Forest Home Chapel
Sunday, December 11, 2016
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

Welcome to Forest Home Chapel

A Reconciling Congregation

224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca, NY  14850

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

First Sunday in Advent,
November 27


All are welcome to the table to celebrate The Lord's Supper.


Dear Jesus of Advent, You remain a sacred mystery to us.

You have brought Good News for all the people and we will not be afraid, for you are here.

We are hungry for your love which surpasses all our understanding;

we are thirsty for your spirit that never runs dry.

In this meal nourish our souls,
feed our minds, quench our deepest longings and  forgive our transgressions,that we may glorify you every day of our lives. Amen.

The Chapel In Ministry and Mission

We are focusing our efforts on ITHACA KITCHEN CUPBOARD during Advent this year. The Cupboard lost some major fund sources, and some shelves are bare. If everyone donated a bit more each Sunday during Advent, hungry people in Ithaca will thank you!

OUTREACH TO CAROLINE AND BJ MARTIN PRE K: Pre K teachers Kristin Ink and Deanna Crossgrove are so grateful for our support of their students’ needs. Please bring NEW socks (PreK size) and place in the basket across from the coatrack. Thank you!

It"s PCM GOODIE BAG time! Please bring treats for our 60 Cornell student friends to enjoy as they study for final exams. Nutritious snacks like granola bars, juice boxes, cans of V-8 juice and tangerines are all welcome items. Individually wrapped homemade treats can be dropped off at church this coming Saturday, December 3, between noon and 2:00. The Goodie Bags will be delivered on Sunday morning, December 4. Thank you one and all!

The State of the Church

Excerpts from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, as prayed Sunday, November 6.

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

All photos in this series are from left to right. Front door wreath. Our Chapel in late October. An altar arrangement.

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


Vivian Blair with great-granddaughter Ila. Pastor Rebecca leads the Fellowship Hall dedication. District Superintendent Rev. Jeff McDowell and young Kobrin.

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

David and Margaret Robertshaw enjoy celebratory cake. Church Council Chair Sue Reid, Emily Blair and Adult Ministries Coordinator Sallie Pure serve dedication refreshments. Missions Coordinator Debbie Novelli with a dedication bouquet.

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

Pastor Rebecca Dolch, Sue Eyster and Lee Moon. Our plumbing contractor Adam came to the dedication, sitting with Joseph Haefeli, Master Contractor Chad Novelli, and Pastor Rebecca. Lay Servant Susan Spear and Finance Chair Sally Grubb.

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

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 have the power to comprehend the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge.” 

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

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

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.

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

Chapel members helped serve Thanksgiving Dinner to Cornell Protestant Cooperative Ministry students.    


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.


4: Advent 2, Lighting of Christmas Tree

11: Advent 3, Christmas Play after worship

18: Advent 4

24: Christmas Eve Service, 7:00 p.m.

25: Christmas Day


1: New Year's Day