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Internet Church, 10 am
Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading &
Church is open daily for prayer and meditation. Please observe
The Rev John P Thompson, Rector
Columbia County Board of Supervisors warns
of dangerous spike in Covid cases. We are
returning to a single Zoom
service at 10 am. Read Fr John's invitation.
With this November
issue, Dale and Louise Peterson begin to wind
up ten years of Voice
in the Wilderness. Jim and
Patricia Wann have stepped up to take over the
publication of our parish newsletter. This is a vital
service to our community and we are grateful to have
such capable editors!
Mibs Zelley reports that the 2021 pledge drive is
underway. Please return your pledge card to the church
with as generous a gift as you can. Thank you!
This Advent, "Let
all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling
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.
Marya and Bob Dodd thank everyone who left
food at the church for the food pantry. Please bag
your donations and know that you are helping
If you would like to receive occasional emails from Fr
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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!
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. "H-O-W it works: Honesty, Openness,
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And
people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people
of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him
in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was
clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his
waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed,
"The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I
am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his
sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize
you with the Holy Spirit."