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,
www.EndHungerNE.org, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or baytosoundneighbors.org. Join Us!