Welcome to Forest Home Chapel
224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850
Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m.
"Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors"
a 1926 Christmas greeting postcard
Join us this Sunday, for the continuation of the Epiphany message, as we explore deeper meanings of "The Three Kings" story.
Dear Forest Home Chapel Friends,
The Chapel’s worship year closed with a beautiful Christmas Eve Service, full pews, expectant children, and a generous offering to support the new mosque being built by our Muslim sisters and brothers. We stand together for religious freedom and religious respect for all, and appreciate the local Islamic outreach to the community through their welcoming and open dialogues and education within the Ithaca Community.
Christmas Day Sunday was remarkably fun, with twenty people showing up for fellowship breakfast, and thirty people worshipping together with carol singing, dancing the Twelve Days of Christmas (yes ~ there is a video!), and telling of the Story of Christ's birth.
-- Rebecca Dolch, Pastor
Pastor Rebecca Dolch will be away on an extended leave starting January 2, “to visit family and tie up loose ends.” She will be back in the pulpit on February 12. We have wonderful substitute preachers lined up, so we look forward to being together in worship each week.
Susan Spear will coordinate with local pastors in case of a pastoral emergency. Susan can be reached by cell at 539-7660 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The State of the Church
Excerpts from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, as prayed Sunday, November 6.
"God wants to give us different gifts to equip the saints for the work of ministry,
for building up the body of Christ."
Left ~ Lee Bailey, Sara Haefeli and Anne Brinton hug at the Chapel's Christmas morning breakfast. Center ~ Beautiful Italian creche figures on the altar. Right ~ The Walker Family sings Silent Night together on Christmas morning.
"God wants to give us His presence —
far more abundant than we can ask for or think of."
Left ~ Lucy plays for Advent wreath lighting; center ~ Kobrin, Ila and Emily sing and play "Rise Up, Shepherds and Follow!;" right ~ Mark and Christina Constas read the scripture lesson.
“God wants you to know the hope to which He has called you.”
David and Margaret Robertshaw enjoy celebratory cake. Church Council Chair Sue Reid, Emily Blair and Adult Ministries Coordinator Sallie Pure serve dedication refreshments. Missions Coordinator Debbie Novelli with a dedication bouquet.
“God wants us to be strengthened in our inner (divine) self.”
In November 2016, Chapel members baked and sold apple and pumpkin pies to benefit NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Fingerlakes. We raised community awareness of their Family to Family program in worship and in local fun. Center: Cornell students on a hiking trip stopped in to enjoy our pie!
"God wants you to be rooted and grounded in love."
A Chapel work day when we dug out accumulated soil encroaching on the back siding: Trustee Scott Anthony and Auditor Bob Hutchens haul dirt to the parking lot; Finance Secretary Danny Eastman and Crystal Peebles take a break from heavy shoveling; our newly refurbished mailbox.
“God wants you to have the power to comprehend the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge.”
Long-time Chapel member Elizabeth Mount, Gardener and Bill Tomek, Lay Leader. Sally Grubb led Time with Young Christians. An inviting bench to rest and contemplate, by our busy sidewalk.
“God wants you to be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Nina Widger and Barb Van Dyk sing for All Saints Sunday. Chapel members assemble MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) school kits to be distributed worldwide. Sara Haefeli delivers her first sermon as Lay Servant.
“God wants you to give God glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Chapel members helped serve Thanksgiving Dinner
to Cornell Protestant Cooperative Ministry students.
Forest Home Chapel
a reconciling congregation
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.