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

Spoken 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!

Her community gathered on 5 September to celebrate the life of Edie Froggatt, well loved, faithful churchwoman. Our little church was packed, with persons standing in the doorway wishing to honor and remember Edie (1922-2016). She will be missed by her large family and her many friends.

September edition of Voice in the Wilderness has been published by Louise and Dale Peterson. Fr John writes of hope in the face of temptations to cynicism and despair in this election season. He calls for prayerful discernment in our decisions. Dale Peterson describes some building improvements and Wendy Langlois tells about our plans for Sunday School this year. Her daughters, Jane and Barbara write lovingly of their mother Edie Froggatt. Douglas Goodhue has fond memories of Rev Peter Turner, who died 11 June. He served St John's as interim 1997-98. Bob Dodd reports on the culture conflicts in the wider church beyond Copake Falls and the Diocese of Albany. And there is more!

All are invited to the Parish Picnic Sunday 25 September. Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share. Church will provide drinks, hot dogs, and hamburgers.

Harvest Fest is Sunday 9 October from 12 to 4 pm, with fun for kids of all ages! Kaptain Kraw's puppet show is at 1 pm, with balloons! Also pony rides, games, bouncy house, bake sale, Chinese auction, vendors, and lunch bar. Tonya Carter invites help running the show!

Episcopal Relief and Development is our church effort to "heal a hurting world". They do development and relief work around the world. This is a cause well worth our support.

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!

Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC)
is a worldwide movement to promote social and economic justice and respect for the environment. Diocese of Central NY is adopting JPIC as an organizing principle for social justice.

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: Put Wednesdays at 3 pm on your calendar and gather with us in the rectory for the Divine Reading/Centering Prayer Group.  This meditative approach to scripture will bring peace to your soul.

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Jesus came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor except in their own country and in their own house.” And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief. 

Matthew 13:54-58
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Church of St John in the Wilderness, PO Box 180, Copake Falls, NY 12517  mailto:info@stjohnw.org