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
October 5, 2021
President Wilson's Weekly Message
Read the Weekly Devotional Message from Ohio District President Kevin Wilson HERE
Pastors and Church Workers
Pastors, the monthly Confessions study with Rev. Troy Neujahr at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 18000 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Heights, Ohio begins at 1:30 PM on Thursday, October 7, 2021. READ MORE
Congregational News
St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Westlake, Ohio has started their annual Underwear and Sock Drive, which runs from Labor Day through Thanksgiving. The goal is to collect 600 packages. Please contact the church office at: churchoffice@stpaulwestlake.org for more information on where to drop off your donations. 
St. John Lutheran Church, 8888 Prospect Road, Strongsville, Ohio is starting a food pantry. Beginning October 9, 2021, it will be open on the 2nd Saturday of each month going forward, with the hours from 10:30 AM to 12:00. At this time, a grocery bag of non-perishable food is available. All donations are welcome, especially peanut butter, jelly, tuna and pasta.
If you know of families in need, or wish to drop off donations, please call the church office at 440-234-5806 and leave a message for the food pantry. Those needing a bag of food are asked to pull into the south side of the parking lot and the bag of food will be brought out.
Mission and Ministry
Read the September 2021 LCMS StewardCAST featuring the article, "The Good Samaritan: A Lesson in Stewardship."
Youth News
Don't miss out! The Senior High Mini-Gathering Events take place the weekend of November 13th and 14th. Check out where and what you need to know HERE
School News
The Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Egger was installed as the 11th president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (CSL), during the seminary’s opening worship at the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on August 27, 2021. The service also kicked off CSL’s 183rd academic year under the theme “Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet.”
LCMS Highlights
October is Church Worker Appreciation month! Check out this article and get ideas to say “thank you” to these faithful servants. READ MORE
Prayers
Week of October 10, 2021, SEE REQUESTS for:
  • Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church and Preschool-Liberty Township, Ohio
  • Bethany Lutheran Church-Wellington, Ohio
  • St. John Lutheran Church-South Euclid, Ohio
Ministry Partners
Reformation books for children are available through CPH, with titles such as: The Life of Martin Luther, Luther: Echoes of the Hammer, and others. MORE INFO
When someone cuts you off in traffic, is your first inclination to speed up, roll down your window, flash a big smile and declare "May God bless your day?" Let's face it, when someone wrongs us it is hard to love them. But, that's exactly how God responds to us when we wrong Him. "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) Jesus tells us "By this people will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34) So how can we show love even when it is hard? Ambassadors of Reconciliation reproducible Bible study “Love Others” provides comfort and hope based on God’s promises. Be one of the FIRST 25 to download this Bible study for FREE!! Use coupon: Matthew5:44 (no space). DETAILS
Check out the October 2021 Gift Planning Newsletter, FOREVER GIFT.

A builder needs the right tool to perform his work. God’s people need the right tools to make the right gifts, the right way, from their estates to family and ministry. God’s people support ministry throughout their lives. They enjoy using God’s gifts for the right reasons. What if that same giving could keep on happening, even after being called home to heaven? A personal endowment fund could extend that giving for a term of years, or even until the Lord comes back. Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor can lead you through a process to plan what you want to do, and how to do it. Contact Eileen Fitzenreiter at Eileen.Fitzenreiter@lfnd.org or 419-822-6461.

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If you have questions about LCEF and how it can benefit your congregation, please contact Lisa Hall, LCEF Ohio District Vice President via email: lisa.hall@lcef.org or call her at: 216-570-7077.
She is always happy to help!