February 2018
March 2018

The Council is blessed by a community of volunteers and supporters who give of time and talent and treasure in many different ways. Together, we act in concert to uplift those who struggle. It is a privilege to engage in this mission, "Serving God by Serving Others."  
I offer the following prayer to all in this work.

"May the Creator grant us peace and courage,
for we are beautifully and wonderfully made, 
just as we are.

May the One whose life was spent reaching out to the outsiders grant us 
healing, wholeness, and the assurance that we belong.

May we be challenged to extend that same healing and hospitality to others. 

May the One who is our advocate strengthen us in community, 
empower us in our gifts, and fill us with joy in the good news."  
(from Reconciling Works)

In Peace,

Edye Nesmith
Executive Director


Council News:

A Concert to benefit the Council's Faith Family Kitchen

Friday, February 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Tilden Arts Center, Cape Cod Community College
Adults: $10 / Students: $5
This year's concert is dedicated to feeding as many Cape Codders as we can - families and individuals who struggle to put food on the table. Join the best singers, dancers and musicians from high schools across Cape Cod in concert, and support this very worthy cause.

A Benefit for the Cape Cod Council of Churches


Break Bread together with the Cape Cod Council of Churches
as we celebrate our work feeding generations of Cape Codders. Enjoy seasonal appetizers, cocktails and dinner buffet, live music, and silent auction.

Honorary Guest Catherine D'Amato
President and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank

Catherine D'Amato's passion for ending hunger was instilled by her hardworking father, whose modest restaurant had a policy of feeding homeless and hungry people. She's been a leader in the nation's food bank network for 36 years. Under her guidance, GBFB's distribution of food has increased to nearly 58 million pounds of healthy food per year through 550 agency partners, such as the Cape Cod Council of Churches' Faith Family Kitchen and Hands of Hope Food Pantry.

Catherine writes, "Hunger can be solved...We will do what we have to do to end hunger here."

Emcee Jim Lehane, President of Spring Hill Associates

Please click here to purchase tickets online through Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Cape Cod Council of Churches now participates
in the AmazonSmile Foundation!

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A Baby Center
A Baby Center is now providing free programming to income-qualifying parents of babies 0-4 years of age. Classes range from music and movement to lactation specialists and reading time. Call 508-771-8157 for enrollment opportunities.

Meaghan and Robin at the State House

A Baby Center staff members Robin Hayward and Meaghan Graves-Foley made it to the State House last week to advocate for Safe Sleep for Commonwealth Infants! A Baby Center is the only distributor in the area for the Baby Box. Log on to our website for more information on acquiring a Baby Box for your newborn at

Robin Hayward
A Baby Center Director

Hands of Hope Outreach Center

Donations Needed
Late Winter/Early Spring 2018 

We hope you can help us with the following foods:
Baked Beans
Chef Boy R Dee Canned Pasta
Canned Hash or Chili
Canned Corn and Peas
Pasta Sauce
Granola bars

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

Catherine Driscoll
Director, Hands of Hope 

Hospital Chaplaincy
For Local Clergy -
   from the Cape Cod Hospital Chaplain in Hyannis

My office is located on the second floor near the Chapel, which is across from the main elevator. I’m generally at the hospital Mon-Fri from about 8:30am to 2:30pm.  If you’re in for a visit, come by the office to let me know, or call ahead to let me know.  I like to note in the charts that local clergy are visiting patients when I can. 

I’m working to build a collaborative ministry with local clergy.  With patient permission, I can help you know who’s here, etc.  If you ever need me, or have a question, or have time and want to meet/have coffee at the hospital, and I’m not in the office, you can ask the front desk or main operator to page me.  Or use my mobile number: 508.28.7983 to call or text.  

There is also a Volunteer office near my office that local clergy can use when they come into the hospital to visit members of their congregations.  The hospital provides resources there to assist clergy in their visits, subject to privacy regulations, etc.

Please reach out and let me know how the ministry of chaplaincy at Cape Cod Hospital might be improved and more collaborative and helpful to your own ministry, and the broader faith community of the 21st century.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the ministries and work of the Council of Churches. 
Be well!

Rev. Mary Hansen-Joyce
Interfaith/Protestant Chaplain at Cape Cod Hospital

Youth StreetReach
Next Breakfast scheduled for Saturday, February 24!
Our Youth StreetReach schedule is underway with three more breakfasts planned into the spring.  This is an opportunity for church, school, or civic groups to sign up to help feed our homeless population a hearty breakfast as well as to provide clothing and hospitality.  All the breakfasts are held at Fellowship Hall at the Federated Church in Hyannis.  The overnight programs provide a more in-depth look at the issue of homelessness through speakers who have “been there” and by interactive programs. We already have some groups signed up, so please contact Marilyn Lariviere at or 508-776-6059 to get a packet of information for youth leaders and to reserve your spot.  If you want to see what it’s all about, please feel free to stop by for breakfast (7 - 9:30 am) on any of the dates listed.  We can always use donations of warm clothing, backpacks, and toilet articles.  This program is run by youth, but we welcome supportive adults as well.  It is an experience you will not forget!

February 24            Breakfast (set up the night before)

March 23-24           Overnight

April 28                   Breakfast (set up the night before)

Marilyn at the most recent breakfast, January 2018

Marilyn Lariviere
Director, Youth StreetReach

Legislative Breakfast
Sponsored by Church Women United of Cape Cod
and the Cape Cod Council of Churches

Our Fifth Annual Legislative Breakfast will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018  from 8:30-10 am at the Unitarian Church, 3330 Main Street (Route 6A), Barnstable.  All Cape legislators have been invited to share comments on immigration, opiate addiction, gun violence, human rights, and domestic abuse to learn how we can work together to make a difference.  There is no charge but please RSVP to so we will be able to plan for enough food for the breakfast.  There will be an opportunity for questions so plan to write your questions ahead of time.  Linell Grundman will again be our facilitator. 


Community News:

Cape Housing and Advocacy Training,
Co-sponsored by the Housing Assistance Corporation and the Community Development Partnership
Are you tired of struggling to find housing? Or perhaps you are unhappy with the fact that your friends, family, neighbors and employees struggle to live on the Cape? You can do something about it. The Cape Housing Advocacy Training will teach you what you need to know to support the creation of more housing on Cape Cod, including affordable housing. If you are passionate about making sure that people on Cape Cod have a place to live that they can afford, then this training is for you. Learn how decisions are made, by whom, and how to influence them. You have the power to improve your community and make it stronger. Weekly and Full Day sessions begin in mid- February at four locations in Hyannis, Falmouth, Wellfleet and Harwich. Please click here to view the flyer.

Father and Baby Pizza Party
New and Expectant Dads: you and your baby are invited to A Father & Baby Pizza Party Cape Cod Hospital (Lorusso Conference Center), 27 Park St., Hyannis. with Paul N. Melville, family support specialist and Ann Macdonald, RN, BSN, CCE Special guest: Dr. Jim Rodrigues hosting New Dad Jeopardy! Come show off your baby, connect with other Cape dads, and learn about resources for local families. No cost, no catch. Free pizza dinner! Thursday, February 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by Cape Cod Healthcare and the Families United Network Program of Cape Cod Child Development. Information or registration: Ann at 508-862-5123. For further details, please click here.

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program
The NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. The course began February 6 and runs Tuesdays through April 24, meeting at the BID/Plymouth Hospital (Jordan). For more details, please click here.

"A Night to Shine"
A chance to give back -- Volunteers are needed for the second annual "Night to Shine," on Friday night, February 9, at Gateway Christian Center, 4966 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Cotuit. "Night to Shine" is an extravaganza prom night for special needs people on Cape Cod, the Islands and South Shore. Volunteers are needed to greet attenders, pass out corsages and crowns; help with make-up, hair styling, and shoe shining; help with a catered dinner (you eat too!), and accompany guests. The prom night, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, includes a limo ride, a red carpet greeting, and dance from 6-10 p.m. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 4 p.m. For more information and to sign up to volunteer, email or go to the web site

Concert: Choral Evensong
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church of Chatham, Mass. will present a Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Transfiguration on Saturday, February 10, at 5 pm. The treble choristers, Evensong Choir, and bells will present music of Stanford, and festive hymns for the occasion will be sung. Maury A. Castro, Organist & Choirmaster.
All are welcome to attend the service, to be held in the church’s sanctuary at 625 Main St., Chatham. For details, contact the church office, (508) 945-2832, or visit

“Positive Solutions for Families”
is a four-week parenting education series, facilitated by Justice Resource Institute (JRI) and sponsored by Cape Cod Child Development. Family members who attend these workshops will learn how to develop healthy and nurturing relationships with their children. Based on research developed at the Center for Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL), families will learn to appreciate the importance of developing strong attachments with their young children, handling disappointments, controlling anger and problem-solving in a fun and supportive peer group setting. Saturdays, February 10th, February 17th, February 24th, March 3rd, from 10:00 am-12:30 pm, at Cape Cod Child Development 1498 Falmouth Road, Centerville. Childcare with activities, lunch, and free books will be provided! To learn more, please click here.

A Second Chance Families
is a six week support program for family members of suicide attempt survivors, and offers a safe, non-judgmental place for family members to talk about their feelings, to talk about the impact their loved one's suicide attempt had on their lives, and to build resilience by identifying resources and coping strategies for the future. The next session begins in early February. More details are available here.

One Billion Rising
Did you know that 1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime? That's ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Each year across the world, people gather in solidarity to rise up against abuse, violence and the exploitation of women. Join a gathering at the Yarmouth Senior Center on Wednesday, February 14th from 2:00-5:30 p.m. and be part of this worldwide event. This year's event will feature a panel of local speakers who will discuss abuse of women in our society. The event will conclude with an illumination ceremony and moment of silence, and interactive "artistic uprising" painting activity. To see more details, please click here.

Play It Forward
is a program funded through the Community Impact Partner Grant from Cape and Islands United Way, and hosted by the Cape Cod Children's Museum. Parents of toddlers or preschoolers who sign up for the series will receive a free one year membership to the museum! For more info, please click here.

Elder Suicide Prevention Training for Cape and Islands Communities
will be led by The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands, and is designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among adults age 55 and older. This training is open to the public and is appropriate for anyone who has contact with older adults during their professional, personal, or volunteer activities. After the training, participants will be able to: understand the warning signs of suicide in older adults; develop strategies for early intervention and prevention; identify risk factors, levels or risk, and protective factors for suicide in older adults; and learn effective methods for active listening and engagement with older adults who are suicidal. February 20, 2018 at the Four Points by Sheraton, Eastham. Please go to the flyer for further information.

Higher Education and Training Information Day for DCF Youth
will be presented on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 10am to 1pm at the Department of Children and Families, 500 Main Street, Hyannis, MA. This is a very good opportunity for foster parents, grandparents, and  lawyers to learn about what is offered as far as funding for college and trade school as well as eligibility guidelines. It is never too early to start planning. To see more, please click here.

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing
will present the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing in a series of bi-weekly classes focusing on spirituality, professionalism, wholistic health and community, beginning February 24, 2018 at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Pastoral Center in Braintree. The mission of faith community nursing is to intentionally integrate the practices of faith and nursing so that people can achieve wholeness in, with, and through the community of faith in which they serve. To learn more, please click here.

Gregorian Chant Retreat at the Community of Jesus, March 14-17

  • Date: March 14-17, 2018 (The retreat begins with Wednesday night dinner and ends Saturday after lunch)
  • Place: Paraclete House at the Community of Jesus in Orleans, MA
  • Price: $350 including 3 days accommodations and gourmet meals.

Click here for more information,or call 508-255-1094.
Join us as we explore the riches of this glorious tradition. 

Celebrate with Cape Cod Synagogue!
Rabbi David Freelund's 13th Anniversary
Please join Cape Cod Synagogue as they celebrate a Bar Mitzvah year… the 13th Anniversary of David Freelund as the Rabbi of Cape Cod Synagogue. The Synagogue extends this invitation to the greater Cape Cod Community to attend and make this a memorable occasion as we spend the evening in good company, roasting the Rabbi in a traditional Dean Martin Celebrity Roast style, along with a delicious dinner and entertainment by Swinging With the Rat Pack. Sponsored tables are limited, so early reservations are encouraged.  Additional opportunities are offered to be part of the memorable program booklet. Additional details are at

Are you or a Dennis resident who needs help with your fuel bill?
Fuel assistance season is now upon us, and we want to get the word out to the communities of Dennis. 
To qualify you need:
1. Approval from Fuel Assistance (South Shore Community Action Council, Inc.)  
2. Less than $3000 in checking and savings if you are single. Less than $4000 in checking and savings if two or more adults live in the home.
3. A recent document showing proof of residence in the Town of Dennis (a utility bill, or lease).
4. Call Marion Prendergast at 508.694.2004 for an appointment.
5. This program is open to all ages.
If you have not applied for Fuel Assistance, and feel you need fuel assistance, please call Marion Prendergast at 508.694.2004 to schedule an appointment.  

Job Opportunity!
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Chatham is looking for a Communications Coordinator, 15-20 hrs/week. For more information, please click here.


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 6,500 residents each year through the Council's seven 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 provides critical basic baby needs to income eligible families (WIC) for infants up to age three 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.

BRIDGE TO HOPE mentors women while incarcerated and upon release, as they work toward building new lives centered on spiritual, mental, emotional and economic life skills. 

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 Volunteer Services:  Coordinates church volunteers to provide support and companionship to formerly homeless individuals.
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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