February-March 2023

Winter Greetings!

On the coldest of days in the midst of winter, I walked out of our office on Main Street in Hyannis and found this lovely, handknit scarf - patiently waiting for the right person to come claim it, wrap up, and be that much warmer.  This was placed by St Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church.  What a gesture of love, understanding and hope.  

Please know that the Council programs all share such gestures daily - from placing unsheltered families and individuals in area hotels through the cold weather, providing regular, hot nutritious meals at Faith Family Kitchen, distributing direct financial aid to immigrant families affected by Covid, handing out over 400,000 diapers to area babies in one year... the list continues.  The effort, responsiveness, generosity, collaborations, and impact are all humbling.  

Thank you for helping to care for our community.   We all need the warmth.


Edye Nesmith 
Executive Director

Council News

After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, we are excited to announce the return of our in-person gala, Generations of Hope - Jubilee 63! Please mark you calendars for Saturday, April 29th, when we will gather beginning at 5:00 pm at The Sea View in Dennis Port. Celebrate the 63rd anniversary (delayed from our 60th birthday in 2020) of the Cape Cod Council of Churches while enjoying hot & cold hors d’oeuvres and bidding on silent auction items! If you would like to give an in kind donation or support us with a sponsorship, please reach out to us at or call us at 508-775-5073. Tickets are available now!


On the afternoon of Sunday, January 15, we gathered in the sanctuary of the Federated Church of Hyannis for the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service of Commemoration. We were delighted to have Dolores DaLuz join us to share her memories of her activism for civil rights here on the Cape, spanning decades from the 60's to the present. A wonderful piece covering Mrs. DaLuz's story appeared in the Cape Cod Times last month. Thank you to all who made this service possible: Cape Cod Branch of the NAACP, Cape Cod Community College, Amplify POC, Barnstable No Place for Hate, Federated Church of Hyannis, Health Ministry, Inc., Latinx in Action, Oversoul Theatre Collective, Inc., and the Zion Union Heritage Museum, along with the Cape Cod Council of Churches. A special thank you to Mrs. Duran's former 2nd grade students (now third graders and pictured below!) from Hyannis West Elementary School.  Also many thanks to LatinX in Action, the Council of Churches, St. David's Episcopal Church, and Andrea Acatia-DeSouza for providing the delicious treats we enjoyed after the service!

Council Program News

A Baby Center

We are in the heart of winter here at ABC. Although we are being very particular with our donation requests, we have good reason. The storage space available to ABC is limited and we are finding it difficult to store certain items. Please be patient with us. Currently we are looking for Winter Season Toddler Clothing and Winter Clothing New Born to 6 month clothing. We also could use shoes and pajamas in all sizes NB - 6X. Donations are accepted by appointment so please give us a call before arriving. 508-771-8157

ABC has seen a client increase of 37% over the past 4 months. We would welcome your financial assistance and have made it easy for you to donate on our website at If you click the Donate button on our home page you can make a one time gift or donate monthly. For those who do not use the internet, please address your check to A Baby Center and mail to 320 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. Your donation allows us to purchase two times the amount of diapers through the National Diaper Bank Network because we purchase by the pallet. 

Volunteerism: It is always difficult to take that first step to volunteer, but we encourage you to come in for a tour! Make an appointment to meet us and become a part of the ABC family. Please call Kelly at 508-771-8157. A volunteer application can be found on our website under volunteers at

Thank you for your support this past Christmas. We were able to bless over 312 families with a gift card to a grocery store or a department store. Thank you so much.

Robin Hayward
Director, A Baby Center

Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center

The Hands of Hope Thrift Shop is closed for January and February - we will be re-opening Saturday March 4. Anyone with donations for the Shop can call 508-432-1312 and we will make arrangements to receive your donations, or come by whenever the Pantry is open and we will be happy to take them.

Our Pantry now has additional hours through March on Wednesdays from 4-6 to help families who are working during the day. New hours through the end of March are:
Monday 10-3
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 1-3
Wednesday 4-6
Friday 10-1

A special thanks to the United Way of the Cape and Islands for a $10,000 grant to help families with heating oil and utility payments. 15-20 families will benefit from this funding. We appreciate their support.

We would love to speak with anyone who has the time to volunteer a few hours in our Food Pantry. We are in need of volunteers who have some physical ability to lift bags and boxes of food, stock, and to welcome our guests using an iPad for check-in.

If you can donate, the following is needed in our food pantry. We are planning for the cold winter months: 
  • Pasta sauce
  • Cereal
  • Pancake mix & syrup
  • Corn muffin mix
  • Mashed potato mix
  • Stew, hash, chili, manwich
  • Chef Boyardee
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Kids snacks
  • Soup
  • Spam and canned ham
  • Hamburger helper
  • Baked beans
Food donations are accepted Monday 10-3, Friday 10-1, or Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 1-3. We are also open Wednesday 4-6 in the winter. Or call us at 508-432-1312 to make other arrangements.

Thank you!!
Cathy Driscoll
Director, Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center

Homeless Ministries -
Youth StreetReach & Here Now Ministries

Youth StreetReach
Our next breakfast will be Saturday, February 25 from 7-9:30am at the First Baptist Church in Hyannis. We will be setting up on Friday night February 24th at 6pm. Our set up usually takes about an hour. This link will take you to a sign-up sheet that lists the items that we need. Every month is slightly different since we can sometimes freeze items or have things left over that we can use. It is most helpful if you sign up for what you are able to bring. Then your name is listed and the item is deleted. That way we don't have too much of one thing and I know who is bringing what! Feel free to pass this link on to anyone who might be interested in helping out. We can always use Dunkin Donuts or McDonalds or Burger King gift cards and of course any financial donations are always welcome so we can purchase needed items. Those are not listed on the sign up sheet. You can always contact me directly at or text me at 508-776-6059 if you have difficulty with the link or if you have questions.

So today I'll try to be open to see what other "signs" are out there. Watching the weather prediction makes me want to stay inside as much as possible. Hoping that our friends who attend our Youth StreetReach breakfasts found shelter during the cold spell. Some of them don't want to be in a shelter but when the temperature goes below freezing it is hard to understand how they can survive. I was looking at pictures from past events and realized that many of our friends have died. But others have moved on and are actually working and doing okay. I have lots of pictures and memories from when we began this ministry. I couldn't begin to count how many young people have volunteered and how many people they have served. Somehow it always seems more important to be present to the person you are with rather than trying to count!

As I think about our guests at our breakfasts, I realize that we are doing a ministry that is life giving - for us as well as for those who attend. I'd like to share this note I received recently:

I just wanted to thank you and all the volunteers that take the time to be here for those of us that need a day to not only get the opportunity to find clothing, but also a time and place that's warm to gather together, have something to eat, hot coffee, and feel somewhat normal for a few hours. Thank you for your faithful service that the Bible speaks about. You without a doubt display the action behind giving and loving your neighbor. You are an amazing and loving woman.

I left out her name because her sentiments are shared by most of our guests. And the comments she makes are not about me but about all the people who continue to give of themselves. The need to "feel normal" is universal. We all want to fit in somewhere. So today I hope that everyone finds a place to "fit in."

Marilyn Lariviere
Director, Homeless Ministries

Here Now Ministries
Mission opportunity for your church!
Here Now Outdoor ministry offers a monthly worship service with prayer, reflection,  and a communion feast that transforms into a simple fellowship meal and opportunity to choose from a variety of offerings.  Our ministry is dedicated to building bridges between the sheltered and unsheltered communities on Cape Cod.  As this ministry grows, we hope to engage more faith communities in our services by having particular churches offer to make lunch, or offer to have a donation drive for one or two months a year.  Currently our partner churches include South Congregational Church (where this ministry was hatched and nested), First Church Sandwich, First Baptist Church Hyannis, Mashpee Congregational, and Federated Church of Hyannis plus so many more who have visited, collected donations and offered prayer for our ministry as well as for all those who attend.   

If your church would be interested in having some folks attend and either host one month for lunch or for donations, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at   This might be a lovely and natural progression for youth groups who have attended Youth Street Reach and are looking for more faith based outreach opportunities.  

I appreciate your partnership in this important ministry for all of God’s beloved.
Want to know more about homelessness on Cape Cod? 
I am happy to join your church and offer a sermon with a talk back session after worship, or meet with your mission team and discuss how we can come together for the sake of so many that are living unsheltered or marginally sheltered lives.  You can reach me at

Rev. Pam Wannie
Pastor for Homeless Ministries

Covenant to Care for Foster Families

We now have 5 foster families connected with 4 congregations and 1 civic group! In the moment we are working on matching a sixth foster family to a congregation in Nantucket. If you know of a congregation in Nantucket that would like to sign-up to help this family, please tell them to contact me.
In February and in May 2023,  Covenant to Care for Foster Families will be hosting a Foster Parent meeting conducted by MSPCC at the Cape Cod Council of Churches office. These meetings will be a great opportunity to present Covenant to Care Program and share other resources for the foster parents. In March 2023 we are hosting the second Foster Families Resource Network meeting which will gather agencies on Cape Cod that support foster families in many ways. The goal of this group is to discuss ways we can collaborate with one another to continue to help foster families.

Doing outreach in our community events and visiting churches, civic groups, and other agencies have been  great experiences and 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, 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

Natalia Albino Frois
Director, Covenant to Care for Foster Families

Faith Family Kitchen

What we around here call "the miracles of Faith at the Kitchen" continue! 

Last week, we received from our partner agency, Vinfen, a donation of goods from McDonald's.  Here is how we put them to use: We used all the beef in our chili last Friday, chicken cutlets were made into Chicken Parm on Monday. Last Wednesday we made egg sandwiches and included all the breakfast components from the previous delivery. Little pies went out for dessert. Nothing goes to waste!!

And then we see the results:

We all worked hard last weekend to keep our FFK friends safe in that dangerous frigid weather.  Despite the cold, staff and volunteers arrived to prepare, serve and distribute meals both on site and to our friends sheltered in local hotels through Duffy's In From the Streets program and our own Homeless Ministries.  One hotel guest then returned on Monday night but we barely recognized him. He was a shiny new man. It was beyond the clean-shaven face and attention to his clothes. He looked...happy...It was so stunning to see on the face of one man the impact of living with dignity.

Cathy Cugini
Interim Chef/Director, Faith Family Kitchen

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Community News

World Day of Prayer - Friday, March 3, 2023
Church Women United of Cape Cod (Women of Faith) has two services scheduled for this International Day of Prayer.  All are invited to pray in solidarity with the women of Taiwan who have written the service for 2023.  The theme is “I Have Heard About Your Faith” based on Ephesians 1:15-19.  The Worship Service shares the letters of encouragement sent to women who faced suffering and injustice in Taiwan.  Their stories of faith contemplate issues that are shared by women and girls around the world and that continue to challenge us to prayerful action. The motto of World of Day of Prayer is “Informed Prayer, Prayerful Action.”  All are invited to join us on March 3 at 1pm at Our Lady of the Cape in Brewster or on Wednesday, March 22 at 7pm at the First Baptist Church of Hyannis.  There may be other services scheduled in other areas so watch our Facebook page for more information.(Church Women United of Cape Cod)  Feel free to contact Marilyn Lariviere for further information.


Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the Cape’s professional collaborative orchestra, presents the concert “Aurora,” on Sunday, February 19, 3 pm,
at Pilgrim Congregational Church.

Award-winning concert pianist Ana Glig joins CCCO in Bach's “Concerto in D minor,” and the orchestra’s string section take a trip to outer space with music by Xenakis, William Grant Still, and Dmitri Shostakovich. “There is something to be said about pairing music from the 1700’s with the radical sounds of the 20th century, all using the same instruments that have existed for hundreds of years,” shares CCCO music director Matthew Scinto. “I’m excited to welcome back my colleague Ana Glig who will dazzle our audience with the beauty of Bach.  She performs consistently around Cape Cod and throughout the United States.  I am fortunate to have the pleasure to host her to perform with the orchestra.” More details are available here.

The following message comes from Rev. Derek White - please respond to him with your interest:

Dear fellow Clergy and Church Leaders,
Feel the Warmth, Inc. provides blankets to individuals exposed to the cold.  As a fellow clergyman, for years it bothered me having individuals knock on the church door and having limited resources to provide something tangible to meet a need.  From my experience in the military and in the church, I decided to create a simple solution.  Feel the Warmth, Inc makes survival blankets for individuals exposed to the cold.  This could be someone on the street or someone with challenges of heating their home.  We make the blankets and put them in small waterproof draw string bags.  We then either distribute the blankets to people on the street or to houses of worship.  If your house of worship would like 3-4 small bags with a blanket in it to distribute, please contact me at  The blankets are a small tangible item that can be provided when someone comes knocking on your door.  It is our mission to provide a layer of warmth to protect a life from exposure to the cold.  If your run out of blankets then email and we can drop off more.  We spread them out to provide the greatest coverage. 
Rev. Derek L. White, President/ Director of Feel the Warmth, Inc.


On Tuesday, Jan. 24 volunteers gathered at the First Baptist Church of Hyannis
to participate in a blanket project. 

News from Independence House -

Help us break the silence about domestic and sexual abuse. Please join us for a facilitated dialogue on “what is abuse”, “why is there silence about abuse”, and “what can we do to be part of the prevention of domestic and sexual violence.” Courageous Conversations meetings are scheduled from February through April at the locations listed below. For questions and to register, Contact Chris Morin at or call 508-771-6507 x230

Courageous Conversations Schedule:

  • February 28 at 6:00-7:30pm Hyannis Independence House Office
  • March 13,  10am – 11:30  via zoom
  • March 14 at 6:00-7:30pm Cultural Center of Cape Cod
  • March 17, 2pm – 3:30   via zoom
  • March 22, 6-7:30   to be held at Independence House
  • April 5 at 6:00-7:30pm Cultural Center of Cape Cod
  • April 17, 6-7:30 via zoom.

This flyer is also available in Portuguese and Spanish.


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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.

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