Forest Home Chapel
Friday, November 28, 2014
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

at the Chapel

Join us this Sunday, November 30, for worship. Pastor Rebecca Dolch will preach the sermon Short Conversations. 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.

Forest Home Chapel Votes
to Become a Reconciling Congregation

November, 2014

Forest Home Chapel United Methodist Church believes that all people are created by God. We publicly affirm our commitment to spiritual diversity and individual integrity. Our faith compels us to be in ministry with all people, and all means ALL.

  • We specifically welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
  • We acknowledge that this challenges the explicit policy statements made against homosexuality by the United Methodist denomination. 
  • We also reaffirm our welcome of people who have been excluded because of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, family make-up, or religious background.
  • As a congregation, we embrace all people as a way of celebrating God’s love.
  • At the same time, we recognize that there are differences of opinion in a healthy Christian community.
  • Together we journey toward greater understanding and mutual respect.

Therefore, as a Reconciling Congregation, we commit to grow in our love of God and of one another.


Join us for Great Figures of the New Testament Bible Study:
The Christmas Story.

There will be one more Thursday morning session, December 4th, 10-11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  

Watch a DVD lecture by Amy Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, then engage in lively, insightful discussions about the scripture passages and lecture, led by Pastor Dolch.

Forest Home Chapel in Mission

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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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.


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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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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.



Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors


Upcoming Events at the Chapel

Sundays are in red.


23: Thanksgiving Sunday; Communion

30: First Sunday in Advent


4: Great Figures of the New Testament Bible Study: The Christmas Story, 10–11:30 a.m.

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

6: Morning: Gathering of the Greens; Evening: Decorating the Chapel, potluck

7: Second Sunday in Advent; Hanging of the Greens

14: Third Sunday in Advent; Chapel Christmas Play

21: Fourth Sunday in Advent

24: Christmas Eve Service & Pageant, 7:00

25: Christmas Day

28: Sunday

January, 2015

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


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.