Follen Blog

Greetings from Our Friends in Transylvania

I had the pleasure of staying in Transylvania this summer with the family I know best from our Partner Church. Though my visit was short, only 4 days, as always with my visits, now my third, I learn something new each time about their generosity, their struggles and fears, their devotion to our congregation and … Continued

Get to Know the Interfaith Garden

We need workers Saturday October 27 at 8:30-10 am behind First Parish Lexington. How about you? Follen provides two garden workers bimonthly during the growing season, joining 14 houses of faith to pool their labor and grow fresh food for the Lexington Food Pantry.   If you are willing to try it (no skills needed) contact … Continued

Join Our Choirs!

Combined Youth and Children’s Choirs

Adult Choir

Adult Choir is open to everyone. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm. Until the Community Center is done, we will meet at the Sacred Heart Lower Level (until construction is complete). New members are welcome!

Read letter from Vivian Montgomery, Director of Music, for more detailed information about Adult Choir. 

Children’s Choir and Youth Choir

Children’s Choir (any and all grades 1-5) is on Mondays 4:00-4:45, starting Monday, September 16, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level (until construction is complete).

Introduction Session:

Sunday, September 15, 12-12:45pm, Marshman Conference Room.

Read letter from Vivian Montgomery, Director of Music, for more detailed information about Children’s Choir. 

Youth Choir (any and all grades 6-12) is on Mondays 5:15-6:15, starting on Monday September 16, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level (until construction is complete).

Introduction Session:

Monday, September 16, 6:15-7:15pm, Sacred Heart, after first rehearsal

(RSVP to musicdirector@follen.org for pizza.)

Read letter from Vivian Montgomery, Director of Music, for more detailed information about Youth Choir. 

Choir Connection Time (LIMBO)
Note that this fall we’ll have a 30-minute Choir Connection Buffer 4:45-5:15, for which all choir kids are encouraged to be present. This is a time that we’ll bring together members of both choirs for such special activities as creating a choir covenant, working on solo and small group pieces, playing instruments, or just hanging out and playing games!

Come January, this connection time will be used for working on choruses for our operetta, so it will be required of all operetta participants. Remember, in order to have a lead in the operetta, you need to be in Children’s or Youth Choir for the year.

Please get in touch with Director of Music Vivian Montgomery if you’re interested in joining any choirs or if you have questions – . Looking forward to seeing you all soon for another big year of singing and playing!

 

 

Parking, Access, and Safety During Construction

Update from COG (Construction Oversight Group)

Never fear, Follenites! Despite outward appearances, you will be able to get into the Sanctuary during construction!

Parking

All the regular lots will be available and we will set aside the Mass Ave. spaces in front of Follen for folks with limited mobility. You can park along the fence on the Waldorf drive, but there won’t be a sidewalk, so take care. Please don’t park on Barnes Place (behind Marshman) – we are keeping the contractors from parking there and ask that you don’t either, at any time. Our neighbors there already have a lot to put up with!
A note about Follen’s parking lot:  please do not park there on weekdays between the hours of 7 and 5.  At those times Waldorf teachers use the left side, and our contractors need the right side available on very short notice for staging equipment and materials.  Feel free to use the lot in the late afternoon, evenings and weekends.
Since parking will be limited at Follen, if you have ever thought about biking to church, this fall would be a great time to try!

Access

The walkway up to the Sanctuary front entry will be compacted dirt, until paving can go in. It will be safe for walking and for walkers. While we have a temporary ramp up to the Marshman floor level, for access to the offices, meeting room and accessible bathroom, we will not be able to have a temporary ramp into the Sanctuary right away. We will have a charming Port-a-Potty to the left of the entry, and of course, there will be bathrooms in the Waldorf School, where we will be having Hospitality Hour!

Safety

Please do not go through the fencing and into the construction site…however tempting! It is an active site and we don’t want to slow down our contractors by asking to give tours. We COG folks all have to wear hardhats and close-toed shoes just to have our site meetings: there are too many dangerous conditions to allow tours yet

Progress

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Alice and Valerie

Construction is Underway!

The ceremonial start of the Capital Campaign construction project was June 17, right after the service. The church is now ready for the construction and work will begin, with a goal of completion next spring. Check out the plans for what’s in store!

A Letter from Our New Director of Faith Formation

Meet Beryl Aschenberg Greetings! My name is Beryl (rhymes with “Cheryl”) Aschenberg, and I am delighted to be joining Follen Church as your new Director of Faith Formation. I look forward to a long and mutually fulfilling relationship with the members of this community as we explore dimensions of religious living and learning together. I … Continued

Curious About Covenant Groups?

Are you curious about joining a Covenant Group next fall? Covenant Groups at Follen are a wonderful way to deepen your friendships here, engage in deep listening and deep sharing of personal life wisdom in a small group setting. There is a group of Covenant Group leaders who put together the sessions each month following Reverend … Continued

Follen’s 2018 Annual Report

Follen Community Church

What have we accomplished this year? So much. We raised over $4 million for our Capital Campaign, created exciting plans for an updated campus, settled a great new Music Director, survived a Christmas Eve fire, completed a successful RE interim period, hired a new Director of Faith Formation, and more. You can read all about … Continued