Forest Home Chapel
Friday, February 23, 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"


Interfaith Community Dish-to-Pass

January 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m: The Chapel will host this monthly meeting of great food, fellowship and conversation. Begun by members of Lansing United Methodist Church, Tikkun v’Or, and Moosalla Noor Islamic Community Outreach, we welcome our neighbors of all faiths, and those unaffiliated with a specific faith group. Please bring a labeled vegetarian/dairy dish-to-pass, or just come as our guest! 

The Chapel In Mission & Ministry

Kitchen Cupboard Donations: Bring boxed or canned foods to donate to this important community ministry. A complete list of needed items is in the foyer. You may also donate cash in the noisy can on Sundays. 

Hats, Gloves & Mittens for Schoolkids: A Chapel Christmas tradition is to donate new warm hats, gloves and mittens to three local schools that serve many low-income families. The children are always delighted to receive these warm gifts! Please bring Pre-K children’s sizes; waterproof mittens and gloves are especially welcome. A basket is in the front hall.

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First Sunday in Advent ~ Re-gifting HOPE

Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.
Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

Charles Wesley, 1744


 Left to right: Pastor Robin preaching; one of our young violists playing for communion;
the altar adorned for Advent.
l to r: Mission Team Leader Sara Haefeli; Robin leads Time with Young Christians;
Sam soothes a young friend.
l to r: Tompkins Learning Partners representative Grace McMenamin is presented with a check, proceeds from our Pie and Craft Sale efforts; Ithaca Community Orchestra Brass Quintet plays for the Offering; Phil Walker and family light the first Advent candle.
l to r: Mary Bowes and grandsons; the girls work on gingerbread houses;
a finished camel for the altar Nativity scene.
l to r: Matt listening to Nativity scene ideas; finished ornaments and smiles; a basket of ornaments to take home.

Peace Garden Blooms

Many regular members were on vacation, but those in town on Sunday, August 6, posed in the Chapel's Peace Garden. Come join us for worship, friendship, and the beauty to be found at Forest Home Chapel!

The United Methodist Church Commission on a Way Forward


Bishop Bruce R. Ough, at podium, delivers a statement from the Council of Bishops about the formation of the Commission on a Way Forward during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Way Forward Gets Input on Church Future

In 2016, The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church (the global church) commissioned a thirty-two person commission to " ... seek, in this kairos moment, a way forward for profound unity on human sexuality and other matters.

"This deep unity allows for a variety of expressions to co-exist in one church. Within the Church, we are called to work and pray for more Christ-like unity with each other rather than separation from one another. This is the prayer of Jesus in John 17:21-23."

For the latest news on the Commission, on the United Methodist website, please 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.


7: Communion; SPPR/N meeting after worship



24: Administrative Council meeting, 7:00 p.m.    



4: Communion


14: Ash Wednesday