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
January 25, 2022
President Wilson's Weekly Message
Read the Weekly Devotional Message from Ohio District President Kevin Wilson HERE
Ohio District Convention News
Read this SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT NOMINATIONS from Ohio District Secretary Rev. Paul Hoffman.
District News
A summary of the minutes from the Ohio District Board of Directors meeting which took place on December 3, 2021 can be viewed HERE
Pastors and Church Workers
The ordination and installation of Chris Ryan took place on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Chesterland, Ohio. Congratulations, Rev. Ryan! May the Lord bless your ministry! SEE PICS 
Congregational News
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Preschool in Hudson, Ohio have items available FREE for congregations or schools to pick-up. See what's available HERE
St. John Lutheran Church in Garfield Heights, Ohio is looking for a Basketball Supervisor for their youth basketball program. MORE INFO
Mission and Ministry
Read the Reaching Rural America for Christ January 2022 Newsletter featuring the article, "Looking Forward to What Is to Come."

Does your congregation have individuals interested in serving in the ministry? If so, please have them consider Concordia Seminary-St. Louis. CSL put together an introduction/overview in their VIEWBOOK. Please pray that the Lord will raise up faithful church workers!  
Youth News
How do congregations move forward in getting the youth in their community involved and active in their congregation? These days, it certainly is a challenge but Karen Dutton, who has 25+ years of experience at the Ohio District LCMS can share ideas with you and direct you to Biblical resources. Contact Karen Dutton, Director of Youth and Family Ministry for the Ohio District at: and she can schedule a meeting with the leaders of your congregation.
School News
Registration is now open for the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Workshops taking place:

  • Southern Regions: King of Kings-Mason (Friday, March 4, 2022)
  • Northern Regions: Royal Redeemer-North Royalton (Friday, March 11, 2022)

Registration fee is due by Friday, February 11 2022.  For more information and to register CLICK HERE
LCMS Highlights
Applications are now open for the 1 John 3 Initiative Million Dollar Life Match, a program of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) that seeks to support LCMS congregations involved in providing beginning-of-life care in their local communities. The program allows for up to $1 million in matching-fund grants ranging from $1,000 to $50,000. Any LCMS congregation is eligible to apply.
This week, we are praying for the following congregations and schools: Emmanuel-Kettering; Zion-Columbus; Hope-Sheffield Village. SEE REQUESTS
Ministry Partners
The Eastern District Lutheran Hour Ministries is sponsoring a Men's Retreat, June 3-5, 2022 at the Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center, located in western New York. The speaker is Rev. Arthur H. Baisch. All events subject to change. This 2022 Men’s Retreat is scheduled under COVID precautions. For more information, contact Lee Roseboom at
We want to keep our estate plans as simple as possible. When thinking about ministries to support through estate gifts, you are not required to remember every single one that has sent you an appeal letter in your life. Instead, looking at the Lord’s gifts He has called you to manage and thinking about the ministries that seem to strike a special chord with your heart, plan gifts that will potentially make a real difference for the ministry. Pray for insight to know the Lord’s directives, not just your own wishes. Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor can ask you questions to get you thinking. Contact Eileen Fitzenreiter at: or

With the Lutheran Church Extension Fund Church Worker Steward Account, an exclusive investment is available for LCMS rostered and lay church workers. If you work for an LCMS church, school or organization, you are eligible.
For more information about this exciting opportunity, contact Lisa Hall, LCEF Ohio District Vice President via email at: or call her at: