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!

Sixth Annual Whole lot of Love Dinner
is Saturday 16 February at the Copake Community Center.   Bring a sweetheart or meet one at the Dinner!  See Elen's cute poster.

Sunday 6 January marks the season of Epiphany, which celebrates the revelation of God incarnate in the person of Jesus.  It is a joyous thing to recognize God in the Other!

A new Voice is here!  Fr John reflects on the story of Ruth, an immigrant to Judah and the great-grandmother of David.  Should we welcome or fear the refugee, fleeing war or famine?  Our tradition has been welcome, as says our Statue of LibertyKaren Flynn describes the renovation, the stewardship campaign and dinner, and more in her Warden's Report. Thanks to the leadership of Martha Glanz, Campaign Chair, and the support of the parish, we have $84,000 from 33 pledges and need only $16,000 more to meet our goal.  Marjorie Hoog presents the Capital Improvement Survey and the Master Plan.  Lucy Eldridge anticipates the Winter Walk.

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.

We have a sample of paintings by Fr Jack Moody on display in Burke Hall.  His paintings are evocative of both country and city landscapes.  Come and view them over a cup of coffee.  Exhibit ListArtist's Statement.

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. "You are not alone."  AA calendar.

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Jesus said, "I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Luke 6:27-36
External Resources:

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