Forest Home Chapel
Saturday, April 18, 2015
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

at the Chapel

Join us for worship this Sunday, April 12! Guest Speaker Dr. Linda Nicholson will  preach the sermon,  Out of the Storm: From the 'Hood to the Tower. 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.


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April 12 Call to Worship


God of us all, we gather today seeking your presence and guidance. 

From fear and ignorance;
Good Lord, deliver us.
From indifference and detachment;
Good Lord, deliver us.
From prejudice and pity;
Good Lord, deliver us.
From selfish and speedy judgments,
Good Lord, deliver us. 
From shallow and simple answers;
Good Lord, deliver us. 
         ~ Silence ~
With hope and wisdom;
Living God, inspire us.
With compassion and involvement;
Living God, inspire us.
With openness and love;
Living God, inspire us.
With full and prayerful generosity;
Living God, inspire us.
With courage to face the reality and complexity of life;
Living God, inspire us.
          ~  Silence ~
Living God so inspire us with the depth of your love, that we bear it on our lips and in our lives; for your names’ sake. AMEN. 

(Richard Watson, England)



Thanks to Linda Nicholson who is giving the message today. Linda is a biophysics professor at Cornell University and is the Faculty Mentor for Cornell's Posse #1. The Posse Foundation selects the top students from inner-city public schools and matches groups of ten students from the same city (a "Posse") for admission to a partner college with full tuition scholarships. The Faculty Mentor role is part of an intensive Posse support system. In 25 years of nation-wide operation, Posse Scholars have a 90% college graduate rate. Cornell began as a Posse Partner in Fall 2013, drawing our Posse Scholars from Chicago. Posse #1 is Cornell's inaugural cohort. Linda and her partner Lou Carlucci are active here at the Chapel.

Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard Spring Challenge: During the month of April, if Forest Home Chapel meets or tops its donation total from the 2014 Challenge ($1,122), an anonymous donor will chip in another $100! We will also try to top our 2014 food total of 87 items contributed. Donations for the Cupboard throughout April can be put in the “noisy can” or in the marked pew envelopes (checks payable to FHC). We will dedicate the month’s food offerings on April 26. Check out the display downstairs to see how we are doing toward our goals. Questions? See Debbie Novelli, 539-6628, or


Forest Home Chapel will be 100 years old in November, 2015. We'll celebrate with history, worship, acts, song, gatherings, displays and more! But for now, watch this space each week,
for a Chapel Centennial Moment.

#12, April 12, About Attendance

Although the Chapel's heterogeneous congregation was initially drawn from the Forest Home community, people from a wider area began to trickle in (although as recently as the 1960s, some in the wider area still thought the Chapel was open only to the neighborhood!).

As time passed and mobility improved, some neighbors began driving to downtown churches. Nearby houses were rented to college students and visitors who did not see the Chapel as their home church. Thus, we remained small at the same time as we evolved to serve a wider community. A few members still walk to church, but most regularly commute.

Mobility has made a huge difference in the makeup of the congregation, and as long as our very small parking lot continues to back up to a steep slope, attendance will be daunting to a potential visitor.

Word-of-mouth continues to be the best incentive for stopping by this little church.

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors


Upcoming Events at the Chapel

Sundays are in red.


12: Guest Speaker Dr. Linda Nicholson. Kitchen Cupboard Sunday

14: Staffing Kitchen Cupboard

19: Earth Sunday

22: Trustee's Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

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




10: Mother's Day, Kitchen Cupboard and Blanket Sunday

17: (Ithaca College Graduation)

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

24: Pastor away. (Cornell University Graduation)



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.