General Interest

Partner Church News: Master Carver Coming!

Our partner church in Alsofelsozenmihaly, Romania, generously offered to send a master carver to carve an object of our choosing as a gift for the new addition. However, since our new addition will be furnished in a more modern style, a la Ikea, it was decided that we should ask for a carved table for … Continued

From Rev. Tom: Covenant with Follen

Rev. Tom pledges his best efforts at leading worship at Follen Community Church under the terms of his contract. He will provide suitable pastoral care within the time limits set by his contract. You should contact him through the Lay Ministry team. He will not be providing institutional leadership for Follen, except as needed in … 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

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

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

News from NOLA–FUUY in New Orleans

During April school vacation, twenty of our high school youth group members and four adult chaperones have gone to New Orleans to work on rebuilding projects and learning about social justice. Follow their adventures in the NOLA News Blog, written by Liana Raberg and Brian Sewell (left), FUUY Coordinators. Click on any photos to enlarge. … Continued