • A prayer of thanks to God for 30 years of ministry at Hope Lutheran Preschool in Glendora, CA (picture above from their celebration).
  • 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 healing and for the doctors to make the best decisions in handling Chris' wounds, as he is still in the hospital. Valorie is principal at Loving Savior of the Hills, Chino Hills, CA.

Schools we are praying for the week of October 10:
Hope Lutheran School and Preschool, Glendora, CA
Redeemer Lutheran School and Preschool, Las Vegas, NV
Redeemer Lutheran Preschool, Ontario, 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