Upcoming Events

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CANCELED: Workshop for Grade 3-12 Parents

We hope to reschedule this in the fall!


Follen Parents Workshop:  Healthy Reflections for Parents

You are invited to attend a free workshop for parents of with children in grades 3-12. Highly acclaimed workshop leaders Jeff Clanon and Neal Potash have worked with both UU member kids and parents. During the workshop, they will help you learn how to encourage your children to share their unspoken concerns, especially how they feel about themselves. This workshop is co-sponsored by Follen’s RE and Pastoral Care Action Teams. For Questions contact Jim Herzig or Dottie Vacca at caringcong@follen.org.


Date:  Saturday, March 21, 2020

Time:  10am-noon

Where:  Anne Smith Room, Follen Community Church


Note:  Our workshops is limited to 12 parent participants.  If all 12 slots are filled, please sign up for the Waitlist and we’ll contact you if a spot opens up!

Please RSVP here.

Childcare can be provided at the event.  If childcare is needed, please contact Dottie Vacca at pcat@follen.org by March 15. Please indicate “parent workshop” in the email.

CANCELED: Retirement Reception for Sarah Garner

Saturday March 21, 4-5:30, Sonin Music Room

Join us for a wine and cheese reception to celebrate the retirement of wonderful Sarah Garner, who has graced Follen as Church Administrator for 17 years. If you would like to participate in a group gift for Sarah please contact Anne Engelhart. Donations of wine are appreciated.

CANCELED: Melanie DeMore Open Sing in Concord

Due to the new guidelines for large group meetings, this event is now canceled for the safety of the community.

CANCELED: Octagon Dinners

Sadly, the Octagon Dinners are canceled for now.

Four Octagon Dinners!

March 27 and 28

We have just scheduled two new Octagon Dinners! One is an Adults Only Dinner on Friday, March 27, at the home of Debbie Bassett and Don Weikert in Lexington, starting at 6:30pm. If you would like to attend, please click below to sign up. Once the group has been established, Debbie will contact you with what you can bring for the meal and discuss any food restrictions you might have. In addition, Ching Lai has offered to host a Family Dinner at her home in Lexington on Saturday, March 28, from 6:30 to 8:30pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your children to meet other Follen families! If you would like to attend, please contact Ching to let her know the number of people attending, the ages of your children, and what you can bring to the dinner. And if you are interested in hosting a dinner – either for families or for adults – just contact Steph at octagon@follen.org.

Friday, March 27, 6:30-9pm  (Adults Only) Sign Up Here
Saturday, March 28, 6:30-8:30pm  (Families)  Send email to chingl@yahoo.com


March 27 and April 3

We have just scheduled two Octagon Dinners – for Friday, March 27 and Friday, April 3 – to be held at the home of Steph Chiha in Arlington. These dinners are a wonderful opportunity to both meet newcomers and to catch up with old friends. If you would like to attend, please go into Signup Genius and select your date below. Once the group has been established, Steph will contact you with what you can bring for the meal and discuss any food restrictions you might have. Please note that these two dinners are for adults only. If you are interested in hosting a dinner for families, please contact Steph at octagon@follen.org and she will be glad to assist you with the planning.

Friday March 27th, 6:30-9pm  Sign Up Here  
Friday April 3rd, 6:30-9pm  Sign Up Here  

Here Comes the Auction!


Things to Know Before You Go To this Fun, Fabulous, Fund Raising Event

When is this event?

This year, the auction will be held in the Community Center on Saturday, April 4.  The silent auction and soup start promptly at 5:30pm and the live auction begins around 6:15pm.

Who is invited?

Follenites and friends.  Please bring anyone you think would enjoy the evening. Help us by sending an RSVP.

Will there be food?

Yes!  A light supper of soup, bread, wine and dessert will be available.

Does it cost anything to get in?

No!  Attendance at the auction is free of charge.

What happens at the auction?  There will be both silent and live auction sessions, plus time to eat and mingle with friends.  Our dynamic auctioneers make the live auction bidding a lot of fun.

What types of items are in the auction?

You can check out a sneak peak of last year’s booklet to get an idea! Auction Book 2019 FINAL

Do I have to spend a lot of money?

No!  We have many items that range widely in value, with many items in the $50 – $200 range.  There is no obligation to buy anything.  Many people collaborate while bidding to reduce the price per person.  Plan ahead!

How do I pay?

With cash or check.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept credit cards.  Payment must be made on the night of the auction so bring your checkbook.

I won!  How do I collect my item?

When you check-out, you will receive the name and contact information of the donor of your item.  Winners are responsible for contacting the donors.  Items should be collected and services redeemed before the next auction.

Will there be childcare?

Yes!  Three Follen youth will supervise children. Mac and cheese will be served.  Parents are also welcome to serve their children at the soup and dessert buffet. While not required, it is helpful if you let us know if you will be using childcare.

Where does the money from the auction go?

The auction supports Follen’s annual operating budget.

How can I help?

Volunteer an item or service to be auctioned off, or help with set-up and clean-up, or bring food and drink.  Contact us at auction@follen.org with any donations or questions.

I can’t attend the auction but I still have an item or service I would like to donate?

You do not have to attend the auction to donate.  We will inform you afterwards who purchased your item and how much money it raised for Follen.

We hope to see YOU at the auction!

Jen Vandiver, Auction Chair

Jim Herzig Shares Music and Stories

My Personal Love Affair With Popular Music
Saturday April 11, 7-8:30pm, Epp Sonin Music Room

Follenite Jim Herzig will present “My Personal Love Affair With Popular Music,” the story of how music has helped shape Jim’s life. This will be a part story-telling, part music listening and part singalong event.

No RSVP is needed but if you need childcare, please notify Sally Cassells at adultprograms@follen.org by Tuesday April 7.

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 at Follen


You may park:

  • In our parking lot across the street, except between the 2nd Friday after Thanksgiving through Christmas (Note: cross Massachusetts Avenue only at the crosswalk, using the light)
  • On Massachusetts Avenue or Follen Road (see map via link above)
  • In the Waldorf School lot just beyond the library parking
  • We have reserved a space for first time visitors in front of the church
  • Please do not drive down Barnes Place, the narrow street alongside the small white house next to the church building. This is a dead-end street with no parking and no access to Follen.

Reserved handicapped spaces are available beside the church. There are also three spaces allotted on Sundays for those with limited mobility.

On Sundays you may park on the side of the Waldorf School nearest the church (to the left of the school if you are facing it). During the week do not park there. Those spaces are reserved for Waldorf School faculty and staff.