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

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!

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).

Our Annual Soirée is coming up on Saturday, 13 July at 5:30 pm. This gala evening will support our mission and our ministries.  Hope you can come and party in the great outdoors with music by Jim Wann and Friends and fine food and drink! Poster is attached. Please come, invite your friends and spread the word!  Online tickets available here.
Father Walt Zelley underwent surgery in April to clear his arteries.  Procedure was a success!  Thanks be to God and to his doctors.  And thank all of you for your prayers.

Voice in the Wilderness for April is here.  Fr John muses on faith and abundant life.  Lucy Eldridge reports on a retreat to Holy Cross Monastery that a group made in February.  It was a day of worship and renewal.  Marjorie Hoog, senior warden, reports that "things are chugging along nicely".  Bob Dodd, laments again the tension in the Anglican Communion over LGBTQ rights, now surfacing in preparation for the Lambeth Conference for 2020.

A big Earth Day push paid off for the Episcopal Church’s Creation Care Pledge, which met its goal of 1,000 pledges – and counting.  It is not too late to add your name to the growing list.

Flight: Birds of the Hudson Valley, an exhibition of photographs by Heather Kitchen and Stephen Schumacher, will be on display in Burke Hall through 19 May.  Come to the opening on 2 March at 5 pm.  See poster for more.

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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. "Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path."   AA calendar.

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Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta.  The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.  Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand.  When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, "This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live."  But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.  The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.

Acts 28:1-6
External Resources:

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