June - July 2018

Summer is here!  As we celebrate this welcomed change from the routines of the rest of the year, the work of the Council continues.  This is our vocation -- so we do not take a vacation from serving those whose needs exceed their resources.  
Thank you for supporting this good work that engenders responses like the following, left on the Council's voicemail the morning after a Youth StreetReach breakfast in March.   
"Hi, my name is David, but that doesn't really matter. I just wanted to say thank you for all you’ve done for all of us here who haven’t had a chance to do the right thing for ourselves...I tried to say thank you to as many people as you had working there this morning, but that was impossible, so I figured I’d get your number, and just say it to you so maybe you could say it to them - how much they’ve helped everybody, and what a good thing this is, and how it gives people a chance. God Bless You."  ( - Guest of Youth StreetReach Breakfast, name is changed.)


Edye Nesmith
Executive Director


Council News

A Baby Center
ABC was the guest of "Baby Showers" held by Brewtser Baptist Church and the Mashpee Women’s Club Baby Shower in mid-May. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the attending women who lovingly created beautiful handmade knit goods and quilts and showered our babies with sweet gifts, diapers and baby necessities! Robin Hayward, ABC Director, and Edye Nesmith, Council Executive Director, spoke to the groups about the needs and advances of ABC this year.

Then on May 17, Robin accepted a grant from the Cape Cod Council of the International Literacy Association (ILA). ILA member Brenda Mazzeo authored a proposal specifically for ABC infants. The grant was for 100 first board books from Cape Cod author Martha Day Zschock. The book's title is Read to Me!

How great is it that our Tuesday free reading time with baby at ABC from 11 - 12 pm each week is also called “Read to Me”?! A special thanks to Vickie Titcomb, of Titcomb's Bookshop, who discounted the purchase price in order to add to the number of books donated to ABC. 

ABC is also excited to partner with Bombas Socks who will begin donating up to 500 pairs of socks for our families!! Please support them by purchasing their socks because they donate a pair for each pair sold!

But wait, we're not done yet! We've initiated a fun t-shirt fundraiser with Bonfire, which will send us over $500 if we reach our goal of 100 t-shirts sold. There are 4 different colors and multiple sizes. Click here to go to their website and help us reach our goal!

Robin Hayward
Director, A Baby Center


Covenant to Care - Fostering a Dream
The Council's Covenant to Care ministry oversees our Fostering a Dream Fund, which makes possible for foster children those extracurricular experiences of childhood that many take for granted. From providing piano lessons to covering costs for summer camp, we help support foster families who offer a welcoming home for these children in need. We recently received this wonderful thank you from a grateful young lady, who was clearly thrilled that she could participate in her class's field trip to the Cape Cod National Seashore. Although we have removed her name for privacy, there's no hiding her enthusiasm!

Miriam Erickson
Director, Covenant to Care for Foster Families


Faith Family Kitchen
Members of Cape Cod Academy's Shelter from the Storm Team present Edye with a check for $15,000 to benefit Faith Family Kitchen, one of the Council's ministries. This sum was raised through the team's Shelter from the Storm Concert held this past February. We are so grateful to this remarkable group of students for all the good work they do! 


Youth StreetReach
Join us on Sunday, July 8th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for our Annual Picnic at Orrin Keyes Beach (known as Sea Street Beach) in Hyannis. This is a time for our volunteers (both youth and adults) to provide a special barbeque for our homeless guests who normally visit us for breakfast at the Federated Church during the winter months. If you would like to help or just to drop by we would welcome you! For more information, please call Program Director Marilyn Lariviere at 508-776-6059 or email

Hands of Hope Outreach Center and Food Pantry
Many thanks to local Post Offices for the collection of food for local Pantries every year the Saturday before Mother's Day. Postal carriers pick up food when delivering mail on this day from any residence that has put it out for donation. This year we received from Harwich Route 39, Harwich Port Route 28, West Dennis, Dennis Route 6A and South Dennis Route 134. Over 300 bags of food were brought to our Pantry from this collection! Thanks so much to everyone who donated and to all the Postal carriers who contributed to the pick-up.

Cathy Driscoll
Director, Hands of Hope Outreach Center


The Cape Cod Council of Churches joined Church Women United (CWU) in a celebration of May Friendship Day at Osterville United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 5th. May Friendship Day focuses on our gratitude for God’s presence in all things and especially as we respond to human needs. The event honored Pat Donahue as a “Valiant Woman” for all her work in making a difference in the lives of others. A panel discussion featuring representatives of the Falmouth Service Center and the Council's Faith Family Kitchen and Youth StreetReach ministries informed us of the services they provide.
Great to hear about Falmouth Service Center, Faith Family Kitchen, and Youth StreetReach!
Thanks to Rev. Heather Bailes Baker, Lois Taylor and the women of United Methodist Church for hosting this gathering!

Front Row: Anne Hart, Falmouth Service Center; Olivia Masih White, CWU & Council Board Member; Marilyn Lariviere, Council of Churches/Youth StreetReach
Back Row: Edye Nesmith, Council of Churches/Faith Family Kitchen; Rev. Kate Epperly


Summer’s Here!! --  In this time of Vacation, please help the
Council of Churches’ Vocation of “Serving God By Serving Others”
This time of year focuses on rest and relaxation.  But please remember that the Council does not take a break from serving our local households and individuals with needs that exceed their resources:
  • Moms and Grandparents needing diapers, wipes and formula, helped by our A Baby Center
  • Households low on food, served by our Hands of Hope Food Pantry, Faith Family Kitchen and Youth StreetReach Breakfasts
  • Foster children wanting what most kids have – summer camp, music lessons, equipment to join a sports team -- provided by our Covenant to Care ministry
  • Hospital patients in need of care and comfort, supported by our Hospital Chaplains
As you continue your break from the busy-ness and routines of the other nine months,
please consider a donation to the Council’s on-going ministries.
Your help changes lives as we build strength and alleviate suffering.


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Community News


The Massachusetts Senate recently approved new legislation creating a pilot program under the Department of Public Health to provide free safe-sleep receptacles, commonly known as “baby boxes”, to new parents or guardians.

Baby boxes are cardboard bassinettes lined with a firm, breathable mattress and a fitted sheet to act as a safe space for newborns to sleep. The boxes contain infant care essentials aimed at promoting safe sleeping practices and healthy habits for families that are new to parenting.

Before receiving a free baby box, parent applicants are required to participate in an online educational course that broadens knowledge of child care practices and proper use of a baby box. Ultimately, the goal of this legislation is to bring new mothers into a closer relationship with their healthcare community in order to improve prenatal and postnatal care, as well as to create a network of baby box distributors across the Commonwealth.

We are proud to say that the Council's A Baby Center is already a baby box distributor!

Immigration on the Cape and in our Nation: Forming a Faithful Response
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Harwich, MA is currently showing the art exhibit “Building Bridges: Portraits of Immigrants and Refugees.”  Open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday mornings 8:30 am to 12:30 pm through July 8, this display of photographs shows and tells the story of immigrants and refugees who have come to Massachusetts from more than eighteen countries around the world.
In addition, two educational forums will be offered in late June:
“Immigrant Life on Cape Cod and the Islands” is a panel discussion held on Saturday, June 23 at 10:00 am.  The panel discussion will feature:
  • Collin Mickle, Attorney at Law, Coordinator, Immigration Resource Center, Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, Inc.
  • Rev. Rod MacDonaldChairperson for Refugee Support Action Team of the Nauset Interfaith Association
  • Andrea Kelton-Harris, First Lady, Zion Union Church, Hyannis; Member of the Council of Churches Board of Directors
  • Cecilia GutierrezNantucket, translator for the Spanish-speaking Catholic congregation St. Mary of the Isle, Catholic Church, Nantucket; Member of the Council of Churches Board of Directors
 A light breakfast will be served.
The final educational event will be titled “Immigrants and Refugees: Important Aspects of the National Situation.”  Held on Monday, June 25 at 3:00 pm, this panel discussion will feature:
  • Ms. Anna Fata - Diplomatic attaché at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations.  She will speak of growing up in an immigrant family, and the work of the Vatican and many nations for a Global Compact on Refugees and Immigration.  The USA recently pulled out of this Compact.
  • Ms. Emily Leung, Esq. - Immigration Attorney with the Justice Center of Southeastern Massachusetts, a subsidiary of South Coastal Legal Serves. She has much hands-on experience in immigrant services and is an expert on legislation pending in Congress on all aspects of immigration – DACA, comprehensive reform, refugee reception, sensitive locations, TPS, unaccompanied minors, et al.
  • Rev. Richard Wilson - Priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Rector of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River, and executive editor of The Anchor, newspaper of the Diocese of Fall River.  He will speak about the Church and Immigration – about his multi-ethnic parish, his past leadership of the Hispanic Ministries, his parish work in Honduras, and his nationally-recognized work in responding to immigration raids and mass seizures.
  • G. Thomas Ryan, moderator - Liturgist, St. Mary’s Nantucket; Christian Education director, Community of Jesus; tour leader (St. Peter’s to Germany in 2016); and chair of the Migrant and Refugee Committee of the Cape Cod Council of Churches.
Each of these events are free of charge and open to the public.
For more information please contact the church office at (508) 432-5172.



Upcoming Events

Concert by Cherry Rhodes, Organist
Church of the Transfiguration
Sunday, June 10, 3:30 pm

Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Drive
Hyannis Youth and Community Center
Wednesday, June 13, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Summer Reading Program
Hyannis Public Library
Sign-ups begin Thursday, June 21

Forum: Immigrant Life on Cape Cod and the Islands
St. Peter's Lutheran Church
Saturday, June 23, 10:00 am

Concert: Berkshire Children's Chorus
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church
Sunday, June 24, 3:00 pm

Forum: Immigrants and Refugees: Important Aspects of the National Situation
St. Peter's Lutheran Church
Monday, June 25, 3:00 pm

Georgian Chant Retreat
Community of Jesus
Wednesday - Saturday, August 15-18


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.
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
Coordinates assistance and provides support for homeless individuals and families.
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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