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 26, 2021
President Wilson's Weekly Message
Read the Weekly Devotional Message from Ohio District President Kevin Wilson HERE
District News
CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD'S BLESSINGS to Rev. Everette Greene, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church, in Cincinnati, Ohio, who was recently elected by the Board of Directors as Vice President-Southwest Region, replacing Rev. Andrew Norris. Rev. Greene joins our Praesidium of 1st VP: Rev. Donald Beaumont, 2nd VP: Rev. John Hohe, 3rd VP: Rev. Dr. Eric Tritten and 4th VP: Rev. James Strawn. May God bless our leaders!
Congregational News
The Rev. Jonathan Torreson was installed as Pastor at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Solon, Ohio. READ MORE
Don't forget to register for the Every One His Witness Seminar on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio. DETAILS
Mission and Ministry
Two $15,000.00 Grant Opportunities are being offered within the LCMS Ohio District for New Ministry or Revitalization of an Existing Ministry. Must be affiliated with an LCMS Congregation, School, or Organization. General ideas need to be submitted by 10/28/2021.
Questions on how to apply, contact Lisa Hall at 216-570-7077.
Questions on ideas or why to apply, contact Rev. Derrick Hurst at 937-209-0321. CLICK HERE for details to apply.
Read the LCMS Rural and Small Town Newsletter for October 2021 featuring the article, "Why Are We Doing This?"
Youth News
End Goals is the podcast of LCMS Youth Ministry in the Office of National Mission. LCMS Youth Ministry Staff discuss practices for healthy youth ministry and interview practitioners who provide insight for experienced and new youth leaders. LISTEN HERE
School News
Would you like to receive the quarterly Lutheran Schools of Ohio newsletter, “The Link”? If so, send your email request to Sara Krek at: kreks@oh.lcms.orgThis informative newsletter gives you highlights as to what’s happening at our Lutheran schools.
LCMS Highlights
The LC-MS will host a virtual Specialized Pastoral Ministry conference: “Getting Together Again” from 8:45 a.m. Central time to 4:30 p.m. on November 12, 2021. Conference registration is FREE. DETAILS
The Making Disciples for Life Conference has been rescheduled for January 10–12, 2022, in St. Louis and online with the same theme, “The Rock in Shifting Sands.” READ MORE
For the Week of October 31, 2021, we are praying for the following churches and schools: St. John-Strongsville; Bethel-Willowick, and Risen Christ-Springfield.
Ministry Partners
Concordia Publishing House offers Advent and Christmas resources for families. Check out what's available HERE
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. Maybe the Lord has quietly prepared you to make a gift that is not future, but today. Is there an asset that has appreciated in value over the years just waiting for your direction to support a ministry today? Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor can lead you through a process to plan what you want to do, and how to do it. 
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Great news for Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) MyAccount users: LCEF now has a free mobile banking app! This convenient new tool allows users to make deposits and transfers, pay bills and stay up-to-date with account balances—all from the convenience of a phone or tablet. If you are an LCEF MyAccount user, the new mobile app is available for download now from the Apple store ( and the Google Play store (