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
March 8, 2022
President Wilson's Weekly Message
Read the Weekly Devotional Message from Ohio District President Kevin Wilson HERE
Pastors and Church Workers
In cooperation with the Eastern District Lutheran Hour Ministries, the 2022 MEN’S RETREAT will take place on June 3, 4, & 5, 2022 at the Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center, located western New York. For more information, check out the FLYER and to register, CLICK HERE
Convention News
The deadline for all nominations has been extended to March 15, 2022. This includes nominations for District President, Vice Presidents, Clergy and lay members of the Board of Directors and the 2025 Nominating Committee. There is a NEED for pastoral and lay people to serve on the Board of Directors. Please consider who you would like to represent your region and nominate them. Forms can be found on the convention page on the Ohio District website HERE

Blue Credential Forms are still needed and should be sent in as soon as possible!! Blank forms can also be found on the convention page on the Ohio District website HERE
District News
The due date to submit CONGREGATION YEAR-END STATISTICS AND LAY LEADER INFORMATION has been extended to March 31, 2022.
Please 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. If you would like a blank form emailed to you, contact Cheryl Ohradzansky by email or 440-235-2297 x 115.
Congregational News
Sponsored by Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Lakewood, Ohio, the 5th Annual Lutheran Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from Noon until 10:00 PM at the Cleveland Metroparks Brooklyn Memphis Picnic Area! Tickets can be purchased in advance or day of the event. Volunteers are needed. Get more information HERE
Mission and Ministry
Everything we have and everything we are is a gift of God’s providential care. 
Youth News
The Winter Mini Youth Gathering that was scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 2022 at St. John-Dublin has been CANCELLED due to low registrations. 
BUT...
The events at Messiah-Cincinnati on Saturday, March 12, 2022, Trinity-Toledo and Royal Redeemer-North Royalton on Sunday, March 13, 2022, ARE HAPPENING AS SCHEDULED.
Should anyone still want to register or have questions, please contact Karen Dutton via email at: duttonk@oh.lcms.org or call her cell phone: 216-496-1799.
School News
It’s not too late to register for the Lutheran School Administrators Conference (LSAC) to be held in Orlando, Florida March 27-29, 2022. This conference brings together Lutheran education leaders from across the USA and other countries to gather and focus on how we can grow in LEADING TOGETHER. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE
LCMS Highlights
Prayers
For the week of March 13, we are praying for: Holy Cross-Madison; Bethany-Erlanger, KY; St. John-Napoleon. SEE REQUESTS
The International Lutheran Council offers a "Prayer for Peace in Ukraine"
Ministry Partners
Genacross Lutheran Services–Napoleon Campus has an immediate opening for a part-time Chaplain. The position will provide a ministry of spiritual care for residents, their families, and staff. This includes, but is not limited to, conducting worship events, initiating spiritual care with each resident, creating a written spiritual care plan (and updating it as appropriate), and being readily available to address the spiritual needs of the campus. 
A Master of Divinity and minimum of four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (or comparable pastoral experience), along with five years of previous ministry experience, are required. If interested, potential candidates can apply at: https://genacrosslutheranservices.net/opportunities
Life changes. So also, your gift plan as part of your estate plan needs to change as well. Years ago, you created a planned gift for ministry, to support a congregation you were a part of. Now, you have moved halfway across the country. That ministry no longer exists, yet your financial plans still point to support of it. Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor can help you identify the gifts found in your plan and assist you in considering whether they match your current wishes.
Contact Eileen Fitzenreiter at Eileen.Fitzenreiter@lfnd.org or
419-822-6461.

When it comes to serving their neighbor, what could two churches – 2,400 miles apart – have in common? Both Grace Lutheran Church in Blaine, Washington, and Christ the King in Memphis, Tennessee, are confronting homelessness in amazing ways. Their stories are inspiring and make you want to join in with them, no matter where you live. Check out these stories and more at InterestTime.org.
Great things are happening, coast to coast, and you can be a part of it.