Congregation News

Lean In Links: Spotlight on Racism in Boston

In case you didn’t see it in the Boston Globe, the acclaimed seven-part Spotlight team report on racism in Boston is available online. And if the information on economic disparity shocks and amazes you, you can dig deeper in the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s 2015 report “The Color of Wealth in Boston.”

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.

RE News This Week

No RE classes or nursery care Sunday December 31.  Classes and nursery resume at 10:30am on Sunday, January 7 for infants through grade 8. FUUY: There will be no FUUY gatherings until January 7 OWL (Our Whole Lives): resumes on January 4 at 6:15pm Coming of Age: resumes with a field trip to the UU Urban Ministry on January 6.

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.

Linger Longer Lottery for Cape Cod Weekend

Sunday January 14, Coffee Hour, and Via Email

Each year, Follen members vacation together on Cape Cod Bay over the Memorial Day weekend. Most of us stay in shared cabins at Cape Cod Sea Camps. However, a smaller group of people choose to reserve private rooms at the adjacent Linger Longer By The Sea.

Because of the ever increasing demand for these rooms and the limited supply, the Social Events Committee has decided to allocate these rooms via a lottery system this year.

Read more about Cape Cod Weekend and the Linger Longer Lottery. 

Learn More About the Capital Campaign 

Updated information about the Capital Campaign and the Building Project is available on the campaign website and in Coffee Hour, at the Capital Campaign table in the far corner of the Community Center, where Committee members will be available to respond to questions and comments.

Children’s & Youth Choirs will rehearse on MLK Day

Monday January 15, 4 and 5pm

While choir rehearsals will start up on January 8, we’re also going to hold rehearsals on Monday, January 15, even though there no school, in order to be well prepared for singing in services on Sunday, January 21. So please change that in your calendars, and contact Vivian with questions or absences.

Thanks for a Great Year of Christmas Trees!

Thanks to you, this was a terrific year for Christmas Tree sales. We sold 767 trees and gave away another 33 to needy folks in Roxbury and Lexington. We totaled nearly $30,000 in sales, which means a more than $19,000 contribution to the church budget. Sixty-three family units signed up to sell or set up … Continued

RE News This Week

Christmas Eve Family Service Sunday December 24, 4pm, Sanctuary Our early service is perfect for families and younger children or all who wish to enter the holidays in a gentle, child-friendly way.  We’ll have special harp music, lessons and carols, and a candle-lighting ritual. Led by Deborah Weiner, with Claire Feingold Thoryn and Vivian Montgomery. Please Note There will … Continued

“Remember, Respect, Rejoice” 

December 9 – January 27, Anne Smith Gallery

Of her new show, artist Jane Spickett says: “Many of you know the kind of photographs I take that I make cards from. These are not those. Here I acknowledge the imperative of looking for beauty in the broken and discarded, the importance of humor, and some of those whose fire warms me on the cold nights of what sometimes feels like a moral winter.”

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