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
May 10, 2022
President Wilson's Weekly Message
Read the Weekly Devotional Message from Ohio District President Kevin Wilson HERE
Pastors and Church Workers
Mark your calendar for these upcoming Faculty Led Workshops:

Prof Insights – Faculty Led Workshop – Professor Dr. Reed Lessing in St. John Lutheran Church in Dublin, Ohio, August 1-3, 2022 on “Job: Blessed be the Name of the Lord.” 
MORE INFO & REGISTRATION. Deadline to register: July 25, 2022

Prof Insights – Faculty Led Workshop – Professor Dr. Reed Lessing in Faith Lutheran Church in Mentor, Ohio, August 15-17, 2022 on “The Book of Jeremiah: Overcoming Life’s Sorrows.” MORE INFO & REGISTRATION. Deadline to register: August 1, 2022
District News
Students who are planning to attend a Concordia College/University or Seminary and interested in applying for Student Financial Aid from the Ohio District LCMS must review the eligibility requirements and submit the required forms no later than June 15, 2022 for the 2022-2023 school year. Information can be found on the Ohio District website HERE
Congregational News
Former Mormon, Matthew Wilder, to speak and sing at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Powell, Ohio on Sunday, May 22 at 6:00 PM. Matt will also share how God delivered him and his family from Mormonism. The concert will be a musical voyage through some highlights of the Bible. The concert is FREE but a love offering will be taken. For more information, contact Pastor Hohe 740-417-3713 or see Beautiful Savior Concerts Facebook page. See FLYER for use in your congregation's newsletter or bulletin.

The Hunger Ministry at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Westlake, Ohio invites you to participate in the 34th Annual Walk for Hunger and 5 K Run on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at the Cleveland Metropark Zoo. Join Mary "Cares Much" and service dog Chico José virtually or in-person on the Hunger Warriors Team (formerly Lutherans Against Hunger, Thrivent, AAL/LB). For more information, see overview HERE or contact Mary at: with questions. REGISTRATION FORM
Mission and Ministry
The Making Disciples for Life seminar, on Thursday, May 12, 2022, “Evangelizing the Lost through Life Ministry,” provides a forum for exploring ways in which we can individually and collectively make use of the opportunities to proclaim Jesus that Life Ministry provides for us. There is no cost for this seminar, but registration is required. DETAILS
Youth News
School News
GOOD NEWS! DOXOLOGY's Take Heart! respite retreats are open to every LCMS Teacher and Administrator... and you're invited! Even better news is that you can attend the event FREE of charge thanks to a partnership with the LCMS Office of National Mission. “Take Heart!” respite retreats allow you to step away for a few days in order to receive respite, rest, and renewal. Participants will return to their schools and parishes refreshed for the work God has given them to do. Take Heart! respite retreats are taking place all over the country, including nearby Bolivar, PA on June 21-23 and Dayton, OH on October 28-30. For more information, registration, and all of the event dates, CLICK HERE

Royal Redeemer Lutheran School in North Royalton, Ohio is prayerfully seeking a middle school English Language Arts teacher (grades 6-8) and a Music Instructor for K-8th grade. READ MORE
LCMS Highlights
In 2021, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Short-Term Mission unit launched a new way to connect Lutherans in the U.S. with those serving in the international mission field. The program, called Missions Unpacked, provides interactive, online resources that enable individuals, families and groups to learn more about the Synod’s international mission work without ever leaving home. READ STORY
For the week of May 15th, we are praying for: Living Word-Galena; St. John (Nottingham) Cleveland; Redeemer-Convoy. SEE REQUESTS
Ministry Partners
Read about Phil’s Friends, an LCMS Recognized Service Organization (RSO) and founder Phil Zielke. Anyone can request a care package for someone facing cancer. There are opportunities to volunteer from the comfort of your home or in your church, school, youth group or community organization. READ ARTICLE
Faithful stewardship of your estate means keeping up with changes in the world and in your personal life and making sure that your plans are up to date. Your financial accounts change over time. Generally, people who are 70 have more financial assets than when they were 40. That increase gives you opportunity to consider God’s plans. Is He leading you to not only show love to family but support ministry as well? Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor can map your desires and pray with you. Contact Eileen Fitzenreiter at or
Why borrow from LCEF? It’s Lutherans helping Lutherans. Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) has served as the financial extension of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) since 1978, offering funding and solutions in support of the church. LCEF investors earn a competitive interest rate and in turn, these dollars provide loans to LCMS churches, schools, organizations and Rostered Church Workers. LCEF understands your desire to serve people in God’s name while being fiscally responsible. For more information, contact Lisa Hall, LCEF Ohio District Vice President via email at: or call her at: