Forest Home Chapel
Friday, June 23, 2017
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

Welcome to Forest Home Chapel

A Reconciling Congregation

224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca, NY  14850
(607) 257-4329

Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m.
"Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors"

Easter Sunday 2017

We are not eye-witnesses to an event, as were Mary and the disciples.

We have not seen angels gathering at the rim of this day, or wept in the garden this morning because we could not find Him. 

But we are here to attest to a story that has not lost its power during twenty centuries of change and conflict.

We are here because those before us carried this story as if it were precious gold; cherished it as if it were the key to a hidden wisdom.

Sisters and brothers in Christ, take your places here today in celebration and in awe. 

What you are about to hear again, attests to the unlimited possibilities of God.

It is Easter morning, and we celebrate this holy story.

~adapted from Ann Siddall,
Lent to Easter liturgies

The Chapel In Ministry & Mission

Finding Deep Connection
at the Chapel

Excerpts from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians

"God wants to give us different gifts to equip the saints for the work of ministry,
for building up the body of Christ."

Easter 2017, left to right ~ Music Director Merilee Nord and choir members. ~ A few of the many flowers adorning the Chapel. ~ Pastor Rebecca, delivering her sermon, "Pieces of the Story," which incorporated Easter basket gifts as signs of the Resurrection.

"God wants to give us His presence —
far more abundant than we can ask for or think of."

 Easter 2017 ~ "Undies for Easter," in which we collected much-needed underwear for local Pre-K students. ~ Some Easter flowers were taken to Longview Retirement Home for their Easter worship service. ~ Chapel friends gathered downtown to view Elizabeth McMahon's art show.

“God wants you to know the hope to which He has called you.”

Palm Sunday 2017 ~ The Pritchard Lohman family sang and waved palms in our processional. ~ Members of the Chapel community gathered to discuss "Letters to a Young Muslim", as part of our ongoing exploration of Islam. ~ Hot Cross Buns!

“God wants us to be strengthened in our inner (divine) self.”

Pastor Rebecca and children hand-washing before communion. ~ the family of Gerald and Vivian Blair and Music Director at the dedication of a new electronic piano given in Gerald's memory for the Fellowship Hall. ~ Sara Haefeli and Christy Croxall sharing music during worship

"God wants you to be rooted and grounded in love." 

Jack and Alex on Valentine's Day. ~ Longtime members Kaye and Roy Wollney at home. ~ Sue Cotton's 95th birthday celebration.

“God wants you to have the power to comprehend the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge.” 

A Chapel work day when we dug out accumulated soil encroaching on the back siding. ~ Trustee Scott Anthony and Auditor Bob Hutchens haul dirt to the parking lot. ~ Finance Secretary Danny Eastman and Crystal Peebles take a break from heavy shoveling. ~ Our newly refurbished mailbox.

“God wants you to be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” 

Long-time Chapel member and gardener Elizabeth Mount, and Bill Tomek, Lay Leader. ~ Sally Grubb leads Time with Young Christians. ~ An inviting bench to rest and contemplate, by our busy sidewalk.

“God wants you to give God glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Nina Widger and Barb Van Dyk sing for All Saints Sunday. ~ Chapel members assemble MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) school kits to be distributed worldwide. ~ Sara Haefeli delivers her first sermon as Lay Servant.   


Forest Home Chapel

a reconciling congregation

We welcome all (and all means ALL) who seek a church community
whose worship and service affirm the spirit of Christ.

We encourage your participation in mission projects,
theological discussions, spiritual growth, choir, and social fellowship.

We value the development of personal friendships
in a caring and welcoming community.


Upcoming Events at the Chapel

Sundays are in red.


16: Easter Sunday

23: Guest Pastor Debbie Allen leads worship and preaches

30: Membership Orientation, 9:00 a.m.


7: Membership Orientation, 9:00 a.m.

14: Mother's Day, Membership Sunday, Second Sunday Connect


28: Lay Servant Sara Haefeli leads worship and preaches

18: SPPR/N Meeting




15: Church Council




2: Karen Kaufman leads worship and preaches

9: Elizabeth Mount leads worship and preaches


13: Carolyn McPherson leads worship and preaches

23: SPPR/N Meeting

24: Church Council



21: Church Council





16: Church Council