December 2020

Wishing all our friends
a Happy, Healthy & Safe Christmas
and Peace in the New Year.

Cape Cod Council of Churches
Please take a few moments to watch a special Christmas service (make sure to unmute!) with Rev. Ed Larson, the Council's Interfaith Chaplain at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Sandwich. Thank you to the First Congregational Church of Falmouth and to Stephanie Nadolny and Craig Bautz of Spaulding for making this service and video possible. Merry Christmas!


Council News

Donations may be accepted by check made out the Cape Cod Council of Churches and mailed to our office at 320 Main St, Hyannis MA 02601. Donations may also be made online through PayPal on our website at Thank You!

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s memorial will take place in socially distanced and virtual ways.  From 9 am and into the evening of Dec. 21, people are invited to walk a path in contemplation and prayer as they visit memorial signs that are placed in a socially distanced manner on the Hyannis Green. These signs, designed by the students of St. John Paul II High School, note the names of our neighbors who died this past year.  A brief pre-recorded service that includes a reading of the names of those who have died can be accessed as of 9 am on Dec 21, broadcast on the Cape Cod Synagogue’s YouTube channel Synagogue Events - YouTube. People can listen to this service as they visit the signs, or in a location of their choosing.    Also, at 4p.m on Dec. 21, the National Coalition for the Homeless will be broadcasting a national service via Zoom.  Registration for this service is necessary at the following link:
Co-sponsors of this memorial include:  Barnstable Police Department’s Community Impact Unit, Cape Cod Council of Churches, Cape Cod Synagogue, Champ Homes, Duffy Health Center, Federated Church of Hyannis, Housing Assistance Corp (HAC), South Congregational Church and “Here Now Ministries”, St. John Paul II High School, Team M25, Vinfen and the Youth StreetReach Program of the Council of Churches.  This is truly a community effort and all are welcome to participate. 

The Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Service of Commemoration
Sunday, January 17, 2021, 3:00 p.m. 


All are invited to gather virtually in celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 3 p.m.  This special interfaith service will be accessible using this link:

The Rev. Dr. King wrote, “The question is not whether we will be extremists but what kind of extremists we will be.  Will we be extremists for hate or for love?”  The service will address our community’s ongoing work confronting racism and enacting equal justice as we feature recordings of Barnstable County youth speaking in a “Listening Session” this fall that was sponsored by the Barnstable No Place for Hate group.  The youth speak powerfully about their first hand experiences as people of color living on the Cape.  Their messages are particularly meaningful during this year that has seen such racial and social unrest. 

The Service will feature music, prayers and a good will offering to benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Cape Cod Chapter of the NAACP. 
All are welcome.

Special Congratulations to Robin Hayward of A Baby Center, who was one of three women honored at this month's Power of the Purse event.

Money raised at this year's event:

  • Promotes the importance of reading aloud to young children, providing books to families at pediatrician's visits
  • Supports more than 50 new and expectant families each year through our community baby shower
  • Creates scholarships and much needed emergency financial assistance for local female college students

We at the Council are so proud of our community and the difference these women make in the lives of young families. Bravo! To view the Power of the Purse 2020 video, go to


We are SO pleased for our Faith Family Kitchen team for being honored last week with an "Unsung Heroes" award by the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission. Wonderful people are doing brave and wonderful work in our community, and the Kitchen team is privileged to be among this group.  So proud of our Executive Chef Jeni Wheeler, Faith Assembly of God Church, and all the supporting staff and volunteers.  Thank you.


Job Opening

The Cape Cod Council of Churches seeks a 15 hr/week director for our Covenant to Care for Foster Families Program.  This professional will direct and lead our ministry that supports local foster families and the children in their care.  This is a partnership with the local chapter of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).  A full job description is posted on the Council's website:  Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references by Jan. 7, 2021 to:

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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, 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.

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 a Chaplain at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital who offers prayers, hope and comfort to patients and families in their time of illness and recovery.
Leave Your Legacy on the Cape! Did you know that you can support The Cape Cod Council of Churches through a gift bequest in your will or living trust? A simple charitable bequest can provide very meaningful support to our mission as well as reduce the amount of estate and inheritance taxes paid. Bequests may be specific dollar amount or a percentage. It’s an easy and wonderful way to support the work of the Council.

You can also designate a portion or your entire required minimum distribution from your IRA to a charity and avoid paying taxes. Donors over age 72 are permitted to transfer to charity up to $100,000 per year directly from an IRA without counting it as income on their Federal Income Tax. If you would like bequest language or more information on making a gift from your IRA, please contact Laurie Goddard at Laurie is a professional financial advisor and serves on the Council's Development and Finance Committee.

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