General Interest

In the Interim: Thoughts from Deborah Weiner, Interim DRE

Today, in a staff retreat facilitated by a member of the excellent New England UUA regional staff, we talked about how long we have been at Follen Church. The answers ranged from 13.5 years to eight weeks – and I won the newbie prize. Eight weeks seems like nothing at all and yet, as I … Continued

East Village Fair, Sneak Peak and Cafe: Fun, Fun, Fun!

178th East Village Fair
Saturday October 1, 10am-3pm
Featuring children’s games, musicians, produce and a vast flea market, this year’s fair promises fun for all ages. For more info see East Village Fair.

Friday Night Fleas Sneak Preview and First Chance Cafe
Friday, September 30, 7-9pmCommunity Center and Anne Smith
A special “sneak peak” at the fleas, for Follenites only. (We will not be asking outsiders to leave, however, in keeping with our values as an open and friendly congregation.) After you’ve had a peak, join us upstairs in the Anne Smith Room for the annual First Chance Cafe. We’ll have luscious desserts, lovingly made by Follen’s best bakers and sweets-makers, plus hot cider, coffee and tea.  Also, watch for the Raffle Table that will be situated outside the First Chance Cafe.

Dream Big Committee Wants Your Opinion

The Dream Big committee has been working to transform your 135 suggestions into a comprehensive plan. Please click Dream Big Survey to give your opinions about the committee’s current thinking. It will only take two minutes, but please fill it out by Oct. 2! (Only one response per device, so please use another computer, phone, or tablet for multiple responses from the same household.) Problems? Email the CCEC.

You Too Can Be a Coffee Hour Food Angel 

We all enjoy sharing a bite together after worship — so let’s all contribute to the bounty. If every Follenite signs up just once a year to bring in just one plate — a tray of fruit, or veg, or cookies — we’ll be sorted. Go to Follen Food Angels Signup.

Growing Vegetables, Growing Community

Pick a Day in October To Be a Gardener

Follen commits to work at Lexington’s Interfaith Garden behind First Parish UU church, off Lexington’s Green, where 14 houses of worship team up to grow fresh produce for the Lexington Food Pantry. We need two workers on:
  • Tuesday, October 4 & 11, 4:30 to 6 pm
  • Saturday, October 22, 8:30 to 10 am
If you can help, contact Janet Lane. Kids old enough not to trample are welcome to join their parents, and training is provided. 

Lexington Refugee Assistance Group Now Forming

LexRAP is a recently formed group of concerned people from Lexington and nearby communities calling itself the Lexington Refugee Assistance Program or “LexRAP.” Our focus is to make the area a welcoming place for refugees and to help them directly. LexRAP will be hosting a general information and Fall kick-off session:

LexRAP Public Information Session

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7 PM

Lexington Community Center, Room 237, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington  For more information about the meeting, contact Tom Tsaros at

Discussion topics will include how refugees come to the US, hosting asylum seekers, foster parenting for unaccompanied minors, assisting refugees and their families, fund raising, and a broad array of volunteer support services that are needed. We will also discuss our goals for the upcoming months.


Register Your Children or Youth

Do you have children or youth involved in Follen’s Religious Education programs?

Did you know that if your children are “only” involved with FUUY (our high school youth group), or OWL (our values-based human sexuality curriculum for 8th graders), or Coming of Age (for 10th graders), you still must register your child?  It’s true.

Please complete all four forms on Registration Information and Forms.

Include your child’s activity fee (if this is a hardship for you, please talk to Deb Weiner) and return to the RE office on the second floor of the church, mail it in, or hand it to Deb, another member of the staff, or a member of the RE Action Team.

Youth and children MUST be registered by October 2 for the year; you’ll be receiving a phone call or email from an RE Team person or Deb if you have not yet registered…this is for your child’s safety, and the church’s – please register now!

Religious Education at Follen:  Still Seeking a Few Great People!

We want to thank all of you who have volunteered to be involved with Follen’s religious education program for children and youth.  We still seek a few more great people to complete our core staffing for the year (although there are openings for support staff roles through the year): 3 more advisors for FUUY, our … Continued

Summer Services Shine!

Follen’s first-in-living-memory Summer Services were an amazing success! They nurtured and inspired an average of 81 attendees per Sunday, with a high of 115! The sanctuary rang with gorgeous piano music (Thank you, Shaylor!), a pick-up choir (Thank you, Tyler!), and the wise words of six different Follenites (Thank you, Hillary, Claire, Susanne, Parisa, Casper, … Continued

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