Forest Home Chapel
Monday, December 22, 2014
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

at the Chapel

Join us this Sunday, December 21, Christmas Sunday, for worship. Pastor Rebecca Dolch will preach the sermon Mary Lessons. Download the bulletin here.


The Reverend Rebecca Dolch
Phone: 607-351-7416


 Welcome to Forest Home Chapel

A Reconciling Congregation

224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca, NY  14850
Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m.

The Annunciation, by John William Waterhouse

Luke 1:26–35,
(King James Version)

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

And the angel came in unto her, and said, “Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

And the angel said unto her, “Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

“He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

Then said Mary unto the angel, “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” And the angel answered and said unto her, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

Forest Home Chapel During Advent

Chapel members enthusiastically engage in mission efforts throughout the year. Thanksgiving and Advent seasons find us most happily active in a variety of outreach activities. Below are a  few of our favorites. 

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Our favorite Santa!

Ring and Sing for Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign

Forest Home Chapel "Christmas Spirits" ring and sing for the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign the first three Saturdays in December. We sing sacred and secular holiday carols at this very popular kettle location, Northside "Beverage."

Red Kettle Campaign donations help The Salvation Army provide food, shelter and social services to those in need throughout the year, not just during Christmas.

Stop by to sing with us December 6, 13, or 20, from 11-noon. Music, good cheer, and hand warmers provided. See Susan Spear ( for details.




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Sock Ministry

A fun-to-shop-for ministry is to donate new children’s socks for K-first graders, for a local school that serves many low-income families.

Teachers are able to assist their young pupils with warm socks when needed. Your care helps students feel more comfortable, and better able to attend to their lessons too!

Have fun shopping for your favorite patterns kids' socks in size S, or 7-8.5. A donation basket in in the foyer. 




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A Kitchen Cupboard offering

Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard

Area Congregations Together (ACT) coordinates Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard, in Ithaca's downtown Salvation Army building. Volunteers stock the pantry and distribute nutritious staples, refrigerated dairy and meat, as well as fresh vegetables to Ithaca residents in need.

We at Forest Home Chapel collect non-perishable donations, give thanks for these offerings in Christian service, then take them to the Cupboard once a month. November was a fabulous month for donations—see photo at left!

Food items needed include canned vegetables, beans, fruit, milk, tuna, dinners, spaghetti sauce, soups, peanut butter and boxed cereal, crackers, pasta, dried potatoes, etc.  Collection baskets are in the foyer for contributions anytime. You can always donate cash to the "noisy can" on second Sundays of the month.

If you are interested in helping staff the Cupboard on one of our monthly second Tuesday afternoons, please contact Debbie Novelli, or 539-6628.

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Filling goody bags

Final Exam Goody Bags

FHC will be assembling “Finals Goody Bags” for students at Cornell’s Protestant Cooperative Ministry December 6th, at the Hanging of the Greens party.

Home-made baked goods, clementines, nuts, and packets of coffee and tea all make tasty additions. If you aren’t able to be at the December 6th event, treats may be dropped off early in the Chapel Fellowship Hall.

Pastor Rebecca Dolch includes a special prayer for students in each of the 60-70 bags. PCM students report back how much our prayers and gestures of support mean to them during this exciting but stressful week of exam preparation.

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors


Upcoming Events at the Chapel

Sundays are in red.


20: Ring & Sing for Salvation Army, Northside Wine & Spirits, 11:00-noon

21: Advent 4

24: Christmas Eve Service & Pageant, 7:00

25: Christmas Day

28: Sunday

January, 2015

18: Worship; Church Council Mini-Retreat, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30, with lunch


26: Pastor Parish Relations Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


26: Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


23: Pastor Parish Relations Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


21: Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


25: Pastor Parish Relations Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (if needed)


23: Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.



24: Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.



19: Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.