Forest Home Chapel
Monday, May 25, 2015
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

at the Chapel

Join us for worship this Day of Pentecost, May 24. Guest Speaker Dr. David Robershaw will  preach the sermon, The Value of a Sparrow 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.

Savannah Sparrow, Susan Spear, 2009

Unison Prayer for Sunday, May 17

God in Heaven! From Thee come only good and perfect gifts! Those whom Thou dost appoint to human beings for teachers, to the troubled for guides, their teaching must be wise to follow. So grant us , then, that the troubled may in truth learn from those divinely  appointed teachers: the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. Amen.

Soren Kierkegaard, 1813–1855
Come, hear Dr. David Robertshaw preach Sunday's sermon, The Value of a Sparrow. Dr. Robertshaw is Professor Emeritus of Physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell and "was trained at Glasgow University, Scotland where he obtained not only his degrees but also his wife, Margaret. In his career they worked and resided in four continents: Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. Nothing was planned, it just evolved. The theme of the service is based on a sermon that I preached at Sage Chapel, October 28, 1998, at the request of Bob Johnson and president Hunter Rawlings. The sermon has been updated!”


Chapel volunteers, led by Gardener Elizabeth Mount, spruced up The Peace Garden.
Cornell student Tracy Potter took a break from finals to help move stones in the front wall.


FAITH IN BOOKS: “Charles' Challenge” is to all children: to read the books on their bookshelves one more time; see if they want to keep the book to read again in the future or because it is especially important to them; or whether they want to bring it in May to the Chapel for the bright red crate, to give to other children who need books. Check out yard sales and flea markets for children’s books as well. Thank you!


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.

A Letter from a Devoted Member of the Congregation

May 24 History Moment, by Elizabeth Mount, Chapel Historian

“I leave with a considerable amount of sadness. The chances of finding another congregation like Forest Home seem very unlikely. While you don’t wear your faith on your forehead like a phylactery, you demonstrate a very deep Christian commitment to service to others and assistance to the disadvantaged.

I have learned a tremendous amount about what it means to be a Christian since I have been coming to Forest Home. It is not about bodies in the pews. It is not about proselytizing to the “unchurched."

It is about care and concern and support and service to those less fortunate than ourselves. It is about being welcoming to all who come through our doors, no matter what their tradition is. When I moved to Ithaca six years ago, Forest Home Chapel was the first church I attended. I was welcomed with open arms. After that first Sunday, there was no need to look any further. I had found a spiritual home.”

Mark Newbold, after changing jobs
and moving away in 2011.

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors


Upcoming Events at the Chapel

Sundays are in red.


24: Guest Speaker Dr. David Robertshaw. (Cornell University Graduation)

Last Sunday School Class

31: Summer Child Care begins


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.