By the Way
M A Y . 2 0 2 2
Pastor's Ponderings

“The explosive force of the resurrection of the Lord is too vast to be contained within a celebration of one day….The first day of the season, Easter Day, is the opening of a protracted celebration, even as the Resurrection is itself the opening to a vast new reality.”Laurence Hull Stockey
 
Easter Sunday is only the beginning!
A great fifty-day feast or celebration known as Eastertide or Easter Season kicks off on Easter Day. In the Church Year, this is quite literally fifty days of celebration.

Easter is the high point of the church year. So, it makes sense that we would celebrate for so long. After all, the main point of the whole gospel is to prepare us for an eternal celebration and feast. This is reflected in the fact that our season of Lent only lasts forty days (not including Sundays), while Easter is fifty days.
Let’s continue the feasting! From Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday, we will read and hear the stories of Jesus connecting with the disciples (and us) in a new way following his resurrection. From the tomb, we continue to see, follow, believe, glorify, love, know, and ask God. Join us every Sunday as we continue the celebration of Easter!

May 1 - John 21:1-19 “Follow God”
May 8 - John 10:22-30 “Believe God”
May 15 - John 13:31-35 “Glorify God”
May 22 - John 14:23-29 “Love God”
May 29 - John 17:20-26 “Know God”
June 5 - John 14:8-17, 25-27 “Ask God” (Pentecost Sunday)

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.
Friday — May 20 — 6:30 pm
An Evening to Celebrate Our Church & Community

Fine Dining—Musical Entertainment—Silent Auction—Major Prize Raffle
$50 per person — Cash Bar
Dunham Woods Riding Club
33W333 Army Trail Rd., Wayne IL 60184

RESERVATIONS DUE: MAY 9
Click button above to email reservation and: 
Drop off or send check to LHC at 32w128 Army Trail Rd, Wayne IL 60184; 
or Venmo to LHC UCC.

Come Join the Fun!
T H A N K . Y O U

Event Committee: Susannah Lesswing (Chair); Larry Dieffenbach; Kit DeWitt;
Kathleen Sullivan Kaska; and Andrea Redmond
What's Happening at Church...

Get involved and join a group, an event, or a LHC initiative.
Explore / Belong / Learn

Worship Service - Sundays, 9:30 am (recorded and uploaded to YouTube during the week)
Bible Study - Wednesdays, 10 am - via Zoom
Choir Rehearsal - Every Wednesday, 7 pm (every 3rd week, choir rehearsal will be held on Tuesday)
Contemplative Services - Thursday, May 5 & 26, 8 am and 7 pm
Genealogy Group Meeting - Tuesday, May 10, 7 pm
Kids Club - Friday, May 13, 5:45 pm
Men of LHC Monthly Breakfast - Saturday, May 14, 8:30 am
'All-Church Read' Discussion Brunch - Sunday, May 15, 11:30 am, Dunham Woods Riding Club
SiS (Sisters in Spirit) Monthly Meeting - Sunday, May 15, 11 am
Church Council Meeting - Monday, May 16 7 pm
A Book & A Prayer - Book Club - Thursday, May 19, 7 pm via Zoom
>>> 'GRATEFUL GIFTS' Event - Friday, May 20, 6:30 pm, Dunham Woods Riding Club <<<
Pitch-In Day - Saturday, May 21, 8 am to Noon
BTW Deadline - Monday, May 23
Memorial Day Holiday - Monday, May 29 OFFICE CLOSED
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS - Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm, 630.584.4013
SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, June 5, 11 am
'Junual' Congregational Meeting
Parish Hall
Moderator's Message

Grateful Gifts – A New Tradition
Little Home Church has many traditions as any 150 year old would: our special Holiday Services, Musical Programs, the Pageant, and the Rummage Sale. This month we start a new tradition…The Grateful Gifts Event. 

As Moderator I have 'pushed' for an annual event that can be a consistent source of fundraising, and also a community based fellowship opportunity. I am thankful to the Team, led by Susannah Lesswing for brining Grateful Gifts to life. Friday, May 20 will be our inaugural event; to be held at Dunham Woods Riding Club, a new yet familiar venue for a Church function; chosen to support a Community focus.  

Our Goal is simply to have a fun evening of fellowship; with fine dining, musical entertainment, a silent auction and a special raffle prize. Invitations have been sent and reservations are due by May 9. We are all blessed with grateful gifts, please plan to attend and share the gift of you.

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

May.
What a wonderful word…what a wonderful month. In my favorite context it is a gracious invitation; possibility; permission; a blessing. Not only can something be but it may be.

Each of our lives are like giant, blank sheets of paper God has given us with a gracious invitation on which to write our stories, to compose our songs, to paint our dreams and our devastations and to share them as we are able with one another.

How fortunate we are to have the opportunity to be in community with one another at the Little Home Church By the Wayside. To have a safe place wherein we may share our lives’ stories in ways that encourage, comfort, inspire, and challenge one another is a priceless gift.

My heart is especially full of gratitude for the Chancel Choir, for Nancy Sen, and for Pastor Larry for the plentiful and varied musical experiences we are able to share in our faith community. Each person’s gifts combine to create a total that is greater than the sum of its parts.

And lest you think that because you are not singing in the choir or playing an instrument that your gift is less valuable than those that do, may I remind you that without your listening hearts and ears, without your tithes and offerings, our sanctuary might well be silent.

May each of us continue to share our gifts in gratitude for what we have been blessed to be able to do that in so doing all are blessed.

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up the light of the countenance upon you and give you peace. - Numbers 6:26

Grace Bardsley, Music Director
Sisters in Spirit Thank You
MSHV Freedom Commissary

A heartfelt 'Thank You' to all our family and friends who donated items for the Sisters in Spirit Lenten project to benefit the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans (MSHV).
184 rolls of toilet tissue; 51 rolls of paper towels; 41 boxes of Kleenex; and 10 bottles of shampoo were donated to the MSHV Freedom Commissary. The commissary offers shopping opportunities for the veterans and families they serve at no cost to the patron.

Thank you LHC for living out Jesus’ command to care for our brothers and sisters.

Susi Winquist on behalf of SiS
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Let's Play Ball
Annual Baseball Outing

Mark your calendars for Friday, July 15, 6:30 pm—Kane County Cougars vs Milwaukee Milkmen!
More details to follow.
Disaster Buckets
Outreach Opportunity

We’re making excellent progress on the items needed for the ten disaster buckets that we’ve promised the UCC Disaster Ministries but we still need a few more items. You may check out the list in the Parish Hall or call the Church Office to see what items are still needed.

As our neighbors both here and abroad experience unforeseen disasters, you can help make the road to clean-up and recovery a bit easier with these clean-up buckets. The buckets contain essential home recovery supplies that are needed after a disaster strikes. Our Kids Club will be putting the buckets together at their May meeting. If you have any questions, please call the Office. If you’d rather not shop but still would like to help, you may make a monetary donation as well.

Thank you for your generosity in this much needed effort!
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Celebrate Your Graduate
Send Us the Info

Help us celebrate your graduate. If you have a student graduating high school or college this Spring, please let us know. For high school graduates, indicate which high school and what their plans are for after school. If they're headed off to school, let us know the name of the college or university. For your college gradate let us know what school and what degree they were awarded. We will honor them in an upcoming issue of By The Way, and in an upcoming Sunday bulletin so that we may all congratulate them.

Just email the Church Office with the details!
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Masking in Worship
Our Current Plan

As we are all aware, the Illinois mask mandate was lifted in February. In the last few weeks, COVID numbers have started to rise again. We will not require masks in worship unless mandated by the state. We do however, want EVERYONE to feel comfortable coming to worship so we ask that we simply be respectful of each other's choices. We will continue to provide masks in the narthex for those who wish to wear them.
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Facilities
Rain, Rain...Go Away!

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. James 5:7

And have we had the rain! Though rain and snow have been in our recent past, we have much to look forward to in the coming months! Our Pitch-In Day was a huge success preparing the grounds for the Easter Celebration. We hauled an entire truckload of lawn debris, raked, trimmed and spruced up the front and courtyard. 

The big transformation was our gravel parking lot on the east side of the office. Who would have thought we all would be so ecstatic over two tons of gravel? In the course of remedying the gullies that had formed in the lot, the workmen also removed the dying evergreen bushes from the side of the building. 

Our water softener has been installed this week, yeah to a bit cleaner, softer water! Our new fixtures will appreciate this addition greatly. A new exit sign was installed in office entry so that Lori and Larry didn’t go crazy with an incessant buzz. And big news, we will be getting mesh shades for the two NE windows and the SW window! I know I’m not alone as I feel badly for the choir on a sunny Sunday! In lieu of supplying them all with sunglasses, mesh shades should do the trick, and Samantha will be able to see her laptop screen in the rear too!

If you feel ambitious and would like to help us continue the yard clean-up and plant some flowers, Saturday May 21, 8 am to Noon, will be our next Pitch-In Day! All are welcome to lend a hand!

In God’s Name & Love,
Kit DeWitt, Chairperson, Facilities Ministry
Sign Up to Host
It's Fun & Easy!

You can tell by the attendance at our weekly Fellowship Coffee time after our worship that we've missed each other! We need more people to sign up to host! It's easy to do...you bring the goodies; coffee cake, muffins, fruit, whatever you'd like to share. We have plenty of trays and baskets. The coffee will already be made and set out!

Sign up in the Church Office or contact Jennifer Harmon.
Christian Education
The Easter Celebration Continues

To conclude the school year's program, the children will be studying the theme of Easter leading up to Pentecost Sunday on June 5. The theme of Pentecost is the Birth of the Church.

The Wednesday morning Bible Study will focus on the Book of Revelation to John. This theme also relates to the birth of the Church.
We meet via Zoom at 10 am. We hope you'll join us!

Rev. Ron Purser, Chairperson
Christian Education Ministry
Magazine Collection
Illinois Youth Center

Sisters in Spirit continues to collect and donate magazines in subject areas of interest to the Illinois Youth Center young men, including sports, natural history, travel, museums, autos and mechanics. Also crossword puzzles (easy), word games, and Sudoku are popular. These recreational items which are not funded by the State, are available in the IYC library as a privilege based on their good behavior. Please now that our donations are greatly appreciated.
Drop off donations in the Church Office.

Joyful Progress
The Wayne Community House

The Joyful team recently sought proposals for architectural services from three local firms for development of construction documents and construction management related to the future Wayne Community House (WCH). Two firms responded: Bret Mitchell of Ethos Workshop Architects and Lisa Sharp of Sharp Architects, Inc. The team developed a short list of questions to ask each architect in interviews conducted this past week to determine the best fit for the WCH project. A final decision will be made in early May.

Our target budget for the WCH is $750,000. At the close of the campaign in 2023, we expect to have collected approximately $744,000 in total. If we are able to complete the project at our targeted budget number, we will only require a loan to cover the funds needed to pay for construction until the end of the campaign (approximately $200,000 for about 1 year). If, however, the cost of the project exceeds our projected pledge receipts, we will need a loan for an amount above our expected receipts. We are actively pursuing a loan from the UCC Cornerstone Fund so that we can proceed with construction as soon as possible. More specifics about this important aspect of the project will be forthcoming and no decision will be made without council approval.

Anne Bouchard, Chairperson
'Joyful, Joyful, We Restore Thee' Committee:
Steve Anhalt; Anne Bouchard; Larry Dieffenbach; Kit DeWitt; Bob Kaska; Kathleen Sullivan Kaska; Susannah Lesswing; Andrea Redmond; and Susi Winquist

A Book & A Prayer
LHC Book Club - Via Zoom

Meets 3rd Thursday, 7 pm
NEXT Meeting - May 19

The selection for May is 'Everything Under' by Daisy Johnson. This reimagining of the Oedipus myth explores questions of fate and free will, gender fluidity, and fractured family relationships. Gretel, a lexicographer by trade, grew up on a houseboat with her mother, wandering the canals of Oxford and speaking a private language of their own invention. Her mother disappeared when Gretel was a teen, abandoning her to foster care, and Gretel has tried to move on, spending her days updating dictionary entries. One phone call from her mother is all it takes for the past to come rushing back. To find her, Gretel will have to recover buried memories of her final, fateful winter on the canals. A runaway boy had found community and shelter with them, and all three were haunted by their past and stalked by an ominous creature lurking in the canal: the bonak. Everything and nothing at once, the bonak was Gretel’s name for the thing she feared most. And now that she’s searching for her mother, she’ll have to face it.

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.
Book.
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
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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
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May Birthdays

May 3 - Samantha & Allison Prang
May 6 - Dan Roach
May 9 - Kelly Hochstetter
May 10 - Maggie Purser
May 14 - Rachael Abell
May 18 - Jan Marchese
May 19 - Jake Figurski
May 23 - Hilari Fix, Ginny Sweeny
Love & Prayers
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To those recently ill or hospitalized...
Carli Zelaitis



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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