Members Blog

A March visit from Jozsef and Anna

The Partner Church Committee is excited to announce that Jozsef and Anna Szombatfalvis will be visiting us in March as a gift from our partner church in Transylvania. Jozsef is a wood carver and will be making a table for us to celebrate the completion of our new construction. The service on March 8 will … Continued

Job Opening: Business Administrator

Search Committee Appointed With Sarah Garner’s departure looming in late March, Program Council President Rosemary Trowbridge has appointed a search committee to hire a new church administrator. The committee consists of Mark Metzger, chair, Rev. Claire, Betsy Leutz, Anne Engelhart, and George Grady. The committee’s goal is to have a new administrator in place by … Continued

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. Thanks, COG! Your Construction Oversight Group From left: Steve Ervin, Tom Ryan, Valerie Perkins, Alice Dunn, Nancy Sofen, Greg Shenstone, Chris Walters, Claire … Continued

The Library is Live!

The Library Task Force is pleased to announce that the Eliza Cabot Follen Library is shelved and ready to go. This is the culmination of over a year of work to weed, purchase, process and organize a re-invigorated collection. The goal of the library is to house a highly curated and useful collection of circulating books … Continued

Black Lives Matter Banner Re-Dedication

by Robin Tartaglia, from Follen Responds to Racism (FRR) Two years ago, the FRR committee shepherded a proposed resolution through a year-long process of discussion and education that resulted in an overwhelming vote at Annual Meeting to adopt an antiracism resolution. This resolution declared the church’s desire to be an intentionally and proactively antiracist congregation; … Continued

Coming Soon – A New Follen LIbrary!

A small team of library-loving Follenites has been working for over a year designing a newly-invigorated non-fiction circulating library for Follen. We are planning for a collection that supports the work of our Action Teams and aligns with the interests and concerns of our members. A year ago, we partially weeded the former collection and … Continued

Backstory of the Backdrop

Stephen Ervin Helps Us Dream Big FOLLEN 2019: The painted backdrop now in the chancel arch is a midwinter offering to the community, to try to share some of the vision of the epochal transformation of Follen Church now underway, and that will unfold in the next weeks, months, and years. The depiction of new spaces/activities … Continued

Follen Holiday Happenings

Sunday Services Sunday December 8, 10:30am Baroque Advent Music Service with Adult Choir and period instrumentalists Sunday December 15, 10:30am  Rev. Claire returns, On-the-Spot Pageant Also: Community Center Dedication, Giving Tree Collection, Mitten Tree Collection, Cookie Distribution Sunday December 22, 10:30am Klezmer Service (Learn how to participate!) Sunday December 29, 10:30am Jazz and Poetry Service Special … Continued

Members’ Blog: Gary Smith Says “Take Joy”

“The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet, within our reach, is joy. Take joy.” Take Thanksgiving Sunday, the 19th, nine days ago, at Follen Community Church in East Lexington. The second service is at 11:30 and we’re there a little after 11, and the doors to the sanctuary are closed, and … Continued