Easter 2011

The Apostle Paul summarizes the story of Easter in very simple terms:
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time.” (1Corinthians 15:3-6)

I recall seeing a large children’s coloring book a few years ago entitled, “The Story of Easter.” The book ended with a picture of the three crosses set on a hill. The book never finished the story; Easter is not about death but about empty tombs and life. Jesus did die on that cross and was buried, but he was raised to life and people saw him, ate with him and touched him.

The message of Easter is one of hope that overcomes despair, life that conquers death, and joy that chases away sorrow. Knowing the powerful message of Easter the Apostle Paul, talking about the suffering he experienced in his life, could say, “What then shall we say of these things? . . . For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angles nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31, 38-39)

These are challenging times in which we live. For some the loss of home or job has created a life never expected and there seems no way to recover. For others it is the challenge of health and unexpected diagnosis. News stories of war and violence continue to keep us on edge. Living in chaos is always unsettling and traumatic and into the midst of each of our lives comes Easter.

The disciples watched their best friend and teacher arrested and led off to kangaroo court, and they run away and hide. Peter, so afraid for his own life, three times denies even knowing Jesus and leaves a broken man. From a distance they watched him die as a common criminal. Broken, frightened, hopeless and filled with despair they locked themselves behind closed doors. Just as they were convinced their devastated life would never recover, Easter came.

So it comes for us also.  Whether broken, frightened, filled with despair, or just plain empty, Christ comes to us during this Easter Season. As he greeted his disciples behind those closed doors he greets us, “Peace be with you.” The news of an empty tomb can bring the promise of a full life. The sorrow of Friday is replaced by the joy of Sunday and the early Christians would greet one another with shouts, “Christ is risen!” “He is risen indeed!”

May God’s peace and joy fill your days with hope.

Larry Stoterau
President, The Pacific Southwest District

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  Events & Highlights:



Pacific Southwest District—LCMS
Fall Pastors’ Conference
September 26 - 29, 2011
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel
888 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

“Challenges Facing Church Leaders Concerning Sex and Sexuality” is the
theme for the 2011 Fall Pastors’ Conference. Registration is now open and you will find the Conference Registration Form, links to reserve the hotel and information for Exhibitors below. The conference room rates are also available for three days before and three days after the conference. If you have any questions, please call Pauline Rogers at Our Savior Lutheran Church,
(626) 447-7690.

Registration Form
Hotel Registration Link for Standard Rooms
Hotel Registration Link for Resort Suites
Exhibitor Registraton Form

Student Aid

District Financial Aid forms for the 2011-2012 school year are now available.  Click here to go to the Resources and Forms page.  You will need to print all three documents that have links to the forms - Pacific Southwest District Grants Student Aid Guidelines Revised for 2011, District Financial Aid Application 2011, and 2011 Pastors’ Evaluation of Applicant 2011. 

Follow the guidelines to submit your application.  It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their Pastor receives the Evaluation and returns it to the District Office by the Due Date of July 1, 2011.



is the mission initiative to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with 100 million people worldwide by the year 2017 in response to the great love God shows to us. Fan into Flame is the invitation for congregations and individuals to help fund Ablaze! projects that spread the Gospel message of Jesus Christ in their communities,  the Pacific Southwest District, throughout North America , and around the world.  Click on the documents and forms listed here:


Ablaze Covenant Congregation

- Church Planting Brochure {click here}
- Enrollment Form {click here}

Nearly 50 Ablaze! Ambassadors are ready to share as guest speakers about the worldwide initiative to share the Gospel with 100 million non-Christians by 2017. All Ablaze! Ambassadors are passionate about outreach and many are former district and national Synod leaders (district presidents, LWML presidents, and LCMS and Lutheran Hour Ministries executives).

As spokespersons for Ablaze!, each agrees to give presentations about the effort in congregations, schools, and other venues to encourage their fellow Lutherans to share their faith with family, friends, co-workers—even strangers.
Consider inviting an Ablaze! Ambassador to come encourage your congregation, school, or group in their personal outreach and faith-sharing. (Hosting groups are asked to cover the transportation, housing, and/or other expenses related to the Ambassador’s attendance at their event.) Please take advantage of this wonderful resource.  If you have any questions, or would like to view an updated list of Ablaze! Ambassadors, please call 1-800-433-3954 or visit click here.


The Pacific Southwest District provides financial donations to our churches, schools, and parishioners who have been affected by disaster (hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes, etc).  If you would like to help in this effort, please send your donation, made payable to the Pacific Southwest District—LCMS, earmarked for Disaster Relief, and we will include it with the funds that we send.  We are aware that many people have been impacted by our current economic state, but we invite you to make a donation in any amount that you are comfortable with to help those who have lost so much.  If you would prefer to donate funds directly to LCMS World Relief and Human Care, you may do so on-line by clicking here, or mail donations to LCMS World Relief and Human Care, P.O. Box 68661, St. Louis , MO 63166-6861 , or call the credit-card gift line at (888) 930-4438.  If you would like to volunteer in the cleanup efforts following a disaster or devastating incident, please contact the office of the district in which you would like to serve.  Contact information for LCMS districts is available online at www.lcmsdistricts.org.  


Lutheran HAMS
If you are an amateur radio ham and have an active station, we could use your help. The Pacific Southwest District is very active in disaster response training and preparedness. Part of the program through I-LERT (Inter-Lutheran Emergency Response Team) is to establish a communication network that will be able to coordinate activities between the shelter churches in the event of a disaster. The network would also include a station to communicate through a network to stations outside the disaster area.  The concept is to have a 2 meter local network with a 40 meter station for DX out of the area.

It’s a New Day!
It's surprising that after all these years, people still mention The Southern California Lutheran Program, our District's radio program for 60 years. Pastor Richard Schumm was the director for the final 25 years of its radio time. Unfortunately, after so many decades, Station KAIM (1390) Long Beach, was sold in 2002. Other stations were cost prohibitive and by 2004 it went off the air. After the last radio broadcast, a new PSW District internet program began on Monday, November 11, 2002. It was named "It's A New Day. Pastor Schumm's 3-minute AUDIO devotions are on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It's nice that one can listen to the program at any time during a 24 hour period. It changes at midnight (Eastern time) every night (9:00 PM Pacific time). It's easy to hear the devotion.

If you want the program on your desktop,type in the following address: www.psd-lcms.org/audio/default.asp, go to the File command, select Send, then Shortcut to Desktop. If your congregation has a website, and you would like to access the program from there, they can simply add a link on their site to the above address.

HealthNotes are monthly articles addressing a variety of current health topics, that may be linked to your website, included in your congregational newsletters, posted, or copied for distribution. As always, I welcome topics of interest to you and your communities/congregations!

Each month, a variety of health topics or health concerns are recognized through annual health observance dates. Health observances are days, weeks, or months devoted to promoting particular health information, or to honor healthcare professionals.

Healthy relationships are key to our health and happiness... Consider
preparing a "State of Your Union" report on your relationships!! Read more
about Healthy Relationships.

World Health Day 2011 introduces recommendations to prevent and control
resistance to antibiotics. Misuse of these valuable weapons in our medical
arsenal have increased the number of germs resistant to drugs, causing
death, suffering, disability and soaring healthcare costs. Read about
Combatting Drug Resistance to learn more.

Special Edition
Because of growing anxiety in the aftermath of the earthquakes, tsunami and radiation leaks in Japan, the following information was requested by HealthNotes readers. As well as praying for those in harm's way, please encourage people to respond by educating and preparing themselves for disasters! Please print the documents below and be sure to share them with others.

Radiation Exposure and Potassium Iodide Facts
Emergency Plan and Supply Kit Lists brochure

As always, your topics suggestions for future issues of HealthNotes are welcome!

In HIS service,

Marla M.LichtsinnRN, MPA, CIC, FCNmmlichtsinn@socal.rr.com


The Extra Mile Ministries K9 Crisis Response Ministry

Faith Lutheran Church in Whittier, CA is now the home of the Extra Mile Ministries K9 Crisis Response Ministry. This ministry is a vital link in the ministry of national response to crisis/disaster.


These specially trained comfort dogs work with experienced handlers and team members in stressful situations which are often chaotic and unpredictable. The team helps victims, emergency personal, and family members cope emotionally and spiritually. In doing so the team is able to help renew faith and restore hope. The team brings Christ-like compassion and mercy utilizing the dogs as instruments, creating a healing bridge connecting those in crisis and the crisis team. As those who face traumatic situations begin to pet and touch the K9, the power of God opens the door of opportunity to help and serve. Knowing the physical power of touch and its effectiveness, a much deeper healing can take place that is beyond description. The team provides a ministry of presence and offers Christ crisis tools of mercy and grace.


Support of this ministry, through prayer and financial contributions, is always welcome. Donations can be mailed to:
The Extra Mile Ministries
c/o PSW District
2206 Luz Way
Oceanside, California 92056


Thank you for your continued support! We hope you will “friend” us on our Facebook page ("K9 Comfort"). Blessings!


Chaplain Ralph and the K9 Chaplain/Comfort Dog Teams and Staff clothcop@aol.com


You Can Receive a Free Copy of Feed My Sheep by Donating $25 to the Feed My Sheep Book Fund
This book is not only a valuable resource on the history of the District with an emphasis on the Hispanic ministries but is also an excellent handbook on how to do Hispanic ministries. To secure your free copy, contact Karene Cargill at (949) 854-3232, ext. 200 in the District Office or Mike Doyle, District Archivist, at (909) 985-5948 or email mikedoyle@adelphia.net.