October / November 2016

A Faith Family of Hope
The Cape Cod Council of Churches strives to serve the physical and spiritual needs of our neighbors on the Cape and Islands.  We are in the business of offering practical assistance, and we are in the business of sharing hope. 

Theologian, Peter Marty wrote:

“Hope…is much more than wishful thinking that current conditions will get even better.   Hope grows in the soil of the possibilities of God, not the dirt of life’s present circumstances.  Hope is the deep conviction that God is working powerfully in our lives and in the world.  Based not on what we can do or see, hope is anchored in the faithfulness of God.” (Living Lutheran, June 2016)

In other words, hope is a gift that comes to us from God.  We don’t invent it or wish it or work it into being.  True Hope comes to us from a loving God.  And it thrives best in difficulty.  When Pandora released from a box all troubles, hope remained.  God grants Hope to us as a gift, that we might have faith that we are loved.
In response to this gift, the seven different ministries of the Council of Churches work in concert to share this hope with those most in need.  The Council acts as a “Faith Family of Hope.”

In 2015/16 we worked with over 6500 individuals and families who were dealing with some of life’s greatest trials:  loss, illness, misfortune, addiction, mental illness, poverty.  Through our seven different programs we shared hope in many practical forms:  food, clothing, shelter, diapers, financial emergency aid.  And we shared hope through spiritual witness, by praying, and at times by simply holding hope for those who could not do so for themselves.  

As we now relish the beauty of a Cape autumn, we are mindful of increased hardships to come as the seasons change.  Thank you for joining us as we give assistance and as we share hope in our community. 

Edye Nesmith
Executive Director
Cape Cod Council of Churches

Thank You:

We offer our heartfelt thanks to these students from St. John Paul II High School for their help in preparing for our Generations of Hope Benefit!

Council News:

A Baby Center
Ho Ho Ho!  Guess who is coming to visit A Baby Center in a few short months???

Please join A Baby Center as we plan this magical Christmas event.  We are forming a planning committee as well as requesting volunteers for the day of the event!  December 8, 2016 is when the magic happens for our littlest clients.  We are also accepting new, unwrapped gifts for children ages 0-3 to be given out to our party goers by Santa himself!

Faith Family Kitchen
If you attended the Cape Cod Council of Churches' Annual Assembly or have recently served a meal at Faith Family Kitchen, you have seen what a beautiful space has emerged thanks to the many efforts and faithful laboring of so many people.  The kitchen rebuild is almost complete!  The finishing touches all have to do with tweaking and getting final inspections completed. Once we have the occupancy permit in hand, we will be able to begin preparing the meals in the kitchen.  In the meantime, our wonderful church volunteers continue cooking, carrying and serving meals.

We are so thankful for all that has been done to realize this goal.  Amazing as it is, the money for the project has been raised and only a few bills remain to be paid.  We have received approximately $240,000 in cash and donated goods and services. It is all such a wondrous thing.  Blessing upon blessing has come pouring in!  

We are now raising the necessary operating budget so that an Executive Chef/Director can be hired to oversee this ministry.  Please pray that God will bless the work of the search committee and the program can soon begin operating out of the new kitchen.

Hands of Hope Food Pantry

Please join us on November 11th at Dennis Pines Golf Course for our "15th Annual Turkey Shoot" to support the Hands of Hope Food Pantry.  Place food on a deserving plate and enjoy a great round of golf at one of Cape Cod's premier golf courses.  Bring a $30 grocery certificate and play for FREE!  Please click here for more information about the event.

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 "YMCA Cape Cod" and the featured guest is Stacie Peugh, President and CEO of YMCA Cape Cod. 

Please click on the photo to view our latest episode.

Community News:

Fuel Assistance - Town of Dennis

If you have been approved for fuel assistance and live in the Town of Dennis, you may qualify for extra help from the Town of Dennis. Please click here for a list of qualifications for this program.  Please call Marion on her direct line: 508-694-2004 or email her at if you have any further questions.

Institution of The Rev. Andrea Suess Taylor
You are cordially invited to share in the Celebration of New Ministry and Institution of The Rev. Andrea Suess Taylor at St. David's Episcopal Church on Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m.   Please click here for more information.

The Open Doorway's Monthly Public Addiction Advocacy Meeting
The meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m. at Wellfleet Preservation Hall.  The guest speaker will be the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, which will offer Narcan training, education and free distribution.  As always, we will have our Open Door with us - we welcome pictures of loved ones you have lost to addiction and will lovingly place them on our Door.  We will also have our Wings of Love butterfly, which holds locks that can be engraved with your loved one's name.  When the butterfly is full, we will have it placed somewhere public to be viewed by the community.  FREE event.

What is Family?
Please join us for a program and discussion on LGBTIQ Family Life on October 27 at the Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Rd. (Rte. 28), Hyannis, Massachusetts, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  All are welcome.

What is a family?  Exploring family life, for LGBTIQ folk and friends -- beginning with a video of Zach Wahls, speaking at a conference last year on his experience growing up with two lesbian moms in Iowa.  Following the video, a panel of distinguished Cape Codders will discuss their own experiences and entertain audience question and comments. Panelists include Craig Tobin Wirt, Robert King, Judy Fenner, Elenita Muniz, and Amy Mesirow.  Please click here for additional information.  Program is free and open to all.  Please RSVP to 508-862-4750.

Gloriae Dei Cantores concert in Celebration of the Feast of All Saints
October 28 & 297:30PM
Pre-concert lecture 6:45PM
Join us in celebration of the Feast of All Saints to hear one of the world’s classical masterpieces, Mozart’s Requiem, as well as a hidden gem, Britten’s The Company of Heavenperformed by the internationally acclaimed Gloriæ Dei Cantores, under the direction of Richard K. Pugsley with full orchestra and world-class guest soloists. Photo: Steve J. Sherman
Tickets: 508-240-2400 or online at

Service of Installation for The Rev. Dr. Susan E. Cartmell
The Church Council of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Harwich Port and the Barnstable Association of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ invite you to a Service of Installation for The Rev. Dr. Susan E. Cartmell on Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 p.m.

Sounds of Unity: Building Racial and Cultural Bridges Through Song
Join for an open sing; making joyful noise singing songs of many cultures.  No experience needed.  All are welcome!  Featuring the music and culture of the Mashpee Wampanoag.  Please click here for more information.

World Community Day: Sharing Gifts at the Table
Barnstable County Human Rights Commission and the Cape Cod branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) are cosponsoring with Church Women United the annual observation of World Community Day.  “Sharing Gifts at the Table” will be held on Saturday, November 5th, at 9:30 a.m. at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Falmouth.  The program brings together a diverse panel of women to share the gifts and challenges experienced by the communities they represent.  Please click here for more information.  There is no charge for the event, but RSVPs are requested to ensure enough food.  Please RSVP to 508-833-8942 or to

My Choice Matters: Parenting to Prevent Substance Abuse
Please click here for more information on the 2016 First Annual Parent Summit.  Parents and caregivers of children of all ages are invited to attend this FREE event.  The summit is designed to provide Cape Cod parents with information from local experts on strategies for positive, effective parenting and practical tips for communicating with their children.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 26, 6:30 p.m.
Institution of The Rev. Andrea Suess Taylor
St. David's Episcopal Church
205 Old Main St.
S. Yarmouth, MA

Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.
Open Doorway's Monthly Public Addiction Advocacy Meeting
Wellfleet Preservation Hall
335 Main St.
Wellfleet, MA

Thursday, October 27, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
What is Family?
Barnstable Senior Center
825 Falmouth Rd.
Hyannis, MA

Friday & Saturday, October 28 & 29, 7:30 p.m.
Gloriae Dei Cantores Concert
Church of the Transfiguration
5 Bay View Dr.
Orleans, MA

Sunday, October 30, 3:00 p.m.
Installation of The Rev. Dr. Susan E. Cartmell

Pilgrim Congregational Church
533 Route 28
Harwich Port, MA

Sunday, October 30, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Sounds of Unity
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Office
483 Great Neck Road - South
Mashpee, MA

Saturday, November 5, 9:30 a.m.
Sharing Gifts at the Table
World Community Day

John Wesley United Methodist Church
270 Gifford St.
Falmouth, MA

Friday, November 11, 9:00 a.m.
15th Annual Hands of Hope Golf Turkey Shoot
Dennis Pines Golf Course
50 Golf Course Rd.
S. Dennis, MA

Sunday, November 20, 12:00 - 3:30 p.m.
My Choice Matters: Parenting to Prevent Substance Use
Cape Codder Resort
1225 Iyannough Rd.
Hyannis, MA

Sunday, December 25
A Blessed and Merry Christmas to All!

About the Council
For over 50 years, the Cape Cod Council of Churches has served low-income individuals and families throughout Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.  Our Mission, "Serving God by Serving Others," directs our many programs that touch the lives of over 6,500 Cape residents every year 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.  Approximately 500 babies are served every month.

BRIDGE TO HOPE mentors women while incarcerated, then offers support upon release towards 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, upon release, may stay for up to six months while  securing employment and permanent housing.

COVENANT TO CARE matches a Cape & Islands congregation with a Foster Care Family in order to support that family and the children in its care.  This program works with the Cape’s MA Dept. of Children & Families District Office.

FAITH FAMILY KITCHEN serves hot, nutritious meals to our food insecure neighbors three evenings a week in Hyannis.  Volunteer congregations have prepared, transported and served over 600 meals a week since 2012.
HANDS OF HOPE FOOD PANTRY AND OUTREACH CENTER provides critical 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 and homelessness such as emergency aid with utility and medical bills.

Street Outreach Ministry:  Reaches out to chronically homeless individuals, assisting with detox, shelter, clothing and medical referrals.
Hospitality Housing:  Serves men and women living in transitional housing with on-going case management as they work to obtain their goals, such as permanent housing.  In the past 10 years, 90% of these clients have maintained stable housing and not returned to homelessness.
Homeless Ministries Volunteer Services:  Coordinates church volunteers to provide support and companionship to formerly homeless individuals.
Youth StreetReach:  Offers opportunities for area teens to interact with our neighbors who were or are homeless.  The youth serve special breakfasts while they hear firsthand how each life path may lead to unexpected circumstances and how a community of faith and love can change lives.

PROTESTANT CHAPLAINS at Cape Cod Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital offer prayers, hope and comfort to patients and their families in their time of illness and recovery.

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