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
February 22, 2022
Convention News
Due to the fact that several congregations asked for more time to post their ballots because of COVID-19 complications, the balloting for District President and Vice Presidents will go beyond the deadline of February 22, 2022 and will conclude on March 15, 2022. A few ballots have been received to date, and I encourage our Ohio District pastors to hold a brief meeting after a worship service and finish the balloting process. Nominating ballots can be found on the Ohio District website HERE
District News
THANK YOU to the 37 congregations who have updated!! The deadline is fast approaching, and less than 25% of the Ohio District congregations have updated.  If you haven't done so already, submit your congregation’s end-of-year statistics and update your current list of lay leaders at the following website: https://lc.lcms.org/. If you do not have your congregation’s login information, contact rosters.stats@lcms.org, or the LCMS Church Information Center at 888.843.5267. Please submit information by February 28, 2022.
Pastors and Church Workers
Preaching Law and Gospel in Times of Trial from The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
Congregational News
Mark your calendar for the milestone anniversary celebration at St. James Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, June 12, 2022. For more information about this special event, CLICK HERE
Mission and Ministry
Read the February 2022 POBLO Newsletter featuring the article, "God's Desire for Our Participation in His Kingdom."
Youth News
Don’t wait! Get your registration forms in for the LCMS National Youth Gathering! The registration fee will increase after March 2, 2022. 

Don’t hesitate! Reserve your seats on the Ohio District Bus and for the Ohio District event and goodies. You can find the registration forms along with more information HERE
School News
Our Shepherd Lutheran School in Painesville, Ohio is actively seeking a candidate to fill the role of principal to lead our school beginning on July 1st. The candidate who will be offered a call must be able to help the OSLS Board of Education formulate, and implement a vision for the school in the years to come. Looking for evidence of strong educational leadership, willingness to provide leadership, spiritual maturity, great communication skills, adherence to Christian values as well as other strong personal attributes. For additional information please contact: call_committee@oslsb.org
LCMS Highlights
Check out the Recognized Service Organizations of the LCMS February 2022 Newsletter, featuring articles about Lutheran Braille Workers, Camp Concordia, and more. 
Prayers
This week, we pray for: Shepherd of the Ridge-North Ridgeville; Good Shepherd of the Deaf-Toledo; Oromo-Columbus. SEE REQUESTS
Ministry Partners
Lutheran Child and Family Services of Indiana/Kentucky is seeking a Spiritual Life Leader in Indianapolis, IN. READ MORE

Concordia Publishing House has a Lenten calendar with daily, kid friendly devotions and readings to bring families together and help keep kids engaged and learning throughout the liturgical season. For more information and to order calendars, CLICK HERE
It is important to regularly review beneficiary designations of financial assets. Your will gives instructions to give a 10% estate gift to your favorite ministry. Yet your beneficiary designations, which are followed independently of what is in your will, aim 95% of your net worth to your family. Things are out of balance. Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor can help. Contact
Eileen Fitzenreiter at Eileen.Fitzenreiter@lfnd.org or
419-822-6461.
What does it mean to live the Christian life? Reaching out in mercy to our neighbors, receiving our Lord’s gifts in worship and proclaiming His Gospel to the world. The Lutheran Church Extension Fund comes alongside churches and individuals to help them live out this beautiful Christian life every day. Are you an investor looking to support the bold and loving work of LCMS churches? Is your church or organization ready to do bold and loving work? This year we have a ripe opportunity to bring Christ to a hurting world. Discover the role you can play in this great work. Call 800-843-5233 or visit lcef.org