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


Sunday Worship

Internet Church, 9 am
Zoom Address

Real Church, 10 am
YouTube Address

Study Groups

Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading &
Contemplative Prayer

Church is open daily for prayer and meditation.  Please observe pandemic protocols.


The Rev John P Thompson, Rector 

Liturgical Calendar

Church Calendar
(2021 Events)
Good News, Everyone!

Return to the pews!  With expert advice, sanitizer, masks, and distance, we are now meeting in the church.  Read Fr John's invitation.  Service may be streamed from YouTube!

Edee Hedrick will return to her organ, although it is too soon for singing.  Flowers tended by Louise, Lucy, Mibs, Wendy, Dale, Stuart, and all church gardeners have emerged into the light.  A wonderful summer of immunity awaits us!

Sunday, 18 April, we celebrated Kent and Marilyn Kay, faithful congregants and choristers, who move to Minnesota in April.  Longtime church members said goodbye and God bless to our friends.

Jay Corcoran and Dale Peterson, with technical assistance from Jacob Rieper, have enabled video streaming from the church!  Thanks to Mibs, Lucy and John for valuable assistance and motivation.

Don't let down your guard!  Covid infections are surging and we must all avoid trading air.  Masks, distance, limiting assembly -- keep pandemic protocols a few months longer.  Read the Columbia County COVID-19 Report.

Jim and Patricia Wann have taken over publishing the Voice in the Wilderness, our parish newsletter, from Dale and Louise Peterson.  This is a vital part of our church life and we are grateful to them.

In the Easter Voice, Fr John leads us in hope for the end of the pandemic as more persons are vaccinated.  Also as more White persons wake to the evils of pervasive racism, we can hope for progress in racial justice and reconciliation.  He calls on us, this Easter, to be channels of God's healing.  There is a Happy Easter report from Elen Freeston, Senior Warden, and the architectural details of the planned renovations.  Read the Newsstand Edition.  As always, the PDF is archived.

We support the Roe Jan Food Pantry.  You may drop off canned or boxed food in the basket inside the door of the church.  It will be taken to the pantry every Friday.  Many thanks for these much needed donations!

Brian Boom and Lucy Eldridge of our Capital Campaign Committee have 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.  Supporting material.

This is a hard time for our community.  Fr John is calling all parishioners personally and lining up others to make phone calls, too.  If you are willing to phone your neighbor, please drop us a note.

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!

Divine Reading & Contemplative Prayer Group: Gather with us Wednesdays at 3 pm in Zoom Internet Space for Divine Reading & Centering Prayer.  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.  "When you are tired of waiting for your life to change, pay us a visit." 
AA calendar.

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In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. "This," he said, "is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."

So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?" He replied, "It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

Acts 1:1-9

External Resources:

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