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The Rev John P Thompson, Rector
Pandemic may not be over, even for the vaccinated, and we
will continue taking prudent measures in our
gathering. Please join us in person as
you feel able. Our service will be streamed
in real time on Facebook Live. Read all the
details in Fr
Reasonably, the Episcopal church supports
vaccination: Delta variant of COVID-19 continues
to spread at alarming rates both here at home and
around the world. Because of the nature
of vaccines and herd immunity, it is critical churches
also help address vaccine hesitancy.
Jim and Patricia Wann have published the May edition
of Voice in the
Wilderness, our parish newsletter. Fr
John is astounded at the love of God
for the outrageous diversity of creation. Brian
Boom and Lucy Eldridge emphasize how our Capital
Campaign reflects our concern for our beautiful
environs. Elen Freeston of the Alter Guild
asks all gardeners to grow flowers to decorate the
church. Elen the Senior Warden proposes to
continue Zoom meetings to maintain contact with our
Ecumenical Patriarch, Pope and Archbishop
of Canterbury call for the Protection of
Creation. "September is celebrated by many
Christians as the Season
of Creation, an opportunity to pray and care
for God’s creation." Read the news with Anglican
Get Vaccinated!! Don't let down your guard!
Covid infections persist and we must all avoid trading
air. Masks, distance, limiting assembly -- the
better we all follow pandemic protocols, the sooner they
will be unnecessary. Columbia
County wants everyone vaccinated. Here is where
After 13 years, Charley Musselman is retiring as St
John webmaster. We have hired Suzanne
Trevellyan to build
a modern website for
us. She will work
with Jay Corcoran and Fr John.
They need a few editors and correspondents. Please respond.
We support the Roe
Jan Food Pantry. Drop off canned or boxed food
in the basket inside the door of the church.
Brian Boom and Lucy Eldridge of our Capital
Campaign Committee have put together a compelling brochure,
Campaign for St. John in the Wilderness: Sustaining
People, Place, and Peace, 2019-2022.
Please take a look and decide how you might contribute to
the future vitality of our church. Supporting
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Church of St John in the Wilderness
is located in a park-like setting, Taconic
State Park! We"re on the Harlem
Valley Rail Trail and Bash-Bish
Falls is just up the road. Come, enjoy!
Reading & Contemplative
Prayer Group: Gather with us Wednesdays at 3
pm on the rectory porch or in Zoom
Internet Space for Divine Reading & Centering
Prayer. This meditative approach to scripture will
bring peace to your soul.
Alcoholics Anonymous are meeting in person
again, on Friday and Sunday at 7:30 pm.
"Expectations are resentments waiting to happen." AA
One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves
before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present
himself before the Lord. The Lord said to Satan, "Where have
you come from?" Satan answered the Lord, "From going to and
fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it." The
Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job?
There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and
upright man who fears God and turns away from evil. He still
persists in his integrity, although you incited me against
him, to destroy him for no reason." Then Satan answered the
Lord, "Skin for skin! All that people have they will give to
save their lives. But stretch out your hand now and touch
his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face."
The Lord said to Satan, "Very well, he is in your power;
only spare his life."
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and
inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot
to the crown of his head. Job took a potsherd with which to
scrape himself, and sat among the ashes. Then his wife said
to him, "Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse God,