In His Hands - NEW RELEASE FOR 2015!

We are happy to announce the release of the 2014 edition of In His Hands!

In His Hands is a manual intended for leaders and board members of early childhood programs that are freestanding or associated with a Lutheran elementary school. This valuable resource provides direction as new programs are developed and support for existing centers in the operation and management of excellent early childhood programs. Additionally, a collection of 22 handouts and forms referenced in the manual, and designed to be adapted for use in centers, is available in a downloadable format. Klopke, Julie and Williams, Judy, Editors Fourth Edition, Copyright 2014

This resource is available as both a downloadable PDF as well as a hard-copy, soft-cover book.  Please note the distinction when you are ordering from the LCMS Online Store.  Additionally, the collection of handouts and forms is a separate item for order and download as a PDF only.  All items are described below.

LCMS Store Link: (Search for "In His Hands")


In His Hands (Downloadable, PDF)

4th Edition, ©2014

Product ID S08669-E



In His Hands (Book, Soft Bound)

4th Edition, ©2014

Product ID S08669



In His Hands - Handouts and Forms (Downloadable, PDF)


Product ID S08670-E


 Our thanks and appreciation to the many, many  hands involved in this extensive revision project. 


National Lutheran Schools Week Resources

The 2015 National Lutheran Schools Week resources are posted!

Go to: to download the manual, images, and other resources!


2015-16 Portal Subscription

It's time to start thinking about renewing yourLutheran School Portal

subscription for the 2015-2016 school year!  

Current subscriptions expire June 30, 2015, so do not delay!

Subscription Fee: $75 for All Lutheran Schools (Flat Rate)

Expiration: 6/30/2016


Lutheran School Portal members receive access to: 

  • Monthly School/Early Childhood Mailings - current and archived issues
  • National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) materials
  • Premium Services - discounted rates
  • LEIF Search Rights - activated by District in 60-day increments
  • 21st Century, Excellent Lutheran School and Common Core resources
  • National and district information
If subscribing via credit card, simply have the school administrator log on to their account and under the "School Admin" tab select the "Renew Subscription" option.  If you are a currently expired or never subscribed school, your school administrator will see a "Subscribe" button upon login for the credit card process.
If subscribing by check, please submit the following form along with payment: 2015-2016 Portal Subscription Invoice

For questions or more information, contact Matthew Bergholt at


National Distinguished Principal 2014

Michael P. Oldenburg, principal of Divine Redeemer Lutheran School, Hartland, WI is one of 57 "National Distinguished Principals" chosen by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) for 2014!

Leading a one-to-one technology initiative and creating a positive school climate that enriches the life of the community are among the accomplishments of Principal Michael P. Oldenburg at Divine Redeemer Lutheran School. With the goal to enhance the education of students through engagement and differentiation of learning, Oldenburg shared his vision for implementing technology with parents and community members and was able to afford iPads for all students and interactive whiteboards for every classroom. As a result lessons have become interactive and engaging and teachers have begun to use iPads as personal response systems to assess student learning during lessons and make instructional adjustments to better meet the needs of students.

Oldenburg has also created a positive school climate exuding a spirit of joy and acceptance. Home visits, chapel families and school activities that enhance the relationships that have been established through chapel families have added to the positive learning environment at the school. Mr. Oldenburg’s school, congregational and community leadership exemplifies that qualities that have caused his school to be identified as a “school of choice” in his community.

NATIONAL PRESS RELEASE: Mr_Michael_Oldenburg_Press_Release_WEB_PDF.pdf

Chapel Talks 2014-2015

Chapel Talks 2014-2015 is now LIVE in the LCMS Store!  Please go to and search for "Chapel Talks 2014-15" and you will find the electronic AND the Book Version to purchase and download.  

In addition, if you would like to purchase a copy of any of the previous years' Chapel Talks, they are also now available again on the LCMS Store for $5 per PDF.  Simply search the store for "Chapel Talks" and you will find them listed by year.

 If you have any questions please contact Matthew Bergholt at 314-996-1285 or via email at

Concordia Int. School Shanghai Positions



TEACHERS-ES LIBRARIAN-ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS (ES and HS) – Concordia Int. School Shanghai, China is seeking outstanding ES, MS, & HS candidates for the 2015-2016 school year. Preference is given to candidates with a Lutheran Teacher Diploma.  Interested teachers can learn more by reviewing the information at Questions should be addressed to Steven Nurre at


Started in 1998 to enrich the lives of students by challenging them to reach their highest potential in all aspects of life, Concordia International School Shanghai provides the Shanghai expatriate community with a holistic, American-based, college-preparatory education for students from pre-K through grade 12.  

Teachers at Concordia are invited to join a community where “what if...” is encouraged.  We foster our teachers' talents and encourage their professional growth.  "Bring your passions and decide how much difference you can make."


2015 National Lutheran Schools Week

"Our schools are amazing incubators for faithful witness of God’s love for us through Christ

by teachers and students alike." (Terry Schmidt, Director of Schools)

NLSW 2015 Theme: Mercy Forever

Theme Verse: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Mark 10:45 (ESV)


National Lutheran Schools Week will focus on the three-fold emphasis of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

January 26 – February 1, 2014: Witness Always - Raising Up Faithful Disciples

“For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.” 1 John 5:7-8


January 25 – January 31, 2015: Mercy Forever
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (ESV)


January 24 – January 30, 2016: Life Together
“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9 (ESV)


Witness, Mercy, Life Together — In Christ, for the Church and the World: These three phrases illustrate how the church lives and works together to proclaim the Gospel and to provide for our brothers and sisters in Christ in our congregations, communities and throughout the world. In all we do, Christ is at the center, leading us, sustaining us, keeping us focused.

Classical Lutheran Education

The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education (


For more information:  CCLEXIV_Promo_Page


Schedule:  CCLE_XIV_Schedule_Update

Owen's Mission

A Mission opportunity for Lutheran School offerings.


The goal of this project is to honor Jesus by presenting a set of Touch of Life fetal models to every Lutheran elementary and high school in the country.  We want students to understand the God-given value of each life from the moment of conception.


To learn more about this project, click here to read the article:  School_Flyer_Proofed_Final_2014.pdf 

Premium Services and Group Purchasing

Partnerships with Discovery Education, Rosetta Stone, Brain POP, and Arts Attack

are continuing for the 2014-15 school year. 

NEW THIS YEAR, all subscription orders and renewals except for Discovery Education will be processed by the individual companies listed below.  Schools are eligible for a discounted rate with the partnerships but will not go through the LCMS for the Premium Services.  The contacts to secure a new or renewed subscription for Rosetta Stone, Arts Attack, and BrainPOP are listed below.  

NOTE: When contacting the specific vendors, ask for the LCMS Group Discount.

Additionally, the The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod has set up Group Purchasing Agreements (formerly the National Contract Program) for schools and individuals to take advantage of for their needs.  For over twenty years the program has offered substantial discounts on moving, and on producs and services to LCMS churches, schools and affiliated organizations by combining the buying power of over 8,000 organizations.  Go to to see the many Agreements with various companies around the country!


 Discovery Education Streaming

   Discounted Rates for 2014-2015

Discovery Education Streaming 

$4.00 per student w/ $350 minimum (88 students); $1,025 school maximum

Discovery Education Streaming PLUS

$6.50 per student w/ $500 minimum (77 students); $1,895 school maximum

     NEW and EXISTING SCHOOLS (RENEWAL): Contact Matthew Bergholt (


ClassBundl - NEW!

   Marcus Plouzek

   Project Manager

   P   402.458.3083


Hapara - NEW!

   Angie Cox

   P   773.458.3466

   Susan Bowcutt

   Central Plains Manager

   P   503.517.3223

   F   503.210.0351


Rosetta Stone

   Jonathan Holder

   Field Territory Manager

   1919 North Lynn Street, 7th Floor

   Arlington, VA  22209  

   P   800.788.0822  x7942

   F   540.437.2843

For more information about Rosetta Stone, click here:  2014_Rosetta_Stone


Arts Attack

   Arts Attack Publications

   4615 Rancho Reposo

   Del Mar, CA  92014

   P    888.760.2787

   F    858.481.3959


Brain POP

   Alicia M. Cooper

   District Relations Manager

   71 West 23rd Street, 17th Floor

   New York, NY  10010

   P   212.574.6035

   F   866.867.6629


For more information contact Matthew Bergholt at or at 314-996-1285.

NLSA Best Practice Webinar (TODAY!)

UPCOMING ON 3/17/2015!

Tuesday, March 17,  Redeemer Lutheran School, Redwood City, CA, will share the third of their three Best Practice webinars scheduled during the month. 

TOPIC: How to Build a Community of ONE!

Imagine a staff that is excited to work together, committed to the vision and values of your school, feels empowered toward a common goal, and demonstrates a positive, contagious attitude to students, parents, and other staff members.  Come and learn about the journey Redeemer Lutheran School has experienced as they have grown from a student population of 109 to a full campus with waiting lists with the added bonus of being blessed with an Exemplary Status.  Take away ideas for building staff morale, longevity, and a Christ-centered culture that will have students and parents knocking on your door.

Advanced registration is not required and there is no cost to attend this webinar. Simply login to the link below to enter the conference room:

Attendance is limited to the first 100 guests who login to the event.  All live webinar events will be held at 4:00pm CDT and are archived on the portal for on-demand viewing.

All of the archived versions of the NLSA webinars produced earlier in the year are now available on demand at


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