Forest Home Chapel
Friday, November 27, 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, November 15

(This poetry from the Scottish Psalter was sung at the dedication of this church in 1915.)

Thou, whose unmeasured temple stands, built over earth and sea,
Accept the walls that human hands have raised O God, to Thee.

And let the Comforter and Friend, Thy Holy Spirit, meet
With those who hear in worship bend before Thy mercy seat. 

May they who err be guided here to find the better way;
And they who mourn, and they who fear, be strengthened as they pray.

May faith grow firm, and love grow warm, And pure devotion rise,
While round these hallowed walls the storm of earth-born passion dies.


From the Scottish Psalter,
William C. Bryant, 1794-1878


We Support the Present
with Centennial Celebrations

takes place this Sunday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel. Former pastor Rev. Robert Hill, Dean of Marsh Chapel, Boston University will preach.

There will be special prayers and lessons, music and remembrances. Enjoy posters featuring highlights of the Chapel’s history, and our past and current missions. The Sunday school children will bring forward symbolic offerings representing the missions we support. The new Chapel History book will be available.


A luncheon for all follows the service. We would love to connect and celebrate with everyone!

We Honor the Past with a History Book

We study the history of our local church because our roots tell us where we began. All that has gone before us has formed our stories, values, focus, effectiveness, privileges and limits. Our history helps us evaluate where we are today, and points toward a world of future possibilities.

Rebecca Dolch, Pastor

Open Minds, Open Hears, Open Doors co-authored by Chapel leaders Elizabeth Mount and Dr. William Tomek. Editor Joanne Hindman. Readers and contributors The Rev. Christy Croxall, The Rev. Rebecca Dolch, Chapel leader Sally Grubb, and Forest Home Community historian Bruce Brittain. Images contributed by many photographers, past and present.

The Chapel History book is now available for distribution! Dedication was September 20 during worship. Former members, supporters, clergy and neighbors will receive their copies by mail soon. If you would like to own a copy, please email Chapel Centennial History.

We Reach for the Future
with a Capital Campaign

As we approach our 100th Anniversary, we reach for the future with a Centennial Capital Campaign to enable the Chapel to continue transforming lives through community and faith for the next 100 years.

Forest Home Chapel


Provides a place for community, worship and friendship
to congregants from all over the world.


Serves as a church home for students
at Cornell, Ithaca College and other schools.

Ministers to families, couples and individuals who appreciate the acceptance and warmth of the Chapel family.


Supports local and global missions,
cts as a community center for the Forest Home Neighborhood, and offers meeting and gathering space for Chapel members,
local residents and area non-profits.



The Chapel In Mission

DONATE items for Mennonite Central Committee School Kits. MCC sends 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. Thank you!

DONATE non-perishable items to Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard. A list of needed food and toiletry items is on the foyer table. Collection baskets are in the foyer too, for contributions anytime. Please check expiration dates before donating. You may donate cash to the "noisy can" on second Sundays of the month. Thank you!

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors


Upcoming Events at the Chapel

Sundays are in red.


15: Chapel Centennial Celebration Service!

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

22: Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday

29: First Sunday in Advent


6: Second Sunday in Advent

13: Third Sunday in Advent

20: Fourth Sunday in Advent

24: Christmas Eve Service @ 7:00

27: Christmas Day