Church of St. John in the Wilderness
The Episcopal Church in Copake Falls, NY
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PO Box 180
261 Route 344
Copake Falls, NY 12517
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Service Schedule

Church services suspended


Holy Eucharist,  8 am
Choral Eucharist, 10 am

Study Groups

Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading &
Contemplative Prayer

Church is open daily for prayer and meditation


The Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector 

Liturgical Calendar
Anxious Times, Everyone!

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have cancelled all group meetings at the church.  Please read Fr John's letter suggesting remote worship opportunities.

We do not know when we will be able to meet in person again.  With Holy Week approaching, your church is making preparations for remote participation.  We will post news here.

April brings A Voice in the Wilderness for unusual times.  Fr John reminds us not to give into despair.  Wendy shares, "Be kind, remember we are all alone in this together."  Brian and Lucy report that that Capital Campaign has raised $209,020 or 63% of goal.  Lucy describes some of the music that fills our church, including Edee Hedrick's Sunday choir, Sharon Powers' chamber music group, Winds in the Wilderness, Jim Wann's popular music for all our parties, and Jamie Purinton’s Bash Bish Bluegrass Band.  We thank Dale and Louise Peterson for the spectacular job they do publishing the Voice.

This is a hard time for our community.  Fr John is calling all parishioners personally and lining up others to make phone calls, too.  If you are willing to phone your neighbor, please drop us a note.

Marya and Bob Dodd thank everyone who left food at the church for the food pantry.  Please bag your donations and know that you are helping your neighbor.

Brian Boom and Lucy Eldridge of our Capital Campaign Committee have put together a compelling brochure, Capital 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 material.

Delayed, alas!  Lucy Eldridge has curated a quilt exhibition, The Art of Appliqué, that opens in Burke Hall on Saturday 21 March.  Quilts include Mibs Zelley's designs for her grandkids and quilts for sale by local artists, featuring naturalistic images.  Announcement.

An organization dedicated to working for justice, the Palestine Israel Network of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF/PIN) condemns the plan for resolving the Palestine-Israel conflict issued by President Trump on January 28, 2020.  Essentially, the plan puts the United States behind the annexation of land captured by Israel in 1967, in contravention of United Nations' resolutions and international law.  Read the details.

If you would like to receive occasional emails from Fr John on church activities, request a subscription at info@stjohnw.org.

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!

We made a list of the many Good Causes supported by St John in the Wilderness. Can you add to this list?

Divine Reading & Contemplative Prayer Group: Gather with us Wednesdays at 3 pm in the rectory for the Divine Reading & Centering Prayer Group.  This meditative approach to scripture will bring peace to your soul.

Our little church hosts meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous twice a week, on Friday and Sunday at 7:30 pm.  "we [are] convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success."
  AA calendar.

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When Jesus and his disciples had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, `The Lord needs them.' And he will send them immediately."

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

"Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!

"When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, "Who is this?" The crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee."

Matthew 21:1-11
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Church of St John in the Wilderness, PO Box 180, Copake Falls, NY 12517  mailto:info@stjohnw.org