July 15, 2021
Transforming lives and making the
Great Commission REAL!
The Weekly Newsletter and the Prayer & Praise are created with postings submitted by congregations. Please share with us so we can share with the entire Pacific Southwest District.
Visit the Job Site to view current job openings in congregations and schools of the Pacific Southwest District.

The Weekly Newsletter and Prayer & Praise will not be published on
Thursday, July 22 due to staff vacations. We pray you are enjoying some
vacation time this summer as well. Blessings!
New This Week
A used Baldwin church organ, 2 ranks of 3 1/2 octaves each, stops and settings, foot pedals, in good condition with a quality maple finish is available to any LCMS church, school or entity of the PSD for free with the exception of taking care of its pick up from Blythe, CA.

To claim the instrument or for more information please call Mary Watts at 760-835-3287 or email
Sharing Your Story
Peace Lutheran Church, San Diego has retired its original Church of The Lutheran Hour sign and replaced it with a brand new one! Shown as part of the "installation crew" are congregational LHM Ambassador Sofia Gonzales, office staff member Karen Swift, and Pastor Rigoberto Gonzalez. During a recent Zoom Sunshine Zone Board meeting, Pastor Gonzalez mentioned that he was considering refinishing the decades old sign. Lou Marting, Region 3 Supervisor for the So CA LLL District, researched the availability of a new one, that was delivered and promptly put in place.
Coming Soon! Register Today!
Concordia Plans 2022 Health Plan Town Hall Meeting
The Pacific Southwest District and Concordia Plan Services are inviting you to a Town Hall meeting to discuss everything you need to know about the Concordia Health Plan in advance of the 2022 Employer Election Period.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 28 at 11:00 am Pacific Time (US and Canada). Topics to be covered:
  • 2022 CHP Rates
  • 2022 ER Election and OE Timeline
  • PSA Vendor Change
  • New AI & CI offerings
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Pastors' Conference & Continuing Education
PSD Fall Pastors' Conference - Registration Now Open!
Mark your calendars now for the 2021 Fall Pastors’ Conference taking place from Monday, October 4 through Wednesday, October 6. This year’s conference will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix/Scottsdale in Arizona.

We are looking for someone to organize a golf tournament.
If you are interested in helping in this way, please contact Kelly DeJongh at

Exhibitors: click here to be redirected to the Exhibitor Registration page.

PSD Continuing Education Conference
The 2021 PSD Continuing Education Conference will be on Sunday, October 3 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Scottsdale, AZ. This ½ day conference will begin with lunch and fellowship at 12:30pm and will end about 5 pm. Our guest speaker will be Rev. Jon Bjorgaard speaking on the topic Keys to Having a Successful Mission and Ministry in a Post-COVID World.  

Early Bird Registration: $10.00, if you register by August 31
Registration After August 31: $25.00
Last day to register is Friday, September 24. 

Previously Posted
Security Alert Phishing Attempt
It has been reported that many of you have received phishing emails from accounts pretending to be from PSD leadership. If you have received an email from a Gmail account claiming to be from President Gibson or Rachel Klitzing, please report it to your email provider as phishing and delete it.

Please also note that all district email addresses end in

We sincerely apologize for any confusion this has caused. In today’s world of technology, scams and phishing attempts are part of our reality and are impossible for us to prevent, it is important that we are all being vigilant and using our best judgment to help prevent ourselves from falling for these attacks. 
Lutheran World Relief
It's time to end COVID for everyone, everywhere
As we head into the summer, we are blessed in the US to finally see declining rates of COVID infection, thanks in no small part to the deployment of the COVID vaccine.

The same is not true for many of our neighbors around the world. As we’ve seen in places like India and Nepal, vaccine distribution has been slow and resources are scarce. The emergence of the Delta variant shows us the crucial need to step up our efforts.

If COVID has affirmed nothing else for us as people of God, it’s that we are all connected, and we are all called to love and serve our neighbors. Below, we are lifting up ways Lutheran congregations can be an important part of leading the charge against COVID-19 and ending this pandemic.

Are you interested in your congregation joining this historic effort? If so, visit to learn more.

THANK YOU, always, for everything you continue to do to keep your loved ones and neighbors safe during these difficult times.
Pacific Southwest District