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United Church of Christ

has Moved to

901 East Stroop Road

Kettering, OH 45429

"Joyfully Progressive, Open & Affirming, Committed to Justice"

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Come join us for worship, justice work, discussion, fellowship, and fun!

Feeding Friends Food Pantry

has Moved to

5737 Bigger Road

Thursdays 5:00-6:30 PM

(Please see new directions at this link)

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Gathering Times

Sunday 10:30 AM

Worship Service

Salon Gathering

Worship Service is available in-person OR on Zoom. Please submit your e-mail to the subscription box at the footer of the page to be added to our Newsletter that includes the weekly Zoom link. We would love to see you!

Collecting Items for House of Bread

House of Bread in Dayton is a place where someone can get a free, hot lunch every single day of the year, no questions asked.  Harmony Creek is partnering with House of Bread to assemble Necessity Bags for homeless persons in our community on Pentecost (May 19).  We need the following items:
 

Small packs of facial tissues

Individually wrapped hand wipes
Band aids
Neosporin packets
Toothpaste
Individually wrapped toothbrushes
Small hand sanitizers
Chapstick
Individually wrapped chewy (soft) granola bars
Women’s sanitary products (to be offered individually)

If you are able to donate any of these items, please bring them to HCC and leave them in the specially marked bin under the information table on or before May 19.  Thank you for caring!

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Wild Flowers

Your Native Wildflower Seeds:

 

A gift from the HCC Environmental Ministry

Types of Seed

Your seed mix (take up to one packet per family, please) contains the species listed below, from the Ohio Prairie Nursery Quick-Growing Wildflowers Mix (https://www.opnseed.com/products/quick-growing-wildflowers-mix). While most of these are native seeds, there are also two non-native annual flower species to help provide color to your garden the first year.  Cosmos (an annual) may get as tall as 6 ft., but the more permanent species in this mix should range from 1-3 ft. in height.

 

Chamaecrista fasciculata - Partridge Pea

Centaurea cyanus - Cornflower (Introduced)

Cosmos bipinnatus - Cosmos (Introduced)

Gaillardia aristata - Blanket Flower

Coreopsis lanceolata - Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Rudbeckia hirta - Black-eyed Susan

Coreopsis tinctoria - Plains Coreopsis

Planting Your Seed

It is recommended to plant your seed in prepared ground in mid to late March—as soon as your soil is workable—or even late fall, if you miss the March deadline.  Spring rains (we hope!) will lessen your work, as new seeds need continually moist soil until they sprout. Make sure the planting area is weed-free and receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.  (The packet can cover an area as large as 10 square feet.)  You may also plant the seeds in containers or into an area covered with aged (over 1 year old) mulch or woodchips. 

 

Broadcast your seed over your prepared area. You can also mix the seed with some sand beforehand to get more even distribution.  Flip a rake over and use the smooth end to lightly rake the seed into the soil. Remember that native seeds should be planted no deeper than ¼ inch.  Walk or roll over the area to help get good seed-to-soil contact.

 

Caring for Your Seed

It is usually not necessary to water the seed for a few weeks if you plant in early spring or late fall. If you plant in late spring or summer, water your seed to keep the soil moist until sprouting. After the seeds have sprouted, continue to water for the first growing season, water your about ½ inch of water once a week if it has not rained.

 

Weed lightly as needed, but be careful not to put up your seedlings!  If you don’t know what your seedlings should look like, a good site for identification photos of seedlings is the Prairie Moon Nursery website (www.prairiemoon.com). Some of your plants are annuals and will bloom the first year. Others are perennials and will bloom next year. 

 

Planting native species contributes to a healthier ecosystem, feeding native pollinators and other native wildlife and sequestering carbon in the soil, therefore helping the climate!  Like the rest of creation, they are a gift from Mother Earth. Making room for native plants in your yard shows your love for Mother Earth.

Introducting UCC General Minister and President, the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson

At the 34th General Synod in Indianapolis on Monday, July 3, 2023, the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson was elected as the 10th General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. This makes her the first woman – and the first woman of African descent – to lead the denomination.

Order your Harmony Creek t-shirts and hoodies

  • Several color choices available
     

  • Adult, child, and infant sizes available
     

  • Order for your family and save on shipping!

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