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FUUY Cookies to Benefit Spring Service Trip

Follen UU Youth Group Fundraiser
PIck Up Your Cookies December 15 

Get your delicious holiday cookies and help our Youth Group members raise money for their Service Trip in April 2020.  $12 will buy you a baker’s dozen variety plate, while $20 will purchase 2 dozen cookies. All orders must be pre-paid. You may purchase beginning on Monday online with a credit card, or visit FUUY members at the RE Table in Coffee Hour on November 24, December 1 and 8 to place your order by cash or check.

We are limited to 100 dozen cookies, so sales will be done once we reach that amount in pre-orders. Plated cookies MUST be picked up on December 15 after the morning service or during the FUUY Yule Ball that evening in the Community Center.

Contact Youth Programs Coordinator Liana Raberg with any questions at fuuy@follen.org.


The Christmas Trees Are Here!

Christmas trees are for sale at Follen from December 7-24, 2019!

Prices range from $30-$65 depending on the height.

Join the 65-year-old Follen tradition and sign up to sell trees or to help set up the trees for sale. It’s a great activity for couples or for the whole family. Kids are always welcome. Ask a friend to sell trees with you! And be sure to come pick out a beautiful tree to brighten your own home.

Learn more about Follen’s Christmas tree traditions.

Selling trees

You can join in the fun by signing up for a two-hour selling slot any day from December 7 to Christmas Eve.  

The hours are:

Saturday: 9am – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 8pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 3pm – 7pm
Friday: 1-7pm

Updates to the schedule will be posted here.

(Closed Mondays except for December 23, open 1-7pm)

If you have not sold trees before and would like an experienced partner the first time, add yourself to the second seller line, with someone you would like to get to know better. It is especially helpful to have an extra person on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, when it gets really busy.

Donate a tree?

Again this year Follen Church, in collaboration with the UU Urban Ministry, Lexington Human Services Department, and other UU communities is providing coupons to families 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.  Please donate to the Follen Free Trees program either online, at the tree lot or by dropping off a check at the Christmas tree table at Coffee Hour. We would like to raise $400.00 to cover the cost of the trees.

Setting up trees

We also need help unbundling the trees, setting them on racks and pricing them. You can help set up December 7 or 14, 9am-12pm. Kids 8 and up can help by tying on tags. Bring them along!

Any questions? Email Kim Vandiver at trees@follen.org.


Join the Music! Instrumentalists and Singers!

Join the Follen Klezmer Band

Sunday December 22, 10:30am

We need all sorts of instrumentalists (guitar, accordion, mandolin, bass, violin, drums, flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet, whatever!) to join with Vivian’s band Shir Chutzpa, and renowned clarinetist Glenn Dickson, for the third annual Klezmer (no latke play this year, just music) service on Sunday, December 22. Rehearsal is on Wednesday, 12/18, 8-9:30pm and 9am on 12/22 before the 10:30 service. Parts and playlist will be available in a Dropbox folder or can be printed and left for you to pick up. Please contact Director of Music Vivian Montgomery (musicdirector@follen.org) with inquiries and to say you’ll be part of the band. All ages are welcome!

 

Join the Music on Christmas Eve!

7:30pm Service Music is Off the Beaten Path!

Following up on the splendor of the “guitar band” numbers in last year’s service, our 7:30pm service music will be entirely that kind of stuff rather than choir, and we want you to be part of it! We have a fabulous guitar/mandolin/banjo/dobro duo (from Cambridge band Best Ever Chicken) to support us, one of the songs will be Josh Ritter’s “Joy To You Baby” but let’s include folk/jazz/indie/pop/rock and a cappella songs that you’d like to do, with guitars, ukes, drums, keys, bass, strings, winds, and plenty o’ voices. Rehearsal on Sunday Dec 22 or Monday Dec 23, depending on everyone’s availability. Be in touch with Vivian soon to say you’re in and to suggest songs. Really looking forward to this! Contact Vivian Montgomery at musicdirector@follen.org.

Traditional Service at 9:30pm

Youth Choir alums and current members – Let Vivian know ASAP that you’ll be singing in our 9:30pm Christmas Eve service (8:30pm rehearsal). This is when we’ll be joining together on beloved traditional choral pieces.Contact Vivian Montgomery at musicdirector@follen.org.


Mitten Tree Collection of Warm Winter Accessories

“MITTEN TREE” DURING THE DECEMBER 15 HOLIDAY CHURCH SERVICE PROVIDES GIFTS FOR OUR NEIGHBORS TO WARD OFF THE COLD

Bring us your gloves, your scarves, hats, mittens, socks, and coats!

The tradition of the Mitten Tree in Unitarian and Universalist churches goes way back to the beginning of the last century, when several of our churches decided that they would collect warm winter clothing to send to children in Europe after World War I.

These many years later, the RE Action Team at Follen is partnering with Africano, a local community organization, that serves the needs of immigrant families, mostly from Uganda, in our neighboring town of Waltham. (Learn more about Africano.)

We are seeking gently used or new items for the young people in Africano- from ages 2 -22 years of age- to get through this winter: jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, and socks will be extremely appreciated. Parents, this is a great opportunity for your own children to have agency in choosing to make a difference. Please invite them into the spirit of giving by helping them look through their own closets, or perhaps using their allowance or holiday spending to brings some much needed warmth to other kids in our area.

If you don’t have something to donate, no problem — just click on over and choose something from our Amazon wishlist! Either way, bring your new or gently used kids’ winter wear on December 15th and let’s trim that tree and keep some kids warm this winter ! See our Amazon wish list here.

Note: If you need to drop off your donations earlier or later than December 15, look for the labeled Holiday Gift bag in the Community Center!


“American Creed” Immigration Documentary

Co-sponsored by Follen Immigration and Sanctuary Group!


Solstice Concert with Glenn Dickson

Meditations & Dreams, a Solstice Concert

Glenn Dickson has taken the processing techniques of Robert Fripp and Brian Eno and applied them to the clarinet, creating an ethereal and haunting atmosphere built on the warm humanity of the clarinet sound.  His compositions and improvisations draw on a career of playing klezmer, classical, Greek, jazz and rock in different settings to create shimmering other-worldly harmonies and speech-like inflections in the melodies which are meditative and dreamy while compositional in depth & scope.

Glenn, as leader of Naftule’s Dream and Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, has toured North America and Europe, at venues as diverse as the Berlin Jazz Festival and the Philly Pops.  He has collaborated with Maurice Sendak (Pincus & the Pig) and his music has been used by Woody Allen in “Deconstructing Harry.”  He has won a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant for music composition.

The concert is part of the Follen Bridges Concert Series. Learn more about Glenn at his website, www.glenndicksonmusic.com.


Join Our Choirs!

Combined Youth and Children’s Choirs

Adult Choir

Adult Choir is open to everyone. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm. Until the Community Center is done, we will meet at the Sacred Heart Lower Level (until construction is complete). New members are welcome!

Read letter from Vivian Montgomery, Director of Music, for more detailed information about Adult Choir. 

Children’s Choir and Youth Choir

Children’s Choir (any and all grades 1-5) is on Mondays 4:00-4:45, starting Monday, September 16, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level (until construction is complete).

Introduction Session:

Sunday, September 15, 12-12:45pm, Marshman Conference Room.

Read letter from Vivian Montgomery, Director of Music, for more detailed information about Children’s Choir. 

Youth Choir (any and all grades 6-12) is on Mondays 5:15-6:15, starting on Monday September 16, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level (until construction is complete).

Introduction Session:

Monday, September 16, 6:15-7:15pm, Sacred Heart, after first rehearsal

(RSVP to musicdirector@follen.org for pizza.)

Read letter from Vivian Montgomery, Director of Music, for more detailed information about Youth Choir. 

Choir Connection Time (LIMBO)
Note that this fall we’ll have a 30-minute Choir Connection Buffer 4:45-5:15, for which all choir kids are encouraged to be present. This is a time that we’ll bring together members of both choirs for such special activities as creating a choir covenant, working on solo and small group pieces, playing instruments, or just hanging out and playing games!

Come January, this connection time will be used for working on choruses for our operetta, so it will be required of all operetta participants. Remember, in order to have a lead in the operetta, you need to be in Children’s or Youth Choir for the year.

Please get in touch with Director of Music Vivian Montgomery if you’re interested in joining any choirs or if you have questions – . Looking forward to seeing you all soon for another big year of singing and playing!

 

 


Parking, Access, and Safety During Construction

Update from COG (Construction Oversight Group)

Never fear, Follenites! Despite outward appearances, you will be able to get into the Sanctuary during construction!

Parking

All the regular lots will be available and we will set aside the Mass Ave. spaces in front of Follen for folks with limited mobility. You can park along the fence on the Waldorf drive, but there won’t be a sidewalk, so take care. Please don’t park on Barnes Place (behind Marshman) – we are keeping the contractors from parking there and ask that you don’t either, at any time. Our neighbors there already have a lot to put up with!
A note about Follen’s parking lot:  please do not park there on weekdays between the hours of 7 and 5.  At those times Waldorf teachers use the left side, and our contractors need the right side available on very short notice for staging equipment and materials.  Feel free to use the lot in the late afternoon, evenings and weekends.
Since parking will be limited at Follen, if you have ever thought about biking to church, this fall would be a great time to try!

Access

The walkway up to the Sanctuary front entry will be compacted dirt, until paving can go in. It will be safe for walking and for walkers. While we have a temporary ramp up to the Marshman floor level, for access to the offices, meeting room and accessible bathroom, we will not be able to have a temporary ramp into the Sanctuary right away. We will have a charming Port-a-Potty to the left of the entry, and of course, there will be bathrooms in the Waldorf School, where we will be having Hospitality Hour!

Safety

Please do not go through the fencing and into the construction site…however tempting! It is an active site and we don’t want to slow down our contractors by asking to give tours. We COG folks all have to wear hardhats and close-toed shoes just to have our site meetings: there are too many dangerous conditions to allow tours yet

Progress

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