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COG Blog: Weekly Updates on Construction

Thank you, Alice Dunn and Valerie Perkins, for your tireless work and your weekly updates! Click on any photos to enlarge. Also, you can check out photo galleries from Joe Turner here. The latest photo gallery from Joe Turner shows the eye-catching run-off tanks! August 15 Update from your Construction Oversight Group (COG) Hello from … Continued

A Letter from the Construction Oversight Group

August 5, 2019 To the Follen Community, Here it is, early August, and as you have no doubt observed, the construction project is moving a little slower than we had hoped. As we say in project management, there are three factors in a project: time, money and quality, and usually one gets two of the … Continued

Summer Worship Schedule

This summer at Follen, we will have the privilege of hearing sermons from several Follen members who participated in Rev. Claire’s preaching class this spring (see photos below from one of the classes). Here is the schedule of preachers and music for the summer, which also includes visits from Rev. Ian White Maher and Rev. … Continued

Childcare for Summer Services

CHILDCARE AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER SERVICES 10:20-11:30am, Marshman Center Children ages 0-6 years are welcome to join us for Nursery Care this summer during our worship services. Melissa Hawkins and her very loving and capable assistants will be staffing the program to ensure that little ones have a safe and fun environment to play or rest … Continued

Help Habitat in Paraguay this September?

Laura Maltby, a long-time Follen member, will be leading a Habitat for Humanity team to Paraguay this September 14 – 22. This will be her 8th build in Paraguay (12th in all). Anyone with a desire to help is genuinely welcome to join the team – the Habitat mission is to build relationships as well … Continued

June Spiritual Exercise: Sabbath

A yearning within reach Sabbath is, quite simply, a day of rest, when you put down “duty” and pick up “joy.” Give yourself at least one—if not many—sabbath days this month. What if you started each day saying yes to the yearning of your heart? Would you spend more time outside? Would you rest in … Continued

Deeper Than the Skin — Coming This Fall

Deeper Than the Skin —Coming in November   Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway are singers and storytellers with a long history of friendship across race. On Saturday, November 2, in their acclaimed Deeper Than the Skin presentation, they will intersperse musical performance with personal stories about race and privilege. The performance will be free; donations … Continued

Follen Question Box Service

I love Question Box Sunday. Below is the list of questions, some from adults, some from kids! To see my answers to the first ten questions, watch the video here! Answered: What about Follen keeps you up at night? Before you were a minister, why did you go to church? How do you define “prayer”? … Continued

Sabbatical: A Time of Rest

Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn In the first books of the Bible, God spends six jam-packed days in the throes of creation, and then on the seventh day, God rests. That rest must have felt pretty good, because later, God includes rest in the 10 commandments, created to help humans live good lives. The commandments tell … Continued

May Spiritual Exercise: Covenant

Revisiting Touchstones—and recommitting to them—in two parts. Part 1: Go back to your personal mission statement you created or chose in October. How well have you kept your promises to yourself? What has been especially hard? Easy? What would you change about it now? Part 2: Re-read Follen’s Behavioral Covenant: We, the members and friends … Continued