Follen Blog

November Letter from Coordinating Team

November 3, 2021 Dear Follen Members and Friends, As the leaves fall and the wind has a little more chill, we are grateful to be able to move back indoors. For the first time in 18 months, on October 24 we held services in our beloved octagonal sanctuary. What a joy to see the space … Continued

What to Expect on Sundays starting Oct 24

Worship in the Sanctuary Begins October 24! You will continue to be able to participate on Zoom. If you are coming to Follen, here’s what to expect: Before the service From 8:45 am until 10 am the choir will be rehearsing with Interim Music Coordinator Shaylor Lindsay in the Sanctuary. Until 10 am the Sanctuary … Continued

September/October Letter from Coordinating Team

Coordinating Team September/October Letter Dear Follen, We are delighted to welcome you back to church. This year, Follen’s Coordinating Team will continue to provide regular updates on the work of Follen’s lay leadership to support and guide our faith community.  We are writing today to share important news about Follen’s music program, outdoor/hybrid Sunday services … Continued

Reading and Sermon from September 26

September 26, 2021 Worship Theme: Sanctuary Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn   Call to Worship: Claire Good morning! I was praying for the sun today. Praying, and checking every weather app and website I could. I started following meteorologists on Twitter. And here we are. I don’t think prayers change the weather—but I’m going to keep … Continued

Music Program Steering Committee

Music Program Steering Committee Seeks Two At-Large Members Follen’s Parish Board is convening an ad hoc Music Program Steering Committee (MPSC) this fall to coordinate the creation of a clarified congregational vision for Follen’s music program. The MPSC will engage the congregation in small groups, one-on-one conversations and a survey to answer these questions: Why … Continued

Can you help with Zoom church?

Help Wanted with Zoom Church Do you plan on continuing to attend worship on Zoom? Have you gotten pretty comfortable with Zoom over the past year? We need your help! Our staff and volunteers are getting stretched as we figure out multi-platform worship. We need some Zoom volunteers to serve as ushers and hosts on … Continued

Worship and Technology-a message from WMAT

September 15, 2021 Message from Worship and Music Action Team As we move into this complicated fall, it is clear that some number of us will likely find that staying with Zoom is a safer choice for worship. As this year’s chair of WMAT, I am writing to offer this update and rationale for using … Continued

Choir Rehearsals Tuesdays and Wednesdays

All Are Welcome to Join the Choirs!
Rehearsals Start September 6 and 7

All are welcome to come and try a rehearsal! The regular meeting times are as follows:
Adult Choir: Tuesdays 7:30-9pm
Children’s Choir (Age 5-Grade 7): Wednesdays 4:45-5:30pm
Youth Choir (Grade 8-Grade 12): Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm
Note slightly new times for Children’s and Youth Choirs.

You can sign up your child for choir when you register for Religious Education. Even if you are not sure, feel free to come to one of our rehearsals to check it out. Questions? Email Music Director Chris Eastburn at chris.eastburn@follen.org.

Do you need to set up a meeting?

Whether it’s a one-time thing or a recurring meeting, we need to make sure that meetings are not conflicting and that they are set up properly. First, consult the calendar. Setting Up a Zoom Meeting Please fill out this form, which goes to Linda Hein, Business Manager. Here is a document from Zoom called Running … Continued

Safety Team Updates

Safety Team Updates: Covid-19 and Safety Policy Updated Covid-19 Safety Policy Updated May 29, 2021 This policy will be updated again in August 2021 in preparation for the new church year. Our goal in this simplified and revised policy is threefold. We wish to update our policy to: Follow the science. Embrace all members of … Continued