For Every Day of Labor

 A Prayer

Loving God,

  Let every work

  Be a work of Love,

  Your Spirit building

  And giving birth 

  To precious possibilities

  Healing the world’s hurts.


Let Life rise in self-giving

  Born not of coercion

  But freely offered

  Answering Your deep call

  To discover a life truly alive.


Let no act or word

  Be beyond or beneath

  Your sacramental search

  Forming every ordinary labor

  Into a sign holy and healing.


By this let beauty and joy 

  Blossom bit by bit

  Into a world overrun

  With weariness and worry.

Instead let wonder 

  Open the door of discovery

  Awaiting today’s effort

  Forming every challenge

  Into a threshold of holiness

  Otherwise seen as obstacle.


O Love, 

  Let labor and rest

  Find their delicate dance

  Neither always leading

  But trading places in trust

  Each discovering the need

  Of the other’s gift and grace.


By this, O Love,

  Form the world anew

  Rekindling a passion 

  For Your larger work

  Of Love’s unfolding

  Refining everything raw

  Into a new creation 

  Worthy of awe.

-DMLH, September 2022

Click on the video above for a challenge for the Annual Gathering from our Disaster Relief Network Coordinator, Kevin Gehres! Take the Challenge and bring your Bucket and kits to help us fill our newly designed trailer. 

Click Here for Information on Packing Buckets and Kits
Click Here for the 2022 Annual Gathering Schedule
Frequently Asked Questions about Annual Gathering
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SPIRIT Family Weekend

 Spiritual Pride Weekend

October 22 (October 21-23)

Calling all LGBTQIA+ members, allies, and their families from across the Heartland Conference to gather for a time of community, connections, celebration, and dreaming

about future opportunities

for this community in the

Heartland Conference.

  • The main event Saturday, October 22nd: Saturday only $15 per person
  • Friday and/or Saturday night add on:
  • Add on a room/cabin for your family and/or friends for $80/room per night (up to 10 people)
  • Add on individual $25 spending the night sharing a room/cabin with a random Multi Gendered group of adults. (Adults only) 
  • All minor children (17 and under) must be accompanied and supervised by their parent/guardian. 

For more information contact Jill Frey, or 740-901-0734.

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Planned in the spring and fall each year by women of the 
Heartland Conference of the United Church of Christ, 
Lantern Fellowship is a time when women of all generations 
come together at Templed Hills to enjoy faith, fun, and friends. 
Click Here for the Fall 2022 Lantern Fellowship Brochure
Click Here to Register for Fall Lantern Fellowship

United Church Homes’ Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging

2022 Abundant Aging Symposium

(Pro) Longevity: The Convergence of Ethics, Technology, and Spirituality

  • What are your assumptions about aging, expected longevity, and appropriate medical care?
  • How do you expect technology to contribute to your longevity?
  • Can we go too far when it comes to longevity? 
  • How might technology affect spirituality? 
  • How might the valuing of spirituality affect technology?


Hear speakers consider these and other questions. Sept. 30, in Columbus, Ohio at the 2022 Abundant Aging Symposium hosted by United Church Homes’ Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging.

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Great Lakes Association of United Church Educators is gathering IN PERSON this year for our annual event at Potawatomi Inn. Pokagon State Park. IN, October 4-6. 

This will be a time of mourning our losses, healing and renewing our hope and moving into action to inspire change in our respective communities. Please plan to join us. 

You will find a link to the registration on our GLAUCE Facebook page or email Samantha Barret, , or Penny Johnson, for more information and a link to the form.

We would like registration numbers ASAP, so please decide to come join us soon.  

The Heartland Conference S.A.R.A. partnership will continue to serve as a conduit for aid to partners in Ukraine who are suffering as a result of the war. Daily, our partners are bringing food and water relief to displaced Ukrainians in Transcarpathia.  Please know that your gifts of any size make a difference in this critical time.
S.A.R.A. Ukrainian Emergency Fund

The work continues! We deeply appreciate your generous donations and will continue to accept funds to help support the folks in Ukraine. 

To date we have received $107,930.29

Sometimes it feels like we don’t say “thank you” enough simply because we don’t reply quickly. So many of our friends around the world, churches and service organizations, are generous in their contributions to SARA’s Emergency Fund for Ukraine.

We are grateful for your support of time, money and plain hard work. Sixteen boxes have been sent to Ukraine via Hungary. It was no easy task, at least 20 people sorted, packed and helped the packages on their way.

Your support allows us to focus on our work in Hungary and Transcarpathia, Ukraine. We have been able to supply food and safety items, medical supplies and equipment. We also provide money for the refugees and their families who are beginning the process to relocate.

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