By the Way
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Pastor's Ponderings

“You are called to be truly human, but it is nothing short of the life of God within you that enables you to be so, to be remade in God's image. As C.S. Lewis said in a famous lecture, next to the sacrament itself your Christian neighbor is the holiest object ever presented to your sight, because in him or her the living Christ is truly present.” 

― N.T. Wright, The Challenge of Easter
 
N.T. Wright goes on in his book with these powerful words, “Our task is to announce in deed and word that the exile is over, to enact the symbols that speak of healing and forgiveness, to act body in God's world in the power of the Spirit. Luther's definition of sin was homo incurvatus in se, "humans turned in on themselves.” Your calling may be to find new ways to tell the story of redemption, to create fresh symbols that will speak of a home for the homeless, the end of exile, the replanting of the garden, the rebuilding of the house. Learn to be symbol-makers and story-tellers for the kingdom of God. Our task, as image-bearing, God-loving, Christ-shaped, Spirit-filled Christians, following Christ and shaping our world, is to announce redemption to the world that has discovered its fallenness, to announce healing to the world that has discovered its fallenness, to announce healing to the world that has discovered its brokenness, to proclaim love and trust to the world that knows only exploitation, fear and suspicion.” 
 
Following Easter, and the 'challenges' set before us we have Pentecost. Pentecost is the gift of God’s Spirit guiding us, empowering us, energizing us to be 'symbol-makers and story-tellers for the kingdom of God.'
 
As we enter into our summer schedule, the council has approved and encouraged us to have a once a month outdoor service. We will try and keep in a shaded area, and once a month we will have a sermon in song. The outdoor service lets people know we’re in business, that we are here and have a story to tell.
 
The sermon in song will highlight one of the strengths and great energies of the Little Home Church—MUSIC!
 
Let’s continue to grow in spirit through worship this summer!

June 5, 2022 (Pentecost Sunday)
June 12, 2022 (Education Sunday)
June 19, 2022 (Father’s Day) Outdoor Service
June 26, 2022 (PRIDE Day) Sermon in Song

Peace,
Pastor Larry Dieffenbach
WE ACCEPT, EMBRACE AND AFFIRM THE DIGNITY AND WORTH OF EVERY PERSON, AS WE ARE ALL CREATED IN GOD'S IMAGE.
What's Happening at Church...

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Worship Service - Sundays, 9:30 am (recorded and uploaded to YouTube during the week)
Bible Study - Wednesdays, 10 am - via Zoom
Choir Rehearsal - June 1, 7 pm - last rehearsal before the summer hiatus.
>>> 'Junual' Congregational Meeting, June 5, 11 am <<<
Contemplative Services - Thursday, June 9 & 23, 8 am and 7 pm
Men of LHC Monthly Breakfast - Saturday, June 11, 8:30 am
Genealogy Group Meeting - Tuesday, June 14, 7 pm
A Book & A Prayer - Book Club - Thursday, June 16, 7 pm via Zoom
Kids Club - Friday, June 17, 5:45 pm
SiS (Sisters in Spirit) Monthly Meeting - Sunday, June 19, 11 am
Church Council Meeting - Monday, June 20, 7 pm
BTW Deadline - Wednesday, June 22
Pitch-In Day - Saturday, June 25, 8 am to Noon
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS - Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm, 630.584.4013
JOIN US...
Sunday, June 5, 11 am
'Junual' Congregational Meeting
Parish Hall

Hear what is happening at LHC, vote in your new
Church Council, and approve bylaw changes.
YOUR Voice and Vote are important!

Moderator's Message

Thank You—An Exceptional Year
I offer my thanks for the opportunity to serve as your Moderator this past year…it has been truly exceptional. I think of 'exceptional' as new and not typical...this year has been full of 'new.' We returned to in-person Services; we installed new LHC-TV technology to share our good news in the digital age; we installed a new Pastor, who we have known for 17 years; we offered new Contemplative Services; we celebrated our 150th Anniversary; we welcomed a new Music Director; and we removed the Guild House to pave the way for the new Wayne Community House. 

Exceptional can also be an unexpected and positive outcome…this characterized our recent Grateful Gifts Event. We achieved an unexpected fund raising result of over $30,000.00; double what we had hoped for. And as important, we held the event in the Community at Dunham Woods, with the clear intent of building a stronger relationship between the Church and the Community. The positive feel in the room that night was described as genuine…and exceptional.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to help lead the Little Home Church by the Wayside this past year…and it has been an exceptional experience.

Peace be with you,
Bob Kaska, Moderator
Grace's Notes
Joyful, Joyful!

June is here. June 5th, Pentecost Sunday, is the last Sunday the Chancel Choir will sing until September. The choir will enjoy a well earned break from their faithful commitment to Wednesday evening rehearsals and Sunday morning services.

Our summer Sundays will bring music from a wide array of gifted vocalists and instrumentalists. You will be blessed with the sounds of classical guitar, vibraphone, violin, cello, and much more. There will always be a singer at the pulpit to lead the singing of the hymns so that we may feel more confident in making our corporate 'joyful noise.' To that point, I must say that the congregational singing at The Little Church By The Wayside is excellent! It is so uplifting to join with all of you in song…truly a highlight of my week.

This summer will afford time for two exciting musical experiences: a choir festival and a handbell workshop. The LHC Chancel Choir has invited the choirs of The Unitarian Church, The Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, and the Methodist Church (all from Geneva) to join us on a Saturday in August (TBA) for a choir festival. Jeff Hunt, artistic director of St Charles Singers, will serve as our clinician for the event sharing his expertise in choral singing with us.

All interested handbell ringers will also gather on a Saturday in August (TBA) for a handbell workshop. The workshop will focus on learning the basic techniques of playing handbells and putting those techniques into practice ringing a simple piece. I will be leading this workshop. Following the workshop will be a bell polishing bee when anyone wishing to help will get our handbells shined up and ready for the playing season.

Anyone interested in one or both of the events are welcome and encouraged to attend. Ability to read music is not a requirement just a desire to make music and be a part of two very fun groups! Specific details regarding the events including dates and times will be announced soon. Please contact me should you have any questions.

Grace Bardsley, Music Director
Grateful for You!
Our Successful Event...

Friday, May 20 proved to be a magical night for the Little Home Church as 116 people enjoyed an evening of delicious food, fellowship and fundraising at Dunham Woods Riding Club. Music provided by Sam Wyatt entertained the crowd while shoppers bid on 22 exciting auction items donated by local businesses and Church members. Raffle ticket sales were plentiful as many hoped to win the $1,500 gift card from State Street Jewelers in Geneva. 

Master of Ceremonies Pastor Larry Dieffenbach welcomed members of the Church and the community to the first of its kind event. 
Speakers included Bob Kaska with inspirational words about the many exciting things happening at the Little Home Church, and Nancy Winter reflected on growing up in Wayne with heartwarming stories of the Church and community. The last event of the evening showed the overwhelming support for the Little Home Church as people raised their paddles to commit to the Church and its mission. In the end, Grateful Gifts raised over $30,000!
 
Many thanks to Bob Kaska for his leadership and to the Grateful Gifts Committee: Pastor Larry Dieffenbach, Kit DeWitt, Andrea Redmond, Kathleen Sullivan Kaska and Office Manager, Lori Prang for all their hard work in making the evening such a huge success for the little Home Church. 

Susannah Lesswing
'Grateful Gifts' Chairperson
Let's Play Ball
Annual Baseball Outing

The Men of LHC are happy to invite you to the annual All Church Baseball Outing at Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva.

Friday / July 15 / 6:30 pm
Kane County Cougars
vs. Milwaukee Milkmen

Reserve your tickets PRIOR to June 15
and SAVE!
Tickets: $12 per person
($2 savings over face value)
Parking Pass purchased in advance: $6
($4 savings over face value)

Tickets purchased after June 15 will be $14 per ticket and the discounted parking pass will no longer be available.

Join us for what is always a fun evening of baseball and fellowship, and stay for the after game fireworks. Invite your family, friends and co-workers!

Contact Chris Thornton with questions and to reserve tickets.
Disaster Relief Buckets
Hard Work Rewarded

Last month, on a very hot Friday evening our Kids Club met to finally assemble the Disaster Buckets!

These ten buckets contain essential home recovery supplies that are needed after a disaster strikes. The kids sorted the individual items donated by our church members and friends and made sure each bucket had what was required. After their hard work a well deserved Dairy Queen ice cream treat was enjoyed by all! The buckets will now be delivered to Church World Services and ready for when the next natural disaster strikes wherever that might be.

Thank you for everyone's commitment to this important project!
Strengthen the Church
Special UCC Offering

The Strengthen the Church (STC) Offering is one of the five special UCC offerings through the year. It reflects the shared commitment of people across the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the UCC. Conferences and the national setting equally share the gifts given by members and friends through their local congregations. The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations. By your generosity to this offering, you build up the Body of Christ.
As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults. Little Home Church will receive the special Strengthen the Church offering on Pentecost Sunday, June 5. Look for the special envelope in your bulletin that Sunday and consider donating.  
Facilities
The Music of the Birds

“The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land”
Song of Solomon 2:12

Last Sunday Larry mentioned opening the Sanctuary doors to outside, and allowing himself to just stand, absorb, and relish in the sunlight and singing of the birds. How moving. We have so very much for which to be grateful.

Sprucing up our beautiful grounds and facility will always be on the forefront of our minds, giving praise to our wonderful place of worship, our dear LHC home. 
Below is a recap of happenings in the Facilities Ministry:
- Sanctuary mesh window shades have been ordered and should arrive early June. 
- Water softener has been installed in Sanctuary basement.
- Our Pitch In Day for 5/21 was rescheduled for 6/25 due to rain

May you enjoy the sunshine, the birds singing, the flowers blooming and all the goodness God shines upon us in the coming month.

In God’s Name & Love,
Kit DeWitt, Chairperson, Facilities Ministry
Be A Part of Our Worship
It's Fun & Easy!

A simple way to give the gift of your time and enhance our worship experience at the same time is by signing up to be an Usher or a Pulpit Associate! It’s so simple, and we are an easy and very appreciative crowd! We’ve also resumed our Fellowship coffee time after worship. Consider hosting one Sunday. You provide the goodies, we provide the coffee and tea. You can also check out the flower sign up sheet to provide Flowers one Sunday to decorate our altar table. The sign up sheets are up in the Parish Hall. If you have any questions, just contact the Church Office.
Evangelism
Want to Know About LHC?

The Evangelism Ministry is hosting a prospective new member dinner on Sunday, July 10. If you or someone you know is interested in the church, or would like to learn more about who we are, please contact Carol Berger (630.363.8982) and an invite will be sent! Spread the Good Word.
Cute Pug puppies in graduation caps set
Celebrating Our Graduates
Congratulations & Good Luck

Thank you to everyone who sent in information on your recent graduates. Here's all the good news...!

Daniel & Lucas Baker (The Hendrickson's twin grandsons) graduating from Loudoun Valley HS in Purcellville, VA and both will be attending High Point University in North Carolina.

Olivia Bouchard
MSN - Masters of Science in Nursing from Rush University, Chicago

Jake Figurski
Graduating Wheaton Academy and will be attending North Central College in Naperville and will play football there.

Moriah Hopkins (granddaughter of Judy Hopkins) graduating with her MBA from Xavier University, Cincinnati OH.

Eleanor Karwowski
Graduating South Elgin High School and will be attending Miami University in Ohio.

Joshua Myers
Finished at Westminster Grammar School and will attend Westminster Hight School.

Jacob Purser (grandson of Ron & Maggie Purser) graduating Wheaton North High School and will be attending Michigan State University.

A Book & A Prayer
LHC Book Club - Via Zoom

Meets 3rd Thursday, 7 pm
NEXT Meeting - June 16

The selection for June is 'The One-In-A-Million Boy' by Monica Wood. "The One in a Million Boy" is about a 104-year-old woman named Ona Vitkus and a socially-awkward 11-year-old boy who is sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she's confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades. One Saturday, the boy doesn't show up. Ona starts to think he's not so special after all, but then his father arrives on her doorstep, determined to finish his son's good deed. The boy's mother is not so far behind. Ona is set to discover that the world can surprise us at any age, and that sometimes sharing a loss is the only way to find ourselves again.

Meeting ID: 891 0088 0154
password: bookclub

We have some great selections for 2022. Click Here to see what is planned.
We hope that you'll join us next year!

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. Absolutely NO preparation is necessary.

The Bible Study meeting begins at 10 am and they will begin the book of Revelations after Easter.
Meeting ID: 814 1245 7155
password: biblestudy
The Prayer Chain
Congregational Life Ministry

As Christians, one of the most powerful privileges of our spiritual life is the invitation to feel God’s grace and presence through ongoing prayer. Believing in the power of individual prayer, a prayer offered up by many becomes even more powerful. With that thought in mind, Congregational Life Ministry is happy to be introducing the inauguration of an email Prayer Chain to support the spiritual life of the members and friends of Little Home Church.

Mary Emily Anhalt
Congregational Life Ministry
To Make a Prayer Request:

Join the Prayer Chain Email List
Flowers for the Altar
Time to Sign Up

If you'd like to provide flowers to dress up our altar table for a Sunday Service please reach out to the Church Office. Flowers would need to be here by Sunday morning, 9 am. It's a nice way to remember a special occasion or someone special.
Please consider signing up! Contact Office
June Birthdays

June 1 - Bob Kaska
June 4 - Mary Alice Roach, Brittany Winquist
June 6 - Jorge Brito
June 8 - Mary Harling, Nancy Schatzeder,
Luke Figurski
June 12 - Lori Haseltine
June 16 - Caroline Berger, Julie Graham
June 17 - Jake Peter Roach
June 24 - Barb Braulick
June 29 - Eleanor Karwowski, Alex Kentfield
Love & Prayers
To those recently ill or hospitalized...
Carli Zelaitis, Lee Richardson



Our Church Leadership
THANK YOU TO OUR CHURCH STAFF, COUNCIL, AND ALL VOLUNTEERS
Pastor - Larry Dieffenbach

Pastor Emeritus - Rev. Ronald Purser
Director of Music - Grace Bardsley
Office Manager - Lori Prang

BTW Editors
Lori Prang and Kathleen Sullivan Kaska

Graphic Design
Kathleen Sullivan Kaska
CHURCH COUNCIL
Moderator - Bob Kaska
Moderator-elect - Susannah Lesswing
Christian Education - Rev. Ron Purser
Congregational Life - Mary Emily Anhalt
Evangelism - Jennifer Harmon
Facilities - Kit DeWitt
Outreach - Andrea Redmond & Mary Fleischmann
Stewardship - Peter Connolly
Worship & Spiritual Growth - Samantha Prang
Members at Large - Chuck McDonough and Julie Graham
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.
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