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
April 19, 2022
President Wilson's Weekly Message
Read the Weekly Devotional Message from Ohio District President Kevin Wilson HERE
Pastors and Church Workers
In an effort to increase awareness of the names and work of our Parish Nurses, Merri Bunge, Ohio District Parish Nursing Rep, will host a meeting of Parish Nurses in the Ohio District LCMS on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The theme of the meeting is “Be a Blessing....so as to Bear Witness to His Grace.” This meeting is open to all nurses working in their home parish, registered LCMS parish nurses and any nurse interested in learning more about being a parish nurse. The gathering will include a devotion, meet and greet opportunity, a brief business meeting and a free lunch. AGENDA & REGISTRATION FORM
Convention News
New information about Convention Business has been added to the Ohio District LCMS website for The 23rd Regular Convention, taking place June 22-24, 2022 in Concordia University-Ann Arbor. GO HERE
Congregational News
Fresh Hope for Mental Health is a Christian support group for those with mental health challenges and for their loved ones. St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 18000 Van Aken Blvd. in Shaker Heights, Ohio is hosting this support group every first and third Thursday of each month in the Fellowship Hall (lower level). If you and/or your loved ones are interested in more information or attending the support group, please contact Vicky Byers-Ward via church@stpeterslc.org. The next meeting will take place on April 21st from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.  

Mark your calendar for The 5th Annual Lutheran Oktoberfest taking place on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 12 noon until 10:00 PM at the Cleveland Metroparks Brooklyn Memphis Picnic Area! Tickets can be purchased in advance or day of the event. Volunteers are needed. Get more information HERE
Mission and Ministry
LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission will host a FREE WEBINAR titled “Disaster Response in RSTM” from 1–2 p.m. Central time on Thursday, April 21, 2022. The presenter will be the Rev. Michael Meyer, who is the director of LCMS Disaster Training. DETAILS
Youth News
Is your congregation contemplating a position in your congregation for a Director of Youth Ministry or Director of Family Life? You may be praying “What is our congregation’s next step?” Reach out to Karen Dutton, Director of Youth and Family Ministry for the Ohio District at: duttonk@oh.lcms.org and she can help and answer your questions.  
School News
Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO wants to invite those students interested in church work to Vocatio, June 25-July 2. MORE INFO
LCMS Highlights
Check out the information for the CALL DAY services at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. DETAILS
Prayers
For the week of April 24th, we are praying for: Faith-Kent; St. Mark-Chesterland; Zion-Edgerton. SEE REQUESTS
Ministry Partners
Last year, the LCMS Office of National Mission (ONM) partnered with DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel, to provide respite retreats for pastors to enable them to better shepherd the souls in their care. Now, the ONM is again partnering with DOXOLOGY on a series of respite retreats for teachers and commissioned ministers (e.g., deaconesses, directors of Christian education, directors of parish music and others) currently serving in the LCMS. The retreats, titled “Take Heart! Renewed to Be a Blessing,” are funded by the ONM; participants pay only the cost of travel. One of the retreats is coming in October to Dayton, Ohio. READ MORE
Fear of death should not be a deterrent to putting together an estate gift plan. Our unnecessary fear of death can be set aside by faith. Our unnecessary fear of what happens to our loved ones after death can also be set aside, at least in part through careful estate planning. Working with your attorney you can establish authority to direct your affairs under law. Your LCMS Gift Planning Counselor can help you plan gifts to bless family and ministry. Transplant fear with joy. Contact Eileen Fitzenreiter at Eileen.Fitzenreiter@lfnd.org or
419-822-6461.

LCEF’s Family Emergency StewardAccount is designed to prepare you for those moments when you need funds not allocated in your monthly budget. Your investment builds over time with electronic funds transfer (EFT) and interest earned. You can access the funds easily when you need them most. For more information, contact Lisa Hall, LCEF Ohio District Vice President via email at: lisa.hall@lcef.org or call her at:
216-570-7077. She’ll be happy to help you get started.