Forest Home Chapel
Saturday, February 06, 2016
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

Welcome to Forest Home Chapel

A Reconciling Congregation

224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca, NY  14850

1915 ~ Celebrating our Centennial Year ~ 2015

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

Jesus, totally radiant, appeared to Peter, James, and John on the mountain with the Spirit of Moses and Elijah. God spoke from the cloud: “This is my beloved Son, Listen to him!”  Luke 9

Call to Worship for Sunday, January 31

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,

Leaning on the everlasting arms;

What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,

Leaning on the everlasting arms.

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,

Leaning on the everlasting arms?

I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,

Leaning on the everlasting arms.

We welcome The Paul Elwood Trio with Paul Elwood (banjo), Joe D’Esposito (fiddle), and Sara Haefeli (cello). Thank you so much for providing all the service music and special music this morning! What a generous gift to the Chapel!

We are celebrating Transfiguration Sunday (when Jesus goes to the top of the mountain and meets with the Spirit of God and the Spirits of Elijah and Moses to prepare for his ministry Luke 9:28-43). Rebecca will speak about the spiritual principles of "Veiled and Unveiled."

Coming Up Soon, at the Chapel!

Sunday, February 7, we will celebrate the results of the Capital Campaign and bring the congregation up to date on the timing and plans for the new restroom and the fellowship hall/kitchen renovations. Rebecca Dolch and Janet Snoyer will lead the service.

Get ready for Valentine's Day on Sunday February 14 with special decorations, a sermon focusing on the idea of "What you love is who you are" and a getting-to-know-you-better, fun, interactive event downstairs following worship. 

As always, remember to bring canned goods for Kitchen Cupboard Sunday. 

Your pocket change in the "Noisy Can" each week also supports food ministries in our area.

November 15, 2015 Chapel Centennial Celebration

Worship Service & Birthday Party!

On November 15, 2015, Forest Home Chapel celebrated its 100th anniversary, with a worship service of thanks, dedication, song, and prayer. Dr. Robert Hill, former pastor at the Chapel, and now Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University, preached the sermon.

Thou, whose unmeasured temple stands, built over earth and sea,
Accept the walls that human hands have raised O God, to Thee.

We gather for Worship and Celebration
Left to right (on all captions): Greeter Sue Cotton handed a program to Bailey Cooper; Anderson lit the altar candles; Choir members Jack Reid and Jalil Buechel.

And let the Comforter and Friend, Thy Holy Spirit, meet
With those who hear in worship bend before Thy mercy seat.


We Encounter the Word
Dr. Robert Hill and Pastor Rebecca Dolch led the processional. A full choir sang the spiritual, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot;" Bill Tomek led the congregation in the call to worship.

May they who err be guided here to find the better way;
And they who mourn, and they who fear, be strengthened as they pray.


We Respond in Faith
Chapel Organist Merilee Nord; some of the symbolic offerings the children brought forward to represent our active missions; Pastor Rebecca asked for blessings for Ed and Mary Ann Oyer, as they prepared to leave for their winter home.

May faith grow firm, and love grow warm, And pure devotion rise,
While round these hallowed walls the storm of earth-born passion dies. AMEN.


From the Scottish Psalter, William C. Bryant, 1794-1878.  This poetry was sung at the dedication of this church in 1915. 

Offering, Music and Sermon
Janet Snoyer, Christy Croxall and Betsy Shrier waited for our Offering hymn, #94, Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow;" Sara Haefeli (cello), Crystal Peebles (fiddle), Chad Novelli (mandolin) and Joe Falo (guitar) played Be Thou My Vision; Rev. Dr. Bob Hill preached the sermon, Sweet Chariot.

Luncheon and Birthday Cake!
Jennifer Sawyer, Chapel members and guests sat down to a lunch of soups, breads, salads and fruits; Grace McMenamin, two-year-old Miriam, and 94-year old Sue Cotton blew out the candles on our cake; Carol Hockett and Debbie Loring served soup.

Chapel member Sallie Pure greeted guests; Hannah L and Bud Dolch chatted over lunch; neighbors Charlie and Nancy Trautmann greeted Jan Hill.

All photos by Joseph Haefeli, Hannah L, Elizabeth Mount, and Roy Wollney

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.


Upcoming Events at the Chapel

Sundays are in red.


31: Observing The Transfiguration; Spiritual Life Planning meeting 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


4: Bible Study, 10:00 a.m.

7: Fifth Sunday after Epiphany; Guest Speaker Janet Snoyer

10: Ash Wednesday

11: Bible Study, 10:00 a.m.

14: First Sunday in Lent

18: Bible Study, 10:00 a.m.

18: Staff Pastor Parish Relations / Nominations committee meeting, 7:00 p.m.

21: Second Sunday in Lent

25: Bible Study, 10:00 a.m.

28: Third Sunday in Lent


3: Bible Study, 10:00 a.m.
6: Fourth Sunday in Lent
11: Bible Study, 10:00 a.m.

13: Fifth Sunday in Lent

17: Bible Study, 10:00 a.m.

20: Palm Sunday

24: Bible Study, 10:00 a.m.

27: Easter Sunday


3: Second Sunday of Easter

10: Third Sunday of Easter

17: Fourth Sunday of Easter

21: Staff Pastor Parish Relations / Nominations committee meeting, 7:00 p.m. (as needed)

24: Fifth Sunday of Easter




23: Staff Pastor Parish Relations / Nominations committee meeting, 7:00 p.m. (as needed)


17: Guest Preacher Fred Kelsey