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 22, 2022
President Wilson's Weekly Message
Read the Weekly Devotional Message from Ohio District President Kevin Wilson HERE
Parish Nursing
Merri Bunge, Ohio District Parish Nursing Rep, is hosting a meeting for those who serve (or are considering serving) as Parish Nurses in the Ohio District. The meeting will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE
District News
The due date to submit CONGREGATION YEAR-END STATISTICS AND LAY LEADER INFORMATION has been extended to March 31, 2022.
Please submit your congregation’s end-of-year statistics and update your current list of lay leaders at the following website: If you do not have your congregation’s login information, contact, or the LCMS Church Information Center at 888.843.5267. If you would like a blank form emailed to you, contact Cheryl Ohradzansky by email or 440-235-2297 x 115.
Congregational News
The Ordination and Installation of Rev. Hayden Folks as Sole Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Willshire, Ohio took place on February 20, 2022. 

A Women’s Intergenerational Tea will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 10:00 AM until 12 Noon at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7196 S.O.M. Center Road in Solon, Ohio. The topic of discussion will be Ruth and Naomi. Although there is no admission for this event, a free will offering will be collected. For more info, contact Sally Jo Reemsnyder, DCE at: 440-248-4066.

Faith Lutheran Church in Kent, Ohio will have a Drive-Through Dinner on Saturday, April 9, 2022 featuring roast beef and more. Orders must be placed on or before Thursday, April 7, 2022. See FLYER for details.
Mission and Ministry
LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission offers Engage Your Community events to assist your congregation in reaching your community. Want to get started? Check out this brochure from LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission to see how your congregation can move forward in taking the love of Christ and His message of salvation to those around you. DETAILS
Youth News
How do congregations move forward in getting the youth in their community involved and active in their congregation? These days, it certainly is a challenge but Karen Dutton, who has 25+ years of experience at the Ohio District LCMS can share ideas with you and direct you to Biblical resources. Contact Karen Dutton, Director of Youth and Family Ministry for the Ohio District at: and she can schedule a meeting with the leaders of your congregation.
School News
Ascension Lutheran Christian School (ALCS), a relatively new Lutheran school in the Glen Park section of Gary, IN, is excited to announce that on Monday, April 18, 2022, Rev. Bryan Reeves, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Richton Park, IL, and his team will begin a 312-mile walk from Ascension in Gary, IN to St. Philip’s Lutheran Church on the SE side of Cleveland, OH to raise much needed funds for the school. READ MORE 
LCMS Highlights
In partnership with the Multiethnic Symposium, the Office of National Mission, and Multi Asian leaders of the LCMS, mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 4, 2022 for the inaugural 2022 Multi Asian Gathering, bringing together Asian leaders from diverse Asian backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures along with other mission and church leaders to celebrate our common mission roots in the LCMS. For details, read LETTER and FAQ.
For the week of March 27th, we are praying for: Zion Lutheran Church in Cincinnati, Ohio; St. Paul-Parkersburg, WV; Royal Redeemer-North Royalton, OH. SEE REQUESTS
Ministry Partners
The LCMS RSO, Orphan Grain Train, is a Christian volunteer network that ships donated medical and other needed items to people in 69 different countries, including the USA. OGT has a warehouse located in Napoleon, Ohio and accepts donations of various items. Reach out to OGT and find out how you can serve and donate TODAY! Thank you for your support of this ministry! 
Life changes. So also, your gift plan as part of your estate plan needs to change as well. Two years ago, a grandchild was born with a significant genetic defect. You are wondering if God’s plans for using His gifts include special provisions for this grandchild. You wonder how that weaves together with Godly distributions to other family and ministry. Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor can listen, pray, and plan with you to align your plans with God’s Kingdom goals, working with your attorney to shower God’s grace on all the tugs on your heart. Contact Eileen Fitzenreiter at or
The Take Heart Scholarship was launched on March 15, 2022 and essays can be submitted until May 2, 2022. The Take Heart Scholarship was developed for you, our Y.I. Club World Changers, who are high school seniors and will soon advance to your next level of higher education. During these times of excitement, anxiousness, and uncertainty, “take heart!” As Christians, we cannot anticipate that life will be perfect or familiar, but when we feel that the world has become difficult, take comfort in knowing that our God has overcome it all! This scholarship is open to all 16-18 year old seniors that have a Y.I. account with LCEF.  Information is available online at: