June 15, 2016

As a faith community's response to the horror of the terrible violence in Orlando, we will gather to honor the victims at an interfaith prayer service at 7 p.m. this Thursday, June 16 in the quadrangle at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable.

The event is co-sponsored by the Cape Cod Interfaith Coalition, the Cape Cod Council of Churches, Church Women United, and Cape Cod Community College.

The event is free, and open to all. The entire community is invited to bring prayers, spiritual messages, songs, and non-political messages of unity and love.   Please come to share grief and comfort, and to stand together with resolve and strength.

For more information, contact James Kershner at (508) 776-3606 or John French at (508) 364-4106.

Pray and work for peace,

Council News:

Generations of Hope Benefit

Save the Date for our Generations of Hope Benefit!

Please join us at 5:30 p.m. August 13 under a tent for a mid-summer dinner at sunset overlooking beautiful Barnstable Harbor.  We will be celebrating and raising funds for the good work of the Cape Cod Council of Churches.

This special evening will feature a farm-to-table themed menu on the private grounds of a generational home and farm. Enjoy a seated dinner, live music, a silent auction and flowers grown and gathered on site.  Our program will highlight the intergenerational work of the Council and will honor Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, America's celebrated and influential pediatrician.

Invitations will be mailed during the week of June 20th.  Tickets will be $125 per person, and must be purchased by July 25.  If you are not already on the Council's mailing list and would like to receive an invitation, please email your address to Cheryl Quast at or call (508) 775-5073.

For sponsorship opportunities or to donate to the silent auction, please contact Cheryl.  

We hope that you will join us!

We request your help
Hands of Hope Outreach Center
49 RT 28   PO Box 387
West Harwich, MA 02671
(508) 432-1312 

Hands of Hope Outreach Center is in need of volunteers to assist in the Food Pantry and Thrift Shop.  Lots of open dates and times.  Pick hours that are good for you!  Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring, even if you are only on the Cape for part of the year…we are happy to meet you and could use your help.   Come every week, every other, once per month, or occasionally during the year as a substitute.  No lifting, stocking, sorting required… but plenty of that to do if you wish.  Meet and volunteer with friendly, fun folks!
Please give us a call, email, or drop by for a visit.
Thank you for thinking of us!

The following foods are greatly needed in the Hands of Hope Food Pantry:                  
Juice Boxes for Kids
Jelly or Jam
Chef Boy R Dee
Jell-O or Pudding
Baked Beans
Pasta Sauce
Pasta or Spaghetti
Mustard, Ketchup, Mayo, Relish
We also welcome cold and frozen foods if you have extra to share after family and summer guests depart.
Please call us at (508) 432-1312 if you cannot make it to our pantry.  We will do our best to collect your donation.

Thank you for your Food Collections!  We appreciate all of your support.

Volvo For Sale!

A generous donor has given the Council a 2002 Volvo V70XC.  As of June 23, we are selling this car to raise funds that will benefit the programs of the Cape Cod Council of Churches.  Presently the Volvo has 100,500 miles on it and is in good condition.  It is loaded with options and has passed the MA safety inspection.  Vehicle is pictured below.  If interested in purchasing the car and helping the Council, please contact us after June 22 at (508) 775-5073.
$3,000 (Kelley Blue Book value $3,200)

On Good Faith
The Council produces On Good Faith which is a monthly television show that airs on Channel 99. Hosted by Rev. Jonathan Ahnquist, On Good Faith welcomes guests who are community leaders and participants in health and human service organizations.  The topic of our latest episode is "A Baby Center" and the featured guests are Robin Hayward, A Baby Center Director, and Sue Latimer, A Baby Center Volunteer.  

Please click on the photo above to enjoy the show.

Please click here to contact On Good Faith's producer, Cheryl Quast, if you have an idea for a topic for a future show.

Community News:

Candlelight Vigil
In memory of and for the mass shooting victims in Orlando, there will be a candlelight vigil in Sandwich on Wednesday, June 15.  It will begin at St. John's Episcopal Church (159 Main St) at 7:00 p.m. and continue on to First Church UCC (136 Main St).  Let us show our support against hate and our belief in loving community by gathering together this evening.

Peace Vigil
“No Place For Hate” is sponsoring a Peace Vigil and inviting all the area churches and community members to show their support. Please share this information with your congregations.
Vigil in Solidarity with the Victims of Hate in Orlando
Wednesday, June 15
6:00-6:45 PM
Village Green, Falmouth
We come together as a community to mourn and to affirm our collective vision of a nation that rejects hatred and violence.
Sponsored by: No Place For Hate - Falmouth
Cape Cod Healthcare Announces June Blood Drives
Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital are in need of blood donations, and numerous blood drives are being held across Cape Cod in June to benefit Cape Cod Healthcare. Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital must have at least one week’s worth of blood on hand at all times. Since each unit collected or purchased will only last between 35 to 42 days, it is a constant challenge to maintain a sufficient supply. All blood types are needed. All blood collected at CCHC Blood Drives stays on Cape Cod to help our families, friends and neighbors.

Please click here for a schedule of blood drives for the month of June.

Interested in becoming a Samaritan Volunteer?
There is an upcoming training for anyone interested in becoming a Crisis-Line Volunteer for The Samaritans On Cape Cod and the Islands.  Please click here for training dates and contact information for the program.

Gregorian Chant Retreat
August 3-7
Unravel the mysteries of the neumes on this four-day beginners chant retreat, August 3-7 at the Community of Jesus in Orleans, culminating in the celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration. In a stunningly beautiful setting, study the vast history of Gregorian chant, learn how to read ancient and Roman neumes, and work with the Latin language, opening up the basic conversation of chant. Retreat will be held at Paraclete Guest House at the Community of Jesus.  Join us as we explore the riches of this glorious tradition.
Highlights include:
- Basic chant instruction with members of the Community of Jesus, where Gregorian Chant is sung in Latin daily
- Singing Gregorian Chant in the breathtaking Church of the Transfiguration
- Opportunity to attend the daily Divine Offices and Eucharist
- Lovely meals and accommodations overlooking Cape Cod Bay
Information: 508-255-1094

Nauset Neighbors Needs You 
Nauset Neighbors is an ALL volunteer 'aging in place' nonprofit organization serving the towns of Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Brewster, Chatham and Harwich.  Our mission is to keep seniors independent in their own homes and contributing to their community.

Help seniors stay in their homes by doing what a good neighbor does. Do you have an extra hour or so a week, a month or even a year to volunteer? We offer hassle free volunteering. Control your schedule with online self-signup.

No regular commitment is required. Choose your services and when you can provide them.
Give a ride, change a lightbulb, help with email or visit a lonely senior.

Contact: (508) 514-7067 or visit the website at: to find out more.
Someday you might need some help. Help keep Nauset Neighbors alive and productive.


Upcoming Events

June 15, 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Peace Vigil

Falmouth Village Green

June 15, 7:00
Candlelight Vigil

St. John's Episcopal Church
walking to 
First Church UCC,

June 16, 7:00 p.m.
Interfaith Prayer Service
Cape Cod Community College,

August 3 - 7
Gregorian Chant Retreat
Community of Jesus,

August 13, 5:30 p.m.
Generations of Hope:
A Benefit for the Cape Cod Council of Churches

Dillingham House,
Barnstable Village

September 27, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Cape Cod Council of Churches Annual Assembly
Location T.B.A.
Watch for more info!

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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