October-November 2022

Greetings -

The Annual Assembly provided us with a wonderful opportunity to gather - IN PERSON- and share the spirit and commitment that guided the work of the Cape Cod Council of Churches over our past fiscal year.  It was cause for real celebration.  Our board member, Rev. Steve Youd, likes to say that we "walk alongside" one another in our ministry.  I love the image this phrase brings to mind - as it reminds us all that we are partners in this shared journey of living and caring. 

I must convey my heart-felt thanks to all at the Council - staff, Board and volunteers, for granting me the gift of a three month sabbatical over the summer months.  Isaiah 30:15 notes, "In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength."   This sabbatical granted time for rest, renewal, reunion and adventure that strengthened body and soul.  We are all indebted to Nancy Lawrence, who served as the Acting Executive Director during my absence.  To her and to all, I say "thank you."   


Edye Nesmith 
Executive Director

Council News

Thanks to every one of you who joined us for our Annual Assembly - so good to see you all in person! A special thanks to Cathy Cugini and our Faith Family Kitchen volunteers for creating the delicious appetizers, and to Faith Assembly of God for hosting us!

We at the Council would like to congratulate our very own Natalia Albino Frois who has been nominated by State Representative Steve Xiarhos for the 2022 Latino Excellence Award, given by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus. We're so pleased for you, Natalia!

Council Program News

A Baby Center

A Baby Center now has its own QR code
that will take you right to our website!

We welcome Trish Alexander on the right and Lori Feenstra on the left to our team as part time Program Assistants! These ladies have taken on the challenge of serving our clients and are doing so well in their new roles! Please come by and say hi and welcome these women to our program! 

ABC welcomed clients into the building for our Client Appreciation and Care Day on October 5, from 10am to 2pm. Vendors who support this program are: Cape Kids Meals, Capabilities Farm, Read Happy, Bombas Socks, and the MSPCA! Pictures to come!

As we plan for Christmas, A Baby Center is switching gears: Each Family will receive a $50 gift Certificate to a grocery store and a $50 gift certificate to either Target, Cape Cod Mall or TJMaxx.

Please help us to fill this need as we have many clients with young families. Donations should be made using our donation button on our website at or by sending a check to A Baby Center 320 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. Gift Certificates can also be dropped off to Kelly Lerch or Robin Hayward during open hours at A Baby Center, located at 81 Willow Ave, Hyannis.

Thank you!

Robin Hayward
Director, A Baby Center
Covenant to Care for Foster Families

Throughout the summertime and this fall, Covenant to Care for Foster Families has been present in local events, doing tabling and networking with the community about our services and those of the Cape Cod Council of Churches as a whole. Following are the events where Covenant to Care was present:
  1. Unity Day on July 29, 2022 @ Hyannis Village Green
  2. Presented Covenant to Care Program at Cape Cod Covenant Church in Brewster service on July 31
  3. Amplify POC Vendor Market on August 20 @ Aselton Park
  4. Outreach event on September 25 @ First Congregation Church in Falmouth
  5. 22nd Annual Community Breakfast of Independence House on September 30 @ the Cape Codder Resort
  6. No Place for Hate 3 year celebration on October 2 @ Barnstable Unitarian Church
  7. We Can Community Breakfast on October 6 @ Cape Codder Resort
  8. Presented the Covenant to Care Program to guidance counselors @ the Barnstable High School teacher learning day on October 7
Doing outreach in our community events and visiting churches, civic groups, and other agencies has been a great experience! We have been able to connect to our community in different ways, offering our services and also acquiring support for the program. I will continue to do outreach; if you have an outreach event at your congregation or civic group, please consider inviting us.

If you know a foster family, please tell them about this great program that is available for them. Also, if you are a member of a congregation or civic group that would like to volunteer, please contact Natalia Albino Frois at 774-487-2369 or at

For more information we can come to a service in your congregation to explain about the Covenant to Care Program or to a meeting in your agency.

Natalia Albino Frois
Director, Covenant to Care for Foster Families

Faith Family Kitchen

We are practicing Farm to Table meals at Faith Family Kitchen!

This past week we enjoyed a Tex-Mex corn casserole thanks to Cape Abilities and their donation of a bushel bag of wonderful, sweet local corn, as well as bell peppers. Also in this dish were jalapenos and parsley from the community garden right here at the Faith Assembly of God Church.
A different twist on farm to table comes from our volunteers from Harwich-Dennis Rotary. Each fall, Jeff and Laura Eldredge host a fundraising party on their farm. This year they have donated all the fixin’s for a cookout on Wednesday, October 5 at Faith Family Kitchen. Rotarian Lynne Galanis (one of the hard-core “pandemic” team of volunteers) provided pasta salad and homemade sweets. Brad Boyd rolled in with his long grill (as he has done once a month since spring) and cooked right outside with our guests, which they love!

We’ll be keen to see what else the fall harvest puts on our table!

Cathy Cugini
Interim Chef/Director, Faith Family Kitchen

Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center

Holiday Requests at Hands of Hope
Thanksgiving and Christmas are special times for our clients and donors. And it is with great pleasure and joy that Hands of Hope can offer assistance with both special food packages and Christmas gifts.

Currently, we are working with our partners to purchase and also receive as donations, all the food and gifts we will need to have in place in order to assist the many applications we receive for these programs. Please consider donating food from our list of needed items (see below) or help with a turkey.

Beginning October 1st, we are happy to accept any donations of holiday food. Beginning November 1st, we are happy to assist anyone requesting help in our Food Pantry with food and turkeys until we close for Thanksgiving. Families and any one in need of Holiday assistance should come directly to our Pantry Monday and Friday 10-3 and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 1-3. We are closed Friday November 11 for Veteran’s Day.

Also beginning November 1st, we are happy to accept names of families who would like to make an appointment for Christmas assistance. Please call our Center at 508-432-1312 after Nov.1. Dates, times, and location for the Christmas program will be available at that time. Please call us if you or your Church is willing to donate Christmas gifts or volunteer to help out with this special program. We will have more updated information on November 1st.

If you can donate, the following is needed in our food pantry. We are planning for the holidays:
  • Pasta sauce
  • Spaghetti and macaroni
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Cereal
  • Kids snacks
  • Soup
  • Boxed potatoes
  • Boxed stuffing
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Chicken and turkey gravy
  • Bisquick or corn muffin mix
  • Pie crust mix and pie filling
  • Crackers and cookies
Food donations are accepted Monday and Friday 10-3 or Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 1-3. Or call us to make other arrangements.
Gift cards or checks for turkeys (made out to Hands of Hope Outreach Center) can be mailed to us at 49 Route 28, PO Box 387, West Harwich MA 02671.

Thank you!! 

Special thanks to members of the Hands of Hope Advisory Committee for their support!
Cathy Driscoll
Director, Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center

Homeless Ministries -
Youth StreetReach & Here Now Ministries

Youth StreetReach

Our first breakfast of the season was a wonderful experience of God’s grace. It was pouring rain outside but our 45 guests enjoyed a great meal inside the First Baptist Church. Thanks to all our volunteers especially the crew from St John Paul II High School. Five senior students have made Youth StreetReach their Senior Project so they will be around all year. This is our 15th year and we just realized that many of our youth volunteers were not born when we started! Hopefully this program will go on for many more years. Our next breakfast will be Saturday November 12th and we can always use help and donations. Especially needed are new clean white socks and long underwear. Contact Marilyn Lariviere 508-776-6059 if you would like more information on how to help.

Marilyn Lariviere
Director, Homeless Ministries

Here Now Ministries
Here in the heart of God,
Equal before God and each other,
Rejoicing as one,
Engaged in spirit

Our ministry continues to outreach folks in the Hyannis area who are seeking fellowship and a reminder that they worthy of respect, worthy of compassion and that they are loved with a love beyond all understanding.  Our services include music, opportunities for reflection, prayer and then a communion service that is inclusive in a world where people experiencing homelessness are so often excluded.  In all the work that I do both through the Council and at Duffy Health Center, one of the things that I hear most desperately expressed is loneliness.  People that are experiencing homelessness are too often shunned; cast aside by the dominant society.  This can create a sense of thwarted belongingness and burdensomeness that often leads to severe depression, substance abuse, and suicidal feelings.

Our ministries' primary mission is to be a place of compassion and connection.  We, as Christians, are informed by the work of Christ and then continue his work by being a healing presence with those who are hurting, hungry, and isolated.  This is not about ministry “to” a particular group, it is an opportunity to be “with” folks in worship and in fellowship. 

I hope that people in our community would consider not only donating to our homeless ministries, but also staying and talking with people that come to our services, letting them know that we see the Christ in them, and showing them God’s love through our compassion.
Winter donations being accepted:  Sweatshirts, Sweatpants, Blankets, Cumberland Farms gift cards, Dunkin Donuts Gift Cards.  Contact Rev. Pam Wannie to make donations

Outdoor Services to be held on October 30, 2:00, November 20, 2:00.  In December we will participate in the Homeless Persons' Memorial Service to be held on December 21. 

Rev Pam
Pastor for Homeless Ministries

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Community News

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Creation Care 101 – Fall Program
SEPT 2022 – APRIL 2023
Recommended by churches across the U.S., across 10 denominations! 
Creation Care Collective presents the Creation Care 101 Program – a free program, toolkit, and community building resource, designed for the church. Together, we engage congregations in faith-based conversations for practical applications of environmental healing and justice, in church and home contexts.
Developed alongside advisors at Yale’s Forum on Religion and Ecology and Oxford University’s Laudato Si’ Institute, the Creation Care 101 Program connects the dots between faith, science, justice and creation care. This program is free for churches and welcomes people from all parts of the Christian family.
Register for free and join churches across the United States across 10 denominations in restoring faith, justice and creation – welcoming participants from all parts of the Christian family! All who register will automatically be  invited to each session, and automatically receive a recording should you not be able to attend a session. 
8 Sessions, 8 Months, 1 Session per Month
  • Live via Zoom, will be facilitated.
  • 2nd Thursday evening of each month
  • Sessions are 2 hours, live at both 7pm ET and 7pm PT
  • You just show up and invite your congregation!
  • Sept 8th   Intro: Faith, Science & Creation Care
  • Oct 13th   Eating: Theology of Food
  • Nov 10th   Hosting: Honorable Gatherings
  • Dec 8th     Purchasing: Living Simply & Justly
  • Jan 12th    Regenerating: Soil, Compost, Waste
  • Feb 9th     Reframing: Water & Energy
  • Mar 9th     Planting: Gardens & Spaces
  • Apr 13th    Planning: Pulling it Together
 Click here to register!

Silent Spring Institute is recruiting residents in Hyannis to join The Massachusetts PFAS and Your Health Study. Adults and children who lived in Hyannis anytime between May 2006 and July 2016 may be eligible. By joining this study, Hyannis residents can learn about the levels of PFAS chemicals in their bodies and can help advance scientific understanding of the impacts of PFAS on human health and inform drinking water guidelines to better protect communities from these harmful chemicals.
Hyannis residents who are interested in participating can contact the study team at or (508) 296-4298.

A bit about the study: The Massachusetts PFAS and Your Health Study is one of seven projects funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to investigate the human health effects of PFAS contaminants in drinking water. The study is being led by Silent Spring Institute in collaboration with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Eastern Research Group. It's focusing on two communities in Eastern Massachusetts—Hyannis and Ayer—where public drinking water supplies have been contaminated by PFAS from the use of firefighting foams at nearby fire training areas. Local community partners are Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) and People of Ayer Concerned about the Environment (PACE).


Here is the link for our October Enews.  Please feel free to share this with anyone you think may be interested in any of our activities.  Our Annual Assembly is coming right up on October 22nd at the Osterville United Methodist Church.  Hope you can join us
Marilyn Lariviere
President CWU of Cape Cod. 
Women of Faith

Pilgrim Congregational Church will host a Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 30th from 4pm-6pm at our location of 533 Route 28 in Harwich Port.  This is a community event, and everyone is welcome.  There will be Trunk or Treating in our parking lot and games and refreshments in Monbleau Hall.  No registration is required.  For more information, call (508) 432-1668.
On Aug 30 Bay to Sound Neighbors had a luncheon for its members with entertainment provided by the Cape Cod Ukulele Club. Connecting, food and great music- who could ask for more.

Want to feel wonderful doing something that helps someone age in place with a bit of assistance? Become a volunteer! No set days or amount of time  - just whatever fits into your schedule and life. An hour a week, an hour a month - does not matter. Mostly driving, home visit or a bit of shopping or light maintenance. Training is provided.
Contact us at or call at - 508-470-0585.

10 AM - 3 PM
The Alzheimer's Family Support Center is pleased to once again welcome Teepa Snow back for our annual free videoconference on life with dementia disease. This year's videoconference will focus on issues involving behavior management. Whether a professional or family caregiver, learning to understand and manage challenging behaviors paves the way for living well with dementia disease, rather than trying to just live despite it.
Topics Teepa will cover include:
·     Managing Behavior: Start with Yourself
·     Learning the Difference Between Letting Go and Giving Up
·     Humor and Caregiving
·     Developing Activities that have Meaning for Those Living with Dementia
Whether you work for a healthcare organization, in the community, or you are family caregivers, please feel free to invite anyone who you think might benefit from the timely and essential information this teleconference will provide.
CE approval is pending at this time.
To register, click on this link:

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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, 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.

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.

  • Here Now Ministries’ mission is to build bridges between our local housed and unhoused communities. Our monthly worship gathers on the lawn of the First Baptist Church of Hyannis, rain or shine.
  • 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 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 Laurie is a professional financial advisor and serves on the Council's Development and Finance Committee.

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