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!

Our Annual Meeting is Sunday 26 January, following the combined 9 am service.  This will be the only service Sunday.  The Annual Meeting is an important part of Parish Life, please plan to attend.  A continental breakfast will be served.  We will elect 1 Warden, 3 Vestry persons, 3 Diocesan Representatives,  2 Alternates, and 1 Deanery Alternate Lay Representative.

Winds in the Wilderness, our chamber music ensemble, will present their first concert of the season on Sunday 2 February at 3 pm.  Please see the poster for program and details.

In the Advent edition of the Voice, Fr John contrasts the wordless preaching of St Francis with the ceaseless clamor of today.  Can we discern the Word amid the noise?  Marjorie Hoog, our Senior Warden, thanks a multitude of local saints for diverse gifts and ministries.  Brian Boom and Lucy Eldridge report good progress on our Capital Campaign.  Over half of the $332,000 goal is booked.  Martha Glantz, Stewardship Chief, requests prompt return of pledge cards for planning purposes.

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.
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.

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.  "P
robably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism."  AA calendar.

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When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali...  From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Matthew 4:12-23

External Resources:

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