Through the Archives for March 2021

This month we look at anniversaries of pastors’ ordinations and important events in the Ohio District happening in March, according to the District Newsletter and E-Source.

Pastors' Anniversaries:

50 Years:  1971 40 Years:  1981 25 Years:  1996
Rev. John Bernstein Rev. Wayne Decker Rev. Steven Geske
Rev. Vern Bok Rev. Danny Koch Rev. Robert Green
Rev. Gary Georgi Rev. Michael Maciupa                                       
Rev. Dale Kern Rev. Gerald Matzke  
Rev. Ronald LePere Rev. Larry Rodencal  
Rev. John Myers Rev. Ronald Young  
  Rev. George Zoebl  
10 Years:  2011 5 Years:  2016  
Rev. Christopher Eldridge Rev. Aaron Bueltmann  
Rev. Logan Scheiwe Rev. Mark Hartsough  
Rev. Benjamin Vogel    


What Happened in the Ohio District . . .

50 Years Ago - 1971

  • 11 District pastors joined men from 10 other districts for a second pilot program at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN. The pilot group met for 5 days and had workshops on Old Testament and New Testament studies. However, the group also went on a “field trip” for a day which included a “poverty diet” for the day, visits to depressed areas of Ft. Wayne, and hearing from agencies which dealt with depressed areas.
  • Concordia Senior College Choir toured 4 Ohio congregations and shared their music and ministry at the college. The four congregations included Redeemer-Cuyahoga Falls, Zion-Akron, Gethsemane-Columbus, and Emmaus-Wauseon.
  • Rev. J.A.O. Preus, LCMS President, recently issued an appeal for other religious leaders to join him for a modern “crusade” to visit Hanoi, North Vietnam and appeal to communist leaders to release American prisoners of war.

40 Years Ago - 1981

  • A statement requested by the 1979 Convention outlined the doctrinal and practical differences between the Missouri Synod and the American Lutheran Church (ALC).
  • The document presents the concerns for the Missouri Synod about practicing fellowship together. It will be used as the resource when the Synod convenes in St. Louis for its convention.
  • St. John-Marysville dedicated a new school addition which included two classrooms, a basement and recreation room.
  • The Ohio District is very much involved in campus ministry. “Forward in Remembrance,” the synodical fundraiser, will provide $75,000 to help campus ministries at Ohio State University, Kent State, Bowling Green, and University of Cincinnati.
  • The Women’s Guild of Messiah Lutheran in Cincinnati, Ohio hosted a dinner for 49 girls and their counselors from Hillcrest Juvenile Detention Center.

25 Years Ago - 1996

  • The first National LCMS Volunteer Teacher Convention will be held in Memphis, TN July 25-28. The theme is “Grace Land” and was open to Sunday School and VBS teachers, mid-week schools, confirmation classes, and teen and Adult Bible Classes. The convention features 100 sectionals along with resources of exhibitors, vendors, and designers to help learning. District President David Buegler will discuss the theme, “The Teacher in Us.”
  • More than 100 representatives from Cincinnati churches attended the 2nd Annual Elders’ Workshop at St. Paul Lutheran Village complex. Dr. Kenneth Haugk, the originator of the Stephen Ministry series, was the main speaker.
  • Bethany Lutheran School in Parma, Ohio was awarded accreditation by the National Lutheran School Accreditation Commission. Only 1 in 333 schools receive this recognition so this is a great honor indeed!

10 Years Ago - 2011

  • St. John Lutheran Church in Garfield Heights, Ohio will hold an Operation Barnabas Workshop for pastors wanting to learn more about being military chaplains.
  • Congregations were encouraged to send funds to help the Japanese people who suffered through a terrible earthquake through Lutheran World Relief.
  • The Synodical evangelism program “Ablaze” has set up several programs that encourage congregations to become more mission-minded in their communities.

5 Years Ago - 2016

  • In honor of the upcoming 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, the LC-MS, Church Extension, and Thrivent partnered to offer a special “Stand With Your Community” grant opportunity for congregations. Over 500 applications were submitted, and several Ohio District congregations/ministries were approved: Prince of Peace-Cincinnati, Ebenezer Ethiopian-Columbus, and St. Paul-Liberty Center.
  • The LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission presented a special webinar on presenting the Gospel in a way that can easily be grasped by digitally-saturated people, including such resources as Facebook as a means to connect with people.