By the Way
Larry's Notes
Transitional Lay Minister

“He who sings,” said St. Augustine, “prays twice.”

God’s people sing. God likes music and art in worship. 
Consider these passages presented chronologically in the Bible:
Exodus Chapter 15 - After escaping from the Egyptians and crossing the Red Sea, the people of Israel sang a song to the Lord.
I Chronicles Chapter 6 and 16 - references are made to Israel’s singing in temple and tabernacle.
The Psalms - repeatedly reference singing out our joys and concerns.
Matthew 26:30 - Jesus and the disciples sing.
Colossians 3:16-17 - Paul says this, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

J. Frederick Davidson recalls this event in his life, “Once I was asked, 'What do you have if you take the arts out of worship?' Though it sounded like the set up for a joke, I sensed there was a serious response coming my way, so I asked for the answer. 'A lecture and a prayer meeting,' was the reply."
So, for Lent this year, along with being “Secret Saints,” I am offering a gift to the congregation (in a topic I’m somewhat familiar with) “A Brief History of Music, Art, and the Church.”
The format will be a lecture presentation on YouTube, (approximately 30 to 40 minutes in length), that will be released just like our current worship services, in an email, you can watch on your own time.
We will follow up with a Zoom Q&A and your thoughts and ideas on Wednesday nights for 30 minutes from 7 to 7:30 pm. If we have a lot of participants, we can have small break-out rooms as well. This will be a great way to get to know your fellow church members as students. The lectures will include music, visual art and architecture, and what was happening in the church theologically during each period. Also, I want to give myself and you dear readers, a thought every week on this Lenten Series to meditate on that will uphold and increase our own personal faith journey.

March 3 – The Middle Ages and Renaissance Style Periods
March 10 – The Baroque Period
March 17 – The Classical Period
March 24 – The Romantic Period
March 31 – The Modern Period

Hope to see you on this Lenten Journey and please share with your friends!

Keep the faith, keep in touch.
Larry Dieffenbach
Transitional Lay Minister/Director of Music, Organist
What's Happening at Church...

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Explore / Belong / Learn

Worship Service - Sundays, 9:30 am - Tune-in to our YouTube Channel
Walk 'n Talk - Sundays, 9 am - Meet in the Church courtyard weather permitting
Bible Study - Wednesdays, 10 am - via Zoom
Church Council Meeting - Monday, Feb. 8, 7 pm via Zoom
Mardi 'Bras' Due - Wednesday, Feb. 10 - Drop off at Church Office
Men of LHC Monthly Breakfast - Saturday, Feb. 13, 8:30 am via Zoom
Sanctuary Debut/150th Anniversary Bell Ringing - Thursday, Feb. 11, 10am - 4 pm, and 6 - 8 pm
BTW Deadline - Wednesday, Feb. 17
Ash Wednesday Elements Pick Up - Tues. Feb. 16, 5:30 - 7 pm, Wed. Feb. 17, Noon - 3 pm
Ash Wednesday Worship via YouTube - Wednesday, Feb. 17
A Book & A Prayer Book Club - Thursday, Feb. 18, 7 pm via Zoom
Facilities 'Pitch-In' Day - Saturday, Feb. 20, 8:30 am - Noon
Sisters in Spirit General Meeting - Sunday, Feb. 21, 11 am via Zoom

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS - Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm, 630.584.4013
Moderator's Message
Carol Berger

I have exciting news and SAVE THE DATE! I'm pleased to announce our 150th Anniversary celebration will take place on October 16 and 17! Planning for our anniversary has begun and exciting events are in the midst. I am very appreciative for Kathryn and Dave Karwowski who have agreed to Co-Chair our 150th Committee. Kathryn and Dave moved back to Wayne (Kathryn grew up in Wayne) many years ago. The Village of Wayne and the church seemed to be the perfect place to raise their three children, Eleanor, Alexander, and Charles. The Karwowski family has been active church members for years, contributing hours of their time and talents. I am excited to have them lead a milestone in the history of LHC. Should you have any suggestions or ideas for our celebration, never hesitate to contact one of us. 

As we continue to observe our church renovation, and the soon to be built,Wayne Community House, it reminds me of Isaiah 58:12, “And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shall raise up the foundations of many great generations; and thou shall be called, the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in.” We rejoice for our gracious and generous congregation for providing a beautiful House of the Lord for generations to come.

It is a joy for me each month to bring you additional historical knowledge about our church, so let us continue the journey where I left off last month in 1941. Wartime created challenges for the church, and the veneer of "business as usual" grew brittle as the war years rolled on. Major issues went unresolved by both church and community in Wayne, while the men of its future were fighting around the globe. Battlefield causalities and supporting the troops became all consuming, and the church was faced with challenges. Though the church veneer was showing strain, in 1943, the church board met as usual in February, and discussion took place regarding the remodeling of the church sheds to provide additional meeting space for the Boy Scout troop and Sunday School. However, no action was taken. Then, six months before the Allied Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy (D-Day), June 6, 1944, sixty-two names of men and women were listed on Wayne's Honor Roll. Francis Peterson, long time church member and lived behind the church, served as the "Home Missionary Chairman," and called on families who suffered a loss.

The following September 1944, a relief from the burdens of the battlefields was felt and a new profound gratitude for the church arose. Sheer joy of peace filled every heart and confirmed the idea that a new era for the church had begun. The affairs of The Little Home Church surged forward, and discussion for a new Community House began once again. Although groundwork was hereby laid, the reality of the Parish Hall still lay five years in the future. The more immediate subject - planning for the 75th anniversary - was undertaken in February 1946. Stay tuned next month to learn about the joyous occasion and grand 75th festivities.

In closing, on January 20 our country inaugurated a new President, our country continues to endure as history has proven. And, as I also think about the many challenges and successes in the past that LHC has withstood, it reminds me of Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Let us continue to pray and give thanks for our country, and the Little Home Church.  

Carol Berger
Visit our 'new' sanctuary and
hear the bell ring!

Happy 150th!
Phase 1 of our Anniversary Year

Please stop by the sanctuary on Thursday, February 11, between 10 am & 4 pm, or between 6 & 8 pm, and see all that has been accomplished. We will ring the bell with joy and thanksgiving for the past 150 years and with joy and hope for the next 150.

A recent serendipitous encounter with a 1978 document alerted me to a very important date in the long life of our church: February 11, 1871. On that date, according to a Nomination Form for the National Register of Historic Places, and The Plow and the Cross – Biography of a Prairie Church, 18 people signed their names to a document proposing the organization of a new Congregational church in Wayne Station, Illinois. As described in The Plow and the Cross, Roland Hall was appointed clerk at the meeting that night and he recorded the following:

1871, Feb. 11  Wayne Station, Illinois
As a result of a series of meetings held in this place by Rev. Henry Jacobs of Wayne Center assisted by Rev. A. A. Hurd and J. E. Roy of Chicago and after preaching sermon y J. E. Roy on Saturday evening of the 11th of Feb, a preliminary meeting for organization of a Congregational church was held. Rev. Henry Jacobs was called to the chair and Roland hall was appointed clerk. The following persons gave their names for membership...Simeon Barber and wife; Elisabeth Smith, Alice Moffatt, Albert Moffatt (These by letter) And on profession of faith, the following: Julia Trull, Cordelia Pratt, Roland Hall and wife, Rhoda Wolcott, Mrs. C. Dolph and Miss Nancy Dolph, Harriett Lozier, Mary Smith, Ellen Arndt, John Arndt, Jeanette Pixley, Rob. Carswell...[an ineligible few lines follow] The following officers were then elected: Simeon Barber, deacon; A.W. Moffatt, clerk and treasurer; Messers Roland Hall, Peter Pratt, and John Arndt, trustees. Messers Barber and Jacobs appointed a committee to call a council for recognition of the proposed church, the time set for meeting of said council was fixed on the 18th of Feb. 10/30 o’clock A.M.

By the time the council convened on the 18 of that February, 47 pledges had been made “for the purpose of building a house of worship.” Some things never change!

With February 11 right around the corner, the timing could not be more perfect to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of our Joyful, Joyful, We Restore Thee Campaign, especially because Phase 1 was centered on restoration and renovation of the sanctuary. It is ready for its close up.

We hope you can visit the sanctuary on Thursday, February 11, 2021!

Anne Bouchard
Joyful, Joyful, We Restore Thee, Chair

Stewardship Drive 2021
Thank You
Thank you to the 48 members/families who have pledged $130,776 in their support of Little Home Church. We are still anticipating some additional pledges that will enable us to reach our goal for 2021. We also thank all the members of our congregation that give so willingly of their time and talent throughout the year.

Pete Connolly
Stewardship Ministry Chair
Worship & Spiritual Growth
Lent Is Fast Approaching

Hard to believe but Lent begins this month with Ash Wednesday, February 17. Lent is the season of reflection, a time to prepare our hearts to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. Pre-COVID we would have met in the sanctuary on Ash Wednesday for communion and the imposition of ashes. This year, as we have the last 11 months, we are having to do things differently. We will be offering a virtual Ash Wednesday service via YouTube that evening. For you to partake fully in the service we will be distributing pre-filled communion cups with a wafer, along with a small container of ashes. We invite you to pick up these items at church on either Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 5:30 to 7 pm, or Wednesday, Feb. 17 from Noon to 3 pm. This also will give you the opportunity to take a peek at our new sanctuary. Masks will be required. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please let the Church Office know.

In the meantime, please continue to worship with us online via our YouTube Channel each week. Send us your photos of your everyday life that we might include them in a service. It helps us stay connected and does our hearts good to see our LHC family! Consider volunteering to be a pulpit associate. It is really easy and it has been great to see some new faces step forward to do this. Or maybe you want to do a Children’s message. We usually record on the Wednesday prior to the Sunday. Just let the Church office know if you would like to volunteer. 

Samantha Prang
WSG Ministry Chair
A Fresh Start
The fresh start to a new year is a perfect time to present our freshly restored Sanctuary! The basis of the Facilities Ministry, our actual structure, is the talk of the town these days. The freshly scraped and painted exterior, the entire interior clean, and glistening when the sun shines thru the refurbished windows. And what a surprise to see the pews and floor included in Phase 1 of the process. The lights, fans, and finishes are just what the church was silently hoping for. All in time for a 150th Celebration. An exciting opportunity to show off our facility may come in the form of an Open House. 

The scheduled Pitch In Day on 2/20 will be a great chance to show a little love, to the church that has given us all so very much….including each other.  

In God’s Love,
Kit DeWitt
Facilities Ministry Chair
Sisters in Spirit
Think SiSpring!

Just when winter really begins to set in SiS brings you the Plant Sale 2021 Order Form! Spring is definitely on the way. We are once again offering great quality annuals, veggies, herbs, herbs and strawberries. Order forms will be due on Monday, March 8, and the Pick-up Date for the sale is Saturday, May 1. Depending upon the spring weather, home grown perennials will also be offered for sale. Orders must be paid for in advance. You can email a copy of your form to the church or to Anne Bouchard, or drop off a copy to Lori in the church office. If you email your form, you can either mail a check to the church, or send your payment by Venmo or PayPal. Be sure to note that that your payment is for the Plant Sale. (Keep in mind that PayPal charges the church a fee of 2% for every transaction.) Please share the form with neighbors and coworkers! We are appreciative of your support!
Thinking of Others...

Hi Everyone! We have a great opportunity to showcase our Sanctuary's beautiful makeover on February 11. Who do you know who is:
• Little Home Church Curious?
• A music lover?
• A history buff?
• New to the area?
• A Wayne resident?
• Needing a social outing where they can be socially distanced?
• Lonely?

Make your list and contact your friends now so you can choose a time frame together and check out our spectacular 'new' sanctuary on Thursday, February 11. You'll be amazed and you might just give someone in need the gift of connection here at our dear church.

Mary Roach
Evangelism Ministry Chair
Outreach Ministry
It's Mardi Bra Time!

The Outreach Committee is looking ahead to 2021 as a time to find new ways to support our community. One way is by welcoming the return of Mardi Bra in February. If you recall, Mardi Bra was a new fundraiser brought to us by Lori Prang last year. We collected new and gently used bras during our Fat Sunday service that were then donated to an organization, Free the Girls. They help set up women who are survivors of sex trafficking in developing countries. These bras provide women an ability to earn a safe income selling them in a second-hand marketplace. Please consider going through your drawers and donating gently used bras, or check out the clearance rack at a nearby store to pick up some bras. In order to have the bras in time for the service, please drop them off at the LHC office by February 10.

During these trying times, the Neighborhood Food Pantry at Resurrection Church could use our help more than ever. This is the organization that runs the collection of the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter meals that we provide to the community during the holidays. They are right here in Wayne and have been working tirelessly to ensure that our most vulnerable families have what they need in this time of extreme uncertainty. Volunteer shifts are short, typically around 2-3 hours, and the times of day vary. There is no heavy lifting required, and there are opportunities to do the work seated if that is needed. Please consider giving a few hours of your time so that LHC can do its part in helping our community! If you are interested, please contact me and I can put you in touch with the coordinator as only scheduled, small groups are being allowed at this time due to COVID restrictions. Thank you for all that you do for our church and for our community!

Be well!
Karissa James
Outreach Ministries Chair

Congregational Life
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'Secret Saints'
Let's stay connected at Little Home Church—Become a Secret Saint and have some fun!

During this upcoming Lenten season, we are encouraging ALL to become a Secret Saint. As we continue to experience the restrictions and safety protocols COVID has placed upon us, let's stay connected and uplift each other with random acts of kindness.

—You have the opportunity to be a Secret Saint randomly selected for a member of our congregation. It is similar to the Secret Santa that some folks do during the Christmas holidays.
—Do a few simple deeds during Lent for your Secret Saint, such as an anonymously mailed note or card, baked goods or a small token of friendship and kindness, or supply some laughter.
—Keep it a secret until Easter if possible.
—Members who would like to be a Secret Saint and join the fun, but have delivery difficulties, or limitations, Congregational Life has helpers who can assist.
—Please sign up by February 10, and we will do our secret matching.
—You will be notified of your Secret Saint before Ash Wednesday.

The following are options for participation: Saint (giver); Sainted (receiver); Both

We hope you'll join us in this Secret Saint activity. It will help brighten the winter doldrums. If you have any questions, please contact either:

Mary Emily Anhalt 630.927.7551 or Lori Prang 630.584.4013
Connect with Mary Emily

Joyful, Joyful We Restore Thee
A Joyful Ending and Beginning
Phase 1 of our multi-stage renovation project is nearly complete. Most exterior work was completed before the cold weather arrived leaving interior work such as painting, flooring, and bathroom fixtures on the ‘to do’ list. The sanctuary has truly been transformed both inside and out and, as with any large project, some additional work was added to supplement and complete the final, magnificent appearance of the renovated areas. The combined improvements to the sanctuary, church basement, passageway from the sanctuary to the Parish Hall, bathrooms, kitchen, and Parish Hall have brought all areas into the 21st century, even as they retain the antique character and feel we endeavored to emulate. The architectural integrity of Lisa Sharp’s design combined with the historically sensitive aesthetic of Kit DeWitt of KDI Design merged perfectly to recreate and energize the simple elegance of the sanctuary, and renovate the complementary, functional spaces. You will love it all!

Even as Phase 1 was drawing to a close, the Joyful Team re-enlisted Lisa Sharp to dig into the Phase 2 project: demolition of the Guild House and construction of the Wayne Community House. Lisa and her team are finalizing drawings and other materials to submit to the Village of Wayne for the various approvals needed prior to the start of the project. Rough estimates indicate that the project will cost between $600-$700,000.

Once Phase 1 expenses are covered, we will have approximately $250,000 in the Joyful account. We anticipate the need for a loan to see us through completion of Phase 2 even as pledge payments continue to come in. Members of the team are working with The State Bank of Geneva and Cornerstone Fund of the United Church of Christ to see what will be best for LHC.

As always, your support of this campaign is crucial to our continued progress. Every donation is appreciated and utilized with care to fulfill our plans to create the best ‘Home’ possible for all. Thank you.

Anne Bouchard
Joyful, Joyful, We Restore Thee, Chair

Joyful Team: Anne Bouchard, Chair; Carol Berger, Moderator; Larry Dieffenbach, Transitional Lay Minister; Kit DeWitt, Interior Designer; Greg Hege; Bob Kaska; Kathleen Sullivan Kaska; Susannah Lesswing; Andrea Redmond; and Susi Winquist

Bible Study
Wednesdays, 10 am...& Virtual
Our weekly Wednesday morning Bible Study continues with a good group of participants. They would love to have you join them. Rev. Ron Purser leads the study via Zoom and the group is now studying the book of Matthew. No preparation is necessary. The Bible Study meeting begins at 10 am.
Meeting ID: 814 1245 7155
password: biblestudy
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A Book & A Prayer
LHC Book Club
Meets 3rd Thursday, 7 pm
NEXT Meeting is February 18

February's selection is Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked it all to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.

Join us via Zoom meeting details are as follows:

Meeting ID: 891 0088 0154
password: bookclub

Flowers, Fellowship,
Ushers & Pulpit Associate
With temporary suspension of our worship services we are tabling our need for ushers, and fellowship. If you'd like to provide flowers to dress up our altar table for the YouTube worship services we'd love it! You would need to get the flowers here by the Tuesday of that week so they're there when we film.
Happy Birthday!

Feb. 3 - Debra Galloway, Mary Sterner
Feb. 5 - Jen Haseltine
Feb. 13 - Carol Berger
Feb. 14 - Leigh Bechet, Ruth Lishamer,
Lori Prang, Connor Walsh
Feb. 17 - Max Burkoth
Feb. 19 - Maizy Soukup
Feb. 20 - Clara Brito
Feb. 21 - Andrew Johnson, Andrea Redmond
Feb. 23 - Joshua Winquist
Feb. 24 - Alie Johnson
Feb. 26 - Frank Muno
Feb. 28 - Glen Galloway
Love & Prayers
To those recently ill or hospitalized...

Ruth Lishamer
Janice Christiansen
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Our Church Leadership
Transitional Lay Minister and
Director of Music - Larry Dieffenbach

Pastor Emeritus - Rev. Ronald Purser
Office Manager - Lori Prang
Custodian - OPEN

BTW Editors
Lori Prang and Kathleen Sullivan Kaska

Graphic Design
Kathleen Sullivan Kaska
Moderator - Carol Berger
Moderator-elect - Bob Kaska
Christian Education - Jane Shelton
Congregational Life - Mary Emily Anhalt
Evangelism - Mary Roach
Facilities - Kit DeWitt
Outreach - Karissa James
Stewardship - Peter Connolly
Worship & Spiritual Growth - Samantha Prang
Members at Large - Chuck McDonough and Jennifer Harmon
Financial Treasurer - Susi Winquist
Financial Secretary - Ann McLaughlin
Clerk - Kristen Thornton
Thank you...
for continuing to remember Little Home Church by the Wayside.
Your support is greatly needed and appreciated.