Category Archives: Outreach

Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Services

lenten quiet dayFriday, April 11 – Taizé Service at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 12 – Palm Sunday, Liturgy at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 13 – Palm Sunday, Liturgy at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 15 – Seder Meal at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall – call Fr. Ken Campbell to sign up.

Wednesday, April 16 – Children’s “Walking the Way of the Cross” at 5:30 p.m. followed by Supper in the Parish Hall.

Thursday, April 17 – Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar, followed by Night Watch

Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Liturgy at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 19 – Easter Vigil at 7:00 p.m., including the First Eucharist of Easter.

Sunday, April 20 – Easter Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and then 10:00 a.m. with full choir.

Cheryl Kyle’s TANZANIA JOURNAL February 2014

I see a woman dressed in a colorful kanga with a beautiful smile, she is sitting with her cup of coins by the bridge over the Themi river in Arusha, she has leprosy.

I see a woman with logs on her head climbing the mountain to her home. She pauses, I try to lift her burden. I can not.

I read the local news. Tanzania loses 30 elephants a day to poachers, and 10,000 every year.

I hear an ibis’ mourning call for her young who have fallen from their tree top nest to my packed dirt driveway below.

I receive the news from the teachers at Endupoto Primary School that our Standard 4 students passed their government exams with flying colors. Their first time taking the exam.

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I see the progress the builders are making on classrooms 6, 7, a teachers’ office, two new 20,000 liter rain water harvesting tanks, additional latrines and a new exterior paint job in anticipation of a BIG meeting with the Tanzania government, the Maasai elders, Karen Royce and me. The construction is on time and on budget. A shout out of thanks to every donor; our faithful contractor, workers and architect; and the Maasai who contributed their labor to dig the foundation and the deep latrines.

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I’m startled as a vervet monkey snatches a dinner roll off my plate at a posh coffee lodge in town.

I welcome visitors and share the majestic beauty of Tanzania, its landscape, wild animals, people and Endupoto Primary School where they bring their gifts of time, talent and treasure to the school. A special thanks to the University of Southern California who sent a top team of educators to work with the teachers at Endupoto and to a Member of Parliament from Tanzania who visited Endupoto and donated funds for desks and benches for the new classrooms. Asante sana.

I watch the village chairman of Kerere quietly lead the Maasai men and women elders as we gather under the acacia tree to make decisions regarding the future of Endupoto Primary School and its goal of sustainability.

I haul buckets of rain water for a bath at the Guest House. There is a broken pipe somewhere in Arusha and many are without water although we are in the middle of a deluge of rain.

I watch a tall Maasai plant 50 new trees to add to the 400 plus we’ve planted since 2008 when Endupoto was a one room school house and we thought our job was done.

For those of you reading this journal and for those who have not had the experience of knowing and loving Tanzania as I have, you are warmly welcome. Karen Royce and I will be leading our last safari in January 2016 to celebrate the completion of ENDUPOTO PRIMARY SCHOOL.

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The New Face of Overnights of Hospitality

homeOvernights of Hospitality was started to provide relief from overcrowding at NOAH Shelter. Now NOAH has empty beds due to the success of programs which have enabled clients to obtain permanent subsidized housing.

The Council of Churches overnights program will be replaced by a new program, “Homeless Ministries” which will help homeless persons find housing, particularly in cooperative housing run by Homeless, Not Helpless. Finding and keeping permanent housing has been made more difficult by reduction of government support at federal and state levels. These cuts have increased the number of people living in poverty and in critical need of all kinds of assistance.

A new Homeless Ministries team will include Jill Scalese, formerly Case Management Director for the Overnights program, who will work with the women, and Bob Lynch, the Council’s Street Outreach worker, who will work with the men. They will be joined by a new Council staff member, Caroline Kotoski, Coordinator of Volunteers. Caroline was House Manager and Office Manager for Homeless Not Helpless and is also working for her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitative Counseling. Caroline’s first job will be to recruit volunteers from previous overnights workers and to attract new volunteers. There will be many opportunities to participate. There is a need for tutors, particularly in math and in preparing people to take the GED (High School Equivalency) Exam. There is a need for one-on-one mentoring/friendship, for visiting at the residences, advocating and training in cooking, computers, and other skills, Whatever your skills and interests, you will probably find an opportunity here.

Fr. Ken Campbell will coordinate the Hospitality Housing program at the Church of the Holy Spirit. Call him at 508-240-5169 or email ksbcampbell@verizon.net for more information or if you would like to volunteer.

Free Food For Kids

brownbaglunchappleOne in three children under 18 is at risk for hunger each day on Cape Cod. Beginning on Monday, June 24, sandwich-based meals will be prepared in our church kitchen from 5:00 am to 8:00 am each weekday. The staff will then put the lunches, snacks, and breakfasts together as brownbag meals downstairs in the large classroom. The meals will then be delivered in coolers and served at four meal sites. Free Food for Kids will continue for eight weeks this summer. Church of the Holy Spirit is a sponsor of the Federal Child Nutrition Program.

Our meal sites as of mid-March are two in Chatham, one in Truro, and one in Eastham. Free Food For Kids welcomes all who would like to help in this program throughout the summer. If you are interested please call Ruth W. Campbell, Director, at 413-537-9200 or email her at rwcampbell@verizon.net. She will be giving a presentation about the program at the Sunday morning adult study group on Sunday April 28 at 9:00 am in the Parish Hall. This outreach ministry addresses a serious and hidden need — hungry children on Cape Cod.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food.”
Matthew 25:35

“Truly I tell you, as you did it to one of the least of my family, you did it to me.”
Matthew 25:40

Food Drive for the Lower Cape Outreach Council

paper bagThe Outreach Committee is sponsoring a food drive on April 13/14 and 20/21 to benefit the Lower Cape Outreach Council food pantries (there is one in each town on the Lower Cape), whose shelves are quite bare. LCOC helps our friends and neighbors who are in need.

We will have grocery bags, decorated by our Church School children, available at each Church entrance the week before. Please fill your bag with the food items suggested below and bring it back on one of those two weekends. Can we reach 100 bags?

Items needed include canned peaches, canned pears, canned pineapple, canned fruit salad, canned tuna or salmon, canned chicken or ham, chili, beef stew, baked beans, Spaghetti-O’s, peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix, cooking oil, mayonnaise, ketchup, dish detergent (liquid), hand soap (bars, paper towels, and toilet paper.

No pasta or canned soup, please.

Questions? Call Judy Gardiner 508-255-2326.

Habitat For Humanity Apostles’ Build

habitat-for-humanity1Are you looking for a way to participate more fully in the ministries of the Church of the Holy Spirit? In 2013 Habitat for Humanity is building five, yes five, houses on Namskaket road in Orleans. One of the five will be an “apostle’s build”, funded by a consortium of churches. Of the necessary funds to build this house, all but $10,000 have already been promised by other churches. We have been asked to participate in raising at least $5,000.

Would you like to participate in brainstorming ideas for raising the monies to support this
excellent ministry to the working poor in our community — a ministry that provides a decent place to live and a hand up to someone’s daily efforts to keep a family together?

Your participation would commence mid April and be done by the end of June. Does this call out to you? Contact Brian Ridgeway at 774-207-0902 or Sally Dewing 508-255-2656.

Homeless Guests at CHS for Christmas

Christmas DinnerThanks to the dedicated volunteers from the Church of the Holy Spirit Overnights for Hospitality team, we be having 4 to 7 men over for dinner on Christmas Day and then to stay with us overnight.

We plan on giving each man a gift card for use at any stores in the Cape Cod Mall. If you would like to contribute toward the gift please give a check or cash to Fr. Ken earmarked “Christmas Gift.” Checks should be made out to NIA.

Learn more about the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Overnights for Hospitality program.