December 21, 2017

Christmas Outreach News!

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From our front door to the Glen Cove Soup Kitchen, kids in public housing, the hungry families at the middle school (all just a few short miles away)  and to our friends a little farther away but close to our hearts, on the Sioux-Cheyenne Reservation in South Dakota and in Englewood on the South Side of Chicago: You filled our hearts with joy as we decorated ornamenst and books for you, sourced  coats, diapers, toys and food. The miracle was how our outreach partners inspired so many parishioners! God Bless you all, for together we can answer the call of Christ to love God and one another truly making a Heaven here on earth.

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St. John's Sunday School hosts the kids of the EOC here in our Parish Hall

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Christmas Storybook Drive: Our Children donated and decorated books and sent them  to South Dakota and Chicago as well as to local non profits

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Our children made the ornaments for the Soup Kitchen Christmas Tree and decorated the books given out at their annual Christmas Party.


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Judy Wohrle, Chair of LTN ( Love Thy Neighbor) and Mary Savin  hosting our Christmas Pantry Party in our Parish Hall.


Merry Christmas to all at the EOC: Glen Cove Economic Opportunity Council, The North Shore INN soup kitchen, The Glen Cove Men's Shelter, The Finley Middle School Food Pantry, St. Jame's Episcopal Church in Mobridge, South Dakota and LaTanya & The Youth of Englewood in Chicago's South Side.



November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Outreach News

We have been busy!


Betsy Gahagan and Sarah Blundin headed up The Thistle & Spoon Thanksgiving at the Soup Kitchen packing 100 take-home bags filled with Thanksgiving dinner provisions provided by St. John's of Lattingtown. And a happy crew of parishioners stuffed the bags alongside them. It is Betsy's 20th year heading up this ministry. Thank you Betsy for your continued ministry on behalf of our church in the spirit of  Matthew 25:35  and your loyalty to the North Shore INN and our beloved Estelle who is the kitchen's director. Tales abound of Betsy with cart upon cart at Stop & Shop and then year's later, at Locust Valley Market where patrons always admire her spirit and cheer when she gets her receipt that is always yards long! 

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Peter Pell, Sarah Blundin, Estelle Moore, Vicki Fox, Lindsay Barnett, Julie Zarou and Helaine Spina.

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Betsy Gahagan left.

To raise money for the holiday groceries,  the Sunday School hosted their ever popular Children's Apple Ministry Adopt-an-Apple fundraiser at the 8am and 10:30 am services on Sunday, November 12th. It was great fun and everyone was so generous!  Huge thanks to the Willards, Fredericks and Blundins for their amazing contribution of time and talent to this worthy cause. And gratitude to our Sunday Night Lights! Sunday School parents and kids for decorating and packing the apple bags!


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Howie Posillico left and Lindsay Fox right.


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                       Father Stephen with various Blundins, Fredericks, Woodhouses!


LTN  hosted an all day Food Pantry Thanksgiving grocery bag give-a-way. We had coffee and cupcakes for our regular pantry guests who, by the way, were the inspiration for our new ministry LtN which is described below. The bags were full of provisions for classic green bean casserole, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, potatoes, yams, vegetables  and Judy Wohrle's own recipe and ingredients for pumpkin pie were included! Our friends also had a chance to look through the coat racks and were able to take some coats for themselves and family members. We really love our LTN members who always give back in such lovely ways like volunteering at the fair.

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Miguel, Lakeera, Cheryl and Judy at our Thanksgiving Church Pantry Day Grocery Give-a-way.


Our new ministry LtN (Love Thy Neighbor) was founded in the spirit of relational outreach.  We are committed to knowing the families and persons we serve at the non-profits we support in this area. So LtN is hosting a COAT DRIVE through December 10th. Please contribute if you are able. We especially need baby and toddler winter wear and boots for the men's shelter. We also need extra extra large coats. Basic winter coats, hats, mittens and winter footwear for kids and adults are very much appreciated. Please contact LtN's chair, Judy Wohrle at 671-3226 if you would like to join this ministry or contribute in any way.


We wish all our parishioners and Friends of St. John's a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Thank you for your support of our Thanksgiving outreach programs. Because of your generosity,  many of our neighbors will sit around their table grateful for theirThanksgiving dinner with all the fixings.


Sunday, October 11, 2017

Beautiful breaking news!

Our neighbors are our family!


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Sunday, October 10, 2017

Blessing of the Animals


What a beautiful Blessing of the animals under the Maypole on the fair lawn! The furry faithful had a blessed ball--literally as there were tennis balls on hand! We usually have a lizzard or a gerbil but this year it all went to the dogs. They had something to say it seems, as we imagine a banner with paw print signatures and a slogan saying, "Dog is God spelled backwards!" Alright cats and lizzards etc....marshall your spirited faithful for next year! We did have four cats receive their blessings from Father Mark via Facetime so in the feline's defense...they may have outwitted the dogs by getting a blessing without having to leave their comfy couch! 

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

"First Sundays" Evensong and Dinner Church made its debut October 1st!


What a teriffic night! Our Director of Music and our Rector invited their old chum, Jamie Hitel, Director of Music at Christ Church Grenwich, to take a turn at our organ celebrating Evensong which lead off our first "First Sundays" program.  This most beautiful form of sung prayer was followed by a gorgeous postlude followed by the choir singing grace in the Parish Hall as we began Dinner Church. Afterwards, Father Stephen celebrated the Eucharist in the Chapel.


The children meanwhile had Sunday School upstairs and came down for Dinner Church with the rest of the parish. It was out first 5pm Sunday School and it was bursting with happy kids!


All in all a very cheery, beautiful and deeply meaningful evening. We can only think that even God did not want it to end!


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Sarah Harris (wife of Jamie) , Chris Brayne and Jenny Brayne with Jamie Hitel, Director of Music at Christ Church Greenwich


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 Jamie (Director of Music at Christ Church Greenwich) and his wife, Sarah.

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September 16th, 2017


St. John's of Lattingtown's 2017 Outreach Award presented


           Ms. Wardlaw, left, at the closing ceremony for EOC summer camp 2016 with Mayor Spinello and parishioner Victoria Crosby.

This year we honored the commitment and compassion of Janice Wardlaw, Director of the Glen Cove Economic Opportunity Council. The EOC offers an emergency food pantry, employment assistance, social service advocacy, infant, youth and senior programs and support services for basic needs.  Ms. Wardlaw is always looking out for the vulnerable and advocating for them with her whole heart and smarts. St. John's of Lattingtown is blessed to work with and support her wonderful work in this community.                                                                           



September 9 , 2017

Father Stephen's Ordination!

What a thrilling day for our parish to watch our new Curate, Father Stephen Tamke being ordained to the Priesthood! The setting was the glorious Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City. Bishop Provenzanno officiated over this solem and inspirational sacrament. 


Ok, we admit to bringing a stash of tissues because it's not every day you see such a fine young man who has surely captured the heart of Jesus Himself, making his vow to serve God in such a deeply beautiful way. And the fact that he was surrounded by the big love of his parents and four brothers and relatives made the day resound with love. 

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Father Stephen and Father Mark at the Cathedral of the Incarnation.

Father Stephen with his dad, left, mom center and Father Mark right in the Guild Room afetr preaching his first sermon as a full fledged Episcopal Priest!

May 7, 2017

The Annual Meeting was held on May 7th.  To read the Annual Report, please click here.



March 19, 2017


The Bishop, Rector, Wardens, and Vestry are pleased to announce that The Rev’d Stephen Tamke has been called as our new curate at St. John’s of Lattingtown Episcopal Church.


“We are thrilled to welcome Stephen back home to the Diocese of Long Island as the newest member of our growing ministry team here at St. John’s,” said Fr. Mark Fitzhugh. “In June, he will join new Director of Music Chris Brayne and Director of Children’s Ministry & Outreach Courtney Callahan to help deepen our relationship with God. Stephen is a very talented Christian leader and brings a host of experience and a passion for working with middle & high school youth, families, outreach, and music.”


Born and raised in Garden City, Long Island Stephen has been a lifelong member of the Cathedral of the Incarnation. He was a member of the Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys (Royal School of Church Music affiliated) from the age of seven as a boy treble and as a countertenor until 2014. He still sings professionally as a countertenor often in Washington, D.C, while at seminary. He graduated from Garden City High School in 2008 and CUNY Queens College in 2013 with a degree in Secondary Education, Social Studies. He performed his yearlong teaching placements at a middle school and high school in Queens.


Before Seminary, Stephen worked for three years at the Diocese of Long Island Development Office, as well as in the Office Youth and Young Adult Ministries where he helped coordinate diocesan youth programming with the Canon for Youth and Young Adult Formation. 


In 2014, Stephen began his studies at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia working towards his Masters in Divinity, graduating in May 2017. He was ordained to the transitional Diaconate on January 14th, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation.

Currently, Stephen is the seminarian and Deacon at The Falls Church Episcopal in Falls Church, Virginia. He is the Music Teaching Assistant for the Seminary, assisting the Professor of Church Music with the running of the music program for the Seminary as well as helping with teaching chanting and basic music skills. He, also, helps run the weekly Tuesday night Choral Evensong and the auditioned Schola Cantorum choir on campus.


Stephen is the youngest son of Jane & Steve Tamke, and is the shortest of his brothers, of which there are four older than him. He is a die-hard Yankees fan, who, during the baseball season, can be found watching or attending Yankees games. Stephen is very excited to begin his ministry at St. John’s of Lattingtown on Sunday, June 18!

February 15, 2017


The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry are delighted to announce the appointment of Christopher Brayne as the new Organist and Director of Music Ministry at St. John’s of Lattingtown Episcopal Church.


A Message from the Rector, Fr. Mark Fitzhugh:

The Vestry and I are thrilled that Chris will be joining our ministry team at St. John’s Church. I want to sincerely thank our music advisory committee who served the Church very well in this process and gave helpful guidance to me and the Vestry. I am delighted that there was a unanimous decision by the Vestry to offer this position to Chris Brayne.


Chris is a remarkable musician who has an international reputation, a strong faith in Jesus Christ and a working knowledge and love of the liturgy of the Anglican Church. Chris comes to us from All Saints Church in Odiham, in the Hampshire District of England (40 miles west of London).


It has been very clear to me from our first meetings that Chris and his family will fit well into our parish life and the North Shore community.  We very much look forward to welcoming Chris and his wife Jenny on May 7th - his first Sunday to play at both services here at St. John’s. Their two daughters Sophie and Emma currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Chris enjoys working with all ages, and his role as Director of Music Ministry will extend well beyond the organ bench and rehearsal hall. He plans to be an active member of the Diocese of Long Island’s church music community, and has a special interest in music outreach ministry. Chris has a fantastic sense of humor, which adds to the joy that is at the heart of all we do at St. John’s. Chris loves to teach and will be able to cultivate our choristers’ who have a wide range of musical abilities.



Through the years, St. John’s has enjoyed a wonderful tradition of inspiring choral music, and now as we turn the page to begin a new chapter in our long history, we are excited to welcome and support Chris as he works to develop a music education program for children, youth, and adults.


  • Chris received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge in 1978, and was awarded the prestigious organ performance diploma as an Associate of the Royal College of Music.
  • Previously, he served for seven years as the Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral, and later was the head organist and master of the choristers at Bristol Cathedral for eight years.
  • This will be his second American church, as previously he served 11 years as the Director of Music and Organist at the 3,000 member Christ Church (Episcopal), Charlotte, North Carolina.



December 25, 2016


Please Click here for St. John's 2016 Christmas Bulletin




Thursday, December 1, 2016




A group of college students went to Honduras to spend their spring break working in a poor mission parish.  At the end of a week of sleeping on cement floors with no electricity and running water and building a cinderblock house in the hot sun during the day, the student gathering for Mass in the little church.

When the priest consecrated the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ and invited the people to come forward to receice, they flocked toward the celebrant, all of them singing and dancing, hands outstretched.  This was not the quiet, orderly communion procession of the students' churches back home.  The Honduras approached the altar as it someone was going to place a million dollars in their cupped hands, as if life itself was awaiting them at the front of the church.

After Mass, the students told the priest how impressed they were by the faith and spirit of the villagers.  The priest replied, "Some of these people don't know where their next meal will come from.  Some of them don't know if their newborn baby will live through the year.  Some won't sleep under a roof tonight.  Christ is their hope.  We can live for many days without food and shelter, but we cannot live for a single moment without hope."

The birth of Christ give our world reason to hope.  In the simplicity of his birth, in the compassion of his Gospel, in the humility of his passion, Jesus comes to show us that justice, forgiveness, peace and reconcilation are possible.  In Christ, the darkness of hatred can be shattered by the light of his love; injustice can be dispelled by imitating his humility; and poverty can be turned by embracing his spirit of compassion and generosity.

Emmanual - "God is with us" - is our hope, a hope that is real and possible, that we can transform our lives and our world in the love of God.  Help us to continue sharing this message of God's transforming love today by supporting St. John's of Lattingtown Church.

The Vesty, staff and I wish you a joyour and blessed Christmas and happy, peaceful New Year.  Thank you!

Reverend Mark L. Fitzhugh



Wednesday, June 1, 2016




With the beginning of summer, I would like to bring everyone up-to-date on a few of the very positive ministries taking place at St. John’s of Lattingtown. The best news is we are growing. By any measure, we can clearly see the Holy Spirit is leading us into an exciting future.


Attendance is up at both Sunday services, we have added a new Wednesday, 11 am Bible study with Tommy Gimbel, and both our adult and children’s Sunday School programs continue to thrive. In the last 12 months, we have been blessed with 25 baptisms, six weddings, and on May 7th St. John’s had the largest confirmation class this year in the Diocese of Long Island with 19 youth confirmed by Bishop Provenzano at the Cathedral in Garden City. 


On that same evening, some 240 friends and members of our community kicked off the yearlong 100th Parish Centennial Celebration with a dinner, dance, and auction. In Heaven, Mr. J.P. Morgan, Mr. William Guthrie, Mr. Henry Davison, Fr. Howard Lowell (all featured in a special video shown that night), along with countless others who have helped shape our history are all very proud of the leadership of both Jackie Powers and Allison Aston who made this event so successful ($160,000 in gross contributions).  


On, Saturday, June 18th from Noon to 2 pm, we will continue the Parish Centennial Celebration with a community picnic honoring the ministry of Courtney Callaghan.  Bring your blanket and picnic food – pizza, ice cream and beverages will be available for purchase – and enjoy music, children's activities, raffles, and fun! Later this month, Courtney leaves St. John’s to begin a ministry in Englewood, Illinois, (on the Southside of Chicago) serving at-risk children, teens and adults.


As is traditional at St. John’s, we will collect donations for a "purse" for Courtney. If you wish to contribute, here are your options: give a gift directly to her, mail it to the church, or checks can be made out to “St. John's of Lattingtown” indicating Courtney gift in the memo section.


Over the last several months, I have shared with many of you some of the hopes and dreams to help us continue our work together of making St. John’s a healthier, more vibrant and Christ-centered congregation. As your Rector, in vestry meetings, staff meetings, preaching, Sunday announcements, through our weekly email Epistles and website, at our Annual Meeting, and most recently at the Centennial Dinner, I have outlined several pathways for us to achieve our goals. In the coming year, three areas will get special attention: Music, Education and Outreach


MUSIC at St. John’s will always be integral to our traditional Anglican worship, Christian education, fellowship, outreach, spiritual and congregational growth – indeed, to the very life and fabric of our community. Of course, we remain extremely grateful to Eric Milnes for his many years of leadership and talent. Now, with a transition in our music ministry, it’s time for us to come together and expand upon Eric’s music legacy. An experienced and prayerful advisory committee will soon help me review candidates for this position. It will be with anticipation and excitement that later this year, we can welcome a new Minister of Music and begin writing the next verse in our ongoing song to God. When this transition is completed, a longer term goal will be to build a “state of the art” St. John’s Music School to help re-engage youth and adults more fully into the life of God’s church. 


EDUCATION – Our offerings continue to be expanded and made flexible to meet the changing needs of a generation filled with busy children, youth and adults. Every Sunday at 9:30 am in the Parish Hall, we are challenging ourselves to go deeper into the Bible and our prayer life. Our task remains to help form Christians, who when baptized, confirmed, or married return to the church and feel at home. Both the Nursery School and Sunday School programs are positioned to grow exponentially in the next few years. However, presently they are crammed into a 1920s era rectory building and a 1950 era education building. A “master plan” will be developed soon to address some of these goals. At our June 18th Parish Picnic, we will say farewell to Kathy Brewer, who is retiring after 38 years as Director of the St. John’s Playgroup. Kathy has announced that Jennifer Strazzeri will take over the school immediately and has exciting plans to expand the program, which will now be called, “St. John’s Little Learners.” In February, the Vestry approved support for a new curate whose ministry will be especially responsible for children, teenagers, and pastoral care for all ages. We anticipate this position will be filled later this summer.


OUTREACH – When people in our community need help spiritually, physically, or emotionally St. John’s Church should be the first place they reach out to for help. The Gospel calls us to share the abundance of all that we have been so generously given. With the development of a new master plan, we can expand support to people who are hungry in our community with increased storage space for our food pantry ministry. Additionally, meeting room space is needed for addiction recovery groups such as AA, Al-Anon, NA - Narcotics Anonymous, and a new program/office for pastoral counseling.


Thank you for your patience and support during our transitioning, I am grateful to be your Rector. I welcome your feedback, partnership in ministry and most importantly your prayers. My door is always open! Let us never forget, that growing and healthy churches are centered around trusting and loving relationships - where people can feel safe, valued and welcomed.


Blessings and enjoy your summer,

Fr. Mark Fitzhugh


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