The District Connection exists to inform and inspire the congregations and partners of
the Ohio District LCMS in fostering the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
The District Connection
January 18, 2022
President Wilson's Weekly Message
Read the Weekly Devotional Message from Ohio District President Kevin Wilson HERE
Pastors and Church Workers
It is difficult to live honorably as a child of God when the Church is increasingly marginalized and ridiculed. To be sure, this is a consequence of evil in the world, but it is also because God’s people don’t know the Scriptures and/or because they compromise what they believe or how they live in the world.
You are invited to the 2022 Michigan District Theological Conference "BEYOND THE WALLS WITH JESUS" on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Our Savior in Lansing, MI, to gather and consider how our faith can shine as we engage with the culture outside the walls of the church.
For more information, or to register in-person or for livestream, visit: (You must register for livestream in order to receive the conference livestream link closer to the event date.)
District News
Rev. Donald L. Frerichs, age 84, of Stow, Ohio passed away on Wed, January 5, 2022. He was an Emeritus pastor who came to the Ohio District in 2019.
Rev. Donald Frerichs graduated from the Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, IL. He served in Minnesota, Oregon and Washington before coming to the Ohio District. One of his sons is Rev. Paul Frerichs, pastor at Redeemer- Cuyahoga Falls.
Services are to be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 7 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2141 Fifth St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221.
Congregational News
Lighted Cross Lutheran Church in Ashtabula, Ohio is raising support for a family from their church that experienced a home fire on Wednesday, January 12. Thanks be to God that none of the Panic family, which includes a father and three children, were injured in the blaze. However, the house is a total loss and not insured.
Prayers are requested for the Panic family. Financial gifts or gift cards are being accepted to assist the family. Checks can be made out to Lighted Cross Lutheran Church with "The Panic Family" in the memo section or a document specifying the gift is for the Panic family. All donations for the Panic family will go to the family. If you have questions, contact Pastor Freddy Davison at: 440-444-5479. Lighted Cross' address is: 2310 W. 9th Street, Ashtabula, OH 44004.
Mission and Ministry
Hosted by LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission, the Rev. Dr. Geoff Robinson will present a FREE WEBINAR on “Recovering Our First Love for Evangelism” from 1:00-2:00 PM CT on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. DETAILS
Youth News
The youth in your congregation will spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to future generations. Engage in relationship with these young people. Need ideas? Reach out to Karen Dutton, Director of Youth and Family Ministry for the Ohio District at: and she will be happy to discuss some option with you!
School News
See what's happening at our LCMS Universities in the most recent Campus Clips article HERE
LCMS Highlights
The LCMS Office of National Mission (ONM) offers national development grants to aid LCMS congregations, Recognized Service Organizations and districts to make known the love of Christ in word and deed within their churches and communities. National development grants are awarded on an annual basis. For the 2022 grant cycle, the application deadline has been extended to March 1, with awards to be announced in June. READ MORE
For the week of January 23, please include in your prayers: St. Paul-Amherst; Trinity-Cleveland; Immanuel-Toledo. SEE REQUESTS
Ministry Partners
The Tree of Life resource kit from CPH is available for congregations to use as Bible studies, sermons and children's lessons. For more information,
We want to keep our estate plans as simple as possible. Just because you hear that someone else has a living trust, a charitable remainder trust, a donor advised fund, or an endowment doesn’t necessarily mean you have the same needs. You want a level of sophistication of gifting tools required by your situation. Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor can help you begin surveying your situation and thinking about your goals. Contact Eileen Fitzenreiter at or 419-822-6461.

The Lutheran Church Extension Fund would like to invite you to their "Growing in Christ" webinar series which consists of four videos revolving around physical, spiritual and mental wellness.
to see how to connect to this webinar series.