Forest Home Chapel
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

at the Chapel

Join us for worship this Sunday, February 9. Pastor Rebecca Dolch will preach the sermon The Quiet Center. You can download the bulletin here.


Rev. Rebecca Dolch 

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(607) 351-7416



A Reconciling Congregation

224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca, NY  14850  +  (607) 257-4329
Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m.


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 ~ 

The Quiet Center

February 9, 2020

THIS SUNDAY February 9: Rebecca Dolch will preach about the nature and purpose of meditation, drawing from  2 Corinthians 6:1-13 and Luke 17:20-21. Together, we will also experience a guided "loving kindness meditation," teaching a method for  how to pray for people. 

Come and find the quiet center
in the crowded life we lead,

find the room for hope to enter,
find the frame where we are freed:

Clear the chaos and the clutter,
clear our eyes that we can see

all the things that really matter,
be at peace and simply be.

Words by Shirley Erena Murray; Tune Beach Spring; © Hope Publishing Company


Today is our KITCHEN CUPBOARD OFFERING dedication. The need is greater than ever, but we as a small congregation continue to be steadfast, generous supporters of this, one of our core missions. Thank you so much.

Next Sunday, February 16 is BLANKET SUNDAY! A special offering for Church World Service helps provide quality blankets for thousands of people dealing with natural disasters. Sara Haefeli preaching.

LECTIONARY BIBLE STUDY continues each Tuesday from  9:00- 10:30. Led by Sara Haefeli and Rebecca Dolch, we will go deeper into the message of selected Bible readings for the next week. Lectionary readings are Hebrew and Christian scripture passages read and studied by many churches of all denominations throughout the world.

SEDER CELEBRATION Friday, February 21 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dinner and explanation of the Jewish Passover meal that became the basis for the Christian practice of Holy Communion. Songs, Candles and a wonderful time. Please sign up. Donations cover the cost of dinner.


Forest Home Chapel is pleased to present its first conversation in our spring series of community lectures addressing broad topics of social justice, the environment, politics, and the arts. Talks are about 50 minutes, followed by questions and discussion. Free and open to the public. For questions about the events, contact Wendy Millroy at

March 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m.:"Living in the Purple Zone: communicating with people who have very different opinions from yours." Jeff Shepardson, professional mediator and Director of Conflict Transformation Services of Central New York, will lead an hour-long workshop helping us find pathways to positive conversations.


The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. ~ His Legacy

Bearing the Cross

During Lent of 2018, Forest Home Chapel displayed 14 images from the ministry of Dr. King around the Sanctuary, in an installation called Bearing the Cross: Stations, Reflections and Prayers.

This booklet was available for those who wished to reflect quietly on Dr. King and those who struggled to overcome racism during this tumultous time in United States history. You may download a pdf of the booklet here, or you may request a printed copy here

Images are from Associated Press and other sources. Quotes are from Dr. King.
Background text and prayers are by Chapel members and leaders. 

In his Eulogy for the Martyred Children, Dr. King said this:

 "…these girls have something to say to every minister of the gospel who has remained silent behind the safe security of stained-glass windows. 

They have something to say to every politician who has fed his constituents the stale bread of hatred and the spoiled meat of racism....

they have something to say to each of us, black and white alike, that we must substitute courage for caution."

Upcoming Events at the Chapel

Sundays are in red.


9: Worship

11: Bible Study, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

16: Worship, Lay Servant Sara Haefeli leading and preaching. Blanket Sunday

18: Bible Study, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

21: Seder Celebration, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

23: Transfiguration Sunday: Worship

25: Bible Study, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

26: Ash Wednesday, Beginning of Lent


1: Worship, Communion

4: Conversations for an Engaged Community: Jeff Shepardson, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

8: Worship

11: Church Council Meeting, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

15: Worship, Lay Servant Sara Haefeli leading and preaching

22: Worship, UMCOR Sunday

29: Worship


1: Conversations for an Engaged Community: Liz Susmann, Open Doors English, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

5: Palm Sunday, Worship, Communion

12: Easter Sunday, Worship

19: Worship, Lay Servant Sara Haefeli leading and preaching

26: Worship

30: Conversations for an Engaged Community: Dr. Baruch J. Whitehead, 7:00-8:30 p.m.


3: Worship, Communion

7: Church Council meeting, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

10: Worship

17: Worship

24: Worship

31: Worship, Lay Servant Susan Spear leading and preaching


7: Worship, Communion

14: Worship

21: Worship

28:  Worship, Guest Speaker leading and preaching