Upcoming Events

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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.

Adult Choir Rehearsal

Adult Choir rehearsal/gatherings begin Tuesday September 15 from 7:30 – 8:30 on Zoom.

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 or to join as a new member.

September Food for Thought

Building Antiracist Families and Communities

September 17, 7-8:30pm, on Zoom (Contact adultprograms@follen.org for link.)

How do we address and upack our biases?  How do we become more comfortable speaking about issues of racism? How can anti-racism work become a part of our spiritual practice?

Come join Regie and Katie O’Hare Gibson as they share stories of dealing with these issues both as individuals and as an interracial family in Lexington. We invite you to share your stories and ideas to build our anti-racist practice at home and within our larger community.

The Adult Programs Coordinating Committee is collaborating with Follen Responds to Racism and the Urban Ministry Congregational Team for the first Food for Thought of the new church year.  We cannot provide dinner but please join us on Zoom for a presentation by Regie and Katie O’Hare Gibson followed by small group and whole group discussions.

More about the speakers:

Katie O’Hare Gibson, (She/Her) M.Ed. in Organizational Management, Endicott College; M.Ed., Lesley College; B.S., Boston University; IDEAS Instructor, Assistant Principal of the Maria Hastings School in Lexington, MA.  Katie is dedicated to this work in response to the words of Lilla Watson, “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Literary performer and educator, Regie O’Hare Gibson, is a Brother Thomas Fellow and has served as a consultant for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the “Mere Distinction of Color”: an exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier examining the legacy of slavery and the U.S. constitution. Regie has performed with and composed texts for, The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale and the Handel+Haydn Society. He was Poet-in-Residence at Cary Memorial Library, and teaches at Clark University.

Here are the resources we talked about:

An Uncomfortable Truth

All Together Now video (specifically the piece called “From Old Heads to Youngbloods”, timestamp 5:50-14:44)

Religious Education Kick-Offs

Celebrate the New Church Year with RE Kick-off
FUUY: Sunday, September 20, 6:30pm
PreK-Grade 8: Sunday, September 27, 9:30am

We will be delivering RE Kick-Off Swag Bags beginning next week for our FUUY group, and the week of September 27 for younger children. Please register your kids, and be sure we have your current address so your kids can be included in the drop-off!

Haven’t Registered Your Kids for RE Yet? Do that HERE.

Antracism Book Group Summer Reading

Our first meeting for 2020-21 is Sunday September 20.

The book everyone wants to read right now!! Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist is our choice for the September meeting of the Follen Anti-Racism Book Group. Buy it, borrow it, download it!! We meet on September 20 at 6:30pm.

If you are looking for a reading list, check out the books that have been read since 2015.

East Village Fair 2020!

EVF is happening a little differently this year.. and here is how:

FLEA MARKET/BAKE SALE: Due to the pandemic this will be virtual. It will run from Sunday, September 27 to mid-day Wednesday, September 30.

  • DONORS: please describe and submit your donations using this form by Monday, September 21 (see donation guidance for details and 9/20 jewelry drop off spot). Send any questions to evf@follen.org. Item donors will bring their sold/purchased shiny, clean items to Follen Thursday, October 1, 1pm-7pm and Friday, October 2, 10am-5pm.
  • EVERYONE: go to Auctria.com and “Follen East Village Fair” to buy fabulous finds that you can’t do without Sunday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 30. Pick up items on Saturday, October 3, 12pm-3pm and enjoy music (There will be a fun item for the kids!).

Talent Show October 2

Did you miss the Follen Talent Show and Cape Cod weekend?  A chance to showcase your talents will be part of the EVF this year!  The Follen Talent Show will happen on Fair Day Eve – October 2! Watch for more details.