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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Service Schedule

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve
24 December, 7 pm Carols, 7:30 Service

Christmas Day
25 December,  10 am


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!

Christmas at the Church of St John in the Wilderness, nestled among snowy trees, softly lit by candlelight, singing our traditional hymns, a warm and welcoming community sharing Holy Eucharist -- this is an experience not to be missed!  See Elen's Christmas Season Poster.

All are invited to the Blue Christmas Service at St. John in the Wilderness on Wednesday 11 December at 6 pm. This low-key service is designed for those who may be grieving a loss or for whatever reason find Christmas a difficult season, and anyone seeking a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle. Come, and bring your friends.

Community Christmas Pageant: Saturday 14 December at 12:30 pm.  For children and adults!  Free lunch follows. Then a visit to the Roe Jan Historical Society Museum right up the road for a visit with Santa and the telling of Clement Moore's "The Night before Christmas".

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Tuesday 24 December 24 at 7:00 pm Carols, 7:30 pm Service.

Christmas Day Service: Wednesday 25 December at 10 am (quiet service).

In the Advent edition of the Voice, Fr John contrasts the wordless preaching of St Francis with the ceaseless clamor of today.  Can we discern the Word amid the noise?  Marjorie Hoog, our Senior Warden, thanks a multitude of local saints for diverse gifts and ministries.  Brian Boom and Lucy Eldridge report good progress on our Capital Campaign.  Over half of the $332,000 goal is booked.  Martha Glantz, Stewardship Chief, requests prompt return of pledge cards for planning purposes.

Donna Platt invites your gift to Christmas Friends, to ensure that no child go without presents this Christmas.  Last year, St John in the Wilderness was able to make 35 local children a little happier.   Write a check to St John, note Christmas Friends, and drop it in the collection plate.

Our Capital Campaign Committee has put together a compelling brochure, Capital 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.
On 6 October, Fr John preached on, inter alia, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the hopeful progress made in its cleanup.  Read all about it.

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. "Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who
share their experience, strength and hope with each other..." AA calendar.

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In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Luke 2:1-7
External Resources:

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