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 1, 2022
President Wilson's Weekly Message
Read the Weekly Devotional Message from Ohio District President Kevin Wilson HERE
Convention News & Updates
CONVENTION DEADLINES EXTENDED
The deadline to submit nominees for District Secretary, Clergy and lay members of the Board of Directors, and for the 2025 Nominating Committee has been extended to March 15, 2022. It is necessary to have a full slate of nominees for each of the five regions for the Board of Directors. Please consider who you would like to represent your region. 
The overture submission deadline has also been extended to March 15, 2022.
 
IF YOUR CONGREGATION HAS NOT RETURNED THE BLUE CREDENTIAL FORMS, PLEASE DO SO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THEY ARE DUE BY MARCH 4, 2022. 

For up-to-date Convention information CLICK HERE
Pastors and Church Workers
If you have students in your congregation or school that are planning to attend a Concordia College/University or Seminary, they may be eligible for student financial aid from the Ohio District LCMS. CLICK HERE or direct them to the Ohio District LCMS website: www.oh.lcms.org (Mission & Ministry, Grants & Aid) where the applicant can find information about eligibility and the forms to complete. 
All completed and signed financial aid forms for the 2022/2023 school year must be received in the Ohio District office by June 15, 2022.
District News
Did you know.... that our Finance Department can assist your congregation with a financial review? For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the District’s Chief Financial Officer, Lisa Rachul at rachull@oh.lcms.org. She will be happy to answer your questions and get your congregation on the right financial track. For any other general questions or information, please see all the resources available on our website at www.oh.lcms.org under the Admin/Financial tab.
Congregational News
The Rev. Robert Wacker was installed as Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Warren, Ohio. READ MORE
Mission and Ministry
Check out the February 2022 LCMS StewardCAST newsletter featuring the article, "The True Meaning of Stewardship."
Youth News
The Regional Mini-Gatherings taking place the weekend of March 12-13 will be an exciting time for Jr. High and Sr High students. As a service project, the students will be putting together “Thank You” baskets for the Police, Fire and Medical people who serve in these capacities. See what items that are needed that you can donate. DETAILS 
School News
Joseph A. House Sr., age 89, of Cuyahoga Falls, passed away on Sunday, February 20, 2022. Joseph served as teacher and principal in schools in Iowa and Ohio. He retired from the teaching ministry after serving at Redeemer Lutheran School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. 
Services will be held at 11:00 AM on March 5, 2022 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio with Rev. Paul Frerichs officiating. Calling hours will begin at 9:00 am. Private family committal with be at North Lawn Cemetery. Livestream of the service will be available at: www.redeemerlutheran.us/videosFor the full obituary, CLICK HERE
LCMS Highlights
LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces Jan-Mar 2022 Newsletter, “So Help Me God” brings encouragement that the Lord is with us, while we are in the wilderness and always. The newsletter also highlights websites and resources that can help individuals grow in Christ.
Prayers
For the week of March 6, we are praying for: St. Timothy-Huber Heights; St. James-Columbus; Bethlehem-Parma. SEE REQUESTS
Ministry Partners
On Saturday, March 5, 2022 Lutheran Laymen’s League districts and LHM staff will host a Spring 2022 virtual workshop: “Better Together: Discover the Gifts in Your Neighborhood” to encourage and equip Christians in their vocation as neighbors. You will learn practical tools that will help you discover the gifts in your neighborhood, using LHM’s Better Together resources. Includes a live Q&A session and fun giveaways! Register for this FREE EVENT before March 3, 2022 HERE
Read the March 2022 Charitable Gift Planning Newsletter featuring the article, "Reflecting on Life's Changes and Reviewing Your Plan."
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