December 20, 2022

PRAYERS for the following churches and schools:





On Sunday, December 11, 2022, The Rev. Dr. Christopher Caughey was ordained and installed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Augusta, KY, a TAALC church. Dr. Caughey will also serve an Ohio District congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church in Maysville, KY. The LCMS and TAALC have altar and pulpit fellowship. Pictured:

Top Row (L to R): Rev. Dr. Dean Stoner, Rev. Dr. Curtis Leins, Rev. David Potts, Rev. Tim Beck;

Bottom Row (L to R): Rev. Michael Poynter, Rev. Dr. Kevin Wilson, Rev. Dr. Christopher Caughey, Rev. Dr. Cary Larson, Rev. Allen Stuckwisch

Doxology will host its “Take Heart!” retreat February 13-15, 2023 at the Bergamo Center just outside Dayton, Ohio. The “Take Heart!” retreat provides an excellent opportunity for respite, rest and renewal for pastors. This is a gift that heartens not only the pastor attending the event, but also enhances his subsequent influence and counsel for brother pastors and for his parish. This retreat will provide encouragement for ministry, enhance confidence in ministry and will strengthen pastors for ministry during these chaotic days. For more information, GO HERE 

The District Connection newsletter will not be published the week of December 25th.

In observance of the Christmas holiday, The Ohio District LCMS office will be closed starting Friday, December 23, 2022 through Monday, January 2, 2023. The office will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. 

Please keep the Vernick family in your prayers, as The Rev. Roger Vernick entered into his eternal rest on December 11, 2022. His funeral service was held on Saturday, December 17, 2022. You can read his obituary HERE

The Rev. Mark Heuser was called to glory on Friday, December 16, 2022. He served as a Regional Facilitator for The Ohio District LCMS. READ MORE

Please lift up the Heuser family in prayer.

Due to a scheduling conflict, the one-day seminar with Dr. James Voelz at Christ Lutheran Church in Cleveland, Ohio originally scheduled for Monday, February 13, 2023 has been CANCELLED.

Christ Lutheran Church in Cleveland, Ohio will pray the O Antiphons in preparation for Christmas. The O Antiphon Prayer Services will be held on 7 consecutive evenings at 7:00 PM from December 17th through December 23rd inclusive. All are welcome. See the CLC website for directions.

Read about the 25th Anniversary event of the Live Nativity at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Vermillion, Ohio that took place the weekend of December 10-11, 2022.


Concordia Theological Seminary-Ft. Wayne (CTSFW) is accepting applications for the position of Communications and Social Media Specialist.


CTSFW is pleased to announce the creation of 11 new prestigious scholarships to be awarded to incoming students beginning in the 2023-24 academic year. MORE INFO

The December 2022 issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ encourages us to share the strong faith and fervent love that we know by God’s grace through the coming of Christ. We in rural and small-town congregations can use this coming season to have our faith strengthened and to invite others to know the same relief and peace that is ours in Christ.

A new online continuing education course for pastors and ministry leaders “Making Sense of Ministry in a Digital World” offered in partnership by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis with Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. CLICK HERE for details and to register.

Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) produces holiday media programs that you can listen to or watch. For a complete listing of programs, check out their broadcast schedule HERE

Check out the latest Campus Clips to read about what’s happening at our Concordia Universities and Seminaries.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) investment rates have increased AGAIN in December 2022! Take a look at the INVESTMENT RATE SHEET and contact Lisa Hall, Ohio LCEF VP at [email protected] or 216-570-7077 with any questions. 


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.

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