Author Archives: Follen Church

Question Box Service from April 16

At our jazz/question box service on Sunday, April 16, Rev. Claire and Ministerial Intern Phoebe Eckart-Lee answered questions–on-the-spot–submitted by the congregation. Below are all of the questions for you to ponder! Questions in bold are those addressed in service on 4/16/23 Now that you’ve gotten trumpets for Easter, what is your next musical priority? What … Continued

March Letter from Coordinating Team

March 30, 2023 Greetings from the Follen Coordinating Team.   We are writing to share updates from meetings of the Program Council (“PC” – the operational governing board of the church) on February 13 and March 13, and Parish Board (“PB” – responsible for church policy and financial oversight) on March 27. Parish Board has been … Continued

Membership Sunday Message

Membership Director Meagan Cox shared this Personal Point during our Membership Service on Sunday March 26, 2023, where we welcomed new members and celebrated those who have been with us for a time already. The Life Cycle of a Congregation In preparing for today, I thought a lot about how I could connect Membership Sunday … Continued

Follen Stories

Got a Story to Tell? Smile; with your teeth encrusted. Rinse, flow and brush bicuspids. You know that Colgate will undo the goo, If You Just Smile!” Wait, what? Follen Church was part of a dental study? The answer is, “Yes!” We invite our Follenite storytellers to share their great stories and anecdotes from the … Continued

Antiracism Book Group

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Next: Sunday October 15, 7-8:30pm, Anne Smith Room and on Zoom

Continuing a theme of understanding and welcoming migrants, on Sunday October 15, 7-8:30pm, in the Anne Smith Room and by Zoom. We’ll discuss Nomad Century: How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World, by Gaia Vince.

“A rather astounding addition to a growing body of thought that suggests the twenty-first century is going to include, and even require, lots of human migration.” “Terrifying in its message and urgency, but ultimately empowering in its conviction about a path forward.”  (Text abt 215 pp.) For Minuteman Library loans and reviews, click here.

Coming Up:

Nov 19: Master Slave Husband Wife by Ilyon Woo

Dec 17: Jews Don’t Count by David Baddiel

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Next Year’s Leadership Team Forming

Nominating Committee Announces Leadership Slate The Nominating Committee has announced its nominees for top leadership next year. A full slate of candidates will be voted on at the annual meeting in May. Melissa Howe will be the candidate for Program Council Vice President, succeeding Jen Vandiver, who will move up to the presidency. Melissa, currently … Continued

Interested in our Action Teams?

Action Teams Interested in joining an Action Team? Read about our seven Action Teams in the “Action Team of the Week” features:   You are not alone at Follen Church (PCAT) Could you use some support these days? Are you looking for more connection with others or exploring your spirituality more deeply? The Pastoral Care … Continued

January Letter from Coordinating Team

January 2023 Greetings from the Follen Coordinating Team! We are Nick Hart and Jen Vandiver, (President and Vice President of the Program Council), Lisa Snellings and Anne Kelly (Chair and Vice-Chair of Parish Board), and Reverend Claire Feingold-Thoryn. We hope Follenites had a restful and peaceful holiday season. The first real snow of the winter … Continued

Partner Church Update, Ukraine Aid Continues

January 2023 Rev. Claire received some personal news from Rev. Jozsef of our Partner Church in Transylvania, followed by information about humanitarian efforts in Ukraine: from Rev. Jozsef: The leadership of our congregation and I were delighted to remember the occasion a year ago when you blessed the Transylvanian table at Follen.  After the pandemic situation, … Continued

December Letter from Coordinating Team

December 2022 Dear Follen Members and Friends, Our multigenerational services in December were dazzling with spectacular music and inspiring words as we prepared to lose the darkness and find the returning light of the new year. Our sincere thanks to Chris, Shaylor and all the choir members, soloists and musicians at Follen who have filled … Continued