July 14, 2016

The Cape Cod Council of Churches is blessed by hundreds of volunteers who allow our work to reach a broad range of our neighbors who are in need.  In fact, over 400 volunteers assist our seven programs each year.  And in 2015, volunteers donated over 14,000 hours of their time!  Wow.  Without this help, the scope and nature of our work would be much more limited.  

Volunteers' duties vary widely, from sorting donations at A Baby Center, to serving on Advisory Committees, to teaching cooking classes at transitional living houses. We have friends who have been of part of our ministries for well over a decade, and others who are new.

We are welcoming to the central office our newest agency volunteer, a Summer Intern!  Addy Terry-Welsh is volunteering 10 hours per week through the summer months, and we are delighted to have her.  Addy is a rising high school senior.  She has worked extensively on many local social service projects, including efforts to raise awareness about breast cancer treatments.  Addy will be helping us with various office projects, many related to the Generations of Hope event.  In addition, she will be helping out at A Baby Center so that she is exposed to our hands-on work. Welcome Addy!
On behalf of the staff and clients at the Council, please allow me to extend a hearfelt "Thank You" to all who give so generously of their time and talents. 

If you have any interest in joining this remarkable team please be in touch.  The door is always open!

Edye Nesmith
Executive Director
Cape Cod Council of Churches

Council News:

It's Summer vacation time!  This is our July/August issue and our next issue will be in your mailbox in September.  

Youth StreetReach Annual Cookout
All are welcome this Sunday, July 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Sea Street Beach in Hyannis for our Annual Youth StreetReach Cookout.  Vans will pick up guests beginning at 11:15 and continuing until 1:00 p.m. at NOAH, Pilot House, CHAMP, BayBridge, Veterans Center and others.  Please contact Marilyn Lariviere at or (508) 776-6059 with any questions.

Generations of Hope Benefit

Please join us at our Generations of Hope Benefit!
Click on the invitation below to purchase tickets online.

We request your help

Bridge to Hope
Volunteers are needed to drive residents to and from: Intensive Outpatient Therapy, court appointments, job interviews and other appointments.  Please contact Caroline Corrigan at if you are interested in volunteering.

Hands of Hope Outreach Center
49 RT 28   PO Box 387
West Harwich, MA 02671
(508) 432-1312 

Hands of Hope Outreach Center is in need of volunteers to assist in the Food Pantry and Thrift Shop.  Lots of open dates and times.  Pick hours that are good for you!  Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring, even if you are only on the Cape for part of the year…we are happy to meet you and could use your help.   Come every week, every other, once per month, or occasionally during the year as a substitute.  No lifting, stocking, sorting required… but plenty of that to do if you wish.  Meet and volunteer with friendly, fun folks!
Please give us a call, email, or drop by for a visit.
Thank you for thinking of us!

The following foods are greatly needed in the Hands of Hope Food Pantry:                  
Juice Boxes for Kids
Jelly or Jam
Chef Boy R Dee
Jell-O or Pudding
Baked Beans
Pasta Sauce
Pasta or Spaghetti
Mustard, Ketchup, Mayo, Relish
We also welcome cold and frozen foods if you have extra to share after family and summer guests depart.
Please call us at (508) 432-1312 if you cannot make it to our pantry.  We will do our best to collect your donation.

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

On Good Faith
The Council produces On Good Faith which is a monthly television show that airs on Channel 99. Hosted by Rev. Jonathan Ahnquist, On Good Faith welcomes guests who are community leaders and participants in health and human service organizations.  The topic of our latest episode is "Zion Union Heritage Museum" and the featured guest is John Reed, President of the museum. 

Please click on the photo above to enjoy the show.  

Please click here to contact On Good Faith's producer, Cheryl Quast, if you have an idea for a topic for a future show.

Community News:

The Churches of Harwich invite you to this summer's 2 Vacation Bible Schools and "ART KAMP"
Please click on this link for dates, times and locations!


Preschool Applications are being accepted at Cape Cod Child Development
Cape Cod Child Development, a non-profit organization, offers full day, year round preschool programs, and FREE part-day and home-based school year programs for children ages 3 to 5 years.  

Please click here for more information.  If interested, please call Jennelle Klun at the enrollment office at: 508-775-6240 x326.  

Duffy Health Center Organizes “Christmas in July” Drive to Benefit Homeless on Cape Cod
Duffy Health Center will be collecting items to help people who are homeless and those at risk of being homeless stay safe in the heat this summer. Donations of sunscreen, deodorant, and boxes of granola bars are welcome. Cash donations will be used for the purchase of backpacks. Checks made out to Duffy Health Center and other items can be dropped off until July 19 at the reception desk in the lobby of Duffy Health Center, 94 Main Street Hyannis, Monday – Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM.  Please click here for more information.

Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Drive

Incarceration and Its Impact On Families, Society and Us
Amazing Grace invites you to join us for an evening forum on Incarceration and Its Impact On Families, Society and Us which will be held Monday, July 25, 2016, 7:00-8:30 pm at Saint David’s Episcopal Church in South Yarmouth, MA.  A panel of parents and advocates will share their experience and answer questions.  
Amazing Grace is a camping experience for children age 7-11 whose parent is or has been incarcerated. For more info, see our website or contact Julie Lytle,

Gregorian Chant Retreat
August 3-7
Unravel the mysteries of the neumes on this four-day beginners chant retreat, August 3-7 at the Community of Jesus in Orleans, culminating in the celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration. In a stunningly beautiful setting, study the vast history of Gregorian chant, learn how to read ancient and Roman neumes, and work with the Latin language, opening up the basic conversation of chant. Retreat will be held at Paraclete Guest House at the Community of Jesus.  Join us as we explore the riches of this glorious tradition.
Highlights include:
- Basic chant instruction with members of the Community of Jesus, where Gregorian Chant is sung in Latin daily
- Singing Gregorian Chant in the breathtaking Church of the Transfiguration
- Opportunity to attend the daily Divine Offices and Eucharist
- Lovely meals and accommodations overlooking Cape Cod Bay
Information: 508-255-1094

Call To Action National Conference
Last but not least!  Call to Action's national conference is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 11-13, 2016.  Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr is among the featured speakers. Information and registration at:   For best discount, register byJuly 31.  Everything takes place in one hotel this year, and space is limited so register soon!


Upcoming Events

Sunday, July 17, 11:30 - 1:30
Youth StreetReach Cookout
Sea Street Beach,

Now - Tuesday, July 19
Christmas in July
Duffy Health Center
94 Main Street,

Wednesday, July 20 
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Drive

Barnstable Police Department
1200 Phinney's Lane,

Monday, July 25, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Incarceration and Its Impact on Families

St. David's Episcopal Church,
South Yarmouth

August 3 - 7
Gregorian Chant Retreat
Community of Jesus,

August 13, 5:30 p.m.
Generations of Hope:
A Benefit for the Cape Cod Council of Churches

Dillingham House,
Barnstable Village

September 27, 5 - 7:15 p.m.
Cape Cod Council of Churches Annual Assembly
Faith Assembly of God
Faith Neighborhood Kitchen
154 Bearses Way,

November 11-13, 2016
Call To Action National Conference
New Mexico

About the Council
For over 50 years, the Cape Cod Council of Churches has served low-income individuals and families throughout Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.  Our Mission, "Serving God by Serving Others," directs our many programs that touch the lives of over 6,500 Cape residents every year 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.  Approximately 500 babies are served every month.

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

COVENANT TO CARE matches a Cape & Islands congregation with a Foster Care Family in order to support that family and the children in its care.  This program works with the Cape’s MA Dept. of Children & Families District Office.

FAITH NEIGHBORHOOD KITCHEN serves hot, nutritious meals to our food insecure neighbors three evenings a week in Hyannis.  Volunteer congregations have prepared, transported and served over 600 meals a week since 2012.
HANDS OF HOPE FOOD PANTRY AND OUTREACH CENTER provides critical 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 and homelessness such as emergency aid with utility and medical bills.

Street Outreach Ministry:  Reaches out to chronically homeless individuals, assisting with detox, shelter, clothing and medical referrals.
Hospitality Housing:  Serves men and women living in transitional housing with on-going case management as they work to obtain their goals, such as permanent housing.  In the past 10 years, 90% of these clients have maintained stable housing and not returned to homelessness.
Homeless Ministries Volunteer Services:  Coordinates church volunteers to provide support and companionship to formerly homeless individuals.
Youth StreetReach:  Offers opportunities for area teens to interact with our neighbors who were or are homeless.  The youth serve special breakfasts while they hear firsthand how each life path may lead to unexpected circumstances and how a community of faith and love can change lives.

PROTESTANT CHAPLAINS at Cape Cod Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital offer prayers, hope and comfort to patients and their families in their time of illness and recovery.

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