February - March 2020

Happy Birthday to the Cape Cod Council of Churches!  2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the incorporation of the Council, and we celebrate the many people, partnerships and vision that have enabled the Council to impact lives over these many decades. 

Recently, I was privileged to attend the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.  There I was joined by others who uphold the value of ecumenical gathering and service in God’s name.   Rev. Laura Everett, the Ex. Dir. of that group, spoke about the importance of working together across theological differences out of “mutual necessity and delight.”  I loved that phrase, “mutual necessity and delight.”   Does that not speak to our Cape Cod Council’s existence – gathering out of mutual necessity to respond to God’s call to love and serve one another in God's name?  And does it not speak to our prayer and hope that this is accomplished with a sense of delight? 

During the past months, the Board and Staff of the Council have given tremendous time, dedication and delight in order to offer our clients special gatherings, gifts and services over and above our daily work.  A Baby Center welcomed about 300 babies to the Santa Party.  Hands of Hope again provided multiple Christmas gifts for about 600 youth.  Faith Family Kitchen handed out 100 bags of special “goodies” at a celebration.  Covenant to Care donated gift cards to DCF for about 50 of their teen foster children.  Youth StreetReach held a special Christmas breakfast for our homeless neighbors, hosted by the teens of St. John Paul II High School.  And the Chaplaincy continued offering spiritual care during what can be a most difficult time of year to be hospitalized. 

The Board of Directors continues our work on Strategic Planning as we move forward with defining work on Mission/Values/Vision and overseeing our extensive planning for the 60th Anniversary.

We are now planning for the Generations of Hope benefit.  Please JOIN US for this special event!

My sincere thanks to you for your continued commitment to, and belief in, this unique and valuable ecumenical work:  “Serving God by Serving Others.”


Edye Nesmith
Executive Director


Council News

Would you or your church/organization consider becoming a Generations of Hope Sponsor? Learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities. We also welcome In Kind/Auction Donors - thank you so much!

Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center

Thanks to all who contributed to and volunteered at the Hands of Hope annual Toy and Gift program
 for families and children 18 years and younger held on December 17 and 18 at the Chapel of the Annunciation in Dennis Port. 225 Families with 597 Children received many gifts and clothing during this program. 10 Churches and over 40 donors collected toys and gift cards to help with this need. We also received 40+ new North Face children’s jackets from Puritan Clothing. These donations, along with funds from the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund to purchase toys and gift cards for teens, and collections from Toys for Tots in Dennis, filled the Chapel, turning it into a beautiful, warm and festive place for families to shop.

Every Sunday in February is “Souper Sunday”!
Our featured donation item for the month of February is SOUP!


Much loved by our Pantry Patrons! A good warm meal for a cold winter’s day! All kinds welcome and appreciated by everyone, including seniors, Vets and kids!! Thank you!! 😊
Cape Cod Council of Churches Hands of Hope Food Pantry
49 RT 28 West Harwich

Last year’s collection brought in over 900 cans and boxes of soup so we hope to reach 1000 this year! We are helping 250-300 families per month with 2 cans of soup. Our supply can go very quickly!

With sincere thanks,
Cathy Driscoll
Program Director, Hands of Hope

Attention, CHURCHES: First Lutheran Church of West Barnstable has already collected 404 cans of soup! Wow! Can your congregation contribute?

A Baby Center

 We are sadly saying "Farewell for Now" to our wonderful intern from Elder Services, Elizabeth Okagbare. Thank you, Elizabeth, for your care and concern for our clients...we will miss your gracious presence! Since we never pass up an opportunity for a celebration, we had a tea party to send Elizabeth off in high style. 

         ABC's Kelly and Robin with Elizabeth      Elizabeth sporting her elegant feathered hat

Although we do love a spot of tea in the afternoon, we have to admit that Robin Hayward's Lemon Scones with Clotted Cream stole the show! She has generously shared her *secret* recipe so we can all enjoy this delight at home.

Robin's Lemon Scones with Clotted Cream
2 cups of Bisquick
2 eggs beaten 
3 Tablespoons Olive oil 
1/2 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup honey
Juice from 1 large lemon
Zest from 1 large lemon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 cups of milk - add milk until the mixture is smooth but very thick so that you can put the scones on a cookie sheet and they will keep a soft form 

Bake at 375 until lightly golden 10-15 minutes
Keep watching!


1 Cup Confectioners sugar 
Lemon juice 1/2 lemon
Lemon zest 1/2 lemon
Honey 2 tablespoons 
Combine and drizzle over scones while warm

Clotted Cream

2 cups heavy cream
Whip on high till cream seems thick past whip cream almost clumpy, then add 
3 tablespoons of Honey
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla 
Beat only until blended

Use a cold bowl and cold heavy cream for best results. 
Serve with strawberry jam
May stuff scones with fresh raspberries before cooking or add to the plate when serving.


Youth StreetReach

Our tea party news continues with our second featured guest, Marilyn Lariviere! Fortunately, this was not a goodbye for Marilyn but rather to honor her for being named the 2020 recipient of the Human Rights Award from Women of Faith, Cape Cod (formerly known as Church Women United). Marilyn was celebrated for her leadership with both the Council's Youth StreetReach program and Women of Faith/Church Women United. Marilyn arrived at our tea dressed to the nines.... Congratulations, Marilyn, on your accomplishment!

The next Youth StreetReach events will be held on 
Saturday, February 29 - Breakfast, and
Friday-Saturday, March 27-28 - Overnight & Breakfast.
If you or your youth group would like to participate, please contact Marilyn at

Marilyn Lariviere
Program Director, Youth StreetReach

Faith Family Kitchen

Thank you to the Cape and Islands United way for featuring Faith Family Kitchen in their Nonprofit Spotlight last month! We could not be prouder of the work Jeni Wheeler, Executive Chef and Program Director, and her team of volunteers do with such enthusiasm and love at the Kitchen. We are grateful to have had the support of the Cape and Islands United Way at FFK since 2016 as we provide hot, nutritious meals to our food-insecure neighbors, three evenings a week in Hyannis. Read the Spotlight article in full here.


The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service of Commemoration was held Sunday, January 19, 2020 at The Federated Church of Hyannis. Over 200 people attended the service, which was preceded by a march from the Village Green to the church. This annual event was co-sponsored by Cape Cod Community College, the Cape Cod Council of Churches, the Cape Cod Chapter of the NAACP, and the Federated Church of Hyannis. Read coverage of the service by The Cape Cod Times here.


The annual Homeless Persons' Memorial Service, held on December 19, 2019 at The Federated Church of Hyannis, honored 32 homeless or formerly homeless individuals who died over the past year. In addition to the Council of Churches, its Youth StreetReach program and the Federated Church, co-sponsors included Cape Cod Synagogue, South Congregational Church/Here Now Outdoor Ministry, Duffy Health Center, CHAMP Homes, Housing Assistance Corp., Team M25, Vinfen and the Barnstable Police Department.

The Cape Cod Times wrote: "The service brings people of all ages together, Edye Nesmith, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Council of Churches, said beforehand.

'These are our neighbors who suffered and struggled and died and often die at a young age,' she said. The community has come out to remember these brothers and sisters and to 'acknowledge their lives and deaths.' "

Read the complete article here.

Other Council News:

  • Annual Legislative Brunch, Friday, February 28, 2020, Noon to 2:00 pm at the Unitarian Church in Barnstable. Join our Cape Legislators for brunch and discussion! Co-sponsored by the Council and Grandmothers against Gun Violence. For more info, click here.
  • Thank you to St. John's Episcopal Church in Sandwich for partnering with the Cape Cod Council of Churches to help broaden and expand their outreach to our community for 2020!  Each month they will be collecting a different item in support of the Council's programs: in January they collected 124 pairs of mittens/gloves, 10 hats, 5 scarves, and 6 pairs of ear warmers to support our Homeless Ministries.​​​​


  • We are also grateful for the absolutely beautiful handmade mittens, scarves and blankets donated by the Missions Group of St. Pius X Parish of South Yarmouth. Thank you for your support and compassion as we "Serve God by Serving Others".

  • 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.
    You can also designate a portion or your entire required minimum distribution from your IRA to a charity and avoid paying taxes. Donors over age 72 are permitted to transfer to charity up to $100,000 per year directly from an IRA without counting it as income on their Federal Income Tax. If you would like bequest language or more information on making a gift from your IRA, please contact Laurie Goddard at Laurie is a professional financial advisor and serves on the Council's Development and Finance Committee.


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Community News


World Day of Prayer will be observed at several area locations on various dates between March 5-11, 2020. More information is available here.

The Cape and Islands Enough Abuse Campaign offers free training to schools, churches, other youth serving organizations and parents on proactive sexual abuse prevention.
The goal of the Enough Abuse Campaign is to prevent child sexual abuse before it starts. This requires a comprehensive effort that actively engages adults and communities, not one that relies primarily or solely on educating young children to protect themselves.
You may already have a child sexual abuse prevention training in place for the staff and volunteers of your church.  But unless you are holding trainings at least annually, there are probably some people who teach, hire or appoint teachers, youth workers or others who have access to children who have not been trained in child sexual abuse prevention.
If you are interested, we would love to speak with you about tailoring a training to meet your specific needs.  You may contact Beverly Costa-Ciavola at Cape Cod Neighborhood Support Coalition or or Chris Morin at Independence House at

The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands will hold their Crisis Line Training on March 9-11 and 16-17 from 5.45-8.45 at their center in Falmouth. And volunteers are urgently needed to answer the thousands of calls that come in each year from those in need, who may be lonely, depressed, isolated or experiencing suicidal ideations. Volunteers range from retirees to landscapers, physicians, teachers, IT professionals and students and all share the desire to help those in the community and make the world a better place. Training covers learning the skills necessary to listen without judgment and volunteers are supported every step of the way. Volunteers have flexible shift options in a comfortable setting. Two other programs, Senior Outreach and A Caring Connection also have volunteering opportunities. To learn more, please contact Karen Ellery Jones at or visit

Getting to know your neighbors: Spiritual Companioning
A Learning Opportunity for ministry, lay-leaders, and church members who are interested in deepening their ministry outside their church walls.

Jesus said to love your neighbors as yourself. To love people we have to know them! This workshop will give you hands-on skills for building connections to people who are different from you. Learning to do ministry with people in need will transform your ministry from outreach into church,  in all sorts of unexpected places. 
The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Mae Magill, author of Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers is an experienced facilitator and workshop leader. She helps churches improve their outreach, evangelism, and anti-oppression work.
Saturday March 28,          1:00-3:00 pm          
South Congregational Church, Centerville MA 02632
RSVP  508-775-8332
For more information contact Rev. Pam Wannie 508-612-6375

Bay to Sound Neighbors continues to grow its member base and volunteer base to aid the citizens in Dennis and Yarmouth age in place by providing driving, shopping and light maintenance services.  Recently we hosted a member event with over 50 attending in an effort for many to get to know each other and socialize. We are hosting two learning opportunities in January and February – how to handle a friendly visit and the other on recognizing signs and symptoms of dementia and Parkinsons. Visit our website for more info.
Always in need to new volunteers to support our members. Only a few hours of your time.
Visit, email or call at 508-470-0585.

Announcing a concert to be performed by Celtic Roots on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 7 pm at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Orleans.  The five very talented, local young people who form Celtic Roots have been performing their lively music since 2012 when they got their start at West Bend Music in Dennis Port.  These award-winning young musicians are known for their original compositions, innovative arrangements and engaging performances of Celtic music. Meet the Band: Baily ford - piano; Jonathan Ford - whistle/fiddle; Lili Hay - fiddle; Gavin Rice – bass, bouzouki, banjo; Fern Tamagini-O’Donnell – fiddle/vocals.

A donation of $10 (or more) per person will be collected at the door.

Our Board Member, Katia Dacunha and her husband, Rev. Alonza Dacunha, lead a ministry for immigrants who are being held in local prisons.  They are in need of multi-lingual Bibles.  The books must be paperback, or soft cover, in order to be allowed into the jails.  ANY and ALL languages are welcomed and appreciated.

If you can donate any such Bibles, please be in contact with Katia through the Council phone number or email: 508-775-5073 or Thank you.

Upcoming Events

Here Now Worship
Sunday, February 23
1:30 pm
Outdoors on the lawn at the Baptist Church
Main St, Hyannis
Come Just as You Are - All Are Welcome!

Annual Legislative Brunch
Friday, February 28
Noon - 2:00 pm
Unitarian Church
Main Street (Route 6A), Barnstable

Concerts at 320 and Quartett Giacosa present:
Prodigious – String Quartets by child prodigies Mozart, Mendelssohn and Barber
Saturday, February 29th
4:00 pm
Federated Church
320 Main St, Hyannis

Concerts at 320 presents:
Music in the Time of Ann Frank
A recital of forgotten and suppressed piano music by Dutch-Jewish composers, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Featuring Internationally Acclaimed Concert Pianist and Fulbright Scholar,
Dr. Deborah Nemko

Sunday, March 1st
3:00 pm
Federated Church
320 Main St, Hyannis

Samaritans on Cape Cod & the Islands offers:
Crisis Line Training
Monday-Wednesday, March 9-11
Monday-Tuesday, March 16-17
5:45-8:45 pm
Samaritans on Cape Cod & the Islands Center, Falmouth
For more information please contact Karen Ellery Jones at

Spiritual Companioning Workshop
Saturday, March 28
1:00 - 3:00 pm
South Congregational Church
(See "Community News" above for more info)

Concert: Towards the Sea
Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra
Sunday, April 19
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Pilgrim Congregational Church

Benefit Concert: Celtic Roots
Friday, May 1
7:00 pm
Church of the Holy Spirit
(See "Community News" above for more info)

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 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.

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.
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