Forest Home Chapel
Saturday, July 21, 2018
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York


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