First Annual Awards Dinner
The Federated Church of Orleans first Annual Awards Dinner - June 7, 2018 It is our pleasure to honor the following award recipients:
Kim Mead-Walters will receive “The Mary Lou Petitt Community Engagement Award”
Mary Lou Petitt’s passions included social justice, community service, travel, the theater, books, the New York Times, friends, faith and family. Her life in public service began when she attended the 1963 March on Washington and heard the Rev Martin Luther King Jr’s call to action with “the fierce urgency of now”. As a long-time activist, she worked on housing issues and was a 50 year member of the League of Women Voters.
Mary Lou was a dedicated community organizer and Founding member of Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod, Community Development Partnership / CDP, Homeless Prevention Council, The Children’s Place, Lower Outer Cape Community Coalition, and the Flex Bus. She was a proud member of The Federated Church of Orleans, and a founding member of the Eastham Democratic Town Committee Board of Social Concerns as well as a member of the MLK Action Team. As an elected official on the Board she served 5 years in The Eastham Housing Authority and 14 years as Eastham’s Representative to Barnstable County of Delegates.
She was also the proud recipient of several awards including: The CDP’s Gwen Pelletier Award, The Presbrey Public Services Award, and the 2014 Mercy Otis Warren Woman of the Year award.
Steve Downs will receive “The Agnes Hopkins Life of the Church Award”
Agnes Hopkins joined the Federated Church of Orleans in 1905 and became church organist in 1916 – serving as organist for 50 years. One of the most memorable moments in her life occurred on Sunday, July 21, 1918, during WWI. This was described as “a glorious story of her dedi-cation to the organ playing”. The morning worship service had just begun when someone came rushing into the church and reported that a German submarine had attacked vessels off Nauset Heights (the only time any attack was made directly on the United States). The church quickly emptied as people ran home – EXCEPT for Agnes Hopkins, who continued playing the organ for what would be the duration of the worship service. Agnes was also a Sunday school teacher and founder and chairperson of the Church’s first summer fair in 1952. We continue this tradition today as we plan for the 66th Annual Summer Fair.
Resource material from The Pilgrim People: A Highly Unorthodox History of The Federated Church of Orleans by Lee S. Pattison, 1996