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Internet Church, 10 am
Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading &
Church is open daily for prayer and meditation. Please observe
The Rev John P Thompson, Rector
Don't let down your guard! Covid infections are
surging and we must all avoid trading air.
Masks, distance, limiting assembly -- keep pandemic
protocols a few months longer. Read the Columbia
County COVID-19 Report.
Louise and Dale Peterson have published a new Voice
in the Wilderness. Fr John's
essay relates Plato's
story of the Cave to respect for reality, however
challenging, and the dangers of denial. Elen
Freeston, our new Senior Warden, writes with
surprising enthusiasm of church management and the Zoom
experience. Lucy Eldridge describes the
pastoral ministry visiting the housebound with meals and the
love of community. Also find a Capital Campaign update
and profiles of some new church officers.
At the Annual Meeting on 17 January, we elected new vestry and
We support the Roe
Jan Food Pantry. You may drop off canned or
boxed food in the basket inside the door of the
church. It will be taken to the pantry every
Friday. Many thanks for these much needed donations!
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
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.
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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 in Zoom
Internet Space for Divine Reading & Centering
Prayer. 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. "If you want to drink, that's your
business. If you want to quit, that's our
Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are
perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded
the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the
light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image
of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus
Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake.
For it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of
darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of
the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus