Forest Home Chapel
Thursday, March 23, 2017
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"

At the Chapel

Wednesday Evenings in Lent

6:00-6:30 p.m. Contemplative Prayer Study
6:30-7:00 Simple Soup Supper
7:00-8:00 Program


March 8: “Portraits of Faith,” The Religious Art of Rembrandt. Presenter Carol Hockett, Johnson Museum of Art Coordinator of School and Family Programs.

Rembrandt Van Rijn’s work illustrates a lifetime fascination with both Old and New Testament subjects. His sensitivity to character and relationship provides viewers with new insights into familiar passages from the parable of the prodigal son to the supper at Emmaus.

March 15: The Religious Art of Van Gogh. Presenter Carol Hockett

March 22: J.S. Bach and his music on Passion of Christ. Presenter Sara Haefeli, Ithaca College Assistant Professor, Music Theory, History, and Composition

March 29: TBA

April 5: TBA

The Chapel In Mission

Mission & Ministry for 2017

March 5, 11:00 a.m.

To ALL who are interested in Chapel Missions for 2017. During coffee hour, we will meet in Fellowship Hall around the big oak table to discuss Mission and Ministry for 2017. This is a Follow-Up on our November Vision Day “sticky notes.”

The Missions Team will provide 

  1. A list of missions that we have sponsored for many years such as: Kitchen Cupboard, UMCOR, Family Reading Book Collection, Blanket Sunday, Campus Ministry Study Snacks, and Pie Day (to raise money for missions) —we have leaders who will lead these in 2017.
  2. Discussion to choose a Mission Theme for the 2017 year. Once we choose the theme, we will coordinate studies, Christmas Eve Offering, Pie Sale, speakers, and some worship times to learn more about the theme.
  3. And finally, if you personally have a favorite service organization and want to share it with the congregation, send the group’s name, contact info, deadlines, a brief description and your name to Susan Spear,
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Church World Service Blanket Sunday

March 5

Church World Service Blankets give comfort in times of crisis after tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and floods. Your contribution allows Church World Service to respond quickly to families in this country and around the world.

In the USA, CWS takes blankets to homeless shelters and gives to other agencies assisting those experiencing hard times.

An envelope will be included in next week’s bulletin. Please make your check out to FHC, and write “CWS blankets” in the memo line.

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."

Left to right: 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 to give us His presence —
far more abundant than we can ask for or think of."

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

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

David and Margaret Robertshaw enjoy celebratory cake. Trustee 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.”

In November 2016, Chapel members baked and sold apple and pumpkin pies to benefit NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Finger Lakes. We raised community awareness of their Family to Family program in worship and in local fun. Center: Cornell students on a hiking trip stopped in to enjoy our pie!

"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.


5: Blanket Sunday

8: Contemplative Prayer @ 6-6:30 p.m.; Soup @ 6:30; Program @ 6:45–7:30 (or 8:00)

12: Second Sunday Connect

15: Contemplative Prayer @ 6-6:30 p.m.; Soup @ 6:30; Program @ 6:45–7:30 (or 8:00)


22: Contemplative Prayer @ 6-6:30 p.m.; Soup @ 6:30; Program @ 6:45–7:30 (or 8:00)


29: Contemplative Prayer @ 6-6:30 p.m.; Soup @ 6:30; Program @ 6:45–7:30 (or 8:00)



5: Contemplative Prayer @ 6-6:30 p.m.; Soup @ 6:30; Program @ 6:45–7:30 (or 8:00)

9: Palm Sunday: Second Sunday Connect

13: Maundy Thursday: 6-6:30 p.m. – Contemplative Prayer; 6:30 – Soup; Church Council – 7:00

16: Easter Sunday


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