October - November 2018

The Council exists as a expression of ecumenical ministry.  This allows for powerful witness as we gather in a community of caring with our Cape and Islands neighbors in need.  

At our recent Annual Assembly, held Sept. 27th, representatives of 38 different congregations gathered to support the business of the Council.  The group included members from the following types of congregations:  Roman Catholic, Methodist, Unitarian Universalist, Covenant, Baptist, Episcopal, Community of Jesus, Pentacostal, Lutheran, Ecumenical Catholic, United Church of Christ, Assembly of God, Presbyterian, Living Hope, and Gateway Christian Center.  We included people who worship in Spanish, Portuguese and English.  What a gathering!

We work hard to be community to one another; to reach out, cross boundaries, and share mission and resources.  Through our united work, "Serving God by Serving Others", we impact the lives of many thousands of our neighbors, providing practical goods and assistance.  We bear witness while offering guidance, hope and comfort.  
Thank you for being a part of this community of caring.


Edye Nesmith
Executive Director


Council News

Cape Cod Council of Churches Annual Assembly 2018 was held Thursday, September 27 at the Federated Church of Hyannis. In addition to serving as our annual business meeting, the Assembly highlights the work of the Council over the preceding twelve months. This year, we focused on the services provided by our programs Youth StreetReach, which brings together area youth and the local homeless community, and A Baby Center, which supports approximately 480 Cape and Islands babies every month. Following the meeting, all attendees enjoyed a delicious dinner created by Chef Jeni Wheeler of our Faith Family Kitchen. The Council wishes to thank Rev. Philomena Hare for her participation in the worship service, and the congregation of the Federated Church for graciously making their space available to us.

Covenant to Care

On behalf of the Advisory Committee of “Fostering a Dream,” a group under the umbrella of the Cape Cod Council of Churches that works to normalize life for foster children on the Cape, we extend an invitation to attend our Annual Benefit Event for Children in Foster Care.
With the growing opioid epidemic, Cape children are more and more often being removed from their homes and having their lives turned upside down.  “Fostering a Dream” raises funds to purchase things like music or dance lessons, camp scholarships, holiday gift cards, replacement eyeglasses, or gym equipment that can make at least a small difference in these children’s lives and that their foster families cannot afford.
WHAT: Fostering A Dream Fund 5th Annual Autumn Event 
 An evening of friendship, entertainment, wine and hors d’oeuvres, with a silent auction, featuring a fully furnished Victorian dollhouse, a stunning painting by a well-known Cape artist, and other beautiful items, all to benefit foster children of Cape Cod and the Islands.
WHEN: Friday, October 12th, 2018 5:30 – 8:00 PM
WHERE:  The Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664
Tickets may be purchased at the door for $35 per person.
Fostering a Dream Fund is a project of Covenant to Care for Foster Families, a program of The Cape Cod Council of Churches. The Council is a charitable 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, .
Thank you so much for attending and promoting our event.  If you have any questions, please email me at

Miriam Erickson
Director, Covenant to Care for Foster Families


Hands of Hope Outreach Center and Food Pantry

The Turkey Shoot – our annual benefit golf tournament – will be on Friday, November 9th at the Dennis Pines Golf Club. Please click here for more details. We hope to see you there!

Hands of Hope is planning our Holiday Food distribution. Here are some suggestions for food donations:      
          Soup (always requested)
          Stuffing Mix
          Boxed Potatoes
          Cranberry Sauce
          Baked Beans (always requested)
          Quick Breads or Corn Muffin Mix
          Chef-Boy-R-Dee (always requested)
          Spaghetti Sauce
Thank you for helping us to provide food for our Cape Cod neighbors. We couldn’t do our work without you!

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, we could use some extra sets of hands in our Thrift Shop and Food Pantry, particularly around the holidays. Please call us at 508-432-1312 to learn more.

Best wishes for a happy Fall season!

Cathy Driscoll
Director, Hands of Hope Outreach Center


A Baby Center

A Baby Center is thrilled to share the news that as a result of tireless work by our Director Robin Hayward and her staff, Governor Charlie Baker proclaimed the week of September 23rd to be Diaper Need Awareness Week! ABC, as a member of the National Diaper Bank Network, now joins 38 of 50 states in spreading awareness of the need for supplemental assistance for the diapering needs of babies across the Commonwealth and our nation. The Massachusetts State Senate awarded A Baby Center a citation for our efforts to promote Diaper Need Awareness Week, and for our ongoing services providing for newborns and families across Cape Cod and the Islands.

A Baby Center is also pleased to report that our Car Seat Giveaway was a great success! Over 50 infant and toddler car seats were donated to families in need. A huge thank you to Cape Cod Healthcare for the grant which made this event possible!

There are a few more dates for our Family Play Days…please click here to see the flyer. Next date is Wednesday, October 24.

Also, our website has a new look

Finally, A Baby Center’s Christmas Party is not-to-be-missed! This year, our party will be held on Thursday, December 6, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Fellowship Hall of the Federated Church of Hyannis. We are collecting new and unwrapped toys/clothing for babies and children, ages 0 to five. Suggestions for donations include:
  • Dolls
  • Trucks
  • Winter pajamas
  • Socks for all ages
  • Packages of underwear and training pants to size 5T
Please clearly label your donation “Christmas Party,” and drop it off during open hours at A Baby Center.

Thank you for all you do to support our work!

Robin Hayward
Director, A Baby Center


Youth StreetReach

Marilyn Lariviere, Director of Youth StreetReach, recently contributed to The Anchor, a publication of the Diocese of Fall River. Her piece, entitled The Enigma of Youth Ministry, offers a description of the beginnings of Youth StreetReach and answers the question of how to successfully engage youth in the life of your church. Find the article here.


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Community News


Let's End It Together

A Prevention Conference organized by Independence House
Saturday, October 20, 2018
8:00 am - 3:30 pm at the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School

Hosted by Independence House, and sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, the 2018 conference is intended to bring together town and community leaders, human service providers, business owners, first responders, medical professionals, parents, coaches, high school students and concerned and caring citizens who are inspired to learn how we all can prevent abuse in our community on Cape Cod.

The conference offers two Keynote Speakers and a variety of breakout session workshops, all presented by professionals in our community, and all with related topics that connect to domestic and sexual violence.  

You will explore the roots of abuse and the afternoon town meeting sessions will provide next steps on how we, as community members, can begin to break the cycle of violence. 

The tools and resources you take away from this conference will challenge, motivate and energize each of us to be brave, bold, and brilliant. Together, We Can End Abuse. The Conference is FREE - Register Now!

The Cape Cod Council of Churches is honored to have been a part of the planning process  for this event.

WE CAN - Empowering Women since 2001 - offers life changing services for women. There is an overall informational session about WE CAN on October 25th, to be held in the cafe at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Please click here for further details. Other programming opportunities include:  

Independence House, Inc. and the Cape Cod Synagogue are joining together for a 2nd year in a unique partnership to host a concert that will raise funds for both organizations that serve the community.

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC-The Magic of Elton John will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis at 7:00pm. The evening will take you on a journey with Walt Wise as Captain Fantastic who will dazzle with a musical extravaganza of Elton John hits, flamboyant costume changes and a baby grand that showers you with lights, smoke and a few surprises. You will think you've gone down the Yellow Brick Road!  Walt will also transform to rouse special guest appearance tributes with a taste of The Rascal Flats, Jimmy Buffet, Billy Joel and more.

With special thanks to major sponsors, concert tickets are reasonably priced at $25 advanced purchase, $30 at the door, and $20 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at Independence House's Hyannis office (160 Bassett Lane),
Cape Cod Synagogue (145 Winter St. in Hyannis) or online at:


Religious Diversity and Coexistence, funded by the New England Yearly Meeting and West Falmouth Quakers, are two Maya photography exhibits on display at the Mashpee Library through October 31, 2018. A Reception and Talk, featuring Exhibit Curator Erica Thomas and Guests from Cape Cod's Quaker and Wampanoag communities, will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 2:30 to 5:00 pm. All are welcome. For more information, please click here.

The Cape Cod Hunger Network will hold its next meeting on Friday, October 19, 2018 beginning with lunch at 12:30 pm and leading into the meeting from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Come early for lunch and networking and stay for the meeting to share and get local updates. The Agenda is available here.

Also...Sweet Potato Harvest starts this Sunday at Cape Cod Organic Farm. Volunteer Farmers needed! Wear your boots, bring your gloves, and be part of your community! Go to to sign up.

Do you know an older resident who may need help with transportation, minor repairs, technology assistance or just simple companionship? Bay to Sound Neighbors is a volunteer-driven, membership-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to help older citizens of Yarmouth and Dennis live rich, full lives in their own homes and neighborhoods. To learn more, or to volunteer, go to their website at or call them at 508-470-0585.

Employment Opportunity
Barnstable County is seeking a Program Manager for the Barnstable County HOME program. The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is federal assistance grant program provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to Barnstable County in order to provide decent and affordable housing, particularly housing for low- and very low-income households. 
Qualifications: Master’s Degree in public administration or related field and five years’ experience in program administration, affordable housing development, and underwriting/financial analysis; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  This position will provide administrative management and oversight of federally funded HOME program.  Knowledge of state and federal programs relating to affordable housing development preferred.    Annual salary $68,974.36.  E/O/E.  Apply online at


Upcoming Events

Fostering a Dream Fundraiser
Cultural Center of Cape Cod
South Yarmouth
Friday, October 12
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
(Please See "Council News" for details)

Training the Trainer: Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning
Archdiocese of Boston Pastoral Center
Braintree, MA
Wednesday, October 17
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Drive
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Thursday, October 18
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Let's End It Together

Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School
South Yarmouth
Saturday, October 20
8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Hymn Festival: The Church's Journey in Art and Song
First Lutheran Church
West Barnstable
Sunday, October 21
4:00 pm

Family Play Days
A Baby Center
81 Willow Ave
Tuesday, October 23
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing
Upcoming Courses
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Pastoral Center
Braintree, MA
Various Dates in October & November

Choral Eucharist featuring Faure's Requiem
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church
Thursday, November 1
5:00 pm

Battered and Bright: Celebrating the Saints
Church of the Transfiguration
Friday, November 2 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 3 at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Pajama Story Nights
Hyannis Public Library
Wednesdays, November 17 and December 5
5:00 - 6:00 pm

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 six 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.
Provides critical basic baby needs to income eligible families (WIC) for infants up to age four 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.

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.

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 free meals each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
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.

Homeless Ministries Services
Offers short term emergency shelter for families and individuals facing homelessness.
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.

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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