April 2017
May 2017

Spring is now officially here, although winter continues raging like a lion. The weather reflects our nation's political tensions.  In this atmosphere, the Council remains focused on addressing our neighbors' needs, while giving a clear voice to the need for truth, respect and compassion as we endeavor to be God's hands and feet on Earth.  As we await Easter's rebirth, we strive to be a light for our community.  

In that spirit, please click here see the (blurry...) video link of our wonderful staff singing "This Little Light of Mine" at our recent staff retreat.  The retreat was made possible by the generosity of the Evensong Retreat Center in Harwich Port.

Feel free to join the chorus!


Thank You:

Thank you to Fallon Health for the recent grant we received to aid our mission combatting food insecurity.  Fallon donated $1000 to our Hands of Hope Food Pantry.  We thank them!

The students of St. John Paul II High School generously donated their time to assemble our first shipment of baby boxes at A Baby Center.  Thank you!!

Please click on the photo below to read about the Baby Box Project.  

Other Council News:

Save the Date!
Generations of Hope

On July 8, 2017, the Cape Cod Council of Churches will hold a very special fundraising event – Generations of Hope – at the historic Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich, MA.  This evening will include appetizers, cocktails, dinner and a silent auction.  We will be celebrating the inter-generational work of the Cape Cod Council of Churches and highlighting our work on behalf of those struggling with food insecurity.

Dialogue with Clergy:
Resources for Faith Leaders on Sexual and Domestic Violence

Please join us on Wednesday, May 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church for a dialogue on this very important issue.  What are your experiences?  Do you know the resources?  Are you comfortable making an abuser accountable?  Are you comfortable talking to a victim?  Do you know the red flags of abuse?  The event is co-sponsored by Independence House, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Cape Cod Council of Churches and Nauset Interfaith Association.

Please click here for more information.

A Baby Center
Do you have a brand new baby or are you an expectant mom and need a safe space for that baby to sleep?  If you live on Cape Cod we have a safe sleep space for your wee one.  Call 508-771-8157 or come in to sign up for a Baby Box.  This is a free service to all our local families regardless of income..  

We are delighted to partner with The Baby Box Company as they endeavor to reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) across the country by providing safe sleeping spaces for infants!  Baby Box University will provide you with crucial infant care education that is offered by Cape Cod Healthcare  professionals and other professionals from around the globe.

We are introducing Baby Boxes at a special event on Monday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. at A Baby Center.  Parents of newborns and pregnant mothers are invited to enroll in Baby Box University prior to the event by calling 508-771-8157 and then picking up their Baby Box at the event on Monday.  Event space is limited to the first 100, but more boxes will become available on an ongoing basis.  

Faith Family Kitchen
The Cape Cod Times recently published a wonderful article highlighting our Faith Family Kitchen.  Please click here to enjoy the article.

On Good Faith
The Council produces On Good Faith which is a monthly television show that airs on Channel 99. Hosted by Rev. Jonathan Ahnquist, On Good Faith welcomes guests who are community leaders and participants in religious or health and human service organizations. The topic of our latest episode is "Faith Family Kitchen" and the featured guests are Rev. Judith McCullough, Volunteer Coordinator for Faith Family Kitchen and Edye Nesmith, Executive Director of Cape Cod Council of Churches. 

Please click here to view our latest episode.

Youth StreetReach
Youth StreetReach volunteers will be working on the Ragnar Relay on May 12th at two locations, one at Eastern Mountain Sports on Rte 132 in Hyannis, and one at a site to be named in Brewster.  Ragnar is a nationally run Relay Race that utilized non-profits to run their “sites” along the way.  The race begins in Hull Massachusetts on Friday May 12th and ends in Provincetown on Saturday May 13th.  Both of our sites need eight volunteers at all times to direct runners in,  check off names, keep the site clean, and direct runners to leave.  We can use volunteers for three hour shifts beginning at 9 pm May 12th in Hyannis and at midnight in Brewster.  Youth StreetReach receives funds for this service which help to cover expenses for our breakfasts for the homeless all year long.  If any youth or adults are interested please contact Marilyn Lariviere 508-776-6059 or to sign up for a shift.

National Council of Churches
The Cape Cod Council of Churches stands in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters.   We oppose the plague of anti-Semitic actions and rhetoric in our country and the prejudice they express.  Please click here to see the letter of support from the National Council of Churches.

Community News:

Does your church have a Prayer Shawl Ministry?
Do you knit or crochet? Does your church have a prayer shawl ministry? Do people knit hats or make quilts? Does your church have a parish nurse ministry? Will you work with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church?

Imagine 500 prayer shawls, hats, or quilts: seeing them, holding them, praying over them, and then giving them away to churches and human service ministries to promote healing in our communities. We invite you to help us achieve this!

Motivated by the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (acknowledging the revitalization but also divisions that ensued), our goal is, through collaboration with others, to serve and promote healing in our communities. We are planning an event, "For Healing in the World", to be held in October, 2017, which will include music and poetry but be centered in the blessing, dedication and gifting of 500 prayer shawls, hats, or quilts to churches and human service ministries.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Marianne O’Boyle at

Sustainability Initiative at Pilgrim Congregational Church
Please click here to read a short case study highlighting a sustainability initiative launched by the Board of Trustees at Pilgrim Congregational Church (PCC) in Harwich Port.  It is offered in the hope that it may provide a pathway for other houses of worship to position themselves for future financial sustainability and to do God’s work to protect the earth.

Understanding Temperament Speaking Event

Pilgrim Church at 533 Route 28 in Harwich Port will host a speaking event by Cindy Horgan, Executive Director and Family Support Coordinator of Cape Cod Children’s Place, Inc. on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 5:30 PM. Her topic will be Understanding Temperament.  Parents who are sensitive to children's temperaments learn how to prevent unwanted behavior.  Admission is free and a simple meal of pasta, salad, cookies and drinks is also free. The meal begins at 5:30 PM and the program is from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Please call the church for reservations at 508-432-1668.

Cindy Horgan promotes a strength based philosophy model when engaging family and community members. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from North Adams State College and a Master’s in Education from Wheelock College, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Parent Education.

Palm Sunday Parade in Harwich
Harwich United Methodist Church, Pilgrim Congregational Church, St. Mary of Magdala Ecumenical Catholic Church, and St. Peter's Lutheran Church will each have representatives at this ecumenical event.  People are invited to meet at Doane Park (the site of the Town of Harwich Christmas tree) for a brief prayer before parading with palm branches to the front steps of Pilgrim Congregational Church.  People will be invited to take some palms back to their own churches as a sign of our unity and working together.
Palm branches are used to remember Jesus' triumphant entry to the city of Jerusalem before his betrayal, arrest, trial, and crucifixion.  The parade marks the beginning of Holy Week, which culminates on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017.

To learn more, please contact Rev. Tiffany Nicely Holleck at (508) 432-5172, ext 13 or

The Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women.  Each T-shirt is created and designed to represent a particular person's experience, by the survivor or by someone who cares about the survivor.  Please click here for dates and times to view this powerful project at Cape Cod Community College.

First Church of Sandwich to Host Author
We are thrilled to announce that on Saturday, April 22nd, First Church will host the Reverend Doug Bixby, author of the book Navigating the Nonsense.  He will be speaking about the ideas presented in this incredibly timely book.  At a point in the history of our nation when conflict has erupted into destructive animosity and broken relationships, Reverend Bixby’s book provides a road map in which conflict can be a vital ingredient for growth and transformation. Nearly a hundred congregants at First Church have read this book.  Reverend Bixby’s appearance is a tribute to our church’s commitment to healthy communication and to our relationships with one another.  We invite the community to join us as the wisdom of his approach has universal applications not only in churches but in all types of organizations and families as well.  We are grateful for this opportunity to share this event with our neighbors.

Please click here to learn more details about the event and for a special announcement.

May Friendship Day
Please join Church Women United for their special May Friendship Day.  It is on Friday, May 5 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Barnstable.  The program is titled, "Kindling Fires of Love."  You can learn more about the program and find registration information by clicking here.

WE CAN empowers Cape women of all ages and circumstances undergoing challenging life transitions by providing support and unique services that bring increased opportunity, self-sufficiency, stability and lasting positive change for themselves, their families and ultimately our entire community.  Please click here for more information about WE CAN.

WE CAN Signature Mentoring Program for Women

  • Are you interested in creating a life vision and the opportunity to turn it into a reality?
  • Do you want to be part of a diverse group of women who enrich one another’s experiences while on their own personal journeys?
  • Are you ready to commit to ten-months of learning and growth, leading to lasting, positive change?

Whether you are motivated to begin such a journey yourself or you desire to walk with another woman on her path of self-discovery, WE CAN has a place waiting for you in the PathMakers Mentoring Program.  Here are the details:
  • Unique 10-Month Mentoring Program for Women
  • Program Offered in Both Harwich & Falmouth
  • Cape-wide Info Sessions in May & June
  • "Big Match" Event in August
  • ​ Monthly Group and Individual Meetings
  • ​ September - June (including workshops)
  • ​ Monthly Mentors Only Support Meetings 

Click HERE for a list of info sessions to learn more.
Click HERE to watch a 1-minute ​informational ​video.

5th Annual Caregivers Retreat
St. Peter's Lutheran Church is hosting a caregivers retreat on Thursday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  We will offer a day designed to nurture you as you continue the important work of caregiving either for your loved ones or as a profession, or both!

Please click here for more information and RSVP info.

16th Global Youth Justice Training 
Youth/Teen/Student/Peer Court 
June 13-15, 2017 

25+ Presentations and Workshops on Youth/Peer/Student/Teen Court and Peer Jury Diversion Programs by adult participants and Global Youth Justice Trainers to include: Research and Data Collection; Funding Sources; Referral Sources; Marketing, Intake Meetings, Juvenile Crimes Referred; R-TORR Volunteer Management; Writing Grants; Social Media; Formalizing Essential Partnerships; Peer Imposed Mandated Community Service; Networking with Peers and Much More.

Please click here for registration information.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 6, 5:30 p.m.
Understanding Temperament Speaking Event
Pilgrim Church
533 Route 28
Harwich Port, MA

Sunday, April 9, 8:45 a.m.
Palm Sunday Parade
Doane Park to Pilgrim Congregational Church
Harwich, MA

Monday, April 10, 10:30 a.m.
Baby Box Distribution Event
A Baby Center
Hyannis, MA

April 11 & 12, 2017
The Clothesline Project
Cape Cod Community College
West Barnstable, MA

Saturday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.
Navigating the Nonsense Author Event

First Church
Sandwich, MA

Friday, May 5 
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

May Friendship Day
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Barnstable, MA

Friday, May 12, 2017
Ragnar Relay Race
Hyannis & Brewster, MA

Wednesday, May 17
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Dialogue with Clergy:
Resources for Faith Leaders on Sexual and Domestic Violence
St. Peter's Lutheran Church
E. Harwich, MA

Thursday, May 18
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m

Caregivers Retreat
St. Peter's Lutheran Church
E. Harwich, MA

June 13-15, 2017 
16th Global Youth Justice Training 
Provincetown, MA

Saturday, July 8, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Generations of Hope Benefit
Dan'l Webster Inn
Sandwich, MA

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.  Bayside Cottage is a transitional housing residence in Hyannis for Bridge to Hope clients who may stay for up to six months while  securing employment and permanent housing.

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 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.

Street Outreach Ministry:  Provides assistance with emergency shelter, clothing and medical referrals for homeless men, women and families.
Case Management and Volunteer Mentoring:  Helps to stabilize formerly homeless individuals into successful transitional and permanent housing.
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 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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