Forest Home Chapel
Wednesday, July 01, 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, June 28

Jesus says, Come to me, and I will give you rest.

A rest that is not passive,
but is having the weight and concern of this life taken from you.

A rest that is not the hurry of the world

But is growing at the proper pace.

A rest that is not the closing of your eyes, but opens them at last.

Come to my Rest, says Jesus, to where you belong.

Let us enter into Sabbath rest as we worship God.

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 child care 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.

The Chapel In Mission

THE NEXT DEDICATION of our Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard donations will be Sunday, July 12. 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.

YOU ARE INVITED to join your Faith Partners as Area Congregations Together presents Susan Wolf and GIna Varrichio speaking on Alternatives to Violence Project at its annual meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 North Aurora Street.

ALL ARE INVITED to the Interfaith Climate Action Network Picnic: On Wednesday July 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m., come out to enjoy God’s creation and to reflect with people from different faith traditions. After a dish-to-pass picnic, we’ll spend some time discussing how we can better protect Creation, then take a guided hike in the woods. This will be an opportunity for reflection and connection with the Earth and each other. Meet up by the flagpole in Stewart Park at 5:30. Open to all, including families with children. Sponsored by the Interfaith Climate Action Network (ICAN).  For more information, contact Laurie Konwinski at Catholic Charities, or 607-272-5062 ext. 12. Sylvia Bailey will be representing the Chapel, but all are invited. 

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.


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



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

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



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