Forest Home Chapel
Sunday, February 07, 2016
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

Welcome to Forest Home Chapel

A Reconciling Congregation

224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca, NY  14850

1915 ~ Celebrating our Centennial Year ~ 2015

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

"No storm can shake my inmost calm, while to that Rock I'm clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?"

from My Life Flows on, by Robert Lowry

Call to Worship for Sunday, February 7

O God who speaks to us from beyond and from within,

Give us the grace to welcome your voice,

To trust beyond where we can see,

To have hope in the midst of chaos,

To learn from our mistakes,

To accept your forgiveness,

And to walk steadfastly in the way of gospel Gladness.

(W. L. Wallace)

Coming Up Soon, at the Chapel!

Sunday, February 7, we will celebrate the results of the Capital Campaign and bring the congregation up to date on the timing and plans for the new restroom and the fellowship hall/kitchen renovations. Rebecca Dolch and Janet Snoyer will lead the service.

Get ready for Valentine's Day on Sunday February 14 with special decorations, a sermon focusing on the idea of "What you love is who you are" and a getting-to-know-you-better, fun, interactive event downstairs following worship. 

As always, remember to bring canned goods for Kitchen Cupboard Sunday. 

Your pocket change in the "Noisy Can" each week also supports food ministries in our area.

November 15, 2015 Chapel Centennial Celebration

Worship Service & Birthday Party!

On November 15, 2015, Forest Home Chapel celebrated its 100th anniversary, with a worship service of thanks, dedication, song, and prayer. Dr. Robert Hill, former pastor at the Chapel, and now Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University, preached the sermon.

Thou, whose unmeasured temple stands, built over earth and sea,
Accept the walls that human hands have raised O God, to Thee.

We gather for Worship and Celebration
Left to right (on all captions): Greeter Sue Cotton handed a program to Bailey Cooper; Anderson lit the altar candles; Choir members Jack Reid and Jalil Buechel.

And let the Comforter and Friend, Thy Holy Spirit, meet
With those who hear in worship bend before Thy mercy seat.


We Encounter the Word
Dr. Robert Hill and Pastor Rebecca Dolch led the processional. A full choir sang the spiritual, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot;" Bill Tomek led the congregation in the call to worship.

May they who err be guided here to find the better way;
And they who mourn, and they who fear, be strengthened as they pray.


We Respond in Faith
Chapel Organist Merilee Nord; some of the symbolic offerings the children brought forward to represent our active missions; Pastor Rebecca asked for blessings for Ed and Mary Ann Oyer, as they prepared to leave for their winter home.

May faith grow firm, and love grow warm, And pure devotion rise,
While round these hallowed walls the storm of earth-born passion dies. AMEN.


From the Scottish Psalter, William C. Bryant, 1794-1878.  This poetry was sung at the dedication of this church in 1915. 

Offering, Music and Sermon
Janet Snoyer, Christy Croxall and Betsy Shrier waited for our Offering hymn, #94, Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow;" Sara Haefeli (cello), Crystal Peebles (fiddle), Chad Novelli (mandolin) and Joe Falo (guitar) played Be Thou My Vision; Rev. Dr. Bob Hill preached the sermon, Sweet Chariot.

Luncheon and Birthday Cake!
Jennifer Sawyer, Chapel members and guests sat down to a lunch of soups, breads, salads and fruits; Grace McMenamin, two-year-old Miriam, and 94-year old Sue Cotton blew out the candles on our cake; Carol Hockett and Debbie Loring served soup.

Chapel member Sallie Pure greeted guests; Hannah L and Bud Dolch chatted over lunch; neighbors Charlie and Nancy Trautmann greeted Jan Hill.

All photos by Joseph Haefeli, Hannah L, Elizabeth Mount, and Roy Wollney

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.


10: Ash Wednesday

11: Bible Study, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

14: First Sunday in Lent; Valentine's Day

18: Bible Study, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

18: Staff Pastor Parish Relations / Nominations committee meeting, 7:00 p.m.

21: Second Sunday in Lent

25: Bible Study, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

28: Third Sunday in Lent


3: Bible Study, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
6: Fourth Sunday in Lent; Vision Day Luncheon and Brainstorming
11: Bible Study, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

13: Fifth Sunday in Lent

17: Bible Study, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

20: Palm Sunday

24: Bible Study, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

27: Easter Sunday


3: Second Sunday of Easter

Early April: Restroom Addition construction begins

10: Third Sunday of Easter

17: Fourth Sunday of Easter

21: Staff Pastor Parish Relations / Nominations committee meeting, 7:00 p.m. (as needed)

24: Fifth Sunday of Easter


Early May: Fellowship Hall Renovation begins



23: Staff Pastor Parish Relations / Nominations committee meeting, 7:00 p.m. (as needed)


17: Guest Preacher Fred Kelsey