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Online Auction is Almost Here!

The Auction is still Coming!!

Thank you to all the auction item donors that have been working with me to bring you the largest collection of goods and services ever. Here is the final auction book if you want to see what the items are.  Due to extraordinary circumstances this year we are trying something new and doing a completely online auction. We are using a software called Auctria and if you want to familiarize yourself with it you can check out their website or try out a Test Auction I set up here.

Bidding in the real Follen Auction 2020 will start on April 4 and we will send out a link to the site.  Everyone will have a week to peruse the items, make your bids, and try and outbid each other.  For the last hour of the auction we will try to set up a live Zoom event to count down until the end.

As I may or may not be able to set up credit cards in the system, once the auction is done you will be informed of the amount you own and you should pay Follen Church by check. We will work out the exact details in the coming weeks. I hope everyone is excited to see how this all works, the Auctria software is very nice.  We are on this journey together.

If you have questions, please contact Jen Vandiver at

Check it out!  Auction Book 2020

Submit Prayers of Joy and Sorrow Online

New Form for Prayers of Joy and Sorrow

Use this form to submit your contribution to be lifted up in Sunday’s online worship service. These offerings from our hearts and lives are how we share the prayers of the people of Follen Church. Plan ahead, please submit these by 8am Sunday morning.

Choirs Rehearsing this week on Zoom!

Watch your email for Zoom links.
Monday, March 30 – Children’s Choir, Operetta Chorus, Youth Choir
Join the Music Zoom Room 4:00-6:30 for remote rehearsal/gathering of Children’s Choir (4:00-4:45), Operetta Chorus (4:45-5:30), and Youth Choir (5:30-6:15). These will be both useful and fun, an opportunity to connect as well as sing.
Tuesday, March 31 – Brainstorming, No Name, Adult Choir
Music Zoom Room for remote rehearsal/gathering of brainstormers for April 5 worship music (6:00-7:00), a No Name Choir open sing for all (7:00-7:45), and Adult Choir (7:45-9:00).
April 12 –  Easter
One thing that’s sure to happen, involving EVERYONE, is preparation for a Hallelujah Chorus Virtual Choir for Easter – this is something the Mormon Tabernacle has provided a system for, and it’s wonderful. Choir rehearsals will, in part, be used to start that process next week, and all of Follen’s community will be invited to participate the following week as we lead up to Easter on April 12.

Virtual Church, Real Relationships

  BUILDING USE The Follen Church building is closed as of March 17, although very limited staff use is allowed. You can read the details here in this message from the Safety Team.     WORSHIP Sunday morning worship has moved online. We plan a multigenerational offering each week, which will include a chalice lighting, … Continued

Resources from the Town of Lexington

Need Help? Want to Give Help? The Town of Lexington has compiled many resources at this time, and we pass them along to you here. These are all subject to change as the situations around us change and will continue to be updated. from the Town of Lexington: LexHelp list of Human Services from the … Continued

Making Music Together – Choirs Resume, and more!

Follen has shown great flexibility and creativity as shepherds of worship and connection in these challenging times. Here are some plans for music in the coming week, as well as longer term hopes for us to be brought together through music: April 12 –  Easter One thing that’s sure to happen, involving EVERYONE, is preparation … Continued

A Letter from the Lay Ministers

March 22, 2020   Dear Friends,   Your Lay Ministry Team has been reaching out this week to everyone with a personal phone call: offering a listening ear, loving support, resources, and kind words.  We also received many good ideas, suggestions, affirmations, and words of support.  Thank you all. This task is still in process, … Continued

Follen Family RE: March

March Theme: UnBroken   This month at Follen Church, we are exploring the theme “Unbroken” in worship and small groups. Here are some resources for families to explore along with us at home! Recommended Picture Books (read aloud on YouTube): The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken We Shall … Continued

March 19 Music Program Update

A message from Music Director Vivian Montgomery I am going to be taking 10 days off starting March 20, finding space to restore energy and creativity in order to better serve Follen’s musical needs. The wonderful Jan Maier will be providing music for this Sunday’s online worship. For the following week, our fabulous alto soloist … Continued