December 2017
January 2018

During this Holy season
May we seek the Light of God, speaking truth.
May we share the Hope of God, comforting neighbors.  
May we spread the Love of God, honoring Christ's birth.

May we seek the Love of God.  
May we share the Love of God.  
May we spread the Love of God.  

Come, O Loving God. 

Edye Nesmith
Executive Director


Council News:

Annual Appeal 2017
Please consider donating to the Cape Cod Council of Churches' Annual Appeal. Your support enables us to assist our fellow Cape Codders who are so urgently in need. You may make a gift online by following this link. Or, click here for more information contained within our Annual Appeal letter. Thank you for your generosity.


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A Baby Center
Ho Ho Ho! Would you believe that Santa is coming to A Baby Center on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 10 am - 12 pm for a special holiday party designed for our clients?! You must be a current client to attend. To make this party a success we are in need of brand new toys for over 300 children (220 children had a new toy from Santa last year).
We are looking for toys for older children to be delivered no later than Wednesday, December 6 between 10 am and 2 pm. A Baby Center is located at 81 Willow St, Hyannis. Thank you!

Robin Hayward
A Baby Center Director

Hands of Hope Outreach Center
The holidays are here! Please consider donating or volunteering your time to Hands of Hope Christmas gift-giving program. At this time, we especially need help passing out Christmas gifts on Tuesday, December 19 from 9 am - noon and from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
We are currently preparing and organizing our Christmas gift-giving program.  We serve local families who need assistance to brighten the season for their children.
Once again we appeal to your generosity and faithful spirit of giving, without which the program would not be possible.  Our program will be held December 18th & 19th in Dennisport.
Contributions of new clothing, new toys or games, new books, gift certificates for clothing for teens and many other items are greatly needed.  We are also in particular need of volunteers to help us set up the shop and serve the families when we are open in December.  If you wish to help out, please call us at the Outreach Center (508-432-1312) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday or Friday 10:00 am to 3 pm.
Set-up will be Sunday December 17th at the Our Lady of Annunciation Chapel, 187 Upper County Road, Dennisport from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm.  Please drop off all toys and gifts at the Church during this time.  If that is not possible, please call to make other arrangements.  Please do not bring them to our Food Pantry in West Harwich.
We thank you in advance for your gift of time.
Catherine Driscoll, Director
Hands of Hope Outreach Center
P.O. Box 387, 49 Route 28
West Harwich, MA 02671

For a list of suggested toy donations, please click here.

Donations Needed
Christmas 2017 

Thank you for your Food Collections!
We appreciate all of your support.

Please help us with any of the following that we can distribute during the Holidays:
Rice (variety)
Chicken or Turkey Broth
Corn Bread Mix
Stove Top Stuffing
Canned Corn
Pasta Sauce

******* We have refrigerators and freezers if you would
like to donate a Turkey or Ham. Please give us a call. *******


National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service
The First Day of Winter – The Longest Night of the Year
Join in a service of worship on Thursday, December 21 at 5:00 pm at the Federated Church of Hyannis to remember those lost to homelessness. Homeless persons die from illnesses that affect everyone, frequently without health care. Homeless people die from exposure, unprotected from the heat and cold. Homeless people die from violence, often in unprovoked hate crimes. Health care is a human right. Housing is a human right. Physical safety is a human right. To learn more, please click here.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service of Commemoration
will be held on Sunday, January 14, beginning with a Silent March at 2:30 p.m. from the Hyannis Town Hall parking lot to the Federated Church of Hyannis. Worship service at 3:00 pm. A reception will follow the worship service in Baldwin Hall.

Hospital Chaplaincy
The Conversation Project event in Hyannis October 31st had a wonderful turnout of faith leaders; thank you to those who were able to attend!  If you missed it, and would like us to repeat it, please email by clicking the link HERE to let me know.  If you came and are willing to share your thoughts, suggestions, and/or outcomes if you’ve applied what you learned, etc. please email by clicking the link HERE.

The free event was hosted by Cape Cod Healthcare as part of their Quality of Life/Care Planning initiative.  As the Council’s Hospital Chaplain at Cape Cod Hospital, I’m pleased to be involved with this team.  They are reaching out to the entire Cape Cod community to provide support, education, tools/forms, and opportunities for folks to make some of the important choices before they’re faced with them.  I’m helping them reach out specifically to our faith-based communities. 

Please take advantage of the information, workshops, training, and support that Cape Cod Healthcare is offering through the Quality of Life/Care Planning task force.  The best part is, we have people already trained and ready to come to you to provide the programs, answer the questions, and help people understand and complete some of the forms!  If you want help with any of that, email me at the link provided above.  Otherwise, here’s a link to the Quality of Life/Care Planning initiative:
Please reach out and let me know what you need or want to do.

Wishing everyone a Blessed Holiday Season (Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza),
Rev. Mary Hansen-Joyce
Interfaith/Protestant Chaplain at Cape Cod Hospital

Covenant to Care

On Thursday, November 30, Miriam Erickson accepted a generous check for the Cape Cod Council of Churches' “Fostering a Dream Fund” through the generosity of the Brewster Baptist Church congregation and their Christmas Fair. Other recipients were the Homeless Prevention Center in Orleans, Gosnold Treatment Center and Habitat for Humanity. All of the proceeds from the Fair go to local charities. Thanks and Gratitude go to those members who work six months ahead to prepare for the Fair.

Miriam Erickson
Program Director, Covenant to Care for Foster Families

Youth StreetReach
Next Breakfast scheduled for Thursday, December 21!
Our Youth StreetReach Schedule is set for the coming season with five more breakfasts planned.  This is an opportunity for church, school, or civic groups to sign up to help feed our homeless population a hearty breakfast as well as to provide clothing and hospitality.  All the breakfasts are held at Fellowship Hall at the Federated Church in Hyannis.  The overnight programs provide a more in-depth look at the issue of homelessness through speakers who have “been there” and by interactive programs. We already have some groups signed up, so please contact Marilyn Lariviere at or 508-776-6059 to get a packet of information for youth leaders and to reserve your spot.  If you want to see what it’s all about, please feel free to stop by for breakfast (7 - 9:30 am) on any of the dates listed.  We can always use donations of warm clothing, backpacks, and toilet articles.  This program is run by youth, but we welcome supportive adults as well.  It is an experience you will not forget!

December 21          Breakfast run by St Paul II High School

January 26-27        Overnight

February 24            Breakfast (set up the night before)

March 23-24           Overnight

April 28                   Breakfast (set up the night before)

Marilyn Lariviere
Director, Youth StreetReach


Community News:

Coping with Grief during the Holidays
The Cape Cod Healthcare VNA, in collaboration with the Decatur House, offers this opportunity to reflect on your experiences and learn new strategies for coping with grief and loss during the holidays. The group will be facilitated by licensed bereavement counselors. Tuesday, December 5 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm at the Decatur House, 176 Main St, Sandwich MA. For further details, please click here.

"A Celtic Christmas" Concert
will be presented on Friday, December 8 at 7 pm at the Federated Church of Orleans, 162 Main Street in East Orleans. The concert will feature Thom Dutton, the Troubadour Harper on Celtic harp. The program combines a reading of Dylan Thomas’ beloved A Child’s Christmas in Wales with traditional Christmas carols from Wales, Cornwall, Brittany & Galicia to create a contemplative and relaxing mood. Spend a relaxing hour away from the hectic pace of the holiday season, listening to the soothing sounds of the harp. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information please call 508-945-9525 or email

National Candlelight Prayer Vigil Against Gun Violence
Remembering the Fifth Anniversary of the Sandy Hook Tragedy

will be held on Thursday, December 14 at 7 pm at the First Baptist Church of Hyannis, 486 Main St, Hyannis MA. All are welcome to join for an hour of music and reflection. Sponsored by Grandmothers Against Gun Violence. To learn more, please click here.

Concert: A Skylark Christmas 
Boston-based Skylark Vocal Ensemble will present a concert entitled “A Skylark Christmas” on Wednesday, December 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. A pre-concert talk will take place at 6:30 pm. The acclaimed choral ensemble presents excerpts of the Christmas story from the King James Version of the Bible, enhanced and celebrated through timeless carols. The concert will be held at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 625 Main St, Chatham MA. To learn more or to purchase tickets in advance, go to Tickets will also be available at the door.

Gabriel V Brass Christmas Concert
This Christmas, come in from a blustery winter night and enjoy a festive concert with the Gabriel V Brass Ensemble. Held at the Church of the Transfiguration on Saturday, December 23 at 7:30 pm, the concert will feature classic favorites like Joy to the World and Christmas Day, as well as other celebratory works including the Huron Carol arranged by David Marlatt, Suite of Medieval Carols, arranged by Elizabeth DiSavino, and Greensleeves, arranged by Elgar Howarth. For further information and tickets, please click here.

Government Resources for Houses of Worship and Faith Communities
A Forum of Learning on Public Safety Crises
is a workshop designed for faith leaders, administrators, board members and those responsible for emergency management at houses of worship to increase participants' understanding of and preparation for issues such as vandalism, arson, active shooters and hate crimes. The workshop is free and will be offered on several different dates/locations. Please go to this flyer for more information.

Reaching for Wholeness in Solidarity with God's Creation
is a Human Rights Celebration sponsored by Church Women United of Cape Cod. The Human Rights Celebration was begun in 2006 to encourage local recognition of persons and organizations who are doing extraordinary work on behalf of "the least among us." Please join us to celebrate the honorees for 2018: Diane Turco, Wendy Lithwin, Pamela Rothstein and The Immigration Resource Center on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Vistory Parish Center, 230 South Main St, Centerville MA. For further details, please click here.

Spirituality and Addiction Returns
New Format, New Modules, New Approaches
Starting this November, the Massachusetts Council of Churches will begin to partner with churches throughout the Commonwealth to host these important day-long trainings. Participants will be guided through early intervention strategies, the history & impact of addiction, thinking theologically about addiction, worship resources for addiction, role-playing, and will learn about helpful community resources for your church community.

If you are interested in hosting the Spirituality and Addiction Training in your community, please be in touch with Rev. Daryl. In the meantime, you may want to check out this new toolkit from the Department of Health and Human Services, created to help faith-based communities address the opioid epidemic.

We look forward to partnering with you for the Glory of God and the health of our Communities. 

Children’s Cove, the Children’s Advocacy Center
for the Cape and the Islands

is looking for service-minded individuals to be community advocates for those affected by child sexual and physical abuse.

The Children’s Advocacy Center provides free services to children and families who have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and witness to domestic violence. These services include mental health referrals, a non-invasive medical exam, family advocacy, and a coordinated response from law enforcement and other wellness officials. Children’s Cove’s unique mission means that they provide services to every child, teen, and individual that walks through their door. The fundamentals of Children’s Cove mean that all these services are in place to help the child and family heal; Children’s Cove works solely to help the child have the healthiest future.

To be an Awareness Advocate, please contact Olivia Friedrichs at

Job Opportunity!
The Craigville Tabernacle is in need of a part time (20 hours/week) Worship Director for the summer of 2018. Ordination not required. For more information, please click here.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 5
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Coping with Grief During the Holidays
Decatur House
176 Main St
Sandwich MA 

Thursday, December 7
10:00 am - Noon
A Baby Center Holiday Party
A Baby Center
81 Willow St
Hyannis MA 

Friday, December 8
7:00 pm
"A Celtic Christmas" Concert
Federated Church of Orleans
162 Main St
Orleans MA 

Thursday, December 14
7:00 pm
National Candlelight Prayer Vigil Against Gun Violence
First Baptist Church of Hyannis
486 Main St
Hyannis MA

Monday and Tuesday
December 17 and 18
Hands of Hope Christmas Gift-Giving Program
Our Lady of Annunciation Chapel
187 Upper County Rd
Dennisport MA 

Wednesday, December 20
7:30 pm
"A Skylark Christmas" Concert
Skylark Vocal Ensemble
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church
625 Main St
Chatham MA 

Thursday, December 21
7:00 am - 9:30 am
Youth StreetReach Breakfast
Fellowship Hall
Federated Church of Hyannis
320 Main St
Hyannis MA

Thursday, December 21
5:00 pm
National Homeless Persons' Memorial Service
Federated Church of Hyannis
320 Main St
Hyannis MA 

Saturday, December 23
7:30 pm
Gabriel V Brass Christmas Concert
Church of the Transfiguration
5 Bay View Dr
Orleans MA

Thursday, January 11
(Other dates also available)
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Government Resources for Houses of Worship and Faith Communities
Taunton Holiday Inn
700 Myles Standish Blvd
Taunton MA

Sunday, January 14
2:30 pm
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service of Commemoration
Beginning with a silent march from the Town Hall parking lot to
Federated Church of Hyannis
320 Main St
Hyannis MA

Tuesday, January 16
10:00 am, ending with lunch
Human Rights Celebration: "Reaching for Wholeness in Solidarity with God's Creation"
Our Lady of Victory Parish Center
230 South Main St
Centerville MA

About the Council
The Cape Cod Council of Churches serves people of all ages from Cape Cod and the Islands who are facing some of life's most difficult challenges.  We have been privileged to serve our neighbors for over 50 years, meeting people at their points of critical need and helping them move forward to greater stability.  We are able to impact the lives of over 6,500 residents each year through the Council's seven different programs and the work of over 400 volunteers.  With the help of churches and our community our mission comes to life, "Serving God by Serving Others," as we offer practical assistance, spiritual support and hope - all without regard for religious affiliation.
A BABY CENTER provides critical basic baby needs to income eligible families (WIC) for infants up to age three on Cape Cod and the Islands. The Center serves over 500 babies each month.  Families receive diapers, wipes, formula, gently-used clothing and other baby necessities.

BRIDGE TO HOPE mentors women while incarcerated and upon release, as they work toward building new lives centered on spiritual, mental, emotional and economic life skills.  Bayside Cottage is a transitional residence in Hyannis for Bridge to Hope clients who may stay for up to six months while  securing employment and permanent housing.

COVENANT TO CARE  matches a Cape & Islands congregation with Foster Care Families, supporting those families and the foster children in their care.  This program works in partnership with the MA Dept. of Children & Families.

FAITH FAMILY KITCHEN  provides hot, nutritious meals to our food insecure neighbors three evenings a week in Hyannis.  Volunteer congregations and community groups help to prepare and serve meals each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
HANDS OF HOPE FOOD PANTRY AND OUTREACH CENTER offers emergency assistance to low-income families in the mid-Cape area (Mashpee to Harwich).  Assistance includes: food, clothing, small household goods and financial relief to prevent evictions.

Street Outreach Ministry:  Provides assistance with emergency shelter, clothing and medical referrals for homeless men, women and families.
Case Management and Volunteer Mentoring:  Helps to stabilize formerly homeless individuals into successful transitional and permanent housing.
Youth StreetReach:  Enables teens to interact with our homeless neighbors by serving a meal and hearing firsthand how a life's path can lead to unexpected circumstances.

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY  sponsors Chaplains at Cape Cod Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital who offer prayers, hope and comfort to patients and families in their time of illness and recovery.

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