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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Welcome to all!
Please join us


Sunday Worship

Eucharist, 10 am
  Facebook Address

Study Groups

Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading &
Contemplative Prayer

Church is open daily for prayer and meditation.  Please observe pandemic protocols.


The Rev John P Thompson, Rector 

Liturgical Calendar

Church Calendar
(2021 Events)
Good News, Everyone!

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 John's invitation.

Reasonably, the Episcopal church supports vaccinationDelta 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 diaspora.

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 News Service.

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 to go.

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, 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.

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!

Divine 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 calendar.

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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, and die."

Job 2:1-9
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Church of St John in the Wilderness, PO Box 180, Copake Falls, NY 12517  mailto:info@stjohnw.org