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Ohio District Congregations and Schools,

In February our congregations and schools are invited to participate in our Ohio District Hearts for Jesus Project. Each year we support a mission that is sharing the love of Christ. This year it is designated that we choose a mission outside our district to support with our prayers, writing cards/letters of encouragement, Sunday school offerings, chapel offerings, or special events to raise funds in the month of February (or whatever time frame you choose).

This year we are going to support the work of Phil’s Friends. Phil’s Friends, an RSO (Recognized Service Organization) of the LCMS, is a Christian nonprofit organization founded by two-time cancer survivor, and former Lutheran school teacher, Phil Zielke. Phil’s Friends is committed to bringing support and hope to those affected by cancer in the United States. They reach out through care packages, offer ongoing support through our Cards of Hope program, and spiritual support by way of prayer. For more information on Phil’s Friends, go to philsfriends.org.

There are many ways that schools and churches can help out and support Phil’s Friends:

  • Collecting chapel offerings and Sunday school offerings and giving a monetary donation.
  • Collecting items for Care Packages. See attached flyer for items that can be collected for care packages. Please note that all items must be new.
  • Write encouraging, Christ-centered, notes/cards that can be sent to people effected by cancer.
  • Make Fleece Blankets. See attached flyer for directions on how to make the blankets.

The Ohio District Office will coordinate a delivery of items to Phil’s Friends at the end of March. If you will be collecting items, and you would like the District Office to deliver your items to Phil’s Friends, please contact Kevin Creutz by March 1 so arrangements can be made to pick up your items.

Please submit any funds raised this year to The Ohio District with ‘Hearts for Jesus’ in the memo line. Do not send any funds directly to Phil’s Friends. We will combine all the funds collected/submitted by March 31st and present them with a check. Any funds received after the deadline will be saved to support next year’s Hearts for Jesus Project.

Thank you for your support last year as we raised over $5,000 for LMM. They were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our district congregations and schools!

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Creutz () or Sara Krek () in our district office. God’s blessings on your ministry!

Serving Him,

Kevin Creutz

Education Executive

LCMS Ohio District

2020 Hearts for Jesus Phil's Friends Information