The District Connection

December 19, 2023

On-Ramps to Bible Reading

Praying the Psalms

How do we learn to pray? We listen to the prayers of others. The Psalms are both God’s Word and prayer, and they serve as an excellent source to teach us to pray.


Lifting up our prayers to the Lord.

This week, we are praying for ...

  • Immanuel-Toledo
  • St. Mark-Milford
  • Trinity-Sugar Grove
  • LCMS Wyoming District


For the week of December 24th , we are praying for ...

  • St. Paul-Valley City
  • Trinity-Willoughby
  • St. Philip-Toledo


District News

Is your congregation interested in starting a campus ministry for the young adults attending a college in your area? If so, the Ohio District has College Campus Ministry Grants available to help you get started. Already have a campus ministry in place? Consider registering with LCMS-U, the official campus ministry network that connects and supports students within the LCMS throughout the US.


Youth & Family Ministry

Gloria Dei-Hudson is starting a high school and middle school (Grades 6-12) worship service, to be held on the first Sunday of every month starting January 7, 2024. Dinner will be provided, along with games, some community service and worship. RSVP by January 2, 2024. MORE INFO

Trinity-Elmore is hosting a Youth Social Mixer on January 27, 2023. Youth are invited for a presentation entitled, “Sharing the Light in Dark Digital Days” at 1:00 PM, followed by singing, games, food, and fellowship. DETAILS

Congregational News & Events

You are invited to attend the installation of Rev. Christopher Schneider at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 3924 Home Road in Powell, Ohio on Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 4:00 PM. Pastors are wearing their red stoles. All are welcome to attend!

St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Westlake, Ohio, invites you to help with their Epiphany Party from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Friday, January 5, 2024 at the Redeemer Crisis Center (ENG) in Cleveland, Ohio. READ MORE to see ways you can volunteer and donate.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church (GLC) in Lakewood, Ohio, celebrated their 75th Anniversary on Sunday, December 10, 2023 with a special service of praise and worship at 4:00 PM. Check out pics HERE


MinistryFOCUS, a Recognized Service Organization of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), provides student loan relief to LCMS workers. Applications due December 31, 2023. MORE INFO

Lutheran Schools & Concordia Colleges

Artificial Intelligence and Real Ministry, is a new six-week online continuing education course, starting April 9, 2024, offered in partnership by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (CSL) and Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor (CUWAA). For more information and to register, CLICK HERE 

Concordia University-Chicago (CUC) welcomed the Rev. Simeon Raddatz as CUC chaplain this fall. Rev. Simeon is son of Ohio District LCMS Pastor Rev. Mark Raddatz (Emanuel-Lancaster). READ ARTICLE and see what's happening at the other Concordia campuses.

General News & Announcements

In observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays, the District office will be closed from December 22, 2023 through January 1, 2024.

The District Connection newsletter will not be published on December 26, 2023.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund

Lisa Hall, Vice President of LCEF for the Ohio District LCMS, shares with you what's happening with the expansion project of the Cleveland Lutheran High School Association. Check it out HERE

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