General Interest

A Reminder from the Caring Congregation Committee 

Parent support is available on an individual basis to caretakers of children with special issues or needs in the Follen community. Professionals and veteran families are available to talk by phone or in person. If there are enough interested parents, the parent support group will be resumed. CCC may be contacted by email at Examples … Continued

Holiday Stress?

It’s that time of year again! If you are feeling stressed, remember that lay ministry and CCC for families with children with special needs are available year-round to help. for one-on-one, confidential pastoral care for advice and friendly support around caring for children with special needs.

‘Tis the Season — The Kiva Goat Is Talking to You

Hello Follenites! Many of you asked why there is no Kiva collection at service this year.  The answer is that the Kiva goat was concerned about his hooved and non-hooved friends in Puerto Rico impacted by the hurricane and asked that the Share the Plate go to them this year. If, however, you have a tradition … Continued

The Giving Tree This Sunday

Pick Up Tags December 3 and 10. Drop Gifts December 17. Each year Follen Church and its members generously commit to giving gifts to those in need during the holiday season. This year we will again be supporting four organizations: the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Youth Services, Renewal House, and Hildebrand Family Self-Help … Continued

RE News This Week

OWL Thursday November 30, 6:15 – 8:30pm, Anne Smith Room OWL meets for its gender panel discussion (and dinner first) FUUY Unloads the Christmas Trees Friday December 1, 2:30 – 4:30pm Meet at the Follen parking lot, then come inside to the Anne Smith Room for hot chocolate and refreshments! FUUY Helps Tag the Trees Saturday December 2, 9am till finished Come … Continued

The Christmas Trees Are Almost Here!

Christmas Trees at Follen kicks off Saturday, Dec. 2, as we transform the parking lot and open for business. It cannot be done without your participation. Sign up to sell trees any day fromDecember 2 to Christmas Eve. Invite a newcomer to join you and introduce them to this Follen tradition. Help is also needed to price and tag trees … Continued

Congregational Survey for RE Leadership Search 

Please Share Your Thoughts and Ideas You should have received an invitation to complete the RE Leadership survey. Whether your children are cherubic infants, moody teenagers, or full-fledged adults – or you don’t have children – we want to hear from you. Please take 10 minutes to complete the Congregational Survey for RE Leadership. Your input … Continued

A New Letter from Our Partner Church

In November 2017, we received a letter from Follen’s Partner Church in Transylvania. Translated by Kathy Spang, the letter gives a full picture of current church life and events. It is addressed it to the members of Follen who visited last April and signed by the church’s minister, Rev. Jozsef Dimeny (right), and two church elders. … Continued

In the Interim: Down and Dirty

This has been a tough week from a number of perspectives:  my cousin passed away, and I traveled to Florida to eulogize and celebrate and mourn her.  She was a smart, incisive, funny person, much older than me, who had a career as a teacher and then philanthropist.  A person who spoke her mind, she … Continued

In the Community: Global Warming

Film and Panel Discussion on Global Warming:  Project Drawdown Monday, December 11, 7-8:30pm, Bedford Public Library Project Drawdown, a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming. “It will give you the best kind of hope, the kind that balances realism with radical vision.” Tom Athanasiou, The Nation There is no silver bullet for climate change because … Continued