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It is dark and pouring rain on the last Sunday in Advent. I'm going to tell my Sunday school kids something that Wendell Berry told me over coffee at the Book Depot on a similar dark, dreary wet morning 30 years ago: "It gets darker and darker and darker; and then Jesus is born."
Annie Lamont
 

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320 Main St
Hyannis MA 02601
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Council News


Mark your calendars for two important worship services coming in December and January:

Homeless Persons' Memorial Service
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 5:00 pm
First Baptist Church of Hyannis
486 Main St

This service, held on the winter solstice, is a remembrance of all who have lost their lives over the past year who have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives.
Please join us...


The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service of Commemoration
Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 3:00 pm
The Federated Church of Hyannis
320 Main Street

All are invited to gather either in person or virtually in celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. This special interfaith service will be accessible onine at federatedchurch.org.
  
The Service will feature music, prayers and a good will offering to benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Cape Cod Chapter of the NAACP. 
All are welcome.


Our programs are getting ready for Christmas! Please see the following Council Program News for more information and to learn how you can contribute.



Council Program News


A Baby Center


Last Christmas we served 512 children with a Santa Bag,
thanks to our generous donors!

Thankful Greetings to all of you,

Wow, the Santa Bag give away is upon us! I have to say it is one of the most exciting times of the year! If you have never been hands on for this event I strongly encourage you to be a part in some way so that you too can feel the magic of the season!! We are still looking for help next Wednesday. Contact me at directorababycenter@gmail.com if you wish to volunteer. 

Wednesday December 8
Meet at A Baby Center, 81 Willow Ave, Hyannis
  • 10 am Unload truck and sort Santa gift bags by last name
Santa Bag Give Away is Thursday December 9 from 10-1pm

Please remember to bring and wear a mask! 😷 

I wish you all continued health and safety! I appreciate each of you! My thanks for all you do! 

Warmly,
Robin Hayward
Director, A Baby Center

Job Opening at ABC!
A Baby Center has a position open for a part time Program Assistant. Position will be open until filled.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 
Assist the Program Director and Program Manager in accepting and sorting bulk donations of clothing and supplies. Refill stock as needed. Assure sufficient clothing and diaper bags for daily client visits.  Perform other appropriate tasks as directed by the Program Director/Program Manager  Position is for 12 hours/week. Full job description is available here. Please contact Robin Hayward at directorababycenter@gamil.com or at 508-771-8157 to apply.

 
Thank you to Laurentide at Mashpee Commons for making A Baby Center the beneficiary
of their Holiday Craft Fair, to be held Sunday, December 19!
 
 

Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center

Our long-awaited Christmas Program will again be held in person this year, with appropriate safety precautions, from December 16 to 17 at our new venue, the First Congregational Church of Yarmouth on Route 6A in Yarmouth Port. Parents can register for an appointment to come and choose from a large display of toys, books, games, and clothing items that they feel would be appropriate gifts for their children. Please call Hands of Hope at 508-432-1312 to register.

We are collecting unwrapped Christmas toys and teen gifts for ages 0-18. if anyone would like to donate, please contact us at 508-432-1312. Churches have been notified that we are requesting Christmas donations, including a list of toys and gifts that have been popular in the past. View the list here.

Hands of Hope could use your help in the Pantry,  Be in touch with Cathy Driscoll at 508-432-1312 to get involved.

Another way to be of assistance is by donating funds, food for the Pantry, or items to sell in our Thrift Shop. Items that are popular purchases in the shop are jewelry, dishes, linens, seasonal decorations, and yarn. The Thrift Shop will be accepting donations until mid-December, after which time we will be closing for the winter.

Thank you for making our work possible!

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

Youth StreetReach, Homeless Ministries

Our next breakfast will be held Thursday, December 16th, 7 am at the First Baptist Church of Hyannis. Thank you to the student volunteers from St. John Paul II High School for leading this breakfast.
We welcome both youth and adult volunteers!

Since we began our program in 2007, we now have youth who were not born when we began! If you would like to be part of this ministry, contact me at 508-776-6059 or mlariv@comcast.net.


Peace,
Marilyn Lariviere
Director, Youth StreetReach
 

 
Faith Family Kitchen
 
The Kitchen will be celebrating with a special Christmas dinner for all our guests on Wednesday December 22 using our "to go" model from 5:30 - 6:30. On the menu will be roasted turkey (donated by the Pavillion Rehabilitation and Nursing Center) with all the special holiday fixin's from our wonderful Chef/Director, Cathy Cugini and her team of amazing volunteers. Please note that we will then be offering two nights of rest and will be closed on Christmas Eve, Friday December 24 and New Year's Eve, Friday, December 31.  

We wish you a happy holiday season.

Job Opening at FFK!
Per Diem Cook needed to implement meals served at Faith Family Kitchen on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Full job description available here. To apply, submit cover letter, resume and three references to cccounciloffice@gmail.com.
 

During this COVID-19 crisis, you may be depending on Amazon for some essentials. Consider adding the Council as your preferred charity on AmazonSmile. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Click on the button below to get started, and thank you!



 

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, Hyannis
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.

COVENANT TO CARE 
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.

FAITH FAMILY KITCHEN 
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.
 
HANDS OF HOPE FOOD PANTRY AND OUTREACH CENTER
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 
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.

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY 
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 goddard@ceteraadvisors.com. Laurie is a professional financial advisor and serves on the Council's Development and Finance Committee.
 

 
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