By the Way
NOVEMBER 2021
Larry's Notes
Transitional Lay Minister

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
William Arthur Ward

When I think of the month of November, I immediately think of Thanksgiving. It is my favorite meal of the year, it is a time when I was taught to say thank you out loud, to learn how to express gratitude towards others, and a time to contemplate on what blessings I have in my life.
 
This year, as a church, we have much to be grateful for:
      we are worshipping in our sanctuary once again
      we had a wonderful 150th Anniversary Celebration
      we are seeing folks back in church we haven’t seen for awhile
      we are a hybrid church – we can be live and on YouTube
      we are an active church – all council positions are full and committees
      we are a giving church – missions local and global
      we are a social church – small group dinners
      we are a contemplative church
      we are an open and affirming church
       
We are being called to do more—Thanksgiving dinners for families in need, socks for shelters, disaster relief kits for flood and fire victims, Neighbors in Need, magazines for the youth center, Daffodil Days, the Churches Wider Mission, and our upcoming stewardship campaign—'Crossing the Threshold.'
 
Seems like a lot for a 'little church' but not when we are a prayerful and a faithful church. In the New Living Translation Bible Matthew 19:26 says this – Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”
 
November 4 Contemplative Service - Change 
November 7 All Saints Sunday and Communion
November 14 Stewardship Sunday
November 14 Installation Service for Larry at 3 pm
November 18 Contemplative Service - Gratitude
November 21 Thanksgiving Celebration
November 28 First Sunday in Advent and the Hanging of the Greens

In Love and Service,
Larry Dieffenbach
Lay Minister/Director of Music, Organist

WE ACCEPT, EMBRACE AND AFFIRM THE DIGNITY AND WORTH OF EVERY PERSON, AS WE ARE ALL CREATED IN GOD'S IMAGE.
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Worship Service - Sundays, 9:30 am - In Person
(Service uploaded to our YouTube Channel on the following Monday)
Bible Study - Wednesdays, 10 am - via Zoom
Choir Rehearsal Begins - Wednesdays, 7 pm
Daylight Savings Time Ends - Turn your clocks back - Sunday, Nov. 7
All Saints Sunday & Service of Communion - Sunday, Nov. 7, 9:30 am
Donations for Thanksgiving Dinners Due - Friday, Nov. 12
Men of LHC Monthly Breakfast - Saturday, Nov. 13, 8:30 am, Eggceptional Cafe (Flappy's) on Army Trail Rd in Bartlett
Stewardship Sunday - Sunday, Nov. 14, 9:30 am
Installation of Lay Minister, Larry Dieffenbach - Sunday, Nov. 14, 3 pm
Church Council Meeting - Monday, Nov. 15, 7 pm, In Person
A Book & A Prayer - Book Club - Thursday, Nov. 18, 7 pm via Zoom
Contemplative Services - Thursday, Nov. 4 and 18, 8 am and 7 pm
BTW Deadline - Thursday, Nov. 18
Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 25 - OFFICE CLOSED
First Sunday of Advent/Hanging of the Greens - Sunday, Nov. 28, 9:30 am

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS - Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm, 630.584.4013
Moderator's Message
Signed...Sealed...Delivered (I’m Yours)

It is Signed...Sealed...Delivered. Larry Dieffenbach is our new Pastor and Authorized Lay Minister in Standing. I have borrowed the phrase from the 1970 Stevie Wonder song because it is a joyful expression of a positive result in a relationship.

The Pastoral Search Committee first met on April 1, 2020 as covid and construction were impacting our Church. We were active in our search for a Designated Pastor; but kept coming back to expanding Larry’s role in this challenging time. In August, the Committee proposed to Council that Larry Dieffenbach serve as the Transitional Lay Minister of Little Home Church for a period of 12 to 18 months. 

We were all impressed with Larry’s commitment, creativity, and effectiveness in this role. Larry indicated his desire to serve as our Pastor, leaving his career as an educator, and taking his life in a new direction. In April of this year, the Committee proposed to Council that Larry serve as our Pastor with this summary statement: 
Larry brings 17 years of service and commitment to Little Home Church. He has proven his ability to lead in a variety of roles including music, fund raising and evangelism. He has been a positive and consistent force at Little Home Church, we have been fortunate to have Larry to lead us through this time of change...and are blessed to have him continue as Pastor Larry.

During this summer, Larry worked with the leadership of the FVA (Fox Valley Assoc.) and made the special effort of training and learning to achieve the status of Authorized Lay Minister in Standing…and Pastor of Little Home Church. 

Special thanks to Ann McLaughlin for her work on the documents to make it all official.
Please plan on attending Larry’s Installation Service the afternoon of November 14th.

We are Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

Peace be with you,
Bob Kaska, Moderator
'...put your annual pledge on autopilot...it’s easy and it’s beneficial to both you and the Little Home Church.'
Stewardship Ministry
Let's Put Your Pledge on Autopilot!
You recently received a letter requesting your financial support for 2022 for Little Home Church by the Wayside and we hope that every member of the congregation will find it in their heart to make a pledge this year. Pledging is the first step and making the contribution is the next step. We have returned to in-person Sunday services but our YouTube attendance is still very high.

We are recommending you put your annual pledge on autopilot, in a plane it’s defined as 'control without constant control by a human operator.' It’s easy and it’s beneficial to both you and the Little Home Church.

The easiest way is probably letting us do it for you, complete and sign the electronic debit authorization form (click here for form) and mail it to the church office. Be sure to insert the amount of your weekly or monthly pledge (not the yearly amount) on the '2022 General Operating amount' line and we will originate the transaction per your instructions beginning in January.
You can also originate the transfers through your own bank’s bill payment system, entering the information for Little Home Church (name, address, the amount and when you would like the payment made). Their system should prompt you through the process.

PayPal also provides a recurring automatic payment option if you wish to use that service.

Venmo is also an electronic payment option however you would need to go into their system each time you wanted to initiate a transaction.
For those of us subject to Required Minimum Distributions, you also have the option of making your yearly pledge payment with a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). It counts towards your yearly Required Minimum Distribution but the amount is not included in your taxable income if the distribution check is written to the Little Home Church.
We hope the above information will make your life a little easier. If you have misplaced your pledge card let the Church Office know and we will mail out another one.

Stewardship Ministry Chair
150th Anniversary
So Many Thanks!

'Our Eternal Home,' our special commissioned piece for our 150th celebration, certainly summed up our glorious event. Yes, we have an eternal home, we all are very grateful. As the words expressed, 'O God our help in ages past and our eternal home,' had such significant meaning.

And yes, 'help' there was by many. There were so many members of the congregation who helped make this a momentous event. Thank you to everyone! The Men's Group planned an outstanding Wine and Cheese the night before, and we had a full house in Parish Hall. A big kudos goes to SIS (Sisters in Spirit) who provided yummy treats and coffee, and a time for fellowship before our worship service.

The worship service involved many members, thank you. The choir spent many hours learning the new piece, and sang so beautifully and touched everyone's heart. The multi-media presentation is an extraordinary piece of work, capturing many memories, and will remain in our archives to be viewed for another 150 years. And of course, a big thank you goes to the Wayne Garden Club who spent hours decorating the church to enhance our 150-year-old cherished building. We are grateful. The grounds, Parish Hall, and the sanctuary were gorgeous. Thank you! 

Also, what a fun after party—how wonderful to see the church bustling with food and family activities for all to enjoy and for all to see as they drove by. Words will never be enough to express our gratitude for everyone's participation, but our wonderful memories will last in our hearts forever. Thank you!

The 150th Committee
Our Eternal Home
We have had requests for the lyrics to the specially commissioned music piece celebrating our 150th Anniversary, "Our Eternal Home" by Joel Raney.

O God our help in ages past,
And our hope for years to come
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.
 
Beneath the shadow of thy throne,
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.
 
Guide our feet Lord! Order our steps in your Word;
Join our hearts, Lord, and make us one.
O God, our help in ages past and our eternal home.
 
Before the hills in order stood,
Before the earth received her frame.
From everlasting thou art God!
From endless years the same.
 
Guide our feet Lord! Order our steps in your Word;
Join our hearts, Lord, and make us one.
O God, our help in ages past and our eternal home.
 
O God our help, O God our hope, and our eternal home.
Seeing R E D
Rides, Errands & Deliveries

As inclement weather approaches, Congregational Life would like to establish a list of volunteer drivers to be made available for those needing transportation or assistance with running errands or making deliveries. If you are willing and able to provide this service, please submit your name and phone number here. It would also be helpful to know if there are definite days or times that you prefer. Our aim is to make a list available as soon as possible, keeping in mind that it will remain a fluid list. The information will be distributed to members and friends requesting the need for this service.

If you do volunteer to be on the list of drivers, it is important for everyone involved to understand that your services will be expected only if, at the time requested, you are available. If there is a high demand for services, we will rethink how to best organize this service moving forward.  

Mary Emily Anhalt
Congregational Life Ministry Chair
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Holiday Bazaar
November 20, 9 am - 1 pm

As the days get shorter and cooler, your Sisters in Spirit are planning for the holiday season.
SiS will host the third annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 20, from 9 am to 1 pm. The bazaar will be held in the Parish Hall and will feature gently used Christmas decorations, home baked goods, handmade gifts, and other holiday items.

Please tell your neighbors and friends.

Do you have something to share?

Facilities Ministry
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'Create a life that feels good on the inside not just that looks good on the outside...'
(Said someone sometime somewhere)

Oh my, if our dear church could speak to us, how she could profess that she is just feeling oh so loved. She has always created a life, lives that exude goodness within, however today she can so proudly stand tall in all her glory as she indeed looks good on the outside as well.

The past month everyone was laser focused on preparation for our church’s 150th big celebration. So many people rallied to participate in getting the church and the grounds ready for this once in a lifetime event. 
Weather-stripping (not glamorous but something that indeed needed to be replaced), patching, repairing, painting areas affected by some recent changes to house our awesome new AV equipment, tree trimming & treating, and yard work galore were all to-dos that were tackled to create a great platform for the big day. Mums were definitely the word! The beautiful 1976 quilt with a deep history stitched and bound by the hands of many women of our church at that time, was lovingly displayed at the rear of our sanctuary, representing a bond between service to our church and country.

May you all enjoy the season of dancing leaves, crisp weather and look forward to our church’s next adventure as we continue to plow forward for the cross, for our future.

In God’s Love,
Kit DeWitt
Facilities Ministry Chair
The Joyful Team is overjoyed to announce that preliminary work toward the new Wayne Community House is finally underway. After numerous delays by the construction management firm, we terminated our contract in September. In October we sought new bids for the Guild House (GH) demolition project and selected new contractors for the demolition and well work. The electrical crew has begun re-routing the supply lines between the GH and the office and the well work will be underway soon. The recent cold weather alerted us to the fact that the gas supply to the office was also tied to the GH, and we are working quickly to restore service (and heat). Demolition of the GH will be completed by December 1.

The last few months have been frustrating for all. We are moving forward again, ever appreciative of the continuous prayers and support of the congregation.

The Joyful Team
Daffodil Days
Think Spring!
We are selling daffodils!
They will be sold before and after church on Sunday, November 7 as well at the Wayne Post Office on Saturday, November 6.
Each bag of 10 bulbs is $10.
Any questions, contact the Church Office.
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Outreach Ministry
A couple different initiatives in progress:

Thanksgiving Dinners
As in years past, we are working with Neighborhood Food Pantries to provide Thanksgiving dinners to those less fortunate. They are still operating with COVID19 protocols in place, so they are asking for a monetary donation of $20 per dinner and they will purchase the dinners from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Each dinner will include a frozen turkey, fresh white potatoes, fresh sweet potatoes and side dishes. Last year, we as a church outdid ourselves with our generosity! Let's have a repeat! Sunday, November 14 is the due date. Just indicate 'Thanksgiving Dinners' in the memo portion of your check or online donation.
Toys for Tots
Christmas is less than two months away (!!!) Once again we will be participating in Toys for Tots. This wonderful organization is fun the United States Marine Corp Reserves and has been delivering a message of hope to less fortunate children since 1947. We are collecting toys for children from infants through teenagers. As you are out and about over the next month and a half, pick up a toy or two and drop them off at church. Check out those sale flyers! The teenagers enjoy items like fragrance or make up kits, wallets, headphones, and sports equipment. Toys for Tots runs through Dec. 12. As we celebrate our 150th anniversary wouldn't it be great to be able to donate 150 toys? We also accept cash donations which allows Toys for Tots to buy whatever is needed. If you have any questions contact the Church Office.
Ongoing Collection
We continue to collect suitable magazines for the young men at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles as well as men's, women's and children's NEW for the homeless. Please remember these two worthy causes when you're out at the store.

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.

Meeting ID: 814 1245 7155
password: biblestudy
Personal Bible Study with a Cup of Coffee

A Book & A Prayer
LHC Book Club - Via Zoom
Meets 3rd Thursday, 7 pm
NEXT Meeting - November 18

One of Ours is a novel by Willa Cather which won the 1923 Pulitzer Prize. It tells the story of the life of Claude Wheeler, a native of Nebraska around the turn of the 20th century. The son of a successful mid-western farmer and an intensely pious mother, thus guaranteed a comfortable livelihood, Claude Wheeler nonetheless views himself as a victim of his father's success and his own inexplicable malaise. One of Ours is a portrait of a peculiarly American personality: it is the story of a young man born after the American frontier has vanished, yet whose quintessentially American restlessness seeks redemption on a frontier far bloodier and more distant than that which his forefathers had already tamed.

Meeting ID: 891 0088 0154
password: bookclub


The Prayer Chain
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
The History of LHC Continues
2006 - 2010
The big news at the beginning of 2006 was completing the sale of the Parsonage. The congregation authorized the sale a year prior realizing the trend among ministers indicated it was no longer necessary for our congregation to maintain a home for our pastor. It became a rental property when Maggie and Ron Pursuer came to LHC, as they already had a home when they joined our church. With the proceeds of the sale, the outstanding loans for the Peterson and Dixon were paid off with additional funds used to complete the kitchen renovation, leaving $100,000 in the bank for capital improvements. The church became debt free! Hallelujah!
 
The Church Council continued to think out of the box in 2006, and it was decided that on each Fifth Sunday throughout the year, the worship service would be held at 4 pm with a potluck following. This became a huge success and received raves reviews. Also, the first Talent Show took place in February! LHC had an abundance of talent with many making their debut. Many participated who entertained a huge audience and it became a successful fundraiser as well. 2006 was also the year to celebrate our 135th Anniversary with various activities taking place throughout the year. The courtyard received a makeover, a dedication held, the first annual music concert took place, and many traveled to Pennsylvania on a pilgrimage participating in The Pittsburgh Project. One of the most important discussions for LHC during 2006 was becoming a 'Stillspeaking Church.' The wider UCC adopted this initiative and encouraged all local churches to do the same. This campaign spoke to the world stating, 'No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here!' We were reminded of the importance. Our denomination took a stand on political, economic and moral issues, and LHC was encouraged to follow. The comma lapel pin was introduced.
 
In 2007, several 2nd annual events were held, Chili Cook Off, a talent show, two music concerts featuring Corky Siegel, and the Fabulous Fifty Christmas luncheon. In addition, Parish Hall received a complete make-over. Another Hallelujah! 2008 welcomed the Avalon Quartet and the first annual Candlelight Dinner, raising funds for the Guild House. LHC received a $15,000 grant from the Driehaus Foundation which enabled the much-needed renovations for our Sunday School. In 2010 LHC received one of our most generous donations, the Bluthner piano! This was such a joyous gift, much needed, and ended the decade with a divine musical addition, and a beautiful way to begin the next decade in the life of the church.
 
Next month will be my last article, covering the next decade and our 150th Anniversary. During this past year, I hope you enjoyed learning more about the history of our church and celebrating our longevity and serving our Almighty God, as we have been taught to service others by our Lord, Jesus Christ.    
 
Carol Berger
Flowers for the Altar
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.
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November Birthdays
Nov. 3 - Karen Ashe
Nov. 4 - Tim Haben
Nov. 7 - Ro Montgomery
Nov. 8 - Liz Haben
Nov. 11 - Dave Hochstetter, Jared Winquist
Nov. 12 - Anne Haben
Nov. 15- Steve Prang
Nov. 24 - Kathy Haben
Nov. 27 - Sullivan Kaska
Nov. 30 - Jennifer Harmon
Love & Prayers
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To those recently ill or hospitalized...
Kathi Abell

Our sympathies to...
The family and friends of Amy (Johnson) Merwin, who passed away last month.


Our Church Leadership
THANK YOU TO OUR CHURCH STAFF, COUNCIL, AND ALL VOLUNTEERS
Transitional Lay Minister and
Director of Music - Larry Dieffenbach

Pastor Emeritus - Rev. Ronald Purser

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 - 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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