By the Way
OCTOBER 2020
Larry's Notes
Transitional Lay Minister

My calendar tells me today is the first day of Autumn and it is a most beautiful day. Signs of changing color in the leaves, shorter days, recipes for “everything pumpkin” and delicious soups start to appear on my internet pages. This would be a time when we settle into our Fall routines at home and at church but the pandemic changes much of that and we have to think of new ways to do things and new ways to cope with things as the holidays and traditions also come at this time of the year. Here are some things we are thinking about at Little Home Church AND doing:

“Walking is man’s best medicine.” - Hippocrates

The Bible is full of walks. Last Sunday morning, we started “Walk and Talk” and we had a dozen people and some four-legged friends too! Masked and wearing comfy walking shoes, we went around the block and explored the new depot trails a bit. Members continually mixed up walking partners, personally I will share that I felt a great connection to those gathered. (We talked about making this a Sunday School activity too.) This is a great way to engage with others and it has so many possibilities. Call some friends and invite them to join or have a walk on a different day and send in your walking pictures to the church office. “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” - Matthew 25:37-40 ESV
 
I have been asked to keep the Friday afternoon Northern Illinois Food Bank packing going. You don’t have to be there every week but maybe we can set aside 6-10 spots every week or every other week.
“Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” - Galatians 6:2

Finally, Adult Education Classes. We are looking to do some one- or two-night seminars led by professionals that would include topics on the struggles of caregiving, learning coping skills to keep going during the pandemic, and particularly the holidays. What would you like to see? Send me your ideas.

We have started two out of the three activities listed above – doers and not just talkers!

We need your help! It would be great to have someone take charge of the weekly walks and the Food Bank registration.
I’ll get the Adult Education events started and then let’s see who can help with that.
What are you being called to do?

Keep the faith, keep in touch.
Peace,
Larry Dieffenbach
Transitional 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.
What's Happening at Church...

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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
Virtual Fellowship - Sundays, 10:30 am - via Zoom
Bible Study - Wednesdays, 10 am - via Zoom
Men of LHC Monthly Breakfast - Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:30 am via Zoom
Church Council Meeting - Monday, Oct. 12, 7 pm via Zoom
A Book & A Prayer Book Club - Thursday, Oct. 15, 7 pm via Zoom
Sisters in Spirit (SiS) General Meeting - Sunday, Oct. 18, 11 am via Zoom
BTW Deadline - Monday, Oct. 19

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS - Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm, 630.584.4013
Let's put your pledge on autopilot...

You will be receiving a letter very soon requesting your financial support for 2021 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, which has been more difficult this year without in-person Sunday services.
We are recommending putting these reoccurring payments 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 '2021 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 but you would need to go into their system each time you wanted to initiate a transaction. 

For those of us over 70 and a half, 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 Little Home Church. Please note that there is no required minimum distribution required in 2020.

We hope the above information will make your life a little easier.

Respectfully,
Peter Connolly, Stewardship Ministry Chair

Daffodil Days
Planting a new fundraiser
A new fundraiser this October will be the first of what we hope will become the tradition of an annual 'Daffodil Days.' Each bag of 10 bulbs will be sold for $10. We will be providing opportunities for purchase of bulbs by way of social media, at the church during a work day on October 24 or by contacting Emily Miller. You will also be able to purchase bulbs from Emily, Helena and Eliese at the Wayne Post Office on Saturdays in October. 

We are partnering with additional local groups to help us promote and plant. Our goal is to sell 400 bags. We will also provide the opportunity to purchase a bag for donation to the community. 
We will then plant donated bulbs, with the help of local Boy Scouts, around the church and throughout the Village. We look forward to this new fundraising opportunity, but most of all we will look forward to the arrival of Spring and the joy we will feel as the daffodils’ beauty emerges!

Emily Miller
Fundraising Committee Member
There’s beauty in this little bag
A harbinger of Spring.
Please plant them in a special place. 
Yellow daffodils they’ll bring!
Daffodil Days
Mixed Trumpet Daffodils
for Naturalizing
Bag of 10 Bulbs - $10

It's Joyfully Happening!
Groundbreaking
I am thrilled to tell you that on August 26 LHC signed a contract to begin Phase 1 of our Joyful, Joyful, We Restore Thee capital campaign restoration project! Out of three bidders, Schramm Construction Corporation of St. Charles had the most complete, timely, and lowest bid at $458,783. We are excited to be working with Fred Schramm and his team. The 'Joyful' team posed for a groundbreaking photo in early September to celebrate this momentous event. Hallelujah!
Phase 1 began on Monday, September 21 and will be ongoing for 12 weeks. As the sledgehammers, drills, saws, and shovels attacked the decrepit sanctuary basement, a group of busy bees were able to temporarily relocate about 10 shrubs and plants, empty the sanctuary, Music Director's office, the choir hallway and bathrooms, and wrap the organ and grand piano for protection, in anticipation of work to be done.
Work to be done in Phase 1 includes:
—Removal and restoration of all sanctuary windows
—Removal and restoration of the patio and bottom step in front of the sanctuary
—Improvements to the sanctuary foundation
—Exterior and interior painting of the sanctuary
—Renovation of the two PH bathrooms to make them ADA compliant
—An electrical upgrade
—Interior and exterior lighting
—Replacement of the kitchen doors
—Removal of the north doors in the PH and replacement with a matching window
—Improvements to drainage
—Flooring, siding, and plumbing renovation

Click Here for a list of FAQs about Phase 1.
Click Here for Phase 1 construction preparation photos with captions.
Click Here for 'Near Neighbors' mailing sent this week.

And that’s not all. In mid-September we received a $100,000 check from the Hamill Family Foundation. Thank you to all who donated in support of this generous grant. This is a true blessing for our church and a transformative contribution to our capital campaign. Hallelujah, again!

So much is going on at LHC, even as we continue to adjust to our lives at a social distance from one another. It will be extra special to return to worship and church life after the Phase 1 improvements are complete. Can I get an Amen?!

Anne Bouchard
Joyful, Joyful, We Restore Thee, Capital Campaign Chair

Neighbors in Need
Special Offering - Oct 4
Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities. Sunday, Oct. 4 is the designated offering date, although you may donate any time. Please indicate 'Neighbors in Need' in the memo portion of your check or in the comment section of PayPal or Venmo. Click here for more information on Neighbors in Need.

Moderator's Message
Carol Berger

Every generation leaves behind a legacy. What that legacy will be is determined by the people of that generation. We, as members of the Little Home Church are building our legacy. Let us rejoice! We are renovating our building, we are working together to weather this pandemic, we are plodding ahead with new activities, we are reaching out to members we miss seeing, and we continue to care about each other. We are a church here to stay after 150 years! As promised in my last BTW article, I am continuing on where I left off last month on our historical journey.

In 1883 the Dunham castle was completed. Along the village Main Street, houses were beginning to sprout by retired farmers, successful merchants, and men who worked at the Oak Lawn Farm and for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroads. The church no longer looked out over open farmland. Its view was of lawns and garden plots, flowerbeds and families.

In 1887, the Reverend J. T. Robert came to Wayne as pastor, and after a few years, he would win fame for the part he played in helping his brother, Lt. Col. Henry M. Robert, with the parliamentary classic, "Robert's Rules of Order." And in May, 1888, additional land was purchased and during Reverend Robert's pastorate, the parsonage was built.

Strangely, the twenty-fifth anniversary came, but no celebration took place. However, after the turn of the century, the planning for the celebration of the thirtieth anniversary was in the midst. "On February 11, 1901 the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Organization of the Wayne was celebrated. Rev. J.E. Roy preached the anniversary sermon. It being the same one he preached at the organization of the church thirty years ago. They had coaxed the spark into a blaze, nourished the blaze to brightness. Now it was time to pass it on to the next generation.

Our historical journey will continue next month in BTW. Please stay tuned.

To everything there is a season, and
A time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die,
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to keep, and a time to cast away
Ecclesiastes 3:1,2,3,6, & 8

I'm always fond of saying, even though we are a small church, we do things in a BIG way. We continue to give a gift to the next generation, leave a legacy that was given to us, but more
importantly, we believe. Let us give thanks to GOD for blessing us, so we may continue to
receive His spiritual guidance and pass it on to many, now and in the future.

Peace in the name of our Lord,
Carol Berger
Sisters in Spirit
It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like...
Start saving your pennies for the 1st Annual (second year in a row) SiS Holiday Bazaar. It will be a little earlier this year: Saturday, November 21, 9 am to 12 pm. The Bazaar will be held in the Guild House/Wayne Community House and will feature gently used Christmas decorations and serving ware, home baked goods, handmade gifts, narcissus to go kits, and other holiday items. Please tell your neighbors and friends. Questions or have something to share? Contact Anne Bouchard or Judy Hopkins.

Anne Bouchard
Facilities
A Huge Thank You!

Though our pews may not be filled on Sundays, our hearts remain active as the LHC congregation! Our dear church home is receiving some TLC, and some major work is about to begin. In preparation of Schramm Construction’s project schedule it was all hands on deck, and once again those who were able rallied to get the sanctuary ready with pew cushions, bibles, hymnals, and all the goodies in this wonderful structure moved to Parish Hall. As we tackled the area, it was quite a sight witnessing the removal of the organ pipes, and the great care given to every element of what has been serving us for many, many years. Plants were dug up in affected areas, to make room for the drainage pipe trenches in the courtyard. Larry’s new digs just seem 'right' with 'everything Larry' moved into the corner office.
 
I’ll leave it to the Joyful Committee to report on all the exciting happenings, but as a facility in general, our Little Home Church is saying 'Thank You, Thank You!'

Kit DeWitt
Facilities Ministry Chair
Worship & Spiritual Growth
All Saints Sunday - Nov. 1

As we continue to worship virtually, we find ourselves continually having to adapt as our different LHC traditions come up. All Saints' Sunday is one of those traditions. We won't be able to invite people to come and place the names of those lost in the last year up on the wooden cross but we can still read their names. If you have lost a loved one, or friend in the last 12 months and would like them remembered, please submit their name to us by Sunday, October 25 so it can be read aloud during the filming of our November 1 service. If you have a photo of them, feel free to send it along as well and we will try to show it in the video of the service.

Send the information to the Church Office.
In other Worship & Spiritual Growth news...
A BIG YouTube THANK YOU!
You're watching our services. Here are the numbers for September:
We had 503 views!
We watched 6,288 minutes!
We got 4 more YouTube subscribers!
We shared 17 times!
We got 28 'likes!'

Click here to subscribe to LHC YouTube Channel.

We are grateful for your support of our online services. If you'd like to help out just let us know. It helps us feel connected to see different faces online. If you have any questions, just let me know.

Samantha Prang, WSG Ministry Chair
Evangelism
Welcome New Members
Ron and Diane Dippner
Julie Graham
What a WARM welcome we extend to our three new members, Diane and Ron Dippner, and Julie Grahm. You can meet them by viewing the YouTube video of our Sunday Service from September 27. (Just visit the LHC YouTube channel to access the video.)

Ron was an Amtrak train conductor for 37 years. Diane was a tour director for seven years taking groups on the train and that is where they met. Diane and Ron have been married for five years and live just down the street from the church. Ron has a daughter, Kara who lives locally. Diane has two sons, Brett in Washington state and Kyle in California. Kyle and his wife Ari have Eli, Diane's two-year-old grandson.

Julie Grahm grew up in Wayne and recently moved back from South Bend, Indiana. While growing up she actually rode in the Wayne DuPage Hunt. Julie is glad to be back home and we are too! Julie works with her father in their family business which is renting and selling construction and snow removal equipment. She is also 'mom' to three Yorkie Terriers. 

Diane Dippner summed up what so many of our members know about our church: "We loved the church from the very first day. People were friendly and inviting. It's the fellowship we longed for."

Mary Roach
Evangelism Ministry Chair

Congregational Life
Walk 'N Talk
Our first Walk 'n Talk took place a few weeks ago and we are thrilled with the turnout. We started out meeting in the courtyard (with our masks on!) and headed around the block. We then ventured over by the new trails over by the old General Store. It was just the right amount. It was a wonderful way to fellowship and fun to see folks hang around the courtyard catching up. We plan on continuing each Sunday morning at 9 am while the weather is nice. We'd love to have you join us. And we'd love to have a leader in charge of this activity! Let us know if you'd be interested.

While volunteers and members of the Congregational Life ministry continue to keep the congregation connected through phone calls and notes, it is important to remember that each one of us at Little Home Church plays a part in the 'Life of our Congregation!' Please make it a point in the coming days to pick up your phone or pen and reach out to someone with whom you may not have communicated with since the onset of the pandemic. You never know how much the sound of a friendly voice or the cheer of a few written words can brighten the day of a fellow member.

As a ministry that has been unable to go forward with many of its traditional events and activities, we are looking to 'think outside the box' as we plan for the weeks and months ahead. We welcome any suggestions for ways to support and fulfill our committee’s mission. Please let your ideas, suggestions and specific needs known to members of this ministry:

Mary Emily Anhalt
Congregational Life Ministry Chair
Outreach
Future Opportunities
Our Outreach Ministry continues to make an impact. Last month, on Sept. 11, the National Day of Service we had a small group of volunteers help at Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva. This is something we'd love to continue to do a few times each month. There are different days and time slots available and we can have up to 10 volunteers. Contact Larry if you'd like more information.

In our efforts to fight hunger, we are 90% to our next TON of food for the Neighborhood Food Pantries! $650 is required and we're almost there. If you'd like to earmark a donation to go towards that just indicate that in the memo portion of your check. This next donation will make 12 TONS OF FOOD we helped provide!

In the area of member-driven opportunities, Anne Bouchard has been supporting the Northwest DuPage United Crop Hunger Walk. The walk helps to end hunger in our surrounding communities. The walk will take place virtually on Sunday, October 18. Walk alone or with your family. If you would like to donate or walk, please Click Here.

This year is obviously like no other due to the pandemic: let’s do what we can to help end hunger in our county!

Peace and light,
Karissa James
Outreach Ministry Chair
A Book & A Prayer
LHC Book Club
Meets 3rd Thursday, 7 pm
NEXT Meeting is October 15

This month we are reading Becoming Nicole: The Extraordinary Transformation of an Ordinary Family by Amy Ellis Nutt. Written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Becoming Nicole is the sometimes heartbreaking, always inspiring true story of a transgender girl, and an ordinary American family's extraordinary journey.  

The Maines were a middle-class, hard-working, politically conservative New England couple whose lives felt complete when they adopted identical twin sons. The inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family's extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all. 
 
Becoming Nicole is more than an account of a courageous girl and her extraordinary family. It’s a powerful portrait of a slowly but surely changing nation, and one that will inspire all of us to see the world with a little more humanity and understanding.

Our group will meet for a book discussion via Zoom on Thursday, October 15 at 7 pm, and we’d love to have you join us! The Zoom meeting details are as follows:

Meeting ID: 891 0088 0154
password: bookclub
Virtual Sunday Fellowship
via ZOOM

Gather 'virtually' with us on Sundays beginning at 10:30 am. We will gather online for a few minutes of saying hello and checking in. The space will be open for an hour. Feel free to pop in anytime during that time.

Meeting ID: 827 7414 6480
password: parishhall
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Wednesday Bible Study
Virtually...

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 Ruth.

NO preparation is necessary. The Bible Study meeting begins at 10 am.

Meeting ID: 814 1245 7155
password: biblestudy
Christian Education
Lifeline...

The message from your Christian Education chairwoman can be found in the last paragraph, but please read the two preceding paragraphs anyway. 

Dear Larry, Lori, Samantha, Mike, and John,

In these weirdest of days, I really miss the routine of going to church every week, as when I am burdened or worried about something I know I'll feel better after I've been in church for an hour. And these days I am anxious a lot. But, thanks to your incredible efforts with the online worship services, I don't have to wait until Sunday to calm down, reflect on my many blessings, remember to help others first, and feel renewed by the Holy Spirit. Truth be told, I don't even have to change out of my pajamas! (Thanks, Covid!) 

The online services are truly a lifeline. Thank you for all you do to make the worship experience still relevant and meaningful even if we aren't all in the same sanctuary. 

And if anyone is still reading this and would like to join the Christian Education Ministry, please contact me.

Prayerfully submitted,
Jane Shelton
Christian Education Ministry Chair
Fundraising Committee
Updates

I am very excited for what we hope is our first of many annual Daffodil sales, being announced to all by Emily Miller in a separate article. Next week I’ll get to see what 4,000 bulbs look like when they get delivered to our house! In other fundraising news, we are in conversations regarding use of 'The Castle' for another event. Assuming Covid-19 cooperates and we can work out the details with the owner, we are hoping for a Spring event. No guarantees, but looks promising. We are also exploring ways to continue our music fundraising. Ideas include an on-line concert, with venue and genre undefined but we have some exiting thoughts on how to pull this off effectively during this challenging time. Look for updates in the near future!

Chip Braulick
Fundraising Committee Chair
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 October Birthdays!

Oct. 2 - Nancy Alex
Oct. 4 - Chip Braulick
Oct. 8 - Monica Thornton
Oct. 19 - Ron Purser
Oct. 20 - Mike Prang
Oct. 23 - Steven Anhalt
Oct. 27 - Mary Jean Schless
Oct. 28 - Heath Neukirch

Love & Prayers
To those recently ill or hospitalized...
Kathi Abell, Jeff Schramuk

Our sympathies to...
Family and friends of church member Meg Withall. Meg passed away Sept. 2 after a long illness.
She was 70 years old.


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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
Custodian - Geraldine Fields

BTW Editors
Lori Prang and Kathleen Sullivan Kaska

Graphic Design
Kathleen Sullivan Kaska
CHURCH COUNCIL

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.
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