April - May 2019

As we walk this Holy Week journey to the Cross and Resurrection, may we remember Paul's message, "As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.  Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  Above all, clothe yourselves with love which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.  And be thankful...Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."  (Colossians 3:12-17)
Giving thanks this Easter Season for the Council and for all who act with the faith of being chosen, beloved and called to service.  
In Peace,

Edye Nesmith
Executive Director


Council News

Generations of Hope was a great event!  Over 150 people came together in community to support the good work of the Council of Churches.  Dan Wolf, Founder and CEO of Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines shared the Key Note address with us, talking about the importance of businesses, government and non-profits working together to provide a "Harbor of Refuge" for our neighbors in need.  The Sea View in Dennisport hosted our evening that included cocktails and appetizers, dinner and a Silent Auction.  Jean McCutcheon led our live fundraising activities.  We thank all who made the evening such a success! 


A Baby Center
We celebrate Master Artist and Philanthropist, Marieluise Hutchinson and her volunteers who make possible ABC's Christmas Card fundraiser. Last year's 2018 Christmas Card sales grossed $20,000.  This money will purchase over 150,000 diapers for parents in need in 2019!

Pictured are: Marieluise Hutchinson (in center), Sue Latimer, Linda Cornog and Kathy Walker

We are so pleased to share the news that ABC has been awarded a $5000 grant from the Hyannis Rotary Club in order to purchase new car seats! It is important to know that used car seats may not be shared legally in Massachusetts, so new car seats are a great help for new families.

Robin Hayward accepting the $5000 grant from the Hyannis Rotary Club

A Baby Center is the Diaper Bank of the Cape and Islands. Thank you to Capt. Scott Langum, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, for recognizing the support ABC gave to local Coast Guard families during the federal government shut down this winter!

TWO (2!) Volunteer Opportunities!

A Baby Center has a fresh new look! We hope you will stop by to see our newly-painted boutique! We would love to keep a good thing going. We have the paint and supplies if you are willing to come to ABC with a group of 4+ to help us paint our lobby! We would love your help! Give Kelly or Robin a call at 508-771-8157.

We Need Your Help!
A Baby Center is looking for a team of volunteers to work together and take on the project of cleaning our carpets!
Must be able to lift and move 40lbs.
Is your organization in search of a community service project? Do you have a youth group or men’s group that would help A Baby Center keep its surroundings clean for our babies?
Please call Robin Hayward or Kelly Lerch at 508-771-8157 to schedule a time and work out details!
Thank you in advance for you support.

Robin Hayward
Director, A Baby Center


Youth StreetReach
Sebastian Burke-Lukac attended the November Youth StreetReach program with St Francis Xavier Prep School.  He also volunteered to be a candle bearer at the Homeless Persons' Memorial Service in December.  When offered the opportunity to write an essay for the Cape Cod Times' Classroom Edition, he chose his StreetReach experience as his topic and totally captured the meaning and mission!  Congratulations and Thank You to Sebastian for his essay, which follows.


Sea of Humanity Includes the Homeless

Youth StreetReach is a program sponsored by the Cape Cod Council of Churches that brings young people together to help the homeless. This fall some students from my school joined people from all over the Cape to set up and serve breakfast at the Federated Church. Through my experience with the program, I learned many things about the homeless and also about our amazing community.
The night before the breakfast, we met to set up.  Everyone brought something for the breakfast such as milk, juice, an egg casserole or a donation of clothes.  We also had a chance to listen to speakers, including one who had been homeless for a long time. They told us that one of the things homeless people struggle with most is loneliness. The students who participated were asked to assist the cooks, to serve or to help the guests find the clothes they needed. We also had a chance to play games with them, to sing together, and to share breakfast.  We all had so much fun the time passed quickly.
After the breakfast we gathered around in a circle.  All the volunteers were given starfish necklaces and were told a story that describes the mission of StreetReach. There was a beach with thousands of starfish.  A boy saw them and started throwing them in the water. When an old man saw him, he asked, “Why are you helping them?  You’ll never save them all.” The boy grabbed one and said, “It matters to this one,” and threw it into the sea. That is the idea of StreetReach: to reach out to as many homeless people as you can, because each one really matters.
Sebastian Burke-Lukac
Grade Five, St Francis Xavier Preparatory School

Our next breakfast is April 27th. Anyone interested in helping can contact Marilyn Larviere at 508-776-6059 or

Marilyn Lariviere
Director, Youth StreetReach


Faith Family Kitchen
We are so pleased and grateful to have received a grant from the Hyannis Rotary Club for $9000 to help cover food costs at the kitchen, which served 14,300 dinners last year to our neighbors who contend with food insecurity. The need is great. Thank you to the Hyannis Rotary Club for helping to make our service possible!

Jeni Wheeler accepts a grant for $9000 from the Hyannis Rotary Club. 

Jeni Wheeler
Executive Chef/Director, Faith Family Kitchen


Community News


30,000 MEALS

Cape Cod Synagogue and First Lutheran Church, West Barnstable joined forces last month to combat hunger on Cape Cod. This is the third year the two faith communities have teamed up, recognizing the need to help those in our community with food insecurities.

The Synagogue and First Lutheran were joined this year by St. Peter’s Lutheran confirmation class, Girl Scouts and other friends from the community

With the organizational help of Matthew Martin’s The Outreach Program,, work lines were set up to fill, weigh, seal and pack 30,000 meals of macaroni and cheese, minestrone, soup, and Spanish rice. The meals have all been delivered throughout the Cape to several food pantries (including the Council's Hands of Hope Food Pantry), senior centers, the Council's Faith Family Kitchen, and Joint Base Cape Cod.



Prayer Wall for the Public Returns to Harwich Churches

The prayer wall has returned to Harwich churches and is open to anyone who would like to contribute a prayer.

Walls often have been used to divide people, tribes, and nations.  Walls keep out people different from us or keep us in.  Walls can be hard and painful, and they break human relationships.  St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and St. Mary of Magdala Ecumenical Catholic Church, which share space in E. Harwich, have created a different kind of wall — a prayer wall. 

“The walls between people break my heart and discourage my soul,” says Rev. Tiffany Nicely Holleck, one of the pastors at St. Peter’s.  “I have also been thinking about what Jesus would do with all these walls that divide us from each other.  Jesus came to give us life and hope and light.  I believe the current state of affairs breaks God’s heart as we break relationships with other children of God, when we keep ourselves apart from others.”

These two churches lament walls of division and instead have built a wall that can be a place of hope and healing.  The wall is made of stacked cinder blocks, loosely built with spaces left intentionally between bricks.  Paper and pens are provided for people to write down their laments, their hopes and their prayers for peace, tucking them into the gaps of the wall.

This wall will be outside so that anyone from the public can drive up and add their prayers.

The prayers tucked into the wall will be ritually lifted up in the prayers of intercession on Saturday at St. Mary of Magdala’s worship, then again on Sunday morning during St. Peter’s worship. 

After the season of Lent is over, all the prayers will be gathered together and buried out behind the Memorial Garden, so that prayers become a part of the very soil of our congregations.

Rev. Holleck says, “We hope that this will be a place to mourn, to hope, and to come together as a community.  May this prayer wall be for the mending of our broken hearts, our weary souls, and our divided communities.  May this wall become an expression of hope and joy.”

The Prayer wall is located at:
St. Peter's Lutheran Church
310 Route 137
Harwich, MA  02645


The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands is looking for Volunteers!
Are you an ordinary person who can do extraordinary things? For 40 years the important work of the Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands has been done by over 890 volunteers — ordinary people — just like you. If you’ve been thinking about volunteering for the Samaritans, now is the time. We need you! And we have more volunteer opportunities than ever before. Click here to read more.


What We Do Matters - Three Events to Learn, Remember and Take Action
is a series of programs to shed light on the state of hate in Massachusetts, to hear about the genocide in Rwanda, and to remember the Holocaust. For further details, please click here. Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Group on the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights and the Nauset Interfaith Asscociation, and in cooperation with the Monomoy Regional High School and the Nauset Regional Middle and High Schools.


We Can - Empowering Women Since 2001
We Can will be holding several workshops in April and May designed to support women who are in need of legal services and support during major life transitions. Please refer to "Upcoming Events" at the end of this newsletter for more details.



New affordable housing in Yarmouth is now accepting applications!
Yarmouth Commons is an affordable residential community offering one, two, and three bedroom apartments for rent in South Yarmouth, MA. Our brand new community features beautiful grounds, modern amenities, and a fantastic location.

Community amenities include a large common green space, off-street parking, fitness center, playground, and community center. Apartments feature open concept floor plans, spacious bedrooms, and modern kitchens with Energy Star appliances. Heat and hot water included! 

Yarmouth Commons is located in an attractive suburban setting at 881 Route 28 in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. Convenient access to Route 6 and to the cities of Hyannis and Barnstable. Close to local shopping, dining, entertainment, and more.

Applications can be downloaded at the Yarmouth Commons website and are due by 5 pm Friday, May 17, 2019.


Bay to Sound Neighbors
Bay to Sound Neighbors, for residents in Dennis and Yarmouth who wish to age in place in their homes, launched in mid-September and as of the end of March has 95 members and 83 volunteers providing almost 300 services in the months of January and February. If you need some assistance, become a member. If you have just a few free hours, become a volunteer. You are under no obligation for a set day or number of hours, just whatever fits into your life. Driving to medical appointments, hair dresser, grocery shopping, church or just taking a walk and visiting are the most common services requested. There will be a Member, Volunteer Social May 9 at the Dennis Police Station from 11:30-2. Hope to see you there.
Bay to Sound Neighbors is a 501C3, a non-profit membership based organization. Contact us at 508-470-0585,, or Join Us!


Upcoming Events

Concert: F.J. Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ
Cape Cod String Quartet
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church
Friday, April 19
5 pm

Celtic Easter Service
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church
Saturday, April 20
5 pm

George Baker, Organist
Church of the Transfiguration
Sunday, April 28

3:50 pm

Here Now Ministries Gathering
Front Lawn of the Baptist Church
Sunday, April 28
4:00 pm

New England Women in Ministry Association Retreat
Miramar Retreat Center
Tuesday, April 30 - Thursday, May 2

Seminar: Meet Jenna Quinn
Preventing Sexual Abuse of Children
Cultural Center of Cape Cod
South Yarmouth
Tuesday, May 7
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Celtic Roots Benefit Concert
to Prevent Youth Homelessness
on the Cape
Church of the Holy Spirit
Friday, May 17
7:00 pm

We Can Workshops and Programs
On-Going through April and May
Legal Workshop
LinkedIn Workshop
Computer Basics
PathMakers Mentoring Program
Divorce Boot Camp

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 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.
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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