Congregation News

Follen Holiday Happenings

Services Sunday December 2, 10:30am “The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming” featuring a joyous Klezmer band made up of Shir Chutzpa, Follen instrumentalists, and guest clarinetist Glenn Dickson of Shirim. Sunday December 9, 10:30am Adult Choir singing Advent-related music by Randall Thompson and Buxtehude Sunday December 16, 10:30am Music Service: Adult Choir singing Francis Poulenc ‘s … Continued

The Christmas Trees Are Here!

Christmas trees are for sale at Follen from December 1-24!

Join the 64-year-old Follen tradition and sign up to sell trees or to help set up the trees for sale. It’s a great activity for couples or for the whole family. Kids are always welcome. Ask a friend to sell trees with you! And be sure to come pick out a beautiful tree to brighten your own home.

Learn more about Follen’s Christmas tree traditions.

Selling trees

You can join in the fun by signing up for a two-hour selling slot any day from December 1 to Christmas Eve.  

The hours are:

Saturday: 9am – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 8pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 3pm – 7pm
Friday: 1-7pm

Updates to the schedule will be posted here.

(Closed Mondays except for Christmas Eve)

If you have not sold trees before and would like an experienced partner the first time, add yourself to the second seller line, with someone you would like to get to know better. It is especially helpful to have an extra person on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, when it gets really busy.

Donate a tree?

Again this year Follen Church, in collaboration with the UU Urban Ministry, Lexington Human Services Department, and other UU communities is providing coupons to families that can be exchanged for any tree in the lot.  This program helps families that might not otherwise be able to afford a Christmas tree to be able to partake in this fun holiday tradition.  Please donate to the Follen Free Trees program either online or by dropping off a check at the Christmas tree table at Coffee Hour. We would like to raise $400.00 to cover the cost of the trees.

Setting up trees

We also need help unbundling the trees, setting them on racks and pricing them. You can help set up December 1, 9am-12pm. Kids 8 and up can help by tying on tags. Bring them along!

Any questions? Email Kim Vandiver at

Operetta Mischief Group

OMG It’s Happening Again
Monday December 17, 4:45-6pm
Sacred Heart Lower Level

Operetta Mischief Group meets Monday, during our usual choir time (since choir is done meeting) with pizza provided! It’s open to all Follen youth, ages 8-18, whether you’re participating in our June operetta or not!

Dramaturg and operetta alum Nancy McCarthy will join us this time for gabbing about, riffing on, adding to the story line, the cultural history, the songs, the stereotypes, and the humor of our upcoming G&S show Iolanthe.

Please RSVP to Follen’s Director of Music Vivian Montgomery so we know how much pizza is needed. Can’t make it on Monday? Stay tuned for OMG starting up again in January.

RE-Flections: Blessings for The Thanksgiving Table

As Thanksgiving approaches, Unitarian Universalist families often consider blessings that might be said before a meal. Here are a few of my favorites: “For the food before us, the family (and friends) beside us, and the love that surrounds us, we are truly grateful.” –Sarah Richards “Earth, who gives to us this food, Sun, who … Continued

RE-Flections: On Naming Gratitude

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The Follen Library of the Future – Input Please!

The Follen Library of the Future: Please Share Your Thoughts With Us! The Follen Library Task Force is thinking about ways to revitalizevthe Follen Library once our construction project comes to a conclusion. While the room off the Community Center will look similar to what we had before, we felt this was a good opportunity … Continued

Follen Photo Collage 2018

Jim Fesler created this work of art entitled “Follen Photo Collage 2018.” Come to the Marshman Center to see this piece, and many others, up close.   > Click on below image to see an enlargement of it. > Click the back arrow in your web browser to return to this page.  

RE-Flections from the DRE

I remember my first visit to a Unitarian Universalist church. Just taking the step to walk into a “church” felt gutsy to me. I had grown up Jewish, married a Catholic, and felt like an agnostic. I wanted my children to have the opportunity to experience the richness that participation in a faith community can … Continued

RE Teachers Give Us Their Gifts

  At the start of the church year, our RE class leaders were invited to consider the gifts each of them bring to our young people whom they engage with at Follen. When children come to Follen Church, they experience a wide variety of connection with adults. Whether it is in the classroom, in multigenerational … Continued