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Beacon of Hope UMC now has an Online Giving option! If you would like to make an offering, a building fund donation, a donation to the pastor's discretionary fund, or a monetary gift to the Faith in Food pantry, you may do so by clicking the button above, or this Online Giving link.

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Our address is: 360 Water Street, Framingham, MA, 01701

First and Wesley United Methodist Churches have come together and are now Beacon of Hope United Methodist Church of Framingham.
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Recurring Events

Saturday Morning Prayer Time, 7:30 am on Zoom

Worship Service
10:00 am In-person & Live on Facebook and our Messages page.
Sunday School is during the worship service.

Choir Practice
9:15AM - 9:45 AM & 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
All Are Invited!

Wednesday Bible Study: on Zoom at 7:00 pm

Pastor Heather Kattan's Office Hours
Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm, or by appointment.
Pastor Heather’s email address:

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Holiday Opportunities

Tuesday, December 12
Worship Meeting - 7 PM

Thursday, December 14
Worship Meeting @ 7 PM

Friday, December 15
Faith in Food - 4 PM - 6 PM

Sunday, December 17
Christmas Cantata during our Worship Service

Monday, December 18
Council – 7 PM

Sunday, December 24
Christmas Eve Services - 10 AM & 11 PM

Advent Study
November 29th to December 20th

Do you want to join our Zoom study group for an Advent study this year? We will meet on Wednesday evenings on Zoom from 7 PM - 8 PM. The book we will be studying is Experiencing Christmas: Christ in the Sights and Sounds of Advent. Here is the description:

Find the divine signs of Christmas.
Everything seems different at the end of the year. We put lights on our houses to dispel the growing darkness, Christmas music floods local radio stations, apple cider and cranberry sauce are again on the menu, and wrapping paper and tape are always ready. Things just look, smell, and taste differently during the Advent and Christmas seasons, and these differences are a sign to us that God is about to do something radical and different.

Christmas is when God surrounds the divine with senses of his own. That first Noel was when God had eyes to see suffering, ears to hear our cries, and hands to hold those in need, and all of these senses were bundled in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. "This will be a sign to you," the angel told the shepherds, and they traveled to Bethlehem and found a child. What signs do you see during the Advent and Christmas seasons that point you to the divine?

This study involves a 10-12 minute video, and then a discussion of the video and the chapter you read in the week leading up to the course. The book costs $13.50. I will be ordering the books for everyone so we can save on shipping and handling.

If you need financial assistance in getting the book, please let me know - scholarship money is available.
We will meet for the 4 weeks of Advent.

Bonnie-jean Rowe

Christmas Cantata

Our Christmas Cantata last year was so well received, that we decided to present a new Cantata this year. The date for this program is during our Worship service on Sunday, December 17, 2023.

All voices are welcome to join in this beautiful music at such a glorious time of the year. Our scheduled rehearsal time will be every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM followed by our regular choir rehearsal. There will be occasional Saturday morning rehearsals as well as a dress rehearsal, more than likely on Saturday morning, December 16th.

Please prayerfully consider joining us. You will have "the most wonderful time!"

Christmas Eve Services
10 AM & 11 PM

The warmth of Christmas envelops Beacon of Hope United Methodist Church in a tapestry of tradition and celebration with two enchanting services on Christmas Eve. At 10 AM, the sanctuary resonates with the joyful anticipation of the season, welcoming families and friends to unite in a spirited morning service. With vibrant carols, heartfelt readings, and a message of hope, this gathering embraces the essence of togetherness and the promise of Christmas.

As dusk descends and the stars twinkle overhead, the church aglow in candlelight invites the community to the enchanting 11 PM service. In this magical ambiance, hymns weave through the air, evoking a sense of wonder and reverence. The flickering candle flames symbolize the light of Christ, fostering a serene atmosphere where peace and reflection abound.

Both services at Beacon of Hope embody the timeless spirit of Christmas, offering solace, joy, and a welcoming embrace to all who enter its doors.

Wednesday Evening Study

On September 13th, we started the book of Judges. This is a 10-week study, which will take us up to the week before Thanksgiving. We'll take the week of Thanksgiving off, and then start the Advent study.

Judges is the 6th book of the Bible after the Israelites moved into the promised land and conquered the Canaanites. However, there were some Canaanites left behind which ultimately was the downfall of the Israelites. They started to lose sight of God.

In order to help, God sent a series of judges - political and military leaders to help. The cycle began - the people fell into chaos; God allowed the enemy to conquer them. A judge was appointed to help bring the Israelites back on track, which led to peace and devotion to God. Until they fell and wandered off God's path again. There were several judges, including Deborah, Gideon, and Sampson -people you may have heard of before.

It's a disturbing book in that it tells the story of the fall of the Israelites, and really shows them practically (if not totally) at their worst. But - it is also an important book to read since we can see how they wandered off the path. And by studying that, we can learn from them, and recognize when we start to wander off the path. (And hopefully, have an AHA and come back home!)

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Shaw's reusable bag program

Get ready,
your month is starting soon!

Just a reminder that Community Victory Over Hunger Garden will receive $1 from every $3.00 GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag sold during June 2023 at:

Shaw's 509 Boston Post Road, Sudbury MA

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Faith in Food

Faith in Food is a ministry of Beacon of Hope United Methodist Church in Framingham, providing food, toiletries, paper goods, and cleaning supplies to those in need north of Rte. 9. The First United Methodist Church fellowship hall (360 Water Street, Framingham) is open on Fridays from 4:00-6:00 pm.

We are a 501C3 (nonprofit). Monetary donations will be accepted for use in purchasing needed items. Make checks payable to First U.M.C. (note Faith in Food) 360 Water St. Framingham, Ma 01701.

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Faith in Food Needs the Following Items
This week's list is:

* Jelly
* Canned fruit &vegetables
* Rice (1 or 2-pound bags)
* Thin Spaghetti
* Cereal
* Juice
* Black Beans
* Canned Corn
* Canned Baked Beans
* Black beans
* Monetary donations(preferred)

Dropoff bins are located outside the Hall door.
They are checked on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Faith in Food is open on the 1st and 3rd Fridays, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, in the Beacon of Hope UMC Fellowship Hall.

Let's Celebrate


12/4 Bill Snow
12/4 Daniel Subrimaniyam
12/7 Rachel Gentile
12/14 Rev. Don Hegeman
12/22 Doug Osborne
12/25 Jackie Trotter Dove
12/31 Savanna Johnson


12/14 Arthur & Gloria McNeil

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