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 5, 2022
President Wilson's Weekly Message
Read the Weekly Devotional Message from Ohio District President Kevin Wilson HERE
Pastors and Church Workers
In cooperation with the Eastern District Lutheran Hour Ministries, the 2022 MEN’S RETREAT will take place on June 3, 4, & 5, 2022 at the Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center, located western New York. For more information, check out the FLYER and to register, CLICK HERE
District News
The due date to submit CONGREGATION YEAR-END STATISTICS AND LAY LEADER INFORMATION has been extended to April 30, 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 Ext.115. Thank you!
Congregational News
Easter Sunrise Service will be held at the Lutheran Cemetery, 4566 Pearl Road in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 6:45 A.M. The Rev. Joel Dieterichs from Calvary-Parma (SELC District) is the preacher; Rev. Peeter Pirn from Unity-Cleveland is the liturgist. The offering will go to the Lutheran Cemetery.

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). For the month of April, the meetings will take place on April 7, 2022 and on April 21, 2022 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.  If you and/or your loved ones are interested in more information or attending the support group, please contact Vicky Byers-Ward via

Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Royalton, Ohio is seeking a Summer Camp Director. This individual will oversee most aspects of staffing, programming, and camper relations for their 2022 summer camp season. Review the detailed job description below using this link: Interested? Please email Laura LeBaube, Director of Family Life Ministry, at
Mission and Ministry
Welcoming Workshops focus on three areas: Welcoming Buildings, Welcoming Publications, and Welcoming People. LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission will offer practical resources and communication skills for making your congregation a welcoming place to provide God’s Word to members and visitors. For more information, or to schedule an event in your district, contact
Youth News
Be vigilant in connecting with the youth and young adults in your congregation. Is social media a way to connect to this generation? Reach out to Karen Dutton, Director of Youth and Family Ministry for the Ohio District at: and she can give you ideas on how to get your congregation started with Youth Ministry.
School News
The LuthEd website is the place to visit for information about anything and everything related to Lutheran Schools. MORE INFO 

Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO wants to invite those students interested in church work to Vocatio, June 25-July 2. READ MORE
LCMS Highlights
Concordia Seminary–St. Louis invites you to “Awake, My Heart, with Gladness” A Service of Sacred Music for the Season of Easter at 3:00 PM CDT Sunday, April 24, 2022 at the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. Featuring Laudamus, the St. Louis Lutheran Chorale, the Concordia Seminary String Ensemble and the Clarion Bass. Celebrate with song our risen Lord this Easter season! Join us in person or via livestream at Find details about the Concordia Seminary Concert Series HERE 

SEMINARY CALL DAY: April 26-27 | St. Louis and Ft. Wayne
At Concordia Seminary-St. Louis, vicars and deaconess interns will receive their assignments at a 3:00 PM worship service on April 26, and candidates for the pastoral and diaconal ministry will receive their first call on the same day at a 7:00 PM worship service.
At Concordia Theological Seminary-Ft. Wayne vicars and deaconess interns will receive their assignments on April 26 at 7:00 PM and the pastoral candidates will receive their calls on April 27 at 7:00 PM.
For the week of April 10th, we are praying for: Prince of Peace-Columbus; Zion-Lorain; Redeemer-Cuyahoga Falls. SEE REQUESTS
Ministry Partners
KFUO Radio - Christ for you. Anytime. Anywhere. Music and Bible Studies, Lutheran Confessions, Practical Talk. Find your new favorite podcast for 2022. Check out what’s available HERE 
Read the April 2022 LCMS Charitable Gift Planning Newsletter,
The Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) together with Grace Place Wellness Ministries can help you live a balanced life in ministry and beyond. Reclaim the joy of ministry, through books, various resources, and community connection for pastors, leaders, and ministry workers.