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Real Church, 10 am
Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading &
Church is open daily for prayer and meditation. Please observe
The Rev John P Thompson, Rector
Return to the pews! With expert advice,
sanitizer, masks, and distance, on 18 April Fr John
celebrated the Eucharist at our alter for the first time
since last March. Service may be streamed
Edee Hedrick will return to her organ, although it is
too soon for singing. Flowers tended by Louise,
Lucy, Mibs, Wendy, Dale, Stuart, and all
church gardeners will emerge. Pandemic will ebb and, God
willing, our peaceful life resume.
Sunday, 18 April, we celebrated Kent and Marilyn Kay,
faithful congregants and choristers, who move to Minnesota
in April. Longtime church members said goodbye
and God bless to our friends.
Jay Corcoran and Dale Peterson, with
technical assistance from Jacob Rieper, have enabled
video streaming from the church! Thanks
to Mibs, Lucy and John
for valuable assistance and motivation.
Don't let down your guard! Covid
infections are surging and we must all avoid trading air.
Masks, distance, limiting assembly -- keep pandemic
protocols a few months longer. Read the Columbia
County COVID-19 Report.
Jim and Patricia Wann have taken over publishing the
Voice in the
Wilderness, our parish newsletter, from Dale
and Louise Peterson. This is a vital part of our
church life and we are grateful to them.
In the Easter Voice, Fr John leads
us in hope for the end of the pandemic as more persons are
vaccinated. Also as more White persons wake to the
evils of pervasive racism, we can hope for progress in
racial justice and reconciliation. He calls on us,
this Easter, to be channels of God's healing. There is
a Happy Easter report from Elen Freeston, Senior
Warden, and the architectural details of the planned
renovations. Read the Newsstand
Edition. As always, the PDF
We support the Roe
Jan Food Pantry. You may drop off canned or
boxed food in the basket inside the door of the
church. It will be taken to the pantry every
Friday. Many thanks for these much needed donations!
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.
If you would like to receive occasional emails from Fr
John on church activities, request a subscription at email@example.com.
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. "If you want to drink, that's your
business. If you want to quit, that's our
The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some
prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to
equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up
the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the
faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity,
to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no
longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by
every wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, by their
craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in
love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head,
into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit
together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as
each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in
building itself up in love.