Forest Home Chapel
Sunday, August 30, 2015
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

 Welcome to Forest Home Chapel

A Reconciling Congregation

224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca, NY  14850
Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m.

Call to Worship for Sunday, August 30

O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?

Those who walk blamelessly, do what is right, and speak truth from their heart; who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors (Psalm 15)

Teach us your ways O Lord,

That our lives may bear witness to your Living Word.

Summer Sundays at the Chapel

Drop in for worship during Summer Sundays at the Chapel. There's always great preaching and worship together. We'd be so happy for you to join us!

The choir is taking its well-deserved summer break, but there's often special music. After Time with Young Christians, there's childcare and crafts for youngsters downstairs in the Fellowship Hall. Coffee Hour is a simple affair, with cookies and fruit. Don't forget to stop and admire the beautiful perennial Peace Garden. See you soon, at the Chapel.


SUNDAY SCHOOL resumes on Sunday, September 6! We will be using a new curriculum, “Deep Blue — One Room Sunday School” version. Unit 1, “God's Creation Is Good,” contains the following lessons: Sept 6 - The Earth; Sept 13 - Living Things; Sept 20 - In God's Image; and Sept 27 - Adam and Eve. We ‘ll preview the new materials at a meeting soon. Jackie Nock is our Sunday School coordinator; Paula Winner and others assist. A teacher and helper signup sheet is available in the Sunday school. Please take a turn teaching our wonderful, inquisitive Chapel children.

ALL-CHAPEL PICNIC SEPTEMBER 13! As we end “Summer at the Chapel,” celebrate by coming together with an All-Chapel picnic at Pavilion "C" at Meyers Point Park, Lansing, from noon till 5:00. Dish to pass lunch (Chapel will provide plates, cups, utensils) at 1:00, then games, free play, ice cream cones! A sign-up sheet is in the foyer. Questions? See Sue Reid or Susan Spear.

The Chapel in Mission

We are collecting items for Mennonite Central Committee SCHOOL KITS. MCC sends these kits worldwide, to enable students to attend school with proper supplies. A collection basket is in the foyer, also lists of specific materials needed, and instructions for sewing bags. We’ll fill the bags with school supplies at an early fall coffee hour. In previous years, we have sewn, filled and shipped as many as 75 bags!

THE NEXT DEDICATION of our Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard donations will be Sunday, September 13 A list of needed non-perishable food items (please check expiration dates before donating) and toiletries is on the foyer table. Collection baskets are in the foyer too. If you’re interested in helping staff the Cupboard on one of our monthly second Tuesday afternoons, please contact Debbie Novelli, or 539-6628.

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.


4: Basement noise assessment. Come make noise! 11:00 a.m.


13: All Church Picnic, Meyer's Point, Lansing, noon-5:00

17: Church Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m.



15: Chapel Centennial Kickoff Service!

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