Congregation News

October Spiritual Exercise: Touchstones

Find your purpose Who do you want to be? What characteristics do you wish to embody and what life goals are ahead of you? This month, create a mission statement and find a way to read/reflect on it every day. Approach #1: Don’t worry…the internet can help you figure it out. This online program helps … Continued

All-Congregation Fellowship Dinner

Saturday January 5, 6-8pm, Sacred Heart

All Follen Members and Friends are invited to our annual Fellowship Dinner, the kick-off to Stewardship Month. This year, it will be held in the Parish Hall on the second floor of the Sacred Heart Building. It’s a festive evening filled with stories, song, friends, and food. A dinner of chicken and Howie Bernstein’s famous pulled pork or Erin Malone’s fabulous Mac and Cheese as a vegetarian option will be provided. Please bring a dessert, wine, or beer. Families are welcome with childcare provided. Please RSVP by Janurary 3.

Greetings from Our Friends in Transylvania

I had the pleasure of staying in Transylvania this summer with the family I know best from our Partner Church. Though my visit was short, only 4 days, as always with my visits, now my third, I learn something new each time about their generosity, their struggles and fears, their devotion to our congregation and … Continued

Get to Know the Interfaith Garden

We need workers Saturday October 27 at 8:30-10 am behind First Parish Lexington. How about you? Follen provides two garden workers bimonthly during the growing season, joining 14 houses of faith to pool their labor and grow fresh food for the Lexington Food Pantry.   If you are willing to try it (no skills needed) contact … Continued

Parking, Access, and Safety During Construction

Update from COG (Construction Oversight Group)

Never fear, Follenites! Despite outward appearances, you will be able to get into the Sanctuary during construction!

Parking

All the regular lots will be available and we will set aside the Mass Ave. spaces in front of Follen for folks with limited mobility. You can park along the fence on the Waldorf drive, but there won’t be a sidewalk, so take care. Please don’t park on Barnes Place (behind Marshman) – we are keeping the contractors from parking there and ask that you don’t either, at any time. Our neighbors there already have a lot to put up with!
A note about Follen’s parking lot:  please do not park there on weekdays between the hours of 7 and 5.  At those times Waldorf teachers use the left side, and our contractors need the right side available on very short notice for staging equipment and materials.  Feel free to use the lot in the late afternoon, evenings and weekends.
Since parking will be limited at Follen, if you have ever thought about biking to church, this fall would be a great time to try!

Access

The walkway up to the Sanctuary front entry will be compacted dirt, until paving can go in. It will be safe for walking and for walkers. While we have a temporary ramp up to the Marshman floor level, for access to the offices, meeting room and accessible bathroom, we will not be able to have a temporary ramp into the Sanctuary right away. We will have a charming Port-a-Potty to the left of the entry, and of course, there will be bathrooms in the Waldorf School, where we will be having Hospitality Hour!

Safety

Please do not go through the fencing and into the construction site…however tempting! It is an active site and we don’t want to slow down our contractors by asking to give tours. We COG folks all have to wear hardhats and close-toed shoes just to have our site meetings: there are too many dangerous conditions to allow tours yet

Progress

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Join Our Choirs!

Adult Choir

Adult Choir is open to everyone. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm at the Sacred Heart Lower Level, with September 9 as our first Sunday singing. New members are still welcome!

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 10, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level.

Youth Choir (any and all grades 6-12) is on Mondays 5:15-6:15, both starting on Monday September 10, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level.

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, Iolanthe, so it will be required of all operetta participants. Remember, in order to participate in the operetta, you need to be in Children’s or Youth Choir.

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!

Adult Choir Calendar 2018-19

Children’s and Youth Choir Calendar 2018-19

Need to Schedule a Meeting?

Follen has the use of meeting rooms at the Sacred Heart Parish Center Mondays through Thursdays and the Waldorf School on Sundays, in addition to one meeting room in the Marshman Center every day.

 

Meeting and event leaders should contact Sarah Garner, Church Administrator, to reserve space at Sacred Heart or Waldorf: sarah.garner@follen.org or 781-862-3805 ext 1005 (note new ext). Sarah will email instructions for access to each location after a reservation is on the calendar. Please be aware that space is limited and we have an obligation to follow each organization’s rules, so any groups who have an option to meet in someone’s home should try to do so.

 

Audio/visual equipment is not available at either Sacred Heart or Waldorf, and Sacred Heart will not have wifi. If you have A/V needs, Jimmy McFeeley might be able to take Follen’s portable equipment to your meeting location with sufficient advance notice.

Religious Education That’s Transformational: Register Your Kids

In just the few short weeks that I’ve been here, I’ve heard over and over again that your children are stressed. Lexington (and the surrounding area) is a great place to raise a family, and the school systems ranks high on the list for why many people want to live here. But there is a … Continued

Construction is Underway!

The ceremonial start of the Capital Campaign construction project was June 17, right after the service. The church is now ready for the construction and work will begin, with a goal of completion next spring. Check out the plans for what’s in store!

Registration for Religious Education and Music Programs for 2018-19 is Open

We’re delighted to announce that online registration for Follen’s Religious Education and Music Programs is now open!  Please visit the registration form for all of our RE and music programs. And please remember that Follen’s cooperative programs require your volunteer support. Sign up to volunteer. Thank you!