PSD School Ministries
Connections
September 22, 2021
The telephone rings — loud, jarring…dissolving my precious moment of stolen solitude. Then…I suddenly know…that God is in the ringing, that God is in the interruption. – Edwina Gateley
 
Interruptions as Opportunities
 
“Stolen solitude.” How true it is that to find precious moments to talk with God, we need to steal the time from other tasks that beckon us. And even then, we cannot always get away. Interruptions dissolve those quiet moments and the silence is shattered.
 
Like a breaking dish, the fragility of silence is hard to repair. Instead, we usually set aside the pieces of what could have been and return to the world of ringing phones, text messages, emails, and demanding obligations. But what if God’s message is in the interruptions? To see it that way changes everything. Instead of being unhappy or frustrated, seeing interruptions as God-given allows us to simply take God with us back into the demands of our day.
 
God speaks in many ways. We crave solitude — and we do need it at times. But when interruptions come, let God redeem them. He has a message for you.
 
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.Psalm 34:1 (ESV)
 
Lord, help me see You and hear You in all the interruptions of my life.
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Little Lambs Preschool Ministry, Boulder City, NV
Grace Christian School and Preschool, Escondido, CA
Zion Lutheran Preschool, Fallbrook, CA

Below are photos from Little Lambs Preschool Ministry,
Boulder City, NV:
Below are photos from Grace Christian School and Preschool, Escondido, CA:
Lutheran Educators Conference 2021
LEC registration is now open for our schools! Your LEC committee is excited to share this year's program with you. Be sure you take a look at the videos that each of our presenters created for you, sharing what they will be presenting. Two reminders – administrators or their designees are the only people who should register their full staff to attend, and only a SINGLE administrator email address should be used for each registration submitted from your school. If you have any questions, please contact the School Ministries office.

Baptism
Faith Lutheran Academy in Las Vegas, NV, recently had a special baptism chapel. Click here for a beautiful video. We encourage you to talk with your pastor(s) regarding ways to talk about baptism with all of your students, especially your unbaptized students.

Synod Statistics
THANK YOU to the schools who have already reported their statistics! We appreciate your attention to this important matter – we are looking for 100% reporting from our PSD schools! If your statistics are in by October 10, you will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card!

Administrators,
You should have received email notification from the LCMS Office of Rosters and Statistics that it is time to update your school information and report your school statistics for the 2021-22 school year. You will be doing this updating and reporting on the LISN system. Your login credentials have not changed, so you should have immediate access. If you don’t have your login auto-saved on that website, 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 1, so PLEASE make time to gather your statistics and enter them into the system in a timely manner. 

Reporting from Synod on PSD schools:
14 schools submitted
10% Reported
Resources and News from LEA
Football season specials… Especially for grade K. See social studies lesson plan and writing lesson plan (education world).

Administrators: Leading Together is coming together… The planning team for the Lutheran School Administrators Conference met in Orlando last week to polish the program and nail down more details. The program will include professional growth for elementary, early childhood, and secondary administrators. March 27–29, 2022. Enjoy some good old Lutheran hospitality too. Look for registration soon!
Legal Update Workshop
Questions about hourly staff? Questions about new COVID mandates? Questions about anything HR related? This workshop is for you!

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 rachel.klitzing@psd-lcms.org. This workshop is intended for school leaders, business administrators, HR staff, etc. Plan now to attend!  

Thank you to all who have registered. The Zoom link will be sent to those registered on Friday, October 8. Please also note that Arizona, California, and Nevada are all still in the same time zone for this October event.
New School Counselor Network
We are excited to launch our new School Counselor network! Our inaugural meeting will be conducted via Zoom, Wednesday, September 29, starting at 10:00 a.m. We are thrilled to have the exceptional Dr. Buddy Mendez as our special guest presenter! Dr. Mendez has been a full-time Professor of Psychology at Concordia University Irvine and a Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Newport Beach for the past 28 years. He graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Theology and a Ph.D. in Psychology. Dr. Mendez has appeared on the television show “Good Morning America” and has published two books: “Ready, Set, Married: 12 Christian Character Traits for a Strong and Lasting Marriage” and “Surviving Your Child’s Adolescence: A Christian Guide for Meeting Your Teen’s Deepest Needs.” Dr. Mendez is a member of the Christian Association of Psychological Studies, the American Psychological Association, and the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group. He is a frequent teacher and speaker on marriage, family and parenting issues. Rachel will send out the Zoom link for this meeting on Monday, September 27. If you haven’t yet done so and wish to be included in this new network, please email your name and contact email to kim.violette@psd-lcms.org
2022 National Youth Gathering Information
Pre-Gathering Bible Study
Before, during, and after the Gathering, Youth and their Adult Leaders are encouraged to participate in Bible Studies centered around the theme, In All Things. The first Bible Study, including both Leader and Participant guides, is now available on the Gathering website. 

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 (email below). You will need this number to begin your Gathering registration.
 
Registration Worksheets  
Registration materials, including the necessary forms, to register your group for the Gathering are available on the Gathering website.
 
Gathering Website 
 
Questions? Email Laura Bredehoft (lbredehoft@stpaulspb.com
Student Desks and Chairs for Free
If your school needs any rectangle or square student desks with book boxes, St. John’s in Orange, CA, is giving away many desks. Sizes range from Kindergarten to 3rd to middle school sizes/styles. There are also many 3rd/4th grade size and middle school size chairs to give away. All are used, but in good shape. Contact jhollatz@stjohnsorange.org for questions and pictures of desks. All you must do is come and pick them up!
Prayer Requests
  • Prayers from Little Lambs, Boulder City, NV:
  • for Boulder City
  • for the families that God has given Christ Lutheran to care for through Little Lambs
  • thanksgiving for Little Lambs, the staff, and the families who entrust their kids to our care
  • thanksgiving for the work God has done through Christ Lutheran in the past, for the work He's doing through us right now, and for the work He's prepared for the next generation to do through our congregation and preschool going forward
  • for opportunities to proclaim Jesus to those who don't know Him in Boulder City.
  • Please join us in praying for Principal Valorie Wend and her husband, Chris, who were recently in a bad car accident. We pray for continued healing for them both and relief from pain. Valorie is principal at Loving Savior of the Hills, Chino Hills, CA.

Schools we are praying for the week of September 26:
Risen Savior Lutheran Preschool, Chandler, AZ
Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool, Hemet, CA
Salem Lutheran School and Preschool, Orange, 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