Forest Home Chapel
Monday, March 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.

Entering Jerusalem on a Colt

Mark 11:1-11

When they were nearing Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany on Mount Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never yet been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘The Master needs him, and will return him right away.’”

They went and found a colt tied to a door at the street corner and untied it. Some of those standing there said, “What are you doing untying that colt?” The disciples replied exactly as Jesus had instructed them, and the people let them alone. They brought the colt to Jesus, spread their coats on it, and he mounted.

The people gave him a wonderful welcome, some throwing their coats on the street, others spreading out rushes they had cut in the fields. Running ahead and following after, they were calling out,

Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!
Blessed the coming kingdom of our father David!
Hosanna in highest heaven!

He entered Jerusalem, then entered the Temple. He looked around, taking it all in. But by now it was late, so he went back to Bethany with the Twelve.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God!


Observing Lent

PALM / PASSION  SUNDAY is today (March 29). We will start the service with the procession of the palms and the children will go down immediately for Sunday School. At 10:25 we will all go to the Fellowship Hall for a "visual sermon" — a slide show of famous paintings of the Crucifixion of Christ. Art Historian Randi Brown Millman and Rebecca Dolch will share history and insights about these masterful art pieces. 

MAUNDY THURSDAY (April 2): Watch J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion (on DVD) and share a simple meal. Come for part or all of the evening. The renowned Berlin Philharmonic’s dramatic orchestral and choral performance of Bach’s setting of Matthew’s passion narrative, Part 1 will begin at 5:00 p.m. At 6:15, we’ll share soup and bread. Part 2 begins at 6:45 and ends at 8:45. Comfortable chairs, text provided. Bring your prayer shawl projects, or other handwork. Please see Susan Spear for questions.


THE YARN GROUP: The prayer shawl knitting and crochet group, led by Stephanie Roach has met twice, with cheerful assistance to novice knitters and crocheters as well as good conversation. If you are interested in attending the next meeting, please contact Stephanie at


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.

#6, March 15, About Money

Handwritten letter written in 1915

from the Methodist Episcopal Church Board of Home Missions, to The Rev. Carl G. McConnell, pastor FHC, Ithaca, N.Y.

Dear Bro. McConnell:
I am confident as soon as you make application in due form and show that Forest Home is doing her share and means business, $350 will come into the possession of your church. The other $150 will be paid Nov 1, 1915. When I see you Sunday night I will explain what you are to do. Prepare to hustle! Wishing you a happy New Year I am, yours fraternally, Edmund M. Mills, writing on behalf of the UMC Board of Home Missions.”

The Chapel Building

was designed by C.A. Martin, Chapel volunteer and Dean of Cornell’s College of Architecture. Fundraising included pledges of $3,500 from 110 families including 60 non-resident subscribers, a $500 gift and $1000 loan from the Methodist Episcopal Board of Home Missions, and a $4000 bank loan. Property expenses totaled $4,300 for the corner lot and existing house, and $700 for its adjacent vacant lot. The total for building the church – “a simple structure, consisting of a first floor sanctuary and a basement room” – is unclear, but stated in the Background document, p 4, as costing “something over $6,000.” Records indicate that the bank loan was repaid in 15 years. (NOTE: records are unclear regarding the amount of the loan/s and costs)

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors


Upcoming Events at the Chapel

Sundays are in red.


29: Lent 6 - Palm Sunday. "Visual Sermon." See announcement.


2: St. Matthew's Passion Viewing, Supper, 5:00 p.m. See announcement.

5: Easter

12: Pastor away. Kitchen Cupboard Sunday

14: Staffing Kitchen Cupboard

19: Earth Sunday

22: Trustee's Meeting

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.