LHC By the Way...
OCTOBER 2019

PASTOR'S MESSAGE
REV. RICHARD E. MALMBERG

Friends: The first Sunday in fall, the last Sunday of September is our annual Blessing of the Hounds (although this year's event was cancelled due to rain). Each year, when worship in the sanctuary concludes, we come out to Army Trail Road and meet a lively gathering of Wayne neighbors and friends. The event also draws from beyond Wayne, and people from surrounding towns line the street, waiting for the hunt and hounds to arrive and pause in front of Little Home Church. The spectacle must be seen to be believed.
We always extend our hospitality to those who come to the blessing. Baked goods shared with visitors is a simple, yet meaningful gesture. Offering welcome is an important biblical ethic. When Abram welcomed three strangers he saw approaching, they tuned out to be messengers of God bearing good news. The New Testament cites this specific incident, telling the Church, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)

Welcoming people in is important. So is going out. Little Home Church is just that, our home for worship and welcome. As much as it is home base, it is also a springboard. We are called to make the love of God real in the world. One way we will do that this month will be joining the CROP walk for world hunger on October 20. We will hit the streets to raise money to feed people around the world and in Illinois as well.

That same Sunday, we will bless prayer shawls in our worship service. They, too make God’s love real in the world. I have seen the comfort they give those who receive them. I am grateful for the ministry of all who knit them. I am also grateful for all who have taken part in fundraisers to support the many agencies and NGOs our Outreach Ministry has supported through the years.

With churches from all over the Illinois Conference, six of us attended the TPIRC Summit held in Peoria in September. Dr. Stephen Ray, President of Chicago Theological Seminary, spoke at the closing session. He challenged us to meet the world as it is and told us that we are not bystanders to the fate of the world. He left us with the question: Who does God need the Church to be now?

Faithfully, Pastor Richard Connect with Richard


WHAT'S HAPPENING...

Worship Service  - Sundays, 9:30 am
Bible Study  - Wednesdays, 10 am
Meditation Group - Thursdays, 9 - 10 am
Queen of Hearts Raffle - Wednesdays, 8 pm at Spotted Fox Ale House
Playdate - Wednesdays, Oct. 2 & 16, 1 pm
Neighbors in Need Special Offering , Sunday, Oct. 6, 9:30 am
Friday Night at the Movies - Friday, Oct. 11, 7 pm
Men of LHC Monthly Breakfast - Saturday, Oct 12, 8:30 am
Laity Sunday , Sunday, Oct. 13, 9:30 am
2ND SUNDAY  - Food Pantry Offering  - Sunday, Oct. 13, 9:30 am
Book & A Prayer Book Club  - Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 pm
Blessing of the Prayer Shawls - Sunday, Oct. 20, 9:30 am
Sisters in Spirit (SiS) Meeting - Sunday, Oct. 20, 11 am
CROP Hunger Walk - Sunday, Oct. 20, 1 pm
BTW Deadline  - Tuesday, Oct. 22
Church Council Meeting  - Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 pm
TRUNK OR TREAT - Sunday, Oct. 27, 4:30 pm

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS - Monday-Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm, 630.584.4013

SAVE THE DATES
Outreach Fundraising Concert - Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 pm
Veteran's Day Worship - Sunday, Nov. 10, 9:30 am
Hanging of the Greens - Dec. 1, after worship service
Women's Advent Worship & Tea - Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 am
Christmas Pageant & Lasagna Dinner - Sunday, Dec. 15, 5 pm
Christmas Cantata - Sunday, Dec. 22, 9:30 am
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services - Dec. 24, 5 & 10:30 pm

The word  CHOIR  written in wooden letterpress type.

MUSIC NOTES
SOUNDS OF AUTUMN

Choir is off to a good start! Thanks to the band for playing on a rainy Sunday. They will be with us the first Sunday of every month. Please join us for Trunk or Treat. I'm planning on a having a musical variety show for the children and their families this year. And the Christmas Pageant is really right around the corner. Samantha Prang and I will be meeting soon to discuss the Pageant so be ready to help!

Here are the anthems for this coming month:
Oct. 6 World Wide Communion /All are Welcome at the Table/ Let Me Walk With You/Up Above My Head
Oct. 13 Laity Sunday / Anthems TBD
Oct. 20 Blessing of the Shawls / A Time for Everything
Oct. 27 Reformation Sunday / Ancient Words

Peace,
Larry Dieffenbach, Director of Music, Organist


MODERATOR MUSINGS
LHC HAPPENINGS

Now that fall is upon us and the Blessing of the Hounds is past, we look forward to Trunk or Treat, our fall concert, donating Thanksgiving baskets to the food pantry and all our traditional Christmas events at Little Home Church. Look throughout this issue of  By the Way  for information about upcoming events and how you can get involved to help put them on. 

I am pleased to announce that Frank Muno and Mary Emily Anhalt have agreed to serve as our Little Home Church liaisons to the Fox Valley Association, the Illinois Conference and the global ministry of the United Church of Christ. Thanks, Frank and Mary Emily and I look forward to your reports.

A new Small Group ministry has been successfully launched with Mary Emily Anhalt, Carol Berger, Barb and Chip Braulick, Jen Haseltine, Judy Hopkins, Karen Kaluzsa, Frank Muno and Nancy Schatzeder. If you are interested in learning more about or participating in a Small Group ministry, reach out to Pastor Richard. 

We had a very successful and fun Shrimp Boil in August that made over $1,300 for outreach and a very successful rummage sale in September that netted $6,000 for church operations.

The Queen of Hearts fundraiser is going well, and so far we have raised over $1,000. After only 4 weekly raffles, a lucky Wayne resident uncovered the Queen of Hearts, so we have installed a new board for another round of raffles. We sold tickets at both the Wayne Horse Fest and the rummage sale, which gave more people in our community an opportunity to support our outreach charities. A raffle is held every Wednesday at 8 pm at the Spotted Fox, 3615 East Main Street in St. Charles, and each week church members come for fellowship, libations, and dinner. If you have a free Wednesday evening, please come and join in the fun!

Faithfully,
Karen Kaluzsa, LHC Moderator Connect with Karen


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS

Our new Sunday School program has launched! We are using Seasons of the Spirit , a lectionary-based curriculum (meaning the children will follow the same schedule of scripture lessons LHC and many other churches read and study from week to week.) The last half of the Season after Pentecost begins on September 29 and takes us through the months of October and November. During these weeks we will be exploring some of Jesus’ stories and parables as recorded in the gospel of Luke. We will learn faithful concepts such as: reaching out to others, healing, being persistent, and learning about prayer and hospitality.
Because of their age, many or our children are concrete thinkers. The abstract can leave them scratching their heads. That’s why we paraphrase some of the scriptures for Sunday School to help children explore some of the more challenging concepts. If you would like to explore each week’s focus scripture passage (listed below) together as a family, consider reading from a children’s story Bible, or a version of the Bible that is easier for children to understand, such as The Contemporary English Version. And, because children learn differently, we will offer activities to honor multiple intelligences. There will be quiet activities as well as artistic, musical, and kinesthetic in order to engage with the kids. If your child is more reserved or is a “ham” please let me know so I can consider their needs within our classroom setting. I have included selections from children’s literature to help illustrate a story. Here’s what’s coming in the next month:

9.29      Luke 16:19–31   (Lazarus Returns-Jesus Tells a Ghost Story) HORTON HEARS A WHO, Dr Seuss
10.06    2 Timothy 1:1-14  (Be Brave) Banner Building. BRAVE IRENE by William Steig
10.13    Luke 17:11-19 (Get Up and Go - Jesus Heals)
10.20    Luke 18:1-8 (The Widow Who Wouldn’t Give Up)
10.27    Luke 18:9–14 (Be Satisfied )

We have so much in store our kids!

We’re looking for a few good... PEOPLE ...to lead and assist our Sunday School program—a few weeks at a time, if that is what you can give. I will be here for you to lighten the load and help make it enjoyable. To that end, I will be leading classes on 9.29 and 10.13. I want to ease your concerns and encourage you to be a part of the program, so...Come be a fly on the wall. See what’s involved. Get your hands on the crafts, your eyes on the process, your hearts and heads in the game. You are needed to help us to grow our church school and serve God’s children. I have flyers for you with greater detail. Please pick one up as you leave the sanctuary or in the fellowship Hall. Please join me on 9.29 and/or 10.13 and consider grabbing a friend to help run a session or two with our wonderful, multiply gifted kids!

Please contact Nancy Schatzeder, Christian Education Ministry with any questions.


 FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
OCTOBER , 7 PM
mid90s
A coming of age comedy/drama follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 1990s-era Los Angeles who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.
Join us in the pastor's office...we'll bring the popcorn. The group meets at 6 pm for dinner at Portillos, Rt. 64, St. Charles. We invite you to join us. ...!


 A BOOK & A PRAYER
3RD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH, 7 PM
NEXT MEETING - October 17
The House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
First published in 1851, ’The House of the Seven Gables' is Hawthorne’s gothic novel which follows the fates of a New England family and their ancestral home. The novel revolves around the curse Matthew Maule set on Colonel Pyncheon in revenge for stealing his land--and his life. Through a century and a half, the curse affects the members of both families, and is embodied in the big crumbling mansion.
 Consider joining the book group for discussion, fellowship…and snacks! There is always room for one more. The group meets at church in the Parish Hall. Any questions, please contact Kathy Haben .
    


TRUNK OR TREAT
HALLOWEEN FUN AT CHURCH

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
4:30 PM





What is it?
'Trunk or Treat' is an afternoon of music and trick-or-treating. Our Music Director, Larry will play a 30-minute fun and 'Spooktacular' concert in the sanctuary of famous and light-hearted tunes for the trick-or-treaters, young and old, all dressed up in their Halloween costumes. At 5 pm everyone will go outside and trick-or-treat around the church grounds. Cars and SUVs, all back into the sidewalk side, and have their trunks decorated in various themes to hand out treats to the kids. You can make your vehicle as simple or as elaborate as you like. The event will end with fellowship and snack time in the Parish Hall.

What do we need?
Volunteers for the following:
--10-12 volunteers to decorate their vehicles. Just 'Google' Trunk or Treat for ideas!
--People who might want to donate treats (doesn't all have to be candy)
--Volunteers to help staff the fellowship time afterwards.

There is a sign-up in the Parish Hall.

This will be our third year doing it. Last year was a lot of fun and we hope the tradition continues to grow.
So let's get in the Halloween Spirit and join the fun!

Contact Larry Dieffenbach with any questions.
 

 RUMMAGE SALE
6,000 REASONS TO SAY 'SUCCESS'
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE OUR ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE A SUCCESS. WE RAISED $6,000 TO HELP OUR CHURCH AND HAD A GRAND TIME DOING IT...! Mary Roach and Kathleen Sullivan Kaska
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NEIGHBORS IN NEED - SPECIAL OFFERING - OCTOBER 6

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, October 6  is the designated offering date. Look for the offering envelope in the bulletin that Sunday and consider giving generously. For more information regarding Neighbors in Need  click here .


CROP WALK FOR HUNGER
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

Sunday, October 20 Little Home Church will be participating in CROP Hunger Walk. Our team will step off from St. Andrew United Methodist Church located a bit east of here at 250 N. Gary Avenue in Carol Stream. Registration starts at 1 pm with the walk beginning at 1:30 pm. CROP Hunger Walks help to support the overall work of Church World Service, particularly grassroots development efforts. CROP Hunger Walks help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. Last year walkers all across the country raised over 8.3 million dollars!

Please consider walking with us, donating or both! Let Anne Bouchard know if you'd like to join our team or sponsor us walking. Click Here to Sponsor or Donate

We hope you'll put on your walking shoes and join us!
 

THE QUEEN CONTINUES HER REIGN!
LHC FUNDRAISING RAFFLE

The Queen of Hearts fundraiser continues at the Spotted Fox Ale House in St. Charles. Tickets are sold throughout the week and the drawing occurs each Wednesday at 8 pm. We have a new board going so come give it a try. So far we've raised over $1,000 in support of six local charities.
Come try your luck! MORE INFO

Carol Berger and Mary Roach, Fundraising Committee Members


T-SHIRTS FOR SALE...!

• T-shirts (Crew style & V-neck)
• Polo shirts
• Tank tops
Logo in Navy; combed cotton; good quality; affordable. Price: $10 to $20 depending on size.
Wear them everywhere, but especially during service work. These make wonderful Christmas gifts. (Only about 80 days to Christmas!)
See Judy Hopkins for details. 630-443-6981
Nicholas Metzger
Sings in LHC choir, is active as both a performer and a teacher, a winner of the 2018 Fox Valley Lyrical Production’s vocal competition. 
Marisa Buchheit
 Operatic soprano who sings
in 10 languages, performs nationally and internationally, winner of Miss Illinois 
competition where she was also the Grand Talent Winner.

Rosemary Schroeder
Performs internationally as a concert pianist, organist, choral director and improv jazz musician. 
Winner of the Florida Artist
of the Year award.

— T I C K E T S —
Ticket—$30
Rent a Pew—$120 (4 people max.)

LHC office: 630.584.4013; info@LittleHomeChurch.org
or 32W128 Army Trail Road, Wayne, IL 60184
Info: Peter Connolly— kconhen@sbcglobal.net


 FLOWERS
FELLOWSHIP
USHERS
PULPIT ASSOCIATE 

Sign-up to help decorate our altar table, provide fellowship, or assist with our weekly worship as an usher or pulpit associate. The calendar is in the Parish Hall and presently goes through November. Contact Office


 October 6
Pulpit Associate - Frank Muno
Ushers - Carol Berger
Flowers - The Braulicks
Fellowship - The Brito Family

October 13
Pulpit Associate - Kathy Haben
Ushers - The Miller Family
Flowers - Ann McLaughlin
Fellowship - Peter & Kathie Connolly

October 20
Pulpit Associate - (Open)
Ushers - Chuck McDonough & Charles Sbarbaro
Flowers - The Hendricksons
Fellowship - Emily Miller & Mary Emily Anhalt

October 27
Pulpit Associate - (Open)
Ushers - Jan Marchese & Kristen Thornton
Flowers - Bouchard/Shelton/Roach Girls
Fellowship - (Open)

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

Oct. 2 - Nancy Alex
Oct. 4 - Chip Braulick
Oct. 8 - Monica Thornton
Oct. 19 - Ron Purser
Oct. 20 - Michael Prang
Oct. 23 - Steven Anhalt
Oct. 24 - Brooks DaRin, Greg Haben
Oct. 27 - Mary Jean Schless
Oct. 28 - Heath Neukirch

LOVE AND PRAYERS

Those recently ill or hospitalized...
 Kathi Abell
Cropped image of beautiful business team holding hands and praying while sitting in office

 CHURCH LEADERSHIP
THANK YOU TO OUR CHURCH STAFF AND COUNCIL VOLUNTEERS

Pastor  - Rev. Richard E. Malmberg
Pastor Emeritus  - Rev. Dr. Don Heinrich
Pastor Emeritus  - Rev. Ronald Purser
 Director of Music/Organist  - Larry Dieffenbach
Office Manager  - Lori Prang
Custodian - Geraldine Fields
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CHURCH COUNCIL
Moderator  - Karen Kaluzsa
Moderator-elect  - Carol Berger
Stewardship  - Peter Connolly
Evangelism  - Mary Roach
Outreach  - Karissa James
Congregational Life  - Kathy Haben
Christian Education  - Nancy Schatzeder
Worship & Spiritual Growth  - Samantha Prang
Facilities  - Mark Lesswing
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

WE ACCEPT, EMBRACE AND AFFIRM THE DIGNITY AND WORTH OF EVERY PERSON, AS WE ARE ALL CREATED IN GOD'S IMAGE.

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