March 7, 2016

Welcome to our newly reformatted version of ENEWS for the Cape Cod Council of Churches.  We are happy to use this tool to communicate news of the Council and that of churches and other service organizations. We hope to publish ENEWS every other month, so please be in touch with us about news items you would like to see included.  Of course, we reserve the right to review and edit all submissions.  

You make a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors in need each time you contribute to a ministry of the Council of Churches, whether by prayer, volunteer efforts, or donations of goods or financial support.  Thank you for being a part of this vibrant ministry.  

In Peace, 
Edye Nesmith
Interim Executive Director

Faith Neighborhood Kitchen on OCEAN 104.7
Local Radio station OCEAN 104.7  will run an interview about the Faith Neighborhood Kitchen on Sunday, March 13 at 5 am, 6 am, 7 am, and 8 am.  Matt Pitta speaks with Rev. Steve Hawley of Faith Assembly of God, where the Kitchen is located, and Edye Nesmith of the Cape Cod Council of Churches about this ministry that has served close to 100,000 hot nutritious meals over fours years to our food insecure neighbors in Hyannis.  

Third Annual Legislative Breakfast
Church Women United of Cape Cod and Cape Cod Council of Churches present:
Third Annual Legislative Breakfast
Friday, March 18, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Unitarian Church of Barnstable, 3330 Main St, Barnstable.
Please join our Cape Legislators for breakfast and discussion.  No charge, but please RSVP to Marilyn Lariviere at or 508-776-6059.

Safety in Places of Worship
Federated Church of Hyannis and the Cape Cod Council of Churches are sponsoring this seminar concerning the basics of safety in places of worship.  It will take place on Thursday, May 5 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the Federated Church of Hyannis at 320 Main Street.  The following topics will be discussed:
·        What to do if there is an active shooter?
·        What to do if there is a fire?
·        What to do if there is a medical emergency?
·        What to do if there is a psychiatric emergency?
·        What to do if there is a natural disaster?

Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Drive
There will be a blood drive at Saint John Paul II High School on Tuesday, March 8th from 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The high school is located at 120 High School Road in Hyannis.  Donors must be at least 16yrs old (students need a signed permission slip) and weigh 110 lbs to be eligible to donate.  Complimentary pizza during lunch and a gift cared from Dunkin Donuts when you donate!  Every pint of blood donated stays on Cape Cod to serve your community and save the lives of friends, family and neighbors. or 508-862-5663

Godspell at Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center
The Barnstable High School Drama Club is presenting Godspell, by John-Michael Tebelak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Show dates are March 18,19,25, & 26 at 7 pm and March 20 & 26 at 2pm. Performances will be held at the Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center, 744 West Main St., Hyannis. Tickets are $10 at the door or purchase online at  BHSDC would like to offer a special deal for church groups who would like to attend our upcoming production of Godspell.  For groups of 10 or more who purchase tickets in advance, we are offering discounted $7 tickets. To purchase your group tickets, please contact Chris Viens at:

Hyannis Supporting Our Youth Mentor Program
The Hyannis Supporting Our Youth Mentor Program is seeking caring adults to serve as a role model and a trustworthy friend for a five year old in need.  Mentors are matched with a kindergartner at Hyannis West Elementary School and follow that child through his/her four years at school.  A commitment of 45 minutes to 1 hour before school, during lunch/recess time, or after school is required.  Those interested may email for more information

Lyme Disease on Cape Cod
On Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Cape Cod Covenant Church in Brewster, Bob Giguere of IGeneX, Inc will be speaking about Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases.  He will also speak about diagnostic tests and their interpretation for these diseases.  IGeneX is a recognized leader in Lyme and tickborne disease testing.  Q&A following presentation.  Bring your test results if you have questions.  This will be an informative and eye opening presentation.

What Can We Do In Sandwich About Substance Abuse Prevention
On Monday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. there will be a meeting at Town Hall in Sandwich to address substance abuse disorder and its impact on the community.  All across the Cape, communities are organizing to stem the tide of this public health and public safety crisis.  Join the conversation and learn more.  For more information, call 508-888-2601.  Be the change.  Get involved.  Get the facts.  Take action.  Communities can make a difference!

Gerontology Intensive Certificate Series (WHN104-67)
If you are a professional currently working with older adults or exploring gerontology as a career choice, this certificate series is for you.  This series will take place Wednesday, 3/23-5/25/2016 from 5-7 p.m. at the Hyannis Center at 540 Main Street in Hyannis.  The cost of the 10 sessions series is $200 or $25 per workshop.  You may register now at or call Mary Conklin at 508-375-5010 for more information.  25 CEUs and a certificate will be issued to those attending.  Nurses must attend all 10 workshops.  Social workers are able to earn 2.5 CECs per workshop.

The Two-State Delusion:
Israel and Palestine - A Tale of Two Narratives

On Wednesday, March 30, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Prof. Padraig O'Malley, Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation, McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies, UMass Boston, will present a lecture on conflict resolution in the Middle East.  There will also be a light reception and signing of his latest book.  This will take place in the Studio Theater in the Lower Level of the Tilden Arts Center at Cape Cod Community College.  

All Cape and Islands and South Shore MA Handbell Ring
This will take place on April 23, 2016 at Harwich Community Center.  There will be three massed ringing pieces which you can order and listen to online.  The event is from 8:30-5:30.  The cost will be $15 per person and directors must be members of Handbell Musicians of America.  You can go to the website for more information:  Choirs and ensembles are encouraged to perform a solo piece at the 3:00 p.m. concert.  Registration will be online at this link:  Contact person is Bonnie Brenner at


Upcoming Events

March 8,  10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Blood Drive
Saint John Paul II High School
March 18, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Third Annual Legislative Breakfast
Sponsored by CWU and CCCC
Unitarian Church of Barnstable

March 18, 19, 25, 26 - 7:00 p.m.
March 20, 26 - 2:00 p.m.

Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center
March 20, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Lyme Disease on Cape Cod
Cape Cod Covenant Church

March 21, 7:00 p.m.
What Can We Do In Sandwich About Substance Abuse Prevention
Sandwich Town Hall

March 30, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
The Two-State Delusion:
Israel and Palestine - A Tale of Two Narratives

Studio Theater, Lower Level, Tilden Arts Center
Cape Cod Community College

April 23, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
All Cape and Islands and South Shore MA Handbell Ring
Harwich Community Center

May 5, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Safety in Places of Worship
Federated Church of Hyannis

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 NEIGHBORHOOD 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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