Forest Home Chapel
Sunday, April 26, 2015
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

at the Chapel

Join us for worship this Earth Day Sunday, April 26! Pastor Rebecca Dolch will  preach the sermon, Take Off Your Shoes. 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.

Call to Worship for Earth Day Sunday, April 26

Come, let us dwell in God’s shelter.

Let us dwell in God’s work of art.

Come, because the Earth is the Lord’s,

And God’s Earth is our home.

We love in God’s World; we are not alone.

We share this life with the heavens and the earth, with waters and land, trees and grasses, fish, birds, and animals,

With minerals and creatures of every form,

And with all our brothers and sisters.

God is good and everything God makes is good.

God is love and everything God makes is love’s fruit. Let us worship God!

Tatiana Valdez


Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard Spring Challenge: During the month of April, if Forest Home Chapel meets or tops its donation total from the 2014 Challenge ($1,122), an anonymous donor will chip in another $100! We will also try to top our 2014 food total of 87 items contributed. Donations for the Cupboard throughout April can be put in the “noisy can” or in the marked pew envelopes (checks payable to FHC). We will dedicate the month’s food offerings on April 26. Check out the display downstairs to see how we are doing toward our goals. Questions? See Debbie Novelli, 539-6628, or


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.

#12, April 12, About Attendance

Although the Chapel's heterogeneous congregation was initially drawn from the Forest Home community, people from a wider area began to trickle in (although as recently as the 1960s, some in the wider area still thought the Chapel was open only to the neighborhood!).

As time passed and mobility improved, some neighbors began driving to downtown churches. Nearby houses were rented to college students and visitors who did not see the Chapel as their home church. Thus, we remained small at the same time as we evolved to serve a wider community. A few members still walk to church, but most regularly commute.

Mobility has made a huge difference in the makeup of the congregation, and as long as our very small parking lot continues to back up to a steep slope, attendance will be daunting to a potential visitor.

Word-of-mouth continues to be the best incentive for stopping by this little church.

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors


Upcoming Events at the Chapel

Sundays are in red.


26: Earth Day Sunday



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.