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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 and Harbor Homes
Homeless Prevention Programs


Joyful Eatings is a program that brings professional island chefs and volunteers together each Sunday afternoon to creatively prepare a meal for the Harbor Homes overnight shelter. Volunteer 'sous chefs' learn some yummy recipes, enjoy a tasting, and help provide a delicious, nutritious meal for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. 

Sign up to be a volunteer sous chef. Click to see the schedule and pre-register! Be sure to check for a confirmation email to make sure you are in the system.

Joyful Eatings is generously supported by


Last year was so successful, we made a cookbook!

The Harbor Homes Celebration and Joyful Eatings Recipe Book Launch  was a wonderful moment to celebrate and support the incredible work being done by Harbor Homes Homeless Prevention Programs!

It also marked the launch of the fundraising sale of the Joyful Eatings recipe book, showcasing all the great recipes that were prepared for the Harbor Homes shelter each week last winter by island chefs and other volunteers.

Some of our most talented island chefs and their recipes are featured in the book, including Michael Brisson from l'Etoile, Doug Smith of Lucky Hanks, Daryl Royster Alexander - former Deputy Food Editor of the NY Times, Anthony Rabeni of the Vineyard Golf Club, Lexie Roth and Eva Faber of Goldie's Rotisserie Food Truck, among others.


About 90 books were sold during the event!

Be sure to get your copy of Joyful Eatings recipe book at Cronig's or by contacting the church office at 508-627-4421. Supply is limited!

100% of the proceeds will be donated to Harbor Homes Homeless Prevention Programs! Contact Jeanne Staples at for more info.


If you know anyone struggling with homelessness on the MV, send an email to

Harbor Homes of Martha's Vineyard for more help:


Lisa Belcastro, Shelter Director, did a wonderful presentation and answered questions about how these programs are changing lives.

Everyone enjoyed the 'tasting' of recipes prepared from the Joyful Eatings Cookbook!


Frederick Douglass Historic Speech Live Reading 
Monday, July 3 at 11:00 AM
Federated Church Meetinghouse

The live reading of the speech by Frederick Douglass, took place again this year 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.

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


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