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At Federated Church of Martha's Vineyard, we believe a healthy community is an active community. Take a look at our many opportunities to volunteer, to participate in social events and to take part in learning and growing together.

Joyful Eatings

On select Sundays through March 

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Next session
Daryl Royster Alexander
Sunday, February 12
2:30-5:00 pm

On Sunday, February 12, join former Deputy Editor of the NY Times Food Section, Daryl Royster Alexander, to help prepare a meal for Harbor Homes overnight shelter. What's on the menu?  A fabulous beef stew! You may also know Daryl from her amazing paintings at Knowhere Art Gallery in Oak Bluffs, where she exhibits her work. (So much talent!) (Knowhere Gallery)


Volunteers will prepare a delicious, healthy meal, and have a great experience where you can learn some cooking tips and perhaps a new recipe, taste some yummy food, and feel good that they are contributing toward this worthwhile effort. Spaces are limited. 

On Sunday, January 8, the Federated Church launched a new initiative as part of our commitment to provide meals for Harbor Homes overnight shelter. On select Sunday afternoons through the end of March, outstanding Island chefs will lead volunteers from the community in preparing a meal for shelter guests. The initiative is designed, in part, to engage the community and raise awareness of some of the most vulnerable on the island who need food and shelter. 


The first guest chefs kicking off the series on January 8 were Lexie Roth and Eva Faber, the chef-owners of Goldie’s Rotisserie ( ), the amazing and soon to be legendary food truck. Chef-owner Michael Brisson of l'Etoile Restaurant led the next session where volunteers learned the secrets of Tunisian cooking as they prepared Tandoori chicken with couscous and cauliflower soup. Future chefs will include  Albert Lattanzi, former chef-owner of Lattanzi's Restaurant, and Doug Smith, chef-owner of Lucky Hanks, as well as Ky Keenan, the master of vegan cooking! The church is actively recruiting other chefs at this time. Contact Jeanne Staples ( or 508-274-1104)

Native American Sunday 
featured Black Brook Singers
October 30

The October 30th service was a celebration of the Indigenous People of Noepe* and the United States. The service used a combination of Biblical and Indigenous People’s prayers. The Black Brook singers from Aquinnah provided much of the music, but there were also more familiar hymns and choir selections. 


The Reflection was the reading of a speech by Wamsutta (Frank James). In 1970,  as an important elder of the Wampanoag tribe, he was asked by the Governor to write a speech to be part of the 350th Celebration of the Pilgrims’ arrival. His speech is based on what actually happened from an indigenous people point of view rather than from the mythology that has grown up around that event. It is a powerful call to look at an event from someone else’s point of view.


Because of the missionary work of Thomas Mayhew. Jr., the Federated Church has traditionally felt that it has a historic connection to the local tribes. The service also looked at how we should view his work today.

**Noepe means “ Dry Land and Waters” and is the Wampanoag name for the Vineyard.

David Berube, with service dog Vegas, spoke on PTSD and challenges veterans face
Sunday, August 7

On Sunday August 7, David Berube, former Pastor of the Federated Church, spoke about the value of service dogs to military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Injury/PTSD.  David is a retired US Air Force & Massachusetts Air National Guard Chaplain who served 21 years, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel.  He was joined by his service dog, Vegas, and shared the qualities, tasks, trainings & experiences by which a service dog relationship helps a veteran heal as they live with PTSI/PTSD, as well as his own personal journey. 


Frederick Douglass Historic Speech Live Reading 
July 2 - 11 am

The live reading of the speech by Frederick Douglass, took place on July 2 at the Federated Church Meetinghouse. Douglass, an escaped slave, became one of the most powerful speakers in the abolitionist movement. You can watch the recording on our homepage in 'archived service." 

Douglass's powerful speech “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” was first presented to the women of the Rochester Anti-Slavery Sewing Society on July 5, 1852 at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York.

Read the article in the The Vineyard Gazette! CLICK HERE

Support for this program was provided by The Federated Church of Martha’s Vineyard and the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library. This program is dedicated to all those who are still slaves.

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Former Oak Bluffs police chief and Federated Church member Joe Carter

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Gretchen Regan, Federated Church Moderator

Cookies for Ukraine Fundraising Sale a great success!

It was a gray and rainy day on Saturday, March 12, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the 'cookie crew' as they worked together to raise funds for Ukrainian refugee relief! 

​Members of the Federated Church baked and sold over 2000 homemade cookies at Cronig’s Market to raise emergency funds for Ukrainian refugee relief. Joining in on this effort were friends from the community, and together there were 28 bakers, 6 cookie sorters and packers, 6 sellers, 1 sign maker, and a lot of cookie buyers, raising almost $8000 through donations and purchases, and selling out in just 3 hours!         


UCC Ukraine Emergency Appeal will provide shelter, food and other care to war refugees and internally displaced people. It also will help refugees and asylum seekers from African, Middle Eastern and other countries who had sought refuge in Ukraine and now are twice displaced, as well as other citizens of more than 125 countries living in Ukraine.

A huge thank you to Mary Gentle and all the volunteers. And a special thanks to Cronig's Market for their hospitality!

Didn't get to the sale but still want to help?

Make a donation by clicking here!



Youth Group


The church youth is meeting regularly, doing all sorts of fun and engaging activities. Beach clean-up, paddle boarding, pizza-making, and more. Join in. Bring your friends! For more info, email Betsy at


Virtual Community Dinner Fundraiser


Our last one was such a smash success, we're hoping to have another! Goldie's Rotisserie Food Truck provided a fabulous take-out dinner, followed by a Zoom gathering featuring a fascinating presentation by Minister of Music Peter Boak. Proceeds benefitted Island Food Pantry. Stay tuned for the next one!

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