April-May 2021

Spring Greetings, 

I hope that you are all relishing these Spring days -- even while also doubling down on safety protocols during this resurgence of Covid on the Cape.

Step by step -- we are seeing one another through....

Spring is here.  Easter is coming.  New Life.  New Hope.  New Faith.  Hallelujah.  

We celebrate all that is new and good as we join together strengthening our community.  Please plan to join the Council's reimagined spring fundraiser, Generations of Hope, which will be a virtual silent auction beginning on May first.   

Hope blooms as we continue caring for one another.  Hope blooms as we prepare for days when we can safely reopen our economy, our homes, and our arms for hugs. Hope blooms - love blooms - as we celebrate the miracle of Easter.




Council News

Generations of Hope 2021

The Cape Cod Council of Churches' Generations of Hope is this year reimagined as a virtual silent auction. It is scheduled to run from May 1 to May 8, 2021. Stay tuned for further details!

This has been a year of great challenges as together we face the Covid pandemic.  With resolute spirit, creativity and hard work the Council of Churches' ministries have remained active.  We have provided more diapers/wipes/formula, hot, nutritious meals/ bags of satisfying groceries/ and financial aid to families in need that ever before.  Thanks to our intrepid staff and committed volunteers, we have managed increased need while doing all we can to assure safety for all.  

As May Day approaches, we celebrate Spring and the renewed hope that it promises.  

In mid-March, the Council, Osterville Methodist Church and the Hyannis Rotary Club joined forces to assist our colleague Rosalind Goode (Elder Services Intern at A Baby Center) move into her new apartment. Together, we provided Rosalind with all the necessary furnishings, beautiful bedding supplies plus kitchen items and gift cards to help provide for essentials. All resulting in much joy, as you can see! Rosalind asked us to share her story, which follows. Thank You to Osterville Methodist Church and the Hyannis Rotary for all!

Hands of Blessing Flow
Let me introduce myself, my name is Rosalind Goode. I would like to share my little story about how almighty God used hands of blessing in my life through his amazing Grace. I had to move and it wasn't easy as far as my living situation. I felt alone, in darkness, didn't know when all this would end. All I could do is keep praying and praising God over and over and speaking my new apartment into existence.

Guess what? My apartment came through, praise Almighty God. Though I never was on a one-bedroom waiting list, I received a letter saying my name came to the top of the list for a one-bedroom. Jesus - now I am writing this letter to let people know you're not alone. God has a way of putting the right people in your life if you believe in Jesus will make a way out of any situation. Because he sent hands of blessed folks to my home. I was so overwhelmed, never met these folks, but they were all here bearing gifts of all kinds, even gift cards. I can't explain how it felt but it was a wonderful thing to experience. Hands of blessing flow - turned my apartment into a beautiful home. Never give up on hope, someone is always there. Just believe!
Hands of Blessings Flow - 

thank you, 

Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center

We are working our way toward Easter. Please consider donating any of the following items. We thank you so much for all your help this winter!!

Baked beans
Mayo, ketchup, mustard
Cake or brownie mix
Crackers or cookies
Pasta (we have plenty of spaghetti)
Pasta sauce
White tuna
Hamburger helper
Rice a roni or pasta roni
Boxed scalloped or mashed potato
Stove top stuffing
Spam or canned meat
Chef Boyardee

If you can provide us with some small hams for families to prepare an Easter dinner that would be wonderful. We also have some gift cards left from Christmas we can offer. Thank you for collecting those!
Donations accepted Monday and Friday 10-3 or Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 1-3 or call us to make other arrangements.

Also, Hands of Hope has been selected as the featured charitable organization for the month of April by the Stop & Shop store in East Harwich! Every purchase of their "Bloomin' 4 Good" bouquet will result in a $1 contribution to Hands of Hope. Who doesn't need some extra flowers in Spring?!

Cathy Driscoll
Program Director, Hands of Hope

Covenant to Care for Foster Families

It is with such delight that we announce that we are welcoming our own Sarah Shrauger into her new role as Program Director for Covenant to Care for Foster Families!    

Sarah has been a valued staff member as a Program Assistant at A Baby Center for the past 4 years.  During that time, she has made countless families feel safe, welcomed and cared for.  Sarah's personal traits and history, as well as her professional skills will serve vulnerable foster families equally well.  We are so fortunate to have her stay with the Council and assume this leadership role.  

Robin Hayward writes of her enthusiastic support for Sarah:  

Dear Edye,

It is my great pleasure to support and applaud Sarah Shrauger for being hired into her new role as the Program Director of Covenant to Care for Foster Families! It was a God moment when Sarah came on board at A Baby Center and I can only hope that she will continue to bless the families she works with in her new position for the Council of Churches. Sarah will be sorely missed but we are so happy for her and you as you begin this new journey! Congratulations!

~ Robin Hayward, Director A Baby Center

Faith Family Kitchen

There is new leadership on board at the Faith Family Kitchen! We would like to introduce our friend and colleague Cathy Cugini, who is directing all Kitchen operations on an interim basis. Cathy served as our first Chef/Director of FFK when we opened the newly built commercial kitchen in 2016. We thank her sincerely for her return.

We would like to thank Jeni Wheeler for her service at FFK as she moves on to new ventures. We are all aware of the heart and soul that Jeni has poured into her work with the Kitchen.  Her energy and flexibility have served thousands of our Cape neighbors with nourishing meals.  We wish her Godspeed in her new endeavors.

A Baby Center

Larry Brown is a friend to the Council, a retired teacher at Cape Cod Academy, and a columnist at the Cape Cod Times. Last week, his column, Nothing is Impossible to a Willing Heart, alluded to the experience of one of his Chinese students with A Baby Center:

"...Angela came here like so many, saying her old teachers never asked her what she thought about anything. She was frightened, lonely, half a world away from everything she’d ever known. Her childhood had been painful and difficult. As her senior project, she volunteered at the Cape Cod Council of Churches’ Baby Center, helping poor mothers find clothing, Pampers, formula and simple support. Coming from China’s “one-child” policy, she wondered why women had babies if they couldn’t afford them. A woman answered her.

'This child,' she said, 'is the only wealth I have.  She is my fortune, my treasure.' "

Read Larry's column here.

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Community News

Tune in for a livestreamed Easter Concert at the Church of The Transfiguration, Orleans, MA. Admission is free. Go to this link to access the concert.

Gloriæ Dei Cantores (Singers to the Glory of God) holds a passionate dedication to illuminate truth and beauty through choral artistry, celebrating a rich tradition of Sacred choral music from Gregorian chant through the twenty-first century.

Bay to Sound Neighbors has started surveying our volunteers regarding reopening the services we provide to our members. Beginning March 8, these will include transportation to doctor appointments as well as other non-contact services such as picking up veterinary supplies,  and doing outside yard work. Any car trips will require car wipe down, mask wearing, and the covid questions prior to riding in the car. This is a good first start and hopefully as more people are vaccinated, additional services will be added. How welcome this will be to all of us- our members and volunteers and we look ahead to resumption of more normal lives.  Thank you everyone for your continuing belief in the services that Bay to Sound Neighbors provides to Dennis and Yarmouth. To learn more about Bay to Sound, go to their website.

The Enough Abuse Campaign is sponsoring a virtual live presentation and keynote by Massachusetts State Senator Joan Lovely on Friday, April 9 from 8:30 to 10:30 am.  Sen Lovely will discuss legislation to address exploitation, hiring practices and the statute of limitations concerning child sexual abuse. 

Cape Cod Family Resource Center has new programming for parent education and support for April. Click here to view their calendar for this month!

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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.

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.

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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