September - October 2021
We are not there yet. We all wish we were, and thought we were close. But the pandemic continues to rage in modified form. The recovery will take more time and tax us all with continued unease at our vulnerability. And so, the work continues. This need for diligence and taking extra care of ourselves and of one another marks our focus, decisions and plans. Also our prayers.
The Council remains committed to serving our Cape and Islands neighbors during increased uncertainty and need, and doing so in ways that help to safeguard the health of all clients, volunteers and staff. Thank you for standing in partnership through this long journey.
Please join our upcoming Annual Assembly to help guide our future as we also share the current amazing work of our ministries. Offer a warm welcome to Everett Reid as he begins to lead our Faith Family Kitchen as the Chef/Program Director. Lift heartfelt thanks to our Interim Chef/Director, Cathy Cugini, who has served us with such calm, care and skill. Celebrate all our Board leaders, including those who are concluding terms of service, and those who are joining or continuing.
Our Scripture for the Assembly comes from Hebrews 6:16-18:
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 each of you to extend the same intensity toward a full-bodied hope, and keep at it until finish…” (The Message translation)
Thank you for loving, helping and hoping.
Please join us for our Annual Assembly on Thursday, September 30th. All are welcome!
Independence House will host its 2nd Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Conference titled “#SoMuchAbuse-Let’s End it Together” on Friday, October 1, 2021. The Conference, offered virtually this year, expects to reach an extended audience spanning far beyond the bridges of Cape Cod.
The Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Conference will offer programming in areas of interest as it relates to sexual and domestic violence in faith communities, marginalized communities, and community level prevention strategies. The Prevention Conference will educate adults, teachers, counselors, coaches, supporters, businesses, friends and neighbors, on all aspects of creating healthy and safe communities. A series of workshops/seminars, speakers, vendors, and surprises will encompass the day.
The Cape Cod Council of Churches is involved and co-planning the track on Faith Communities.
Thank you to St. John's Episcopal Church for selecting A BABY CENTER
as the beneficiary of this year's Annual Golf Tournament!
A Baby Center
Council Program News
Please consider participating in St. John's Episcopal Church's 16th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, September 27th at the Ridge Club in Sandwich. This year's tournament benefits A Baby Center! Please see the flyer (above) for more details, or register here.
Prospective clients should visit A Baby Center’s website www.ababycenter.org to book an appointment before arriving at ABC. We now have extended hours on Tuesdays, from 10 am - 2 pm!
A Baby Center congratulates our very own Sarah Morse on her nomination as an Emerging Leader for the Rural Healthcare Leadership Initiative! This is a wonderful recognition of Sarah's leadership capabilities. Bravo, Sarah!
Finally, many thanks to the National Diaper Bank Network for supplying us with hundreds of thousands of diapers!
Director, A Baby Center
Faith Family Kitchen
We are delighted to welcome Everett Reid as our Chef/Program Director of Faith Family Kitchen! Everett comes to us with a wonderful background in culinary skills that spans both non-profit and restaurant work. Everett has spent his career as an entrepreneur, chef and owner/operator of three restaurants over the past 30
years in Connecticut and on Nantucket. He also fed those in need and assisted the underserved community of New London, CT as the Culinary Director of OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Center), where he built and oversaw a teaching kitchen. Everett writes: "I am fully committed to the idea that nutritionally balanced, inherently delicious food is one of life's supreme pleasures, an essential component to a balanced life...and a powerful tool to change lives...I find it an exciting and rewarding challenge to be an integral part of the mission of Faith Family Kitchen and to work in a community where I can use my experience to make a positive difference in the lives of others." Everett will begin to lead our Kitchen as of Labor Day. Please join us in welcoming him warmly. We are also indebted to Cathy Cugini for her caring leadership over these past months serving as Interim Chef/Program Director for the Kitchen. Cathy, we are forever grateful!
Youth StreetReach, Homeless Ministries
"Excellence is the result of caring more than others think wise, risking more than others think safe, dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more than others think possible."
I have no idea who wrote the above quote, but it was floating around in my computer and seemed like it would be worth thinking about today. I know that I tend to take risks and sometimes can be a bit impractical, but I believe that is the only way that things happen!
Looking back at when we started our Youth StreetReach program in 2007, we clearly expected more than anyone thought possible! A few young people had the dream that we could replicate the CityReach Program they had experienced in Boston. That program had began with a dream by Rev Deb Little, an Episcopal Priest who wanted to create a way for homeless folks to experience hope through the hands of compassionate folks of all ages who would simply be there to share worship and provide food and conversation.
My friend Deb Golden and I believed it could happen on Cape Cod - and so it did! We had no funding but we had a lot of enthusiasm and a belief that the Holy Spirit would be our guide. The teenagers brought friends and we talked to folks at CHAMP House and asked what they thought was most needed by homeless individuals. Together we learned that loneliness was the biggest issue for homeless folks and so we worked on how we could provide hospitality. Over the years we have had hundreds of young people experience the joy of making a difference in people’s lives. They came in the back door of the church but they became “church” as they were a community of love for our guests and for one another. Looking back, I realize that we probably cared more, risked more, dreamed more, and expected more than was really wise! But somehow we allowed the spirit to guide us and everything fell into place! We made lots of mistakes along the way but we kept going!
We have had to put everything on hold during the pandemic, but finally we held our cookout on August 1st-our first live event since February of 2020! Now we have a new home at the First Baptist Church and we need to begin all over again to recruit youth and to make sure that our guests know where we are!
So I expect that we will have 20 teenagers and at least a dozen adults who will materialize to help make a dozen egg casseroles, cook egg sandwiches and pancakes, make lunches and set everything up on Friday night September 24th at 6 pm and then come back on Saturday September 25th at 6am to get ready for guests at 7am! I don’t know where they will come from or even who they will be but I know they will be there. They might be from churches or schools or service clubs - or they might just be people that I meet somewhere- but they WILL be there. Maybe you will be one of them! If you accept the invitation to care, to risk, to dream, and to believe you will not regret it.
God of endless possibilities, bless all that we are called to do for your people. Help us to trust, to risk, to care, and to believe that we are called to be Your hands and feet. Give us strength and courage for the journey. May we respond with joy to your call. Amen
Have a blessed day.
Director, Youth StreetReach
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Spiritual Support for Climate Activism - September 18, 10:00 a.m. to noon. Join a multi-faith workshop at St. Christopher's in Chatham on "Spiritual Support for Climate Activism" (also offered Live Stream). Speaker will be Rev. Fred Small, Policy Director at Interfaith Power and Light. Come be inspired and connect with dozens of other faith communities. Register to attend in-person at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/give-light-spiritual-support-for-climate-change-activism-tickets-168649833191 or join online on 9/18 at https://www.stchristopherschathem.org/live-stream-liturgies/.
Here is information released by the Commonwealth in August on accessing booster vaccines for you to pass onto your parishioners.
We are reviewing the actions by ACIP last Friday recommending a third dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine for some individuals with compromised immune systems including individuals who have:
We are urging Massachusetts residents who have questions about whether a third dose of vaccine is recommended for them to contact their medical provider to discuss these recommendations.
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
Link to CDC Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States:
Further information and guidance will be issued soon.
Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to keep people safe and save lives.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Director, Office of Local and Regional Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Erica Piedade, Director of Workforce Development
Office of Local and Regional Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
COVID-19 Information for Local Boards of Health - https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-information-for-local-boards-of-health
24/7 DPH Epi Line for COVID-19 Case Support
COVID-19 web site: www.mass.gov/covid19
DPH Website: www.mass.gov/dph
Calling all Church Musicians and Pianists: CROSSOVER FROM PIANO TO ORGAN!
The Cape Cod and Islands Chapter of the American Guild of Organists would like to invite any of your pianists to join us for a free workshop that will help them feel more comfortable with using the organ. We find that many church pianists are hesitant to try to play the organ, but with knowledge comes comfort. Hence, in this workshop we will work with each pianist and meet them at their level to show them how easy it is, once equipped with the right tools, to “CROSSOVER FROM PIANO TO ORGAN.” Each participant will have individual time with several of the members of the American Guild of Organists. Truth be told, most organists started as piano students and then crossed over!
DATE Saturday, November 13th, 2021
TIME 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
PLACE Christ the King Roman Catholic Church - Mashpee, MA
Bay to Sound Neighbors is continuing to help our senior members who need a bit more help to live independently. We began full services as of June 15 and all our volunteers are vaccinated. Most members are as well, but some have a medical reason for not being vaccinated and will be asked to ride in the back seat wearing masks.
We are delighted to be back so if you know of someone who needs our services and is interested in becoming a member, or if you have a few hours to volunteer, please contact at us at 508-470-0585 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For volunteers, there is no set amount of time you must dedicate, just whatever fits into your life and schedule. Opportunities vary from driving to doctor appointments, pt, or grocery shopping, to taking things to the dump, some light help with gardening or just a friendly visit.
Donate to help your neighbors
Cape Cod Council of Churches is a charitable 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization
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 Services
Offers short term emergency shelter for families and individuals facing homelessness.
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.