Congregation News

Special Congregational Meeting

Sunday, July 8, 10:30am, Follen Sanctuary

There will be a special meeting of the congregation next Sunday to vote on a proposal to allow leaders to secure our construction loan from Belmont Savings Bank.

ZVI, our builders, have agreed to allow us special use of the Follen Sanctuary before construction begins.

If you have questions about this motion or the project, feel free to contact Program Council President Chris Walters.

If you can’t attend, but would like to have your vote cast,  download a proxy form here.

(Printed proxy forms can be postal mailed to Sarah Garner, Follen administrator, 755 Mass Ave, Lexington 02420. Members may also print, sign, and scan/photograph forms, and then email them to Forms must contain original signatures.)


To the members of Follen Church:

You are requested to assemble in the sanctuary of Follen Church

755 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA

at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

ARTICLE I The Membership of Follen Church authorize the

Capital Campaign Committee to secure a construction loan from

Belmont Savings Bank in the amount of $2,500,000

for the sole purpose of the capital construction project.

These funds are to allow Follen Church to pay for construction

over the next year while Capital Campaign pledges

are continued to be collected over the next two years.

These funds will be reimbursed to Belmont Savings Bank from the

Capital Campaign budget and do not increase the

Capital Campaign budget. The Membership further authorizes the

Capital Campaign Committee to negotiate and implement any and

all financial agreements and transactions within the Capital

Campaign budget, including those which may encumber church

property, necessary to pursue the timely start and completion of all

aspects of the capital construction project.

By the Program Council Secretary, Ann Redmon

Members unable to attend the meeting may also submit a proxy. Download a proxy form here

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