The April 7, 2017 Board of Directors' meeting began with a devotion about the Jesus coming to be our King. He fulfilled the Scriptures' statements about His Kingship and came to rule in our hearts. We should be careful not to try and be the kings in our lives because we only end up in sadness and depression. We welcome Jesus as our King with thanks and joy.

The Board heard reports and made decisions to further God's Kingdom in the Ohio District –

+ Mr. Travis Grulke has accepted a call to be Superintendent of Schools for the Michigan District. The board reluctantly accepted his resignation, but heard that a Call Committee has already been formed. Since principals usually sign a statement in May to remain as principal of a particular school, the Call Committee need to act quickly and call a new person to serve as our District Superintendent of Schools. Since a Board member, Mrs. Christine Spohn, serves on this Call Committee, the Board agreed that she could work with the Committee and issue the call in their behalf to call a possible successor to Mr. Grulke.
+ A Personnel Committee has been formed again to work with President Cripe. This committee will survey the District to develop an evaluation for President Cripe.

+ Mrs. Lisa Rachul, District Treasurer, reported that District mission support has dropped significantly from the first period. It may be necessary to watch the financial progress this year. In fact, the Board's Finance Committee will work with Lisa and make sure that the end of year financial projections won't go below 4 months of non-discretionary spending, based on the CFO's forecast.
+ She also shared some details about the merger between the Ohio District Lutheran Church Extension Fund (ODLCEF) and the Lutheran Church Extension Fund. (LCEF) which occurred on March 31, 2017. The final amount of the net asset retention has not been determined but the range is $1,250,000 to $1,500,000 to remain in the District. The Executive Staff will determine how the District will utilize this money.
+ The Finance Committee met with the auditors for their report. The auditors gave a good report for the District books, but the District Treasurer should release funds for African and Appalachian missions automatically

+ Several congregations have become dual parishes. The challenge in all of these is for members to learn to work together and understand that it is unrealistic to expect full-time pastoral work at each location. (Cripe)
+ Several spring pastoral education opportunities are replacing the Spring conferences.
+ Several Executive staff members have Kevin Wilson, have received training for Synod's re:vitality process. All members have responded positively about the material.
+The Ministerial Health Committee held several get-togethers for the pastors' wives. Most had a small attendance, but they showed positive results. The next ones may include the principals' wives.

+ The District has a new ministry called "Comfort Dog Ministry." It has been discovered that when stressed, depressed people pet a dog, they feel comfort. Contact the District office to learn more details about this ministry.

District Schools
+ Travis along with advocate Gary Smith, has worked hard in Columbus to promote measures to help our schools. Currently, the Huffman Bill has been introduced which would significantly expand our voucher system in the state. He also opposes an amendment which would establish independent schools as 'accredited' and deregulated by the state
+ The District held two Early Childhood Workshops for workers both in the southern and northern sections of the state. 150+ EC workers attend the workshops. (Grulke)

Next Board meeting: June 16, 2017 at the District Office, Olmsted Falls, OH