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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Christmas Services

Christmas Eve
24 December, 7 pm Carols, 7:30 Service

Christmas Day
25 December,  10 am

Service Schedule


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
Good News, Everyone!

Our church is having a Community Christmas Pageant, Saturday 15 December at 11 am! This is the second year for the pageant and we’d like to make it a “community tradition!”  We provide the costumes but feel free to bring one if you like.  There will be a Holiday party afterwards!

Christmas Eve at the Church of St John in the Wilderness, nestled among the trees, softly lit by candlelight, singing our traditional hymns, a warm and welcoming community sharing Holy Eucharist -- this is an experience not to be missed!

A new Voice is here!  Fr John reflects on the story of Ruth, an immigrant to Judah and the great-grandmother of David.  Should we welcome or fear the refugee, fleeing war or famine?  Our tradition has been welcome, as says our Statue of LibertyKaren Flynn describes the renovation, the stewardship campaign and dinner, and more in her Warden's Report. Thanks to the leadership of Martha Glanz, Campaign Chair, and the support of the parish, we have $84,000 from 33 pledges and need only $16,000 more to meet our goal.  Marjorie Hoog presents the Capital Improvement Survey and the Master Plan.  Lucy Eldridge anticipates the Winter Walk.

We mourn those lost in the terrible shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue.  Our rector, Rev John Thompson, lived  in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood and has friends in the Tree of Life congregation who knew the victims.  His letter to us.

We have a sample of paintings by Fr Jack Moody on display in Burke Hall.  His paintings are evocative of both country and city landscapes.  Come and view them over a cup of coffee.  Exhibit ListArtist's Statement.

Holy Cross Monastery, an Anglican Benedictine community in West Park welcomes visitors for a day or a longer spiritual retreat.  Fr John encourages us to spend some time with the monks in prayer and worship.  It can be a life changing experience.  West Park is on the Hudson, about a 70 minute drive southwest. 

Church improvements are in the works!  Porch is finished and the rectory is currently being painted.  Pray for good weather so the painters can finish before winter.

Our landscape architect, Jamie Purinton, will again present her Master Plan for our grounds at Coffee Hour on 11 November.  Please bring your questions and concerns.

Hurricane Relief.  To help those affected by hurricanes Florence and Michael, you may donate at Episcopal Relief & Development.  Or you may volunteer to help in person at the Diocese of Central Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle.
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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!

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. "Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path." AA calendar.

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And the crowds asked him, "What then should we do?" In reply he said to them, "Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise." Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, "Teacher, what should we do?" He said to them, "Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you." Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what should we do?" He said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages."

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."

So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.

Luke 3:10-18
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Church of St John in the Wilderness, PO Box 180, Copake Falls, NY 12517  mailto:info@stjohnw.org