FRAMINGHAM – Church members near and far and ministers former and current are preparing for the 150th-anniversary celebration of Wesley United Methodist Church in Framingham this weekend.
Office Administrator Judy Bartolotti said part of this Sunday’s service will include worship to celebrate previous pastors who are coming back for the anniversary.
In fact, some members no longer in the area will also be traveling here to attend the ceremony.
For example, a member named Dave joined the congregation in 1962. He helped with the structural and electrical repairs of the church before retiring to Cape Cod in 1996 (the present building was constructed in 1966 after the original was torn down). Now, at 86 years old, he is in Framingham for the 150th anniversary.
Current pastor Reverend Heather Kattan has been with the church for about two years. She said the message of the church’s members “embrace the love of Christ in [their] hearts.” One way they do this is through outreach.
The church has a long history of helping the marginalized and those in need, Reverend Kattan said.
Wesley Church is a hosting congregation for Family Promise of MetroWest, a program that helps “transform the lives of families with children who are homeless by mobilizing a diverse community to provide shelter, education and comprehensive support.”
It also works with Rise Against Hunger to package meals for those in need and helps the Framingham State Pantry and assistance in providing supplies to students who have difficulty affording more than tuition.
Reverend Kattan said the momentous 150th anniversary is “a really wonderful testament” to the church and what it stands for.
She said that though years can often pass by without much thought, the church is remembering each of those years in strong detail and embracing all of the interactions it has had with the Framingham community.
The pastor’s favorite memories of the church are the meals the congregation community has together.
When there is a special event like a movie night, or during certain fellowship times, the church will come together to share a meal. Reverend Kattan said that the atmosphere is welcoming and natural.
The 150th Anniversary Service will take place on Sunday, October 27 at 10 a.m.
There will be special music by the choir and music director, worship to celebrate previous pastors and a reflection on the history of the church.
Following the service will be a brunch-in with foods made from the cookbook of parishioners’ recipes.