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



Internet Church, 9 am
Zoom Address

Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Lawn Church

Study Groups

Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading &
Contemplative Prayer

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


The Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector 

Liturgical Calendar
Troubled Times, Everyone!

Your Reopening Team, following advice of Columbia County, has planned our live, in person, service of Holy Eucharist.  Please bring your own bread to be consecrated.  Wine will not be distributed.  Read Fr John's invitation for further detail.  Supporting material.

For the next several weeks, we will also continue Zoom Church now at 9 am.  We thank Elen Freeston for her work as Zoom "producer", acting behind the scenes to coordinate the service.  Please feel comfortable choosing either the Outdoor Church at 10 or the Zoom Church service at 9.

Dale and Louise Peterson have published the September edition of the Voice.  This special edition features the stories from the community about life during pandemic.  Fr John lays out the situation with the nation crippled by Covid-19, riven by political discord, fighting fires in the West, floods in the South, and trying to ensure justice while facing endemic racism.  He finds reason to hope in our faith traditions.  Wendy Langlois, Senior Warden, finds optimism despite the pandemic shutdown.  Her family has grown closer and more supportive and she has found solace in our beautiful natural environment.  Karen Flynn, Treasurer, describes the challenges she faces as a nursing supervisor preparing her team for a tsunami of Covid cases that (thank God!) never overwhelmed us.  There is much more, Jean Peck writing from Rochester, Bob and Marya Dodd describing a quiet life in isolation, Zita and Vinnie Kobos with a positive message from the farm, and Lucy Eldridge taking comfort from spiritual heroes, past and present.
After a decade of faithful service, Dale and Louise wish to pass the Voice in the Wilderness on to a new person.  We hope one or several persons will feel called to this important ministry. 

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.

Marya and Bob Dodd thank everyone who left food at the church for the food pantry.  Please bag your donations and know that you are helping your neighbor.

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.   "Resentment is the number one offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else."    
AA calendar.

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Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Matthew 11:25–30
External Resources:

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