Forest Home Chapel
Saturday, April 21, 2018
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

Welcome to Forest Home Chapel

A Reconciling Congregation

224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca, NY  14850
(607) 257-4329

Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m.
"Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors"

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Jesus’ Triumphal
Entry into Jerusalem

Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Mark 11:7-10


BEARING THE CROSS: Please bring your friends into the sanctuary for our guided Lenten meditation on racial justice, through the civil rights actions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and all who walked with him. Our sanctuary will be open Good Friday, March 30, from 11 a.m. till 7:00 p.m.. If you would like to schedule a viewing at some other time, please click here.


The Chapel In Ministry & Mission During Lent

STUDENT APPRECIATION SUNDAY! This Sunday during fellowship hour. We wish to extend our thanks to all Ithaca College student choristers, college, high school and elementary school students, or any student who wishes to stop by. Your enthusiastic participation in worship and fellowship is a spiritual gift to all of us. We delight in you as God does. It's part of who we are as the body of Christ.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY CONTINUES THIS WEEK: Great Courses, New Testament, videos and great fellowship together. Videos are hosted by Bart. D. Ehrman, MDiv, PhD.

UNDIES FOR EASTER! Donate new children’s socks (child’s size S), or new boy’s briefs or girl’s underpants (sizes 4t, 4 or 6) for Pre-K students at Caroline, Bevery J. Martin, and Enfield elementary schools, as an offering towards the comfort and dignity for our young neighbors. A donation tub is in the foyer.


Our Times Together in Worship & Fellowship ~ Winter 2018


A spirited reading of 1 Samuel 3:1-10, was performed by Rowena and her daughters;
our choir with blissfully beautiful addition of Ithaca College student choristers.

For our first Lenten focus on Racial Justice, Pastor Robin guided
the children in forming Jesus out of clay in different flesh-colored tones.

The Great Scarf and Tie Exchange, with colorful items at bargain prices,
netted over $350 for special projects, and was immensely enjoyed by ALL.

Pastor Robin's second Lenten worship theme focused on Environmental Justice,
with a Tree of Life tile project, and a screening of  the movie, The Lorax.
A placard proudly displayed in our Chapel Peace Garden, with the words "Hate has no home here" in six languages.

The United Methodist Church Commission on a Way Forward

Commission on a Way Forward clarifies values as it presents two sketches to bishops

From the Council of Bishops, Dallas, TX, February 28, 2018

"What is Christ’s way forward for doing mission and ministry in the worldwide United Methodist Church?

That is the question bishops pondered during their February meeting in Dallas this week as they received an updated report from the Commission on a Way Forward.

In the report given to the Council this week, the Commission shared with the bishops two sketches that carry forward many of the values and principles of the three sketches that were presented to the bishops at their meeting in November.

Summary of the sketches of the models: Here is a summary of the two sketches in process.  Details may change based on the work of the Commission at its next meeting.


The One Church Model gives churches the room they need to maximize the presence of United Methodist witness in as many places in the world as possible. The One Church Model provides a generous unity that gives conferences, churches, and pastors the flexibility to uniquely reach their missional context in relation to human sexuality without changing the connectional nature of The United Methodist Church.


This model is grounded in a unified core that includes shared doctrine and services and one Council of Bishops, while also creating different branches that have clearly defined values such as accountability, contextualization and justice. The five U.S. jurisdictions would be replaced by three connectional conferences, each covering the whole country, based on theology and perspective on LGBTQ ministry (i.e. progressive, contextual, traditional branches). Annual conferences would decide which connectional conference to affiliate with; only local churches who choose a branch other than the one chosen by their annual conference would vote to join another conference.

To read a more detailed account of this report, and to learn more about the Commission on a Way Forward, click here.


Forest Home Chapel

a reconciling congregation


Embracing God's will for our community through education, compassion, and justice.
"What does the Lord require of you?
To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."
- Micah 6:8


We welcome all (and all means ALL) who seek a church community
whose worship and service affirm the spirit of Christ.

We encourage your participation in mission projects,
theological discussions, spiritual growth, choir, and social fellowship.

We value the development of personal friendships
in a caring and welcoming community.


Upcoming Events at the Chapel

Sundays are in red.





22: Earth Day. Lay Leader Sara Haefeli preaching

26: Interfaith Dish-to-Pass Supper, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall





16: Administrative Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m.





10: Lay Servant Carol Hockett preaching

17: Lay Servant Susan Spear preaching

24: Guest Paul Jennette preaching