Forest Home Chapel
Saturday, November 28, 2020
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

at the Chapel

There is NO in-person worship for the time being, but please contact Rev. Dolch if you have any spiritual concerns.


Rev. Rebecca Dolch 

Cell & Text: 
(607) 351-7416



A Reconciling Congregation

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

Virtual Sunday Worship


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 ~ 

You are invited to zoom worship on
Sunday, November 1, 2020
09:45 A.M. Eastern Time
(service starts at 10)

Please bring with you some bread and drink as we celebrate Holy Communion on this last Sunday in the Christian year.

Click on the link below or dial or Dial +1 646-558-8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 951 3261 0579

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Rebecca Dolch, Pastor


"Mrs. Goose" by Elizabeth McMahon


Maria Rabbia, Music Director


We gather together on this last Sunday in the Christian year
to give You thanks for the bounty of the earth.

We come to remember the living Presence of Christ
We come to celebrate spiritual community,
infused with Your Holy Spirit.

We come to confess and release all that does not serve
We open our hearts to Your forgiveness, Your unconditional love,
and Your ability to restore us to the people You created us to be.


Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker does provide for our wants to be supplied;
come to God's own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.
All the world is God's own field, fruit as praise to God we yield;
wheat and tares together sown are to joy or sorrow grown;
first the blade and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be.
For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take the harvest home;
from the field shall in that day all offenses purge away,
giving angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast;
but the fruitful ears to store in the garner evermore.


James 5:13-18
Luke 5: 12-16
Lamentations 3:21-26

Mary Ann Oyer, Reader



Kristy Shuck


The Healing Power of Confession
[Step 5 and 6 of the Twelve Steps of Recovery/ Twelve Steps of the Spiritual Path]
Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all of these defects of character.


Gracious God, who pours out freely the gift of Your Holy Spirit:
We confess before You that we have failed to recognize this most valuable gift.
We have been satisfied with ordinary things, suspicious of unfamiliar things,
and blind to spiritual things.

Forgive us for lives un-adjusted to the order of Your love;
for hearts out-of-rhythm with the pulse of Your compassion;
for tongues unaccustomed to the shape of confession and witness.
Forgive us for a past we cannot change; open us to a future
in which we can be changed.

Cleanse and forgive us, O Lord.
Burn away our presumption and self-sufficiency.
Open us in faith to receive the renewing touch of Your hand.
We pray these things by the grace of Christ Jesus
and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



After the Communion prayer by the Pastor, you may partake of bread and cup.

Together, we close with a prayer after receiving:

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us, so we may experience your love and forgiveness. Send us into the world in the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Now Thank We All Our God

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;
who from our mothers' arms has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
with every joyful heats and blessed peace to cheer us;
and keep us still in grace, and guide us when perplexed
and free us from all ills, in this world and the next.


After the service you are welcome to stay on Zoom and visit with other Chapel friends in our breakout rooms.



Bible Study

Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
Use this Zoom Link through Nov. 17.
Meeting ID: 940 9719 4466
One tap mobile
+16465588656,,94097194466# US (New York)

Area Congregations Together (ACT) Zoom Thanksgiving Service

Sunday, November 22 at 3 p.m. For a Zoom link to the Service, send the message “ZOOM EOM” to Jim Grant, ACT Chairperson, at


Christmas Eve Service

Our Christmas Eve virtual service will begin at 4 p.m. this year to support families with young children and those who have special Christmas Eve dinner times.

If you or members of your family (children and grandchildren) would like to participate in the Virtual Christmas Eve Pageant (readings, music, Christmas poetry, costumes) please let Pastor Rebecca know as soon as possible so we can make plans. She will plan the service around those who want to participate!

Chapel Goodie Bags

Would you like to make sweet Christmas Treats for distribution? Contact Carol Hockett at, or Sue Reid at

Would you like to make Christmas Ornaments from felt, buttons or your own special craft medium? Children are especially encouraged to participate! Connect with Susan Spear at

Treats, ornaments, cards and other goodies will go out to all Chapel members and friends who worship with us on Zoom or otherwise, for distribution before Christmas.

Join the Forest Home Chapel Christmas Spirits to make this Christmas special!

Food Ministry for the Advent Season

Would you like to participate in a "Fill-a-Bag-of-Food Advent Calendar?” The list of needed non-perishable items contains one food item per day to put in an Advent bag.

At the end of Advent, Chapel helpers will deliver the bags to Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard.

If you would like to participate, and to get festive, child-decorated paper bags to hold your offerings, please contact Chapel member Jean Snow,

~ OR ~

You are welcome to give a Christmas Offering for our core Local Food Ministries: Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard and Foodnet Meals on Wheels. Please send checks to Forest Home Chapel, 224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca, NY, with Local Food Ministries in the memo line. Thank you!

Fund Raiser for Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance

Join us for an easy, fun, and delicious way to support immigrant families in Ithaca!

Members of the Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance (ISA) and of the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition (TCIRC) have joined forces to support two of Ithaca's newest immigrant families, one from Haiti and one from Guatemala. Due to the pandemic their legal cases are taking longer than usual and funds are needed for housing, food, utilities, childcare, health, education, transportation, and other expenditures. Our goal is to raise $8,000.

How You Can Help!

Pre-order take-out meals for pickup on Saturday, December 5, from 4:00pm-6:00pm, at First Congregational Church (309 Highland Rd., Ithaca). $20+ suggested per meal

What's For Dinner?

Each meal contains

  • Haitian Joumou soup (beef or vegetarian)
  • Guatemalan empanadas (chicken or vegetarian)
  • Yellow rice
  • Refried beans
  • Green salad
  • Tomato salsa
  • Bread

If you wish to skip the take-out meals and simply donate to this worthy effort, please  click here to open the Secure Donation Form, create an online profile, and choose” ISA/TCIRC Fundraiser“.


Contact: Kristen Brennan,



Upcoming Events at the Chapel

Sundays are in red.

Chapel Events are suspended at this time.