May 2022
Reflections on Easter
from Interim, Rev. Marjorie Tuttle
Alleluia! Christ is risen! 
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

These words rang out as we began our celebration of Holy Eucharist on Easter Sunday morning. We will use this acclamation throughout the Easter Season.

Easter is not just one day. Nor is it just one season. We are an Easter people in whom the power of the Resurrection fills us and surrounds us for a lifetime and beyond. Even in the midst of war, illness, and uncertainties of all kinds, we trust in the abiding love of God in Jesus who is with us in these days and promises to be with us always, and so we are told to not be afraid. In our humanness, if we feel afraid, we know we can turn it all over to the risen Christ, and trust that he will give us strength and courage for the way.

With Spring, Easter fills us with hope for new life. In our part of the world, nature is coming alive again. The other day, I saw about thirty robins pecking about in the front lawn outside our church! I don’t think I ever saw so many robins in one place! They are a sure sign of Spring. Forsythia, daffodils, tulips, and other flowers and trees are bursting open. More minutes of daylight each day remind us that light overcomes the darkness.

How have you experienced the risen Christ in these days? Has it happened in church as we gather in greater numbers to celebrate Eucharist? Does it happen when you play with your grandchildren and delight in their accomplishments or the new story they just have to tell you? Do you experience it in the still quiet of the early morning when you hear the voice of God tell you how much you are loved?
Has it happened in the midst of grief or another suffering when you felt comforted by the presence of God that soothed your mind and soul?

How has it happened for you? I invite you to share your experience with family, friend, or neighbor.

In that way we share the experience of Mary Magdalene and proclaim: “I have seen the Lord”!

Alleluia! Christ is risen!!
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!!
Vestry Minutes
Meeting Minutes are available on bulletin board outside of Parish Hall office or by contacting Rich at
Meet the Interim Rector
Rev. Marjorie Tuttle
I grew up Roman Catholic in Queens, New York. I was received into the Episcopal Church well into my 40’s when I finally admitted that I did not agree with many of the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings. For me, the Episcopal Church, by and large, has become the place where I can grow spiritually, intellectually, personally, and professionally. Through worship and service, nurture and challenge, and relationship I feel that I am becoming who God wants me to be, and doing what God wants me to do!
I have worked in healthcare for over forty years as a nurse and chaplain. I retired from my chaplaincy position at The Hospital for Special Surgery last April. As you know, I have been providing supply for St. Mary’s for quite some time and I’m honored and excited to be your part-time interim priest.
Classes in Spiritual Direction at General Theological Seminary fill out my week, and I’ve begun to draw on some of the skills I’ve learned in the certificate program at SMTV.
My three grown sons, Greg, Andrew, and Steven, live in New Jersey, Colorado, and Indiana with fiancée, Kyndell, wife, Andee, and significant other, Lenny! My granddaughter, Zara, lives in Colorado and will turn one year old on Easter Sunday!
I’m looking forward to seeing all of them in the coming months.
I’m in a committed relationship with my partner, Patsy, and feel so blessed to have found love past 60! Our dog, Daisy, keeps us active and young.
Thank you for your warm welcome! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you, celebrating Eucharist together, and embarking on the Spiritual Companions Group and Lectionary Lunches.
I look forward to being together during the sacred time of Holy Week and Easter Season. There are many blessings here and ahead for The Church of St. Mary the Virgin!
I’m comfortable being called Margie. Mother Margie is okay if people feel more comfortable with that. Please don’t call me Mother Tuttle (for obvious reasons!!!).
  • Holy Eucharist Rite II at 9:30 am, including Sunday School

If you would like to serve as Officiant in Morning Prayer, please contact Durrie Golding at Now that we have resumed in-person worship in the church, we need Ushers as well as Lectors and Altar Guild.
Please CLICK HERE to sign up for Lector, Usher or Altar Guild.
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any time during these services, please click on link above.

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Coffee & Conversation Hour
We have resumed Coffee Hour after the Sunday service in the parish hall, observing social distancing and masks.

If you would like to host coffee Hour, please contact Eileen Herbert
914-273-1888 or 914-261-7637

Click here for printable or viewable monthly calendar.

We Need MORE Help
We still need about 12-13 people for the
10:45 - 2 slots and the 1:45 - 5 slots.
This year's Festival will emerge a bit revised and a bit smaller, but we still need help! We will offer less games, there will not be Attic Treasures, but we still need more help to make it a success.
A few NEW things this year:
Book Sale: in the Parish Hall for all age groups
Children's Area: Children’s toys, puzzles and games
Children's Book Reading:The Van Fleets will be doing two readings of their new children’s book and will be donating 50 signed copies.
Original Artwork: Susan Lanzano will also have an area where she will be selling her art offerings.
As in the past, we will have a bouncy castle and one other inflatable game, face painting, live music by the Blue Dogs and one Greeley a cappella group will perform. The Runabout Farm will be at the festival from 12:00 - 2:00 with their Petting Zoo.
Of course we will be having a bake sale, traditional hamburgers and hot dogs, the Strawberry Shortcake area and the Strawberry Cafe.

Please sign up to help us reemerge our Strawberry Festival to be a new experience with many of our traditional offerings.
Please review the time slots in the link above and let us know when you would be available to volunteer or sign up on the paper sign up in the Parish Hall.
Please email Lisa Fitzgerald with any questions:
Thank you! 

(Keep an eye out for the new local free magazine, Hamlet Living, and the article about our Strawberry Festival! Click here or on photo below to view.)
Search Committee Update 
SMTV Parish Profile Complete and
Rector Search Now Live!
Our Parish Profile has been completed, was unanimously approved by the Vestry, and has been submitted to the Diocese of New York to activate our search. 

Thank you to all who provided the Search Committee with feedback via the Parish Survey, via Zoom meetings, and through personal conversations with us. All of your comments and suggestions were instrumental in our formation of the Parish Profile. 

We are eager to begin the next steps in this search. Our Profile will be “live” and included in a nationwide outreach through the Diocese of New York until late May. The Search Committee will then evaluate all the resumes received and start interviewing potential candidates.

You can click on the image above to read the entire profile or VIEW it here. The Profile is also posted on our Church website (under the tab “Priest Search”). 

More information to follow as we proceed through these next steps.

With gratitude,
Experience the Labyrinth
Saturday, May 21, 4pm

All St Mary the Virgin children & adults are invited!

We will meet in the parish hall for a short introduction and then we will walk to the decorated labyrinth and pray the Our Father as we walk through the labyrinth.

Afterward, we will eat popcorn & drink lemonade, decorate bags with stickers & crayons & draw on the sidewalk with chalk. The entire program will take slightly less than 1 hour.

Click below for history & directions on how to walk our labyrinth.
Thank you to everyone who donated art supplies and snacks for our recent service project. St. Mary's youth packed 75 snack bags and 59 craft bags which were donated to Hour Children.  Hour Children ( is an organization that provides aid to the children of incarcerated mothers and grandmothers at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility (more below). The bags will be given to the children who come to visit their families. A special thanks to Dana Fenlon for delivering the bags.  
Saint Mary the Virgin - Monken Hadley

for the Renovation of their Church House Hall and Garden
Our sister church in England, Saint Mary the Virgin - Monken Hadley, is in the midst of a capital campaign to repair, renovate and upgrade the Church House Hall and garden, located within their parish church grounds.
The Church House Hall was originally built in the 18th century as stables within the village of Monken Hadley, now in the London Borough of Barnet. Purchased by the church in 1912, it has been a cherished and vital meeting place for the parish and the community ever since. Weather and time have taken its toll on the building and it is now in urgent need of structural repair. The garden is also in need of a landscaping upgrade.
They have already received some significant support from a wide range of local groups and their own parishioners, but there is still a need for additional funds to complete the campaign. The attached brochure provides suggested ways to help.
Become a Named Patron – Naming A Window
A beautiful stained glass window from c. 1400 was gifted to us by them in 1906, and is part of the larger window in our northern transept.
Let’s have a window there that is gifted from us! A window naming costs c. $6,500.00.
We already have a generous anonymous gift of $3,000.00, so would only need to collect another $3,500 to make this gift possible.
Send in a check to our parish office - made payable to SMTV - with “Monken Hadley window” on the memo line. All gifts will be tax deductible.
Our gift will then be made “church to church” via their website.
Thank you in advance for your support.
You are helping to keep an important and vital piece of our history alive.

Helping Hour Children & Moms 
at Bedford Hills
Dear Friends and Supporters,

During this pandemic, we very much hope that you and yours are safe, and well. While we are all facing much loss during this time, our neighbors in prison face loss on a much deeper level. While DOCCS is focused on maintaining safety inside, the women face increased isolation with the indefinite suspension of all visits and outside programs. Additionally, the financial crisis created by COVID-19 has hit families of the incarcerated especially hard limiting their ability to send packages. 

What can we do? With the support of the Superintendent, Hour Children and Prison Relations Advisory Committee to the Town of Bedford (PRAC) have come together to offer a few ways to help our neighbors during these difficult times. We are calling this initiative "Operation Neighborhood". Our goal is to provide a few necessities and small comforts to the 630 women of Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. We have a list of items submitted by the Inmate Liaison Committee that will be purchased to support our neighbors during this crisis.

1. Hour Children website, and click their "Donate"  Button, specifying that the donation is for "Operation Neighborhood"

2. Write a check to "Hour Children". Please earmark "Operation  Neighborhood". Checks should be sent to: Hour Children 36-11 12th Street, Long Island City, NY 11106. 

3.  If you prefer to donate specific items rather than money, please go to the Amazon Wish List named Operation Neighbor with the requested items, which are all consolidated and located on one link: 
Items should be shipped to: 
The Parenting Center at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
247 Harris Road, Bedford Hills, NY 10507
Thank you so very much for helping women who too often, feel forgotten and alone. Your thoughtfulness and generosity remind them that they are not forgotten.
Sr. Tesa Fitzgerald, Executive Director
Jane Silfen, Program Director, Bedford Hills CF
Karen Graff, Program Director, Taconic CF
Deb Rigano, Program Manager, Bedford Hill CF
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us, or call Deb Rigano: 914.804.6470.
Denise Hanchet is coordinating volunteers for Neighbors Link.  For more information on Neighbors Link visit: 
Please contact Denise if you have any questions about this mission: or cell (914) 671-0128
Walking Group
Join Us Next Time
On a recent Spring morning, the Walking Group enjoyed a walk at the beautiful Rocky Hills estate and gardens, the home of Rick and Barbara Romeo. Formally owned by William and Henriette Suhr who originated the gardens in 1956 and artistically developed and tended them for many years, the Romeos continue to care for and meticulously enhance the charming, picturesque property.

Thanks to the Romeos’ hospitality, the Walking Group enjoyed early spring vistas filled with blooming forsythia, daffodils, magnolias and azaleas, evergreens of every hue, green grasses, budding leaves and bubbling brooks. The sounds of chirping birds and the aroma of lilac filled the air. See info below on Open Garden Day!

This setting was a perfect delight for our Tuesday morning walk……

All are welcome to join the Walking Group for our weekly walks!

Contact: Janet Priscantelli – or Chris Maxfield –
Rocky Hills
Open Gardens 2022

Saturday, May 14
10 am to 4 pm
The Garden Conservancy, whose mission is to preserve, share, and celebrate America's gardens and diverse gardening traditions for the education and inspiration of the public, will feature an open gardens day at Rocky Hills.

As mentioned above, the gorgeous property planting began in the 1950s by William and Henriette Suhr, whose legacy is continued by current owners Barbara and Rick Romeo at their property on Old Roaring Brook Road.

Members $5 per person; General admission $10. Children 12 and under free. All admission proceeds are for the benefit of the Garden Conservancy.
Episcopal Church
Office of Governmental Relations
The Office of Government Relations (OGR) represents the policy priorities of The Episcopal Church to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. and helps to shape the discussion of political issues throughout the Church. OGR aims to influence policy and legislation on critical issues, highlighting the voices and experiences of Episcopalians and Anglicans globally.

All policy positions are based on General Convention and Executive Council resolutions, the legislative and governing bodies of the Church.

Click HERE to see the latest issues, posts from The Hill and policy areas.
Calling All Cooks
Please join the
Good St Maryans

The Christian way teaches us to care for one another, but when someone needs help, we are often at a loss how to best assist.

Whether it is celebrating a new addition to the family, honoring those whose lives have passed or extending a hand while healing, the Good St. Maryan's is here to support the parish community through life's steps and missteps.

Over the years, the Good St. Maryan's, led by Beverley Streeter and Dina Painter, has quietly, discreetly, and lovingly extended a hand with meals and rides.  I have been the grateful recipient of meals after the birth of my daughter, Catherine, and after the death of my mother, and like others, I will never forget how helpful the meals were or the kindness that was expressed the extra care the Good St. Maryans took to make allergy-safe meals.

If you have the time and talent to make an occasional dinner to share, then please sign up for this committee.  When there is a need, you will be asked to participate in a specific Meal Train, an organized meal given around a significant life event for a member of the parish.  You will get an email link to the specific Meal Train either from within or via your personal email which has a unique web address that acts like a key for entry to your Meal Train.

There will usually be some specific information about time for delivery, food allergies, and meal preferences to help you plan your meal.  In addition, you can see what other volunteers are making so that you can ensure some variety for the recipient.

Our dinners will help ensure that the parishioner (and family) will have healthy, home-cooked nourishment and give them strength. Please do not expect or plan to stay and visit or eat with them.

If you would like to sign up to volunteer for the Good St. Maryan's, please contact Dana Fenlon at or 914-238-1151.

We hope that in addition to meals, we might include those who might like a visit or phone call. 

If you have a need or know of a family who is struggling in any way and needs pastoral care, please contact Dana.
Office: 914-238-8751
Church of St. Mary the Virgin
191 S. Greeley Avenue
Chappaqua, NY

Office Contact:

Chappaqua, NY
We are called to be a holy people who witness God's love to the world and serve others.
Our Mission is to provide an environment for worship, learning, and service by encouraging
participation through the effective use of the commissions:
Worship and Music, Christian Education, Outreach, Communications, Parish Life, Finances, and Stewardship.
Submissions for the Bell can be sent to

Mary Ann Bayer, Blair Childs & Sophia Childs