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Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading &
Church is open daily for prayer and meditation. Please observe
The Rev John P Thompson, Rector
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
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
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
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,
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
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 email@example.com.
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!
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.
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
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.