Follen Blog

Changes to Mask Requirements

March 10, 2022 Dear Follen Church, On Tuesday, March 8, the Lexington Board of Health voted 5-0 to lift the town-wide indoor mask mandate. The Safety team at Follen has recommended that we also move to a mask-optional policy for services, activities, and day-to-day office functions with some exceptions. For hospitality, we are going to … Continued

Membership Sunday on March 27

A message from Meagan Cox, Membership Director Membership Sunday is Coming on March 27! Membership at Follen Church is a very personal choice. Deciding to become a member typically means a willingness to play an active role in the life of the church, and to donate your time, talent and/or treasure to strengthen our community. … Continued

RE-flections: When the News is Scary

For Parents and Caregivers: Talking with Children and Youth about War From Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education Once again, we are looking on as violence spreads across the world stage. And once again, parents, caregivers, and teachers are faced with the challenge of explaining war and the threat of terrorism to their children. Over … Continued

Centering Resources from Lay Ministry

Greetings from the Lay Ministry team! Every month the Lay Ministry team and Rev. Claire meet on Zoom. We try to take the pulse of the congregation, see how world events and the pandemic are affecting our faith community, and wonder how we can be helpful. (What we do NOT do is discuss those with … Continued

Letter from Coordinating Team: Music Program Guidance Document!

It’s Here:  Follen’s Music Program Guidance Document! The Coordinating Team is delighted to share with you the Music Program Guidance Document prepared by Music Program Steering Committee (MPSC) members David Jacobson, Ching Lai, Maureen Markelz and Jen Vandiver. Back in the fall, the Parish Board selected these thoughtful individuals to develop a vision, mission, and … Continued

From Rev. Claire

February 16, 2022   Dear Follen, Yesterday I began a “mini-sabbatical” and vacation time. I’ll be on leave from now until March 11th. I planned this time back in August in conversation with lay leadership, and now I am very grateful for the foresight! The timing was specifically planned for a less busy time of … Continued

Nominating Committee News

Nominating Committee Announces Leadership Slate The Nominating Committee announced its candidates for leadership positions for the 2022-23 church year, to be voted on at the annual meeting May 25. Jen Vandiver is the nominee for vice president of Program Council, succeeding Nick Hart, who will be the candidate for president. Anne Kelly is the nominee … Continued

Claiming Our Spiritual Leadership–a Class for ALL

Calling All Spiritual Leaders — Meaning Everyone This winter, explore “Claiming our Spiritual Leadership” (COSL), a structured, facilitated, online class for self-study and small-group discussion of course materials. Explore how our own and others’ inherent (perhaps latent) gifts can help create, sustain, and restore Beloved Community. Independent study and four group meetings will require about two … Continued

December/January Letter from Coordinating Team

January 27, 2022 Dear Follen Members and Friends, Happy New Year! We hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful holiday season and that the new year is treating you well despite all our challenges. While the Omicron variant and this weekend’s Nor’easter have sent us back to Zoom this Sunday, we look forward … Continued