General Interest

From Rev. Claire

February 16, 2022   Dear Follen, Yesterday I began a “mini-sabbatical” and vacation time. I’ll be on leave from now until March 11th. I planned this time back in August in conversation with lay leadership, and now I am very grateful for the foresight! The timing was specifically planned for a less busy time of … Continued

Nominating Committee News

Nominating Committee Announces Leadership Slate The Nominating Committee announced its candidates for leadership positions for the 2022-23 church year, to be voted on at the annual meeting May 25. Jen Vandiver is the nominee for vice president of Program Council, succeeding Nick Hart, who will be the candidate for president. Anne Kelly is the nominee … Continued

Claiming Our Spiritual Leadership–a Class for ALL

Calling All Spiritual Leaders — Meaning Everyone This winter, explore “Claiming our Spiritual Leadership” (COSL), a structured, facilitated, online class for self-study and small-group discussion of course materials. Explore how our own and others’ inherent (perhaps latent) gifts can help create, sustain, and restore Beloved Community. Independent study and four group meetings will require about two … Continued

December/January Letter from Coordinating Team

January 27, 2022 Dear Follen Members and Friends, Happy New Year! We hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful holiday season and that the new year is treating you well despite all our challenges. While the Omicron variant and this weekend’s Nor’easter have sent us back to Zoom this Sunday, we look forward … Continued

November Letter from Coordinating Team

November 3, 2021 Dear Follen Members and Friends, As the leaves fall and the wind has a little more chill, we are grateful to be able to move back indoors. For the first time in 18 months, on October 24 we held services in our beloved octagonal sanctuary. What a joy to see the space … Continued

What to Expect on Sundays starting Oct 24

Worship in the Sanctuary Begins October 24! You will continue to be able to participate on Zoom. If you are coming to Follen, here’s what to expect: Before the service From 8:45 am until 10 am the choir will be rehearsing with Interim Music Coordinator Shaylor Lindsay in the Sanctuary. Until 10 am the Sanctuary … Continued

September/October Letter from Coordinating Team

Coordinating Team September/October Letter Dear Follen, We are delighted to welcome you back to church. This year, Follen’s Coordinating Team will continue to provide regular updates on the work of Follen’s lay leadership to support and guide our faith community.  We are writing today to share important news about Follen’s music program, outdoor/hybrid Sunday services … Continued

Reading and Sermon from September 26

September 26, 2021 Worship Theme: Sanctuary Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn   Call to Worship: Claire Good morning! I was praying for the sun today. Praying, and checking every weather app and website I could. I started following meteorologists on Twitter. And here we are. I don’t think prayers change the weather—but I’m going to keep … Continued

Music Program Steering Committee

Music Program Steering Committee Seeks Two At-Large Members Follen’s Parish Board is convening an ad hoc Music Program Steering Committee (MPSC) this fall to coordinate the creation of a clarified congregational vision for Follen’s music program. The MPSC will engage the congregation in small groups, one-on-one conversations and a survey to answer these questions: Why … Continued

Can you help with Zoom church?

Help Wanted with Zoom Church Do you plan on continuing to attend worship on Zoom? Have you gotten pretty comfortable with Zoom over the past year? We need your help! Our staff and volunteers are getting stretched as we figure out multi-platform worship. We need some Zoom volunteers to serve as ushers and hosts on … Continued