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Letter to Congregation


We exist to be a beacon of hope for our community
as we nourish our neighbors as well as ourselves
with the love and grace of Jesus Christ
through ministries of faith and food.
 
July 27, 2022
 
Dear Beacon of Hope friends and members,
 
We are writing to provide updates on the sale of the church property on Beacon Street, and to provide updates on ongoing conversations with David Blaise from Daniel’s Table about a potential collaborative project. 
 
A purchase and sales agreement has been signed with Connect Church for the church building, parsonage and property on Beacon Street.  The agreed upon sales price is $2,300,000 with a closing date of August 31st.  As you may recall the church body agreed to gift the majority of funds to our New England United Methodist Conference to serve as seed monies for a new not-for-profit UMC Property Development Foundation with a percentage of the proceeds from the sale returning to Beacon of Hope.  This will serve as an ongoing legacy of Wesley UMC, Framingham as we support local congregations throughout our conference as they receive support from the foundation to develop church properties to meet specific community needs.  It is also our hope that newly elected members of this foundation will select “Wesley” for its name.  
 
Two more work days have been scheduled for Saturday, July 30th and Saturday, August 6th from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. at 80 Beacon Street as we prepare for the closing.  It is our plan to finish cleaning out the church building of items not wanted by Connect church and to move items being saved over to our Water Street location by August 15th.  We would appreciate any help you can offer with this task even if for only an hour or two.  Many hands make light work!
 
Our church is also in conversation with David Blaise, founder of Daniel’s Table, to build an addition to our Beacon of Hope building.  This would serve as the main site for Daniel’s Table with a full kitchen for their food ministries as well as rooms for administrative and community meeting purposes.  Daniel’s Table is also working to expand its mission to provide access to medical care for those with limited resources and has partnered with a Medical Group which will also be housed in the addition.  Beacon of Hope will have access to meeting rooms for Sunday use as well as access to handicapped accessible bathrooms that would be included in the new addition.  We feel that our Vision and Mission for Beacon of Hope UMC are compatible with the Mission of Daniel’s Table and are very excited about the opportunities that may arise from this partnership.  Stay tuned for more details as we explore this possibility.
 
We ask that you continue to pray for our church that we would be attentive and responsive to God’s leading as we seek to build God’s kingdom here in Framingham.  As always, if you have any questions, concerns or thoughts regarding the information provided, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Trustees or Members of the Church Council. Also, all are welcome to attend Church Council meetings which are scheduled on the 4th Monday of every month for regular updates.
 
 
                                                                                                In faithful service,
                                                                          Your Trustees & Church Council
 
 
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