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Bridges: The Follen Music Events for 2019-2020

“Bridges” is a monthly series of performances by a wide range of familiar and treasured musicians, mostly taking place in the new Sonin Music Center of Follen Church. Unless indicated otherwise, admission is Pay What You Decide – no advance tickets. Further details for each program will be posted one month prior, or can be … Continued

Partner Church News: Master Carver Coming!

Our partner church in Alsofelsozenmihaly, Romania, generously offered to send a master carver to carve an object of our choosing as a gift for the new addition. However, since our new addition will be furnished in a more modern style, a la Ikea, it was decided that we should ask for a carved table for … Continued

From Rev. Tom: Covenant with Follen

Rev. Tom pledges his best efforts at leading worship at Follen Community Church under the terms of his contract. He will provide suitable pastoral care within the time limits set by his contract. You should contact him through the Lay Ministry team. He will not be providing institutional leadership for Follen, except as needed in … Continued

A Letter from the Construction Oversight Group

August 5, 2019 To the Follen Community, Here it is, early August, and as you have no doubt observed, the construction project is moving a little slower than we had hoped. As we say in project management, there are three factors in a project: time, money and quality, and usually one gets two of the … Continued

Octagon Dinners: Coming in November

Octagon Dinners are Coming in November!

Octagon Dinners are a unique opportunity to connect in a small group setting with either adults only or families. These popular dinners will take place at Steph Chiha’s home in Arlington Heights for adults (Nov. 9 and 22) or Jen Vandiver’s home in Lexington for adults and children (Nov 3 and 16). Please go onto SignUp Genius (see links below) to pick the evening you would like to attend. Steph or Jen will contact you with what you can bring for the meal and discuss any food restrictions once the group has been established.

Sunday, November 3, 6-8pm – Sign up here. (Families)
Saturday, November 9, 6-9pm – Sign up here. (Adults Only)
Saturday, November 16, 6-8pm – Sign up here. (Families)
Friday, November 22, 6-9pm  – Sign up here. (Adults Only)


Help Habitat in Paraguay this September?

Laura Maltby, a long-time Follen member, will be leading a Habitat for Humanity team to Paraguay this September 14 – 22. This will be her 8th build in Paraguay (12th in all). Anyone with a desire to help is genuinely welcome to join the team – the Habitat mission is to build relationships as well … Continued

June Spiritual Exercise: Sabbath

A yearning within reach Sabbath is, quite simply, a day of rest, when you put down “duty” and pick up “joy.” Give yourself at least one—if not many—sabbath days this month. What if you started each day saying yes to the yearning of your heart? Would you spend more time outside? Would you rest in … Continued

Sing in the Baroque Advent Service!

Join the Choir for Our Baroque Advent Music Service!
Sunday December 8 + 6 Rehearsals

Are you a singer who longs to be part of a choir but can’t make the full-year commitment? Join us for our limited and intensive projects, including our upcoming Music Service on Sunday December 8. We’re singing glorious works in celebration of the season by Purcell, Buxtehude, and Charpentier, with an expert little band of period instrumentalists accompanying. Rehearsals start this Tuesday, October 29, 7:30-9pm, running every week until our dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 7 10am.-1pm. and the service itself the next day. If you can make it to 4 out of the 6 Tuesday rehearsals plus the dress rehearsal and service, you’re encouraged to join! Practice recordings will be made available to help you learn your parts, and the choir is always welcoming and supportive.

If you can’t make this one, consider singing with us for our wonderful Music Friendships Boston-area choral collaboration that’s part of the Melanie DeMore Vocal Activist residency in February/March (concert at Charles Street AME Church 3/28 & Music Service at Follen 3/29) or in Dvorak’s Mass as a celebration of Follen’s beautiful organ on April 26. Contact Director of Music Vivian Montgomery for further information,

Follen Question Box Service

I love Question Box Sunday. Below is the list of questions, some from adults, some from kids! To see my answers to the first ten questions, watch the video here! Answered: What about Follen keeps you up at night? Before you were a minister, why did you go to church? How do you define “prayer”? … Continued