Announcements May 9 – May 16

summer meadowSunday, May 10: God’s Gift of Life rehearsal immediately following the 10 a.m. service in the large classroom downstairs.

Sunday, May 10: The Cape Community Orchestra, John P. Hagon, conductor will present a concert in the Parish Hall at 3 p.m. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted. The program will include music by Liszt, Puccini, Mendelssohn, Gottschalk, and selections from “Porgy and Bess” by Gershwin. The orchestra is currently in its 25th season and there will be a special anniversary performance celebration.

Tuesday, May 12: Red Cross Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The Red Cross sends a special THANK YOU to CHS for hosting their most recent blood drive in March. They obtained over 30 pints of blood. Each pint can save up to 3 lives, so we are helping over 90 people. Please come and support a wonderful, lifesaving cause!

Friday, May 15: Garden Party – 9 a.m. to noon. Spring garden clean up. Weeding, raking, fertilizing, trimming. All are invited, no experience necessary! Come for the whole time or for only a few minutes. Bring your tools or use ours. Coffee, Hole in One donut holes and cold drinks are provided. Meet us in the north parking lot behind the offices. Questions? Call Gilbert Merritt at 508 360 1125.

Sunday, May 17: Shepherd Groups: Orleans – The Gardiners will be hosting from their home at 5:30 p.m., 35 Payson Lane, East Orleans. Call 508-255-2326. Brewster/Dennis – Jane and Jack Nixon will be the hosts at 5 Dune Road, Brewster at 5 p.m. Questions? Call Elizabeth Merritt at 508-240-6998. Eastham/Wellfleet – At the Goddard’s home for the 3rd Annual Poetry Fest (pot luck) at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20: Men’s Lunch—12:30 p.m. in the Fireplace Room. Bring lunch; snacks and drinks by donation. Questions? Contact Brian Skea at 774-279-3454 or Bruce Lederhouse at 508-240-2853.

Tuesday, June 9:  HIGH TEA WITH JAN SWAFFORD.  Come meet Jan Swafford!  He’s a world renowned composer, teacher & author of “Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph” for a discussion and book signing at Church of the Holy Spirit.  It will be held on Tuesday June 9, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Tickets are $25.  Enjoy savories, sweets and lots of door prizes!  Proceeds to benefit the Eastham Library Building Fund, Inc. 501(c)3.  Tickets available at or at Main Street Books, 46 Main Street, Orleans.  Any questions please email: and you will be contacted.

Sunday, June 14: All-Parish Cookout immediately following the 10 a.m. service, sponsored by the Shepherd Groups and Church School. Folks A-P: side dishes, Folks Q-Z: desserts. We are having ice cream!

Thursday, June 18: THURSDAYS AT THREE – 3 p.m. to 4:30pm, Parish Hall. MANAGING OUR ADULT CHILDREN WHILE THEY TRY TO MANAGE US: the challenge of maintaining good relationships with our children (and parents) as we age, while holding on to what’s important to us. Sara Fry and Sandy Marshall, facilitators.

Join the fun. Please sign up in the Parish Hall or the Reception Room. Your donations of costume jewelry are needed. They may be left at the Parish Office weekdays Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop-offs for other donations begin on June 1. Questions? Call Marcia Bechtold at 508-255-0611 or Dianne Fromm at 508-255-3481.

CHS Artist: The featured CHS artist for the month of May is Pia MacKenzie. It is always a treat for the heart and eyes when Pia’s new collages go on exhibit and are for sale. Don’t miss this creative, colorful and imaginative show. There are still a two months in 2015 to show your art. The sign up sheet is located by the gallery door. Questions? Comments? Contact Sharyn Laugh-ton – – 508 255 7277.

Children Activity Bags: Are available at every entrance for loan to keep our children “busy” during the service. Please feel free to take advantage of them.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: Just a reminder; you can sign up for hosting coffee hour in the Parish Hall. We need new participants! Beverages are provided. You just need to bring something to go with them! Thank you, Michele Puzo

Free Shop: The shop is now accepting SPRING clothing. Donations can be dropped off any day the Parish Hall is open. If the shop is closed there is a container outside the door. The shop is open Mondays 12 noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Questions? Please call Sharyn Laughton at 508-255-7277 or

Galley West Gift Shop: SUMMER HOURS – Starting June 14 – Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon; Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon. For these extended hours during the summer, we NEED volunteers. We have 96 opening that have to be staffed during the time slots of 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Please consider offering your help. Please call Susan Owens at 508-240-1788.

Green Team: Your Green Team is watching and listening! Are you thinking about how to save energy in your homes and here at church?
4 NOAH – We’re still looking 4 help on the 4th Friday of each month. Please call Georgia Schneider at 508-255-2368.

It’s Time for a new Pictorial Directory!  Please participate and make this new version of the Parish Pictorial Directory a great resource for all of us. On the Sundays in May we will be asking you to sign up for a photo session. We will hold the photo sessions in June (9-12) and July (14-18). The sign up sheets will be available after each service during May. Look for us in Reception Room and in the Parish Hall at Coffee Hour. Celia Calhoun 508-255-1981, Sharon Inger 508-349-3115, Page McMahan 508-237-4977.

FOOD PANTRY:  Just a reminder: There are two food-collection chests in the church—one in the reception room and the other in the entrance to the Parish Hall – for donation of nonperishable food for the benefit of clients of the Lower Cape Outreach Council. This food is distributed to some 1, 900 needy beneficiaries through the council’s eight food pantries on the Lower Cape. Your food donation will be much appreciated. Thank you!

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