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 Times

Spoken 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!

I think the only appropriate response to the original blessing of creation, to the blessing of life, and to the blessing of Jesus, is gratitude.  Gratitude is not commanded by God; it is the natural response of the thankful heart.  Happy Thanksgiving, all. -ed

This year's Copake Falls Winter Walk will be held Sunday, 6 December. There are events all around the hamlet. Details.

Also on 6 December, we welcome the Handbell Choir from Salisbury Congregational Church for a Holiday Concert to benefit the Backpack program. Colorful poster.

Louise and Dale Peterson have published the Advent edition of A Voice in the Wilderness. Fr John reflects on an Advent of waiting and the concern of the "startling new pope, Francis" for the poor and our common home. Lucy Eldridge reports on fall activities, like planting a dogwood tree in memory of Ginny Boughton. Also, Wendy Langlois speaks from the heart on our children's need for Sunday School, Susan Mollo caries the Ground Zero flag, and we install Michael Curry Presiding Bishop.

Episcopal Church Women will hold their annual Christmas Lunch on 13 December at The Pond restaurant in Ancramdale. Please RSVP to Jeanne VanHoesen by 4 December.

Dale Paterson reports that as of 18 November, we are at 93% of our $80,000 goal. Help enable everything we do; consider a pledge.

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!

Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC)
is a worldwide movement to promote social and economic justice and respect for the environment. Diocese of Central NY is adopting JPIC as an organizing principle for social justice.

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: Put Wednesdays at 3 pm on your calendar and gather with us in the rectory for the Divine Reading/Centering Prayer Group.  This meditative approach to scripture will bring peace to your soul.

If you would like to receive occasional emails from Fr John on church activities, request a subscription at info@stjohnw.org.

Have you checked the St John's  Photobook? Several new faces have been added. Welcome all!

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During the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,
the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
"The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
'Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"
Luke 3:2-6
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