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April 1, 2021
Transforming lives and making the
Great Commission REAL!
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Ensure Compliance and Caution During Reopening
Arizona and the regions of Nevada and California within the Pacific Southwest District have seen movement towards wider reopening from COVID-19 restrictions. As our churches and schools are able to increase capacities and in-person activities on their campuses, the PSD staff rejoices with you and also reminds you to conduct your reopening with care and caution.

Ensure that, as employers, you are in compliance with relevant state and local requirements, and with your insurance company requirements. This is especially important where written COVID-19 preparedness plans are required (including Arizona and California) – ensure plans are in place, being followed and communicated with employees trained in risk factors and prevention. OSHA has made clear that employers nationwide should provide “workers with up-to-date education and training on COVID-19 risk factors and protective behaviors.” In the growing number of states where specific training is required (including California), make sure training is conducted periodically and that successful training completion is documented for each employee. Beyond the primary goals of health and safety for those on your church or school campus, regulatory agencies like Cal/OSHA are actively engaged in enforcement in these areas. Be cautious, and take the necessary steps towards compliance.

Additional information:
Form EEO-1 Filing Required For Employers with 100+ Employees - Including Churches and Schools
Recently PSD staff have received questions regarding filing requirements for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) form EEO-1. The EEO-1 filing requires most employers with 100 or more employees to provide data on the racial/ethnic and gender composition of their workforce by specific job categories, referred to as component 1 data. In 2019, certain employers were also required to report hours worked and wage data to the EEOC, referred to as component 2 data. Note that there is no religious exemption - churches or schools with 100 or more employees will most likely need to file. Consult with your professional or legal resources or insurance provider for your organization.
 
The EEOC originally extended the deadline to March 31, 2021 for filing 2019 and 2020 data due to the pandemic. The EEOC postponed the data collection date again, but without setting a definite deadline for filing. At this point, it is anticipated the EEOC will open the portal for submission of 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 reports in April. A deadline for filing has not been published as of this time.

It is recommended that churches and schools eligible to file prepare their data submissions in advance so they are ready for submission when the portal opens. As in previous years, the EEOC stated that a notification letter will be sent to eligible filers.

Additional information:
One Minute: WrongForYou.com (The Opioid Epidemic)
You have probably seen the commercials on television promoting the website wrongforyou.com. It was developed by the Orange County Health Care Agency to educate the public to the dangers of prescription opioid overuse. The opioid epidemic has devastated thousands of families across the country as loved ones misused their prescriptions for these pain pills. Millions of prescriptions for these pills have been written by physicians and been filled by pharmacists nation-wide. While many people have died or been injured by opioid misuse and abuse, opioids can be used effectively under tight control under physician’s care.
 
Opioids were originally marketed as non-addictive, safe, and user-friendly. But it soon turned out this was wrong. Opioids are highly addictive and dangerous. As the opioid epidemic worsened, Attorney Generals of many states sued several pharmaceutical companies for false marketing and lying to the public.
 
Chronic pain is real. Opioids were developed to deal with this pain. But many physicians have lost their licenses as a result of prescribing too many opioids and not monitoring their patients close enough. Read Full Article
Analog Sound Boards Available For FREE!
Bethany Lutheran Church, Long Beach, CA has three analog sound boards that we are no longer using and would like to find a new home for (give away). They are all a bit older, however they all worked when use was discontinued. If interested, contact Blake Flattley at blakeflattley@gmail.com.
Breakfast Bible Study: Mexico Missionaries
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Huntington Beach, CA is hosting a Breakfast Bible Study on Saturday, April 10 at 9:00 am featuring Rev. Daniel and Kathy Conrad who are LCMS missionaries in Mexico. Daniel serves as the coordinator of theological education for the entire country where he works with and mentors national pastors and pastors in formation. They are unable to travel to the United States at this time because of the pandemic, so we will learn about their work in a virtual presentation at Redeemer over Zoom. If you wish to watch in the Fellowship Hall, breakfast starts at 8:30 am. COVID-19 precautions will be followed. RSVP to the Church office at churchoffice@redeemer-lutheran.net or call 714-846-6330. If you prefer Zoom, a link is posted on our website under Events, Upcoming Events. 
Previously Posted
The Gala of Stars is where our stars collide.
When student potential meets donor support there is a massive release of energy and light. That energy ignites the untapped potential of our students, forming graduates who are wise, honorable, and cultivated citizens who will spread out from CUI, emboldened to make a difference in their families, workplaces, and communities.

Sunday, April 17 - Fund A Need Launch
Support Concordia University Irvine students through your gift to scholarships.

Monday, April 19 - Preview Online Auction
View an array of packages online, including Silent and Premier auction items.

Saturday, April 24 - Online Auction Opens
All auction purchases benefit the student scholarship fund.

Saturday, May 1 - Online Auction Closes
Silent auction bidding closes at 4:00 pm PST.
Premier auction bidding closes at 7:00 pm PST.

Equipped 2021 Jr. High Camp
The theme for this year’s JH Camp is Equipped. 2 Timothy 3:17 says, “so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” At camp this year, we will explore and respond to God’s Word by feeling fully, thinking critically, and doing justly. Jesus is far and away our best example of this: he felt with his heart when he had compassion; he reasoned with his head when he confronted evil, apathy, and pride; he used his hands to heal people and extend mercy to them.

JH Camp will be held May 27-30 at Tonto Rim Christian Camp in Payson, AZ. Registration information is available at psd-youthandfamily.org/camp
Our goal at JH Camp is for all of us to be much more equipped to feel, think, and do like Jesus did. We’ll do this through lots of experiential learning, meaningful messages, and intentional processing of ideas with peers and adult leaders. For more information, please contact DCE Dave Minster at dminster@gstempe.org. 
Green & Gold Day at Concordia Seminary
Prospective students who are interested in studying at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis can now register for the free online Green & Gold Day visitation event scheduled for 2:00-4:00 pm (CDT) Saturday, April 10. This event is typically held in person but has been moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

During the two-hour event, participants will learn about financial aid, on-campus housing and the admissions process. They also will participate in a panel discussion with current students who will share their own experiences.

After participants register, a link to join the event will be sent. To reserve a spot, register by April 5 at csl.edu/green-gold-days. For the full schedule of visitation events, visit csl.edu/visit. For more information, or to schedule an individual visit, contact Recruitment and Admissions at admit@csl.edu or
800-822-9545.
Jesus Teaches LHM Float Planned for January 2022
The Lutheran Hour Ministries’ float is a self-funded project of the Southern California District of the International Lutheran Laymen’s League,
a dedicated group of supporters and volunteers who are active in ministry domestically and around the world.

The ministry of the organization is currently expressed through a wide range of Christ-centered outreach efforts under the name of Lutheran Hour Ministries. We most sincerely thank you for your continued support of the LHM Tournament of Roses Parade Float Project.
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 LHM or the LCMS.

Click here, or send your support to: The Lutheran Hour Ministries Float Committee, P.O. Box 20044, Riverside, CA 92516.
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