LHC By the Way...
MAY 2019


I took great pleasure helping to organize a model Seder at Little Home Church last month. It was a great opportunity to bring people together from across communities and gather at our church. A week before Palm Sunday, it served to prepare us for the arrival of Holy Week. While Passover is not a Christian holiday, it figures prominently in the drama of Holy Week. Jesus and his disciples came to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Though it was celebrated differently than it is now, it was interesting to learn how our Jewish neighbors continue to relive the story of their liberation from Egypt. That is not unlike the way we relive Christ’s Passion during Holy Week. I sometimes think our Service of Communion and Tenebrae is a kind of Christian Seder.
Bernie Newman from Congregation Beth Shalom in Naperville did a beautiful leading of the Seder and explaining its many meanings meaning to us. He talked about how some of the symbols evoke the new life of spring, which is also what we also celebrate at Easter. He also talked about how the Seder traditionally ends with the hopeful exclamation: “Next year in Jerusalem!” But in the context of interfaith learning and understanding, Bernie brought copies of “A Prayer for the World” by Rabbi Harold Kushner. Together we joined voices in prayer as we ended the Seder.

Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations.
Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect.
Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows.
Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken.
Let it burn away the fog so that we can see each other clearly.
So that we can see beyond labels, beyond accents, gender or skin color.
Let the warmth and brightness of the sun melt our selfishness. 
So that we can share the joys and feel the sorrows of our neighbors. 
And let the light of the sun be so strong that we will see all people as our neighbors. 
Let the earth, nourished by rain, bring forth flowers to surround us with beauty. 
And let the mountains teach our hearts to reach upward to heaven. Amen. 

As children of the one God, I pray we can stand together in hope and peace to reach to heaven, in a world without end.

Yours in Christ, Pastor Richard Connect with Richard 

Easter is 50 days—it’s a season—it wasn’t just last Sunday. The season of Easter lasts through Pentecost so I say keep those Alleluias and chocolate Easter candies and eggs a-coming! There are plenty of ways to keep celebrating in worship:

May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
Jorge Brito will have a six-piece salsa band in worship. We will celebrate with lots of lively music, communion, and a piñata for the kids!

May 12 - Mother's Day
The children can join the choir in a lovely song called “I Wonder” by Heather Sorenson.

May 19 - Mental Health Sunday
The choir will sing a beautiful and compassionate anthem titled “When Memory Fades” to honor all of those who have known someone suffering from memory loss.

Please plan to join us for these special worship services.

Larry Dieffenbach, Director of Music, Organist


Zanie’s Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort
4051 E Main St, St Charles  Click for Map
Doors Open: 7 pm // Show: 8 to 9:30 pm

Tickets - $20 (2 for $30)   Tickets are limited.
Does not include required two minimum item purchase of food & drinks (ie: $4-12), per ticket. Attendees must be 21 or over with proper photo ID.

Comedian, John DaCosse
30 years in stand-up comedy and a brilliant physical comedian, John has developed a solid reputation nationwide. In addition to playing clubs and colleges across the country, he has opened for Jay Leno, Howie Mandel and Louie Anderson. His cartoonish, expressive face allows him the unique ability to get laughs without saying a word!  Click for Video


Valeri 630.901.1757 or  vlbaldwin@att.net

'Junual' Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Following the worship service.
Vote on the nominations for the
2019/20 Council members.


Worship Service  - Sundays, 9:30 am
Bible Study  - Wednesdays, 10 am
Choir Rehearsals - Wednesdays, 7 pm
Meditation Group - Thursdays, 9 - 10 am
SiS (Sisters in Spirit) Plant Sale - Saturday, May 4, 1 - 3 pm
Sunday Worship - Cinco de Mayo Special Music - Sunday, May 5, 9:30 am
Church Council Meeting  - Thursday, May 9, 7 pm
Friday Night at the Movies - Friday, May 10, 7 pm
Men of LHC Breakfast - Saturday, May 10, 8:30 am
  2nd Sunday  - Food Pantry Offering  - Sunday, May 12, 9:30 am
BTW Deadline  - Thursday, May 16
Special Presentation: 'Physicians' Untold Stories - Thursday, May 16, 5 pm
// Zanie's Comedy Fundraiser for Outreach Ministries - Thursday, May 16, 8 pm //
Blessing of the Bikes/Motorcycles - Saturday, May 18, 10 am - Noon
Sisters in Spirit (SiS) Meeting - Sunday, May 19, 11 am
Sunday Small Group - Sunday, May 19, 7 pm
A Book & A Prayer Book Club  - Thursday, May 23, 7 pm
Memorial Day-OFFICE CLOSED - Monday, May 27

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

MAY 10, 7 PM
Intellectually precocious teenager Lauren King (a very young Diane Lane) lives in Paris with her somewhat ditzy mother (Sally Kellerman). On a movie set, she strikes up a friendship with teenage film buff Daniel Michon (Thelonious Bernard). After Lauren's mother forbids her to date the outspoken Daniel, the young lovebirds team up with eccentric pickpocket Julius (Laurence Olivier) to run away to Venice, where, according to legend, a couple who kiss under the Bridge of Sighs will stay together forever .

 Join us in the pastor's office...we'll bring the popcorn.
The group will meet at 6 pm at Panera on Rt. 64 in St. Charles for dinner beforehand and they invite you to join them. 

Date change this month - We will meet on May 23
May 23 MEETING - Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout
In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before,  New York Times  bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge. At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer’s eyes, it’s in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama–desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love. At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse. As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life–sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty.  Olive Kitteridge  offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.
 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.


SMILE...We need YOU...Or at least your PICTURE!

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!

Thanks to those who have already submitted a photo!

Kathy Haben, Congregational Life Ministry Connect with Kathy

On March 24, we welcomed three additional new members to LHC! 

Sydney Neukirch and Cadence and Bob Henry:

Sydney lives in Geneva with her husband and two children, Madden and Heath. Sydney teaches government at Metea Valley High School and we welcome her children in our Sunday School. Sydney was looking for a new church and decided the LHC was exactly what she was looking for. 

Cadence and Bob live behind the church on Glos Street, and grew up next door to each other. They married in 2018, and presently, Cadence is planning to study at Waubonsee Community College, and Bob teaches Computer Science at Triton College in River Grove. After living close to the church for many years, we are excited they are now calling LHC home .  

Carol Berger, Evangelism Ministry

PLANT SALE PICK-UP // MAY 4 // 1 to 3 PM

The LHC Plant Sale pick-up date is coming right up on May 4! Let’s hope for perfect planting weather. If you ordered plants in March, you can collect your plants between 1 to 3 pm at the church on Saturday, May 4.

--You still owe money, please bring cash or a check made payable to Little Home Church.
--You can't remember if you owe money or the amount, just contact me and I'll let you know. 
--You can't make the pick up time on that day, just let me know and we can make other arrangements. 

We will have limited quantities of additional plants on sale, including some perennials from our gardens. Let your friends and neighbors know to stop by. Additional plants will be available while supplies last. Contact Anne Bouchard to reserve before Saturday.
Geraniums 4 ½” pot - $5.00 each:
3 White
8 Red
6 Bi-Color
4 Hot Pink
Premium Annuals 4 ½” pot - $5.00 each:
3 Ivy Geraniums
4 New Guinea Impatiens
8 Pennisetum Rubrum (grass)
6 Dragon Wing Begonias – RED
5 Sweet Potato Vine - BLACKIE
5 Sweet Potato Vine – LIME GREEN
8 Sweet Potato Vine – TRI-COLOR

Premium Annuals, continued:
7 Lantana – YELLOW
7 Lantana – RED SHADES
7 Lantana – PINK SHADES
7 Wave Petunias – PURPLE (magenta)
Accent Plants 3” pot - $3.00 each:
10 Spikes
13 Sprengeri
14 Vinca Vine
Tomatoes/Basil 3 ½” pot - $3.00 each:
5 Sweet 100- Cherry Tomatoes
5 Burpee Big Boy Tomatoes
2 Basil
Thank you for helping support the work of SiS.
We can raise nearly $1,000 if we sell our entire inventory!
Easter Basket Project

On Palm Sunday our SiS ladies assembled 20 Easter baskets for the children at the Community Crisis Center. We thank everyone who donated items to be included and we're pretty sure this is going to turn into an annual event!

Connect with Anne Bouchard or Judy Hopkins


We thank everyone who donated 45 Easter dinners to the Neighborhood Food Pantries (NFP) at Resurrection Church. Those dinners allowed for families that are less fortunate to enjoy a joyous Easter meal.

Neighborhood Food Pantries will celebrate 20 years this year! They began in 1999 with three pantries and partnering with 12 neighboring churches. They have grown to six pantries, 32 neighboring churches and 100+ businesses.

Our monthly Food Bucket collections we take on the second Sunday of each month are allowing us to provide our 8th check for $650 to the NFP. These checks give the Food Pantry more buying power and allows them to buy a ton of food...literally a TON. Outreach Ministry can always rely on your giving and generous hearts!

Neighborhood Food Pantries is looking for volunteers to help. Pantry hours are Monday and Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm, Tuesdays 1 to 4 pm, and Saturdays 8:30 to 11 am. Any help big or small is appreciated. The site coordinator is Patricia Wheaton, 630-240-3228. Please give her a call if you're able to help in any way.

Valeri Baldwin, Outreach Ministry Connect with Valeri


Come hear Dr. Scott Kolbaba, author of the Amazon Best Seller:
Physicians' Untold Stories: Miraculous experiences doctors are hesitant to share with their patients, or ANYONE!

Thursday, May 16 at 5 pm
This event is free of charge and will be held in the Parish Hall. A reception with hors d'oeuvres will begin at 5 pm followed by the presentation at 5:30 pm. Dr. Scott Kolbaba is an internist in Wheaton and is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Space is limited, so please RSVP to the office by May 13 .
This event is offered in partnership with BrightStar Care, Harborlight Hospice Care, Inspirations Assisted Living and Symphony Post Acute Care.


Join the Men of LHC for the 4th Annual 'Blessing of the Bikes' and Ride-In Breakfast! Have your bikes (both motorized and non-motorized) blessed for the upcoming riding season. Everyone is invited!

9 to 11 am: Complimentary Breakfast
9:45 & 10:30 am: Cycle Blessings by Pastor Richard

This year's event will be held at:
Fox River Harley-Davidson
131 S. Randall Road in St. Charles

Mark your calendars for our annual outing to see the Kane County Cougars take on the Dayton Dragons. Game begins at 1 pm at Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva. Tickets are only $13 and parking passes are available. To purchase tickets see or email Chuck McDonough or call 630-346-3030.
The Little Home Church is now a registered charity on AmazonSmile!

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the products, prices, and shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Little Home Church.
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the church when you shop on Amazon, at no cost to you. You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
100% of the donation amount generated from your eligible purchase on AmazonSmile will be donated. The donation amounts are combined with the donation amounts from all other customers that selected the same organization, and each quarter the AmazonSmile Foundation makes donations to registered charitable organizations by electronic funds transfer. Donations are generally transferred approximately 45 days after the end of each calendar quarter. 


Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by your purchases on AmazonSmile. You may not make a direct donation to the AmazonSmile Foundation. The only way to support your charitable organization through the AmazonSmile Foundation is to shop on AmazonSmile.
Here’s how to participate:
Search smile.amazon.com . (You must go to Amazon this way to generate donations.) Once the site comes up, sign in to your Amazon account. Then scroll down to the box that says, “Select charitable organization to support/Pick your own charity to support” (or words to that effect). Type Little Home Church by the Wayside, UCC into the box and click on the select button. The church name will appear.

If you have supported other charities in the past, or if you want to support a variety of charities, there is a box at the top center on the home page that allows you to change your charity. Start shopping!

For more information:
Connect with Anne Bouchard
Dogs getting to know_ Great Dane and Beagle puppy _ isolated on white

Be Friends...!

Little Home Church needs more 'friends.'

Please Like...Follow...Friend...Connect and Share on all our church's social media platforms:
Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // LinkedIn // Pinterest.

Just extend your paw and click on the icons to the left , sniff out all our LHC Pages, and be sure to wag your happy tail our way!

Building the church's online presence will help establish our credibility and solidify our reputation as an active christian community with a vibrant ministry. We can help others get to know us better, and learn about all our 'pet' projects.

Also, let's remember to play well together outside the virtual realm. Church members are NOT chew toys...!
Y o u ' r e I n v i t e d . . .

The Karwowski Family cordially invites you to attend
the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for their son,
Charles David Karwowski
on June 1, at 1 pm here at Little Home Church.
Charles' Eagle Scout project provided the lovely and useful black benches that sit in the front of the church.

Refreshments will immediately follow the ceremony
in the Parish Hall.
Please RSVP by May 20 t o dpk@wtmx.com
hello spring text sign_ beautiful pink tulips on white rustic wooden background flat lay. flowers in soft morning sunlight with space for text. greeting card concept


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

May 5
Pulpit Associate - Pete Connolly
Ushers - Chris & Kristen Thornton
Flowers - Lori Prang
Fellowship - The Brito Family

May 12
Pulpit Associate - Nancy Schatzeder
Ushers - Dave & Wanda Hochstetter
Flowers - Marilyn & Dave Poole
Fellowship - The Winquist Family

May 19
Pulpit Associate - Barb Braulick
Ushers - Ann McLaughlin & Greg Hege
Flowers - Kathleen and Bob Kaska
Fellowship - Kathleen and Bob Kaska

May 26
Pulpit Associate - Ann McLaughlin
Ushers - Jim Winquist & Greg Hege
Flowers - (Open)
Fellowship - (Open)



May 2 - Jennifer Rosenzweig
May 3 - Samantha & Allison Prang
May 6 - Dan Roach
May 9 - Kelly Hochstetter
May 10 - Maggie Purser
May 11 - Carol Thielman
May 14- Rachael Abell
May 18 - Jan Marchese
May 23 - Hilari Fix, Ginny Sweeny


Those recently ill or hospitalized...
 Kathi Abel, Marilyn Poole, Gladys Stevenson, Ruth Lishamer

Congratulations to...
Kit and Jan DeWitt on the birth of a new grandson. Parker Alexander Rosso was born on April 10. Proud parents are Mike & Ginny (DeWitt) Rosso.
Group of christianity people praying hope together


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
// // //
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
// // //
BTW Editors - Lori Prang and Kathleen Sullivan Kaska

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