Congregation News

Volunteer Service Network: Thank You!

In 2017, 42 members of Follen’s Volunteer Service Network supplied: 88 meals 10 rides, and household help to 16 people or families Thank you to the helpers: Nancy Alloway Debbie Bassett Kathy Blake Susan Brefach Sally Cassells Catherine Collins Jane Current Linda Dacey Laura Dickerson Denise Dracup Alice Dunn Marlene Ellin Edie Engel Anne Englehart Jim … Continued

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.

Support a Woman Now in Sanctuary 

Sign up to Help Bedford UU Church Host a Refugee   Last year, Follen voted to join the Sanctuary movement, to protect and to stand with immigrants facing deportation. Now our neighbor church, which is actually housing a grandmother seeking asylum, needs our support: active sanctuary requires 24-hour accompaniment. Can you take a shift? Email Anne … Continued

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.

RE News This Week

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Tonight, January 11, 6:15pm, Anne Smith Room One-Room Schoolhouse Sunday, January 14, 10:30am, Community Center led by Jody Gray Linden and friends FUUY  Sunday January 14, 6:30pm, Follen Community Center Coming of Age  On overnight retreat at Friendly Crossways in Harvard, MA, January 20 and 21 FUUY and CityReach: Your Donations Needed Our … Continued

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.

New Follen Directory — via Email PDF or in Breeze

The Winter 2018 Follen Directory is available by email from Sarah Garner: Or, create an account on Breeze, Follen’s online database, to see member photos, check your contact info, volunteering dates, pledging.

FUUY To Participate in CityReach:  Your Donations are Needed!

We’re pleased that, as part of Follen UU Youth (FUUY)’s engagement in study of anti-racism and mental illness, a group of our youth and advisors will participate in the Boston Common Cathedral CityReach program on February 9 and 10.  This program, which helps participants learn about poverty, homelessness and mental illness, asks participating groups to … Continued

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