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!

In the Fall edition of Voice in the Wilderness, Fr John tackles the hard words of Jesus in Luke 12:49 that He has not come to bring Peace but rather Division.  John concludes that certain times demand conflict in the cause of justice before peace can be realized.  Marjorie Hoog, our Senior Warden, asks how can we maintain cordiality when political discussions seem so fraught today?  See photos of our 2019 gala SoirĂ©e, Into the Wilderness, and read about the exciting exhibit of nighttime paintings by Peter Fritsch, local artist.  Also, our own Richard Peck is exhibiting at the NU Arts Gallery in Pittsfield.
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.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library will be hosting a program on Understanding Addiction, led by Columbia County Pathways to Recovery on Tuesday, 15 October, from 6:30-8 pm.  Addiction is a terrible problem affecting many of us.  Come and learn about approaches to recovery.

A free Workshop for Seniors and Caregivers will be held on Saturday, 19 October, from 10 am to 12:30 pm at the Hillsdale Fire House, 9387 NY Rte. 22, Hillsdale, NY. Snacks and a light lunch will be served.  Meet and talk with experts about programs and resources available.  "We are all growing older."
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.

Story of the snake, the apple, and Eve led to a harsh emphasis on original sin.  His luminous idea, Original Blessing, got Matthew Fox kicked out of the Roman Dominican Order by Cardinal Ratzinger.  We received Matthew Fox into the Episcopal Church in 1994.  Creation Spirituality might revitalize Christianity for an increasingly secular age.

An exciting interfaith series, Exploring Pilgrimage, will be introduced here at St. John on Saturday, 22 June from 2 to 3:30 pm.  Hear about openings of Spirit, both inward and outward.  See the poster (pdf).

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 are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.  We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it."   AA calendar.

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But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the Lord," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Jeremiah 31:33-34

External Resources:

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