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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
Finishes Another Successful Season!


Joyful Eatings wrapped up a very successful season on April 14. This program 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. 

To spread the love a little further, we published a beautiful recipe book, covering all the printing costs so that 100% of sales proceeds were donated to Harbor Homes. Stay tuned for the launch of this year's book, coming this summer!

Joyful Eatings is generously supported by


Last Year's Kick-off Event!

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 
Federated Church Meetinghouse
July 5 at 11:00 am

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Join us as community members participate in a reading of Frederick Douglass's speech, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July' at the Federated Church, a designated stop on the MV African American Heritage Trail. 

Born into slavery about 1818, Douglass later successfully escaped north to Massachusetts at age twenty and became the voice against slavery. Fearing capture and re-enslavement, Douglass went to England, continued to exclaim against slavery, and raised enough money to buy his freedom to return to America. He settled in Rochester, NY and became a champion of equality and freedom for enslaved people. Douglass also was active in the women’s suffrage movement and established a newspaper that centered its focus on fundamental human rights and the intersection between slavery, the treatment of black people, and women. He had become a man of international stature and was perhaps the most important person to speak at the Federated Church and on Martha’s Vineyard in the 19th century.


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