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Follen’s Pantry Party Express!

Looking for a way to make a direct difference during the Coronavirus without leaving your home? Join Pantry Party Express! The pandemic has resulted in a spike in demand for food pantries across the US.

Follenites are collecting non-perishable items to support the food pantry at Bristol Lodge in Waltham. Before the pandemic, Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen fed 50-80 people a night. Now they are trying to feed 250 people every night.

They are in serious need of: rice, beans, canned vegetables, peanut butter, tuna, kid cereals. Now you and/or your family can make a food donation without ever leaving your home. If you have items you would like to donate, please contact Karen Carruthers at pantrypartyexpress@follen.org. A volunteer from Follen will make convenient arrangements to safely pick up your donation while maintaining social distancing.

Need a Mask? We have had a generous donation of masks and can deliver them if you need one! Let us know!

Watch and give a wave or thumbs up from your window to the volunteer driver that picks up your donation knowing it is going to serve an urgent need. See photos below of recent dinosaur pickups.  Click on any photo to enlarge. Use back arrow to return to this page.



 

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, music, … Continued

April Spiritual Exercise: And Yet

April – And Yet (Easter) The Sufi tradition and Jewish folklore have stories about a phrase that is true in all situations; these words bring joy to sad moments and sadness to joyful moments. This profound phrase is: “This too shall pass.” Find ways to say “this too shall pass” in sad and happy moments … Continued

Follen Family RE: April

April Theme: And Yet This month at Follen Church, we are exploring the theme “And Yet” 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): She Persisted- 13 Stories of American Women  by Chelsea Clinton Rosie Revere, Engineer by … 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

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

RE-Flections: A Letter from Beryl

from Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education To all the children and youth and families of Follen Church: I’ve been thinking about all of you so much this week and wanting to reach out to you to see how you are. Usually, sending a message to you when our regular routines are being changed for … Continued