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

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!

Our first Winds in the Wilderness concert is Sunday 11 February at 3 pm. Sharon Powers, flute, alto; Judith Dansker, oboe; Ronald Gorevic, violin, viola; John Myers, sitar, guitar; and Pete Toigo, bass. Details in poster.

Our Ash Wednesday Liturgy is on 14 February at 10 am and 7:30 pm. Ash Wednesday starts the season of Lent, a time for self-reflection and repentance. In our tradition we impose ashes as a reminder of our mortal nature. We recall Jesus' 40 days in the Wilderness and David's plea of repentance.

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.

We will commemorate 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."

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. Announcement.

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.

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. "We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us." AA calendar.

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We entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God...
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see-- we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

External Resources:

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