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!

In the February issue of Voice in the Wilderness, Fr John sees reasons for both optimism and concern in the year just past. There's a review of the Christmas Pageant, with photos, and a preview of the Church Calendar for 2018. Thanks to Louise and Dale Peterson for putting this out.

A Lenten tradition: Soup and Bread Suppers with Our Neighbors. All are welcome at 6:30 each Wednesday in Lent as we share supper and Christian fellowship. More.

Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a group of nearly 70 Episcopal bishops who call for an assault weapons ban, as well as prayers of lamentation. This is a response to the latest in a long list of school shootings.

February being Black History Month, we  remember Absalom Jones and Fredrick Douglass on our Calendar. Also W.E.B. Du Bois, born 23 February 1868 in Great Barrington. You may visit the boyhood homesite of this remarkable man, just 10 miles over the mountain to Rt 41/23.

We commemorated Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on the first Sunday in Lent, 18 February. This is an opportunity to live the promise of our Baptismal Covenant to care for the hungry, sick, and poor. ER&D is our church's mission to "heal a hurting world."

Our Capital Campaign is underway! We  want to prioritize those projects most important to many people. Make your preferences known with the Priority Survey.

An exhibit, Quilts from Community Collections, will be held in  Burke Hall, from 4 March – 3 June. Come and enjoy a wide array of quiltmaking traditions including coverlets, crib quilts, and wall hangings. Contact Lucy Eldridge for more.

We welcome Fr John back from a spiritual journey to the sacred islands of Iona and Lindisfarne, where Bishops Columba and Aidan laid the foundation for a distinctly English Christianity.

You may now subscribe to a digital edition of our church newsletter, A Voice in the Wilderness. Sign up here to receive future editions by email, saving money and trees. 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!

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. "It is agreed that alcoholism is a disease, not a moral failing." AA calendar.

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Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

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