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

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!

Lenten Soup and Bread Supper with Worship. Again our neighboring churches will share a meal at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays during Lent.  Full schedule is:
13 March: St. John in the Wilderness
 20 March: West Copake Reformed
 27 March: First United Methodist Church, Hillsdale
  3 April: St. John's Lutheran, Ancram 
 10 April: Our Lady of Hope, Copake Falls
We host the first supper.  Please sign up in the narthex to bring soup, bread, or desert or for setup/cleanup.

March Voice from Dale and Louise Peterson reprints Fr John's sermon on social justice from 22 January.  There's a preview of the Birds of the Hudson Valley exhibition with photos.  Marjorie Hoog assumes the Senior Warden mantle from Karen Flynn and invites advice and concerns from the parish.  A teaser for the Summer SoirĂ©e (with request for auction items) rounds out the newsletter.

Flight: Birds of the Hudson Valley, an exhibition of photographs by Heather Kitchen and Stephen Schumacher, will be on display in Burke Hall through 19 May.  Come to the opening on 2 March at 5 pm.  See poster for more.

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.

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.
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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. "How does it work? Honesty, Openness, Willingness."  AA calendar.

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The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God." Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.

Luke 1:30-38
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Church of St John in the Wilderness, PO Box 180, Copake Falls, NY 12517  mailto:info@stjohnw.org