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November-December 2021 / January 2022


“God doesn’t miss anything. God knows perfectly well all the love you’ve shown by helping the needy, and that you keep at it.  And now I want you to extend the same intensity toward a full-bodied hope, and keep at it until the finish…”  (Hebrews 6:16-18 from The Message Translation)
 
At the Council’s recent Annual Assembly we turned to this powerful message from Hebrews as we considered the work of the past year.  The passage offered reassurance of God’s steadfast presence in the face of all-consuming work during this pandemic.  Now, as we turn towards outreach efforts during Thanksgiving, Christmas and into the early winter, we hold to “full-bodied hope” – hope for health, for fortitude, for wisdom and guidance.  And we express gratitude for all who partner to make this ministry possible. 

Peace,



Council News


A hearty thank you to all who helped make our Annual Assembly run without a hitch in our second year of conducting this meeting in a virtual format. Thank you as well to our Delegates, and to all who took the time to complete the brief survey on your Assembly experience. Your feedback is valuable!


Mark your calendars for two important worship services coming in December and January:

Homeless Persons' Memorial Service
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
This service, held on the winter solstice, is a remembrance of all who have lost their lives over the past year who have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Service of Commemoration
Sunday, January 16, 2022

Further details for both services will be forthcoming.


We are grateful to Larry Brown, who devoted his Cape Cod Times column of this past Friday to the work of A Baby Center and highlighted Sarah Morse's journey as former client and current staff member there. Larry writes, "...A Baby Center is one of the public service operations of our Cape Cod Council of Churches. Over 50 Cape parishes plus other community partners work together through the Council. No one is asking anyone to compromise their foundational beliefs; it’s not like that. In a self-polarizing era, here’s one of our most vibrant forces for cooperation through service."
Follow this link to read the full column.


Our programs are getting ready for Christmas! Please see the following Council Program News for more information and to learn how you can contribute.
 



Council Program News


A Baby Center



Last Christmas we served 512 children with a Santa Bag,
thanks to our generous donors!


If you would like to volunteer to help assemble Santa Bags,
please contact Robin at 508-771-8157.
Thank You!!

 
 
Also, Many Thanks to Baby2Baby which is donating over 34,000 diapers of all sizes!
We are so grateful for their support!


Job Opening at ABC
A Baby Center has a position open for a part time Program Assistant. Position will be open until filled.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 
Assist Program Director and Program Manager in accepting bulk donations of clothing and supplies. Sort supplies that are donated. Assure sufficient clothing and diaper bags for daily client visits. Carry out Intake duties. Perform other appropriate tasks as directed by the Program Director/Program Manager. Position is for 12 hours/week. Please contact Robin at 508-771-8157 for further details.

Robin Hayward
Director, A Baby Center
 

Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center

The coming months are busy ones at Hands of Hope!

First to take place is the Golf Tournament fundraiser set for this Friday, November 5th. Due to damage from the recent storm, the tournament will now be held at the Dennis Highlands Golf Course on Old Bass River Rd, Dennis. This is a major effort to finance the work of the Food Pantry. We hope you will spread the news and give it your support.



This event will be followed closely by the Thanksgiving food distribution to our clients at the Pantry. Each family will have the choice of a turkey, turkey breast or roasting chicken accompanied by all the traditional foods to complete their feast.

Our long-awaited Christmas Program will again be held in person this year, with appropriate safety precautions, from December 15th through the 17th at our new venue, the First Congregational Church of Yarmouth on Route 6A in Yarmouth Port. Parents can register for an appointment to come and choose from a large display of toys, books, games, and clothing items that they feel would be appropriate gifts for their children. Registration for this program opens Monday, November 1st - please call Hands of Hope at 508-432-1312 to register.

Churches will be notified that we are requesting Christmas donations, including a list of toys and gifts that have been popular in the past. View the list here.

With all these upcoming events, Hands of Hope could use your help. Volunteers make all these activities possible. If you feel that you can spare a couple of hours to make a difference in someone’s life, please give Cathy Driscoll a call at 508-432-1312 to see how you can help.

Another way to be of assistance is by donating funds, food for the Pantry, or items to sell in our Thrift Shop.  Items that are popular purchases in the shop are jewelry, dishes, linens, seasonal decorations, and yarn. The Thrift Shop will be accepting donations until mid-December, after which time we will be closing for the winter. 

As you can see, many HANDS are keeping busy at Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center serving those in need on Cape Cod. Thank you for making our work possible!

Cathy Driscoll
Director, Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center
 

Youth StreetReach, Homeless Ministries

Our Youth StreetReach Program has hosted two wonderful breakfasts in September and October at our new location at the First Baptist Church in Hyannis. Youth from St Francis Prep School, St John Paul II High School, First Church of Christ in Sandwich, Our Lady of the Cape, Our Lady of Victory, Holy Trinity, Christ the King, Osterville Baptist, and Bishop Stang High School have given of their time and talent to share with our homeless guests. They made lunches, served food, gave out clothing, but most importantly they shared the ministry of presence with our guests. Having youth who were home from colleges come back to serve gives a wonderful testimony to the depth of this program. One of our guests shared a beautiful comment that sums up our efforts:
 
"Sometimes people think we are all addicts or alcoholics  or just don’t want to work. I have mental illness and I made mistakes when I was younger. I know that sometimes people don’t want to look at us when they are on their way to work and they think we are just in the way. But people like you give us hope in a dark place. I can’t thank you enough for giving us something to look forward to when we are cold and hungry, You will never know how much this means to us to realize that there are people who care.”
 
The next Youth StreetReach breakfasts will be in November and December:
  • 7 am Saturday, November 20th at the First Baptist Church, Hyannis
  • 7 am Saturday, December 16th at St. John Paul II High School, Hyannis
We welcome both youth and adult volunteers for both dates!

Since we began our program in 2007, we now have youth who were not born when we began!  If you would like to be part of this ministry, contact Marilyn Lariviere at 508-776-6059 or mlariv@comcast.net.

Marilyn Lariviere
Director, Youth StreetReach
 


Faith Family Kitchen



A big Thank You to Brad Boyd and his team from the Dennis-Harwich Rotary Club for putting together
a special BBQ for our guests one warm evening in early October!
 


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Community News


The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) is happening in Glasgow October 31 through November 12.  The COP26 brings world leaders together to accelerate action towards climate change. This summit is our best hope for global solutions!
 
The Unitarian Church of Barnstable is hosting a Standout urging these world leaders to act. We will gather at 12 noon on Sunday, November 7 at 3330 Main St., Barnstable village across from the Coast Guard Museum.  Bring signs, family, and friends and spend an hour with us urging immediate climate action. For more information, please contact Sheila at 585-313-6804
.
 

Here Now Ministry is a radically inclusive ministry for all of God’s beloved whose mission is to build bridges between the housed and unhoused people in Hyannis. 

We offer spiritual companionship and care; not to minister or donate to, but to share and worship together as equals in the eyes of God and each other. We encourage all to participate through prayer, music, and spoken word.  Worship includes a time of Lectio Divina and a communion feast that transforms into our lunch or snack for the day.  Each month we offer to-go snacks and a giveaway appropriate to the season and the needs of the community. 
Upcoming Worship Service and Donation Requests.  Services are held outside on the lawn of the Baptist Church on Main Street Hyannis, 2:00 pm.
  • November 14:  Warm Blankets (not afghans), Serving hot Thanksgiving Sandwiches
  • December 26:   Cookies and Carols sing along, blankets.  Adult Size, Waterproof New Hats, Gloves, Scarves. 
Additional Items Needed
  • Dunkin Donuts Gift Cards ($10.00 cards)
  • New adult size cotton socks
  • single serving snacks (ex: peanut butter crackers)
  • bottled water or juices. 
Please contact me for more information about how you can be a part of our ministry.  I am happy to come to your churches and talk with your parishioners during or after worship. 
Rev Pam Wannie
Founding Pastor Here Now Ministries, Spiritual Care Provider Duffy Health Center
508-612-6375
Pamwannie@comcast.net
RevPamWannie.com   

 

Parish Nurse Ministries of Cape Cod Reaches Out to Parishioners during COVID
 
Are you interested in learning how to start a Parish Nurse Ministry (also called Faith Community Nursing) in your congregation? This is an extremely valuable tool that ALL congregations can use to reach out to parishioners in need as Covid continues. The Parish Nurse's mission combines faith, nursing & health to encourage members to achieve health & healing thru wholeness of body, mind & spirit. The Parish Nurse acts as: personal health counselor, educator, advocate, referral agent, coordinator of volunteers & developer of support groups. In this role, as Covid continues, the Parish Nurse can reach out to parishioners offering:

• education and assistance accessing online church services or bible studies
• education and assistance accessing telehealth visits with medical providers
• assistance signing up for flu and covid vaccines
• assistance accessing transportation to medical appointments
• providing referrals for additional community support as Elder Services, VNA etc.

They can also provide in person: BP clinics, CPR classes, Red Cross blood drives, health related seminars & visit members in the hospital, home & nursing home setting.

Please check out our Facebook page!

We are happy to help get you started by meeting with your Pastor or Church leaders to explain Parish Nursing.
 
God Bless,
Lisa Freeman RNC, BSN FCN

Lfree125@comcast.net
508-896-3299
 


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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, Hyannis
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.

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 
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.

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY 
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 goddard@ceteraadvisors.com. Laurie is a professional financial advisor and serves on the Council's Development and Finance Committee.
 

 
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