Sign of Promise 
A Prayer
Loving God,
  Stretch Your promise
  Over every hard place
  Calling forth hope
  Pulling me on Your path
  To destinations unknown
  Except by You, O source
  And goal of Love and Life.
 
Grant me grace
  To lift my eyes
  From daily drudgeries
  Toward awesome sights
  Inspiring every hard step
  On the long journey
  Toward justice, peace,
  And earth’s full flourishing.
 
Yes, pause me into the gift
  Cast large by You
  Bending beauty and hope
  Toward a humanity hardened 
  By too little vision 
  Of Your sacred offering
  Pressed from Your heaven
  Of Love and grace
  Into the heart of Life.
Let this promised bow
  Be enough reminder
  Of Your renewing grace
  For today’s challenges
  Little and large
  Filled with longing 
  For the something more
  You constantly offer
  If I will raise my eyes
  And open my heart to You.
 
Yes, Love,
  Bend Your beauty
  Over the road of today
  And bear up the world
  For every unexpected 
  Detour this day reveals.
 
And let it be 
  More than enough
  For each next step
  On this sacred journey
  Toward Your promised joy.

-DMLH, June 2022
The Council of Conference Ministers, the Officers of the United Church of Christ, and the UCC Open and Affirming Coalition join together in a pastoral letter addressing the legal attacks on people of transgender or nonbinary experience across the United States.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 13TH!
The Heartland Conference is delighted to offer scholarship support to emerging leaders who are seeking authorization for ministry in the United Church of Christ. Application for available scholarships are open! Apply by clicking on the image above.
Global Mission Intern
 Applications Due 
June 15th!
Do you have a young adult in your life who is interested in international service? Are you approaching graduation and want to witness God’s work in the world? Global Ministries’ Global Mission Intern (GMI) program invites you to serve for one to three years with one of our international partners.
Who can apply?
  • Any young adult who is a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and/or the United Church of Christ between the ages of 21-30 who has graduated or who is about to graduate from college,
  • Any young adult willing to receive the gifts of our partners as well as to share in an intentional process of service.

Premier Film Screening: All the Lonely People
Wednesday, June 22, 6:00pm
Dayton Metro Library, 315 E. Third St, Dayton
 
Loneliness and social isolation are being called the hidden epidemics of the COVID era. The public is invited to attend the Dayton area premier screening of All the Lonely People, a documentary that not only shares first-hand accounts of adults experiencing loneliness but also offers strategies helping people connect. (Do you know about the Happy to Chat bench program?) Sponsored by United Church Homes’ Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging, and The Clowder Group, a panel discussion with the filmmakers and local experts about what’s being done in the Miami Valley to combat social isolation will follow the screening. Learn how you/your faith community can plug in and make a real difference for people in your community.  Advance tickets are $15 when purchased online and $20 at the door. #AbundantAging #LiveIt
The state of our world has many people feeling empty, hungering for meaning and spiritual nourishment in the face of overwhelming suffering. If you feel called to become a source of compassion and presence for others, we invite you to become part of our next cohort where you can explore and discern how you may answer that call. To learn more about this program, contact Amanda Cushing - ascushing4@spiritualitynetwork.org.

Applications are now being accepted. Deadline Extended to June 30, 2022. 
Many have asked if there is a way in addition to our prayers that we may be of aid to those who are suffering in Ukraine. The answer to that question is “yes”! The Heartland Conference S.A.R.A. partnership will 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. Those wishing to make a donation via this channel may do so by clicking below. Please know that your gifts of any size make a difference in this critical time.
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 $85,530.93

Your generous donations have helped us provide the following:

  • Food for refugees, poor families, soup kitchens, overwhelmed hospitals, and orphanages.
  • Medications and medical supplies, ie glasses, walkers
  • Medical treatment 
  • Housing
  • Bedding
  • Gas for heating and for transportation