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
March 15, 2022
President Wilson's Weekly Message
Read the Weekly Devotional Message from Ohio District President Kevin Wilson HERE
Convention News
Today is the last day to get your nomination forms submitted for Ohio District President and Vice Presidents! Forms can be found on the CONVENTION PAGE on the Ohio District website.
Blue Credential Forms need to be submitted as soon as possible!
Congregational News
Lighted Cross Lutheran Church – Ashtabula, Ohio
The Panich family that suffered a devastating home fire back in January 2022 is doing well, thanks be to God. None of the family members were injured, however, all of the household items were lost. Nearby family members have assisted with temporary housing until a home can be rebuilt. At this time, the family is still in need of 3 twin beds and can use financial gifts of monetary donations or gift cards.  
Make checks payable to Lighted Cross Lutheran Church and mail to: 2310 W. 9th St., Ashtabula, OH 44004, with "The Panich Family" on the memo line. All donations for the Panich family will go to the family. If you have questions, contact Pastor Freddy Davison at: 440-444-5479. Thanks to all of those who have donated clothing, furniture, and monetary gifts. Please keep the Panich family in your prayers.
Mission and Ministry
Hosted by LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission, the Rev. Terry Chan will present a FREE WEBINAR on “Reaching English-Speaking, Next-Generation Asian Americans for Christ” from 1:00-2:00 PM Central time on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. MORE INFO
Youth News
DON'T DELAY!! As the LCMS Youth Gathering is getting closer, there are two bus options that allow Ohio District riders to choose from in order to arrive in sufficient time for the Gathering. Check out these options and reserve your seat on the bus to Houston TODAY! CLICK HERE for details (scroll down to Bus).
School News
Beginning Fall 2022, Concordia University-St. Paul, Minnesota (CSP) will begin offering $0 tuition for pre-seminary (pre-pastoral and pre-deaconess) students. Students enrolled in other church work programs will continue to receive CSP’s Church Work Tuition Guarantee ($6,000 annual tuition, $3,000 term). Scholarships and grants from a student’s home congregation, LCMS district and local community can be stacked on top of this guarantee to further reduce the cost of tuition and living expenses. For more information about CSP’s Church Work Tuition Guarantee, CLICK HERE
LCMS Highlights
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Office of International Mission (OIM) continues to work with the Rev. Serge Maschewski, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine (ELCU), to offer assistance in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. READ MORE
For the week of March 20, 2022, please pray for: Trinity-Zanesville; St. John-Elyria. SEE REQUESTS
Ministry Partners
Join the Lutheran Summer Music Academy (LSM) community in a fulfilling and exciting role! Applications are being accepted for Residence Counselors and Collegiate and Post-Graduate Fellows. Both of these positions are essential to the LSM experience, and are incredible growth opportunities for current students and young professionals. See more information about each of these positions: COUNSELOR and FELLOW.
Life changes. So also, your gift plan as part of your estate plan needs to change as well. You created an estate plan when your first child was born. She is now thirty years old. Back then you were focused on providing for the family and getting your children through college. Now your heart is about inheritance for children and grandchildren and gifts that can support your favorite ministry. Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor can help you construct a road map for your plans. Contact Eileen Fitzenreiter at or 419-822-6461.

Ministry Moments, from Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), are videos containing tips that will help your ministry move forward, according to God’s will. Discover where God is leading and, with your leaders, design and implement creative and relevant solutions for what is ahead. Topics include Streaming Hospitality, Worship Announcements, Guests or Visitors, and more. Check it out HERE