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
December 21, 2021
The Ohio District staff extend their greetings, wishing you a Merry Christmas and God's richest blessings as we serve
Him together in the coming year!

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."
(Luke 2:14) NIV
President Wilson's Weekly Message
Read the Weekly Devotional Message from Ohio District President Kevin Wilson HERE
Congregational News
Read about the cookie walk/drive thru at St. Peter Lutheran Church and Pre-School in Florida, Ohio HERE
The ordination and installation of Chris Ryan will take place at 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 11900 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland, Ohio. Pastors are welcome to participate in this service and asked to wear their red stole. A reception will follow the service, so please RSVP to the church office at 440-729-1668 or mail@stmarkchester.org if you are planning to attend.
Mission and Ministry
LCMS Stewardship Ministry encourages readers to teach stewardship with a true sense of freedom. This freedom comes from the mercy of Jesus Christ. This mercy calls the steward to live out the identity given to them freely and willingly and joyfully in Holy Baptism. Read the December 2021 StewardCAST Newsletter
School News
Since 1996, The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod has conducted School Leadership Recruitment and Training processes through the School Leadership Development Project (SLED). Its purpose is “To identify and recruit thirty leadership participants serving in Lutheran schools and train them through two national SLED events conducted by LCMS School Ministry.” As a result, nearly 400 potential administrative candidates have been prepared for leadership in Lutheran schools. READ MORE
LCMS Highlights
A historic outbreak of tornadoes on December 10 and 11 impacted communities across eight states, damaged an LCMS church and killed a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Augusta, MO. READ STORY and see how you can help!
Prayers
The Ohio District LCMS is intentional about praying for our Congregations and Schools. As we pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, you can submit prayer requests anytime to: klusakd@oh.lcms.org.
For the week of December 26, we are praying for: Immanuel-Hamilton; Trinity-Logan; Concordia-Independence. SEE REQUESTS
Ministry Partners
Did you know that The Lutheran Witness has a website with enlightening information and you can sign up to receive their web newsletter and subscribe to their magazine? Go to their website HERE
Who will be best blest by gifts from my estate someday? Just as you think about how your family will be blessed, you can also ponder about the blessing that will take place in ministries that you support with God’s gifts. Try to picture and imagine someone coming to faith and inheriting eternal life through the ministry you support with your estate gift. Then pray for God to make that happen. Your LCMS Foundation counselor can help you focus your God given attention on ministry gifts. Contact Eileen Fitzenreiter at Eileen.Fitzenreiter@lfnd.org or 419-822-6461.

Interestime, a publication of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, publishes articles of how LCEF supports various ministries. One article highlights Building Hope in the City's thrift store Common Threads, located in Fairview Park, Ohio.
"Our partnership with BHITC and Common Threads is a great example of how LCEF investments are helping support the mission of the Church in Cleveland."