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Memorial Service for David Budding

A former member of our choir, David Budding, passed away on Friday, 5 January. A memorial service will be held this coming Saturday afternoon, 13 January at 2pm in the Village Church in Wellesley. All are welcome. Read David’s obituary.

Soloists Singing Songs of Solitude, Struggle, and Solace

Sunday January 14, 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary

This week’s music blends the theme of solitude with messages connected to Dr. Martin Luther King, all delivered by our wonderful soloists along with guest clarinetist/vocalist Eva Morrison. Join us to hear “We Must Walk This Lonesome Valley,” Paul Simon’s moving anthem “American Tune,” Sondheim’s “No One Is Alone,” and  “I Have a Dream” by Mary Lou Williams.

Retirement Group Potluck Dinner 

Tuesday January 16, 6-8pm, Follen Community Center

The next retirement potluck dinner will be Old Photo Night. Bring a dish to share and a childhood picture of yourself. Jim Fesler will share his expertise on how to preserve old photographs, slides, films, and videotapes and how to make them more accessible to family members and others.

Save the Date! Remembrance Dinner 

Tuesday January 30, 6:30-8:30pm, Anne Smith Room

If you have experienced a significant loss, Follen’s Pastoral Care Action Team (PCAT) invites you to share a meal, a brief ritual of remembrance and to talk openly about loss with others who’ve “been there.” Grieving the loss of a loved one requires both time and a space to share our memories.

Please consider joining us regardless of whether the death happened recently, a few years ago, or many years have passed. Bring something to eat that reminds you of your loved one to share with all. Questions or to RSVP contact PCAT by January 26.

Cardigan Lodge Weekend

March 2-4, Alexandria, New Hampshire

Join us for a wonderful weekend of hiking,skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, companionship and excellent food. Please call AMC Reservations at (603) 466-2727 by February 2 to reserve. Ask for the Follen Community Church and Group Reservation #373941.

Black Lives in History Film Series

Friday, January 19, 7pm, Follen Community Center

Follen Responds to Racism initiates a series of films about black history.

Our license for showing this film does not allow us to provide the title on our website.  For information, check your Thursday “Follen For You” email news or the “Follen Members and Friends” Facebook page or email FRRFilms@follen.org.


Food for Thought: Stories from a Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Thursday, January 18, 6-8pm, Community Center

Last October, 10 Follenites traveled to Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, to immerse themselves in the stories, sights, and sounds of the Civil Rights movement, on a tour with the Living Legacy Project. Along with a mixed-race group of about 30 others, they heard directly from people who met injustice with remarkable courage.

At Food for Thought, the Follen participants will share stories, music and images from their trip. As always, dinner and childcare will be provided. No RSVP necessary.

Byron Rushing on “Slavery and Abolition in Roxbury and Beyond” 

Tuesday, January 9, 6 pm, UU Urban Ministry

For the first in the UU Urban Ministry’s three-part History and Justice Lecture Series, state Rep. Byron Rushing (left) will speak on the ramifications of slavery and abolition locally. Dinner is served at 6 pm, before the program. Free. Contact urbanministry@follen.org about possible carpooling to Roxbury.

Singing with the Choir is Easier Than It Looks!

Tuesday, January 9, 7:30pm, Sanctuary

If you love to sing and want to be part of Follen’s eclectic and creative choral offering, here are some things that make joining the Adult Choir more possible than you might have thought:
1. Professional section leaders and seasoned choir singers to support the less experienced
2. Practice recordings made available online
3. A detailed calendar so that you can plan ahead, with a “sign-out” calendar to specify when you won’t be able to be there, and
4. a warm, fun-loving group that knows how to laugh at themselves and at their sometimes flakey director.
Try it for our first rehearsal of 2018, or contact Interim Music Director Vivian Montgomery.

Harvy Simkovits To Speak at the Retired Mens’ Group

Wednesday, January 10 10:15-11:30am, Follen Library

Harvy will talk about the creation and development of his debut book. He will cover why he wrote his book, how he wrote it, and how long it took to tell his complex story of his growing up with his father’s financial finagling and his immigrant family’s successes and misfortunes.

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