Congregation News

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. September 12 Update from your Construction Oversight Group (COG) We have windows! We have windows! We have windows! I guess I can’t say … Continued

All-RE Celebrations

1-12th Grade Children and Youth- Join us for our “ALL-RE Celebrations!”

Sundays, September 15 & 22, 10:30-11:45am at the Waldorf Auditorium

The new year of Religious Education programs will kick-off in the Waldorf auditorium, creating our own unique strands of blessings to decorate the new building. DRE Beryl Aschenberg and lead teacher Jody Gray Linden will be sharing stories and song in our opening Children’s Chapel services for children and youth in First Grade and over (with some Kindergartens joining in at their parents’ discretion) then we’ll spend some time playing together, getting to know children in many grades, creating art for the community,  and otherwise working to claim and bless the glorious new space coming to Follen. High Schoolers who want to join the fun and have a hand in making the new space come alive with the work of our younger generation, are especially welcome these two mornings.

Nursery and PreK-Kindergarten: 10:30am in Waldorf Orchestra Room
Our littlest children are welcome to join us for fun, nurturing, and exploration each Sunday. This Sunday, parents of Kindergartners may choose to have their children in the smaller PreK-Kindergarten environment, where teachers Becky Farnham and Adam Stockton will introduce the story “A Porcupine Named Fluffy”; or they can join the big kids in the auditorium for Children’s Chapel and a focus on blessings. Either way, parents will need to sign their little ones in and out on the Class Clipboard.

Follen Retirement Group

After a respite, the Follen Retirement Group is regenerating. Join us Tuesday, September 17 at noon at Sacred Heart for a brown bag lunch. We will share conversation and plans for the future. Drinks and dessert provided. Just bring yourself and your lunch.Questions?

Join Our Choirs!

Combined Youth and Children’s Choirs

Adult Choir

Adult Choir is open to everyone. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm. Until the Community Center is done, we will meet at the Sacred Heart Lower Level (until construction is complete). New members are welcome!

Read letter from Vivian Montgomery, Director of Music, for more detailed information about Adult Choir. 

Children’s Choir and Youth Choir

Children’s Choir (any and all grades 1-5) is on Mondays 4:00-4:45, starting Monday, September 16, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level (until construction is complete).

Introduction Session:

Sunday, September 15, 12-12:45pm, Marshman Conference Room.

Read letter from Vivian Montgomery, Director of Music, for more detailed information about Children’s Choir. 

Youth Choir (any and all grades 6-12) is on Mondays 5:15-6:15, starting on Monday September 16, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level (until construction is complete).

Introduction Session:

Monday, September 16, 6:15-7:15pm, Sacred Heart, after first rehearsal

(RSVP to for pizza.)

Read letter from Vivian Montgomery, Director of Music, for more detailed information about Youth Choir. 

Choir Connection Time (LIMBO)
Note that this fall we’ll have a 30-minute Choir Connection Buffer 4:45-5:15, for which all choir kids are encouraged to be present. This is a time that we’ll bring together members of both choirs for such special activities as creating a choir covenant, working on solo and small group pieces, playing instruments, or just hanging out and playing games!

Come January, this connection time will be used for working on choruses for our operetta, so it will be required of all operetta participants. Remember, in order to have a lead in the operetta, you need to be in Children’s or Youth Choir for the year.

Please get in touch with Director of Music Vivian Montgomery if you’re interested in joining any choirs or if you have questions – . Looking forward to seeing you all soon for another big year of singing and playing!



Help Wanted: Hosts, Coffee

Help Out with Coffee Hour! Love Coffee Hour? Join us as a Kitchen Elf and help make it happen! Follen is providing the food, but we need help with setup and cleanup. Questions? Ready to sign up? Email Jenny Marshall at Become a Host! Do you like to meet new people? Do you think Follen has a … Continued

September Spiritual Exercise: Return

Regret; repent; return; renew; and begin again. In honor of the Jewish holy time of Rosh Hashanah, beginning this month on September 29, have an encounter with the ritual Tashlich, Hebrew for “cast off.”   You can do this ritual on your own, or with your covenant group. (Rev. Claire does it with her … Continued

From Rev. Tom: Upcoming Sermon Series

While I am your sabbatical minister I plan to preach a series of five sermons about the history of liberal religion in the USA since the end of World War 2. While many Unitarian Universalists have explored the riches of Unitarian history in the 19th Century, we have not talked about our more recent history … Continued

RE-flections from the DRE

From Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education What is it that we want for our children?? As parents, that discernment is a driving force in the choices we make every day. And as a religious community, we are asking the same question. After all, it’s a tough world out there… but it is also a … 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

Bridges: The Follen Music Events for 2019-2020

“Bridges” is a monthly series of performances by a wide range of familiar and treasured musicians, mostly taking place in the new Sonin Music Center of Follen Church. Unless indicated otherwise, admission is Pay What You Decide – no advance tickets. Further details for each program will be posted one month prior, or can be … Continued