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Submit Prayers of Joy and Sorrow Online

New Form for Prayers of Joy and Sorrow

Use this form to submit your contribution to be lifted up in Sunday’s online worship service. These offerings from our hearts and lives are how we share the prayers of the people of Follen Church. Plan ahead, please submit these by 8am Sunday morning.


Christmas Tree Lot

Christmas Trees are Coming December 4-24

For more than 60 years, Follen has turned its parking lot into a magic scene of fragrant balsam firs, colored lights, and good cheer. It cannot be done without your participation. Selling trees is a great way to get outdoors with the family, find your own tree, and engage in community service with other Follenites.

We are expecting trees to be delivered Dec 4, and we will need lots of help to price and tag trees on Saturday Dec 4.  We will also need people to volunteer to sell trees in 2 hour blocks from Dec 4 through Dec 24. Signups are here.

In addition to selling trees, in collaboration with local family service agencies Follen has provided coupons that can be exchanged for any tree in the lot. This program helps families that might not otherwise be able to afford a Christmas tree to be able to partake in this fun holiday tradition. Last year donations at the tree lot far exceeded the cost of the trees we gave to families in need. We provided $3000 to our Social Justice Action Team to be used to support food security programs in our local area.

Consider donating to the Follen Free Trees program online (select ‘Give to Christmas Trees’) Funds raised through Follen’s Christmas Trees Sales will be used to support food insecurity agencies in our community. We currently work with Foodlink in Arlington, Healthy Waltham and Bristol Lodge in Waltham. Foodlink rescues surplus fresh food that would otherwise be wasted and deliver it to community organizations throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Healthy Waltham coordinates a bi-weekly food pantry, neighborhood satellite pantries and direct food deliveries to families through a network of local partners. Bristol Lodge provides free nightly meals, a weekly food pantry and a monthly mobile market.

More info on 2021 sales is here. More on the history is here.


Special Table Dedication Dec 12

Rev. Szombatfalvi József carves symbolic images in March 2020 into the table that is a gift from Follen’s partner church in Transylvania. Our own Andy Dixon, a cabinetmaker who built Follen’s front doors, helped make this American basswood table for our vestibule. Basswood has been used for centuries on both sides of the Atlantic – particularly in churches – to make finely carved objects.


Rev. Claire to dedicate table carved for Follen

Early in March 2020, Rev. Szombatfalvi József, a Unitarian minister and master woodworker from Transylvania, Romania, finished making a gift from Parohia Unitariana, our partner church in Szentmihaly (Sent-me-high). Rev. József unveiled the beautifully carved table during our service on March 8, 2020 – the last Sunday before our congregation began holding services only online for 17 months to avoid spreading Covid-19 among parishioners.

As you know, Unitarianism originated in Transylvania in the 16th century. Our new table features traditional Transylvanian designs and a recognition of our 30-year partnership.

At worship on Sunday, December 12, Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn will dedicate the table during a first-ever joint Zoom service with our wonderful partner church congregation!

Please join us in the Sanctuary in person or via Zoom that day to dedicate this wonderful gift for our vestibule. Our Transylvanian partners will join us during what for them is a special service at 5:30pm their time.

Details on both sides of the Atlantic are still being finalized, but the service will include a short Zoom presentation about the table and live images from Transylvania.

 


Antiracism Book Group

Antiracism Book Group–November, December, January

Join Follenites on one Sunday per month, 7-8:30pm on Zoom. The link is in the newsletter the week before the meeting. Questions?  Jane Current antiracismbookgroup@follen.org.

 


For December 19, watch the movie drama Mangrove, based on real events. London’s West Indian community responds to police harassment at the Mangrove restaurant, followed by the trial of the Mangrove 9.  Strong characters and acting.  Part of Steve McQueen’s TV series “Small Axe” (five stand-alone films) on Black life in 1960s-1980s Britain (Amazon Prime video, Minuteman Library DVD).

 


For January 16, read An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. “This may well be the most important US history book you will read in your lifetime. . . “—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of To Make Our World Anew: A History of African-Americans to 1880.  A UUA community read. (Text abt 240 pp)

 

 


Want to use the Library? Here are some links to Minuteman Library catalog items

 

“Small Axe”  Minuteman Library Catalog link:  

https://find.minlib.net/iii/encore/record/C__Rb4036444

 

Wendell Berry title—MLN catalog links:  

https://find.minlib.net/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1060187

and

https://find.minlib.net/iii/encore/record/C__Rb4035628

 


Metta: Mid-Week Meditation

Pause. Breathe. Rest.

Wednesdays Mid-Day

Every Wednesday from 11:30am-12:00pm a Zoom room will be open for you to sit quietly with other Follenites. Then, at 12.00, there will be a guided loving-kindness meditation (Metta) for about 15 minutes. If you think you might like to do this, regardless of how often or how seldom, you must register so that, when you do come, your email address will be recognized and you can be let in. Pause. Breathe. Rest. (Reply to metta@follen.org)

 

Note: We are on a break until July 7.


Follen Stitches

Blue knitted socks

The Follen Stitches, Follen’s knitting group, meets every Wednesday morning from 10am til noon. The first Wednesday of the month is via Zoom, and the remaining weeks are in person in the Anne Smith Room. Many knit, some do other needlework, but no handiwork is required to join and chat.  We have a stash of yarn and some needles and can teach beginners.

Contact Laura Dickerson for details and link to join at knitters@follen.org.


Adult Choir Rehearsal

Adult Choir rehearsal/gatherings are Sunday mornings before the service. We will return to Tuesdays when health conditions improve.

We’ll have fun learning how to sing better, exploring the secrets of expressive performance, sharing our love of music and our friendship.

Contact Shaylor Lindsay at musiccoordinator@follen.org with questions.