Learning About Lutherans: Black History Month

Leaders Who Serve, and Servants Who Lead—The Inspiring Story of the First Rosa


You're probably familiar with civil-rights icon Rosa Parks.

But have you heard of Rosa Young?

Our Lord does His work in many and various ways, and especially through many and various people. 

One such person is Rosa J. Young, who was born in 1890 into an ordinary rural Alabama life but went on to accomplish extraordinary things for her community and the kingdom of God.  Rosa played an instrumental role in the founding and development of 30 Lutheran elementary schools and 35 Lutheran congregations throughout Alabama's "Black Belt" region. Her legacy is unparalleled as a compassionate educator, confessor and church planter for Christ and His Church.

And now it’s time to tell her full story.

"The First Rosa" — a film produced by the LCMS for release this year — will inform the church and other audiences of Rosa Young’s remarkable impact on people as she proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Together, we can inspire and support the formation of new professional church workers by starting a network of Rosa J. Young Academies. These new elementary schools will be established in partnership with LCMS congregations and districts, using the same model Rosa used when she started Lutheran schools across Alabama.

This month — "Black History Month" — you can celebrate Rosa Young's contributions to young people. One easy way to do this is to download a specially designed bookmark for students and distribute copies at your chapel services. And, you can share the half-page bulletin insert that focuses on this inspiring Lutheran who rose up to change lives, and made a difference that lasts to this day.

Thank you for what you, too, do for young people and may God bless all your efforts in Him. 


Rev. Roosevelt Gray Jr.

Director, LCMS Black Ministry



Film Documentary Resources

Rosa J. Young Bulletin Insert

Rosa J. Young Bookmarks


National Lutheran Schools Week Resources

The 2015 National Lutheran Schools Week resources are posted!

Go to: http://lcms.org/lutheranschoolsweek to download the manual, images, and other resources!


Lutheran Schools Admissions Summit 2015

SAVE THE DATE! ADMISSIONS SUMMIT 2015: Thursday, April 16th - Saturday, April 18th, 2015


It is with much excitement that we invite you and/or any other interested parties at your school to join us at Lutheran High School in Parker, Colorado for the inaugural Admissions Summit 2015!

Click HERE for full Summit details, schedule, registration, and more!

The goal is simple: to invite every Lutheran school in the country to a summit on our campus specifically targeting admissions best practices, admissions position consideration & implementation, and growth strategies. The event is designed to be very hands on, practical, tangible, and implementation focused as opposed to theory focused. This summit approach is built simply out of strong outside demand and a deep desire to strategically evaluate how to grow our Lutheran schools. 

The target audience includes schools that have this office in place and want to refine & collaborate (in which case the admissions person attending would be an excellent option), as well as lead administrators of schools that do not have a position like that in place but are considering it (which is certainly a growing number). We aim to equip attendees with tools and very black & white strategies to consider applying in their given markets. We encourage all schools that are looking to either refine an existing admissions office or add an admissions position to their team to join us in April!

We look forward to further partnering with you in the name of growth & promotion of Christian education, and please do not hesitate to e-mail or call me with any questions- blessings!

Contact Information: 

Ryan Bredow, Director of Admissions & Marketing, Lutheran High School

   e   Ryan.Bredow@LHSParker.org

   p   303-895-9576 (cell)



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 http://store.lcms.org/ 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 Matthew.Bergholt@lcms.org

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 http://www.concordiashanghai.org/about-concordia/employment. Questions should be addressed to Steven Nurre at recruitment@concordiashanghai.org


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."


2014-15 Portal Subscription

$75 - Early Childhood, Preschool, Elementary, Middle or High School


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 (open ordering period available each semester)
  • LEIF Search Rights - activated by District in 60-day increments
  • School Statistics - easy access to submit yearly report
  • 21st Century, Excellent Lutheran School and Common Core resources
  • Living Curriculum
  • The Financial Calculator (Budget Planning Tool)
  • Groups, discussion boards, project boards
  • National and district information

For more information, contact Matthew Bergholt at Matthew.Bergholt@lcms.org.

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.

In His Hands

We are happy to announce the release of the 2013 edition of In His Hands. This is a resource manual for starting, expanding or improving a Christ-centered early childhood development ministry.



In His Hands (downloadable, pdf)

3rd Edition, ©2013

Product ID S08669-E



Initially, this resource will be available in electronic (pdf) format only. The hard copy edition will be released in 2014.

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

Classical Lutheran Education

The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education (www.CCLE.org)


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

Partnerships with Discovery Education, Rosetta Stone, Brain POP, Learning.com 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, Learning.com and BrainPOP are listed below.  

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

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 (Matthew.Bergholt@lcms.org)


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 Matthew.Bergholt@lcms.org or at 314-996-1285.


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