LHC By the Way...
APRIL 2019
Community Open House

Members, Neighbors and Friends

Please join us to preview historic renovation plans for

Little Home Church by the Wayside, UCC

SUNDAY // APRIL 28 // 1 to 2:30 pm

Presentation by Lisa Sharp, Sharp Architects, Inc. - 1:15 pm

'Joyful, Joyful' Capital Campaign Update - 1:45 pm

Questions and Building Tours - 2 pm

Refreshments will be served.


Spring is finally here! We are about halfway through Lent, and Holy Week approaches. Our various observances of Holy Week invite us to enter the dramatic events of the Gospel narrative. In them we directly experience the sacred story of our faith that central to its theology. While we embrace and celebrate the rich intellectual traditions of Christianity, we have to enter into our sacred story. Holy Week invites us into holistic religious practice that enlists the senses, fills the heart and informs the mind as God’s Spirit accompanies on the journey. Through ritual, sights, sounds and smells the drama unfolds. We don’t just think about faith; we need to taste it as well.
On Palm Sunday, April 14, our children will lead our celebration with palm fronds as we relive Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. Come Thursday, we will meet in Parish Hall, share a meal and gather at Christ’s table for Holy Communion. We will retell the story of Christ’s Passion as darkness grows as candles are snuffed during the Maundy Thursday Tenebrae. As in past years, we will join with Immanuel United Church-Christ of Bartlett and Immanuel United Church of Christ of Streamwood for a combined Good Friday observance. I will join with their pastors in leading the service, which will be held at the Bartlett church (415 W. North Avenue, Bartlett) at 1 PM on Good Friday, April 19.

The drama of Holy Week is stark and in many ways shocking. Traveling through these observances, we gain insight that prepares us for the joy of Easter. By traveling through the darkness, we better understand the light. We are better able to embrace new life. I look forward to making this sacred journey with you all.

Yours in Christ, Pastor Richard Connect with Richard 


We've been meeting Wednesday nights during Lent for our Dinner and a Movie series. We gather for dinner at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Following dinner, we retire to the Pastor’s Study where we've been watching clips of movies with subtle religious tones and discuss. Wherever appropriate, we've looked at Bible passages relevant to the movie clip(s) of the evening. So far we've discussed Cool Hand Luke, Monty Python and the Iron Giant. We have two dates remaining. Each session is designed to last about an hour. All are welcome. No advance preparation required. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Richard.

April 3 - Keeping the Faith
No matter how deep our faith may be, life’s events can shake us. Sometimes this will deepen our faith and carry us through crisis and beyond. Sometimes a crisis raises questions we have a hard time answering. We will watch clips from First Reform (2017), in which Ethan Hawke plays the pastor of a small country church navigating a faith crisis.

April 10 - Encountering God :
What would it be like to meet God in our time, and in the world we live in? An Interview with God (2018) tells the story of a New York City reporter just back from Afghanistan, given an opportunity to interview someone who says he is God in series of three appointments.

Larry D.


" 'Why did she give up wine for Lent? Polly was more sensible. She had given up strawberry jam. Cecilia has never seen Polly show more than a passing interest in strawberry jam, although now, of course, she was always catching her standing at the open fridge, staring at it longingly.' The power of denial."
Liane Moriarty, The Husband's Secret

Thanks to John Lash and the five musicians who joined him for some wonderful New Orleans "Fat Sunday" music! We were also very blessed to have Tom Havel and Lillian Cain share the Telemann Two Viola Concerto with us on St. Patrick's Day. On April 14, Palm Sunday, we will invite the children to join the choir in a Palm Sunday anthem. We will start learning it in Sunday School.

7 Hand Bell Choir
Ubi Caritas et Amor, by Richard Proulx

14 Palm Sunday/Percussion/Trumpets
Cantad Hosanna! by Joel Raney
Hosanna in the Highest, by Lloyd Larsen


18 Maundy Thursday
Bread of the World, by Stan Pethel
Jesus in the Garden, by Joseph Martin

21 Easter Sunday
Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Lord, by Joel Raney
Alleluia! Christ is Risen, by Hal Hopson

28 Shout Joyfully, Serve Gladly! by David Schwobel


We're offering our members a chance to order Spring flower to help decorate the altar table on Easter Sunday. You may order Lilies, Hyacinths or Tulips for $15 each. What a nice way to honor someone special in your life or remember a loved one. The proceeds raised will help our general operating budget. The deadline for orders is April 8 and payment is due with your order. You may take your plants with you after church on Easter. Look for the order form in the Sunday worship bulletin or click here .


Worship Service  - Sundays, 9:30 am
Bible Study  - Wednesdays, 10 am
Playdate  - Thursdays, 11 am - 12 pm
Choir Rehearsals - Wednesdays, 7 pm
Meditation Group - Thursdays, 9 - 10 am
* * * Lenten Series: Dinner & a Movie - Wednesday, Apr. 3 & 10, 6:30 pm * * *
Model Seder Dinner - Sunday, Apr. 7, 4 pm
Easter Flower Order Deadline - Monday, Apr. 8
Church Council Meeting  - Tuesday, Apr. 9, 7 pm
Friday Night at the Movies - Friday, Apr. 12, 7 pm
Easter Dinners Due to Food Pantry - Saturday, Apr. 13, 7:30 - 9 am
Men of LHC Breakfast - Saturday, Apr. 13, 8:30 am
All Church Work Day - Saturday, Apr. 13, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Palm Sunday Worship - Sunday, Apr. 14, 9:30 am
  2nd Sunday  - Food Pantry Offering  - Sunday, Apr. 14, 9:30 am
College Care Boxes Packing - Sunday, Apr. 14, 10:30 am
Sisters in Spirit (SiS) Meeting - Sunday, Apr. 14, 11 am
Sunday Small Group - Sunday, Apr. 14, 7 pm
BTW Deadline  - Thursday, Apr. 18
Maundy Thursday Potluck Supper & Tenebrae Service - Thursday, Apr. 18, 6:30 pm
Good Friday Worship* - Friday, April 19, 1 pm
(*Joint Service held at Immanuel UCC Church in Bartlett)
*** Easter Sunday Worship - Apr. 21, 9:30 am (Children's Egg Hunt follows) ***a
Easter Monday - Church Office CLOSED
A Book & A Prayer Book Club  - Thursday, Apr. 25, 7 pm
UCC Fox Valley Association Spring Meeting - Saturday, Apr. 27
Joyful, Joyful We Restore Thee Community Open House - Sunday, Apr. 28, 1 pm

Church Office Hours - Monday - Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm, 630.584.4013

NOTE - Date Change this month due to Maundy Thursday!
We will meet a week later on April 25 .
April 25 MEETING - Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate
Born into a world of wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all. A loving daughter to her father, a US senator, with her own ambitious career as a lawyer and a handsome fiance waiting for her in Baltimore, she has lived a charmed life. But when Avery returns to Aiken to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with May Crandall, an elderly woman she's never met before, leaves Avery deeply shaken. Avery's decision to learn more about May's life will take her on a journey through a hidden history of stolen children and illegal adoption. A journey that will reveal a secret that could lead to devastation...or redemption. This heartbreaking story is also heart-mending--a powerful tale of family, of sisters, of secrets kept and secrets shared.
Consider joining the group for discussion, fellowship…and snacks! There is always room for one more. The group meets at the home of Sandy Harper, 30W680 Smith Road, Wayne.

APRIL 12, 7 PM
"Full of Grace" follows Mary ten years after the Resurrection, as she reflects on her life raising Jesus. It's an appropriate selection during this Easter Season.

Join us in the pastor's office...we'll bring the popcorn.

April 14
Palm Sunday Worship, 9:30 am

April 18
Maundy Thursday Dinner & Tenebrae Service, 6:30 pm

April 19
Good Friday Service, 1 pm at
415 W. North Avenue, Bartlett

April 21
Easter Sunday Worship, 9:30 am
Children's Egg Hunt follows afterward



Spring is sprung. The grass is 'riz.'
I wonder where your selfie is?  

Ok, bad grammar I know. But Congregational Life is excited to start production of a new LHC Photo Directory. And get ready for it...we're going digital and using your SELFIES to produce it!

Some Guidelines

--Your photo should be recent.

--Your photo should clearly show your face & the faces of those in your family who you want included in the directory.

--Obviously, your photo submission does not need to be a selfie. You can let someone else take your photo or portrait or use an existing one. If you like we can take it one Sunday here at church.

Technical Guidelines

--Please send the highest quality/largest size media possible. If you use a camera phone, please change the settings to the highest possible quality setting and export the media off your phone at t ​​ he largest size possible . Please do not distort the image by applying photo filters or effects. Do not attempt to increase the size of an existing image using filters or software. This will not improve the quality or make it appropriate for printing.
--If you'd like help taking your picture, scanning your picture or emailing your picture - we have folks who are ready and willing to help you with these modern-day marvels! Please email Kathy Haben with any questions you may have.
We're hoping to have every member that is currently listed in our directory to have a 'face' with it. It will help us all place the 'face to the name.' Please email your photos to the Church Office .

We'd love to have this completed by June 1 (earlier if possible!) so start scouring your photo collections or pick a location that is near-and-dear to you and 'strike a pose.' Let's have fun with this!

Thank you, Kathy Haben, Congregational Life Ministry Connect with Kathy

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We are providing Easter Dinners to the Neighborhood Food Pantry. LHC has committed to providing 45 dinners. The food pantry provides a shopping list for each dinner. Please fulfill that list and drop off the items to Resurrection Parish (the NW corner of Rt. 59 & Army Trail Roads) on Saturday, Apr. 13 between 7:30 - 9 am . It's a perfect drop-off where you don't even have to get out of your car...you pull up, they unload and you're on your way. See Valeri Baldwin to sign up and get your shopping list. Your generosity is always appreciated.

Valeri Baldwin, Outreach Ministry Connect with Valeri


Have you wondered about the Little Church Council and what's involved? Do you know what our seven different ministries are and what their purposes are? We've provided a new introduction to Church Council as well as our ministries which describes them as well as their responsibilities. We have also revised our Time and Talent Survey if you are interested in helping our dedicated group of volunteers. You can indicate your interest in serving on one of our ministries or in other areas such as Leadership, Music, Special Events or other Committees. The survey also asks for your feedback on that LHC can do for you.

We hope you'll take the time to complete the survey and return it to the Church Office.

Pete Connolly, Stewardship Ministry Connect with Pete

Please meet our new members who joined our congregation on March 10. If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet them, I encourage you to introduce yourself after worship on Sundays. 
Rebecca Allen                                          
Rebecca lives in West Chicago with her two children, Sabrina and Brook. She is a graduate of Elmhurst College and the Harrington College of Design. Rebecca is a kitchen designer and works for a firm in Glen Ellyn.
MaryEmily Anhalt
MaryEmily lives in St. Charles with her husband, Steve, and is a retired second grade school teacher. She comes to the LHC with a UCC background and is anxious to get involved. We are also delighted that her daughter,  Emily Miller , has also joined. Emily lives in Wayne with her husband, Joe, and her twin daughters, Helena and Eliese. Emily is employed by Walgreens and is the Senior Manager for all non-regulated beverages in the US.
Ted Brown
Ted grew up in Southeast Iowa, graduated from Iowa State U., and came to Wayne from the East Coast where he worked for several Information Technology companies. Ted loves the outdoors, animals of all types, and is anxious to continue his expertise in the Chicago area. 

Carol Berger, Evangelism Ministry

Jennifer Harmon
Jennifer grew up in Wayne, attended LHC as a child, lived away and recently moved back. Jennifer lives in St. Charles with her 2 children, Catherine and Connor.  
Ellen and Grant Soukup
Ellen and Grant live in St. Charles where they both grew up. Ellen rides in the Wayne-DuPage Hunt and is the Finance Director for the Conservation Foundation in Naperville. Grant works for Spraying Systems in Carol Stream. Their son, Will, was baptized in the church several months ago.
Carol and Pete Thielman
Carol and Pete came to the church for the Blessings of the Hounds event and found a home at the Little Home Church. They live in West Chicago, Carol drives a school bus, and Pete works as an analyst for Essendant. They have two grown children and recently became empty nesters.
Ginny Sweeny
Ginny presently lives in Elgin, but is originally from Wayne and was married in the church many years ago. Her daughter and son-in-law, Kit and Jan DeWitt joined LHC a year ago. Ginny has many memories in the church. 


Spring sprang for SiS at our March meeting. We planted seeds for heirloom tomatoes and herbs in anticipation of the LHC Plant Sale on May 4 . We also discussed our plans to create and deliver Easter Baskets to the Community Crisis Center in Elgin. Baskets and “Easter grass” have been purchased. We will fill them with various items. Suggestions for the baskets include:
Activities and Accessories:
Silly Putty
Mini sports balls
Playing cards
Coloring/activity books
Colored pencils
Mechanical pencils
Activity paper pads
Washable markers
Matchbox cars
Toiletries for teens

SiS is the Little Home Church women’s group. All women are welcome to participate.

Contact Anne Bouchard or Judy Hopkins for more information about SiS.
Food and Candy:
Wrapped candy
Decorated cookies
Healthy snacks
Rice Krispie treats
M & Ms
Fruit snacks
Plastic eggs with treats
Chocolate bunnies

We are providing 20 baskets and will pack the baskets at our regular meeting on Sunday, April 14 at 11 am .


The Fundraising Committee needs your ideas and participation. Whether you choose to become a full-time member or just wish to volunteer for a single project, you are always welcome...and needed. As a clarification to the March BTW, the Fundraising Committee is intended to raise money to assist both the Little Home Church Operations and Outreach Ministries. When events are held by LHC, these will stipulate as to where the funds raised will be utilized, Operations or Outreach. Currently the Committee is co-chaired by Peter Connolly (Stewardship) and Valeri Baldwin (Outreach). A list of the current Committee members is posted in the Parish Hall. If you are interested in becoming a participant or have suggestions, please contact either Valeri or Peter .

Spring Clean-up for the Church Grounds
Saturday, April 13 , 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Following weekend is Easter so we want the grounds to look GREAT. Please consider volunteering.
Many hands make light, fun work.

Charles Sbarbaro, Facilities Ministry

Thank you to everyone who attended last month's Chili Cook-Off & Bake-Off. A fabulous time was had by all and the best part is that we raised approximately $850 for our Outreach Ministry and the local agencies we help support. Kudos to all our chefs, bakers and judges...and everyone who helped make this a deliciously successful event!

Kathy Haben, Congregational Life Ministry Connect with Kathy
Tim Haben won 1st place
in the Chili Cook-Off.

Carol Hancock took 2nd place
Trevor DaRin took 3rd place

Ruth Lishamer won 1st place
in the Bake-Off.

Lori Haseltine took 2nd place
Anne Bouchard took 3rd place

Sign-up to help decorate our altar table, provide fellowship, or assist with our weekly worship as an usher or pulpit associate. Contact Office

April 7
Pulpit Associate - Karen Kaluzsa
Ushers - Valeri Baldwin
Flowers - Ann McLaughlin
Fellowship - Ruth Lishamer

April 14
Pulpit Associate - (open)
Ushers - (open)
Flowers - Susi & Jim Winquist
Fellowship - Kathy Haben

April 21 - Easter
Pulpit Associate - (open)
Ushers - (open)
Flowers - Easter Flowers
Fellowship - (open)

April 28
Pulpit Associate - (open)
Ushers - (open)
Flowers - Bouchard Family
Fellowship - Jennifer Walsh

Apr 1 - Anne Bouchard
Apr 2 - Kay Brynelsen, Alex Karwowski
Apr 8 - Trevor DaRin
Apr 12 - Gerry James
Apr 14 - Joe Sterner
Apr 15 - Rik Alex
Apr 17 - Cooper Hadfield
Apr 20 - George Bouchard
Apr 24 - Peg Schramuk


Those recently ill or hospitalized...
 Kathi Abel, Marilyn Poole

Our condolences to...
Gerry & Karissa James on the death of his father, Gordon who passed away March 7. He was 84 years old.
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Pastor  - Reverend Richard E. Malmberg
Pastor Emeritus  - Reverend Dr. Don Heinrich
Pastor Emeritus  - Reverend Ronald Purser
 Director of Music/Organist  - Larry Dieffenbach
Office Manager  - Lori Prang
Custodian - Geraldine Fields
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Church Council
Moderator  - Chip Braulick
Moderator-elect  - Karen Kaluzsa
Stewardship  - Peter Connolly
Evangelism  - Carol Berger
Outreach  - Valeri Baldwin
Congregational Life  - Kathy Haben
Christian Education  - Lori Haseltine
Worship & Spiritual Growth  - Jane Shelton
Facilities  - Charles Sbarbaro
Members at Large  - Jen Haseltine; Scott Johnson
Financial Treasurer  - Susi Winquist
Financial Secretary  - Ann McLaughlin
Clerk  - Kristen Thornton
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BTW Editors - Lori Prang and Kathleen Sullivan Kaska

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Coffee, tea, juice & tasty treats in the Parish Hall after worship service each Sunday. We'd love to chat with you!