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 Times

Spoken Eucharist,  8 am

Choral Eucharist, 10 am

Study Groups

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!

Children's Sunday!
On 14 September, Wendy Langlois will honor the children of St John in the Wilderness. She will describe the new Sunday School program and invite registration for the new term. Class begins 21 September.

Dale and Louise Peterson have published the Fall issue of Voice in the Wilderness. Read Lucy Eldridge's profile of Marilyn and Kent Kay.

Our preservation fund is richer after the Sparking Summer Soiree, organized by Christine Parker and Pete Krane and supported by dozens of local businesses and friends. We are now within a few thousand dollars of our $40,000 goal for a new roof. Thanks to all who worked hard to make the event such a success!

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.

After 3 decades of devoted service, Jane Peck, our esteemed treasurer, is passing the mantle to Louise Peterson. We thank Jane, Louise, and all the faithful serving the church, sometimes in shadows and in silence..

An study from the Greater Good Science Center reveals that an attitude of gratitude changes brain chemistry so as to strengthen relationships and increase happiness. As has been said before, science is catching up to truths that religion found long ago.

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.

If you would like to receive occasional emails from Fr John on church activities, request a subscription at info@stjohnw.org.

Have you checked the St John's  Photobook? Several new faces have been added. Welcome all!

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We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.

Romans 14:7-10


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