Category Archives: Community Events

May Events at the Church of the Holy Spirit

summer meadowThursday, May 1st – Wisdom Literature
3:00 p.m. Parish Hall
Sharon Inger will lead a 4-week study of Wisdom Literature, on Thursdays in May, at 3:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall, beginning on Thursday, May 1st.

Saturday May 3 – Amy-Jill Levine – Jesus the Jewish Storyteller
2:00 p.m. Parish Hall
The first of our Angelica Center for Spiritual Living Speaker Series for 2014, Amy-Jill Levine, author and University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. Her topic is: “Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Hearing the Parables Anew”. She will also preach at the 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist on Sunday, May 4. Tickets available from Tom Dewing (508-255-2656), see Angelica Speaker Series 2014 article below.

Friday Evening, May 30 – We are All Misfits
The Sharing the Blessing Committee will host a community event featuring author, James Howe, who has written more than eighty books in the thirty-plus years he’s been writing for young readers.

Good Friday Walk – Project Bread

Stations-of-the-CrossAs we move through the desert wilderness of our Lenten journey, I’d like to offer an oasis of love and caring, formed by many of you and others like yourselves.

Last year’s walk did not hold much promise as the season of Lent came upon us. Our host church (Brewster’s Bible Alliance Church) had burned to the ground the previous Fall. We lost everything we used on the walk. We had to rebuild from scratch and it seemed overwhelming.

And yet, as it turned out, it was our most productive walk in years!

People came from unexpected places to help and volunteer. The congregation of our host church showed up in droves, providing financial and physical support, (proving that a church is not a building, but the people who worship together). And might I also mention the continuing and wonderful support of Father Linton and my CHS family.

We were able to help a young family with a child with cerebral palsy. We helped a young girl with autism and depression anxiety through contributing to the purchase of a service dog. We provided financial support to a family of seven (one child autistic) who were on the doorstep of homelessness. We made respite gifts to two families of children with profound illnesses and gifts to brighten the Christmas of families buried in medical and other bills.

All this you did on your Lenten journey last year. You’ve shown me that, while “giving up” something for Lent may be noble, that “giving” during Lent is close to divine. Many thanks and blessings to all those who joined with us to honor and pay homage to the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ and to help those in need in our community. I look forward to working with you again in this year’s Walk.

[Registration at 8:30 a.m., pledge sheets from Rich Weeks.] Yours In Christ, Rich Weeks

Men’s Lunch Group March 19

fireplaceThe men’s lunch group meets every third Wednesday at 12:30 pm in the Fireplace Room. The purpose of the group is to provide a forum where men of the parish can meet together informally for lunch and general collegiality. The group was founder by one of the two facilitators, Bruce Lederhouse, a long-term parishioner and organist. The second facilitator is a member of the parish, Brian Skea.

Members bring lunch, but snacks and coffee are provided. If interested, call Bruce Lederhouse at 508-801-0654 or Brian Skea at 774-279-3454.

Artist of the Month – Food for Kids

Fruits and vegetablesThe featured exhibit for the month of March at the Church of the Holy Spirit is FOOD FOR KIDS, coordinated by Ruth Campbell.

It’s that time of year! Food For Kids (F4K), our summer outreach program to end childhood hunger is coming back to life after a short winter rest.

The March Gallery (reception) Room display is sponsored by Food For Kids. The display will be an educational and informational experience for everyone in our parish and those who visit us during March. The display will also include opportunities for all ages to sign up to help at any time during our 8 weeks of operation, June 30-August 22, 2014. Financial donations are welcome and needed to purchase children’s books, lunch treats, supplies and to raise the quality of our meals throughout the
summer. F4K served almost 10,000 meals (snacks and lunches) during the summer of 2013!

All of our sites in Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham and Chatham are returning this year, so the need is great.

Did you know that 1 in 3 children on Cape Cod is at risk for hunger? Children who are hungry can’t learn, get sick more often, feel ashamed, don’t understand why, and are frustrated which can lead to depression and violence. Childhood Hunger is hidden on Cape Cod behind all the beauty of our environment. We want to help to make a difference, but don’t know how. Here is a chance for all ages to make a difference.

Come and see our display. You will love the pictures!

For further information, please call Ruth Campbell or a member of the F4K Steering Committee: Madeleine Barnes, Fr. Ken Campbell, Ginny Clarendon, Judy Gardiner, Joan Howe, Sharyn Laughton, June MacDonald, Richard O’Hara, Peg Skelly, Audrey and Steve Sukovich.

“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”
– Nelson Mandela 1918-2013. 

Affordable Housing Available

St PeterRemember, if you know of anyone who might want a brand new Habitat house for a very low $675-$750/month mortgage (including taxes and insurance!) have them pick up an application at Snow Library in Orleans and come to a meeting there on Saturday, March 15 at 10:30 am, or on Wednesday, March 19 at 8:00 pm.

Tell your friends and spread the word!

Great Summer Jobs With Free Food For Kids

Logo JPEGThe “Free Food for Kids” Summer Food Service Program now has three job openings ready for applicants. These consist of three paid Site Supervisor roles, each working 3 to 4 hours per day, 5 days a week at $10.00 per hour. Dates are Monday, July 1, 2013 through August 23, 2013. The final week of work is optional if college return dates interfere.

This is a great summer job opportunity for high school and college students. You must have access to a car. If interested, please call Ruth Campbell at 413-537-9200 or email rwcampbell@verizon.net.

A required training session will be held on Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm in the Gathering Room at Church of the Holy Spirit (lunch included). All paid staff are required to attend, and volunteers are strongly encouraged to join in the training session as well. Please register for training with Ruth Campbell (see contact info above).

The steering committee for the “Free Food for Kids” program, providing support, transparency, and communication to and from the parish includes Sharyn Laughton, Richard O’Hara, Judy Gardiner, Madeleine Barnes, Emily Beebe, Audrey Sukovich, June MacDonald, Ken Campbell, and Peg Skelley. Thank you all for your support!

“Quilters” at Church of the Holy Spirit

vintage-quiltsThe Church of the Holy Spirit will present a staged reading of the play Quilters on May 3, 4, 10 and 11, including matinées on Saturdays, May 4 and 11.

The play is about pioneering women who settled the American prairie. It’s also about a women’s art form, the quilts that these women created from girlhood to the end of their lives. Sarah (the mother) asks her daughters to help her make what she knows will be her last quilt. This is a rich, powerful and life affirming piece of theater. There is a lot of love, warmth, humor, and the moving story of simple dignity and courage in the face of adversity. Through the voices of the women, Quilters speaks eloquently of the human spirit in joy and in sorrow.

Evening performances will be at 8:00 pm and the matinées on May 4 and 11 at 3:00 pm.

We are pleased that Linn and Ron Jacoby (who produced the Belle of Amherst last summer) will direct and produce the play, which is a fund-raiser for CHS and Habitat. So please save the dates now!

We would welcome parishioners who can help in distributing promotional material in town. Please call Bill Gardiner (508-255-2326) or Phil Suraci (508-240-2785) if you are able to help.