As the coronavirus swept through our community, we experienced tremendous loss and suffering. Our neighbors lost loved ones, jobs, schooling and other life structures, as well as the ability to be physically present with one another. The crisis fostered something else though – a spirit of service to one another and a renewed appreciation for what we truly value in life.
The Council was privileged to provide assistance and comfort throughout.
I thank my intrepid colleagues, including staff, Board, volunteers and faithful supporters in answering the call to care for one another. How we all needed caring over these past 16 months…
And now, let us gather together again as we mourn our losses, grant one another the necessary time, space and hugs for healing, and give thanks for this community of caring.
Interfaith Service of Grief, Healing and Hope: A Community Response to COVID
Sunday, July 18
All are invited to gather in an Interfaith Service of Grief, Healing and Hope on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 4 p.m. in Aselton Park, Hyannis, on the corner of South and Ocean Streets.
As we gather in familiarity after a time of isolation, we will name and mourn our collective losses due to COVID-19 through prayers and rituals. Our service will offer a time for lament and hope for healing. People will be invited to write names of those lost on a shared drape for the altar and to name aloud or silently loved ones who have died.
At 4 p.m. for five minutes at the start of the Service all are invited to participate in a Cape-wide tolling of bells. Historically, in both times of grieving and celebration, the sound of a ringing bell has been used to call people together. In the context of this service of memorial, the ringing bell is a resounding expression of loss; and we hope that the solemn sound of bells across Cape Cod will encourage people to pause and be reminded of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whom we have lost during the pandemic.
Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. In the event of bad weather the service will be cancelled. Any cancellation notice will be posted by noon on that day on the Council of Churches’ Facebook page. Any who are not yet fully vaccinated are respectfully requested to wear a face mask.
Invitation to Participate in a Cape-wide Tolling of Bells
“The living to the church I call, and to the grave I summon all.”
(This signature phrase is engraved on approximately 100 New England church bells built by Paul Revere.)
As we return from isolation to familiarity, we ask you to join us in tolling bells for five (5) minutes during a Cape-Wide bell ringing on Sunday, July 18 at 4:00 p.m. This will mark the beginning of an Interfaith Service of Grief, Healing and Hope that will take place at that time in Aselton Park, located on the corner of South and Ocean Streets overlooking Hyannis Harbor. All are welcome at the service.
Historically, in both times of grieving and celebration, the sound of a ringing bell has been used to call people together. In the context of this service of memorial, the ringing bell is a resounding expression of loss; and we hope that the solemn sound of bells across Cape Cod will encourage people to pause and be reminded of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whom we have lost during the pandemic.
A ringing of bells is a way to share our collective lament and hope – whether in person at the service, or across this special peninsula.
All forms of bells are welcome: steeple bells, hand bells, organ bells or chimes. Let us ring out together.
We recently celebrated our devoted and hard-working staff with a "(S)Hero" Party! Throughout the Covid crisis, our staff has remain committed to serving the needs of our local community through providing groceries from Hands of Hope Food Pantry, diapers, wipes and formula from A Baby Center and to-go meals from Faith Family Kitchen. We give thanks for their dedication and talent. Here's our Sheroes in their super hero capes!
WE ARE HIRING!! Two positions open. Go to https://www.capecodcouncilofchurches.org/ for details. Applicants should submit cover letter, resume and three reference contacts. Positions open until filled.
Chef/Program Director for Faith Family Kitchen
Direct and Implement the mission of Faith Family Kitchen, to alleviate hunger by serving without judgement those in need of regular, free nutritious meals. Faith Family Kitchen, which is a program of the Cape Cod Council of Churches, operates in partnership with Faith Assembly of God Church, Hyannis, MA.
Program Director, Covenant to Care for Foster Families
Direct and implement the mission of Covenant to Care, which exists to create partnerships between local foster care families, Cape and Islands faith communities and the broader Cape and Islands community to support foster families and the children in their care. Covenant to Care for Foster Families (CCFF) is a collaboration between the Cape Cod Council of Churches and the Cape and Islands Department of Children and Families (DCF).
Thank you to all who participated in our Generations of Hope Online Silent Auction! We are very grateful for your support. While we dearly missed seeing our supportive community in person, we were delighted to be able to hold a virtual event. Thanks to our generous donors, sponsors, volunteers and bidders, we raised almost $20,000! All of these funds help to underwrite our many programs which provided double our usual amount of assistance to folks in need through this past pandemic winter.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Thank You to Our Donors!
May we ask for your assistance?
Independence House will host its 2nd Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Conference titled “#SoMuchAbuse-Let’s End it Together” on Friday, October 1, 2021. The Conference, offered virtually this year, expects to reach an extended audience spanning far beyond the bridges of Cape Cod.
The Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Conference will offer programming in areas of interest as it relates to sexual and domestic violence in faith communities, marginalized communities, and community level prevention strategies. The Prevention Conference will educate adults, teachers, counselors, coaches, supporters, businesses, friends and neighbors, on all aspects of creating healthy and safe communities. A series of workshops/seminars, speakers, vendors, and surprises will encompass the day.
The Cape Cod Council of Churches is involved and co-planning the track on Faith Communities. Your input is important. Won't you take a moment to complete the survey by clicking on the link below?
The Council's A Baby Center partners with the Cape and Islands United Way
in making this community event possible!
A Baby Center
Council Program News
Catch the MSPCA Van at ABC the second and third Wednesday and Thursday of June from 10 am to 12 pm! They will have a supply of pet food available and while you are there, sign up for their free vaccination clinic coming on Monday, June 14 (appointment required)!
We are so grateful for the Cape Cod Church Congregation who had a diaper drive for Mother’s Day!! Thank you for your generous hearts!
Thank you Kristi and Andrew Loucks for your fundraiser in honor and memory of your baby Neely. Along with friends from Osterville Baptist Church, the Loucks family is donating 50 well stocked welcome baby baskets to A Baby Center!
Catch “Health Imperatives” here at ABC every first Thursday from 10-12!
Contact ABC if you are pregnant and are a client or wish to be a client at ABC. So that we can register you for the Community Baby Shower. Contact us for more info. 508-771-8157
HOURS HAVE CHANGED:
Tuesday 12-2 NEW
WE ARE READY FOR YOU!
Although we have changed the way we serve you, many hands are hard at work behind the scenes to makes sure we’re ready for your visit!
Welcome to ABC!!
A lot of you generous folks wish to donate - thank you! Donors must contact staff to discuss donations. No donations may be left at ABC without an appointment. We do not take any large items! Happy to accept new diapers, wipes and unexpired formula at any time. Happy to accept any new toys or books at any time. Everything else must be discussed with staff prior to any drop off. Any items left on the door step must be discarded in the trash, so please call ahead!
Director, A Baby Center
Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center
Beginning on June 1, our Food Pantry and Thrift Shop reopened for in person shopping. We request only one food shopper at a time enter the pantry so we can better assist. We ask those who are not fully vaccinated to wear a mask.
Donations of food are welcome between 10 am to 3 pm on Monday and Friday and 1 pm to 3 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. If you would like to join our team of volunteers in the pantry please call 508-432-1312.
Donations for the Thrift Shop are welcome Monday and Friday from 10 am to 3 pm. Please at this time, no books, glasses of any kind, and winter clothing. If you would like to assist our shop customers or help with pricing or light cleaning, the Shop hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday between 10 am to 1 pm. Please call 508-432-1312 for additional information. As the summer goes on, we hope to be able to open the Shop for more hours.
Program Director, Hands of Hope
Covenant to Care for Foster Families
We recently received this note of thanks from a foster mom, whose new foster baby was able to join her siblings in the same home:
"Thank you so much for your care and support. We adopted the other siblings, so this baby came shortly after. I am glad God made a way to keep them together for now. Thank you for this ministry. It is greatly appreciated and needed."
Notes from our former CTCFF Director Sarah underscore how the Council is able to support foster families through our ministry:
I was able to assist a foster family that has a six year old child interested in taking hip hop dance lessons. She is now signed up with a local dance company to start taking dance lessons this summer for an entire year. We were also able to assist her in getting some dance clothes.
We assisted another family needing items for their newborn foster child, and were able to provide them with nearly $400 dollars of much needed baby equipment.
Would you or someone you know like to get involved with supporting local foster families? We are currently searching for a new Program Director for CTCFF. Please see details in the "Council News" section, above, or by going to capecodcouncilofchurches.org.
Youth StreetReach, Homeless Ministries
As the restrictions on gatherings loosen up a bit, I am happy to let everyone know that we WILL have a cookout for our homeless friends on Sunday, August 1st! We hope it can be at Sea Street Beach in Hyannis as usual but if the town cannot approve our permit, we have the go-ahead to have it at CHAMP House at the outside pavilion at 32 School Street Hyannis! So all of you who have been asking about clothing giveaways, etc. we will plan to have limited clothing giveaways at that time. Obviously we won’t be giving out winter clothes but socks, toiletries, summer clothes will be great. I will be working on creating some sort of plan for the fall and winter. We have lost over a year and many of our youth volunteers will be off to college. So this will be a time of rebuilding our base and getting the word out to our friends. Rev. Pam Wannie and her team at "Here Now Ministries" have been maintaining outdoor worship throughout this time and we will be partnering with them for our cookout. For more info or to volunteer, email Marilyn at email@example.com.
Director, Youth StreetReach
Faith Family Kitchen
Shout Out to Target
in Hyannis and to Robert Eckert and his Open Market team
for regularly donating store grocery surplus to our Faith Family Kitchen! Following is shared by our Chef, Cathy C:
"Yesterday I was doing some prep to get ready for the week. Sunday is not a day we serve, but I heard a tap at the door. Someone I recognize from our needy population asking if I had food. I asked if he'd like a meatloaf sandwich. "Yes", he said. I brought him an orange and a chilled can of Bubly from our cooler (it was 90 degrees out) and asked him to wait for a few minutes. 2 fat meatloaf sandwiches, more fruit, and some snack items went into a bag. If you can imagine the look our eyes shared: it's a God thing. The ability to give is a powerful thing. All of the food in his bag came from Target.
Robert Eckert and the Open Market team from store # 3324 in Hyannis have that same look in their eyes when they know their good surplus is so helpful to us. It is remarkable that the connection came about because Robert and one of our most dedicated volunteers just struck up a conversation."
Thank You to Robert and his team!
Thank You to Target
for their generous donations of food for our Faith Family Kitchen, and Thank You to the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority
for helping to make deliveries from Target to the Kitchen! And with appreciation for Andrea Marzcely
, Barnstable County Food Access Coordinator, for her facilitation of this effort!
During this COVID-19 crisis, you may be depending on Amazon for some essentials. Consider adding the Council as your preferred charity on AmazonSmile. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Click on the button below to get started, and thank you!
During these difficult times, Cape Mediation is committed to continuing to serve our communities by offering Remote Dispute Resolution Services. Right now conflicts can seem even more challenging and can quickly escalate between businesses, landlords and tenants, employers and employees, neighbors, friends, and family members. Our experienced Dispute Resolution professionals are available remotely in a safe, confidential and accessible environment. Our mediation is affordable, voluntary, and confidential, and it gives people the opportunity to resolve issues without a trial. For more details, please read our flier, What is Mediation?.
The MSPCA-Cape Cod
Since its launch during August 2020, the MSPCA-Cape Cod Community Outreach Program has connected pet-owners with increased access to low-cost services and resources. Ranging from pet vaccination clinics to pet food support, the MSPCA-Cape Cod aims to ensure that pets stay at home where they belong. If you are interested in additional information about our services, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-815-5324 to speak with the MSPCA-Cape Cod Community Outreach Coordinator!
Don't miss our free Pet Vaccination Day on July 26!
Bay to Sound Neighbors is delighted to announce it will resume all services as of June 15. Thanks to all our members and volunteers who have stuck with us during this past most difficult year.
If you are interested in becoming a member please complete the application on our website or call 508-470-0585. We are so pleased to be able to resume our mission of helping seniors in Dennis and Yarmouth age in place with the assistance of volunteers. And speaking of, we are also actively recruiting new volunteers if you have a few hours a month. Please follow the same process for additional information- our website or 508-470-0585.
June 15th cannot come soon enough.
The Cape Cod Maritime Museum is offering a new camp program this summer: the ‘Young Mariner Program’. The camp is a multidisciplinary course designed to introduce young people to maritime culture, science, and seamanship in a hands-on manner. The program is for children grades 4-7 and will run during summer break. Activities will take place aboard Cape Cod Maritime Museum vessels and at the Museum. There are full scholarships available for local students that may not otherwise have the opportunity to get out on the water. If a child receives free or reduced lunch at school, then they are eligible to receive a full scholarship. Read more on the flier, and you can also visit our website at https://www.youngmariner.org/.
Cape Cod Family Resource Center has new programming for July! Click here for the Cape Cod calendar, and here for the Nantucket calendar.
Virtual Diversity & Equity Conference Offered Free to All Cape Educators
The conference, “Educating All Our Children: Celebrating the Mosaic”, is offered to all Cape educators by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Task Force, a subcommittee of the Nauset Interfaith Association.
Twenty Cape Cod professionals of color and members of the Wampanoag tribe are offering to share their personal and professional expertise and experiences with Cape Cod educators in a virtual conference July 19th and 20th. The conference, “Educating All Children: Celebrating the Mosaic”, has been organized by the MLK Education Task Force of the Nauset Interfaith Association with the support of the Cape Cod chapter of the NAACP and the Cape Cod Collaborative. It is designed to help educators learn more about racism and anti-racism, equity and inclusion and specifically, how they can help build a safe and inclusive environment for all Cape children.
Two keynote speakers from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will open the conference with a discussion of the development of students’ capacity to care as well as their understanding of justice and their commitment to pursuing it. Other presentations will include sessions on “How to be an Effective Ally to BIPOC In & Out of the Classroom”, “The Impact of Racism on the Mental Health of Students”, “…Education of Wampanoag Youth”, and “Building an Anti-Racist Classroom”. The final session of the conference is a panel of speakers with representatives of various races & cultures speaking about their experiences as a person of color on Cape Cod.
Tara Vargas Wallace is a panelist for the conference’s discussion of multiculturalism on Cape Cod. She said “This conference is critical for educators, especially on the Cape where according to the census 96% are white, to better understand the experiences of their students of color and understand the ways in which racism can negatively impact a child and be better prepared as educators to actively support and advocate for students from underrepresented populations.”
There is no charge to attend the conference and educators can receive professional education credit (PDPs) through the Cape Cod Collaborative. People may register for the conference through the Collaborative website (https://capecodcollaborative.org/courses-professional-development-education/) or by contacting one of the conference organizers to receive an email link to the registration site. (Karen Boujoukos at email@example.com or Angie Chilaka at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Calling all Clergy!
Foundations of Christian Leadership: 2021-2022
Are you a leader in justice, community development, education or church ministry? Are you seeking colleagues to inspire creativity and build skills to further your mission?
Join us for Foundations of Christian Leadership, offered by Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
San Antonio, TX
Session 1: October 25-28, 2021
Session 2: January 18-21, 2022
Deadline: Application is due: August 13, 2021
COST: $150 (thanks to a generous gift from the Lilly Endowment Inc.)
Please contact María Teresa Gastón (pictured above right with Rev. Laura Everett, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, who will be co-teaching in the October session just before Día de los Muertos in San Antonio!) at email@example.com or 402.718.5466 (m) if you would like more information regarding Foundations of Christian Leadership.
- Leadership assessments and personalized feedback
- Multidisciplinary faculty seasoned in theological reflection and organizational science
- Diverse, collaborative and encouraging learning community
- Worship, conversation, skill development, and time to reflect
- Eligibility for a $3,500 grant to fund a project for your organization
- Two four-day sessions (M-Thurs in October, Tues-Fri in January)
For program overview, please click here.
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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 60 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 7,500 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.
A BABY CENTER, Hyannis
A BABY CENTER, Nantucket
Provides critical basic baby needs to income eligible families (WIC) for infants up to age four on Cape Cod and the Islands. The Hyannis Center serves over 500 babies each month. Families receive diapers, wipes, formula, gently-used clothing and other baby necessities.
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 free 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.
Homeless Ministries Services
Offers short term emergency shelter for families and individuals facing homelessness.
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 a Chaplain at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital who offers prayers, hope and comfort to patients and families in their time of illness and recovery.