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Partner Church Helping Ukraine Aid Efforts

Here is a note from Rev. Jozsef at Follen’s Partner Church about the way they are participating in efforts to help Ukraine. From Rev. Jozsef: “I have just been sent a report on aid and transport in Ukraine. If you would like to send it to the committee and church members.” Dear friends, dear siblings … Continued

Centering Resources from Lay Ministry

Greetings from the Lay Ministry team! Every month the Lay Ministry team and Rev. Claire meet on Zoom. We try to take the pulse of the congregation, see how world events and the pandemic are affecting our faith community, and wonder how we can be helpful. (What we do NOT do is discuss those with … Continued

Letter from Coordinating Team: Music Program Guidance Document!

It’s Here:  Follen’s Music Program Guidance Document! The Coordinating Team is delighted to share with you the Music Program Guidance Document prepared by Music Program Steering Committee (MPSC) members David Jacobson, Ching Lai, Maureen Markelz and Jen Vandiver. Back in the fall, the Parish Board selected these thoughtful individuals to develop a vision, mission, and … 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

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